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Digital pianos really have come a long way from where they were 15 years ago, when I started playing. I started on an unweighted 61-key touch-sensitive keyboard (touch-sensitivity is, by the way, essential, but implied on the weighted keyboards. You cannot play classical piano music even remotely musically without touch sensitivity. Organ music is a ...


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While 61 keys might be fine for a synth being used, say in a band, I would recommend at least 76 keys for playing piano music. The deciding factor for me getting 88-key keyboards the last 10 years, though, has been they are often the only models with weighted hammer-action-like keys.


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Most keyboard instruments of the baroque Era as well as early pianoforte had fewer keys than the current 88-standard (some modern piano like the Bosendorfer Imperial have 97 keys, 9 additional keys in the bass), and much of Bach keyboard works for instance can be played on such a restricted keyboard. With restricted high notes you will have difficulties ...


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This question got me curious, so I started googling. Keyboard size is not officially standardized (there is no committee creating and enforcing standards), but in practice, there is very little variation. Browsing through forum topics on www.pianoworld.com, people measured 88 key keyboards from anywhere between 48 inches to 48 1/2". Wikipedia ...


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There is no standard for converting musical notes into colors. This would be an arbitrary process as there is no way to convert say "A" 440 Hz into a specific wave length of light. It might be interesting to perhaps make up your own. Many artists have tried to correlate color with sound so it is definitely a notion that has been around for a long time. ...


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There's no hard rule to say that you shouldn't use your thumb on black notes - some pieces would be near-impossible to play without doing so! However, there are some reasons why you might be better off by not doing so. One is that the thumb is shorter than the rest of your digits, so it makes sense to reserve it for the easy-to-reach white keys. You ...


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Let's be very precise about what we're talking about: A MIDI controller is anything that can send MIDI commands to another MIDI device. Keyboard type MIDI controllers are only one kind. But, for the purposes of this answer, let's assume that whenever we say "MIDI controller" we mean the piano keyboard type. A MIDI sound module is a device which accepts ...


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Logic Pro has built-in controls for using different temperaments. Check out the link below: http://documentation.apple.com/en/logicpro/usermanual/index.html#chapter=43%26section=6%26tasks=true It allows you to either select a pre-configured tuning system, or customize your own. MAX/MSP is another solution, but if you don't have programming experience, ...


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The vertical positioning is almost correct, although every dot should be either exactly between two lines, or exactly vertically centred on a line. The top F is OK (assuming this is a treble stave) but by the time you reach the E at the bottom of the clef, positioning errors have accumulated and it's difficult to tell at a glance where the note is supposed ...


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Most classically trained pianists can gloss over arpeggios (and all their assorted variations) because their teachers made them do the repetitions you're describing beforehand. More generally, when you see pianists pick up complicated figures quickly, it's usually because they've seen them before, either in exercises or pieces they've already learned. Along ...


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Your drummer should be capable of playing along to a rhythm set by another instrument rather than leading the tempo all the time. Can he drum along to a metronome? If the problem is that the keyboard isn't always sounding the beat (maybe you have a couple of bars without playing, or just holding a chord without rhythm?) then you need to add something for ...


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My favourite rockin' sound is a good old Fender Rhodes, overdriven so it starts to break up when you play chords or when you really dig into a note. I've played at a couple of parties with just this sound, and it does a wonderful job of "filling the room" as you say. As for playing style, I find that playing a lot of open fifths helps. I've heard guitarists ...


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You can study the playing of the great "guitar-ish" keyboard soloists: Jan Hammer with Mahavishnu Orchestra on a Minimoog, Jon Lord with Deep Purple on Hammond organ, and possibly Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman on Moogs. Jordan Rudess, with Dream Theater (on all sorts of synthesizers) deserves prominent mention as well. All of them would say in interviews ...


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All digital keyboards will allow you to plug a pair of headphones in and use it via them. As far as brand is concerned, it's really down to personal preference and your budget. I myself am a Yamaha fan, but you may prefer Casio, for example. The type of keyboard you should buy is down to how you will be using it. If you are learning playing classical ...


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While I see no reason to dispute the answers already presented I thought I would follow up with posting the measurements that I proposed in my comment under the question. Measuring several keys near middle C with a calibrated digital caliper: 1915 Steinway Model M (New York) with original action: 22.1 to 22. 9 mm (slight variance), +/- fractions of 0.86 ...


