A family of musical instruments both acoustic (piano, harpsicord, etc.) and electronic which is played by depressing keys, each of which represent a musical tone. In electronic music, keyboards are often used to imitate other instruments or utilize wholly electronic sounds.

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Software that allows playing in different temperaments

Do you know of any software out there that will allow me to play in different musical temperaments (e.g. Well temperament and Meantone temperament)? I'm especially interested in software that accepts ...
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What to look for when buying a digital piano for a beginner?

My wife has recently started learning to play the piano and needs something at home on which to practise. I'm inclined towards a digital piano as it is more practical (Mainly space but also no tuning ...
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Is there a standard width for piano keys?

Is there a standard width for piano keys? If not, how much variation is there? Do other keyboard instruments have significantly different widths of keys?
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Will a 61-key keyboard severely restrict my piano repertoire?

I'm planning on trading my 88-key digital piano for a 61-key portable music workstation as I'm more inclined into rock keyboards as of late than classical music. However, I do enjoy playing classical ...
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Using keyboard/MIDI controller to learn piano

I'm an adult just starting to learn music from scratch. The piano I have been using is sometimes not available for me to use, so I would like to buy a keyboard/MIDI controller so I can practice ...
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Why shouldn't you use your thumb on black notes (Harmonium / Keyboard)

When I was younger I took a couple Harmonium classes and the teacher taught us how to play all of the scales. We weren't allowed to place our thumbs on the black notes. I haven't had any piano ...
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Best option to practice piano whilst away from home?

In a few weeks, I will be on a holiday that will last just over a month. Most of my hobbies can be bought with me, however I fear that this will not be the case with piano. This answer outlines some ...
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How to translate rock guitar style to keyboards?

The particular property of the guitar, at least to my ear, is that it can easily "fill the room", as it were, even when playing simple chords or patterns. The keyboard seems to want... more ...
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Origin of the asymmetrical keyboard layout of a piano

The piano keyboard has white keys based on the C Diatonic scale plus black keys, which add the remaining notes used in western music. The asymmetrical way in which the black and white keys are placed ...
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Playing keyboard at a wedding

I will be playing keyboard (mainly piano and organ) at a wedding in a couple weeks. Is there anything I should keep in mind (i.e proper etiquette, etc)? I've done a lot of concerts, so I'm used to ...
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Is there a color code for notes?

A few days ago, to learn to play music, I bought a keyboard (Yamaha, EZ-30). It has lighted keys and all light red. It somehow felt wrong that all keys light up red. If A lights up red, then C should ...
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How do I improve the rate at which I learn arpeggios?

I'm referring specifically to this sort of structure, where the notes cascade upwards or downwards but most often up and then back down. Many of the pieces I play (on piano) involve this rather ...
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Store only voice in PSR keyboard memory bank

I tried to store my voice settings in a PSR i455 keyboard, but the style also got saved along with it. I want to store only voice so that I can use it while playing in ACMP mode. The problem is ...
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Keeping a drummer in time with my keyboard

I'm a keyboard player in a party band, and I'd love to be able to use the kind of loop-delay sounds so common on modern processed recordings to fill out the sound. However, I face the immediate ...
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Is there such thing as a piano-like keyboard with all whole tones between two adjacent white keys?

Just a quick question, which came to my mind several days ago. I thought that it would be much easier to learn to play a piano (or a keyboard), which has a consistent structure - a black key ...
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How can I make my keyboard sound like a Hammond organ?

I have a keyboard. It can play the basic MIDI sounds. I would like it to have a Hammond organ sound. Since I'm not sure if I can upload new sounds to its MIDI bank, I'm looking for a way to 'effect' ...
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Linking organ pedals to a keyboard

Having 'rescued' the bass pedals from an old organ, I wish to use them as add-ons to my keyboards, when the bassist can't make it.What is a simple way to connect them so that they work through the ...
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What does a Clavinet “Register” mean?

I've got a keyboard (Korg Krome 88) that has a few clavinet sounds. They're named "Clav Register AC", but also "AD", "BC" and "BD". Trying to figure out what these things mean. I can hear the ...
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Electronic keyboard terms: Aftertouch vs Pressure-sensitive

I was reading a review of the Akai Miniak which said The 37 half-weighted keys are velocity and aftertouch but not pressure sensitive. I thought aftertouch was MIDI signals of continuing ...
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Keyboard keys failing.

I have a Roland EM-1B and some keys are failing... I disassembled it, and the sensors are working correctly, even with velocity. If I press them directly with my fingers they work, also in locations ...
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Getting a bigger sound for solo keyboard/voice performance

I've played keyboards in a band that plays pubs/clubs for a few years now. I'm thinking of trying some solo gigs where I try to recreate as much of the band sound as possible. I definitely want to ...
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What are some resources for applying my computer skills to augmenting my musical performance?

I'm a professional software developer and a perpetual novice guitar player. I've also recently started to learn to play (piano) keyboard. I enjoy my playing, but even after years of torturing my ...
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Is it necessary to play a keyboard amp before buying

I have always stood by "try before you buy." However, my little brother believes he doesn't need to try out a keyboard amp before he buys it, because the EQ is much flatter. His claim is that the ...
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Is It too late to start learning keyboard again?

I had a few keyboard lessons when I was around 12 years old. At that time I used to have a Yamaha psr 530 , a decent one for beginner . But back then, I loved to play video games rather than to learn ...
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What is this common chord pattern, if that's the right term?

