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Keyboard For Dummies



Keyboard For Dummies

Jerry Kovarsky

ISBN: 978-1-118-70549-0 November 2013 360 Pages

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The easy way to get keyed up on the keyboard

Where Piano For Dummies helps budding musicians to master the black-and-white musical keyboard, Keyboard For Dummies helps them understand the possibilities that unfold when those black-and-whites are connected to state-of-the-art music technology.

Keyboard For Dummies explains the ins-and-outs of modern keyboards and helps you get the most out of their capabilities. Key content coverage includes: an overview of the types of keyboards available today and how they differ from acoustic pianos; expert advice on choosing the right keyboard for your wants/needs and how to shop and compare the various models; a close look at the types of sounds an electronic keyboard offers and how to achieve them; step-by-step instruction on how to use keyboards anywhere using external speakers, amps, home stereos, computers, and tablets; guidance on how to use keyboard software and applications to get the most out of keyboard technology; and much more.

  • A multimedia component for this title will be hosted at and includes companion audio tracks that demonstrate techniques and sounds found in the book
  • Step-by-step instructions make learning keyboard easy and fun
  • Introduces you to the musical possibilities of the keyboard

If you're new to the keyboard or looking to take your skills to the next level, Keyboard For Dummies is a thorough guide to the ins and outs of this popular instrument.

Introduction  1

Part I: Getting Started with Keyboards  5

Chapter 1: Living in a Keyboard World 7

Chapter 2: So Many Keyboards, So Little Time 15

Chapter 3: Choosing the Right Keyboard for You 41

Chapter 4: Setting Up and Caring For Your Keyboard 61

Part II: Dipping Your Toes Fingers into Music Basics 81

Chapter 5: Musical Notation: Decoding the Musical Language 83

Chapter 6: Developing Your Fingering and Basic Technique 105

Chapter 7: Going Chord Crazy 121

Part III: Using Common Keyboard Features 133

Chapter 8: Selecting and Playing Sounds 135

Chapter 9: Using Effects to Enhance Your Sound 153

Chapter 10: Jamming with the Drummer: Playing Along to Rhythm Patterns 167

Chapter 11: Join The Band! Adding Accompaniment 181

Chapter 12: Exploring Arpeggiation 203

Part IV: Moving into More-Advanced Keyboard Features  213

Chapter 13: Laying Down Tracks: Recording Your Playing 215

Chapter 14: Editing Sounds 237

Chapter 15: Teacher Included: Using Onboard Learning Systems 257

Chapter 16: Sitting In with the Stars: Playing Along with Recordings 275

Chapter 17: The Computer Connection: Using Software to Enhance Your Music Making 287

Part V: The Part of Tens  305

Chapter 18: Ten Tips for Keyboard Shopping 307

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Enhance Your Playing Experience 313

Appendix: Discovering What’s on the Audio Tracks 319

Index  325