Many of us have bought an electronic keyboard or organ on the strength of a demo from the salesperson. But when we get it home, it doesn’t seem to sound so wonderful after all. That’s because the demonstrators know the ‘tricks of the trade’, which include choice of sound and music, and various playing styles which really enhance the effect. This isn’t cheating – we can do exactly the same if we know the tricks of the trade too.

In this series, I reveal each layer of the secret so that we can all make our keyboards sound as good as they did in the showroom. I have shared these tips at numerous music festivals and in my music magazine columns over the years, and have received lots of delighted feedback.

In this episode I’ll show you how marrying the right sound with the right piece is already a huge step forward. Next time, how where you play on the keyboard has an enormous influence on the sound…