How to Make Piano Electronic Dance Music

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In this post, we’ll show you how to make your piano playing sound like electronic dance music. By following these simple steps, you’ll be able to create thumping beats and pulsing rhythms that will get any party started.


Piano electronic dance music, or “EDM” as it’s come to be called, is a genre of music that has exploded in popularity in recent years. And while some people may think that making this type of music is reserved for professional DJs and producers, the truth is that anyone with an interest in music can create their own EDM tracks at home with just a few simple pieces of equipment.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the basics of how to make EDM on your piano. We’ll cover everything from choosing the right software to creating catchy melodies and beats. So whether you’re a complete beginner or a seasoned musician, you’ll be able to start making your own EDM in no time!

What You Will Need

In order to make your piano electronic dance music, you will need the following:
-A computer with a sound card and an internet connection
-A MIDI keyboard
-An audio interface
-DAW software
-VST plugins

With these tools, you will be able to create professional sounding electronic dance music right from your own home!

Step One: Choose a Piano Sound

When it comes to making electronic dance music, the piano is one of the most versatile instruments you can use. It can be used to create a wide variety of sounds, from mellow and chilled-out tunes to thumping club anthems. In this guide, we’ll show you how to make your own piano EDM tracks step-by-step.

To get started, you’ll need a digital audio workstation (DAW) like Ableton Live or Logic Pro X. If you don’t have one already, there are several good options available for purchase or download online. Once you have your DAW set up and ready to go, it’s time to choose a sound for your piano.

There are many different types of piano sounds that can be used in electronic dance music, from grand pianos and upright pianos to electric pianos and synthesized sounds. For this guide, we’ll be focusing on grand and upright pianos. These are the two most common types of piano sounds used in EDM.

When choosing a sound for your piano, it’s important to consider the overall tone of your track. For example, if you’re making a downtempo or chillout track, you might want to go with a mellower sound like an upright piano. On the other hand, if you’re making a club banger, you might want to go with a brighter sounding grand piano.

Once you’ve chosen your sound, it’s time to start creating your track!

Step Two: Layer the Piano with Synth Sounds

Now that you’ve got your basic four-on-the-floor drum beat going, it’s time to add some more interest by layering in some synth sounds. For this particular style of music, you want to use synth sounds that have a lot of movement and energy. To get started, load up a simple sawtooth wave or square wave into your DAW and play around with the pitch until you find a good starting point. Next, try adding in some effects like reverb and delay to add more depth and texture to the sound. Finally, experiment with the filter cutoff and resonance to create different types of soundscape

Step Three: Add Drum Sounds

After you have your chord progression down, it’s time to add some drums. If you’re using a software like Logic or FL Studio, you can add a drum machine or a MIDI keyboard and start playing around with different beats. If you’re using a conventional piano, you can use your hands to create different rhythms on the surface of the piano itself.

For electronic dance music, it’s often best to keep the drums fairly simple. A 4/4 beat is usually all you need, with perhaps a few accents here and there. You can experiment with different sounds and see what works best for your particular composition.

Step Four: Arpeggiate the Piano

An arpeggio is a repeating pattern of notes played in succession. In dance music, arpeggiated patterns are often used to create movement and energy. To arpeggiate the piano, start by choosing a chord. Play the notes of the chord one at a time, in order, and then repeat the pattern. You can use any combination of notes, but it’s often helpful to stick to thirds or fourths (notes that are three or four steps apart). You can also experiment with different rhythms and speeds. When you’re finished, layer in other instruments and effects to create a fuller sound.

Step Five: Automate the Filter

Next, it’s time to automate the filter to give your track more movement. In your DAW, find a plugin that allows you to add a low pass filter. Then, create a new automation lane for the plugin. In the automation lane, draw in a few points where you want the filter to open and close. Experiment with different patterns and speeds to find what sounds best with your track.


That’s it! You now know how to make a simple piano EDM track. Now go out and experiment with different sounds and rhythms to create your own unique style.

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