September 2009

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When it comes to music creating and recording software I would recommend Cakewalk – probably the most powerful and easy to use products for music. Information on how to use this software at Cakewalk’s YouTube Video Channel

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First, learn how to play the chords. You could download the keyboard chord chart from this post and start practice playing them. I would suggest you start out with learning these chords first – Dm F Gm Am C Bb – When you learn these five chords you could play just about all Lao country songs out there because with the keyboard you could use the transpose button for scaling the notes.

Second, learn the melody. For me I used a program call Vanbaso. I just load in the midi file of a song that I want to learn. Mute all the channels except for the melody and a play along with it. And if I want to get the chords for the song I would mute all the channels except for the guitar chord. You could also lower the tempo if it is too fast for you. Pretty cool program to get the chord and the melody part.

If you are not a visual person then I would suggest this program Midi2Notation. Just get the player version it is free! With this program you could print out the melody part of a song or just the guitar chord. Check it out!

The key here is to learn the chord of a song, the melody and then bringing them together. Have fun!

Download these programs, a free midi and test them out. This is how I learn! If you like to share with us how you learn your keyboard lessons please post it here.

Keyboard Chord Chart
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Professional Resources:
Professional Piano Chords For Everyday Pianists
Instant Chord Finder

Related Links
How to Play Electronic Keyboard for Beginners

Play Simple Chords On Keyboad

Thai Pop Music Lyrics and Chords

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First, you need to install the music software downloader on your PC. The software should come with the keyboard.  Once you have that, connect a USB cable to the E403 and in the software,  click on musical instrument and flash memory.

Add your files and it will take about 10 seconds each to download.
When this is complete, you can retrieve your style files by pressing the function button and  scrolling through until you find the sub menu “SFF load” all of your loaded styles will be in that area.

To load a style from “SFF load” press “0″ than press the yes button.
This will load that one style into style # 156

LaoKeyboard

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Like many people, I have always loved listening to music while I work.
It makes even the most boring tasks seem enjoyable and I think a lot of people can relate to my music addiction. So here are top 5 awesome music resources for music addicts!

Songza is a free service that helps you find songs, share them with your friends, and even create playlists. There are Lao and Thai music as well. Check it out!

songza

Blip.Fm – Allows you to become your own DJ. Discover new music! You could also listen to streaming mp3′s. Create your own free internet radio stations. The best part is that it is free!

blipfm

Hypem.com - Probably the best songs and blog posts of music on the web – search and discover something new.

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JustHearIt - Search the web for any song in the world. You could can listen to any song you want and also create a media library which allows them to build their online music collection and listen

JustHearit

MixPod - Allow you to create a free MySpace music playlist/player. Also for Friendster, Facebook, Orkut, hi5, blog, website and many more!

mixpod

If you have any online websites that you would like to share with the Lao music community please post in the comment section.

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Thought I would go ahead and share the second lesson with you guys. Hope, you got a chance to check out our first lesson with Master Bounseung. In this lesson, you will learn of a soothing style of Lao traditional music called “Lum Puthai”. This is my one of my favorites. Check it out! Feel free to leave your comment.

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Growing up in Thailand, I never had a chance to play a musical instrument or have my own band. I was too poor at the time and still now! I am very anti-talent when it comes to music and it’s very hard for me to overcome. Just last year, I got myself an electric guitar. I had no clue what to  do with it or how hard can it be to learn but I just I knew was that needed it!

5.  Lamvong Lao – Leum Lai Ban Fan
Listen to a Lao band in Thailand playing the song “Leum Lao Ban Pha” with the guitar intro! Exceptional guitar piece. Video from YouTube.

4. Santana – Moon Flower
At the time, I didn’t know the name song but I just love the guitar intro solos of the song. Way to go Santana!

3. Loso – Somsan
Loso is great! Probably one of the greatest songs of all time..with very awesome ending solos!

2. Wanipop – Carabao
Thai band – they are good! The solo part is very inspiring. The first time I heard the song was just amazing to me.


1. Morlum – Motasai Hang

I love the guitar sound playing to this style of music. I guess I am a country boy.

Free Guitar Lessons:
How to Play Guitar for Newbies
Wiki Guitar
Guitar Reference
Free Online Guitar Lessons

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