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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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Why is the 76-key keyboard the most common? [on hold]

Electronic keyboards have different number of keys depending on the model - 49, 54, 61, 64, 73, 76, 88, and so much more. However, the most common number appears to be 76. What's the reason?
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Wondering best keyboard to get? [on hold]

Hi so I’ve been playing piano for a while but haven’t successfully bought a good one yet. I want one that I can play on both hands without it sounding horrific. previously when I’ve tried to buy one ...
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Any suggestion for free electronic keyboard music learning software? [on hold]

Hope this question is relevant to this forum. Any suggestion for free electronic keyboard music learning software? I am using PSRE423 model. Basically loooking for some software [for Windows/Mac] ...
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Which voice(tone)/style(rhythm) is used in this song? [on hold]

Here is a song played on an electronic keyboard. It's a dropbox link - it will ask you to login but you can skip that and play it. I want to identify which voice(tone)/style(rhythm) is being used in ...
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Is a piano played in the same way as a harmonium?

I can play harmonium and now, I want to learn piano. Both are keyboard instruments. Are both the instruments played in the same way or do I need to learn something more to play a piano?
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Yamaha i455 keyboard volume settings

I just got a Yamaha i455 keyboard. The volume of the keyboard is very soft even if I set it to maximum volume. Are there any settings for the volume control?
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How to build chords from a single note? [closed]

I'm working on a simple theory to apply both in real life and in a computer program I'm writing. Basically, I realized that we can create (or add) any chord above a melody (vocal track, e.g.), as ...
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Is there a huge sound quality difference if I use a monitor or an amp for my keyboard instead of using my logitech z906? [closed]

I'm thinking of buying some monitors if it will boost the sound quality but I already have like a 400$ speaker for the computer. Im wondering if it's worth or not for the investment
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Left handed piano?

Is there such a thing as a piano that goes from high notes to low notes where the left hand plays the melody and right hand plays the harmony? Lol what is going on here:
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Muted percussive sound of a guitar equivalent on keyboard?

Just as a reference of what I mean in the intro of the track: If not available in your country: (thanks @Michael Curtis) There are ...
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Transitioning from arranger keyboard to piano

(Apologies for any wrong terminology or ignorance - I'm relatively new to music!) I have been learning to play arranger workstation (using auto-accompaniment) for the past three years with a music ...
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Key Command (shortcut) to automatically transpose notes in Nuendo or Cubase

I am working on a large project and I have to use automation a million times in my project. I am trying to find some 'keyboard shortcut' for transposing notes up and down. Maybe there's not a preset ...
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How to use a MIDI keyboard on a laptop?

So I recently found a Suzuki SPW-49 MIDI keyboard in my home and want to play it. I know a computer is needed to play any sounds using the keyboard, but every time I seem to plug it into my computer ...
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Do Virtual Synth Softwares need any physical buttons? Do I need to have any extra buttons on my MIDI keyboard?

I am looking to buy an MIDI keyboard. I want to use it with VST as a Synth. Please guide me. I am completely new in this space.
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How to understand the keyboard of a piano (or any such instrument)? [closed]

I would like to ask about something like theoretical foundations or fundamentals of an 88 piano keyboard. My thinking is a) there is a range of pitch a human can hear (lets assume that there is no ...
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Can I get audio output from 2 DAW or music VST simultaneously with 1 keyboard input?

I have opened 2 music applications in my desktop: a MIDI music studio without support for VST mode (of course if it was supported I can easily run it from FL Studio!) a DAW, FL Studio Can I use a ...
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How to explain black and white keys on a piano keyboard

I was going over quite a lot of answers that are already posted and I've figured out that I could ask this question anew. My perspective is that I have melodies coming to my head and I record them ...
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Recommended first steps for 5 year old new to guitar and keyboard

My son is 5 and has asked for a guitar and keyboard which we've bought but I'm not sure whether to enrol him in lessons straight away or let him 'play' with them to gain an interest!? My husband and ...
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Attachable Piano Stand

I have a Yamaha P45 keyboard and it has screw holes at the bottom. But I can't seem to find a piano stand that will attach to it. The Yamaha L3C doesn't specify my type of piano and I don't think it ...
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M-Audio Keystation 49 MK3, additional keys for FL studio

Is there any way to make them work? Yeah, including volume bar and pitch \ modulation wheels Would be really convenient to actually use them for what they were made for. Thanks in advance!
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stereo jack outputs?

All of my keyboards and other stereo gear have 1/4" jack outputs: L/mono, and R. Is there a good reason why one of those couldn't be a 1/4" TRS instead, so using one cable (lead) in place of two? I'm ...
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Why isn't Klavarskribo used more often? [closed]

After learning about the existence of Klavarskribo, I've been wondering why it's not more widely used. I know practically every piano piece is written in standard notation, but that cannot be the ...
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Where I can find “Harmonica” VOICE in Yamaha PSR E423?

I am not able to find Harmonica VOICE in PSR E423. Can someone help if it has got different name in keyboard?
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Keyboard sounds which begin before the audible beat: are they playable?

I often hear sounds and think "boy, would that be a cool sound for playing a tune on a keyboard." But, often the sounds begin substantially before where the understood "downbeat" would be. An example ...
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Is there a name for when two keys next to each-other on a keyboard are played at the same time?

