[bct] Re: Keyboard

  • From: "Frank Lizarde" <flizarde@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 13 Jan 2006 11:16:27 -0800

That's the magic of podcasting.
Record what's interesting to you.
You never know who else could be interested in it.
Give it a go.
I'm not saying that I'll use it, but there's always the delete key.
Frank
----- Original Message ----- From: "boomerdad" <boomerdad@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 10:12 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: Keyboard



<Grin> Neil, our stories are very similar. I've also been playing since I was three, mostly self-taught. Now that I'm older, I wish I'd practiced more during lessons, because I'd love to be able to play jazz or classical piano. But I digress...

My mom plays piano, and they needed a place to put her piano, and it just happened to be the room which became my bedroom. I'd been singing since I was two, apparently knowing all the words to certain Frank Sinatra songs, and just started plunking out single-note songs on the piano. Eventually, I discovered these notes could be played together, making these really neat things called chords! <Grin> And then I discovered John Williams's Star Wars music when I was about six or seven. That's when my improvising really took off. Now, I can sit for hours and just play whatever comes into my head. I find it quite therapeutic sometimes. I thought about submitting some of that as a podcast, but I'm not sure how interesting it is to listen to from an outsider's perspective. I mean, there's not really any song-structure. It's very stream-of-consciousness (Not the unmelodic kind of stream-of-consciousness, but it does wander aimlessly from one kind of music to another), and it's not without little mistakes here and there. (Sometimes I can cover them up by using the mistake as inspiration to lead me in a different musical direction ... and sometimes, it's just glaringly obvious that was an ooops.)

Improvising is a lot of fun.

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 8:54 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: Keyboard



I have played piano since I was 3 years old. I told my parents I wanted a piano. They had no idea if I could play or not. For that matter, neither did I. The next Christmas, there was a piano sitting in our living room. When I went to kindergarten, I told my teacher I could play. She asked me to play for the class, and not thinking of anything I wanted to play, I found myself just making up something on the spot. One thing lead to another and it is now many many years later.

Neal



-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Sky Taylor
Mundell
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 10:39 AM
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Subject: [bct] Re: Keyboard


wow so are you a piano player? I play piano too!
----- Original Message ----- From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 8:18 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: Keyboard



Kristian, I look forward to your demo. And you bring up another important point. Keyboards normally do not have any speakers attached. Some of the less expensive ones have them built in. And then there what are called Digital Pianos which often have a speaker system. I have to use an amplifier and a speaker system to hear what is being played. I also have a separate speaker system for performances.

Neal



-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Kristian
Whawell
Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 10:12 AM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Keyboard


Hi mary, I have this yamaha tyros arranger workstation keyboard, it cost me about £2400 or so, and another £60 for the hard disk I had fitted to this device, it does not have sampling capabilities like neils kurzweil does, but it does have a lot of voices preprogrammed over 1000 of them, plus any others you create using the editing features it has onboard. for the £2400 I payed, I got the keyboard itself, a piano stool, the speaker system which consists of 2 satilight speakers that clip to the keyboard and the bass sub woofer that you can place anywhere where needed, I got the keyboard stand, it came with cables required, manual, etc, I think I'll have to do a little review of the sounds it has to offer, I'm not the worlds best player, but I love this keyboard, and the fact that it gives you room to grow musically too. if you are a singer, and you wan to do fancy harmony stuff, the tyros is right there with it's vocal harmoniser facility, it really does sound

good! my review won't cover all of what it has, but I'm sure you'd get
an appreciation of what it can offer sonically.





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