Questions tagged [keyboard]

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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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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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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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 can I make videos of myself playing my keyboard?

I have a Privia PX 150 keyboard. I want to start recording myself playing so I can show my friends and family videos of my progress. So what I had in mind was film my hands, but record the audio ...
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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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Cheap way to make sound from a MIDI keyboard, without PC

I have a USB MIDI keyboard which is totally useless when not plugged in into a PC and playing a digital instrument. Is there a cheap way, for example some type of box which has predefined sounds, ...
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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 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 (halfstep)...
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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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Minimal MIDI digital piano

I'd like to buy my first keyboard instrument. I want a piano touch with 88 keys and MIDI output and otherwise extremely minimal features. I'm hoping this will allow me to experiment with different ...
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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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Can Most Beatles and Carpenters songs be played on a 61 key keyboard?

I would like to know if there will be restriction in playing most of the Beatles and Carpenters songs on a 61 key keyboard due to limitation of the keys.
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How many treble keys should I have for accordion?

I want to buy an accordion with 48 basses. I googled and found there are two different numbers treble keys, 26 and 34. My question is: is 26-treble key okay to play most songs as good as 34-treble key?...
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What are some tips for battling forearm fatigue for performing long passages of fast notes (keyboard)?

I am unable to play, for example Chopin etudes (most of them) and Fantaisie-Impromptu because less than 30 seconds in, my forearms fatigue. I slow down a lot and it is physically painful to proceed ...
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How to play a MIDI controller keyboard on Windows? [duplicate]

I bought a second-hand MIDI controller keyboard recently hoping to be able to plug it in to my Windows laptop and play away. It has not been as easy as I hoped, and I have not been able to get my ...
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Was Bach the first to use thumbs on a keyboard?

This question reminded me of a claim that I've heard before, namely, that J. S. Bach was the first keyboardist to utilize the thumbs in his playing technique. I'm not sure where I've heard this, but ...
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How to write down a note that is sustained while there are other simultaneous pitches in the same bar?

I'm writing down piano sheet music and I'm not sure how correctly to write a specific section. The left hand is playing a little arpeggio and I want the first note to be sustained. I came up with two ...
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What kind of converter do I need to go from a Yamaha-p105 'USB to Host' to standard MIDI?

I have a Yamaha P-105 piano and an Alesis drum machine. The Yamaha has an out 'USB to Host' for connecting to a computer's USB port. I want to use the keyboard to control the sounds on the Alesis ...
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Advice on how to gain velocity feeling on DAW keyboard (piano)

I started to fiddle around with a cheap entertainer keyboard without any velocity sensitivity. Later I realized I need a more elaborated keyboard to control my digital audio workstation (DAW) and I've ...
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Seeking alternative practical learning methods for piano if I only want to play for fun

I see advertisements where I live for a course titled "Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People". While I am sure the title is exaggerated to attract attention - it seems to imply that the student ...
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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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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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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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Key down weight for digital piano

I have a Yamaha Clavinova CLP-535. It feels heavy which is more noticeable when playing chord sequences. So I measured the key down weights using a technique for acoustic pianos. Around middle C the ...
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Does improvisation usually start with a chord progression?

I'm wondering if it's "usually" good to start off with a chord progression. I also was reading about musical motifs but I think that is mainly for melody, and I'm not sure if the motifs should start ...
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Should I buy Midi controller with pads or with more key? [closed]

I am just starting to make music and i have some limited budget that i could use to buy a midi controller, which i think is pretty nice to have. I have searched online about some midi controller that ...
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MIDI connection to tablet not working

I am trying to connect my tablet (Samsung galaxy tab a 10.1 2019) to my piano keyboard (Yamaha P-70) using a midi cable. The keyboard is connected to the tablet through the midi cable and a USB b to ...
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Keyboard similar to piano

I've been practicing on a real piano. I won't have access to a real piano and will have to downgrade to a keyboard. What should I look for if I want something that has exactly the same feel (weight ...
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Properly set up MIDI to USB

Essentially, I want to record myself playing the piano, which I've decided to do by recording the MIDI. My hardware setup is a Computer with Windows 10 x64 Yamaha P35 MIDI-to-USB cable The cable ...
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How to figure out piano chord progressions while playing?

I've seen/listened to people playing the piano where someone will start singing a song or name a song or whatever and after a little while they'll pick it up and start playing the correct chords to ...
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Is there another name for involature?

This answer... https://music.stackexchange.com/a/45206/23919 ...caught my attention, because while I know about partimenti and solfeggi, I hadn't heard of involature. I looked for some at IMSLP, ...
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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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(How) Can CPE Bach's *Solfeggietto* (Solfeggio) in C Minor be played left-hand alone?

In researching CPE Bach - Solfeggietto - cross-hand playing style?, I stumbled on the following statement in Wikipedia: The work is often performed by left-hand alone. How?
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Playing something that should be Allegretto but played slightly slower

So I was practicing the third movement of the K545 Sonata in C major by Mozart, and the tempo was marked Allegretto. And I came to this hard section that I actually played it slower than I should have....
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Connecting a Keyboard to Record in Audacity

I'm trying setup my Casio CTK-6000 electric keyboard to be able to be recorded through my Windows 10 computer using Audacity. I have this cable connected to the two "L/R Line Out" spots in the ...
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Connection issues with Behringer UM2 and Clavinova CLP-360 keyboard

After deciding on getting a Behringer UM2 to record my Clavinova CLP-360, I'm having issues connecting it. Audio interface has two 1/4" inputs (One is line level and the other is high impedance), and ...
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Can I turn a 10+ y/o keyboard into a MIDI device?

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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Faster styles to “master” on a keyboard?

I am 30 years old and I recently bought a keyboard. I had not played the piano before, but I took 4 years of accordion when I was a child. I remember some theoretical concept, but I consider myself a ...
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Styles player for Yamaha DGX 660

I have a DGX 660 keyboard. On this keyboard 200 styles files are preinstalled. But you can use 100 more... 2 ways exist: load them on the keyboard or use them on a USB key. The bank total can't exceed ...
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Is it possible for me to learn piano very very good if I start at this age (26) ? If yes, how long would it take? [closed]

I am a 26 years old male, from South Asia. I love music so much, and I can sing good. I cannot play any instrument. I love the sound of piano. Is it possible for me to learn piano very very good ...