DAWs are great democratizers. They make the means of (music) production more accessible to more of the people than ever before. But they also democratize production by mediating the boundaries of technique. Previously, only musicians with good technique could play fast. Now anyone can. Technique needs no longer be a condition or an obstacle to the execution of creative ideas.
I am not a keyboard player. Sure, I play a little. I have a little bit of technique. And I know what notes to play and when to play them. But I don’t have the piano technique to execute my ideas at fast tempos. Enter Logic’s tempo sets as a convenient way to switch between a slower part entry tempo, where I can play in my parts with the timing and feel that I want, and a faster playback tempo, where the parts are played back at full speed.
In this video, I’ll show you how I like to record the left and right-hand parts separately to create up-tempo jazz solos. If you want to learn more about this approach, as well as a solid underpinning of which scales and modes to use and when to use them, check out my video series The Cheat Sheet for Programming Jazz Piano.