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A family of musical instruments both acoustic (piano, harpsichord, 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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Did I just fry my piano keyboard aux outputs by sending them into an old effects pedal?

For a long time I have run guitar effects pedals with my keyboard rig with no problem. This particular setup is a Nord Stage 4 going out of the stereo aux sends into a Radial Stereo Reamp which ...
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History of "white keys" and "black keys" as idiom

When explaining music theory in layman's terms, it's common to refer to "white keys" and "black keys" and take for granted that everyone knows what a piano looks like. But ...
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Fuzzy notes or some clearer, well-known term out there for what I mean?

Pondering about a yet-to-implement feature in a DIY software tool, also to be yet well-documented for other computer musicians who might be interested in the future. The tool is an interpreter or ...
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Black and white keyboard keys

I've often wondered why there needs to be a different colour in the keys on pianos, organs and keyboards. After all, their location and shape differentiates them regardless. I can understand the need ...
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MIDI input "cool-down" problem

Essentially, I want to make recordings with my electric piano, using MIDI. I connected my digital piano to my laptop with a MIDI to USB audio interface, and the following happened: When pressing a ...
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Professionalism at piano playing [closed]

What is the easiest way to get professional on the piano and what is the trick behind using two different hands to play several different notes with different fingers. How is the memory improved by ...
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Connect keyboard and synthesizer via MIDI Thru

I have an old synthesizer with the five-pin MIDI In, Out, Thru connections. I also have a keyboard with only one USB MIDI port. How can I connect both to my audio interface (has MIDI In and Out) via ...
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How to write a right-hand bracket in Lilypond? [duplicate]

Somebody else already asked this for Musescore; but how can I produce a half-bracked as pictured in Lilypond?
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Realistically Replicating Organ Diapason Sounds on a Keyboard

(Bear with me, I'm not much of an organ expert.) So, I've always loved hearing organs in chruch, but never was interested in actually learning how to play one. So, I was wondering if there would be ...
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Electric Piano/Synthesizer that Can Play Two Instruments

I am in an office band and have to be able to play two different instruments. We are currently in a rehearsal studio that has an 88-key on the bottom and a synthesizer on top. For example, on "...
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Is it possible to play in D-tuning (guitar) on keyboards?

On a guitar it's possible to play in different tunings and depending on this the positioning of fingers and the sounding will vary, but is the same possible on keyboards, I as a keyboard player can't ...
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Keyboard Expression Pedal Position

I have a keyboard setup using a keyboard, a sustain pedal and an expression pedal. An image of my keyboard stand is below for reference. I am having trouble finding a good position for the expression ...
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what types of equipment do i need to rapidly produce songs with keyboard instrumentation, USB microphone vocals, and multi-track recording? [duplicate]

I'm confused about the "tools" I need and what all is done by the synthesizer workstation vs laptop software. I will create percussion and rhythm tracks with a keyboard synthesizer, do ...
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Need help with sheet music fragment? It repeats throughout the song so need to be sure

How do I play these notes? I’m aware that I have to play an arpeggio for the top notes but do I play F and C after I finish the arpeggio? Or somehow during the arpeggio??
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Learning Piano/Keyboard VS Singing VS Beatboxing

Preface: I'm interested in learning 3 skills: Piano/Keyboard, Singing, Beatboxing. I can devote around 2-3 hours daily. I want to "self-learn" (i.e. without tutor). I want to reach moderate ...
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Yamaha DX7: When sustain pedal is plugged in, it's always on (sustaining) no matter what. Help!

I have a DX7 that's in perfect working condition (been using it for a few years) but when I plug in a sustain pedal (third-party or Yamaha Fc5) it just acts like it's on, whether the pedal is ...
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Optional notes in baroque clavier score?

I'm not a keyboard player so I'm not sure what the smaller notes in this score mean. Are they optional like an ossia or something to be played on a repeat or something else?
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21st Century Electronic Keyboard Techniques

For a while now there have been electronic musical keyboard controllers (the most recent one is Osmose) that feature pressure sensing and side-to-side sensing in addition to velocity sensing. There ...
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How to play notes with evenness

I am learning to play the piano and while playing pieces, I generally find that I tend to hit some notes louder than others despite me wanting to have them at the same dynamic level. How can I develop ...
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I'm looking for midi software that will allow me to project to my students on both piano and a staff what I am playing [closed]

In my piano class in college, there was an electric piano that had a grand staff built onto it. Whenever someone played the keyboard, the whole class could see the notes being played light up on the ...
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Is using transpose function on a keyboard a bad idea? [duplicate]

I have a digital keyboard that has a transpose function which can shift the pitch up or down by the number of semi-tones I want. I hear some say that most good keyboardists frown up using the ...
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Is a semi-weighted keyboard good enough to play classical music?

I recently purchased an 88-key, semi-weighted keyboard without doing my research and only recently found out that the weight of the keys has a big impact. I was under the assumption that they are ...
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What does 'sostenuto (come IVa corda di violino)' instruct a keyboard player to do?

Baldassare Galuppi, a composer of the Italian Baroque, wrote a collection of twelve sonatas for harpsichord. In the first movement (Larghetto) of sonata number 2, the instruction sostenuto (come IVa ...
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Using vst live and sound library advices [closed]

I'm an amateur keyboard musician in a band mainly playing rock and metal songs, using a korg x50. This keyboard is great for its relatively small size and weight, but I'm lacking a bit of more ...
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Shorthand name for Ab6(no3)/Eb?

I'm an amateur songwriter with limited music theory knowledge. I have this chord progression in Eb: Cm - Ab/C - Eb - Ab6(no3)/Eb Ddim Played on a keyboard, the Ab6(no3)/Eb (Eb,F,Ab) transitions nicely ...
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Is this a common harpsichord technique in Bach's WTC 1 C-major Prelude?

