Try using an unfamiliar backing to your music. I have been playing ‘The Winner Takes It All’ with the Piano Orchestral Ballad, sped up to about 100 bpm, or even using the Chillout rhythm for the same song, and it sounds great. The Kenneth Baker books do not mention any of this and just suggest a Rock rhythm which is a bit vague. There are all sorts of combinations that will give you a new feel to a familiar piece of music.
Another way to add a difference to your songs is to press the Transpose button up 2 or 3 steps and then play as usual. Don’t forget to use Drum Fill In and Variation too, even the cheapest Yamaha keyboards have a rhythm variation and some have four variations to choose from.
What about adding a mic for a bit of fun? A lot of keyboards and CVP pianos have a microphone input and some will harmonise your voice and add backing vocals. Or if your annoying your family, or want to practise to yourself, treat yourself to a set of headphones. I stock microphones from £5 upwards, and headphones from £15, go on, give it a go, you may be impressed with the result.
So this week be adventurous and try something new.
Sean Cumberland. 0115 9795919