As part of my Depth Year, I’m challenging myself to create and publish an improvisation every day in 2018. I know a variety of factors will see to make that difficult. Fitting it into my schedule is the least of the issues — perfectionism and fear will be the biggest […]

PSimprov: A year of daily improvisation


My Daily Improvisations for January 2018. 1 Jan 2018 2 Jan 2018 3 Jan 2018 4 Jan 2018 5 Jan 2018 6 Jan 2018 7 Jan 2018 8 Jan 2018 9 Jan 2018 10 Jan 2018 11 Jan 2018 12 Jan 2018 13 Jan 2018 14 Jan 2018 15 Jan […]

PSImprov January 2018


Introduction While most music compositions and arrangements you’re likely to work on will be written in just one time signature, you may well find yourself needing to handle two or more time signatures in the same piece of music. It’s generally accepted that GarageBand, Apple’s free music creation software for […]

How To Have Multiple Time Signatures in GarageBand



“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” is one of the most well-known and loved Christian hymns of all time. It was written by Isaac Watts in the early 18th century. As common with many hymns, it has been sung to a variety of melodies. This tutorial uses the Rockingham tune […]

How to Play “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross” on ...


One important consideration when buying any keyboard-based musical instrument is the weight of the keys. The ‘weight’ of a key refers to the amount of pressure it takes to depress it. The key weight generally ranges from very soft/light organ and synth style keys, through semi-weighted keys, up to piano-style […]

How to choose the right key weight for your keyboard ...


Yamaha introduced its first S Series arranger workstation keyboard in July 2006, meaning the range has just celebrated its eleventh birthday. Although we don’t know what the “S” stands for, it’s clear this range was targeted at the more advanced and professional musician. The first model launched four years after […]

Yamaha PSR-S Series Comparison: All twelve models compared



Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table by Rick Wakeman
We’ve just heard that Rick Wakeman is a headline act at next year’s Stone Free Festival (18/19 June 2016, O2 Arena, London). As part of the 12-hour-per-day multi-stage festival, Rick will be performing the album “The Myths And Legends Of King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table” in […]

Rick Wakeman to perform entire “King Arthur” album live at ...


Update: Just realised the post in question is nearly four-and-a-half years old. Apparently, though, it’s OK for a “scrapbooker” to make a six-figure annual salary, but not a piano teacher. We tend to let people alone here at Piano & Synth Magazine, but when we read this rant (passed on […]

Rant Buster: Lain Ehmann bemoans piano teachers


15 tips for accompanying a singer on piano keyboard - musician basics
As a pianist, you may be asked to accompany a solo singer for a performance or recital. While this may be a nerve-wracking concept, follow our tips and you’ll soon be a pro accompanist! 1. Sort printed music, be minimal Once you know what song or songs you will be […]

15 Tips for Accompanying a Singer on Piano Keyboard



Arturia BeaStep
Arturia has shown off its BeatStep pad controller offering a range of features in a compact and highly portable body. Key features include: MIDI controller Mode – RED LED MODE Step Sequencer mode – BLUE LED MODE 16 velocity and pressure sensitive pads 16 encoders 16 MIDI Controller presets 16 […]

Arturia BeatStep revealed


Elektron Analog Rytm
Elektron used the NAMM14 show to unveil its Analog Rytm 8-voice analog drum machine. Touted as a one-stop solution beat machine, the Analog Rytm offers the following features: Twelve backlit velocity/pressure sensitive drum pads 8 analog drum voices Dedicated analog circuit design Customisable samples Multimode filters Reverb/delay send FX Compressor/distortion […]

Elektron Analog Rytm unveiled


M-Audio HDH50 headphones
M-Audio has shown off its HDH50 high definition headphones, offering great sound reproduction for monitoring and studio use. Key features include: Studio-grade quality, tuning, and frequency response 50mm neodymium drivers provide critical audio detail Gunmetal aluminum and steel construction Closed-back design prevents sound from leaking in or out Around-the-ear padding […]

M-Audio HDH50 high definition headphones