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KeyMusician Training

Learn Music In A Month

 

Learn to improvise music, play from written music,

and improvise music with other musicians.

Do it in as little as a month.

Our software makes it easy!

 

Learn To Play Music Quickly, Easily, and Enjoyably.

Learning to play a musical instrument should be easy, natural, and fun.

If you put in reasonable effort in learning to play a musical instrument, you ought to be able to play the music you want, within a month or two – not a few years!

We harness the power of the computer to make this possible.

Playing the KMK in the key of E major, with natural-signs shown.

Playing music is natural, and instinctive.  Don’t believe it?  Watch kids humming their own tunes, or playing music by banging on pots and pans.

You don’t teach a child to understand a spoken language, by first teaching them to read.

Likewise with music, we don’t first teach you to read music.

Learning to make up, and play your own music, is a quicker, easier first step to becoming a musician, and it’s more fun too.

And when you’re ready to take that next step, learning to read music, and play it, we make that easy, and natural too.

Our real-time note-display of the grand-staff, in the context of the key-signature, lets you simply match what’s shown in the music display, with the round part of the note in the printed music.

And with our easy musical exercises, showing the letters to press on your keyboard, if you can type, you can play music.  And touch-typing skill is neither required, nor needed!

Where we set the key-signature, rather than having to learn the key-signature, you can start out learning your favorite music, no matter how many flats or sharps are in the key-signature!

Our Music Training Includes a Performance-Quality  Musical Instrument!

We use the KeyMusician Keyboard application, which converts your computer and a typing-keyboard, into a performance-quality synthesizer, with a range of 84 keys.  And it has all kinds of features to teach you music, and make playing music easier.

It runs on Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money up-front, or for lessons.  The lessons come with the instrument.  A typing keyboard with a separate numeric keypad, is all the hardware you need.

Click Here to learn more about this amazing musical instrument, and see it in action.

Synthesizers are well-established in the world of music, and this is a good one, yet it’s a lot more portable!

So there’s no need to go on to learn another instrument.  For most people, this is the only instrument you will ever want, or need.

It was designed to let you purchase your favorite popular music in a music store, and quickly and easily play that music, by playing the solo part, along with the chords shown in the music.

The fingering is the same in every key-signature, so you can start out playing your favorite pieces of music, regardless how many flats or sharps it has.

A picture showing scale exercises music.

You can play hundreds of chords on the numeric keypad, with no memorization.  You can play them as sustained-chords, strummed-chords, or arpeggios, while playing melody on the main part of the keyboard.

If you want touch sensitivity, you can easily attach a MIDI keyboard, and play melody expressively, while still retaining the amazing chord capabilities of the numeric keypad, by combining the two keyboards as shown below.

And the function-keys (used for changing key-signatures and instrument sounds), are easily accessible by the thumb of your melody-hand.

A picture showing chords being played on the numeric keypad, along with melody notes on the adjacent MIDI keyboard, both on a music stand.
A MIDI keyboard with typing-keyboard hybrid musical instrument

How Quick And Easy Is It To Learn?

Watch this brief video so see how quickly a non-musician can be playing chords-with-melody music!

Three Ways To Learn

  1. Learn to make up (improvise) your own music.  This is the quickest, easiest, and most natural path to musicianship.  Play-along (improvising a new part) with the music of others, either on an audio player, or from a MIDI file.
  2. Learn to read printed music, and play from it. The real-time music display (which is in the context of the key-signature) makes this a snap!
  3. Play MIDI files with the player (its notes shown in red), and play notes on the keyboard to match them (shown in blue – turning green when they match).

How Is Playing Chords And The Solo Part, Easier Than Piano Music?

Here’s a picture of the portions of the music you use to play music on the KeyMusician Keyboard – basically, the chords, and the melody:

The music you play, basically, the solo part, and the chords. You play the areas in white (not shaded-out).

Piano music is much more complicated.

Here’s an example of actual piano music:

Piano music excerpt from Ravel’s Pavane For A Dead Princess

There are things being done by six of your fingers, at the same time, in addition, you have to press and release the sustain-pedal as shown.  And you have to press the keys with the proper strength to play in the marked loudness, yet press the accented note keys harder.  There are also some long reaches, in both hands.

That complexity is why it takes 3 to 5 years to become competent at playing piano.

