Have you felt that your piano skills have been getting stuck lately?
How about, when it’s time to make a beat, you’ve just hit producer block. You don’t know where to go. You have one loop made, you feel it’s really catchy, but how do you proceed off it?
Well, the trick is knowing your scales to improvise over top of the loops. Let’s go over some tricks to help you improve your improvisation while making beats.
Piano Scales — What Are They?
Piano scales are simple. You don’t have to know them all, and what makes them complex is knowing how to play them fast. So take your time, and you’ll get to improvising at your own speed.
Each note has a scale, and in that scale there are 7 notes. Those 7 notes are the notes that are going to sound good with each other. That’s a little trick that really starts to make you understand how improvisation on the piano works!
Here is a website that helped me out when I started up. By clicking on C, then under Scale, select Major, you will see what notes are involved in C Major. These are the 7 notes that are going to sound good with each other. You will notice C Major does not have any black notes in it. So if you’ve ever wondered when you play the white notes, then try to play the black notes, that the black notes just don’t sound good, the answer is probably, you are playing in C Major ;).
Click on different letters and see what notes are in each triad chord. Browse through other notes like D, F, G etc. just to get an idea of how the chords work. Different letters have different notes, but each letter has its own scale with notes that sound good to that scale.
Once you understand what scale you are playing in, you will be able to take advantage of this tip and slowly improve your improvisation skills with your beats!
Tips to Improvise While Making Beats,
As I went over in this video, I found a cool way to improvise is to simply create a loop, make a drum loop as well, then try to play over top of the loop you’ve originally created.
By doing this, it will teach you how to follow the chord progression you’ve created, this alone is hard to remember in more complex beats, plus, will get you practicing playing over top of loops. — The more practice, the better you get!
Delays and Reverbs HELP!
While you have that original loop and drum loop playing, for your second sound you are playing over top, trying to improvise with, increase the delay and reverb on that sound. Delay and reverb sound very pleasant to our ears. It makes the sound very warm, epic, rich, and full sounding, filling in those gaps that we don’t have the skills yet to play.
Now, once you find that nice melody you want to record over top of your loop, record it! — But, once it’s recorded, lower down the effects (the delay and reverb), because come mix time, sounds overloaded with delays and reverbs can really make mixing harder than it needs to be. So just dial in where you can hear it, but it’s not drowning out the whole mix (unless you like it that way, and it sounds good to you!).
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