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Modular Synthesizers: Guide What is a Modular Synthesizer Lets start with Modular Synth Basics. As opposed to a regular synthesizer, where all the sections ...

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Charlie Schmidt's Keyboard Cat (Posters and gift items) perfect for cat lovers, Internet meme nerds, and musicians. Keyboard Cat: Posters Pay tribute to ...

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88 Key Keyboard Controller Reviews: Here's how to bring home the right 88-key midi controller piano keyboard. If you have been playing the piano for a very ...

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For creating your music, besides the recording software, you'll need lots of sounds, which are also known as sound libraries. Most of these sounds are ...

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Here's how to Play INTERSTELLAR main theme (composed by Hans Zimmer ) on the Piano. Checkout this version played beautifully by Patrik Pietschmann. Watch: ...

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Roland FP Series Pianos reviewed here. Includes mid-range portable stage pianos that can be used for performance (smaller venues) or for education/practice. ...

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Two-tier keyboard stands: Convenient way to hold both your keyboards, be it in the studio or for performing. Its common for experienced musicians to own ...

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Bastien piano method books - Another repository of piano books out there for you to choose from! Find out if its the right method for you. The Bastien ...

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The Stageline MS20CH European Crafted Wooden Music Stand is made of real wood, is sturdy, looks beautiful and is a nice piece of furniture that will look good ...

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Sight Reading Guitar - How to Read Notes from Music Sheets Sight Reading on Guitar is challenging especially if you have played other music instrument ...

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Here's a complete review of the On Stage Classic Single-X Keyboard Stand. This is a simple and affordable, yet strong stand perfect for beginners as well as ...

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Free Piano Music: Sheets, Lessons, Music & Resources. If you are learning piano on your own, there are hundreds of sheet music here to be downloaded for ...

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Hannibal Middle School, US, offers students opportunity to learn music, by conducting guitar and piano lessons. These classes offer music making opportunities ...

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Powerful and accurate stage monitors play a crucial role during a live performance. PA monitor speakers come in various variants - active/passive, floor ...

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Soprano Ukulele Reviews: Here’s a guide to the Soprano Ukulele, and reviews of the best ones available for you. Recommended Soprano Ukuleles Soprano ...

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Behringer's much awaited DeepMind 12 synth will be available on he market shortly, but one user has already uploaded a epic preview video (two hours long) of ...

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The Wowwee Paper Jamz Justin Bieber Keyboard Guitar is actually made of plastic even though it looks as if its made of thick board. A strap is not included, ...

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Technics Digital Pianos: Reviews, prices for buying & selling, and most common repair problems of these Pianos from Panasonic. Technics SX PR, PX, P Digital ...

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Yamaha YTS-62III Professional Tenor Saxophone reviewed here. Its the perfect fit for everyone, from the rising student to the seasoned pro. Finishes include ...

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How to choose a Mixer for your Studio. Here's a guide to buying a studio mixer, be it for your home studio or for a big project. Thanks to improvements in ...

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Beginner Electric Guitar: Here are the factors to consider before buying one and reviews of the best guitars available for various budgets. What makes it a bit ...

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Guide to buying quality Musical Equipment: Things to keep in mind before buying a musical instrument. If you love music, musical instruments are sure to adorn ...

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Now you can easily turn your portable keyboard into a grand piano, and its not going to cost you a lot....about a grand at the most. Every keyboard or ...

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Guitar Modes: Learn all about Modal Scales (Aeolian, Dorian) and how to use them in contemporary music to create great solos. Introduction to Guitar Modes ...

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Here's a List of the major Performing Rights Organisations around the world: Argentina SADAIC Australia APRA Austria AKM Belgium SABAM Brazil UBC, ECAD ...

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Fur Elise Sheet Music: Besides the free sheet music and a recording of this famous piece, find more information on Beethoven's most famous composition. Also, ...

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Jack Gibbons is an English classical pianist and composer, who is well-known for his renditions of Gershwin's works. (Here's 'Piano Magazine' (UK) interview ...

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Piano and Keyboard Method Deluxe V3, a popular piano learning software program from eMedia that gives you an extensive library of at-home learning ...

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Top 'mid-range' digital pianos for players looking for rich piano sounds, authentic feel, better looks, and the convenience of a portable instrument. Most of ...

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Made in 1977, the Yamaha D85 Electone organ features three keyboards and has an auto-accompaniment section that plays simple rhythms. So basically you can play ...

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World's foremost pianists will be descending on Cincinnati for the annual Art of the Piano festival at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of ...

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A player piano can be played normally by hands, like any other piano. However, player pianos can also play all by themselves. History of the Player Piano ...

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Pick N Glider Musician's Chair: Attractive and sturdy chair for better posture support. The chair glides smoothly back and forth while playing. The cushions ...

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Kawai CR40 Crystal Grand piano is made entirely (almost) of industrial-grade acrylic. The main USP of this piano is that you can see right 'through' the grand ...

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Streaming vs. Downloading: Differences explained & the best way to get new Digital Music. Right now there are many who consume digital music by downloading ...

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Casio Keyboards have always been popular for its affordable range of pianos. Beginners and experienced players have always looked for a value buy from ...

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Learning to play the piano on a Keyboard: Is It possible, and will it ruin your technique in the long run? Read more here. When you decide to learn to ...

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Research shows that listening to music improves our mental well-being and physical health. Music is an amazing thing and it can affect us in so many ...

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For several years, the music stand has played an important role for all musicians, as a reliable holder of a musical score. However, as with many other things, ...

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Film composer Hans Zimmer play live (with his musicians) at the Coachella festival (2017) in California. They released an amazing video of their performance of ...

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  1. Reply
    Matt January 2, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Baldwin has stopped making pianos in the US since 2008. All their pianos are now made in China. And Steinway is not the best, its more of a mid-tier brand.

    • Reply
      keytarhq January 2, 2017 at 9:08 pm

      Most piano companies now have manufacturing units in China, to reduce the cost and to cater to clients in Asia.

