Using a fakebook

In the previous entry, I recommended fakebooks as a source of music for Yamaha keyboards. Here, I’ll briefly review the information contained in a fakebook and how it translates to operations on the keyboard. As an example, Fig. 1 shows a fragment of the song Always from The Ultimate Fake Book. The song is relatively […]

Where to get music

After purchasing a keyboard, the first thing you need is music. For this discussion, I’ll assume you will be using styles and single-fingered chord selection for the bass on a Yamaha keyboard. In this case, the ideal musical score consists of a single melody line and chords. If you’re intending to play Rachmaninoff in the […]


Many of us would love to perform music, but only a few have the synapses to accomplish the task. A common manifestation of the problem is late-in-life piano lessons. You struggle through an succession of simplistic pieces and then run into the same brick wall you encountered as a teenager. And then, what to do […]