For example, suppose you play an F and an F#, or a B and a C, from the same octave at the same time. It usually doesn't sound very good. I've looked a while but I can't seem to find a name for it. Is ...
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Roland A-49 Keyboard driver

I would like to use my Roland A-49 Keyboard on stage but I'm crazy about the idea of bringing a computer on stage. So I was thinking of buying a Raspberry Pi with a Linux (CentOS) system installed. ...
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Where do people meet to play keyboard, eg piano or organ, in the genres of “classical” and “church” music?

It is easy to meet with jazz pianists but where do people meet to play keyboad, eg piano or organ, in the genres of "classical" and "church" music?
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Why the absence of piano transcriptions? [closed]

Introduction I've become frustrated with the lack of reasonable piano transcriptions available or in print from reliable publishers or online communities alike. Transcriptions of music in Piano-Voice-...
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Trigger / sync drum beat / drum machine to MIDI keyboard bass line

I play a bass line with my left hand, melody with my right and chords between the two. I want to add in drum beats triggered and synced to my left hand bass. For example, if I play C-E-G-D-F#-A-C-E-G ...
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Notating for the pianist to lift the pedal slowly?

So in various sections of a piece I want the pianist to lift the pedal slower than usual, achieving an interesting effects as the harmonics fade. In some areas the pedal lift might be slower or faster,...
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Can I turn a 10+ y/o keyboard into a MIDI device? HELP!

so I have this very old Casio CTK-471 keyboard lying around, so I thought I'd make a midi controller out of it. I bought one of those cheap Viewcon USB-MIDI interfaces and it seems to work because ...
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Keyboard fingering for pentatonic scale

I always find it difficult to play pentatonic scales on a keyboard. For example, I have been trying to play a scale containing the following notes: F G G# A# D. (I am not sure about the scale ...
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Portable non-electronic keyboard instrument that is not an accordion? [closed]

Do you know of any rare musical instrument that is Portable enough to carry around all day. Keyboard or similar, so that some of my piano skills do transfer. Not completely electronic(not a ...
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How much time should I spend learning a song on piano?

I am following the Alfred's adult course level 1 book and given that songs are very simple I have come across an issue when exactly do I know I'm ready to move on to the next lesson? I tend to go if i ...
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Any tips on how to get nord piano 3 to sound better?

1 2 http://www.mediafire.com/file/l7oqhcb2yl2hbsb/2018-07-28_13-01-14.mp3/file using two ts cable, effects are turned off and it is raw non-edited recording. first ...
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Is my fingering correct for F major to G major chord change?

I just started taking keyboard lessons. I have a song which has F major to G major chord change. F = C F A [Finger 5 2 1] G = B D G [Finger 5 3 1] I placed my fingers on C F A [5 2 1] but now while ...
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Can I play other digital sounds (e.g. flute, trumpet) off a digital piano? How?

I'm looking to buy a digital piano so that I can play around with different instruments (not for recording purposes, although that would be an added benefit). There's two that I'm currently looking at ...
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How do I reduce the volume of the metronome on a Yamaha E423 keyboard?

I am using a metronome to get grip on my best timings. Currently its volume is too high, so I want to reduce it. What is the setting for it? Note: I do not want to reduce the volume of my keyboard ...
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Problems with left hand chords on the keyboard

I'm a beginner keyboard player and I'm having a hard time hitting the correct keys on the left hand while trying to play chords with the left hand and melody with the right. Do you have any tips ...
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How can I find a decent synth teacher in London

I've been searching online and most of the sites I've found only seem to have piano teachers but I want someone who can also help with the sound editing / technical aspects of my new synth. Have ...
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How To Connect Keyboard Using Aux Cable

I have Yamaha PSR E353 model keyboard, but I don't know kow to connect this keyboard to my home theater system. I have used an Aux-In cable for this, but it’s not working. How can I connect this ...
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How can I play two overlapping parts with different sounds on keyboard?

I'd like to be able to play two separate overlapping parts using different sounds, without having to invest in two separate keyboards. In my new project, we're moving from some arrangements laid ...
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How to reduce noise when recording audio to computer from keyboard?

I'm just getting into recording music, so I'm very new at this. My preferred method of recording would be to connect the audio output of my keyboard (in this case a Casio CTK-4400) to the auxiliary ...
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Can I buy a good electronic keyboard for $100? [closed]

I'm considering buying a piano to learn music composition on. However, I'm not sure I want to spend $400 on it. Is it possible to buy a good keyboard with weighted action for $100? Also, I'm wondering ...
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Should I configure my keyboard transposition to match the key of a score?

If a score is written in say the the key of A, should I transpose my keyboard to the same?
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What should I play on a keyboard to accompany singing?

If we want to play a song on a keyboard, the right hand plays the melody and the left hand plays the chords. What is the case if I want to sing the song? Should one hand play the chords? Which hand ...
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Which one is better midi controller or midi keyboard

I am confused whether to buy a midi controller or a midi keyboard. I currently use Yamaha E323 arranger keyboard and want to upgrade to the latest type within a budget of maximum 60000 INR I am not ...
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How to fix a not-working key on a Hohner Melodica

Hohner Melodica is a 50s-era keyboard instrument which sounds close to a harmonica and which you play with your mouth. Cool-looking, but the one I got from someone to review has a non-working G#. It's ...
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Suggestions for what to look for in a keyboard that would be a suitable stepping-stone towards learning piano

Two of my kids have developed passion for classical music. They have been taking cello lessons, teaching themselves composition, and they listen to and discuss classical recordings together. The ...
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Any books similar to Mikrokosmos written by a famous composer?

I just discovered this gold nugget in piano teaching called Mikrokosmos by Bela Bartok. Are there any other books that have progressively difficult sight-reading exercises written by a famous ...