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Beatmaker Piano Practice Motivation Tips and Tricks

Chord Progressions

Before bouncing around the keyboard like i was just previously showing you i want to introduce you to a technique that i like to do to keep my chord progressions fresh for my listener so what that is is right now we only have four chords okay and this is going to repeat over and over and over all throughout your song sometimes this chord progression is great this is four chords you know it's not bad it's not there's like one chord repeating over and over or two chords over and over however sometimes that could be great too but for myself i a lot of times like to work with sometimes eight chords and in those eight chords some of them are the same chord i'll show you what i mean so what i'm going to do is i'm just going to highlight all this and i'm going to press shift and click and it'll duplicate it and i'm going to put it over here okay so now we have eight bars all the same notes you know like it just duplicated it so what i would do here is sometimes on like this last chord i would change this and the reason for that is it gives a different feeling you know sometimes it can add tension and that way it makes your loops not feel so consistent so if we listen to this so right here we can change it how about we try that inversion so remember we so if it was c okay and it went down to g how about i would just invert it so this g can go up here so it'd be like this and then instead of playing a let's change it to f let's say so okay so we're going to put this one to f i'm just going to move these over here and i'm just going to slide them all over okay so we kind of reversed our our chord progression a little bit so we're just going to listen to this and we're really really going to focus on our last uh four bars where we change up our chord progression and you're gonna hear that is adding a lot of uh difference in our chord progressions uh you know and and this ties totally into playing piano as a producer uh for making beats okay this is the kind of mindset that you have to have to keep your loops fresh for your listener so let's check it out so you know i feel i could have used different chords in different areas uh to get the kind of feeling that i would have liked because especially when it changed to this i kind of didn't really like how that sounded but that's where it comes for trial and error and trial and error and since we're using a music program we're able to do that okay so before we move further i wanted to tell you this technique which i really really like a lot you know and again just to go over it i typically like to choose eight chords even if some of them are duplicated i'm just saying eight courses in general so eight bars let's say so the first four bars i'll set them up a certain way and then i'll duplicate it over and then i'll change how those chords are you know maybe just maybe even if it's just one chord uh in this case i changed three chords and i really didn't like how this one was but just for the sake of this tutorial just to keep moving um you know i would just do trial and error until i found a chord within that scale because remember we're in c major scale they're only white notes so it'd have to be only white notes in those chords you know i'd kind of try and find one that suited the sound i was going for so let's move on.

Mixing Rhythms

So in music production just in general there's a lot of common similarities from beat to beat when it comes to chord progressions when it comes to when you play those chords so for example you can be playing on every single beat like this okay so that was just playing a chord on every single beat right if i count it with you one two three four one two three four et cetera et cetera okay and then if you want to start improvising that's where you can kind of start playing other notes as you're playing those chords so for example this is kind of going a little off topic but i feel that it will help so if i play the chord i'm just going to kind of improvise just to show you so here's a pattern with an fl studio i've created for you guys to see if we go to pattern uh 2 here so i'm just playing this on every single beat and so this is how that would sound in fl studio you know so there's times for this sound in certain music but a lot of the time it sounds very bland and very robotic and you know it's just it's almost too predictive so what i'll do is i'll let you hear that with the drum loop okay this is what it sounds like so in order to really make that stand out you would need a really catchy bass line and kind of like a lead sound you know like a synthesized sound kind of in the background or something kind of doing kind of bouncing around those chords because by itself you know not very engaging that's where you can start adding effects like reverb and delay and get into things like side chaining uh just give it like your track some bounce and stuff like that now let's go on to the next pattern i created and i'll let you hear that just the piano by itself okay so this is what you call syncopation okay so right here these were like the previous notes from this pattern okay as you can see it's on every single beat so one two three four we go to the next pattern you can see that the first bar and the third bar i have set them up so that this is what you call syncopation it's kind of offbeat so it'd be kind of like this one and three four one two three four one and three four one two three four so it's kind of like that again when we're using that one and two n and one and a two ana that allows for more engagement for our listeners and it makes uh you know it were fun so now if you listen to this over top of our drum loop okay you're gonna hear that when it's syncopated when it's kind of offbeat it kind of sounds a little bit more engaging for a dance track so listen to that so in my opinion when i listen to it here it kind of sounds kind of boring and here it kind of has a lot more like life into it even though there's not as many notes there's not as much going on it kind of um has time to breathe okay and now for the next pattern so what i did here what i'm going to do is i'm just going to copy this and i'm going to come over ere and just do it with you from scratch so right here we could be playing this on every single beat like we have been doing all along you know just like this so i'll highlight this and if we listen just to the pattern okay now the syncopation we just remove one chord and we move this one you know off b so it sounds like this now what i did was i moved this chord to this offbeat right here and i put a space in between each one and it's and it'll sound like this now okay so we'll listen and i actually put one more actually at the end and this is a really popular sound and a lot of dance music as well okay so what i'll do is i'll delete this i'll let you listen just to the pattern by itself and then we'll listen to it with the drum loop so right here this is what i just showed you uh you know one space in between them all and then with the other chords i just kind of uh bounced them around a little bit just so it's just not so repetitive so we'll check this out uh in like with the drum loop okay so hopefully this kind of opens your eyes to some kind of variety in your music to start kind of bounce around in the next video i'm going to kind of break down some rhythms for you guys to practice.