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    Allan January 14, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    I have owned several Yamaha guitars, from basic ones to high end ones, and they are the best brand to offer the best “bang for the buck”. The volume and tone of the FG-800 will definitely exceed your expectations when you look at the price.

    This is one of the better guitar out there for a beginner guitar player, just hands down the best entry level model of any brand.

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    Cherie January 31, 2016 at 7:47 pm

    Its a good “beginner” keyboard for our family, it has touch sensitive keys, and the light up key lessons are great too.

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    Nadi February 2, 2016 at 10:42 am

    What sets this keyboard aside is the built in tutor, where the keys light up for you to follow. The light up system makes it easier for a complete novice like myself to actually learn and play something on this keyboard. The lights can also be switched off, if required.

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    Sonia February 2, 2016 at 10:51 am

    The Yamaha ez 220 is much better than the Casio LK series keyboard (lk-280). Although this keyboard isa bit more expensive, its definitely well worth the money. I’m sure you’ll have many more hours of enjoyment.

    • Reply
      keytarhq February 2, 2017 at 11:38 am

      The Casio lk-280 is priced higher than this one. Its also a good keyboard with several features..

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    Linda February 2, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    The Yamaha YPG-235 is a good model for beginner piano players, its modest price is another incentive. Experienced keyboard players may want to go in for higher end models.

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    Ian February 8, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Where can I find the user manual for the Korg SP-280. I want to read all the instructions to further explore the piano.

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    Gammie February 8, 2016 at 10:55 am

    I like the Korg for two primary reasons – RH3 keybed and its unique look/design. It’s Rock Solid. The sounds are superb – rich Piano, EP, and Clav sounds. The SV-1 is a tank with solid key-bed (have broken keys on other keyboards but not this one). This piano begs to be played.

    Like acoustic instruments, this instrument is like “furniture”. These are available on craigslist for $100-200 less then what a new one costs.

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    Troy February 8, 2016 at 8:09 pm

    I’ve been playing the piano for over 2 decades now, I have played on countless expensive pianos – ranging from digital, to piano keyboards, to concert grands. I also used to play competitively on instruments valued over hundred thousand dollars.

    The Celviano AP-250 is not bad at all for its price. The keys feel good, and the sound is vibrant and articulate, at any volume (and better through good quality headphones).

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    Mel February 11, 2016 at 7:17 am

    The learning curve is more but once you know it well, you can map almost anything to the pads.

    The good: sounds are distinctive, grimy, and tons of them. The drum sets can be customized even if the synths can’t be tweeked. The ability to chromatically map samples almost makes up for this though. Sequencer is more flexible than you think, once you get into pattern groupings which you can then record over in real time. I very much like that its performance oriented and the timing and vinyl effects rule! The Roland D2 has finally met its match!

    The bad? It can start to sound overloaded quickly when layering sounds and effects. One reason I got it is because it sounds lo-fi and aggressive so it’s personal preference. There are eq and level options, but not a lot of headroom.

    Technically the gear has a lot to offer for certain styles/projects. Its more suited to intermediate and advanced producers.

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    Bob April 2, 2016 at 11:05 am

    I’m a “senior citizen” and decided to learn to play the piano. I like its light-up feature, great for learning to play songs available in the keyboard. I also bought the “Survival Kit”, which came with a power adapter, a sustain pedal, earphones, and vouchers for some online piano lessons. This keyboard is more than enough for me to learn to play the piano.

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    Nickname April 9, 2016 at 8:54 am

    The last time I was blown away by a keyboard was when Yamaha introduced the Motif. A decade later, they have done the same with the Montage. For those who judge the sound of keyboards based on YouTube videos (that includes me too), I will say: find a store and check it out personally. Ask if you can hear the keyboard through professional monitor speakers (avoid keyboard amp, headphones or some mono speakers). Personally, I think Yamaha will rock once again in the synthesizers department.

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    Pete April 9, 2016 at 10:11 am

    The LP-100 is hands down the BEST budget guitar I have played. New or used, it is worth the money if you are serious about learning.

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    Ashley from Stony Point, NY USA May 8, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Having played non-weighted, semi-weighted, fully-weighted keys from Korg, Yamaha, Roland, Nord and other brands, this one just beats them all on every level. It comes in a neat design – rounded corners, analog dials, glowing vacuum tube and fat metal toggle switch for the power button instantly takes you to the 70’s!

    The SV1 is the holy grail for the gigging keyboardist.

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    Cobrun June 2, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I like Stuart and Sons, Steingraeber and Sohne for their clean and clear tone.

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    Cheryl June 8, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    This piano looks nice, goes with everything. Easy to assemble. Downside is that it only has a couple of other sounds – no violins or trumpets, but it has a sequencer to record.

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    Ricky June 9, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    This guitar looks really good. I have never seen such beauty in a Les Paul. The top is the best. Although it needed to be waxed, it is a good look.

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    Rishi June 14, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Yamaha FG800 in India…
    This is a nice solid-top guitar with authentic sounds. You have to try it out.
    In India, this guitar is priced around 20,000. You can buy hem online or at popular music retailers.

    I needed brighter sounding acoustic guitar that was not very expensive. This guitar is perfect for my home studio. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

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    Thomas from US July 21, 2016 at 11:48 am

    When I first checked out this keyboard, the tube glowing off to the side made me think that this was a special keyboard, and I was right. Its just amazing. Unlike other keyboards, the decay on this piano is fast (the notes die down quickly). So if you plan to play lots of slow ballads with lush acoustic piano sounds (no Gershwin or Beethoven), don’t expect the sustain to sound very good. If you play fast rock songs (with no pedal) then this is a great keyboard.

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    Logic July 28, 2016 at 7:54 am

    I tried my hands on 3 different digital pianos before buying the P-155.

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    happybuyer July 31, 2016 at 7:54 pm

    I am happy with the quality of the keyboard – look-wise and also sound wise. Easy to use, and you can learn a few songs without an instructor.

