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Tablet piano instruction?

I have an electric, piano-weighted keyboard that I want to learn how to play. I can't afford lessons right now. It has MIDI in and out connectors. Is there a hardware/software combo that will take that MIDI out connection, plug it into an Android or iOS tablet, and provide a more interactive teaching experience? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me improve my dismal musical ability!

I'm looking for a piece of music training software, designed for use with a MIDI keyboard, that will help develop my dexterity and general competence with melody, harmony, and chords. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet on Nov 23, 2013 - 7 answers

Can I use Mainstage 3 instruments in Garageband '11?

My wife is a keyboard player (I play guitar) and we are trying to use our new MacBook Pro for our practice sessions. She got her MIDI keyboard to play through Garageband but wanted better piano sounds, so I bought Mainstage 3 for $30 (after Googling the question). Mainstage 3 has much better sounds like Hammond B3, Rhodes, etc. [more inside]
posted by freecellwizard on Sep 17, 2013 - 0 answers

Cat hair in Roland Keyboard!!!

hey everyone. A while back I took my Roland Keyboard into the shop and was told there was cat hair between and or under the keys. The man fixed the keys and told me to protect the keyboard from this. And I did, for a while. I know this makes me sound like an idiot, but as time went on, I completely ignored the man's advice, and now it's happened again. I do not want to take the keyboard in to be fixed (at least not by the same guy) and was wondering if there was a way I could clean it from home. If anyone is aware what kind of tools i might need, I would appreciate it. I am not going to let this happen again it if I can fix it. If anyone can help, it would be awesome!
posted by Thanquol180 on Aug 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Can you transcribe a very simple keyboard part for me?

Could a musical person possibly tell me the notes of the keyboard part in Camera Obscura's "Happy New Year"? I don't really need it in actual musical notation on a staff or anything--just the names of the notes is fine. Thank you in advance!
posted by feathermeat on May 6, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I become a better piano player?

I really enjoy playing piano as a hobby. I've played in worship bands for 3 different churches, and played in a few local bands as well with live gigs. But I don't think I'm very good, and I'm not sure how to improve. [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Apr 19, 2013 - 11 answers

MIDI controllers and the iPhone 5?

Is it possible to hook up an Akai LPK25 controller to an iPhone 5? [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Mar 25, 2013 - 4 answers

Trying to transfer sequencer files from workstation to computer

The (floppy) drive on my Korg X2 workstation has finally broken and I'm trying to transfer the sequencer files onto my computer as midi files using midi-to-usb. I can do a midi dump for the sequencer but I have no idea what to do with the .syx file I now have on my computer. Is there another way to do it, or is the solution close at hand? [more inside]
posted by imposster on Mar 12, 2013 - 7 answers

Right power supply for a home piano keyboard?

My daughter has a Yamaha psr-260 that we picked up at a garage sale. It did not have a power supply and used batteries to power up. Since the batteries have died, I have found a power supply that seems to match the piano's requirements on the back of the unit: DC IN 10-12V. The power supply says Input: AC 120V 60 Hz 20W and Output: DC 12V 1000mA with a matching polarity symbol (the plus is inside the minus). [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Mar 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Easy jams for keyboard and bass

I've played classical piano for years, but I'm just starting out with jazz and blues. A friends is learning bass guitar from scratch. Can anyone recommend some easy riffs or chord progressions we could play together?
posted by morninj on Feb 5, 2013 - 6 answers

Do, a deer, a female deeeeeeeeeeer.......

I am in Japan and miss playing piano, and so am in the market for a quality - but cheap! - keyboard. Is this possible? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Dec 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Help me stop being a MIDIot

A friend gave me his MIDI keyboard and no instruction on what to do with it... Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by Echobelly on Jan 23, 2012 - 5 answers

Help me make horrible noises!

Where does one purchase musical instruments in Birmingham, UK? [more inside]
posted by Because on Jan 12, 2012 - 15 answers

Learning to jam

Keyboard players: A jam session might be in the cards for me soon. What is the best way for me to pick up a bit of basic skill on a synthesizer/piano? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Dec 14, 2011 - 11 answers

What musical keyboard should I get my 6 year old?

