Equipment and Setup
Total Viewing Time: 18 minutes
Resources mentioned in the video
- Grab Video: www.keepvid.com, www.dredown.com, Quicktime (all Macs, can be purchased as well), Screenflow ($99 the one I use--Mac Only)
- Create Video: Garageband (comes free with all *new* Macs, LogicPro X ($199, the one I use, Protools, Reason, Cakewalk Sonar, Ableton, FL Studio, Cubase, and Studio One. **Even the iPhone can record your keyboard but you will need a USB Printer Cable and an iPhone Adapter
- Sounds: you don't need sounds on your keyboard, they are irrelevant, buy a MIDI Controller first (see below), then a keyboard. I use Keyscape, but there are many out there. Search for VSTs on google and find hundreds
- Equipment: you don't actually need a keyboard to record music online or to make a video. If you are connected to a computer start by purchasing a MIDI controller (the one I used to create all of my youtube videos in green below), then upgrade to a keyboard. The keyboard I currently use is the Yamaha Motif and Roland Fanton
- Edit your Video: I do all of my videos in Screenflow, see above link. Most professionals use Adobe Premerie or Final Cut Pro but please note that these have a steeper learning curve. On the lower end you can also edit videos in Apple IMovie or similar video editing platform
- Share Your Video: I share all of my videos to Youtube. Be sure to always upload at a resolution greater than 1280x720 so the video can have HD quality. If you are personally sharing a video but only want certain people to see if you can upload the video as "unlisted" in Youtube. I upload all of my "premium" videos to Vimeo. I pay monthly for this service because they have a better control over where videos can be played. If you are uploading audio only you can upload to soundcloud
"The Scale that routine Conquers All"
Total Viewing Time: 30 minutes
The Scale Routine contains the following sections
- The first part of the scale contains an altered scale movement in the right hand an a dominant chord movement in the left
- The second part of the scale contains a contrapuntal movement following an Aflat Lydian pattern
- The third part of the scale uses 4 different versions of Dominant chords, inspired by Jesus' Molina
- the Fourth part of the scale contains a 5-1-4 progression ending on a nice rootless Db, upper extension dominant chord
- The entire second line of the scale comes from Mike Bereal's "More than Anything." A lot of great movements and helpful licks to know.
- The third line contains a move that I got from Cory Henry's movement. It is contained in the song "Lift every Voice" and is used to supplement any V7 chord. To hear the exact voicing used go to this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9QSOzf6ano and skip to 0.36, this move was changed to the key of A flat in this exercise
- The last V7 chord right before the final chord is from Sean and technically does not have a quality, but its a great sounding chord that although "out there" still resolves to the 1 quite nicely
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Here are answers to some frequently asked questions:
That time thing is stupid. I really don't have time to practice
In the first video, you mentioned dropping friends, so should I stop playing around people if I am better than them?
Do we get anything for learning that scale routine? Its difficult... You can't really expect us to learn it in every key