  22. Reply
    Jeff July 31, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    I wanted this keyboard for practicing and to run in the background with my guitar. Sound quality is great, it has accompaniment to add in synth and bass lines. I wish it was able to record even short pieces to play back instead of the pre-loaded sounds, but its great for messing around and great for a beginner.

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    Pratim August 2, 2016 at 10:12 pm

    How much is yamaha ypg 235 price in India?

    • Reply
      Ben January 2, 2017 at 10:16 pm

      Should be around 18k ($250), but not sure if its a popular model in India

  24. Reply
    Mani August 29, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    I’m considering buying a larger body guitar with greater projection and a brighter sound. I’m also wondering about moving to a smaller scale length. I’ve decent skills but have smaller hands and a thinking that a smaller scale would be good for fingerstyle playing and to reduce hand strain.
    Any thoughts regarding body size, scale, or specific models to check out? Am okay to spend around a couple of grands.
    Thanks for the help!

  25. Reply
    Robert September 30, 2016 at 6:20 am

    We refer to it specifically as ‘The circle of fifths’ in music theory because it helps to explain so much. There’s also a ‘circle of thirds’ that I use to remember chord construction. The minor interval within a major key thing that you mention in rock comes from the blues. Aside from the major/minor 3rd, there is also the flat 5th and flat 7th that may be played over a major chord.

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    Turks October 14, 2016 at 10:04 pm

    Although this one looks very simple, it had the low to mid range volume that I was looking for and the tone is fantastic. After fine tuning it, it had a slight buzz on the D string. I put on some Elixer Polyweb 12s and there was no more buzz. Really like the tuners, too. The Elixir strings really brought out the tone, and as you have mentioned, the volume is still there without “banging” it out. Except for the Plain Jane looks, its excellent in all aspects.

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    Kris October 16, 2016 at 11:20 am

    Where can I find Casio ctk2400 user manual?

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    Ron November 8, 2016 at 6:29 am

    How does the Korg SP-280 compare with the Yamaha P-115 digital piano? I like the SP280, but see a lot of positive comments for the Yamaha piano. Is there lot of additional features on it?

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      Dana January 8, 2017 at 6:38 am

      The Korg 280 has the NH action, which is also used on the SP-170. I played the 280 recently and thought it felt better than what I remembered of the 170. It was comfortable to play, though sort of mushy/spongy. The main piano sounds seem okay, but I thought the other EP sounds sucked. If I needed a digital piano (or something with weighted action) in this price range, I may probably choose something else. However, there are many who prefer the Korg.

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        David January 8, 2017 at 6:44 am

        In fact, I think the electric piano sounds are the best part of the SP-280. I do not use the organ sounds much, though there are some fat cathedral sounds. The SP-280 has an excellent vibraphone, and the guitar sound is also fun to play. I also don’t play the voice and string sounds much.

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    Rossy November 10, 2016 at 8:12 am

    I was keen to buy the Yamaha CP4, when the Roland RD800 released. RD800 is a far better instrument for a little extra money. The action is authentic, the sound is top class, Acoustic and electric pianos are the best I’ve heard to date. If you like piano sounds, this is the board for you. Incredible stage piano, with powerful features.

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    Jessy November 11, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    What I like the most on the MX is the quality of the pianos, EP’s and Organs. This is a great second keyboard (can be even your main keyboard) for gigging. If you want an entry-level or second keyboard with highly-programmable synths and everyday sounds, DAW control capability, arpeggiator, the MX-61 is a good contender. Its light and portable.

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    keytarhq November 20, 2016 at 11:53 am

    A Yamaha PSR 453 keyboard is also good and should sound as good as the YPT 400.

    Overall, it is hard to find a better value than a keyboard from the PSR Series. It has a good collection of affordable prices and excellent features. Looking at the Yamaha PSR Series Keyboards Price, these are definitely the keyboards to put into consideration when you want to play wonderful music.

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    Oliver November 21, 2016 at 8:36 am

    As a classical pianist, key action and sound quality are very important to me. The Roland RD800 has great sound quality, heavier key action, aesthetics, etc. I think this is the ultimate keyboard in this price range. If you’re on the fence with Nord, Kurzweil, Yamaha, Kawai, or Korg, I’d say go with this one. The RD-800 is a home run for Roland.

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    Joel Avrunin December 1, 2016 at 7:55 am

    Incredibly authentic grand piano sound. Best in class digital piano if you are concerned about learning to play correctly.

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    Tan December 1, 2016 at 11:31 pm

    The MX is a nice keyboard but not great on build quality. The sounds are good, but not all of them. Documentation includes a 74 page Synthesizer Parameter Manual and 71 page Reference Manual.

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    Shaun December 4, 2016 at 7:41 am

    If you like having a large collection of voices and styles, HATE the soft touch found on organs, most synthesizers, and the other models in Yamaha’s current series of Portable Grand keyboards, and if don’t mind shelling out a few hundred more dollars to get the acoustic piano feel of Graded Hammer Action, then try out the DGX-660.

    These instruments have essentially the same voice, sytle and control setup found on most Yamaha arranger keyboards in the YPG or DGX Portable Grand keyboards. The DGX-660 weighs at least 20 or more pounds lesser than most weighted-key instruments.

    This one has a heaver key action, a premium 3-pedal unit, another layer of distortion guitar settings and a type of ROTARY ORGAN setting. Voice and Style settings are very simple using the CATEGORY SEARCH buttons or by typing the Voice and Style numbers directly into the number pad. Much easier and more reliable than using the data wheel.

    On all the Portable Grand series, using the LESSON MODES and SONG DATABASE will help beginners and will give refresher help for more seasoned players. If you learn to play on the DGX-660, you can play ANY piano of any size, make and model, including concert grands!

    My biggest complaints with these keyboards and most other newer Yamaha models is that their style-playing setups no longer recognize 2nd and 3rd inversions of chords the way the other PSR 61-key instruments used to. Also, Yamaha now uses a FUNCTION button that creates a time-consuming way of setting volume and effects on the MAIN, DUAL, SPLIT VOICE and SYTLES instead of the dedicated buttons for these settings found in the pie arrangement on the earlier PSR models.

