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Songwriting with EZKeys

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R&B Ballad

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    Tutorial 1

    Developing an Idea

    5:30

    Eli enters some simple chords into the Song Track, and auditions them with some verse patterns from the RnB MIDI Pack.

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    Tutorial 2

    Constructing a Chorus

    4:59

    Use the randomize function in conjunction with the Split Song Blocks tool to create a chord pattern for the chorus.

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    Tutorial 3

    Building an Arrangement

    7:21

    Follow along as the piano part is tweaked, and a simple bass part and melody are added.

Funky

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    Tutorial 4

    Funk Idea Intro

    6:04

    EZ Keys is used to generate a funky bass part, followed by an intro style piano vamp on top.

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    Tutorial 5

    Funk Form

    7:30

    Eli develops the song form using a few different EZKey MIDI patterns over a new custom chord progression.

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    Tutorial 6

    Funk Shaping

    3:56

    See how combining MIDI patterns from different EZ Keys styles offers more flexibility matching the piano part with other song elements.

Country

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    Tutorial 7

    Country Style

    6:37

    Here EZ Keys is used to create a piano part around an existing melody.

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    Tutorial 8

    Creating a Chorus

    4:54

    The randomize chords function is used for harmonic inspiration.

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    Tutorial 9

    Chorus Melody and Intro

    3:43

    Hear the chorus melody inspired from the EZ Keys generated chords, and watch as a simple intro is added.

Toontracks EZKeys isnt just a great sounding collection of piano instruments and grooves, its a powerful songwriting tool. In this video tutorial series Eli Krantzberg guides you through unlocking your songwriting ideas using EZKeys and a number of different song styles as examples!

Eli begins by developing an R&B ballad by entering basic chords into the Song Track. From there, Eli uses the powerful Browser Window to audition patterns from the R&B MIDI Pack. Eli then creates the entire arrangement easily within EZKeys, and finishes it off with Bass and Melody parts.

Next, Eli shows you how to build a more funk oriented song by generating a funky bass part and then creates a custom chord progression with the different MIDI patterns. Finally, Eli uses patterns from different EZKeys styles to build a unique and interesting arrangement.

Finally, Eli builds a country-style song. For this track, Eli starts with an existing melody, and uses the Randomize Function to create some cool parts, producing an inspiring Country tune complete with an effective intro!

Whether youre new to EZKeys or youre an existing user ready to get creative with it as a songwriting tool, dont miss Songwriting with EZKeys!

Will R
Submitted 3 weeks ago

Excellent presentation

Eli explains the process very clearly in this presentation. Although I own EZkeys, I have not used it in the manner that was explained and this opens up a whole new world of possibilities. I would like to see an update of this that would include rock or pop, but overall this was an excellent product.

I am a: Musician, Hobbyist

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antonio
Submitted 1 month ago

Inspiring course

This course focuses on using EZKeys for song writing, to find inspiration, and to add color to your music. It clearly explains, with real examples, and it makes you realize that EZKeys is not just a piano instrument plugin, but much, much more. Actually the songwriting capabilities makes it a more interesting tool that the instrument itself.

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Thunder
Submitted 7 months ago

Gave me a better insight on using this product.

I've had EZ Keyes for a while now. Will be using it a lot more after getting ideas from this training.

I am a: Producer, Musician, Hobbyist

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ddstewart9
Submitted 10 months ago

Informative!

Thanks to Groove# songwriting with EZkeys just got easier!!!!!

I am a: Musician

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CJG007
Submitted 10 months ago

Groove3 - Songwriting with EZKeys

Excellent! Eli always delivers. So enjoy his teaching style...This is such a great piece of software and this tutorial really helps in getting the most out of it. There was a whole lot in here that i didn't know. Great stuff!

I am a: Hobbyist, Musician

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RolandKeys88
Submitted 11 months ago

Very Practical Approach

great to see song writing in action in such a practical way as presented in this video series. this course is a great complement to the EZ Keys Explained course. it gave me some fresh, creative ways to use the tool which i hadn't considered. Can't wait to get back into using EZ Keys - didn't realize what a powerful tool I actually have in my 'toolbox'…gotta get to writing now!

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I started playing drums in high school at age fourteen. Like most kids my age around then, I was into progressive rock. Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, and Yes. They rocked my world. A few short years later though, my musical life changed. While studying music in college I discovered Charlie Parker, Milt Jackson, Sonny Stitt, and John Coltrane. Milt Jackson spoke to me in such a profound way that it left me no choice but to take up vibraphone.

These great players, along with  drummers like Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, and Elvin Jones changed not only the way I thought about drumming, but also music - and by extension, life - as a whole. I realized life was meant to be a creative endeavor. The idea of improvising based on a loose set of guidelines and rules permeated into my psyche even when I wasn't holding a pair of drumsticks or mallets. But if I am going to be perfectly truthful, I have to hold Henry Miller and Woody Allen equally responsible for shaping the way I view and experience the world around me. 

2. What training have you had?

I am currently an Apple certified Logic Pro. Young and cocky, and armed with only a partial University degree, I dropped out of school and  began playing steady commercial hotel engagements and jazz gigs when I could. This went on for many years until I decided it was time to complete my degree - which I ultimately did with a major in Political Science and a minor in music. 

It was at this point that I formed my current band Nightshift. We are going in to our twenty third year now - playing commercial one nighters like weddings, corporate events, etc. Don't turn your nose up at it though - it has allowed me a wonderful quality of life. It gave me the freedom to go back to school and complete a post graduate degree in Communications Studies - all the while supporting myself by playing weddings.

3. When did you get into recording?

It was in this graduate program - in the early nineties - that I found myself drawn to the fledgling emerging universe of hard disc recording and midi sequencing. Based on nothing more than the recommendation of one of my band mates who had an old Atari, I jumped in head first and bought a Mac LC ll, along with a version 1.1 of what was then Notator Logic. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, in hindsight, it was a decision of epic importance in my life - shaping my future as much as the music of Milt Jackson and Charlie Parker did fifteen years prior. 

I opened up my own commercial home studio in 1998 and began doing a variety of projects, working on radio jingles, artist CD projects, and whatever came my way. A couple of years later a colleague called me up - desperate. He was working at a post production house and one of the editors had just quit. They were doing audio post for a weekly TV series and needed a Pro Tools editor - and fast! And so, once again, I jumped in head first into what would ultimately open up my world even more - the world of Pro Tools. 

4. People you have worked with/for?

Focusing on Logic, I built up a small but loyal client base and my phone kept ringing for Logic tech support and instruction. Film composers and studio owners all over the city were calling me. Even the music stores were giving out my phone number at this point! This kind of stuff becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. The more of it you do, the more calls you get to keep doing it. At least that's the way it should be!

As my Logic chops kept growing, I was hired by an old buddy of mine, Len Sasso, who was then an associate editor at Electronic Musician magazine, and began writing some columns for them. I had a blast doing them - and really learned to focus and express my thoughts in a concise and clear manner. This lead to a collaboration with LA based composer Terry Michael Huud on the 2006 film called Civic Duty - which was certainly one of the highlights of my professional life as a composer. 

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I wake up every day excited to boot up, and create. Whether it's instructional videos, creating music, working with a studio client, performing with my band, or teaching at the schools - my days are filled with what I love doing. Enriched by the stimulation and creative freedom this modern music making software brings to my life. I bring that excitement and passion to each and every training product I create. My years of experience both using and teaching these programs has taught me the best way to make the user comfortable with these complex programs.

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Songwriting with EZKeys is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent presentation Eli explains the process very clearly in this presentation. Although I own EZkeys, I have not used it in the manner that was explained and this opens up a whole new world of possibilities. I would like to see an update of this that would include rock or pop, but overall this was an excellent product.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Inspiring course This course focuses on using EZKeys for song writing, to find inspiration, and to add color to your music. It clearly explains, with real examples, and it makes you realize that EZKeys is not just a piano instrument plugin, but much, much more. Actually the songwriting capabilities makes it a more interesting tool that the instrument itself.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Gave me a better insight on using this product. I've had EZ Keyes for a while now. Will be using it a lot more after getting ideas from this training.
Date published: 2016-09-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Informative! Thanks to Groove# songwriting with EZkeys just got easier!!!!!
Date published: 2016-06-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Groove3 - Songwriting with EZKeys Excellent! Eli always delivers. So enjoy his teaching style...This is such a great piece of software and this tutorial really helps in getting the most out of it. There was a whole lot in here that i didn't know. Great stuff!
Date published: 2016-05-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Practical Approach great to see song writing in action in such a practical way as presented in this video series. this course is a great complement to the EZ Keys Explained course. it gave me some fresh, creative ways to use the tool which i hadn't considered. Can't wait to get back into using EZ Keys - didn't realize what a powerful tool I actually have in my 'toolbox'…gotta get to writing now!
Date published: 2016-05-08