Keys - Stealing from Guitar

electronic keyboard

If you're a reasonably competent musician have you ever borrowed from another instrument? As a keyboard player have you borrowed a sax line, or as a rock drummer been influenced by some ethnic percussive instrument? It's a great way to develop as an artist. It can be a challenge to hear something on a different instrument and say can I do that on mine?

That thought in mind spawned today's lesson. We worked a tapping run out on guitar and then transposed it to keyboard. One cool thing we noticed is that a direct transposing of our original composition (very close to this one) did work, but something was lost. The piece needed a little re-interpretation to make it gel as a keyboard run. This is a great point. There's a major difference between stealing and being influenced. Being inspired.

We've specifically avoided adding chords, although it is based on the E Major scale. We chose E Major to get a good mix of black and white keys. Although chords could be applied to individual bars we've treated the whole thing as an E Major run and kept any chordal movement purposely ambiguous - although there are strong chordal tones implied in each bar.

Playing guitar on keyboard

The piece itself is composed for piano. However, if you've got an electronic keyboard (or even better two) experiment with those ultra high notes. Let the B note sustain for the first bar, and then let the E note sustain the rest of the whole piece instead of all those beat one hits. And, of course, if you're a digital musical split the high notes onto a different track and go crazy.

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