My 6 year old daughter would like a keyboard (musical) for Christmas. What am I looking for in a keyboard? She is learning some basic songs at school already and is generally familiar with the layout. What features are necessary? What are not? [more inside]
posted by otto42 on Dec 12, 2011 - 6 answers

What should I learn how to play?

In my dreams I am an incredible musician who can shred on any instrument. Then I wake up, and I am still a beginner. But, you gotta start somewhere, right? Please help me expand my keyboard repertoire. [more inside]
posted by Idafolk on May 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Best digital piano for an adult wanting to learn?

What's the best keyboard / digital piano for a relative "newbie"? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Apr 6, 2011 - 9 answers

Help make my musical journey a great one!

As an adult, I'm finally trying to explore my musical side. I'm leaning towards electric guitar and/ or piano. Lots of special details and questions inside! [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Jan 21, 2011 - 31 answers

I hear people who do Morse code can do this too

I want my computer to play a note for each key I press on the keyboard while typing homework/chats/etc. Hopefully, eventually I will be able to listen to the notes and tell what is being typed. Is there a program that will let me do this?
posted by rebent on Nov 1, 2010 - 14 answers

Clavia repair shops

My Nord Electro 2 is sick. Where's a place to send it to make it better? [more inside]
posted by jackflaps on Sep 22, 2010 - 2 answers

Recommend me a used (musical) keyboard.

What's a good, inexpensive (>$200) digital keyboard/synthesizer for a low-intermediate level player? Used preferred. [more inside]
posted by matkline on Aug 21, 2010 - 6 answers

Using a keyboard as a synthesizer?

How can i use my keyboard more like a synthesizer to produce music? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Jul 4, 2010 - 7 answers

How to productively spend practice time?

What's the most productive way to spend 45 minutes of daily practice time for the piano/keyboard? [more inside]
posted by gacxllr9 on Jun 29, 2010 - 5 answers

What keyboard should I buy? Criteria inside.

What keyboard should I buy? Criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by cuando on Jun 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Keyboard of my dreams

Please help me find the digital keyboard of my dreams! [more inside]
posted by chara on Jan 6, 2010 - 9 answers

How long will it take me to learn the keyboard?

Is it reasonable to expect that I can develop reasonable proficiency at piano/keyboard with 30 minutes to an hour of practice each day for a few months? [more inside]
posted by DMan on Sep 25, 2009 - 12 answers

Magic Chord-O-Matic Machine!

I was playing around with a keyboard at a Guitar Center that had an auto-harmonize feature. Below a certain note pressing a key would play a chord instead of a single tone. What was interesting was that playing chromatically (white and black keys) it played chords that retained a firm sense of key (C major) - if you jumped around randomly or did chromatic runs it didn't sound like there were a bunch of modulations taking place. What formula do you think it used to do this?
posted by phrontist on Aug 31, 2009 - 8 answers

Buying a keyboard amplifier

I'm looking for a keyboard amplifier for use in a rock band. Is the roland kc-150 (65W) going to be loud enough or should I spring for the KC-350 (120W)? Or should I look for a bass amp?
posted by Tlogmer on Aug 3, 2009 - 9 answers

Jeremiah was a bullfrog.

Help me think of famous keyboard intros to play during soundcheck. Difficulty rating: No synth sounds. [more inside]
posted by sourwookie on Jul 30, 2009 - 75 answers

Where is that Pipettes live appearance video?

Help me find Video of English girl group trio The Pipettes playing with only a (very raspy) keyboard in a live appearance? It must be a record store but I have this memory of it being a library. Song was probably We are the Pipettes. Sound quality is quite good & camera is steady. [more inside]
posted by morganw on Jun 24, 2009 - 3 answers

How to learn music with DIY lighted keys

Is there a way to output midi data from MAC or PC so that I can have one in a series of LED lights light up when the corresponding note is played? I would like to learn playing keyboard by example, have seen the casio lighted keyboards, but I heard these keyboards cannot play midi's that I download online.
posted by mikesmeta on May 5, 2009 - 7 answers

Will you please help me start shopping for a music keyboard?

