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I can recommend this video "tutorial" for the aspiring musician (not just keyboard player), for it is informative and entertaining.
Briefly introduced by the charismatic Jools Holland, and thereafter explained with demonstrations by the highly talented Matt Clifford, this tutorial is a professional compilation of introductions to various aspects of the electronic keyboard, showing what can be done with it.
Matt also gives some of the history behind the development of the modern keyboard (at the time of compilation in the 1990s). There is obviously a continuous development in the technology of keyboards, yet this exposé of keyboard basics is still highly relevant today for the newcomer to the keyboard who might even be experienced in using an other kind of instrument (guitar, flute, etc.)
The tuition commences with a short introduction by Matt, followed by a series of simple lectures with demonstrations:
- A short history of Synthesis ("Synthetic" music compilation).
- Keyboard technique (which is mostly about playing key notes and scales - very informative, but not as yet practically understandable for anyone new to playing music) - good for referencing later.
- MIDI (Multi-Instrument Digital Interface) and Sampling.
- Orchestral features built into the electronics of the keyboard.
- Rhythm (Sounds and use of percussion and base)
- Sequencing (- requires some experience to fully understand this)
- Getting the best out of one's keyboard.
- Finalé (Ending lecture)
The menu selections on this video can be flawlessly managed by remote control (without the jarring changes in video display that sometimes happens on my unit with other DVDs), except that I find it impossible getting it to go back to the main menu at any stage while the tutorials are in progress (on my unit)
The DVD that I acquired is a copy of what originally was a taped recording (Matt refers to the recording as a "tape"), which has been masterfully reproduced, giving a clear display (with no "fuzzy" or "grainy" appearance.
The recording runs for 1½ hours, and can be easily accessed for later referencing.