    If you need to make such adjustments, take time at home to do this; you’ll embarrass yourself if you try to do it during a gig!

    Even with these shortcomings, this instrument is well worth the money if you want a feature-packed insturment with true piano feel that won’t totally break the bank.

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    Jobin December 9, 2016 at 8:39 am

    I am quite impressed with the Yamaha Montage 7. Its a big upgrade over the Motif. The added FM-X sound engine and the DX sounds are a big plus. The Live Set page is perfect for the gigging musician.

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    JB December 9, 2016 at 8:56 am

    After buying this, I’m going to change the way I create music from now on. I won’t use it as a controller because i like everything I hear on this keyboard. I will record via usb signals as I do not want to compromise the sound via midi (even though integration with Cubase is fantastic even using midi).

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    James from Texas December 11, 2016 at 8:44 am

    I always thought that an onboard sequencer was a must on a keyboard. But now my setup is on my Computer and the need for a sequencer on a keyoard is less. However, the re-imagining of how a board is setup – Yamaha has stolen my breath. The Motion Control gives that “instant” preview of one of thousands of possibilities that this could sound like. The Montage looks like a Workstation, but is not, in the traditional sense. The good thng is that the Motion Control function is compltely independent of the Arpeggiator.

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    ChristineB December 12, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Nice digital piano…

    We purchased this piano for my son to serve as a home practice piano. The keys are nicely weighted, there are lots of sound effects, with which he loves to experiment. Easy set up and good sound. The added bonus is that its not terribly bulky.

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    Tom December 19, 2016 at 12:29 am

    Yamaha PSR S670 has real distortion guitar effects. I like this keyboard better than my Juno Di which I sold to buy the Yamaha PSR s670. The voice expansion function is good for adding new voices. The DJ function is quite cool. The best investment I’ve made since I bought my Roland Juno di. Mixing capabilities, sounds, presets, wide variety of effects, this keyboard has it all. Great for performance, but can be used for any recording need.

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    Derek December 19, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I was really excited about the 6 track recorder, but I am not happy that I’m not able to record my voice over itself on the different tracks. You can record audio with the piano, but your can’t add the recording to one of the tracks and then sing over it again. This was a disappointment, as I need my computer to that part,if this piano had this function then I wouldn’t need to use my laptop.

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    axeman January 2, 2017 at 10:53 pm

    I find the guitar sounds a lot better than the fender strat. It sounds a lot stronger and you can really hear the strings bends.

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    ihsmario January 3, 2017 at 8:20 am

    Fazioli and Bosendorfer are the best and sublime to play. I am not a big fan of Steinway or Yamaha.

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    Ben January 4, 2017 at 7:43 am

    If you want to increase turnout, you also need to promote better, go and hit the streets, drag people to your shows. Word of mouth can only go so far.

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    Frank January 4, 2017 at 9:50 am

    I’ve been playing a fender tele for years and recently I got the itch to get a les Paul, I looked and looked and finally picked up on of line. When it got to the house I noticed that it says Gibson at the top of the neck between the tuners on the little plate where most I’ve seen say “studio” Or “custom pro” I was wondering was there any significance to this?
    For I absolutely love the feel and action! It’s definitely completely different then a tele but not a bad difference….just a different style. I haven’t got to play with it much since I’m an otr truck driver and it came bout 1 hour before I had to leave but so far I love it! If you know anything about the Gibson on the headstock plate and could pass along any info I’d be greatly appreciative!

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    Tom January 5, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    I bought the EZ-220 keyboard because of the light key feature – When you select one of 100 pre-loaded songs to play, the keyboard keys light up to show the notes of the song. Another good feature is the link to Apple Ipad and the Page Turner app which provides sheet music for the play list. overall, for the price the Yamaha EZ220 is a great learning keyboard.

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      keytarhq February 2, 2017 at 10:48 am

      You can use it with iPad and use the several apps that exists to help you learn to play. If that is how you learn, go for it.

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    Curtis January 6, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    You really should stop pretending that apple is even a choice for music production. Musicians don’t have a lot of money and everyday it gets harder to get money as a musician. Apple is going to cost you way more that what could be spent for getting better the laptop and or other gear.

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    Bob January 8, 2017 at 12:25 am

    Actually, this keyboard provides a lot more than what I expected. Its available for much less than the PSR 770-PSR 970…you get almost all the same features and this one is much lighter. The voices and styles work nicely for providing accompaniment. I think the feel could be a little better, but besides that, there’s already so much to like it.

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    Wayne from US January 9, 2017 at 8:38 am

    I have a pair of Adam A7X monitors and its enough to let this keyboard shine. You will need to get used to where the various functions are. I only hope its OS improves as the product matures.

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    Ken January 9, 2017 at 10:23 am

    Everything on the guitar is made well and seems very functional. You get what you SEE! And you will definitely not get a better guitar for the price!

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      keytarhq January 9, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Ken, definitely agree with that. That is why its considered to be one f the best budget electric guitars.

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    Ariel January 10, 2017 at 8:15 am

    All Kawai and Yamaha keyboards have music rest option, why not Roland? I know it’s not necessarily a significant feature for some, but it’s important for me.

    How could Roland not give a sheet music stand for music notes/sheets? Although its a gigging keyboard, I am sure you would agree that we all need a stand for our music notes. If I knew before that it didn’t come with a music stand, I would not have bought it.

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      keytarhq February 2, 2017 at 8:53 am

      you can use a sheet music stand placed behind your keyboard, work wells and it won’t shake the music sheets when you dig into the keyboard.

      I have seen several Yamaha players use music stand, although it means carrying additional gear to the gig.