In Wanda Landowska's recording of the opening prelude to J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier, at the moment of dominant prolongation (shortly after the cued recording begins) she doubles the bass one ...
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Why does my Alesia Melody 61 Keyboard keys replay itself after I release the key?

I press down on my keyboard key and it repeats the sound. I press it, it makes the sound, but then when I release it and lift my finger off of it it plays the sound again. I don’t know what’s wrong ...
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Can anyone explain these unexpected overtones on my NUX electric piano?

I recently purchased a NUX NPK-10 electric piano, as a step up from a Yamaha keyboard. I love the instrument, and I'm enjoying playing it. However I have noticed a bizarre effect that I cannot explain....
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Guitar versus electronic keyboard workstation [closed]

Between a guitar and an electronic keyboard workstation, which one takes less time and/or effort to become proficient with just for singing privately in my home with my family? (for an absolute ...
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How to adapt sheet music so I can play it with my 61 note keyboard

I'm trying to learn piano/keyboard by playing simple music that I like, but some sheet music has notes that I cannot play because they're out of reach for my keyboard with 61 keys. I tried ...
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What's the best way to notate a timed arpeggio with specific cutoff

This is a short excerpt (the upper hand part) from a piano piece I'm working on. I'd like this arpeggiated chord to end exactly when the trill start and to be played with the same hand. What is the ...
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Keyboard with black and white keys all the same size and in-line? [closed]

I want to know if anyone makes a chromatic keyboard on which sharps/flats are black, but the same size as the other keys and in line with them (see sketch below). There needs to be no distinction ...
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Is it OK to use the transpose function of a piano like guitar players use a capo?

The title says it all, I guess. I'm in the process of learning scales and chords in the different signatures. I find some patterns/licks to be easier in, for example, D minor, so when playing a song ...
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Do I need to explicitly cancel the damper pedal when switching to sostenuto?

I'm writing a piece where the beginning and end use the damper pedal only, and the middle uses sostenuto only. Currently these are notated with con ped. and con sost., but I wonder if that might ...
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Is the polyphony limit on a Digital piano tied to the sound engine?

I don't want to end up paying more for a digital piano for a higher polyphonic capability if I don't need it. I was wondering if the polyphony limit on digital pianos is tied to the sound engines they ...
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Good list of music suitable for a 45-key clavichord such as ZHI's KOS? [closed]

Pretty much the title says it all, but to be more clear.... Is there somewhere a good list of music which can be played on a 45-key clavichord (such as Zuckermann's King of Sweden) 3-and-half-octave ...
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Add bass pedals to Yamaha Tyros5 76 [closed]

I want to attach my 13-note pedal board to my Tyros5 76 keyboard. I would be pleased for any information as to how to set up the pedal board to use the keyboard's internal sounds. Answer ref setting ...
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Keyboard fingering: jumps vs spread fingers

In short and in general, my question is: When choosing the best fingering, is it better to add more jumps to avoid fingers spreading, or spread fingers to reduce amount of jumps? There are particular ...
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I’ve been playing guitar for about a year, and learning music production and attempting keyboard and violin [closed]

How do I jump in to the deep end? I’ve taken glances at music theory, and I’ve tried learning sheet music (still am), but the most I’ve learned in the past few years of learning music on my own is ...
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Seeking midi processor iOS app for external keyboard that runs in background (does not have to own screen on iPad) [closed]

I have a portable keyboard/piano (FVEREY 88 Key Foldable Digital Piano Keyboard) which I connect to my iPad using a usb cable and handy adapter (usb camera adapter), and currently if I run GarageBand ...
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starting point for keyboard spread voicing

What is the best way to start learning open voicing (spread voicing) " Learning all nine chord types with all 4 formulas in 12 keys " is not for me ,as being of a senior age, I don't have ...
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Bought a sustain pedal for my keyboard, notes don't fade out as fast as I expect when I raise the pedal. Deficiency of the pedal or of my playing?

I've been practicing with a keyboard for almost two years now. I bought my keyboard used and it came with a lower quality pedal that I didn't use much. The pedal eventually broke (always sustaining) ...
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How can I make a keyboard piano vibrate its sound?

How can I do this "vibrato" sound on a keyboard piano like at the start of "Minor" by Gracie Abrams?
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In keyboard style harmony should there be a rest for each voice?

Here is a picture, and you can see the melody voice has a rest for the last 8th note, but I also added a rest for the alto and tenor. Is this correct, or would one rest have been ok?
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Keyboard where each key has pitch bend? [closed]

Are there any keyboards where each key has touch sensitivity allowing for microtones and pitch bend with the fingers on individual keys? I think that would be a pretty cool instrument, but I only ...
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Finding the Perfect Keyboard [closed]

I accompany high school and middle school choirs, and do rehearsal piano and pit keyboards for school musicals. I often have to haul my own gear around, and I have been on a multi-year quest to find ...
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Why buy a keyboard combo amp instead of a powered speaker?

I'm not looking to start a flame war; I'm looking for actual technical details. It's a serious question; I'm planning on replacing my aging keyboard combo amp. Looking at the prices and specs of ...
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Converting music played on piano or keyboard into notation

I would like to be able to play a piano or keyboard and have what I play stored and reproduced as musical notation. Is that possible?
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Does the sound quality of a digital piano's speakers matter for headphone usage

I'm deciding to buy a digital piano keyboard for home usage as a beginner and I intend to only use headphones while playing. So, does the sound system even matter, and are there any good value ...
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How to combine Split mode with Octave Piano instrument on Yamaha keyboards?

I am trying to combine the Split feature with the Octave Piano instrument on my Yamaha PSR-E363*. I want to press a single key with my left hand to play an octave chord while my right hand operates as ...
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