Here’s the same section of the above piece from the KeyMusician Songbook:

The same section of that piece (in a different key-signature) from the KeyMusician Songbook

Which one looks easier to play?  This simplicity is why learning to play the KeyMusician Keyboard is so much quicker and easier.

In our songbook, we even tell you the letter-keys to press – so if you can type, you can play music!

But can something that simple sound good?   Watch the following video of that piece being played.

This Way Of Learning Even Works If You Connect A Synthesizer Or MIDI Keyboard To The Application

Let the KeyMusician Keyboard application do the transposing, and show you the notes you’re playing in the key-signature you’re transposing-to.  You play everything on just the white keys, with the black keys only used for accidentals.

This means you learn to play everything in a key-signature independent manner, and there is no need to ever do any boring key-signature scale exercises.

Take a look at this KeyMusician Newsletter article, showing how to learn to play a traditional music keyboard quickly, without the need of hours of key-signature scale exercises:

Learn to play Piano, more quickly, and easily

Teach Kids Music

Even if you’re not an expert musician, the application lets you teach music to kids, whether in a school, home-school, after-school, or even a preschool setting.

You can use this to teach music in a school computer lab.  It plays music written for different types of instruments, in concert pitch.

Take a look at this KeyMusician Newsletter article, giving you lots of ideas for teaching music in a preschool setting:

Teach Your Kids Music

The 20-Hour Musician Course

You can become a musician, with about 20 hour’s worth of work.  At a half-hour per day, that’s a little over a month.

The KeyMusician Keyboard (an 84-key synthesizer) is essential to allowing you to become a musician so quickly, and it comes with the course.  You install it on your computer (Windows, Mac OS, or Linux) at the beginning of the course.

If for some reason, you are unable to install it (or play it), even with our help, you can make use of our 30-day money-back guarantee.

The Music-Lab Discovery Lesson Videos

Learn music, and to play music, by doing, as an adventure of discovery!  You don’t have to read a bunch of text.  We show you how to do it, including the keys to press.

We also provide tutorials, and context-sensitive help, along with learning exercises.  If you’re already a musician, the first tutorial is all you need.  But the additional tutorials are designed to help transform a total non-musician into a competent musician.

Click Here to see the details of the lessons and exercise materials that are installed on your computer, in the form of tutorials.

It also comes with the KeyMusician Songbook, which has a lot of music, from easy exercises, to pieces you would play in a concert.  Each piece comes with the music (which you can print on a printer), an audio file (so you can hear beforehand what it sounds like), and a MIDI file you can play using the MIDI Player/Recorder, for learning to play it by the ‘matching the dots’ method.

For parents who want to teach their kids music, this provides the ideal tool to make it fun, and easy.  Learn to play it together!

The 20-Hour Musician Course comes with two free video lessons, in addition, to give you a good start, and to introduce you to the video lessons.

No prior music experience is needed!

The free lessons are:

  1. Chords & Melody Music In 5 Minutes – Improvising chords-with-melody music in just 5 minutes – quick and easy, and you’re already playing music!
  2. Setting The Key-Signature – Specify the key-signature, allowing the computer to do the musical ‘grunt-work’ for you, letting you focus on your artistry.  With this, the fingering is the same in every key-signature!  Without it, you would have to practice scales…

Additional Video Lessons

Beyond the free video lessons, are the Music-Lab Discovery Lesson Videos, which teach you music, and how to read and play it, as an adventure of discovery.

Lesson 1. Play Chords & Melody In 5 Minutes

Learn the basics of playing the instrument, and how to make up your own music with it, playing both chords and melody, together. Do this without having to read a single note of written music.

Lesson 2. Playing Modal Chords (Basic)

Learn the basics of playing chords using the modal chords system, which is best for making up your own music.

Lesson 3. Learn To Play Tunes From MIDI Files

An easy first step to learning written music, by playing MIDI music files, where it shows you the note to play, both in the music display, and also the keyboard note to press.

Lesson 4. Play Chords And Melody From Printed Music

Learn to play written music simply by matching the round part of the note (the note-head) with the note-heads shown in the music display. See how easy that can be with the KeyMusician Songbook, where the letter-keys are shown in the music. Play an easy piece, along with its chords.

Lesson 5. Banging On Drums!

Explore the Drums pane of the KeyMusician Keyboard, trying out the 48 different drum and percussion sounds. Learn how to easily play drum-rolls by holding down the drum’s key for as long as you want it to last. Explore the different drum-kits available, and see which you like best.