  52. Reply
    Artis January 10, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Sound comparison between CP4, RD700NX, and Artis.
    https://soundcloud.com/sonic-sense-pro-audio/sets/kurzweil-roland-and-yamaha



  53. Reply
    Jeremy January 10, 2017 at 10:43 am

    Great blend ofclassic and modern sounds – Jeremy

    Really happy with the keyboard. Very easy to dial in to a particular sound with the selection and adjustment knobs. I like the Rhodes & Wurlitzer sounds. Key action is also great. Awesome electric piano sounds and piano sounds. Strings & synths are okay. Its built like a tank.

    You don’t need to be a techie to get killer sounds out of it.

  54. Reply
    Bruin January 10, 2017 at 11:14 am

    The SV-1 is extremely VERSATILE as your main gigging keyboard. This keyboard has a great touch and subtleties that a real grand piano has, it has all those subtleties due to multiple sampling levels — that allows a genuine piano playing experience.

    Fantastic dynamics, crystal-clear sounds, lusciously rich, great texture. You need one of these.

  55. Reply
    Sri January 10, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Audio quality of the Mic is decent considering the price. I use mostly its “Cardioid Mode” for voice over for my YouTube channel.

  56. Reply
    Joe January 11, 2017 at 11:10 am

    Which keyboard is better: Casio CTK-2400 or Yamaha PSR F-50?

    • Reply
      keytarhq January 31, 2017 at 11:12 am

      Usually Yamaha sounds better, but can’t say the same about F-50. Casio 2400 has great features for the price. If you’re not going to use keyboard for professional use, go for the Casio.

  57. Reply
    Pasa January 11, 2017 at 11:17 am

    There are many reviews that indicate that only some of the sounds on this keyboard are good. I beg to differ.

    The Rhodes are insanely phat and rich
    Crystal-clear bell-like sound
    Wurlies are nice, the tremolo effect makes it even more authentic.
    Vintage synths … reminiscent of Oberheim and Prophet — fantastic 1980’s mainstays.
    Strings sections are lusciously rich and have great texture.
    Smaller ensemble patches capture very authentic duets.

  58. Reply
    Him January 11, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Can you please give your suggestions on Yamaha c40. I am a beginner, will I need to upgrade soon?

    • Reply
      keytarhq January 29, 2017 at 4:21 pm

      The Yamaha c40 is a great guitar for beginners and hobbyists. You will not need to upgrade this guitar for at least a couple of years. Later on you may buy an all solid guitar ($1000~$1500) or any made in Spain guitar with solid top. Otherwise, stick to the Yamaha c40. For the price, it has great finishing, good action string, very comfortable neck and solid construction.

  59. Reply
    David January 12, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Which are the best Strings for Finger Style Sound?

    • Reply
      Jim January 21, 2017 at 3:16 pm

      It depends on the type of guitar you will use. On electric, lot of players prefer the D’Addario nickel round wounds. For acoustic guitars, some players prefer the Phosphor Bronze D’Addarios. Some also like John Pearse Nickel acoustic strings.

  60. Reply
    Polar January 12, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    For music production, you should go for a desktop. But if you want to do live music as well, then get a laptop. No matter how much power you get in to a laptop, a desktop is going to give you a much better workflow and PCs are better than MAC (in terms of value)

  61. Reply
    Mary January 13, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    The sustain pedal is not working.I suspect it is the contact component inside as there is nothing else in there.There is a number on it .JT-2.10.08

  62. Reply
    Archit January 15, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    If you live in a country where lefty guitars are not easily available, then I think its better to buy a right handed one and learn that way. Playing right handed also means you can easily find used bass guitar or just pick one from your friend.

    • Reply
      keytarhq January 16, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      There’s no harm trying out a ‘standard’ bass. See what works for you, before you start ruling things off. You certainly wouldn’t be the first lefty bassist to play right-handed.

  63. Reply
    Fan January 17, 2017 at 6:49 am

    I think most bands also exaggerate their claims when it comes to their equipment.

  64. Reply
    Liz January 17, 2017 at 7:37 am

    For most beginners and intermediate players, the gear should not matter much, the money can very well go in taking lessons and improving.

  65. Reply
    Jim January 17, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Good keyboard with nice features. You can learn to play several songs without having to read music sheet as the keyboard guides you trough the notes of the song until you learn it! It comes with a SD card slot that lets you play midi files from the card, you can even save your music to the card and edit on your computer. Overall, a great value for the price.

  66. Reply
    Jordan January 19, 2017 at 6:05 am

    V.J. Manzo is a professional guitarist and professor of music technology so its great to know what he feels about the keytar. Being able to see the notes in the “Tom Sawyer” solo is awesome for audiences to experience, and with the keytar, it is possible to see the notes.

  67. Reply
    Alex January 19, 2017 at 9:44 pm

    Hi,

    I just bought a newly released (2016 model) of Roland RP501R digital piano. It’s similar in dimensions and looks to its predecessor RP501R. The measurement you are asking for the digital piano cover don’t include the measurement of the slid on the top of piano cover to fit in the music notes stand that are permanently mounted on RP401R and RP501R pianos. It also doesn’t mention the potential cover option for the notes stand. Could you please let me know if you had any experience in the past creating cover for Roland RP401R piano and if you can make the slid in the top of the piano cover to make sure I can slide through it the music notes stand.

  68. Reply
    Michael January 20, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    Dear KeytarHQ:
    As a beginner to piano,I am overwhelmed at the options available for purchase. For the past two weeks I have been researching all the options mentioned in the Keytar HQ web-site.
    Oddly,I have reached some of the same conclusions, i.e. which pianos,educational software,notation software,etc. to purchase. However,these conclusions took alot of time/searching to reach and it is only after doing research that I stumbled across KeytarHQ’s website.
    The point of the above is this,(1) I wish I had found you sooner, but knowing me, I would have done the research anyway.(2) I am pleased
    P-E is up and running as it is nice to know that the conclusions I reached can be verified by people who know more about the subject than I do.
    Anyway, I am glad P-E is here. Hopefully others in my position will discover the website as well. It has been a big help to me.

    Thanks for your time.
    Sincerely,M.W.

