Choosing keyboard Instruments.........Which one is right for me?


4 Steps to Learning How to Play Any Song on the Piano

1. Determining the melody - Melodies determine what chords will be played. If you can use your ear to figure out what notes are being played in the melody, you are 1/4 on your way to learning a song! More resources on learning how to determine melodies

2.Harmonizing the melody - Once you have figured out the melody (using some of my techniques on the resource page), it is time to harmonize it. This is simply choosing various chords to accompany the melody. There are several techniques and tricks to doing this. More resources on learning how to harmonize melodies

3. Altering Chords - This is the best part! Now that you have strategically figured out the melody to a song and have harmonized it, altering your chords to produce certain sounds is the next step. If you were playing gospel music, you would alter your chords differently than if you were playing classical or country music. More resources on altering chords

4. Listening - After you have determined the melody, harmonized the melody, and altered some of your chords, there are various techniques you can use to make sure that your song sounds right. More resources on listening techniques

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If you are thinking about the purchase of keyboard instruments you have come to the right place.

With the development of electronic musical keyboards, digital pianos, and keyboard workstations, the choices have become greater and making that choice can be confusing to a first time buyer. You will learn what features are available on electronic keyboards, how to use them and how to pick the best keyboard instruments for you.

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When I wasn't traveling around the country playing for live audiences, I at one time or another worked for most of the major instrument manufactures.

I have over 30 years of experience both as a buyer and marketer of all the best electronic keyboards as well as digital and acoustic pianos.

I have attended numerous NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants)shows and continue to keep on the cutting edge of new technologies and innovations.

I can save you time and money in the process of assessing your needs and matching them with the best keyboard instruments at the lowest cost!!

What if I have a Keyboard already?

That's great!! Make sure you fill out the contact form below and include the make and model of your instrument. Also tell me a little about yourself and what your playing goals are so I can tailor a lesson plan especially for you!!

If you are a beginner you should consider some sort of electronic keyboard.

Electronic keyboards are available in a large variety of models and price points. You have most likely seen them not just in music stores but in places like Wal Mart and Radio Shack.

They may all look the same and for the most part they all have a lot in common but there are some important features you will want to have to get started.

What features should I look for?

These are the minimum requirements I recommend you have to get the most out of playing early and to grow in your enjoyment of playing.



Purchase a keyboard instrument with at least 61 keys or 5 octaves.

Go ahead and count them if you have to. You will see keyboards with only 49 keys and that limits your ability to play some important techniques related to playing piano pieces.

If you can afford to get one with 76 or 88 keys that is wonderful. A full 88 note piano keyboard would be best unless portability is a consideration.

Make sure it is touch sensitive.

A touch sensitive electronic keyboard will respond to how hard you strike the key similar to a real piano. It allows a great range of expressiveness. This feature is a little more expensive but well worth it.

Will it accept a Sustain foot pedal?

The sustain foot pedal mimics the right pedal on an acoustic piano. When a note is struck and the pedal pushed down the note will sustain or ring out after releasing the key.

This is a real must to get expression and a true piano sound and feel. These pedals a usually sold a accessories.

If you are buying at a music store ask them to throw one in. Many times music stores add a few dollars to the price and can afford an little incentive for you to buy from them.

Automatic Accompaniment?

Its a great feature to have while learning. It aids in developing a feel for rhythm (playing in time). It can make practicing some things more fun. It allows the student to experience the difference between playing solo and playing "in the band".

Electronic Keyboard Instruments come in a few distinct varieties.

Portable electronic keyboards are at the base level in terms of price and are by far the best entry level choice where price is a consideration.

The are the ones you may see in department stores like Wal Mart. Most music stores will carry a few models. While they are the most inexpensive they all have some some pretty amazing features that make learning fun. To explore some of the features of these instruments click the link below.

Portable keyboard features and benefits

Keyboard workstations are generally more expensive and are geared toward professions musicians, both performers and song writers. They are found online or at more dedicated high end music stores. To explore the features that make them different from other portable keyboards and synthesizers click the link below.


Digital Pianos. are another type of instrument you may want to consider. They have become a popular replacement to the traditional acoustic piano.

A couple of reasons for this is that while they are heavier than a portable keyboard they are much easier to move about than an acoustic piano, and they never need to be tuned.

Click the ink below for a in depth look at the features and benefits of these instruments.

Great value on some starter electronic keyboards

Digital Pianos, features and benefits


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