Lesson 6. Exploring The Sounds Of MusicLab-1

Explore the different sounds of the MusicLab-1 configuration file, improvising music with each of them. Learn how to use the Wah-Wah (pitch-bender) key.

Lesson 7. Playing Modal Chords (Advanced)

Learn the advanced details of playing modal chords, including rare chords, and slash-chords. Learn to do it in any key-signature.

Lesson 8. Exploring The Sounds Of MusicLab-2

Explore the different sounds of the MusicLab-2 configuration file, improvising music with each of them. Learn to play strummed chords, and arpeggios, in addition to the sustained chords you’ve been using up to now.

Lesson 9. Choose Your Own Sounds

Learn how to set up a configuration file of your own favorite instrument sounds. See how choosing the chords instrument is the first, and most important part of that process. Save your configuration so you can use it any time.

Lesson 10. Controlling The Volume

Learn the basic ways of controlling the volume as you play, allowing you to blend your music with that of other members of the band. Learn the different means you use during a sound-check before you perform, and the changes you make as you play. Learn the different ways of controlling loudness in MIDI music.

Lesson 11. Improvising With The Music Of Others

Learn how to improvise your own music, along with the music of others. This is an essential skill in having a jam-session with other musicians, and in helping your band make up its own, original, music.

Lesson 12. Playing Tunes From Written Music

Learn to play tunes from written music, entirely by the position of the note-head in the staff lines. Learn to do that, by how far you reach with your fingers, from the current note to the next note in the music. Play two pieces of written music, using that technique.

Lesson 13. Matching The Key-Signature

Learn how important it is to match the key-signature with the written music, before attempting to play the music, and how you do it. This is the action you take, that makes the fingering the same in every key-signature.

Lesson 14. Playing Standard Chords (Basic)

Learn the basics of playing the chords in written music, using the standard-chords system, which is best for playing from written music.

Lesson 15. Playing Standard Chords (Advanced)

Learn how to play the more complex, and rare chords, you will encounter in written music, including slash-chords. Learn about the alternate ways different music publishers use to specify the same chord. Learn the importance of matching the key-signature when playing chords.

Lesson 16. Musical Time, Notes, and Rhythm

Learn about the musical clock, running throughout all music, and about musical time-signatures, and tempos, in written music. Learn how the shape of the note (or rest) tells you the length of the note (or rest). Learn how to count-out the rhythms in written music, using different time-signatures. This lesson tells you the rest of what you need, to play written music you’ve never heard before.

Lesson 17. Dynamics (Volume) in Written Music

Learn the dynamics (loudness and expression) markings in written music. Learn how to play them by changing the chords window to the dynamics window, and controlling the loudness and expression using the numeric keypad.

Lesson 18. Repetition in Music

Learn how written music repeats sections of music, and even skips-around to different places in the music. Learn how to play pieces of music that don’t just go from beginning to end, but repeat, and skip around.

Lesson 19. Playing With Both Hands in the Melody Section

Learn how to improvise music with both hands in the melody section of the keyboard.

 

You can learn more about the Music-Lab Discovery lessons, and even try out the first lesson for free, by clicking (following) the link below:

The Music-Lab Discovery Lessons

What If I Want To Play Another Musical Instrument, in school band, for example?

Most people will find that the KeyMusician Keyboard is the only musical instrument they want, or need.

If you want to learn traditional music keyboard technique, simply connect a MIDI keyboard to the application.

This will give you additional expressiveness, and instant accidentals, still keeping (if you choose) the same fingering in every key-signature.

If you want to learn another musical instrument, what you learned in playing the KeyMusician Keyboard will get you about 1/3 the way there.

You’ll already know how to read music, and to improvise music. You will have experience playing along with (and keeping up with) the music of other players (as in school band).  A surprising amount of what you learn is applicable to other instruments.

People who learn to improvise with both hands on the melody section, are pleasantly surprised that what they learned is directly applicable to the piano keyboard, as long as they stick to the white keys.  Watch this video to see how.

What Do I Need To Take The 20-Hour Musician Course?

A computer, running Windows, Mac OS (not iOS), or Linux, with Internet access.

You need a keyboard with a separate numeric keypad for playing chords, or for using the dynamics window.

A desktop is fine, but a laptop is more portable.

You need a physical keyboard (not a touch-screen), because you need to be able to play by feel.

What’s My Next Step?

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