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Why don't organs have weighted keys?

The main point of weighted keys are that they give more feel for the dynamic response of a piano-like instrument. Specifically, weighted keys make it so that gentle playing only results in gentle velo,...
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Why don't organs have weighted keys?

A so-called "tracker action" organ keyboard, where there is a direct mechanical connection between the key and the valve that lets air into the pipes to play the notes, has a very distinctive feel ...
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Why does a 97 / 92 key piano exist by Bösendorfer?

replete's answer is correct that the original reason was to have a bigger range, as needed for some organ music. However, I don't think that's the reason those Imperial models are so sought-for over ...
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Is there a standard width for piano keys?

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 ...
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Why don't organs have weighted keys?

A piano doesn't have weighted keys to "feel premium", but because the hammer is part of how the piano works. The hammer isn't part of how an organ works, so it doesn't have weighted keys. the ...
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Why did equal temperament become the standard tuning system for keyboard instruments?

Partly to allow the same, diatonic, piece to be played at different pitches as @Tim suggests. But also, I think, because music started getting more tonally adventurous within the SAME piece. When ...
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What's the proper piano notation for adding one note at a time to a chord and holding all the notes?

A broken chord like this is notated with double stems for each note. One set of stems corresponds to the eighth-note onsets of each pitch. The second set of stems corresponds to the duration of each ...
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Do piano composers often start out with C major?

I think this is one of those questions where the answer is "it depends." I would imagine that many composers who are uncomfortable with black keys for whatever reason do compose in C major or a minor ...
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Would you recommend a keyboard for beginners with or without lights in keys for learning?

Without. Point blank. Lights look fun to start with, but a beginner will end up watching them rather than learning to read. Note, you can usually switch them off, so you don't have to choose a ...
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What is the rationale of electronic keyboards having the voices that they do?

Yes, MIDI is primarily a communications protocol. But it also includes specifications for the General MIDI sound set. 128 sounds. Here they are, with their Program Change numbers. https://en....
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What does 'fingered' mean with regard to accompaniment on an electronic keyboard?

I don't know what keyboard that is, but that looks like the control for the ABC [Auto Bass Chord] system [That's a Yamaha term, other manufacturers may call it something else, but they all do a ...
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What's the proper piano notation for adding one note at a time to a chord and holding all the notes?

Just based off of the span of these pitches, most players can't play all of these pitches with one hand (assuming either a B♭–D or B–D♯ span). As such, I would argue that pedaling is the best bet. ...
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What are the practical advantages of keyboards with non-weighted keys vs. weighted hammer action?

What I've found is that the acoustic piano is the most expressive when played softly. We all like loud, but anything can be loud and the ear will tune loud OUT after a while. But it pays attention ...
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Unusual keyboard in a picture

Let's apply some perspective warping here. You'll see that the black keys, viewed from the front, come in alternating groups of 2 and 3 after all. Their arrangement does not correspond all that well ...
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Is there a standard width for piano keys?

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 ...
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Why did equal temperament become the standard tuning system for keyboard instruments?

Some people seem to make the case that having some keys beat more than others (as is in the case in the older well-tempered tuning systems) is a feature not a bug. Yes, but I don't think that was ...
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What does KSP mean?

"KSP" means "Keyboard Stereo Panning", that means for these voices, the placement of the instrument changes in the stereo panorama, depending on the position on the keyboard. So, "low notes" come from ...
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Where should I press white keys - between black keys or below them?

When it comes to fingering questions, the broader the question the more the answer will be: "it depends." That is probably why you find conflicting information online, too many answers that ...
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How to write down a note that is sustained while there are other simultaneous pitches in the same bar?

The first way is correct, and yes, the initial quarter rest is important. It might not seem important in this example, but in more complex environments these rests are vitally important. A performer ...
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Why did equal temperament become the standard tuning system for keyboard instruments?

Simply so that any music could be played in any key and it would sound the same. Problem with tuning to another temperament means that pieces sounded particularly good in some keys, and particularly ...
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Do piano composers often start out with C major?

Apart from what's already been said, it is somewhat dependent on the instrument the composer is using as a reference point. For example, a lot of guitar-based music - pop and classical, is composed in ...
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Would you recommend a keyboard for beginners with or without lights in keys for learning?

Don't bother with lights. The player will be forever chasing them. In fact, for a few weeks I recommend not trying to read dots either. Just get used to the instrument, what it can do, and have fun. ...
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Is there such thing as a piano-like keyboard with all whole tones between two adjacent white keys?

I've looked into this before, and there really don't seem to be any keyboards like this available apart from the Jankó Keyboard. Whether that's because it's really a bad idea or more due to the ...
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Is it okay to use different fingers every time while playing a song on a keyboard? Is it considered a bad practice?

You are overthinking this. You are free to use whichever fingers you like when playing a piece but obviously some fingerings will work better than others. What you need to do is to find a fingering ...
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What is the rationale of electronic keyboards having the voices that they do?

Yes, it's correct that there is a MIDI standard which relates to your question, but what you are talking about predates MIDI and has more to do with the history of sample-based keyboard instruments. ...
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What are the practical advantages of keyboards with non-weighted keys vs. weighted hammer action?

If you are playing an organ sound, you might want a keyboard that can feel and respond like an organ, rather than a piano It's possible to make a very shallow non-weighted action, which is helpful ...
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How can I learn to play the chords by listening to the song (like I do with notes)?

I admire your desire to learn to play in the absence of lessons and commend you on your resourcefulness in teaching yourself to play some basic melodies by listening to songs on the internet. To ...
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