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Thisbookwillgetyouplayingkeyboardinstantlywhetheryouread

musicornot.Weputtogetherabandwithsomeofourfriendsand
recordedsomereallyfunmusic.TheInstantKeyboardCDhassongs
readyforyoutoplayalongwithrightnow!

Foreachtune,firstcheckoutCDtracksmarked"Listen,"whichhave
usplayingkeyboard.Then,onceyoulearnthekeyboardpart,it'syour
turn.Tracksmarked"Play"havenokeyboardpart.

Thelessonswillhelpyouplaychordsandbassparts,readmusic,count
rhythms,andplayalongwithothermusicians.,Theseareimportantfor
makingmusic.Thisbookwillhelpyoumakethembecomepartofyour
musicalknowledge.However,youdon'tneedtolearnhowtoread
musictohavefunwiththisbook.Thediagramsshowwheretoplace
yourhands.Justuseyourmusicalearasmuchaspossible,andbe
creative.

GettingStarted
Youcanusethisbookwithanytypeofkeyboardacousticpiano,digital
piano,sophisticatedsynthesizer,orevenasmallportable.Ifyour
keyboardhasmanysounds,useapianosoundthefirst

timethrougheachlesson.Aslongasthetuningissettothestandard
A440,you'reallset.Ifyou'reusinganacousticpiano,makesurethatit
getstunedabouteverysixmonths.
Chords(threenotesatthesametime)areusedinmostpopular
music.Inaband,thekeyboardandrhythmguitarusuallyplay
chords.

CChordPlaythesethreenotesatthesametimewithyourright
hand.ThesethreenotesmakeupaCchord.
Theblackkeysofakeyboardareingroupsoftwoandthree.Find
thetwokeygroupinthemiddleofthekeyboard.Thewhitenoteto
theleftofthatgroupismiddleC.UsemiddleCtohelpyoufindthe
EandG,playingeveryotherwhitekey.
Themusiclookslikethis.Findthenotesonyourkeyboard.

"CRock"
Thisfirsttune,"CRock,"usesaCchord.

1.Listen
IfyoucanplayaCchord,youcanplaythistune.Listentothe
keyboardontheCD.AllitplaysisaCchord.

2.Play
Nowplay"CRock"withthebandontheCD.Followyourear.Play
longnotes,shortnotes,loudorsoftnotes.Playfastorslow.Trytofind
a"groove"thatworks,androckalong!

The"TryaSound"iconsareforthosewithkeyboardsthathaveseveral
sounds.Forthistune,ifyourkeyboardhasanorgansound,tryusingit.
Ifyourkeyboarddoesn'thavethesuggestedsound,that's

finetoo.Justusewhatyouhave.

WholeNotes
Thisisawholenote(o).Itlastsfourbeats(counts).Count"1234."
ThisCchordisheldforfourbeats.

Listentothedrumsandkeyboard.Thedrumsplaythegroovewhilethe
keyboardplayswholenotes.Thekeyboardplaysonbeat1ofeverybar.
Countandplayalongasyoulisten.

"WholeRock"1.Listen
Thistuneislike"CRock,"butthekeyboardplayssteadywhole
notes.

2.Play
Playalongwith"WholeRock."Hookupwiththebassanddrums
onbeat1ofeverybar.


FChord
Now,let'splayanotherchord.ThisoneisanFchord.Itissimilartothe
Cchord.ThenoteFisthekeytotheleftofeachgroupofthreeblack
keys.Findthechordbyplayingeveryotherwhitekey,

startingatF.

TheFchordalsoincludesthenoteC,justliketheCchord.Asyoucan
see,thishigherCisalsofoundtotheleftofagroupoftwoblackkeys,
butatahigherregisterorplaceonthekeyboard.Atanypartofthe
keyboard,Cwillalwaysbethewhitekeytotheleftofeachgroupof
twoblackkeyInanyregister,Fisalwaysthewhitekeytotheleftof
eachgroupofthreeblackkeys.

FindalltheCsandalltheFsonyourkeyboard.Usetheblackkeysas
yourguide.
"RockOn"1.Listen
Thiskeyboardpartisliketheonein"WholeRock,"butitusesan
Fchord.

2.Play
Hookupwiththebassanddrumsonbeat1.LettheFchordring
forbeats2,3,and4.


"RockSolid"1.Listen

ThiskeyboardpartusesboththeCandFchords.

2.Play
Playalongwiththebassanddrums.
Inversionsarechordswiththeirnotesinadifferentorder.Hereis
anotherwaytoplayanFchord.

ThischordhasthesamenotesastheFchordyoulearnedearlier,but
thenotesareinadifferentplaceonthekeyboard.Thisiscalledan
inversion.ThenoteCisplayedinalowerregister.

"Inside Out" 1. Listen


Countalongwhileyoulisten."1234,1234...."