  69. Reply
    Kavi January 20, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    I bought this guitar for my son, who lost interest in Piano after learning for 5 years. he’s happy with the guitar and shows keen interest in the guitare.

  70. Reply
    Ali January 20, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    I have owned a few Oriental Keyboards such as the Or700 , WK2. When I was comparing the A3000 to the PA600 or 900, I considered the ease of locating the buttons for Live Performances. I liked the A3000, even better than the Korg. I love the styles and sounds of A3000. Great keyboard from Yamaha.

  71. Reply
    Bassist January 21, 2017 at 8:43 am

    I’ve been playing guitar for over 35 years, so I’m definitely not a novice. This is my third bass, and to be frank, I like it better than a Fender Jazz. I didn’t like the square corners on the top of the neck (past all the frets). So I took the neck off and rounded them, problem solved.

    Buy this bass, irrespective of what bass everyone is telling you to buy. If you don’t sound good on it, a Fender or a Rick will not solve the problem, taking more lessons and more practice will solve it for you.

  72. Reply
    GP January 21, 2017 at 9:31 am

    It’s comfortable to play, lightweight, smooth on the fingers, and looks awesome with the chrome hardware.

    I did a little setup on this bass to clean up a slight fret buzz on E2, and a few of the frets had sharp metal barbs sticking out towards the top of the neck. I bought a drywall sanding sponge (as suggested on the Youtube videos) and cleaned them without any issues. I set the intonation and it was all right.

  73. Reply
    Brad January 21, 2017 at 11:17 pm

    I switched to iMac for music production a few years back, after many years of using windows based machines. The Mac is easier, less cumbersome. I use Logic Pro as DAW. Most DAW developers and plugins developers recommend a min 4 GB of Ram and a fast hard 72rpm drive or external hard drive or better, if you use that to store the plugins libraries. I don’t see how the new Apple range of laptops would be able to run Logi Pro with 15 or more plugins some with audio files loaded, on a mere 8gb, even with a fast external drive or better. Couldn’t see it being useful for my animations either. The software is really CPU, hard drive and RAM hungry. Anyway, as much as I love Logic Pro and my iMac user experience I will seriously consider switching to a windows desktop the next time my Mac needs replacing, especially if Logic Pro 11 costs too much. You don’t owe any business loyalty. Just buy what you like based on logical criteria.

  74. Reply
    Martin (Eindhoven, Netherlands) January 22, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Anybody is aware about the history of fingerstyle?

    I’m doing a project on music genres. I need to describe an important milestone in the history of fingerstyle as a genre. What made the moment important. Can someone help me with this?

  75. Reply
    Geoff January 25, 2017 at 9:54 am

    If you want a small amp for your guitar that takes up very little space and offers a variety of sounds, this is a great amp to have. I own other higher quality/large amps also, but this one is too easy to plug in…no messing with pedals, cables, etc. The quality of the effects is very good, though some are not relevant. You can use it in a coffeehouse or small jam sessions or for practice. Effects range from acoustic tones (from my GR-55) to screaming Metal tones. It is surprisingly loud for its small size. I would definitely recommend this to any beginner or even an experienced guitarist (as a second or practice amp).

  76. Reply
    MSP January 26, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Great synthesizer that doubles as a complex signal processor. Incredible sounds, several tweaking options. Replicates every detail of the original synthesizer.

  77. Reply
    Mario January 27, 2017 at 6:41 am

    I play solo jazz piano and want the big lush sounds that I get from my grand piano. The Yaaha P255 gives me that plus it has EQ sliders, which makes this a live player’s dream.

    It perfectly replicates the sound and feel of a real concert grand. The synthetic ivory keytops on the p-255 makes it feel like a real piano keys. The design is simple – easy to find the buttons and sliders (there aren’t many, its a no-bells-and-whistles piano). Polyphony is excellent, it has useful onboard sounds and excellent keybed feel. The built in speaker system is adequate for home environments.

    You can record backing tracks in CD quality and store them to the USB device on the front panel, for quick recall, then play along with. The iOS/iPad or iPhone control app is good to have.

  78. Reply
    tom January 29, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Is anybody familiar with Elliott Smith fingerpicking playing technique?

    • Reply
      Jim January 29, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Not much really, but his style really fits well with his vocals.

  79. Reply
    Beat Junkie January 29, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Personally i would go in for a desktop. They’re more reliable and can be upgraded/maintained easier. Plus they have a lot more ports and are priced slightly cheaper. If your going to be mobile then yeah a laptop is a obvious choice. If its for your Home studio then get a desktop. I have a Dell XPS 8700: intel i7, 12GB RAM, windows 7 64-bit. Its a solid computer, i do everything on it: music production, Graphic design and even some gaming.

  80. Reply
    muzicme January 31, 2017 at 6:10 am

    This keyboard is a mix of good and bad.

    Pros:
    It has great organ and piano sounds at an affordable price. The drawbar mode on the xw-p1 is indeed very nice for the money. I also love its audio input – allows me to run my Ipod/mp3 player through this and play along with my favorite songs.

    Cons:
    Several sounds still have that Casio (toy) effect, bass sounds are bad, there’s no input for an expression pedal, no internal speakers and I would have preferred 76 keys.

  81. Reply
    Cherry January 31, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Yamaha F50 is not a good model, Casio CTK-2400 must be better.

    • Reply
      Ankit January 31, 2017 at 11:17 am

      I think for kids, casio keyboard is good. But for 13+ kids go with the Yamaha F50.

  82. Reply
    keytarhq January 31, 2017 at 11:19 am

    Yamaha F50 is more popular model in India because it has several Indian voicesand styles. Its still an entry level keyboard. You can read more here on Yamaha F-50

  83. Reply
    keytarhq January 31, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Here’s the link to the Ez-220 user manual

  84. Reply
    Frank February 1, 2017 at 12:12 am

    This can be a great family keyboard. There’s enough space for two to sit on the keyboard and experiment with the hundreds of sounds and rhythms. The headphone jack doubles as a line out. Ease to connect to computer and use with various software. Great keyboard for beginners, a very reasonable entry level instrument. Even experience players can use, provided they’re okay with the softer key touch.