Practice Tricks for Playing Piano Chords

Okay so in this video i'm going to show you how to find chords to practice i'm going to show you how i would go about doing this when i was learning so when you're doing research on music theory and stuff like that with chords you'll hear people say you know like the 145 chord progression is a really popular one and and stuff like that but i always like to find like my own chord progressions because i don't want to do what other people are doing i want to be original i want my music to sound like my music uh what i'm trying to express through it and so how i do that is like i'm saying so i look at what i have within my scale in this case c minor we have like c d d sharp f g g sharp a sharp and then back to c this is where you're going to be having to learn well what chords are in that scale because right off the bat like i already know what chords are in this scale because of my muscle memory of playing it so much but for example let's go like uh c and then let's go like g sharp let's go d sharp and then let's go a sharp so our chords are c minor g sharp major uh d sharp major and then uh h uh a sharp major okay now with my right hand i'm just gonna stay in the chord of c minor i'm just gonna kind of maybe play around with that a little bit so like so as you can see i'm playing really slow i just went over the chords with you but for me to tell you this you know it's like it's so simple but this is where your practice will come in because all the theory i've shown you all along right everything is lining up you're seeing all the notes where which are within that scale and now it's just up to you to find out what chord progressions you like with your left hand and then figuring out a melody with your right hand now here's a little trick that i'll pass on to you that i like to do so the first time around i'm going to hit f for this a sharp chord but on the next time around i'm going to hit d so instead of heading the f i'm going to hit the d so watch this so f and then next time around d okay so as you can hear the first time around with the f it sounded like you know there was different tension and then uh the d um you know so some notes can make it sound resolved and unresolved that's the thing that you'll hear a lot with music production and like you know chords so you know in that case i use the f and then the next turn around you use it the d you could do the other way around but even with the other chords you could be doing the same thing so as you can see when i was playing uh the c minor chord i was playing i was playing the d sharp note okay and then when i went to the g sharp well c is actually in that chord so i actually started with c so watch this so when i'm playing the c minor chord i'm playing d sharp with the right hand and then when i go down to g sharp i'm actually going to see because that's actually in the chord and then when i go up here it's like well in this chord well d sharp is in that chord right it's it's the root and then when i go down here i change up to f which would be in that chord or i played the the d which would be in the middle which like i was saying a lot of times i don't like to use the middle note the you know within the chord because it sounds muddy and it kind of clashes with the baseline and you know again that's just like my opinion but that's that was one chord progression okay let's go over one more with you and i'll show you just a little improvisation and i'll go over the improvisation with you hopefully that kind of helps you out so this is something i found later in my years is just because you're in the scale of c minor doesn't mean that you have to start on c okay so let's actually start on g sharp so what i'm going to do for this chord crogression is we're going to go g sharp we're going to go up to d sharp and then i'm going to go down to c so c minor and then we're going to go down to a sharp okay so all these chords we pretty much used in the last progression except now we're just playing them in different orders for a different sound so again with the right hand i'll just kind of improvise something okay okay so let's go over that so what i did was the first time around i went uh g sharp d sharp c down to a sharp and then i turned it and then i changed it around like once i got later into it maybe i kind of forgot the progression or whatever but i went to g sharp d sharp and then a and then to c so you can kind of change that around for four different flavors and then with the right hand i was just kind of uh playing notes which i knew were in the scale and then i kind of got into more of an arpeggio with the left hand so you know i try to break that stuff down a little slow and then i just try to improvise there just to show you how i kind of practice uh in terms of finding a progression that i would like for my beat because remember you know i'll keep saying it with the classical piano stuff you know we are not trying to be classical piano players like we're not trying to learn as fast as we can we're not trying to learn you know uh music theory in depth we're trying to learn to create really catchy melodies like and as you can hear when i was playing all that stuff it's just like man like that that's a progression that you know if you just add like a drum loop over a little bit of a bass line it's like man you get an artist to sing or rap over that it's like you you you have a hit if everything blends together very well so hopefully this video kind of inspires you and kind of gets you thinking in terms of being creative on the piano you know i tried not to play fast i tried not to show off or anything i just tried to show you what i would do to apply the theory i've shown you to practice for myself and this is where i've gotten over my years of applying these techniques.

