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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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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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 do my monitors make this popping/cracking sound?

I just bought a keyboard and some monitors to output the sound so I don't know much about this. But when I hit too many keys on the keyboard, it makes this popping and cracking sound, I don't know ...
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How to Achieve hands independence? [duplicate]

I can play with right hand. but when I try to play chords I messup everything. I already searched in youtube for exercise but none of them helped. Really want to be able to play with both hands ...
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How does the song feature work on the Casio CTK keyboards?

I know the Casio CTK keyboards have 100 songs built in. I have seen several videos on Youtube showing how one can use this to learn the songs. For example, one selects a song and then the keyboard ...
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Looking for best piano tones alternative if keyboard does not have it [closed]

I have a keyboard which is good but Piano Tones are not so realistic. Is there any software which can offer realistic tones in computer but still I should be able to play keyboard and connect ...
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How can I learn to play the chords by listening to the song (like I do with notes)?

I have started learning to play piano (I am from a poor family and can't afford a teacher). So,I've learned some popular songs and the notes from the internet. From there I started listening to songs ...
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Stage presence for a keyboard player

There's a similar topic for guitar players here that has a lot of good general suggestions for everyone. However, being a keyboard player, I'm pretty limited on movement vs. guitar players or singers ...
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What software can I use to make a piano animation on PC or Mac? [closed]

I want to make an animation of keyboard showing a midi file being played. Any recommendations for software for either MAC or PC? Thanks, Dennis
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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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Groovy piano/rhodes tunes [closed]

I am a beginner/intermidiate jazz player and recentry I have discovered a fabulous groovy world of funk. I was greatly inspired by compositions like those: ...
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Keyboard or piano or guitar which could be the best instrument to sturdy [closed]

I love music.I am thinking to learn or practice a music instrument in my spare time.I already have some knowledge about "organ" .But it is just an elementary level. I love piano ,keyboard and guitar.I ...
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61, 72, 88 keys for music covers and some classics? Suggestions for a traveler?

Alright, so I'm a really beginner. Looking forward to practice and play piano. I'd like to play mostly pop songs covers for example: "Let it go, Boom clap" and stuff like that also kpop. And some ...
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Is it essential to learn music theory in order to play an electronic keyboard as a piano for fun?

I have been learning musictheory.net. It seems adequate for reading notes. But, I don't know how much I want to learn about music theory if I want to play an electronic keyboard well enough to enjoy ...
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What features are important in a simple keyboard for vocal training?

I am lucky enough to have a real piano but for vocal exercises and learning songs I feel like an electronic keyboard on my desk would be perhaps more convenient. It doesn't need to feel like a real ...
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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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What type of Keyboard is best for use with DAWs for adding Bass Lines and Leads to my mixes?

I produce original music using a Digital Audio Workstation similar to Logic Pro - and I want a hands on device to aid in adding nice sounding basslines and smooth ambient lead guitar solos (and other ...
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Black keys issues on keyboard

New here.I am a keyboard player (wanted to be a pianist but couldn't afford it). I use yamaha PSR-E403, which has non-weighted keys.Suppose, I am improvising over F# Major pentatonic scale, which has ...
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Assign a volume pedal to a DSP on a Psr keyboard?

I have a yamaha Psr-2100, and a volume pedal (yamaha fc7). I was hoping I could assign my pedal to affect a certain parameter of an effect that is applied on a voice, for example distortion or ...
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Is there any software to record my notations without a MIDI cable? [closed]

I use a Yamaha PSR-E203 electronic keyboard.Is there any software to record the the notations I play on the keyboard on my laptop without a MIDI cable?I have seen guitar tuning softwares that tune ...
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How to use VST (virtual instruments) on a live gig

I am a seasoned keyboardist playing mainly live gigs (Soul, Funk, Rock, Pop). I am very impressed by the capabilities of VST instruments, so I am wondering if it would be possible to use them in a ...
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Switching from keyboard to hammered-key digital piano

Ι've been playing 61 keys non-weighted keyboard for 3 years with the sole purpose of learning piano. But as Ι improved, I wanted to learn more and more difficult tracks which included 0th and 6th ...
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What does a sideways “s” over a note mean?

For example, from Bach's two part invention no. 11 (G minor):
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Is there a lightweight keyboard piano that doesn't require any energy supply?