  85. Reply
    Tom February 1, 2017 at 9:45 am

    The mid/treble range sounds a bit brighter than the bass (for those bass guitarists). What works in its favor is – portability, tonal options, quality.

  86. Reply
    Brad February 1, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    The Blue Snowball ICE is also good but Blue Yeti Microphone Yeti takes you recording to the next level. The Blue Yeti microphone provides more settings like, pattern, gain, mute button etc.

  87. Reply
    Cheryl February 1, 2017 at 8:35 pm

    I play the upright bass and I use my left had on the neck and my right hand to use my bow. Now I want to play the bass guitar, but am not sure if I should play right handed (my dominant hand) or my left.

    • Reply
      keytarhq February 3, 2017 at 8:41 pm

      Just go with what feels the most natural to you. I think you should use the left for the neck, as you used on the bass, and use your right for the strings. Although, at times, I wonder why most use their dominant hand for plucking the strings, when it’s the lefty that requires more dexterity on the neck. Is it because we need the power from our dominant hand? Any thoughts?

  88. Reply
    Rohit February 2, 2017 at 8:38 am

    Beginners will like the thin neck and the nicely spaced frets, which makes it easier to play, especially if you have small hands. The tone control and EQ gives you access to a great range of tones. Mine had a slight fret buzz but other than that it was fantastic. This one is better than most average “starter” bass out there.

    Also I find the Hyvee brand battery to fit this bass the best, other brands don’t seem to fit the bass well.

  89. Reply
    Keith February 2, 2017 at 10:31 am

    Apt for beginners and new students. Great sounds and the interactive songs sparks the willingness to learn in kids. On-board speakers are fine for practicing but you can always connect external speakers for better sound. The iPad tool is great for sight reading music. It has got touch-sensitive keys. You can even add a sustain pedal.

  90. Reply
    Nelson February 2, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    I need some parts for a Lowrey Organ, Model Heritage NT400; the LCD is very dim, and seems the backlight is the problem, or the driver board for that LCD has a defective component. The Service manual says it is the HL-009 board, but also shows the following part numbers also: HL-013; HL-014; #039756; and probably the actual display #935-040128-000. I’m not sure which is the right one. Would have such a part?
    I also looking for a Lowrey RAM card #935-040053-000. The floppy drive keeps given a Disc Error prompt; I’m not able to format a disc, or load from a formatted disc. Would you have a replacement disc drive?
    Thanks,
    nelson a clark (Philadelphia)

  91. Reply
    Bruce February 2, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    My keyboard instructor suggested that I buy a keyboard with touch sensitive , full sized keys, at least 76 keys, and the YPG 235 met all of these and more. I have used the keyboard with my iMAC through USB and used eMedia Music Piano and Keyboard Method v3. Works great. I also like to practice with the earphones so the rest of my family doesn’t have to suffer. I use the sturdier Yamaha PKBZ1 adjustable keyboard stand and not the X stand.

  92. Reply
    Andy February 3, 2017 at 6:22 am

    My 8 year old took around 15 minutes to learn the right hand part of his first song. The light system is very useful, especially for those who are very new to keyboards. It’s also packed with plenty of other features too. Can be connected to computer using USB.

  93. Reply
    G Gardner February 3, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Commendable and Praiseworthy Keyboard

    The Yamaha PSR-S670 has a wide range of sounds that replicate real instruments. For instance, the Aloha Guitar sounds exactly like an authentic Hawaiian guitar. Same for the Honky Tonk Piano. The organ sounds are also amazing. The PSR produces the real pipe organ sound including the pedals. You can actually hear the cathedral echo that real pipe organs are so famous for.

    The diversity of the Yamaha PSR-S670 is totally amazing! I’ve gone from Pipe Organ to Aloha Guitar to Honky Tonk and Grand Piano. You have the ability to add more sounds, through the expansion packs.

    The Yamaha PSR s670 also has powerful built-in speakers. Overall, a great keyboard.

  94. Reply
    Mike February 5, 2017 at 11:07 am

    The Microcube is definitely among the best battery powered amps that you can find in the market. Just check the musicians playing on the streets in New York and you will find most of them playing through a Roland MC. Various amp types/presets, different effects (distortion, modulation, reverb, delay), its a must for any street performer. Battery power means you don’t have to be stuck to an electrical outlet. Runs on AAA batteries. You can also link to iOS devices (iPhone, iPad), you can get even more creative. So hit the streets, show off your skills and earn some tips.

  95. Reply
    MelodicaBooks February 5, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    You can find more vintage melodica books here.

    Easy Classical Melodica Solos: Easy Classical Masterworks for Melodica: Music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Handel, This is another good book of popular classics for playing on then melodica.

  96. Reply
    MusicAly February 7, 2017 at 6:23 am

    Everybody wants the Yamaha Tyros but it doesn’t fit most budgets. The Yamaha PSR-S970 is a much viable option. It’s absolutely unbelievable sounding machine, let’s you express musically in many ways. The internal speakers is also of top quality and its a real plus. If the Tyros is priced out of your reach, get this board; its as close as you will get to a Tyros for the money.

  97. Reply
    Matt from NJ February 8, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Besides, you need to work with the editor/librarian to access the several parameters that aren’t on the front panel. The editor allows lot of fine tuning and provides a way of building up sounds and easily retrieving (since the the number of presets it holds at any one time are fairly limited).

    The editor worked fine in Mac OS 10.9, however since moving beyond that, the editor/librarian no longer works, and Korg shows no sign of fixing (I’ve emailed, no response). So unless you have an older Mac OS, you’ll have to be content with the front panel adjustments, which are roughly half of what’s available..a shame.

    And, unless you can craft a SysEx voice dump, you’re stuck with 36 presets. The sounds are great but the factory presets don’t do justice to what a bit of tweaking the editor can bring out (which you likely won’t have on a Mac OS 10 or later).