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Your little brother seems to believe that the EQ is the only part of the amp that can color the sound. Sure, keyboard amps aim to reproduce the sound of the instrument as faithfully as possible, within their design constraints. But that's just as true of home stereos---does he believe all home stereos sound the same? The preamp, the power amp, and ...


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Considerations Touch sensitivity (this is a must) Number of keys you usually use Polyphony - the higher, the better if you play anything remotely complex Whether you need lots of sounds or really only piano sounds Size and weight if you plan on traveling with it. Built in drums/accompaniment or not (good for practice, more fun than a metronome) Built in ...


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As a pianist I balked immediately upon seeing your image, mainly because the notes do not have exactly the same diameter as the vertical distance between the lines; and some of the notes do not line up perfectly centered on the line or in the space between. The absolute worst is the 4th and 5th dots from the left. One seems to be hanging off the bottom ...


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You are not completely wrong. The size of the dots needs to be larger, so that one note fits exactly between two lines. The notes must be exactly centered on a line, or fitting exactly between two lines. The dots should not be circles, rather tilted or skewed ellipses. See the examples at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musical_notation . The notes lower ...


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You are trying to find simplistic answers to a relatively complex subject. At the very least you should go to a music store and purchase a beginning piano book or a beginning music book for children or adults and study the basics of how music is notated. By way of example, I do not think you would be successful at writing a computer program to display ...


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I would say that since Music is a hobby for me and I do not plan to play in any kind of band or such learning to sight read isn't really important. It depends on you. I prefer reading normal music sheets rather than tabs or whatever, but this is just me. If you have time and energy to learn how to sight read,it most certainly won't be wasted. but ...


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Assuming you're playing for a formal service (you mention an organ, so I assume it's a church-like setting, not background music for a hotel reception or similar): Familiarise yourself with the order of service; if there are hymns, which comes first? Make sure you have plenty of 'filler' music as a non-intrusive prelude to the service whilst the guests ...


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I think a good analogy is with creating images. There are lots of ways to create an image: with a pencil, with a fibre-tip pen, with oil paints, with chalk, with oil paint, with watercolours, with photography, and so on. Of course, you can photograph an oil painting, but that doesn't help you modify it in an oil painterly manner. You can't accurately ...


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A person who plays the piano has difficulties in practicing. Like you questioned skill can go down without practice. Piano is a larger piece of musical instrument that is not portable easily. A key board is a solution. In this instance the cost is a deciding factor for him. Taking all these considerations there can only be one solution. Are you in a ...


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A keyboard amp is a small PA system. It aims to give an even frequency response, without distortion, across the full range of human hearing, or as close as it can get within cost and size constraints. In ideal conditions, humans can hear from 12Hz to 20Hz -- although adults lose their sensitivity to the highest frequencies. The lowest piano key, A0, is 27 ...


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Tim Praskins reviews ALL major models on his Piano News Blog, with a ton of information on "digital pianos and what to know when shopping for one". From a recent (2011/08/17) entry: Yamaha has descriptive words such as Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC), GRE, Smooth Release, Linear Graded Hammers, and Soundboard Speaker. Roland has SuperNATURAL ...


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This is a deep subject. I can tell from your initial question (before we edited it) that you are unfamiliar with the concepts involved with using a MIDI controller keyboard with a computer, with virtual software instruments, and with interfacing the audio output of a computer with a PA system or amplifier. You need to learn about all these concepts. You ...


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While there may be an element of truth in this (certainly you hope for a flatter EQ in amps designed for keyboards/synths as you really want to define your tone using the instrument) there is enough variety I would really recommend trying out a few amps first. All types of amplifier have slightly different responses over frequency / power and you may find ...


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4-2-3-1 or 3-1-4-2 repeated should do it. The second might be a little easier due to the placement of the sharps. That's if you want to use only your right hand, though! The left's not doing anything so you might as well take advantage of it. Something like the below:


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On the Indian harmonium, you are generally playing with one hand on a short keyboard (two or three octaves) and you are only playing one note at a time. So fingerings would not be so crucial. However, when you learn Western technique, the fingering patterns for piano are designed for two-handed playing across multiple octaves, and to facilitate rapid scales. ...



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