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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

 

Stiff keys on MS Natural Keyboard - already cleaned it.

I use an ancient MS Natural Keyboard, but the main thing that's relevant here is the key mechanism. The Goog will show you models old and new. I recently took mine apart, cleaned the plastic parts with water, got it nice and clean (years of accumulated cookie crumbs, etc.) The problem is - now the keys are kind of stiff. For example, if I strike them at a slight angle, they don't depress as smoothly as before. The standard advice online is to clean a keyboard to prevent sticky keys, but I have the opposite problem. Is there some kind of lube/oil/spray I can use?
posted by 4midori on Dec 30, 2013 - 3 answers

Started to install a printer, and bricked my laptop!

Help! My family member ask me to help install a printer (a Lexmark x5470) on her laptop. I installed the drivers and then, when I restarted the computer the MOUSE AND KEYBOARD DONT WORK. I can't login! I can't do anything! It even happens in safe mode, I am running windows 7 family premium, 64 bit on an hp laptop. Help me not ruin Christmas,
posted by cacofonie on Dec 21, 2013 - 9 answers

Why is my keyboard being contrary?

I've had a new computer set up for me at work and the keyboard is being a pain. For some reason it is reversing the keys I need to strike to get @ and " as well as a few others. I've asked around and other people here have the same problem, but have just got used to reversing the keys. However I am too impatient and lazy and I want it to work right. Apologies for all the stupidity to follow but I know nothing of techy things. [more inside]
posted by billiebee on Oct 14, 2013 - 7 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

Is it possible to attach a sliding part for my keyboard to my table?

I have a table that I bought from IKEA which is a bit like this: http://www.ikea.com/​ca/​en/​catalog/​products/​S29806818/ and the problem I have is that while the screen on the table is fine, the keyboard which is right in front of it seems to me to be too high for my arms. So I was wondering if it is possible to install that sliding part you find in computer tables like this one: http://img.weiku.com/​waterpicture/​2011/​10/​25/0/​office_​furniture_​computer_​table_​6345924906​78635461​_1.jpg and what that part is called anyway? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by iliketothinknu on May 5, 2013 - 9 answers

Do they still make keyboards for first-gen iPads?

I inherited an old, first-generation iPad. I'd love to get a portable keyboard for it so I don't have to lug my ridiculously huge laptop everywhere. I've been doing some Googling, but it's hard to sift out keyboards that will work with the old, obsolete first-generation devices now that it's 2013. I want actual hard keys. Is an Apple wireless keyboard my only option?
posted by topoisomerase on Mar 26, 2013 - 11 answers

This should not be as baffling as it is.

I try to tweet, but then I have to use a comma. Bad things happen. Why does Twitter hate commas? [more inside]
posted by Z. Aurelius Fraught on Mar 6, 2013 - 6 answers

How can I reassign the apostrophe\quotation to a new key in Windows 7?

Is there a way to reassign the apostrophe\quotation function to a different keyboard stroke? [more inside]
posted by KingoftheWhales on Mar 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Google Japanese Input

I have just started using Google Japanese Input on Windows 7. It works fine, but I would like to be able to switch input modes (i.e. between direct input, hiragana, katakana etc) using a shortcut key. Currently I have to click on the language bar to switch, which is a pain. I looked in the properties and can't see an option for shortcuts. I tried googling but can't seem to find an answer either. [more inside]
posted by theyexpectresults on Feb 5, 2013 - 4 answers

Replace a Mac MD313LL/A 12" Macbook Pro keyboard

Replace a Mac MD313LL/A 12" Macbook Pro keyboard for a handicapped neighbor and I know very little about recent Mac tech. [more inside]
posted by Samizdata on Feb 1, 2013 - 4 answers

iPad keyboard recommendation

I need a recommendation for a cover/keyboard setup for my iPad 3. I will be using this to replace my clunky laptop when I travel. [more inside]
posted by Stewriffic on Oct 16, 2012 - 14 answers

macbook old keyboard coffee

I spilled coffee on my old (2006 polycarbonate) MacBook. Now the trackpad works, but not the keys. How can I diagnose and fix my laptop keyboard? [more inside]
posted by ignignokt on Aug 21, 2012 - 7 answers

GUI-Customizable flash soundboard that assigns sounds to keypresses?

