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Beginner switching between instruments
#2883257 08/25/19 10:21 AM
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Hi,

I started with a 61 key MIDI keyboard without any prior knowledge of theory, fingering etc. and upgraded to Roland FP-30 earlier this year. I believed that I wouldn't require a pitch bend/mod wheel as a beginner, but I started making rapid progress and now miss the option to manipulate sounds in real time.

People who faced similar dilemma were recommended to buy a cheap MIDI keyboard and use its pitch/mod wheel along side their DP-s. That sounds good, but why stop there? Having say a Korg Microkey 25 in front of me means easy access and more opportunity to jam out playing a "one-handed" synth lead. A small micro keyboard is accessible, cheap (no worry about abusing it!) while my DP is not as easily accessible, it's expensive, it's heavy and I treat it like my baby. Common sense is that the more you can practice the better, right?

However, my greatest fear is undoing everything I've learned (muscle memory-wise) if I start spending more time with a small controller with microkeys that require different hand and finger placement. For example: I went a month without playing my DP and then resumed playing, and although I had a slight moment of confusion compared to e.g. if I just played it a day prior, but things worked out fine. Now if I go a month without playing the DP, BUT spend each day playing on microkeys and possibly altering muscle memory......then what? Is my fear valid? Should I avoid playing smaller keys until I'm intermediate level?

It might sound like I'm trying to make a mountain out of a molehill, but I wouldn't risk losing the muscle memory that you work so hard for. smile

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Steve-22 #2883310 08/25/19 01:05 PM
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What kind of music do you want to learn and play ?

Classical, jazz, blues, pop, rock, metal, hip hop ? Or your own composition ?



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Originally Posted by Steve-22
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However, my greatest fear is undoing everything I've learned (muscle memory-wise) if I start spending more time with a small controller with microkeys that require different hand and finger placement.. . .

It might sound like I'm trying to make a mountain out of a molehill, but I wouldn't risk losing the muscle memory that you work so hard for. smile


As someone who uses both a DP and a mini-key synth:

. . . It's a pain in the @$$ to switch between them.

Until you get good mastery of the touch of weighted keys, and their size, I would avoid crossing over onto a mini-key synth.

_After_ your fingers know how big an octave is, and how to handle dynamics with weighted keys, without thinking about it:

. . . If you want to occasionally play mini-keys, it won't hurt you.

(I don't teach, and this advice is worth what you paid for it.)


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And something like a Kawai MP11 wouldn't work?

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Parcival #2883702 08/26/19 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Serge88
What kind of music do you want to learn and play ?

Classical, jazz, blues, pop, rock, metal, hip hop ? Or your own composition ?



I want to learn and improvise effectively to make my own compositions. In other words, I'm learning to play the piano to sort of ditch the mouse inside the DAW.

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Originally Posted by Steve-22
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. . .

However, my greatest fear is undoing everything I've learned (muscle memory-wise) if I start spending more time with a small controller with microkeys that require different hand and finger placement.. . .

It might sound like I'm trying to make a mountain out of a molehill, but I wouldn't risk losing the muscle memory that you work so hard for. smile


As someone who uses both a DP and a mini-key synth:

. . . It's a pain in the @$$ to switch between them.

Until you get good mastery of the touch of weighted keys, and their size, I would avoid crossing over onto a mini-key synth.

_After_ your fingers know how big an octave is, and how to handle dynamics with weighted keys, without thinking about it:

. . . If you want to occasionally play mini-keys, it won't hurt you.

(I don't teach, and this advice is worth what you paid for it.)



Thank you for the input. I had a feeling it'd come to this. frown I might opt for a breath controller instead.

Originally Posted by Parcival
And something like a Kawai MP11 wouldn't work?


Way out of my budget and the Roland otherwise serves me well.


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