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A keyboard that will teach me to play songs I actually want to play?

I'm looking for a keyboard that a) lets me play along to lit-up keys and b) allows me to either add my own music for it to decipher or tell it which keys I want to light up when I play a song. [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Jan 12, 2014 - 3 answers

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

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

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

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

Full-size digital piano or compact (inexpensive) keyboard for kid?

My young daughter (kindergarten) will be starting piano lessons soon, and the teacher wants us to buy an 88 key digital piano with weighted keys - that seems to be about $500 minimum. However we're not sure the lessons will stick, and as a bonus we are space-challenged in our small house. For about $160 we could get something that is still big but not 88 key big, touch-sensitive keys instead of weighted keys (i.e. Yamaha NP11, open to other recommendations). We are piano ignorant, so don't know how to judge the trade-off. Should we suck it up and buy the big boy, or will it not matter at this stage of learning?
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Feb 23, 2013 - 16 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 help my girlfriend teach herself to play piano!

Help me find a book to help my girlfriend learn to play piano! [more inside]
posted by dismas on Dec 27, 2011 - 7 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

Good keyboard for live performance?

Looking for an affordable keyboard for live performance with GREAT piano, elecric piano and organ samples. [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 19, 2011 - 9 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

Bring music back into my life!

I'm in the market for a keyboard that is as piano-like as possible for around $1000. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by slide on Feb 23, 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

How do I learn piano fingering?

I've been trying Pro Keyboard mode in Rock Band 3 and I'm really enjoying it, however I have no idea whether I'm putting the right fingers on the right keys! The training modes explain it a little but there's no guidance in the actual songs. Is there an online resource or book that will teach me the basics of this?
posted by jobby on Jan 10, 2011 - 2 answers

Stuck key on a digital piano

One of the keys on my digital piano just started sticking. How can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by honeydew on Nov 24, 2010 - 4 answers

How should I learn piano?

I want to learn piano to the extent of being able to play like, some pop/rock songs and stuff from fake books. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by capnsue on Sep 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Music software for the uninitiated

Posting for the boyfriend: What software program will allow me to create beautiful music with just a keyboard? [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Jul 27, 2010 - 8 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

The moth don't care if you figure out what instrument that is...

What is the instrument heard at 0:46 in Aimee Mann's "The Moth"? [more inside]
posted by inoculatedcities on Apr 10, 2009 - 5 answers

Tiny Toy Pocket Elctronic Keyboard of Magical Awesomeness

Help me find this tiny electronic pocket piano from my youth. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog on Dec 9, 2008 - 9 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

Help my friend tickle the plastickies.

(Posting for a friend): I just bought a keyboard, and I would like to learn a little piano-playing. Is there any free or cheap software that can hand-hold me through it? Are there any websites that offer beginning piano lessons?
posted by prefpara on Sep 29, 2008 - 2 answers

Play it again, Sam! Uh... Sam? Where'd Sam go?

Where would I look/advertise to find a improvisational keyboard player for an improv group in the Los Angeles area? [more inside]
posted by Shecky on Jan 21, 2008 - 2 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

An aspiring pianist needs advice!

What are some good tips for choosing a used keyboard for an aspiring pianist? [more inside]
posted by mateuslee on Nov 5, 2007 - 6 answers

Pianos aren't really portable. What are my keyboard options?

I'm looking for a portable keyboard with pretty realistic action. [more inside]
posted by booksandlibretti on Sep 9, 2007 - 9 answers

Digital piano < 88 keys?

Have you ever seen a portable digital piano - not merely a controller - with graded hammer action but fewer than 88 keys? Some of the big music stores have told me that they don't know of any. (Counter-examples: The Studiologic VMK-161 Plus is a controller with 61-key hammer action, but it has no internal sounds. The Yamaha YPG-225/DGX-220 is a 76-key piano/synth but apparently doesn't have hammer action.) Thanks.
posted by Dave 9 on Aug 27, 2007 - 9 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

keyboard suggestions

I'm looking for musical keyboard suggestions... [more inside]
posted by dial-tone on Dec 20, 2005 - 2 answers

What (musical) keyboard should I buy?

I've played guitar for 10+ years - I want to learn piano, for writing, performing, and to widen my musical understanding. A real piano doesn't jive with my life, what should I buy? [more inside]
posted by Jack Karaoke on Sep 25, 2005 - 14 answers

Piano Lessons

I would like to learn to play the piano. Is there any PC software out there worthwhile? Also which keyboard would you recommend?
posted by darkmatter on Jul 17, 2005 - 29 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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