I’m back with another tutorial and in this one. I’m gonna show you tips and tricks for piano roll and I’m gonna show you a few things that you might not know about the piano roll.
Let’s get back to the video to open piano roll just radically gone the sound PN row and this is where we’re gonna spend most of our time right now so a lot of you struggle with making melodies and chord progressions so there is one huge tip I can give you right now for that are you sheet and make you melodies have you been struggling to make a good chord progression for hours but you keep failing well will rain no more all trying smell the green tape a solution for all of your problems.
Does anyone remember that video but now in all seriousness, if you do struggle with making melodies here, ‘s a little quick tip you can use and that is going to the piano menu go to helpers scale highlighting and choose automatic now nothing change as you might have noticed but once you start putting down some notes it will make a difference so lets actually create a few bass notes.
As you might have noticed once you put in the furred note it has enough information to determine what type of scale you are in and from that point on you just put the notes on the grid where it is a great out a little bit more so these are all goods for this key you are in so, for example, let’s put a nose like this and now let’s put in the melody some sort of melody so just stick to the highlighted parts of the grid and lets create this melody and as you might have noticed once we created the melody the key of the song changed therefore the highlighted parts changed a little bit for example this one is now off-key because it’s not on the highlighted part before it was fine but once you add more notes it changes the scale so now let’s move this one down or maybe even down here on the highlighted parts and let’s hear the type of melody recorded.
So it was really simple it’s a great tip for everyone who has trouble creating good chord progressions and melodies now that we have this simple melody with some bass notes let’s add some chords to do that use the stamp tool which is this icon right here click on it and now you can create what type of a chord you want to make so let’s choose major and just to create it right here then let’s do a minor chord and put it right here as you can see something changed right there but the only reason that happened is because now the chord is selected once you deselect it changes back so don’t worry about that if you want to create multiple chords and you do want to like keep going to the same tool just deselect the only one then select the minor chords and you can put it in here multiple times.
And it’s gonna hear this one doesn’t quite sound right as the minor chord so let’s change that to major chord again delete this one put in the major chord.
Just like that we have ourselves a little chord progression with some melodies in the key of F major you can see the key in top left corner of FLstudio’ that’s where it shows okay to make this piano seems more natural we can actually randomize the velocity so select the top notes only for this experiment and go to tools which is this icon right here then go to randomize and only have the levels enabled as you can see we move the velocities randomize the velocity of the knobs and make them seem more natural you can also disable the bipolar which will only make them louder and if you enable it will make them louder and quieter so yeah let’s just have it as this and press accept
Another tip you can use is to use the slice tool and hold the Alt key so you can slice anywhere in piano roll and just slice it up like this and press delete were gonna have some nice rolls which feel more natural so just like that
This one is actually quite offbeat so you can use control press Mouse and drag it to select and then to move it hold Alt key and you can move it even of the grid also select all our chords and randomize the velocity once again just a little bit something like this maybe except.
Another thing you might notice you can resize the notes from the right side but you cannot resize them from the left side which I think is kind of annoying so you can actually enable that just goto the menu edit allow resizing from left now you can resize knows from both sides which is a really nice little tip now let’s actually reset these by selecting them and pressing ctrl Q which means they will stick to the grid as they are supposed to and I showed you the slice tool before but we can actually use the strum tool just select the chords to write a song and go to strum.
Just an increase of time may be changed the end time as well that’s another way we can do this as well now as you can see once if you use the same tool the cords stick together if you wanna ungroup them just select them go to group ungroup and now you can freely move any notes wherever you want one tip I want to show you is when you have some narrow selected you can press Ctrl + arrow up or down to put them octave up or down so let’s put the octave down and now another way you can sell it knows is holding ctrl + shift together and then pressing mouse and dragging it to select the middle notes and then hold ctrl-arrow up create this whole progression that has the Millhouseoctave higher now it sounds like this.
So that’s another shortcut you can usethat helps a lot all right so let’sreset the course once again so let’s sayyou want to copy your chords over theeasiest way to do that is to hold ctrlselect them and then ctrl B that willcopy the course over after the firstselection so that is the easiest way tojust copy them one after another youdon’t have to worry about like nothitting the grid properly and stuff likethat so let’s delete the melody for nowand let’s put the course octave up soone of the things we can do in FL studiois to arpeggiate these chords so let’splay them and go to our pad shadesnow we have this arpeggiojust like thisalso you can use different putters thatare hereso yeah arpeggios are pretty nice if youwant to quickly transform your chordsinto a melody arpeggio is a good way todo that now let’s bring the melody backand so one of the things what if we wantthese chords to be like one afteranother like this so I just did that ittook a few seconds but what if we haveway longermelody chord progression and withdifferent science notes it would take awhile to do that so what you can use isthe Chop function so just go right hereto chop and you can saw it again
You can select you can sell it from different chopped rhythms and you can even create your own so those are shops let me actually just decrease the volume hold shift to have the volume the same.
So now what if we want to make it this way faster one of the things we can do is select the whole thing and then you have this arrow so if you drag it you will make it slower if you drag it to the left you will make it faster and also if you hold Alt key while dragging it will snap to grid and make it a bit easier to set up so let’make it like this and now we will be pretty fast so maybe we want it like this.
That brings me to another point which is time signatures now this is not the usual time signature so you can actually change the time signatures in time markers at time signature change do like three four and as you can see it almost seems like this is the correct one but if we put it in the playlist it wanted on the correct beat we would have to change the time signature in here as well but in piano roll it makes a lot more sense and the grid is set up so we can work in this time signature and the last thing that I can show you is another shortcut hold shift and arrow up or down to transpose the notes up or down.
Any guys that is a few piano tips and tricks I hope you learned something new think there is a lot of things in a fuss to do that a lot of people don’t know about and it’s always good to export them and show them – you might want to watch this video a few times to like remember all these things and make sure to use them to really remember them and hopefully it will save you some time in the future other than that.