I need a simple program (an SWF preferably) that will let me assign locally-stored sound clips to my PC's keyboard. Something like the Jingle Keyboard freeware, or a flash soundboard, but will let me assign specific sounds to specific keys -- such as sound1.mp3 to C, sound2.mp3 to V, etc.. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on Feb 16, 2012 - 2 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

Word won't type my square brackets and more!

Microsoft Word 2010 doesn't seem to recognize some of my keyboard inputs. Maybe due to the language my keyboard is set. Can't figure how to customize or otherwise tell it that a [set keyboard shortcut] is already equated to a [set character]. [more inside]
posted by CelebrenIthil on Oct 25, 2011 - 5 answers

Please let me type these darn characters..

How can I reassign one of the character keys on my macbook to type a different character? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l on Oct 17, 2011 - 7 answers

First-world Kindle angst...

Talk about first world problems... Which Kindle do I buy? [more inside]
posted by I_Love_Bananas on Oct 8, 2011 - 25 answers

Can't hear MIDI keyboard in Logic Pro 8

Logic Pro problem: I can't hear my MIDI keyboard. [more inside]
posted by John Cohen on Jul 17, 2011 - 6 answers

MacBook Pro with a snipped bluetooth antenna. Repair or purchase dongle?

MacBook Pro with a snipped bluetooth antenna. Repair or purchase dongle? [more inside]
posted by Brian Puccio on Jun 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Xylophone in How Soon is Now?

I'm doing a song analysis on this awesome song, but I can't nail down one of the instruments. It appears around 3:15 into the song, and also at the end. I'm figuring its either a xylophone or a synth. Anyone care to shed some light (that will never go out)
posted by bodaciousllama on May 23, 2011 - 7 answers

Iphone more like laptop

Are there any good Iphone4 keyboards? [more inside]
posted by miles1972 on Apr 7, 2011 - 3 answers

Android-style predictive text for physical keyboards

Can I somehow harness Android-style predictive text for my actual, hardware QWERTY keyboard? [more inside]
posted by dgrobinson on Mar 26, 2011 - 5 answers

Laptop keyboard replacement: sanity saver or more trouble than it's worth?

Are laptop keyboards really as easy to replace as the do-it-yourself articles make it sound? [more inside]
posted by amyms on Mar 8, 2011 - 15 answers

My hinkPadhas aproblem with i's keyboard.

I just bought a used Thinkpad T61 and the e,t, and space bar keys work intermittently. The keyboard is reasonably clean and nothing is obstructing the keycaps underneath. I have taken out the keyboard and reseated the keyboard connector. Is this just a bad keyboard or should i be worried about something else? (os is linux/ubuntu)
posted by ennui.bz on Mar 1, 2011 - 11 answers

Mac External Keyboard & Mouse

Mac peripherals filter: Just bought a MacBook Air. Looking for an external mouse and keyboard when I want to use it at my desk (plugged into my external monitor). What are your favorite Mac mice and keyboards? USB or Bluetooth are options. Thanks.
posted by Conrad Cornelius o'Donald o'Dell on Feb 15, 2011 - 18 answers

How do I stop Twitter from hijacking keyboard shortcuts in Firefox?

How do I stop Twitter from hijacking keyboard shortcuts in Firefox? [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on Jan 28, 2011 - 3 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

Wireless integrated keyboard/mouse device for HTPC

Please recommend a good wireless integrated keyboard/mouse device suitable for a home theater PC. [more inside]
posted by Burhanistan on Dec 6, 2010 - 10 answers

I just want to organize my time, not spend it shopping for phones

A world of mobile choices, and none of them fits. How can I find an affordable basic camera phone without a data plan that lets me back up its data? [more inside]
posted by Hardcore Poser on Nov 28, 2010 - 17 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

Is my keyboard dead or is this fixable?

How do you tell if a keyboard is shorted out? Mine is behaving very oddly after a minor liquid spill. [more inside]
posted by gracedissolved on Nov 8, 2010 - 6 answers

Why does changing my keyboard layout in Windows change my editing language in Word?

