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Dynamic markings in music

Piano Blog by Skoove – Piano Practice Tips Music would be boring and lifeless without dynamics. Dynamics in music give motion, direction, and intention and fill a piece of music with emotion and meaning. Dynamics in music refer to changes in volume, tempo or speed, and feeling.  Dynamics are generally marked with a combination of … Continue reading Dynamic markings in music

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Arturia Unleashes User Wavetables With MicroFreak V4.0

Pianos – Keyboard and Synths – Music Instrument News Arturia have unleashed another major new firmware update for MicroFreak, bringing massive new creative functionality for users free of charge. Firmware V4.0 elevates this hybrid desktop synthesizer’s status as a sound design powerhouse, with user wavetables, a new sound engine, new presets, and much more. Microfreak’s V4.0 … Continue reading Arturia Unleashes User Wavetables With MicroFreak V4.0

Akai Professional Announces Force Feature Update 3.1

Pianos – Keyboard and Synths – Music Instrument News Akai Professional, a leading manufacturer of music equipment for performers and producers, is proud to announce FORCE 3.1, its latest and most substantial update to the FORCE standalone music production system. FORCE 3.1 introduces the next chapter of standalone performance with revolutionary features and functionality alongside … Continue reading Akai Professional Announces Force Feature Update 3.1

What in the world is jazz theory?

Piano Blog by Skoove – Piano Practice Tips Jazz theory refers to a particular area of music theory that relates to the chord progression, scales, melodies, and rhythms primarily used in jazz music. It uses the same tools as more traditional music theory, but can be applied in a generally more free-form way to analyze … Continue reading What in the world is jazz theory?

Tracktion Launch Huge FREE 1.2 Upgrade To Abyss Synthesizer

Pianos – Keyboard and Synths – Music Instrument News Following the massive success and reception of Abyss, a unique spectral synthesizer that represents sounds with colours, the Tracktion Corporation is celebrating by releasing a huge 1.2 update absolutely FREE. To further enrich the sonic potential of Abyss, version 1.2 now incorporates FM capabilities bringing a … Continue reading Tracktion Launch Huge FREE 1.2 Upgrade To Abyss Synthesizer

Adult piano students need adult strategies

Piano Blog by Skoove – Piano Practice Tips Finding the appropriate music for your skills level and interest is a key part to progressing on the piano as an adult student. However, it can be difficult to find the proper music to practice when you are just starting out. Some music may seem too easy … Continue reading Adult piano students need adult strategies

The ethereal augmented chord

Piano Blog by Skoove – Piano Practice Tips The augmented chord is one of the least understood chords among beginning piano students. It is frequently used by composers and songwriters to elicit feelings of otherworldliness, dream-states, surreality, and ethereal feelings.  Despite their seemingly scary reputation, augmented chords are not terribly difficult to understand and incorporate … Continue reading The ethereal augmented chord

You too can become a self-taught musician

Piano Blog by Skoove – Piano Practice Tips Many of the most famous musical stars of the last century are self-taught musicians. Oftentimes, self-taught musicians exhibit a higher degree of “implicit understanding.” That is, they are able to play and perform music on their instruments often without fully understanding the music theory behind it.(1) Additionally, … Continue reading You too can become a self-taught musician

The enigmatic diminished chord

Piano Blog by Skoove – Piano Practice Tips The diminished chord is one of the most enigmatic and often misunderstood sounds in music theory. To many people, it sounds quite dissonant and unattractive. However, the diminished chord is a very useful and beautiful harmony when used properly.  The diminished chord is inside of many larger … Continue reading The enigmatic diminished chord

IK Multimedia releases SampleTron 2 for iPad

Pianos – Keyboard and Synths – Music Instrument News IK Multimedia releases SampleTron 2 for iPad, combining the powerful sound engine of award-winning SampleTank with IK’s industry-leading tape modeling technology to recreate the distinctive, ultra-vibey sounds of tape-based samplers from the ’60s and ’70s, along with quirky early digital sample players and vocoders. Ready for … Continue reading IK Multimedia releases SampleTron 2 for iPad

Casio Music UK Launches ‘Light Up My Life’

Pianos – Keyboard and Synths – Music Instrument News Casio Music UK, one of the world’s most renowned producers of electronic keyboards and digital pianos has partnered with Music For Dementia and charitable care provider MHA, to launch ‘Light Up My Life’ – a new research initiative to better understand how music can positively impact … Continue reading Casio Music UK Launches ‘Light Up My Life’

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