Just a few silly questions.

Posted by: WhomanBeans

Just a few silly questions. - 11/15/12 09:49 PM

Hey guys. I have 2 questions.

Any tips on turning guitar riffs into melodies on the piano? I'm not sure whether this is a silly question or not.

Secondly, what exercises/books/etc are most recommended for developing speed, agility, evenness, and dexterity?

Thanks.
Posted by: rocket88

Re: Just a few silly questions. - 11/15/12 09:55 PM

Notes are notes. I play Blues guitar/sax/harp riffs all the time. (harp = harmonica, typically "cross harp" in the Blues music world).

Just play the same notes.
Posted by: Bobpickle

Re: Just a few silly questions. - 11/16/12 03:40 PM

Originally Posted By: WhomanBeans
Hey guys. I have 2 questions.

Any tips on turning guitar riffs into melodies on the piano? I'm not sure whether this is a silly question or not.


It's just a matter of identifying each note and the rhythms and then taking it to the keyboard/piano verbatim (of course in the proper key). Many guitarists don't know a whole lot of music theory or are all that familiar with the piano, I've found, so if you'd include yourself amongst this group, I welcome you to check out a thread full of free resources on learning [more] theory here: http://www.pianoworld.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/1948785.html



Originally Posted By: WhomanBeans
Secondly, what exercises/books/etc are most recommended for developing speed, agility, evenness, and dexterity?


Speed and agility come steadily in time as you familiarize with technique and its specific application to what you're learning (definition of technique here: http://www.piano-ology.com/Technique/TheDevelopmentProcess.php). As for evenness, it's just a matter of practicing while always employing evenness - that is to say, if you never practice with evenness, how could your playing come out even when trying to perform. A simple piano/scales/cadence book (google/Amazon search "Alfred's scales") will develop "dexterity" with even practice, of course wink
Posted by: WhomanBeans

Re: Just a few silly questions. - 11/25/12 09:54 AM

Thanks a lot, guys. I've been meaning to sit down with headphones at my keyboard, listening to riffs and trying to play them, but I've been intimidated. I usually just pay close attention to the tonal changes in everything. My understanding has broadened. I feel like my understanding of music is beyond my technique and my ability to play, but I'll get there
Posted by: Brian Lucas

Re: Just a few silly questions. - 11/25/12 10:16 AM

Originally Posted By: WhomanBeans
I usually just pay close attention to the tonal changes in everything.
In a way that almost makes it easier, since you won't need to pay attention to the tone the way a guitarist does, just the notes. Start with a slow riff with few notes and go from there. The more you do, the easier it becomes and you can move on to harder riffs.

If you are playing a keyboard with a pitch wheel or stick, it can be fun to put it on a synth sound and try to replicate the bends in the strings too.