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How to Purchase a Keyboard for a Child

A keyboard is a great gift for a child! When considering what keyboard to buy for a child, There are a few common scenarios to help guide your choice of purchase: [more…]

How to Choose the Right Spot for your Keyboard

When the time comes to settle your keyboard into its new home, you may not have a lot of location choices; if you have a small home or apartment, your options may be limited. With a little forethought [more…]

How to Inspect the Keyboard Checklist

Your keyboard comes wrapped in some type of plastic bag or material and has molded foam end caps on both ends to protect it and hold it in place in the box. Be sure you have received all needed pieces [more…]

How to Set Up Your Keyboard

Any stand you use with your keyboard probably requires some assembly. But if you’re working with a home digital piano or very large arranger keyboard that comes with a custom stand as part of the package [more…]

How to Connect your Keyboard to your Home Stereo

Why wouldn’t you want to share your keyboard playing with your entire house via home stereo? All home stereo systems include some form of additional input, usually labeled as an aux or auxiliary input [more…]

Score a C-note: How to Find C on the Keyboard

The key to playing the keyboard is first knowing where to find C. Look at the black key groupings and find a group of two. The white key just below/to the left of the first black key in the group is the [more…]

How to Explore the Notes on the Keyboard

With C as your anchor or home base on your keyboard, you can identify the rest of the notes. The basic musical language works like the beginning of the alphabet: A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. For music, things [more…]

Size Up the Staff: How to Read Treble and Bass Clef

Long ago, the early music scholars came up with a system of lines and spaces called a staff or stave to represent notes or pitches. Each staff is a grouping of five lines and four spaces. The [more…]

How to Read Quarter Notes, Half Notes, and Whole Notes

In order to play the keyboard, you need to be able to read music. All notes aren’t created equal. If they were, music would be very boring, with no rhythm or interest to get you tapping your toes and nodding [more…]

How to Use Headphones with your Keyboard

Perhaps your keyboard doesn’t have onboard speakers, or you just want to enjoy some private practice time. Every electronic keyboard offers a headphone output for that purpose. [more…]

Building a Musical Scale

Put simply, a musical scale is a series of notes in a specific, consecutive order. Major and minor scales are the two most common types, and they have the following attributes: [more…]

Proper Posture for Piano Practice

Aim to situate yourself comfortably in a stable, balanced position so you can play and read music, with room to move freely. Keyboardists can get so caught up in the complication of notes, clefs, fingering [more…]

The Electronic Keyboard Family

Electronic keyboards fall into well-established families or categories of instruments. Each has a relatively standard set of features and is meant to be used for specific musical needs and playing situations [more…]

Piano & Keyboard All-In-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Playing piano and various keyboard instruments can become a lifelong passion, so be careful what you wish for. But it all starts with — and often, even for the masters, comes back to — the basics, including [more…]

Use Printed Music in Your Piano Playing

You’re learning to play the piano for one simple reason: to play music. Okay, so maybe you’re also learning piano to impress your friends, but after you achieve the first goal, the second goal naturally [more…]

Use Chord Progressions in Major Keys while Playing Music

When you're playing a song in a major key, certain chords sound right for that key, and certain chords don't. The root notes for the chord progression in the C major scale are as follows, including which [more…]

Syncopation: Hitting the Off-Beat while Playing Music

Syncopation in music is often misunderstood. It is, very simply, a deliberate disruption of the two- or three-beat stress pattern. Musicians most often create syncopation by stressing an [more…]

10 Great Composers and Their Daily Piano Workouts

So many composers, so little time. Both the famous and the not so famous have written enough piano exercises and études to fill your practice time, not to mention your bookshelf. The most difficult are [more…]

Ways to Play with Others on Piano or Keyboard

Nothing teaches music better than playing music. After a while, you may feel in the mood for collaboration. Lucky for you, the concept of piano duets, ensembles, and bands came along. In any city, college [more…]

How to Play Eighth and Sixteenth Notes on Keyboard

You can play a lot of music on the keyboard by using whole, half, and quarter notes. But the rhythm gets even more interesting when you have some notes that play faster than the main beat and when they [more…]

How to Use a Metronome to Help You Time Music

A metronome is a device that clicks in steady rhythm to help you practice your rhythm and time-keeping. Older versions were a vertical wooden case with a metal wand that swung back and forth. You had to [more…]

How to Get in Keyboard Playing Position

Playing a keyboard involves your whole body. Just wiggling your fingers about isn’t enough; you need to consider your sitting/standing position, your neck and shoulders, your arms and wrists, and even [more…]

How to Make Smooth Crossings on the Keyboard

Stretching works well for medium moves in hand position, but often you need to move across more than five notes all occurring in a row on the keyboard. Here are a few techniques to choose from.. [more…]

The 5 Basic Chord Types on the Keyboard

Most music uses some basic rules and structures; you can’t just play any group of notes, call it a chord, and sound good. Chords are built on specific note relationships called intervals. [more…]

Common Styles of Music for Various Sounds on the Keyboard

There are many different ways to match the right types of sounds to plays melodies to a particular style of music on your keyboard. Of course, rules are made to be broken, but here are some common practices [more…]

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