We are a loose-affiliation of music people that are using and/or promoting and/or building
Alternative Musical Instruments, usually keyboards.
If you have experience in ...
Bloggers we follow
Other alternate music people you should know about
Jim Plamonodon has retired for now.
We are looking for articles in a light, breezy style, with simple illustrations and demos, and vocabulary and phrasing must reflect the fact that many readers of this site are English-as-a-second-language.
For the moment, Ken is the Editor-in-Chief. You are urged to take his opinions and suggestions seriously. His tantrums are legendary.
Motto: Music is very simple...only the piano and score make it look hard
My Goals, to become:
I started out about 10 years ago at solid 0 on a scale of 1 to 10 (could not sing much of anything on pitch, due to growing up in a profoundly a-musical family).
Such musical ignorance has risks: I flirted with death many times: I could spot a single violinist in the university orchestra flub a note by half a semi-tone. (I'm not unique - most people can do this). If I was impolite enough to mention this, or even to twitch a disdainful finger, my girlfriend (later my wife) would hiss "you can't sing a single note on pitch - don't you talk" and threaten to strangle me.
As they said of the talking dog; "'tis not that he speaks poorly, 'tis a wonder that he speaks at all". I read a book or three on how music is perceived and generated and figured out what goes on "behind the curtains" in music, and used it to help myself learn.
Aside: It's actually relatively simple, but just hard-ish to explain, but with the web I have facilities (pictures, sounds, animation) that can a writer could never have dreamed of, 20 years ago.
My interest in the jammer keyboard is because I'm too lazy to learn a hard, confusing instrument like the standard keyboard ... even though I have one in my living room. Said keyboard is my wife's, who is an superb pianist and singer. She's at the opposite end of the talent range, a solid ten.
You are invited to follow my half-cracked adventures in learning to play it.