Practicing Piano as Beatmaker

So in this video i want to pass on some tips to you guys some things that have really helped me like stay motivated when it comes to practicing piano and um so the first one is if you're playing on a real piano take advantage of that sustain pedal how you're supposed to use a sustain pedal is you're actually supposed to lift your pedal up as you push down a cord and then you're supposed to hold down the sustain pedal before you lift up that way it doesn't get all muddy but as you were just practicing hold it down just push that sustain pillow down and just play okay this has helped me tons in terms of the length of the notes you know and i know i already talked about this but it adds that fullness okay if you're just on like your music program whatever and if you're using something like addictive keys or fl keys or any type of piano uh vst you can just adjust the release and that's pretty much doing the same thing as holding down that sustain pedal the next tip i have for you is uh you know if you're in your music program is to add effects onto the actual piano itself if you're gonna practice um you know things such as like reverb and delay these just add fullness to your sound and it makes it sound a lot better as you're playing and it will encourage you to keep playing more and more because it's you know it's sounding good the next tip i have for you and this is kind of a cool one for us beat makers is to practice piano over top of drum loops so in this case if i were to go to this pattern and just play this practice playing piano over that just over and over and over because again we're not practicing piano to be a classical pianist you're practicing piano to be a beatmaker so in order to do that you have to be like in a beat making environment so that has been a really helpful one for me too and our next tip is because you're a beat maker you actually don't practice as much as what you think you do because when you're making beats you're trying to find a melody over top of that drum loop and once you find that melody you're on to the next sound you're on to the next loop so you're not really actually practicing your piano you're not practicing your keys you know all the things i showed you so really look at the amount of time you're actually spending practicing piano like even if that's five or ten minutes a day you know so if you set timeout to make beats for an hour before you start making beats make a little quick drum loop load up your piano add effects on and start practicing some piano over that drum loop and then maybe through that time maybe you you'll kind of find a chord progression or that kind of way you're wanting to go with your track and then start making your beats okay so kind of warm up by practicing that might create a good habit for you and then eventually you're going to start to get better and better and better and keep coming back to these videos keep seeing you know how you can bounce around with your right hand left hand techniques and then how to kind of put them together one thing i didn't show in the left hand technique video is i like to kind of play the right and left hand like play notes together so i'll show you what i mean and one final tip i have for you is sometimes don't always play piano sounds as you're practicing piano again if you're practicing in your actual music program you guys can load up you know vsts such as like serum silent one stuff like that and you guys can uh play different sounds uh so that you can you know kind of get different emotion out of your sound sometimes it gives you like more creativity so i've loaded up serum here and this is like you know what it would sound like you know you can practice with these you know maybe we'll try one more sound okay so hopefully this kind of encourages you you know to keep practicing and have different ways to kind of trick yourself to be motivated to practice all right guys so that is my course on piano for beat makers you know there's a lot to take in a lot to soak in from you seeing it you might all of a sudden realize like oh like that's all there is to the piano like in terms of learning like keys scales chords and stuff like that but the biggest thing is the practicing and muscle memory and then starting to learn how to create melodies and find catchy loops that's what's going to set you apart so the purpose of this course is more just to open your eyes to the opportunities and how to get started as a beat maker on the piano because you know if you're one of those people creating like trap beats you know currently like that's like the trends the trends change and beautiful beats with like piano and stuff like that that stuff in my opinion it is always going to stay around because it's beautiful music that touches like your heart your soul and it's so emotional like when you listen to it especially when you listen to a very very well composed song.