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PLAY KEYBOARD NUMERICALLY part 1
 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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birdINTRODUCTION

Welcome to the coaching sessions of PLAY MUSIC KEYBOARD (part one). This manual uses musical scripts that contain numbers to play the song. Its a unique methodology that uses numerical logic and color perception connected to music to make the learner perceive sound and play the keyboard.

The numerical script to play the song is accompanied by two sets of song files. The first set of audio file of the song contains the whole song, which is played without any interruption. While the second set of the song file contains the song played line by line from the musical script box. Each row of the music script makes a song line. This enables the learner not to get lost in the maze of numbers and tackle each song line by line.

The E book has been separated in to individual booklets, to promote the idea of limited intake of new paradigms, which you can practically apply in your day-to-day life. When you are presented with a whole bucket of variety cookies, you simply loose interest. But when you are presented with a different cookie everyday, you savor it with much pleasure.

I wish you all the very best in your quest for learning keyboard and would appreciate your feedback to upgrade this coaching manual.

 

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KEYBOARD PRIMER

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Keyboard is a lovely instrument with light and dark keys. Whatever the size of the keyboard you have it is inevitably arranged with light and dark keys one after the other. Here is the sample design of a keyboard.

The white keys represent a particular type of sound and the dark key next to it provides the same sound with a sharper tone.

The layout of keyboard is the same, but the number of white keys and dark keys vary with each keyboard.

This is a rough representation of a normal keyboard. This keyboard consists of five octaves.

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CONCEPT OF OCTAVE

Octave is a collection of notes, denoted as S, R, G, M, P, D, N, S in Indian music scale system and C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C in Western Music System.  Given below is the individual drawing of a single octave.

OCTAVE WITH NOTES CDEFGABC/SRGMPDNS

Through out this book the various octaves used to play music will be represented with colors in the following order:

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* MIDDLE OCTAVE: WHITE AND BLACK KEYS

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* UPPER MIDDLE OCTAVE: LIGHT GREY AND BLACK KEYS

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* SECOND UPPER MID OCTAVE: DARK GREY AND BLACK KEYS

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* LOWER MIDDLE OCTAVE: LIGHT BLUE AND BLACK

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* SECOND LOWER MIDDLE OCTAVE: DARK BLUE AND BLACK KEYS.

 

What if your keyboard has only three octaves? How do you locate the Mid Octave? The octave that is in the middle of all the octaves of your keyboard represents the Mid Octave of your keyboard.

 

The notes of the octave C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C is being numbered as 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 for easy understanding. The entire songbook is number based. And the sharp of the notes in black keys are represented with the number followed with sharps. Like 1#, 2#, 3#, 4#, 5#, 6# and7#

TAKE A LOOK AT THE NUMERICAL SCRIPT GIVEN BELOW

 

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The box with key 1 in a white background refer to mid octave key, the box with key 2# in a light gray back ground refers to upper mid octave key, the dark gray box housing key 3 refers to second upper mid octave key, the light blue box housing key 5 refers to lower mid octave key, the dark blue box housing key 7 refers to second lower mid octave key.

 

 


 

 

Workout for the day

     Take out your junior keyboard, switch it on and try to associate the numbers and colors of each octave given in this booklet with your keyboard.

     Try placing all the five fingers of each hand to cover each octave numbered from one to seven. Press the keyboard buttons to play them and perceive the sound with eyes closed.

     Shift your hands from one octave to another higher and try playing it.

     Try to play the various octaves in varying speeds and introduce new combinations of numbers to play with. For e.g.: 1,3,5,7 or 13131357 etc.

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