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Let’s Play #12 – Adding Expression To Your Sounds

There are times when we want to interact with a sound and add some expressive variation to the phrases we are playing. Let’s explore how that can be done.
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Let’s Play #11 – Figuring Out The Best Fingerings

While some feel rules are made to be broken, there are a couple of common practices that are worth following
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Let’s Play #10 – Using Both Hands to Play Runs and Riffs

Many players new to synths (or any keyboard) have a hard time performing smooth lines that move up and down the keyboard, because they haven’t mastered the ability to cross over or under the thumb, as is usually done when playing scales and other passages.
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Let’s Play #9 – Articulation Via Triggering

Whether your synth is velocity-sensitive or not, there are characteristics of the sound that can be controlled by your touch. I’m talking about the way the synth triggers its envelope generators based on notes that are played detached, or connected smoothly (called legato) when playing a monophonic patch.
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Let’s Play #8 – Working on Weaker Fingers

Not all fingers are created equal, it seems. Most keyboardists find that the 4th and 5th fingers (the ring finger and the pinky) are somewhat weaker, and a little harder to control when trying to play passages smoothly/in perfect rhythm. If you find that to be the case for you it’s worth spending some time on exercises to help strengthen and learn to control those wayward digits.
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Let’s Play #7 – Developing Your Finger Strength and Flexibility

Working on your technique, and your finger strength and coordination is something players of all levels and styles of music should spend some daily time on
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Let’s Play #6 – Adding Colour To Your Chords Using 9ths and 11ths

Add more color and sophistication to your chords, start using what are commonly called color tones
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Let’s Play #5 – Spread Out Chord Voicings

Learn how to spread notes in a chord out across a wider range, to create a more full and spacious sound
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Let’s Play #4 – Chord Voicings

Learn how to distribute the notes of a chord within one or across two hands
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