Traditional pianos make sound by hitting a hammer against a string. Because of this hammer action, the piano/keyboard also falls within the realm of percussive, rhythmic instruments. While this is just technically how a piano works, this is also a great way to approach playing this instrument.
Much of your time spent playing keys is focused on developing your melodies and harmonies. Usually not enough time is spent working on your timing and rhythm. For most forms of music, timing is crucial, and it’s not solely up to the drummer to provide the rhythm.
Of course, it can be hard to focus on your rhythm when you’re playing a complex melody or chord progression. Why not practice your timing by playing drums on your keyboard?
That’s where the beauty of MIDI comes into play. Keyboards are no longer just used to play chords and melodies, they can be transformed into anything you can imagine. From synths and samplers, to electronic drums.
We’ve already got a huge range of lessons dedicated to rhythm training. Typically these would be played with a pad controller or electronic drum kit, but you can use your keyboard too. Here’s how:
That’s it! You can now play some pads lessons using the 8 keys you mapped. Head over to the lessons / courses tab to start working on your rhythm and timing.
With a Melodics subscription, you’ll already have access to over 300 keys lessons. Now that you’ve mapped your keys to pads lessons, you can play 200 more lessons and explore a world of new learning opportunities.
These lessons will develop your timing and rhythm. They will help you perform better and take your keyboard skills to the next level. Keep up the practice!
Here’s friend of Melodics Koji Kobura with a cover of Future’s ‘Mask Off’ playing drums on his keyboard!
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You can play it with your computer keyboard, but it is a much better experience with access to a MIDI keyboard, pad controller, or MIDI drum kit.
These MIDI devices are connected: