Songwriting Tutorial

Songwriting with EZKeys

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9 Videos | Length: 50min 34sec
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Chapter 1 : R&B Ballad

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    Developing an Idea

    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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    Constructing a Chorus

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

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    Building an Arrangement

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

Chapter 2 : Funky

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    Funk Idea Intro

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

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    Funk Form

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

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    Funk Shaping

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

Chapter 3 : Country

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    Country Style

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

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    Creating a Chorus

    The randomize chords function is used for harmonic inspiration.

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    Chorus Melody and Intro

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

Product Overview


Toontrack’s EZKeys isn’t just a great sounding collection of piano instruments and grooves, it’s 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 you’re new to EZKeys or you’re an existing user ready to get creative with it as a songwriting tool, don’t miss “Songwriting with EZKeys”!


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Songwriting with EZKeys is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 23 .
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Interesting, but EZkeys Explained is both sufficient and better It was interesting to see slightly different approaches to using EZKeys, but I'm not sure how much added value this has on top of "EZkeys Explained". If I didn't have an All-Access Pass, I think I would have been disappointed with this course.
Date published: 2021-04-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fifteen Bucks? I wish my student loans added up to Fifteen Bucks! I just had a great EZKeys lesson in a course by Eli Krantzberg called 'Songwriting with EZKeys'! It was a major time saver! I know I could have figured it all out by myself with a little help from Youtube...but my time is more valuable to me than $15! Great investment! In 30 days I plan to take at least a dozen courses! Grove 3 does music tutorials better than anyone! Strongly Recommended!
Date published: 2021-03-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very informative and interesting Eli is a very good teacher and the lessons are well presented. The videos are varied in their presentation approach and show how to write very professional sounding tracks, using the wonderful EZ Keys software (in different ways) to appreciate its amazing potential. Great stuff. Thank you Eli !!
Date published: 2020-10-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Inspiring Very inspiring, open minds to do new things
Date published: 2020-09-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Comprehensive Enjoyed the videos. Showed me different possibilities for workflows that I hadn't thought of.
Date published: 2020-08-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Creative Process Wow. Helps the right brain focus much better by getting rid of the challenging technical stuff!
Date published: 2020-08-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Inspiring to watch! Very informative. This is my second time watching this, and I've gotten even more out of it this time. Eli is really a natural teacher. This video series will get anyone going on their songwriting journey.
Date published: 2020-05-08
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Just nice See him just drag an drop midipatterns. Every new Video he "I prepare allready melody/bassline/drums etc" without explanation.
Date published: 2020-04-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helpful — VERRY! Eli does it again! A very excellent demo of how to use EZKeys to experiment and compose—using both EZKeys and the DAW. And it is extra helpful to hear/see more than one example. Perhaps the best part is, the tutorial is less than an hour! Simple yet effective. Thanks!
Date published: 2020-01-08
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Perfect Intro Mr. K is a wonderful instructor and the combination of 'how to use ezkeys' and seeing his songwriting flow was a great way to learn.
Date published: 2019-11-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Well Done ! Another really good tutorial from Eli Krantzberg. He realy makes it easy to undertand, giving plenty of ideas on how to use the instrument and the ways it can be more useful.
Date published: 2019-10-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from good training! helps me decide on preferred software
Date published: 2019-08-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Gave me loads of ideas! great walkthrough, full of helpful tips
Date published: 2019-02-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Eli's the best I have watch or purchased a few lessons by Eli. He is the best. Explains things well and sneaks in music theory to challenge and inspire.
Date published: 2019-01-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Perfect Extension to the Understanding EZkeys Set Eli continues on from the first set, developing three songs with EZkeys. Each song is developed from a different basis. I learned a lot about how to use EZkeys in different ways in constructing a song.
Date published: 2018-03-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent ! Really nice examples of using EZKeys to help with writing songs.
Date published: 2018-02-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from It hits the point This is a very nice explanation of songwriting! If you are starting with songwriting you have to start here!
Date published: 2017-06-16
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
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