Infant Eyes, Wayne Shorter’s jazz ballad on an Ableton Push from QB Warm Days on Vimeo.
Wayne Shorter’s ballad Infant Eyes: Performed with an Ableton Push triggering Kontakt (+ a foot pedal)
I am not an instrumentalist.
The Push, and the Linnstrument, have the same 2d note layout as bass and violin (perfect fourths on the vertical, half-tones on the horizontal), which I have found to be quicker to learn harmonic and scale things, because of what is called “transpositional invariance”, IE one hand shape for a chord quality in a particular voicing is the same when transposed to all 12 keys. Like on a bass, if you play a particular root note, your hand always makes the same shape to play the fifth above it, no matter which root it is. On the piano, that’s not the case. The hand shape to play C and G is not the same as when playing Bb and F, or Db and Ab, so the practice regime for all 12 keys on the Push or Linnstrument is different and I would say easier, than on piano.
(I DO NOT ADVOCATE THE “IN-KEY” MODE OF THE PUSH! I BELIEVE CHROMATIC SHOULD BE DEFAULT)
Since I discovered this I abandoned the keyboard and I’ve devoted the last few months to a practice regime with the Push, and I’m slowly getting somewhere.
Notice that some pads light up even though I’m not pressing them, because many notes are accessible from two pads, for example there are two separate pads you can press to trigger F3 and if you press either of them, then both light up.
Fingering is it’s own challenge on these things - with a lot of new things to learn but most things are easier - for example reaching across three octaves with just one hand becomes possible, or, playing fourth chords (no, not sus 4 chords - fourth chords, meaning chords voiced from stacking perfect fourths, IE play E, A D,G,and C together, which could be a C 6/9 that happens to have the C on top), is the easiest possible thing in the world, therefore a repeated pedal bass line, such as C, F, Bb is also ludicrously easy to play… And the 2 dimensional aspect is so fascinatingly flexible, you can turn your hand in any direction and do things that you just couldn’t do on a piano. This is something that is going to take years to fully explore