2. Play
PlayaCchord.ThenplayanFchordthenewway,asan
inversion.Theinversionmakesthechordchangeeasierbecause
yourfingersdon'thavetomovemuch.Yourthumbstaysinplace
andyourothertwofingersmoveupward.Practicemovingbetween
thetwochords,andthenplayalongwiththerecording.
Keyboardplayersoftenplaybassnotes.Thesenotesaregenerally
playedloweronthekeyboardandarealsoplayedbythebassguitaror
uprightbass.Bassnoteswillroundoutthechordsandmake

themsoundmoregrounded.

GChord
First,playtheGchordshown.Thischordisalsoaninversion.IftheG
wasmovedtothebottom,itwouldbeinaregularposition,ratherthan
aninversion.

Then,playthatsameGchordagain,butthistime,addthebassnote
withyourlefthand.
Tip:Keyboardmusicoftenincludesbothtrebleclef
(righthand)andbassclef(lefthand).

CChordwithBass
PlaytheCchord,andaddabassnote.
"Upside Down" 1. Listen
Countalongwhileyoulisten,"1234."

2. Play
PlayaCchordwiththebassnote.ThenplayaGchordwiththe
bassnote.That'sallyouneedtoplay"UpsideDown."
FChordwithBassNote
PlaytheFchordwiththebassnote.
"RightSideOut"1.Listen
"RightSideOut"combinesthechordsfrom"InsideOut"and
"UpsideDown."

2.Play
PlaythechordsalongwiththebandontheCD.Youmightwantto
practiceeachhandseparately,atfirst.
"AroundandThrough"1.Listen
Followthemusicasyoulisten.Thekeyboardplayshalfnotes.Half
notes(j)gettwobeats.

2.Play
PlaythechordsalongwiththerestofthebandontheCD.Youmay
wanttopracticeeachhandseparatelybeforeplayingbothtogether.
BFlatChord
PlayaBflatchord(Bb)withitsaddedbassnote.
"Malibu"1.Listen
Followthemusicasyoulistentothistune.Countalongwiththe
beat"1234."Thekeyboardplayshalfnotes.

2.Play
PlayalongwiththerestofthebandontheCD.
"Half Coastin"' 1. Listen
Let'sputthetwopatternstogetherintoonesong.Listenforwhere
thechordpatternchangesfromstartingonCtostartingonF.

2. Play
PlayalongwiththebandontheCD.Count"1234"asyouplay.
"BlueGroove"1.Listen
Followthemusicasyoulisten.Thebassplaysquarternotes.Quarter
notes(j)getonebeat.Someofthechordsymbolshaveaslash(/)
separatingtwoletters.Thefirstletteristhechord,thesecondletteris
thebassnote.Inthistune,thebassstaysonthenoteCunderevery
chord.

2.Play
Inthistune,youwillplayaCwholenoteeveryfourbeatswithyour
lefthand,whileyouplayCchordquarternoteswithyourrighthand.
Youcouldalsotryplayingquarternotesinthebass,togetherwiththe
chordsintherighthand.Practicebothwaysafewtimes.Thenplay
alongwiththebandontheCD.

Countalongasyouplay.Trytostayintimewiththerestoftheband.


Anarpeggioisachordplayedone,noteattime,ratherthanallatonce.
Theyareoftenusedinslowmovingballads.

"CalypsoHigh"1.Listen
Somepop/rockstylesoftenuse"arpeggiated"chords.Listento

"CalypsoHigh."Itarpeggiatesthechordsineighthnotes(n).Eighth
notesgethalfabeateach.Noticetheeighthnotearpeggios,asyou
listen,aswellastheothernewrhythms.


2.Play
AlongwiththeCD,playthispoprhythmusingbothhands.Your
righthandplaysthechords,yourlefthandplaysthebassnotes.
"Soundtrack" 1. Listen
ListentotheCD.Noticehowthekeyboardpartchangesbetween
steadyhalfnotesandthepoprhythmfromlesson8.

2. Play
PlayalongwiththeCD.Followthechangesinrhythm.Whenyou
repeat,remembertoskipthefirstendingandplaythesecond
ending.
1. Listen
Listenforthetempo(speed)changes.Thistunehasfoursections.
Itstartswithanorganintro.SectionsAandDareslow,andBand
Carefast.Thedrumssignalthetempochanges,solistencarefully.
NoticethatthereisnokeyboardforthefirsthalfofsectionB.

2. Play
PlayalongwiththeCD.Thistunecontainsmanyofthechordsand
rhythmsyoualreadylearned.KeeprepeatingtheCsectionuntil
thedrumscomeinwiththenewtempo.
ThanksforplayingInstantKeyboard.Wehopeyouhadfunwiththe
songs.Thetechniquesyou'velearnedinthisbookareactuallyused
inmostofyourfavoritesongs.Lotsofmusichassimilarchord
patternstotheonesyouhavebeenplaying.
Youhavebeguntohearhowthekeyboardfunctionsinmusic.
Also,yourhandsarebecomingcomfortablewiththekeys.Try
creatingyourownsongsthatusethesetechniques.Yourkeyboard
skillswillgetstrongerthemoreyouplay.Wehopemusicand
keyboardplayingenrichyourlifeastheyhaveours.Daveand
Paul