Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Play Classic Keyboard Songs With MIDI

MIDI song files can be, and have been, used for pretty much any musical purpose. But if you're a keyboard enthusiast interested in learning some classic keyboard parts, here's one extremely practical use: for songs that feature prominent keyboard or piano parts, Yamaha's MIDI files are designed to help you not only enjoy the song, but to perform it on your keyboard.

To do this, the first thing to do is find the keyboard track in the song. You can look at the list of featured songs below to see the keyboard track.

Now, you can go back into the channel mute or mixer displays and mute the keyboard track so you can add in your own performance.

If you need help learning the keyboard part, we recommend digital sheet music from Digital Music Notebook.

If you want to find the keyboard track yourself for other songs (assuming there is one), there are a number of ways to do this using your keyboard's mixer or channel mute panels. Try looking for the track assigned to the keyboard (or piano) instrument in the mixer. Or, try playing back the song and muting channels using the channel mute panel until you find the correct channel.

To get you started, we've hand picked a few songs with unmistakable keyboard or piano riffs, like Van Halen's "Jump" or "Brick" by Ben Folds Five, that are easy to learn and master using the steps we sketched out above. Check below for a full list of keyboard songs.

- Doug

Jump - Van Halen : Keyboard Part on Track 5

The Final Countdown - Europe : Keyboard Part on Track 6

Let Me Entertain You - Robbie Williams : Keyboard Part on Track 4

Love Song - Sara Bareilles : Keyboard Part on Track 4

Brick - Ben Folds Five : Keyboard Part on Track 4

Mad World - Gary Jules/Michael Andrews : Keyboard Part on Track 4

It's Amazing - Jem : Keyboard Part on Track 4

Also Sprach Zarathustra - Deodato : Keyboard Part on Track 4

- Doug