I often write in several languages (French, Dutch, and English) and so I use multiple keyboard layouts (on Windows 7) and multiple editing languages (in Microsoft Office 2007). I find that when I have Word open and I change the keyboard setting in Windows (from US to US-International or vice-versa), Microsoft Word will change the editing language back to English (United States), Word's default language, no matter what other language (Dutch or French) I was working in at the time. [more inside]
posted by dhens on Oct 4, 2010 - 4 answers

Oops

Just spilled a few tablespoons of coffee containing unsweetened almond milk onto a MacBook keyboard. What now? [more inside]
posted by pseudostrabismus on Sep 23, 2010 - 16 answers

Keyboard Input Suddenly Slow

Why is my laptop's keyboard input suddenly extremely slow? [more inside]
posted by jimmysmits on Sep 22, 2010 - 6 answers

My kingdom for a disabled Windows key

How do I disable the left Apple/Windows/"Command" key? Bonus points if I can enable/re-disable quickly. [more inside]
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Sep 1, 2010 - 3 answers

What midi controller do you use with Logic?

What's the best midi keyboard controller to use with Logic 9? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Aug 16, 2010 - 4 answers

It's Not "Ergonomic" I Need; I Need "Comfortable"

It's not an ergonomic keyboard I need, just one that doesn't hurt my tendons -- any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by vitabellosi on Aug 5, 2010 - 13 answers

iPad + Keyboard = Hope Me

A few questions on using the Apple Wireless Keyboard with an iPad... [more inside]
posted by erikgrande on Jul 21, 2010 - 4 answers

iPad for iProse: diss-iPointing?

iPad + wireless keyboard as a semi-serious writing tool? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jul 16, 2010 - 22 answers

Once you see my sweet moves you're gonna stay amazed, my fingers movin so fast I'll set the place ablaze

Teach me some great Mac keyboard shortcuts. Nothing is too obscure. [more inside]
posted by Herschel on May 20, 2010 - 63 answers

Fix my weird Firefox scrolling issue?

Ugh. My cat walked on my keyboard and now Firefox scrolls funny. Can you fix it? [more inside]
posted by jinjo on May 6, 2010 - 4 answers

Hey all you apps, quit taking over my function keys!

Clipboard and/or Excel question: How can I assign a function key to do a Ctrl+V paste? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Apr 21, 2010 - 3 answers

How to remap a mac keyboard for Windows usage?

I am using the slim, aluminum Apple Bluetooth Keyboard on my Windows XP computer. It works fine for typing, but I need to change / re-map a few of the keys to their windows xp equivalents and need your help. Here's a link to the keyboard I'm referring to: Link [more inside]
posted by WhereAmI on Apr 15, 2010 - 7 answers

reaaaal comfortable laptop keyboard

recommend me a light laptop with a really nice, really comfortable to use keyboard! [more inside]
posted by raw sugar on Apr 2, 2010 - 17 answers

MIDI retuning software?

I have a soundcard with a MIDI port. Is there software out there that would allow me to change the tuning of my MIDI keyboard and play it in real-time through my speakers?
posted by archagon on Mar 26, 2010 - 9 answers

Eat this!

Please give me recommendations for a badass keyboard amp. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Mar 2, 2010 - 5 answers

UK ergonomic keyboard

Whilst looking to purchase an ergonomic keyboards like the Kinesis or Goldtouch keyboards they all seem to be in the US layout which is a bit of a problem as I'm used to the UK layout. [more inside]
posted by nam3d on Dec 23, 2009 - 5 answers

If you were a G1, and you were born today, what cell phone would you be?

I would like to buy a nice new cell phone with a physical keyboard to replace a broken G1. Please help me with any knowledge about the Droid or the Cliq or any other suggestions you may have! [more inside]
posted by Greg Nog on Dec 2, 2009 - 19 answers

Stupid Keyboard Question

Got a new computer and it only has USB hookups, no ps2 hookups for a keyboard or mouse. No problem, I already had a USB mouse and it came with a USB keyboard (whatever generic one Dell ships). But I really liked my old keyboard which had a ps2 connector. So, I got a couple of ps2/usb adaptors figuring that would solve my problem. It didn't. The computer didn't recognize the keyboard when it was plugged in. Why? [more inside]
posted by misanthropicsarah on Nov 10, 2009 - 12 answers

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