Is there a type of keyboard that doesn't require batteries or any electricity of any kind? also one that is extremely portable like a guitar? It should also sound like a normal piano without any ...
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Bind keyboard keys to midi controller keys

Is there any program I can use to map keyboard keys to midi controller keys so that I can use my midi controller piano for typing ? The reason I want this is because I am willing to create a ...
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What does it mean when we say that this musical instrument is n octaves?

When we say that this Piano/Keyboard is 5 octaves,Does it mean that 5 complete octaves (CDEFGAB CDEFGAB CDEFGAB CDEFGAB CDEFGAB) or 4 complete octaves plus C in octave 5 (CDEFGAB CDEFGAB CDEFGAB ...
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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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Drums kits on Keyboard, notes..?

I have a yamaha i455 and I have drum kits on that and i wanted to get some notations like C D E F, you know like play this sequence and this sequences I wanted to get some atleast 50 of them so that ...
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Yamaha I455 Indian Music Keyboard, Dual Voice - Drums and grand piano

How can I use my Yamaha i455 Indian music keyboard to play drums and piano or sitar at the same time?
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Feeling of keyboard keys: spring (or elastic) against balanced keys keyboard

Cheap keyboards seems to have the keys hinged with springs, or some form of elastic element. Contrary to real pianos, or high end digital pianos, that seem to have a counter-weight on the other ...
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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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Why does playing the piano give me a pain in the neck?

I have a keyboard set up with a proper stool so my arms are held straight out, with music at eye level - almost identical to how I set up my PC for good posture. But while I can use the PC all day ...
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Question on Hanon's Exercises for Piano

I am trying to improve my keyboard playing skills and was thinking to take up some Hanon's exercises. I do know a few of them, and I also practice many other exercises. However, I do not want to ...
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Classic book from which to learn harmonium

I've been trying to learn harmonium on my own for a while now, and I've tried a couple of videos online and picked up some ragas from here and there. But I just couldn't get a normal pattern or a ...
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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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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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Amplifying a Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, and Keyboard

If you played both a strictly acoustic classical guitar, an electric guitar (say a strat), and also a keyboard (I play an upright piano now, but I'll be getting a keyboard when I move), and you want ...
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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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Considering buying a keyboard but need advice [duplicate]

I've always wanted to learn how to play the piano but I've never actually tried. I'm thinking about buying a 61 key keyboard (I found one used for a great price) to see if I can learn how to play and ...
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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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Is there a key-less synth/midi controller to control and modulate my Yamaha keyboard?

Newbie here. I already own a Yamaha keyboard, which is pretty much like a piano but with all the options for DJ and change of tone etc. I want to be able to modulate pitch and such with modulation ...
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Connecting midi keyboard to pc

Is it possible to connect a midi keyboard to a PC, WITHOUT using a midi to usb cable.. Thus instead using a midi to audio jack cable. And then be able to record midi, for example on a DAW? I tried ...
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Purchasing a keyboard piano for recreational play

I'm looking to buy a digital piano and am seeking advice on what type is best for me. Some background on my experience and interests: I have taken lessons for around 5 years (8th-12th grade) and I ...
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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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Tuning type setting on Yamaha CP5?

I would like to change the tuning type on a Yamaha CP5. I could not find anything relevant in the manual, surprisingly, since cheaper models (like P-140) routinely have this setting. There is a thread ...
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How can I make videos of myself playing my keyboard?

I have a privia px 150 keyboard. I want to start recording myself playing so i can show my friends and family videos of my progress. So what I had in mind was film my hands, but record the audio ...
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How do I play this correctly in key or without?

im trying to learn this song by a Chinese singer. If you look at the score here (it's a keyboard score) you will see on top left corner it says key in Bb however when I transpose that to my keyboard ...
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How to play a MIDI controller keyboard on Windows? [duplicate]

I bought a second-hand MIDI controller keyboard recently hoping to be able to plug it in to my Windows laptop and play away. It has not been as easy as I hoped, and I have not been able to get my ...
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MIDI controller keyboard or home keyboard/digital organ for starting playing piano?

I am very very stranger to this world and made research for a week or so.I played instruments with strings in an intermediate level and wanted to learn piano from now on.However it seems to be a piano ...
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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 ...