Sunday, June 6, 2010

Keyboard Lessons for biginners : Selection of keyboard

Selection of keyboard:

# All of you will agree that a best instrument with best sound quality will always sound better than other cheaper instruments. But best things in life dont come cheap. So it is advisable to buy the best keyboard
that you can afford to buy.

# Select a keyboard with at least 61 keys. That is 5 Octaves.If you are serious of playing songs, then it is  always better to buy a complete instrument in the beginning itself. Playing on a regular size instrument, with good sound quality is going to motivate you to continue playing.

# Less number of Octaves means you will not be able to play song and chords together effectively. You may say that Harmonium comes with only 3 Octaves, then why do we need more keys or Octaves on a keyboard. Do not mistake a keyboard for harmonium. These instruments are meant for different purpose. Harmonium is essentially an accompaniment instrument. Where as keyboard is in a way, a full band with beats and instrumental accompaniment.

# Do not go in for keyboards with illuminated keys. This is not going to help you as you will be looking for glowing keys instead of trying to play smoothly. You need to understand only 12 keys which are repeated in each octave. Best way is to memorise the keys by understanding their sequence.

# Polyphony: This indicates the number of voices (instruments) that will be playing simultaneously in the background. It is obvious that, more polyphony means a fuller orchestra with more number of instruments for your accompaniment. It comes in 16, 32, 48, 64,128 polyphony. Choice is yours to make.

# Weighted Keys: These are designed like acoustic piano keys. Unless you want to be a professional classical piano player, you don’t need them. Most of the keyboards come with touch sensitive keys and these give very much the same effect like piano.
Always use a proper keyboard stand with a suitable chair with out hand rest. Keeping keyboard on a table or floor is not advisable.