I really commonly find that contemporary songs use an arpeggiated up-and-down progression over notes that are in this shape, here are some examples: C1, G1, C2 C#1, G#, C#2 E1, B, E2 A1, E, A2 Is ...
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Accessible Instruments While Away From Home

I am a musician spending a few months away my home. I fear that I may lose a good chunk of skill if I am unable to practice my instrument during this time. It is completely unfeasible for me to buy ...
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Locating a key on the keyboard

I'm trying to figure out what the correct technique is for locating a key on the piano keyboard. As far as I can tell, there are the following clues (names invented on the spot): "absolute ...
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Speakers for electronic keyboard

I am upgrading from a Yamaha arranger with speakers to Korg Kronos. The arranger has speakers but what types of speakers do I buy for Kronos? I just play at home. Nothing professional. Do I need PA ...
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What kind of digital piano instrument should I look for when I like to play pop?

Currently I have an old simple Casio (touch-sensitive keys, awful synthesis) and now I'm looking for another digital piano instrument. I think that it's a good idea to have weighted keyboard (It's ...
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Play drums with a MIDI keyboard

How could I use my Novation Ultranova to play various types of drums with the keyboard ? (it does not contain any drum sound) Do I need additional hardware or simply a software with samples? How to ...
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Suggestions for switching from piano to electronic keyboard?

I've been playing piano for more than 40 years -- started out with classical, but I've been playing in a praise band the last 10 years or so. We recently purchased a Kurzweil PC3X keyboard for the ...
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Are some synthesizers and keyboards able to interchange sounds?

Synthesizers create new sounds, and many keyboards have thousands of tones to choose from; sometimes a musician may want a sound heard in a recorded song - but it is difficult to find. This may be ...
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Keyboard suitable for student housing? [closed]

Are there Digital keyboards that hook-up to earphones and let the notes come out of the earphones only? I'm attending university so I am living inside student housing, and I do not want to create ...
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Starting piano - which instrument to choose?

I've been playing guitar for a couple of years now, and I want to try my hand at piano - so to speak. I'm a little stumped as to what the best instrument for me to choose is, as I've been looking at ...
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How can you teach a child the names of the notes on each key on a keyboard?

My 7 yr old daughter has been given a Yamaha PSR-60. She starts Piano lessons in a few months, but in the meantime would like to understand a bit more about the keyboard. How can we tell what the ...
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Riders on the storm fingering for piano

I'm talking about this little run: I can't think of a proper fingering of this, so it sounds very smooth. Its basically in the Dmajor scale starting on b. Can anyone help me getting the ...
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Is the most important feature of a musical keyboard the action/keys? [closed]

As an experienced piano player, I am shopping for my first musical keyboard. I am very early in the process of doing research and testing out specific models. Here is a list of the main questions I ...
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Does piano and keyboard have any difference? [closed]

Will all the music played by piano work well in a keyboard?
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How can I make my hammond chord organ sound like a keyboard or piano?

I have a Hammond organ and really want to play invisibly shaken by Rodney Atkins and can't seem to find the right tone. In the song the music sounds like it is coming from a keyboard or piano. How can ...
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Is it better to play the keyboard standing or sitting?

I recently purchased a Yamaha FC7 foot pedal. I plan to use if for overall volume control, emphasizing breaks and solos. This poses a challenge, though, as I normally stand when playing the keyboard. ...
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As of 2012, are there any companies producing electro-mechanical keyboards?

By electro-mechanical I mean that the instrument electronically amplifies the signal from some mechanically vibrating (or rotating) component, i.e. any of the tone-wheels from a Hammond, tines in ...
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How can I learn to play funk on a keyboard?

I used to play piano when I was a kid, mostly classical education in a Gulbenkian conservatorium. Now I'm 24 and nurturing a deep love for Booker T's funky keyboards. Besides my piano, I have a ...
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Is there any PC software that I can use to help edit Roland RD700NX sets/perform maintenance?

I've just downloaded the V2 software for my RD 700NX and see the RD-NX Editor seems to only work on the iPad. I've searched and can't find anything, but does anyone know of any way to edit my ...
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Why does my piano keyboard sound dull?

Not sure if this is a suitable question to ask, but I just bought a yamaha DGX640. Everything is great. It has many voices, but I just wanted grand piano, which the unit has several. The problem is ...
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Can one install new sample libraries in a digital piano?

I've heard that a keyboard with poor quality sound can be reprogrammed with a library of better quality MIDI sounds. Is this possible with all keyboards? If not, what determines whether a keyboard can ...
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Trying to program a piano staff/stave. Is this what it's supposed to look like?

I'm currently writing a software application which creates notes on a staff, when a piano key is pressed. Unfortunately I have no background in music, and thus am finding it quite hard to get started. ...
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How do I decide for how many keys I should go on my keyboard?

I might be planning to buy a keyboard in the near feature, now I see they come in different amount of keys. It makes me wonder for how many keys I should go, more allows more complex music... But how ...
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Minimal MIDI digital piano

I'd like to buy my first keyboard instrument. I want a piano touch with 88 keys and MIDI output and otherwise extremely minimal features. I'm hoping this will allow me to experiment with different ...
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I need help choosing between learning guitar and piano [closed]

I'm a 15-year-old guy with no experience in playing musical instruments or in reading music, although I've wanted to learn one for a long time. I'm really into western classical music, especially ...
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How useful are learning aids in teaching oneself piano?

EDIT: The keyboard is lighted - as in the keys have lights (LEDs) embedded in them. I know there are weighted keyboards. But those are beyond my budget. Of course the weighted ones feel more authentic ...