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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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I'd say a keyboard is better to learn with. It is desgined for playing music as a MIDI controller is designed for synthesizing music. However, most keyboards have basic MIDI functionality. The fewest number of keys you can learn to play with is subjective. You can learn to play on one octave. However, this won't be enough for long. The number of keys is ...


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There are a lot of points, but I'll try and name the main ones. You're not the centerpiece of attention-- the newlyweds-to-be are. This kind of sums up many points others will make here. Don't mess up. No pressure, but this is the most important day of their lives to some people in the room. Be able to alter the tempo of the piece and still make it sound ...


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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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The full huge range of sounds available from synthesisers means that the subject is enormously broad. Typical keyboards behave differently depending on the virtual instrument you are playing. For example, a piano patch isn't likely to respond to aftertouch, and might not respond to pitch bend; a strings patch will respond to pitch bend, and might swell if ...


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If there's a lot of electronics going on that the drummer needs to always be in time with, then a click track on an earpiece is really the only option. This is pretty standard for professionals to use with in-ear monitors. If the tempo doesn't vary immensely and the keyboard is only playing from time to time, then I don't think there's reason enough to ...


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Taking a keyboard (from £20 second hand in U.K.) is an obvious answer, but probably not viable to you as a pianist - the action will not do the job, although the black and white bits are in the right place ! I got over the same problem in a different way. Learn another instrument. I take a flute or clarinet away when there is little luggage room. They can ...


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Most music for piano will also be possible to play on a keyboard. How different the experience will be, really depends on your keyboard. It is also a question of your preferences and needs. Here are some important differences to consider: Number of keys Many keyboards will have fewer keys than a piano. See this question for good answers to what you will ...


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I'm 24 and I started learning piano last year. It's a fantastic thing to start learning a new skill, whatever age. Truth is though, unless you're in severe trouble your average life expectancy is about 80+ years now. Meaning you have at least half a century to learn to play. It takes about 5 years I'd say to get to a really good level, So I reckon ...


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First, you need to understand what "MIDI" is. The Musical Instrument Digital Interface has nothing to do with sound or sound quality. To say that an instrument is a "MIDI" instrument says nothing at all about what it sounds like. MIDI only refers to the method by which you can connect that instrument to other instruments and computers to move data around in ...



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