One of our recent tutorials on Chord Planing and House Chord Progressions (recently featured on sparked some interest in the on-screen keyboard we’ve been using in our video tutorials. The device let’s our teachers show what notes are being played on a MIDI keyboard during a presentation or video tutorial.

In this short video I show you how to build this simple device yourself using Max For Live. And you can also download the finished device here. Note that Max For Live is included in Live 9 Suite, or can be purchased as an add-on product to Live 9 Standard.

More than just a tool for teachers to help with presentations, the device has other handy applications as a teachers resource – it can teach you how to play a given midi part. Want to learn the parts of a song but it’s not in MIDI form yet? Use Live 9’s Convert To Harmony feature to extra the MIDI data from the audio and put this device on the resulting MIDI track to display the notes on the keyboard.

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