• Another 'New Toy' ... and something else to learn
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So today I have taken delivery of a new MIDI controller ... not too expensive to be honest.

I think I might I have got over my 'mental block' of reading music (it's always been about the rhythm not the notes) , that make me now think, "Yes, I can to a basic extent "read music".

This is a big deal for me of course. The breakthrough is a combination of the course I am doing and also reading around the subject again.

I'm also starting to learn how to play keyboards to some extent. One thing I did notice is the finger dexterity I have from guitar playing, especially since I've always used my little finger when playing, means that it feels natural under the fingers to use all the fingers.

Exciting times in the MrBouzouki camp

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Re: Another 'New Toy' ... and something else to learn
Reply #1 on: October 27, 2020, 21:53:13
That's a good one I think @MrBouzouki  !!!  I just got the same one a few days ago.  :ok:   

Learning keyboard, learning the music theory - 
And now .... you have passed the point of no return.  >:D
Bill
Songwriter, Keyboards, Arranger, Producer & Engineer for November Sound

November Sound is based on the Mother, Father & Son musical trio of Melissa, Bill & Will. I'm the father so anything I post will have my wife singing and/or my son playing percussion.


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Re: Another 'New Toy' ... and something else to learn
Reply #2 on: October 27, 2020, 23:10:24
@MrBouzouki  - enjoy your new toy! Am curious about feeling natural under the fingers to use all the fingers. Is that also the case with typing?
I'm going to play my keyboard right away, to feel natural under all my fingers!
new guitar 4-6-2020 https://soundcloud.com/oorlab/12string-demo1 12string Cort.


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Re: Another 'New Toy' ... and something else to learn
Reply #3 on: October 27, 2020, 23:54:02
@Bill from November Sound  >:D >:D >:D

@oorlab - i may not have expressed myself very well. What I meant was quite often guitarists, especially electric players, tend to solo using fingers one and three and ignore the little finger. As such it's weaker as a result. Since I've always made a point of using all my fingers when playing scales etc. then the use of a finger for each key in a keyboard patterns seems quite natural. Things like T23 pass under T2345 when playing C Major for instance. 


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Re: Another 'New Toy' ... and something else to learn
Reply #4 on: October 28, 2020, 08:16:03
Congratulations @MrBouzouki
I must admit I am completely out of my depth.
I know of a Toyota Celica T23, but anything else eludes me.
I read all your posts on music theory, although I very seldom understand what’s it got to do with what I hear in my skull.

And all these black and white thingys make me very very nervous. I know that black keys matter, but I guess the same goes for the white ones.

That you and @Bill from November Sound bought the same kind of magic IS magic.

But keys? I use keys to open the front door.
I wish you lots of inspiration and kicks with this one.
Kind regards, Gus


Re: Another 'New Toy' ... and something else to learn
Reply #5 on: October 28, 2020, 11:36:47
You know @MrBouzouki  once you register it you can doownload a preset so it can work with Cubase?! I did. All those buttons work perfectly! 
For the price it's pretty unbelievable.   


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Re: Another 'New Toy' ... and something else to learn
Reply #6 on: November 12, 2020, 15:29:28
Yep I've done that @Bill from November Sound ... I asked on a Cubase Facebook forum first  and somebody said it was a 'no brainer'.

It seems to have all the bits I need without lots of extra but I love the transport and the programmable buttons

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Re: Another 'New Toy' ... and something else to learn
Reply #7 on: November 12, 2020, 21:44:12
The keys themselves feel a little strange @MrBouzouki  .... not bad, really ... just kind of soft, velvety, even a bit slippery.
Most keyboards have a bit of a stickiness to them with a gloss plastic, faux wood or painted wood.
These ones are different and are taking a bit of getting used to.


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Re: Another 'New Toy' ... and something else to learn
Reply #8 on: November 13, 2020, 00:58:03
A bit of sandpaper will roughen them up @Bill from November Sound  :pompom: :pompom: :pompom:

Joking aside, my calloused guitarist hands can't tell the difference.

I'm holding off a Cubase update for a while. Some good features but it looks like they have had a nightmare with licence authorisation.

The tool that allows you to just isolate vocals from a track or just remove vocals to leave an instrumental track is almost like Harry Potter magic  ;D ;D ;D  It uses artificial intelligence apparently. All those we will make you a backing track companies going out of business as a result.



 



Re: Another 'New Toy' ... and something else to learn
Reply #9 on: November 14, 2020, 18:11:46
A bit of sandpaper will roughen them up @Bill from November Sound  :pompom: :pompom: :pompom:

Joking aside, my calloused guitarist hands can't tell the difference.

I'm holding off a Cubase update for a while. Some good features but it looks like they have had a nightmare with licence authorisation.

The tool that allows you to just isolate vocals from a track or just remove vocals to leave an instrumental track is almost like Harry Potter magic  ;D ;D ;D  It uses artificial intelligence apparently. All those we will make you a backing track companies going out of business as a result.

IDK @MrBouzouki   .... there's squasher, imager, etc. kind of cool!  8)   I've always been .5 versions though. (10.5 now) It's more expensive route  but I think they work out the kinks before it gets to there.


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Re: Another 'New Toy' ... and something else to learn
Reply #10 on: November 16, 2020, 18:17:56
I love it when things pay off.

 I bought a Z stand about £35 and it means it can slide my new MIDI keyboard under my desk when not in use and I still have the leg room. WIN 🙂

Also everything is lined up so it's not off to the side


Re: Another 'New Toy' ... and something else to learn
Reply #11 on: November 17, 2020, 03:41:39
Whoah @MrBouzouki that's fancy!



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