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How to Make the Most of Your Keyboard’s Basic Features

Your keyboard is brimming with features and cool capabilities, like any self-respecting tech product these days is. You can just turn on your keyboard and start playing, and you’ll have a great time. But [more…]

Advanced Digital Features of Keyboards

Many of the keyboards have pretty advanced features — some that you would’ve thought you needed a computer to do. Keyboards now commonly include some form of recording so that you can play and then listen [more…]

Key Feel and Response of Keyboards

The design, feel, and touch of the key mechanism (commonly called the key action) used on modern keyboards can vary a great deal. Understanding how key actions work and what each offers can help you differentiate [more…]

When to Use a Real Acoustic Piano Instead of a Keyboard

The acoustic piano is a highly evolved, complex mechanical thing that is beloved in every culture. As good as digital keyboard equivalents have become, a few aspects of the originals remain out of reach [more…]

How to Choose a Keyboard for the Beginner

Being a beginner isn’t easy. Maybe you never took a lesson or even touched a keyboard except for using the one on your computer to send a few e-mails and post pictures of your cat. Now you want to start [more…]

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…]

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