TOP 5 ORGAN RIFFS and how to play them

This is probably the final installment in my TOP 5 and how to play them series of videos.  They were an awful lot of work to make so no plans for any more unless there is popular demand!

Hope you enjoy this episode where we feature my favorite organ riffs of all time.  I wonder why you don’t hear so many organ riffs in modern pop songs?

Piano lesson – You need to know the intervals

Here is a detailed review of all of the musical intervals demonstrated on the piano keyboard.  For each interval we’ll study how it is constructed, listen to the characteristics of the sound and play some songs that utilize each interval.

Follow up the video with a fun musical quiz that tests your ear training and knowledge of the intervals.  I’ve created 20 questions to test how well can you hear intervals played on the piano, and if you can sing the intervals when asked.  Best of luck!

How to compose horror movie soundtrack with KINETIC TOYS and THRILL

Today’s lesson is a combination of a music technology tutorial of two cinematic sounding VST plugins from Native Instruments, Kinetic Toys and Thrill.

I’ll also give you some ideas about how to compose soundtracks for the horror movie genre.

You can download the audio stems for this lesson using the link below, you are free to use them however you wish, just give me a credit!

Download free audio stems!

TOP 5 ELECTRIC PIANO RIFFS and how to play them

Another piano lesson in the form of a demonstration how to play 5 of my picks for the most epic electric piano riffs.  I’ll show you an overhead view of the piano, plus falling note and musical notation displays.

Good luck and have fun playing these riffs!

TOP 5 PIANO RIFFS and how to play them

The second video in my “Top 5” series, where I demonstrate some piano arrangements of my favorite riffs.  This video features some classic piano pop songs, I’ll show you which notes to play using Synthesia and the overhead camera view.

STRUMMED ACOUSTIC 2 vs MEDIOCRE GUITAR PLAYER

In this video we compare the ease of use and sound of a virtual guitar software plugin with my attempts to play and record a real acoustic guitar.

I’ll also take you through the process of creating a folk song using Native Instruments Kontakt sample libraries.

TOP 5 SYNTH RIFFS and how to play them

Whilst I hesitate to call this a lesson, it does demonstrate how to play each of my five favorite synth riffs.  I’ve created my own easy piano arrangement of each track.

You can see the keys being played on the virtual keyboard and the Synthesia falling note display, as well as the conventional music notation.  I’ve included a top-down camera shot showing my hand position and fingering.

Piano lesson – Play along with easy beginner chords

I wanted to revisit the previous lesson and take it right back to basics with the most simple chords, the major and minor triads.  We’ll also introduce the concept of chord inversions and I’ll demonstrate and give you some ideas using two slow-tempo backing tracks that are perfect for beginners.

There may be some chords that you are unfamiliar with, but with some practice you’ll have no problem!

The backing tracks and sheet music are available in my earlier post –
Piano lesson – Let’s play along to backing tracks together!

Ableton Live synthwave tutorial

Here’s a breakdown of a remix I created in the synthwave genre using Ableton Live.

We cover the following topics, and more!

  • Importing and tempo-matching audio stems into Ableton
  • Creating tracks using software synths like DEXED and TAL-UNO-LX
  • Drum racks and LinnDrum drum machine samples
  • Using effects plugins
  • Composing and arranging
  • Mixing
  • Mastering
  • Exporting and freezing audio