How do I start to shop for a new music keyboard? I sing classical music (art song), but I like to play with the fun sounds and possibly play out - with a "real" pianist. My 12-year-old KT-88 seems to be slowly dying. [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 7, 2009 - 9 answers

Power Supply for PSR 740 keyboard

Where in Vancouver, BC might I find a replacement power supply (I believe it's a Yamaha PA-6 adapter) for a PSR 740 keyboard?
posted by stray on Feb 21, 2009 - 5 answers

A baby grand piano's too big—do zygote pianos exist?

I need a music composition aide—what's the smallest and/or cheapest piano keyboard I can buy? [more inside]
posted by spamguy on Oct 18, 2008 - 5 answers

Simple MIDI sequencer.

Where can I find a super-simple standalone MIDI sequencer? [more inside]
posted by dmd on Oct 3, 2008 - 6 answers

Where to learn about keyboard synthesis?

What are some good resources (books, sites etc.) to learn synthesizer techniques? [more inside]
posted by Me, The Snake on Sep 28, 2008 - 7 answers

How to get an Alesis Micron to run on batteries?

Is there any way to modify or use an external part to get an Alesis Micron to run on batteries? [more inside]
posted by Mali on May 16, 2008 - 3 answers

Can I mod my keyboard?

I have a cheap electronic keyboard. What are the odds of me being able to rip out all the parts except for the keyboard and use it as a standalone synth module? [more inside]
posted by RustyBrooks on Dec 6, 2007 - 15 answers

If I could afford a piano I would already have one...

Help me find a keyboard/synth with these specifications. [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities on Nov 28, 2007 - 9 answers

Ticklin' the Ivories

Please help me find my piano muse! [more inside]
posted by chara on Nov 17, 2007 - 10 answers

Cheapo way to plug piano keyboard into a mac

What's the cheapest way of plugging a piano keyboard into my mac [more inside]
posted by singingfish on Jun 26, 2007 - 9 answers

Keyboard-to-Mac, minus the MIDI

I'm looking to connect an Alesis QS8 keyboard to my iMac, with the intention of making some music. I'd like to do a bit more than use it as a simple MIDI keyboard, though. [more inside]
posted by hifiparasol on Jan 24, 2007 - 15 answers

what keyboard should I get?

What's the best digital keyboard for $500? What about for $1k? I'm not a hard-core musician, but I enjoy sitting down at a piano and just screwing around. I took some lesions when I was a kid. I'd like to be able to hook it up to a computer and use it with training software, as well as for composition, but I'm assuming that's a pretty standard feature these days. [more inside]
posted by Paris Hilton on Aug 6, 2006 - 10 answers

Tickling the MIDI-enabled Ivories

I want to learn to play keyboard, a continuation of sorts of this question. When I say this, I mean a MIDI controller - for the sake of being a midi controller, not as a stepping stone to piano. My goal lies primarily in doing something creative musically (dare I say "compostition" at some point down the line) with software synths played live (by me, not a tracker). So the answers to that last question have sent me on my way theory wise, but how do I learn to actually, you know, move my fingers around? [more inside]
posted by phrontist on Aug 1, 2006 - 9 answers

Can you recommend a good keyboard for me for home recording?

Can you recommend a good keyboard for me for home recording? [more inside]
posted by poppo on Aug 1, 2005 - 3 answers

Learning to play music on a keyboard

For the next few months, I would like to learn to play on a keyboard. [more inside]
posted by daksya on Jul 6, 2005 - 8 answers

Piano keyboard recommendations

I'm looking to buy a music keyboard for up to £300. I basically want one that's as near to a proper piano as I can, but my needs are: 61 keys (preferably weighted), connectivity to a computer (therefore not much need for extra bells and whistles on the actual keyboard), touch sensitivity, option for pedal/sustain, and a really good array of spectacular sounds. Can anyone help with a make/model? I can't find anywhere that gives an unbiased view of buying a keyboard... [more inside]
posted by wibbler on Dec 26, 2003 - 9 answers

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