Learn Piano for Beatmakers and Producers | Riley Weller

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Learn Piano for Beatmakers and Producers | Riley Weller

Beatmakers and classical piano players have different goals, so learn to improvise on the piano as a BEATMAKER.

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Course Description

There are tons of videos on the internet in regards to learning the piano, but over my years of producing beats, I've realized we as beatmakers play the piano differently than someone trying to learn classical piano.

So why do we have to learn the piano from a classical standpoint when we're wanting to create awesome beats - whether that be beautiful piano beats, or just have a better understanding of chords and improvisation?

Cause here's the thing:

As a beatmaker, we create repetition.

We create loops which are on repeat over and over, and our goal is for these loops to be extremely catchy. (Also keeping in mind for our other instruments in terms of mixing for clarity.)

So in this course I cover with you:

  • The basics of a piano to get everyone on the same page
  • How keys, scales, and chords work
  • Figuring out powerful chord progressions (and sharing some of my own personal favorites!)
  • Thinking in terms of melodies and improvisation
  • How to bounce around with your right hand
  • Left hand techniques to add fullness to your composition
  • Playing with both hands
  • Popular note placement, counting beats, and different rhythms in the industry.
  • How to stay motivated to practice piano as a beatmaker

I have been practicing piano almost every day for the past 5 years, and these are the things that I have discovered and want to share with you within this course.

By the end of the course you will have an in-depth understanding of chords/scales, and be able to improvise on the piano.

From here on out, it's up to you to practice with this knowledge to take your productions to the next level!

Hope this course is the tipping point in your productions! :)

# GratuiTous

Who this course is for:

  • The intermediate producer wanting to take their piano skills to the next level
  • A beatmaker/producer wanting to learn improvisation on the piano


What will you learn in this course:

  • Play piano specifically for making beats
  • Understand how chords (major + minor) and scales work
  • Improvisation when playing the piano
  • Learn extremely helpful techniques such as arpeggios, inversions, etc.
  • Creating catchy melodies with confidence
  • The basics of a piano
  • Play piano with both hands!
  • Tricks to stay super motivated to want to practice!


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • Have a Piano/MIDI Keyboard to practice with.
  • Be able to use your DAW at a beginner level
  • Have a beginner's level of music theory and notes. (This is gently covered in the course.)
Learn Piano for Beatmakers and Producers | Riley Weller


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

4 Lectures
  • play icon Course Intro 04:01 04:01
  • play icon Real-world Piano Beat Walkthrough Example 1 [Goals Shall Be Achieved] 09:46 09:46
  • play icon Real-world Piano Beat Walkthrough Example 2 [Thy Kingdom Come] 13:01 13:01
  • play icon Piano Playing Example 01:37 01:37
Make Practicing Enjoyable
1 Lectures
How a Piano Works [Music Theory Overview]
10 Lectures
How to Actually Play and Improvise on a Piano
8 Lectures
Tips for Staying Motivated to Practice Piano
1 Lectures
1 Lectures

Instructor Details

Riley Weller

Riley Weller

FL Studio Trainer - Making Beatmaking EASY to Understand!

GratuiTous (Riley Weller) has been teaching how to make beats with FL Studio since 2011!

He is known for making concepts simple and easy to understand, which allows his students to see results without feeling overwhelmed.

Making beats is supposed to be fun and rewarding, and if you follow his step-by-step courses, you will discover how much fun music production can actually be!

He has worked with a GRAMMY-Nominated artist, has created many FL Studio Courses and Beatmaking Books, and hosts the podcast "Music Production Made Simple" !

Thank-you for your interest in taking my FL Studio training material, your business means so much, and I hope they help you learn beatmaking in a very organized, simple, and EASY-to-UNDERSTAND fashion!

Riley !

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