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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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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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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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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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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Did baroque composers expect you to “bring out” the voices in their pieces, the way today's critics seem to enjoy in players?

So, I recently had a, sadly, way too short conversation with a pianist on the train. According to the guy, in the 17th and 18th century polyphonic keyboard works were not played in such a way that ...
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Trill in Bach fugue WTC 1 BWV 851

In the second bar of the J.S. Bach d-minor Fugue in WTC 1 (BWV 851), we have How should this trill be played?
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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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Is it possible to learn theory without sight reading?

I'm learning music theory by myself with online books and video lessons. I don't have much trouble understanding the basics of theory, such as intervals, basic scales and modes, but I have a huge ...
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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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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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What are the practical advantages of keyboards with non-weighted keys vs. weighted hammer action?

This is not a question about what type toy keyboard a beginning piano student should learn on if a real piano is not an option. I am talking about professional quality keyboards in the above (to well ...
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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 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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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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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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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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What to consider when selecting the number of keys for a 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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How do you practice trills on piano?

The title says it all: my trills on piano are really terrible, unless they are 1-2 or 2-3. Anything involving the 5th finger is especially awful. I have the same feeling of frustration of when I ...
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One amplifier, two different instruments

I have a keyboard and a Tagima Dallas guitar. I want to buy an amplifier, but just one. I have been advised that an amplifier for a guitar is not good for a keyboard, and the same about a keyboard one ...
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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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Playing on white notes only

My keyboard has a transpose function which lets me transpose its keys up and down a given number of semitones. This consists of a button with # and a button with b. So lets say I'm playing a tune ...
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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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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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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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When we talk about an 88/76/etc Key piano, does that include all keys or just white notes?

I have an old cheap keyboard which spans 5 octaves plus one extra C, so it goes from C2-C7 (I think). Does that make this a 41 (5 x 8 +1) key or a 61 (5 x 12 + 1) keyboard? When we talk about a ...
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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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How do pianos and keyboards differ?

Can you play all piano music on a keyboard? What other considerations are there?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What to look for when buying an arranger keyboard / keyboard workstation?

Arranger keyboards / keyboard workstations are very helpful devices that can provide us with a big array of tools like oscillators, samplers, effects, sequencers, and many others. There are countless ...
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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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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 ...