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How to Layer Sounds on the Keyboard

Layering or blending two sounds together creates a wonderful, rich sound on the keyboard. Think of the sound of acoustic piano blended with some warm strings; it’s the perfect sound for playing a sensitive [more…]

The Reverb Effect on the Keyboard

Reverb adds space around your notes and can make your sound seem farther away, even dreamy. It’s short for reverberation, which describes the continuation of sound in a particular space after the original [more…]

How to Choose Effects for Each Type of Sound on the Keyboard

Certain instrument and effect combinations on the keyboard are matches made in rock-and-roll heaven! Some are commonly used based on musical genre (funk and wah-wah, for example), and others are associated [more…]

How to Select a Drum Pattern on the Keyboard

An instrument with drums, like your keyboard, always has a beat ready to go; you don’t have to dig through a bunch of menu options or anything special to hear them. If what you get isn’t the groove you [more…]

Pros and Cons of Acoustic Keyboards

Psalteries, virginals, clavichords, and harmoniums are acoustic keyboards. Honestly, you don’t need a list of pros and cons for these very rare instruments. If you find one and can’t live without it, go [more…]

Pros and Cons of Digital Keyboards

You can rent some digital keyboards, but not all. Some of the fancier models are mostly for sale only, although you may find a used one in good condition. On the other hand, plenty of stores offer a rental [more…]

Should I Buy a Hybrid Keyboard?

They combine the best of both worlds! They offer unmatched versatility! They cost a million dollars! Well, not that much, but hybrid acoustic/digital keyboards are expensive. If the idea of a hybrid interests [more…]

What Beginners Should Know about Pianos and Keyboards

There’s nothing wrong with recognizing that you’re a beginner when it comes to playing the piano. Perhaps you took a few lessons many years ago and have now decided you want to get back to the joy of making [more…]

How to Select a Digital Keyboard That Lasts

After much deliberation, and for whatever reasons, you decide to buy a digital keyboard over an acoustic one. Think your job is done? Not so fast, pal. Now you must decide what [more…]

How to Connect Your Digital Keyboard to External Speakers and Amps

If your keyboard doesn’t have onboard speakers and you want to share your playing with others, you can connect your instrument to a number of different devices or speakers. The main requirement is that [more…]

How to Solve Minor Technical Problems on Your Digital Keyboard

As with any electronic device, sometimes things go wrong with a keyboard. It may show funny symbols in its display, lock up or freeze, or simply not make sound. Perhaps you’re just not sure how to do something [more…]

How to Use the Pedals on a Piano or Keyboard

If you are planning to learn the intricacies of piano or keyboard, the pedals come in handy for developing your own unique sound. The information here gives you the basics on how to use the pedals on your [more…]

What You Should Know about Tempo to Play the Piano or Keyboard

You will need to know some things about tempo to play the piano or keyboard. Like heartbeats, musical beats are measured in beats per minute. A certain number of beats occur in music every minute. When [more…]

How to Count Out Common Time Signatures to Play the Piano or Keyboard

In music, a time signature tells you the meter of the piece you’re playing on your piano or keyboard. Each measure of music receives a specified number of beats. Composers decide the number of beats per [more…]

How to Read Staffs, Clefs, and Notes to Play the Piano or Keyboard

To play the piano or keyboard, you need to know that notes and rests in music are written on what’s called a musical staff. A staff is made of five parallel horizontal lines, containing four spaces between [more…]

How to Read Bar Lines to Play the Piano or Keyboard

If you want to play keyboard or piano, you will need to have a firm grasp of bar lines. In addition to horizontal staff lines, music employs some vertical lines to help you keep track of where you are [more…]

How to Extend Notes Using Dots on the Piano or Keyboard

One way to extend the length of a note when playing the piano or keyboard, and make it look a little fancier, is through the use of a dot. A dot on any size note or rest makes that note or rest last 50 [more…]

How to Play Offbeat Rhythms on the Piano or Keyboard

When you understand note values and ways to extend those values with ties and dots on the piano, you can expand your rhythmic range with some fancy ways to divide, delay, anticipate, and swing note values [more…]

How to Play Songs with Challenging Rhythms on the Piano or Keyboard

The songs you find here give you a chance to play music on the piano or keyboard featuring rhythmic tricks, from pickup measures to ties and dots to swing eighth notes and syncopation. [more…]

How to Play the Piano or Keyboard in C and G Position

Position is a common term you hear regarding any musical instrument. Using effective hand positions is vital to playing the keyboard or piano well. From each designated position, you can easily access [more…]

How to Shift Positions on the Piano or Keyboard

Shifting positions on the piano or keyboard can be smooth and easy when rests are involved, but when the melody doesn’t stop, you must find alternative ways to move between positions. The best way is to [more…]

How to Play Melodies in the Right Hand on the Piano or Keyboard

When you know the techniques for playing melodies in the right hand, you’re guaranteed to want to put them to use on the piano or keyboard playing more melodies. The following are four well-known melodies [more…]

How to Build a Scale on the Piano or Keyboard

Put simply, a musical scale is a series of notes in a specific, consecutive order that you can play on the piano or keyboard. Major and minor scales are the two most common types, and they have the following [more…]

Major Scale Degrees on the Piano or Keyboard

If you are a budding piano player, you should familiarize yourself with the major scale. Each of the eight notes in a major scale is assigned a scale degree [more…]

Minor Scales on the Piano or Keyboard

You need to understand something right away to be a piano or keyboard player: Minor scales are no less important or smaller in size than major scales. They just have an unfortunate name. Minor scales come [more…]

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