Monday, March 23, 2015

Music Education Monday: Electronic music production tips, plus a keyboard workshop with Richard Tee

This week for "Music Education Monday," we've got some new info on electronic music production techniques, and a classic video workshop with a top session keyboardist:

* Ableton, makers of the popular Ableton Live software used for electronic music production, has put online a good-sized chunk of the new book Making Music: Creative Strategies for Electronic Music Producers, which purports to offer "a collection of solutions to common roadblocks in the creative process, with a specific emphasis on solving musical problems, making progress, and (most importantly) finishing what you start."

The book's website includes includes eight full chapters of the 25 included in the print edition, covering topics such as active listening, presets as starting points, and "procrastination and timeboxing." If you have even a passing interest in the techniques being discussed, it's worth a look.

* In the video window below, you can watch Contemporary Piano With Richard Tee, a video workshop released in 1984 featuring the late gospel-influenced keyboardist who was a first-call NYC session man from the late 1960s until his death in 1993.

A co-founder of the influential instrumental group Stuff, Richard Tee was well known in the jazz world for his work with Hank Crawford, George Benson and Grover Washington Jr., and also did tours and recording sessions with many other famous jazz, R&B, rock and pop musicians and singers. The video features Tee discussing topics including practice techniques, chord substitutions, left-hand technique, how to back a vocalist, and how to play in studio sessions.

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