I want to learn to play the keyboard...

Canada
March 31, 2007 5:42pm CST
Do you have any suggestions of how I should go about that, and what kind of keyboard do you think would be a good one? I can't wait to go out to buy one, but the few stores I've been in so far, told me that they only sell them around Christmas time, so I still have to look in other stores. There's a few music stores that I want to check out in town too. So, what do you think I should know when looking for a keyboard, and do you have any advice for me? Thanks.
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@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
31 Mar 07
I think the best thing for you to do is write a list of what you want in a keyboard, I did this with my camera, then with your list go to a good keyboard outlet and get a good salesperson to point out he has to offer that fits your list, goodluck I hope you get your keyboard and have lots of fun with it....
• Canada
31 Mar 07
Thank you, that's a really good idea. I know there's been so many features that I see online that they have... and it's hard to keep them all straight. I'll definately be taking a list with me and show it to the salesperson to help them know what I'm looking for :)
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@lilaclady (28238)
• Australia
31 Mar 07
Keyboard Smiley - keyboard smiley gif
Good girl also put on your list the approx.price range, then you might find seeing as they are trying to help you they might do you a special deal like they did with my camera, good luck.
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• Canada
31 Mar 07
Ooh.. that would be nice... I'm hoping for somewhere between 200 - 400 dollars, so I'll see where that takes me :P I'm not sure how expensive they are going to be lol
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@Kaeli72 (1230)
• United States
31 Mar 07
I have no talent when it comes to reading the muscial notes, but I'm really great about playing music by ear. I'm sure you've seen the keyboards that have a "tutor" section on it where it not only displays the notes, but a key lights up to show you which one it is...Sharper Image has one. I'd suggest that one because you can learn much better with it. I'm thinking of getting that one for my kids as they are learning how to play a keyboard at their middle school.
• Canada
31 Mar 07
I didn't even know that those types existed before I started looking around online at keyboards. My sister had one years ago, but hers couldn't do any kind of teaching but it's really neat to see that they have ones now to help you learn. Thanks for the suggestion :)
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• United States
1 Apr 07
There's a book called "Piano For Dummies" I've been using that to teach my 5-year-old how to play my keyboard and it's working well.
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• Canada
1 Apr 07
Oh, excellent... I have the "for dummies" books for other things and they work well. I'll have to look that up the next time I'm in the book store :)
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@santuccie (3374)
• United States
1 Apr 07
It depends on what you want. Do you want good synth sounds or good acoustic sounds? I think Korg makes some great synth sounds, but it's not so great in imitating a real instrument. Roland has always been one of the best for quality acoustic reproduction. Then there are other qualities that come into play, like recording capabilities, polyphony (how many sounds it can emit at once), number of keys, weight of the keys...the list goes on. If you want to be a pianist, I suggest you invest in something like a digital piano that has 88 weighted, hammer-action keys. Clavinovas are really good, but expect to pay a pretty penny for one of those. If you just want to learn the basics, you might not need all that. If you want a decent deal on quality sounds and extra features at a relatively low cost, I would recommend a Casio or Yamaha with at least a floppy disk drive. These generally cost $350 or more, but tend to pack enough bells and whistles to keep you entertained for a good while.
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• Canada
1 Apr 07
I don't plan to become a pianist or anything lol... though that would be fun I'm sure lol... I'm just looking for something that I can have some fun on, since I miss playing music everyday.
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