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  • in reply to: Getting that Hammond sound #32183
    User AvatarMatt Jenson
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    Hi Angela,

    As for two keyboards. To be honest, these days I mostly only use the Nord (I have a Stage 4) and use splits, sometimes even 3 way splits. Mostly I have the organ bubble sound on the left side and piano for chopping on the right side and that will cover what I’m doing. I have some splits where I have the left hand piano (chop) and various lead synth sounds on the right side. Some 3 way splits I have the piano in the middle, left side organ and right side lead synth sounds. I also have a bunch of dub pads with all kinds of effects programmed in on the patch buttons on the lower level so I can be playign the organ LH/piano RH patch and quickly hit the dub pad patch for dubwize/riddim sections and get back to the organ/bubble patch lightening quick.

    However there are times where the music is a bit more complicated and it’s easier to have the main keyboard on the bottom with just piano, just organ, or with the organ/piano split while the keyboard on the top will have lead sounds, dub pad sounds, clavinet, and perhaps horn sounds. Also there are times where I will bubble with the right hand (and chop with the left) and often times I’ll put the organ bubble on the top keyboard for right hand bubbling….switching quickly to say horn parts, or lead parts….or dub fx stuff.

    Make sense?

    in reply to: chord inversion / voice leading – first chord choice #32182
    User AvatarMatt Jenson
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    Woooohooo!

    in reply to: Getting that Hammond sound #32179
    User AvatarMatt Jenson
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    Hi Angela,

    Your Nord will sound pretty darn close to a real B3! I’m not going to go into a text description here because the Organ Course on A of R gets into this! You’ll see there are basically two bubble tones: the hi tone and the lo tone (as I call them). Very specific and easy drawbar settings.

    Let me know if you have it figured out!

    Matt

    in reply to: chord inversion / voice leading – first chord choice #32177
    User AvatarMatt Jenson
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    Hi Dave,
    Probably the most important thing to consider is the range. You want to try to keep the keyboard chops in the range that I discussed in the video on that. It’s not really about the root position being a voicing that’s perhaps more important, or something you’d always start with because it’s the ‘root’ and not 1st or 2nd (or 3rd for 7th chords) inversion. It’s all about keeping the voicing in that sweet spot I demonstrated. So that could mean root position or any of the inversions.

    Does that make sense?

    Glad you’re learning!

    Matt

    in reply to: Syncopated bubble #32174
    User AvatarMatt Jenson
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    Hi Robert,

    There’s no name for that LH pattern, in fact, for a lot of the items on all the keyboard lessons there are no formal names because the world of reggae music education is so new. In many cases I am making up these names and try to make them as accurate descriptors as possible. (I mention this on one of the intro videos.) That said, the LH is playing one regular bubble and one mento chop and repeating it. It’s tricky!

    in reply to: Video on Hand Independance #32170
    User AvatarMatt Jenson
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    Hi Robert…OK! Glad you found it. I should say ‘the ONE-SHOT on Hand Independence.’!

    in reply to: Hardware & Software #32169
    User AvatarMatt Jenson
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    Thanks for chiming in Luca!

    in reply to: Hardware & Software #32152
    User AvatarMatt Jenson
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    Hi Robert,
    I’ll be getting Tuff to give you some advice. I don’t think he’ll know much about VST plugins for guitar but the ‘analog’ stuff he’ll know well. On the ‘viral’ video he does talk about his guitar model and the strings and pick ups he uses. That video is on the ‘guitar one shots’ page.

    As for guitar VST’s I use Orangetree samples Evolution Hollow Body Blues guitar and the Evolution Stratosphere. They’re very good in my opinion….although I have not compared them to others.

    Keep on skankin!

    Matt

    in reply to: Clavinet #27953
    User AvatarMatt Jenson
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    Hi Aldo,
    INDEED! This is my next One Shot lesson. I’ll probably get it done in February, 2024. This is such an essential topic for reggae keyboards!

    in reply to: Reggae Piano Accents Question #27948
    User AvatarMatt Jenson
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    Hi Johannes,
    Sorry for the late reply on this. I’ll look into the issue you’re speaking of. I’ll bet it’s more of a typo of sorts than anything else. I’ll proof it and fix it.

    Keep on bubblin and skankin!
    Matt

    in reply to: The journey to reggae keyzie #27798
    User AvatarMatt Jenson
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    Hi Johannes,

    This is a great idea! I will do a One Shot lesson on this as soon as I can! In the mean time, play along to some of the practice loops with just your left hand shuffling. But bear in mind, that is implicitly somewhat difficult. You’ll probably notice that when you add your right hand playing the chop that the LH shuffle will get easier to play. They naturally work together. (This is also true when you switch hands.)

    This, no doubt, will be discussed in the above mentioned one shot.

    Keep on …..BUBBLIN!
    Matt

    in reply to: The journey to reggae keyzie #27795
    User AvatarMatt Jenson
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    Hi Jonathan,
    We’ve been in touch through Email. Thanks for pointing out that slight mistake on Basic Theory course, lesson 3. I’m fixing it now!
    I hope you saw my email saying that the Organ Course 1 dives very very deeply into playing the BUBBLE. There’s a little about it on Piano Course 2 but you generally do not play the bubble on the piano. Check that organ course and let me know what you think!
    Matt

    in reply to: The whistle bubble #27726
    User AvatarMatt Jenson
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    Sorry for the late reply Rem,

    The whistle bubble is played exactly as the ‘classic’ bubble but it’s really about the right hand chop that’s being played while the left hand is bubbling…so it is a bit confusing. But it is for sure a ‘thing’ a certain sound that you will hear on some reggae tracks out there. There is a good example on the curated play list – Tribute to the Marytr’s by Steel Pulse. Give that a listen. I hope this helps!

    in reply to: A french keysie in the place ! #27716
    User AvatarMatt Jenson
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    Hi Brad,

    Bienvenu! I wish I spoke more French. I had a great time on tour with Groundation for 2, 5 week tours last Summer and Fall. The French fans are AMAZING! Hit me with any questions you may have, or just post here on the forum.

    Bubblin,
    Matt

    in reply to: rotary control #27681
    User AvatarMatt Jenson
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    HI Remy,
    No there are not any rotor speeds that are more ‘reggae’ than any others. The speed of the rotors, on a real leslie depends on the WEIGHT of the top horn and lower rotor. The rotor, is made of plywood in most cases and larger, therefore heavier so it speeds up and slows down slower than the very light weight horn on the top. So those speeds are rather random. Sometimes the digital settings have the lower rotor speeding up too fast, but in my opinion it’s not that worth stressing about. Hope that helps!

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