    If you have the money, would say get a Nord, Korg M3/Kronos Motif etc for your main board and the SV1 as a second board. Its the best substitute for a Rhodes/Clav

  98. Reply
    Scott Cooper from Philly, pa February 8, 2017 at 12:19 pm

    Here are the pros:
    Great EPs. Front Panel is great for live alterations (no sub menus). Easily save your custom sounds. Looks cool

    Now for the Cons:
    The piano patches are awful. Tried changing every parameter to get a decent tone with no success. They all sound like a toy piano muffled in a pillow case. And no, tt’s not my amp. My Current Piano sounds are from a Yamaha S90-ES and they sound top notch.

    The Clavs are decent but nothing spectacular. There is only 1 decent Organ patch but the “Rotary” speaker effect is embarrassing.

    The Effects are pretty good as long as you use only one at a time. If you want a bit of reverb and some delay, you can’t do it – you have to choose one or the other, which Ithink is terrible.

    The wah effect is cool, but it takes ALL of the low end out of every patch, which makes them sound so tinny. I know, it was not invented for bass but why not give the option?

    The different amps are just lame. And the “Overdrive” is as laughable as the Rotary speaker effect.

    To all the gigging musicians, the underside of the board is just cheap particle board. Korg – why?

    Although I was very excited about this keyboard, its disappointing.

    The concept is perfect but the execution fell way short. If you are looking for a $1500 EP with a couple cool effects this board is for you. Personally, won’t buy this to use one sound (at a time).

  99. Reply
    Tony February 10, 2017 at 10:28 am

    All the headphones listed here are good, in terms of comfort and sound quality. Yamaha makes good accessories too, besides musical instruments. You may checkout Yamaha’s HPH series headphones for digital pianos, comfortable and good sound quality.

    They have a closed-back headphones that can be used for keyboards as well as in the studio. I think the only issue is that the cushions start falling apart over time, leaving tiny crumbles on the ears and on the floor.

    • Reply
      keytarhq February 15, 2017 at 10:30 am

      That’s true of most entry-level closed-back headphones, the cushions losing its outer cover gradually over time.

  100. Reply
    John February 14, 2017 at 5:21 am

    The guitar for dummies book is a great help to learn the guitar. Accessories like the bag, digital tuner are very useful. The tuner has an LED indicator and it has a built in microphone as well. You also get a bonus audio CD to play the guitar.

  101. Reply
    Anne February 20, 2017 at 5:34 am

    One of my earliest piano teachers told me that beginner piano students should not learn the C scale first. Although its easy to understand, because there are no black keys, the C scale is the hardest to play for a beginner student, from a physical perspective, because the distance the thumb must cross from ‘E’ to ‘F’ in the C scale is much greater than its counterpart in the B scale. This encourages bad habits right from the beginning as the the student angles the hand to make way for the thumb, instead of crossing the thumb under a non-moving hand (which takes a long time to get right). It also does not keep you relaxed. That is why teachers should ideally teach the B scale first to their students.

  102. Reply
    Carmel February 20, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Do you travel a long distance by car everyday? Listen to this music collection as you drive. Not all the pieces are completely “dark” though.

  103. Reply
    MK February 21, 2017 at 5:48 am

    There are five points to remember – Good posture. Rounded hand shape. Firm fingers. Arm weight. Correct thumb position.

  104. Reply
    Richard February 21, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Playing the piano requires coordination of movements across digits, and extensive piano training may elicit functional changes in brain regions responsible for hand movements. It has a potential risk of causing neurological disorders, which is characterized by unwanted spillover of movement from the intended digit to non-intended digits. Using proper hand movements in piano playing is therefore useful not only to develop skilled hand behaviors but also to prevent neurological disorders resulting from improper hand motor functions.

  105. Reply
    Fisheye February 22, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Looks good, feels solid, smooth pedal action (continuous, using potentiometers). Surprised that it doesn’t work with most brands of Keyboards. Actually, it should be easy to use it with a variety of keyboards.

  106. Reply
    Hans February 25, 2017 at 9:44 am

    It has some cute features, the 4×2.5 makes it louder than it really is, but it is just a practice amp after all. You could look at other cheaper options (20 watt Behringer) for a practice amp with a volume and some EQ. You don’t really need that much amp modelling. You are paying for the effects and the emulated sounds, which will be seldom used.

  107. Reply
    Adam February 26, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Sequencer/motion sequencing, microtuning, waveshaping, audio rate lfo, great synth patches, and more. Use it for bass lines, midi synth is great for recording in time with a daw.

    Sounds amazing. There’s much more functionality in the firmware, so be sure to get the detailed owners manual from Korg’s website to use those.

    Only downsides – comes with a cheap plastic body (I would have gladly paid more for an aluminum shell) and lack of power supply. If you order this, get the Korg 9v power supply.

  108. Reply
    Jenn February 26, 2017 at 10:43 pm

    What’s your view on the Alexis nitro kit? Most reviews say its a beginner set. Any problem with it being a beginner set? Does it not come with any accessories or functions that I should be bothered about?

    • Reply
      keytarhq March 26, 2017 at 10:45 pm

      Hi Jenn, its one of the better beginner sets available on the market. However, it cannot be compared to a high or middle-end drum kit, in terms of build quality, and the overall quality of the sound produced.

  109. Reply
    Camelia March 1, 2017 at 7:15 am

    Its functional but the experienced players are not going to like its cheap feel (its plasticky). They also tend to creak a bit when you press them while playing. Not noticeable when playing through headphones, but can be irritating when heard through the standard keyboard speakers (only when playing at low volumes).

  110. Reply
    Berlin March 1, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Anybody has any information about the pins of the connector, or about the variable resistors used? Which Pin is connected to which resistor or which pedal of the LP7A. I would like to use a Korg PU-2 pedal unit with my DGX keyboard, but will need to build an adaptor to connect the PU-2 pedal to my Yamaha DGX keyboard.

    • Reply
      Alan March 2, 2017 at 7:25 am

      You may check the manual. In my case the plastic pivot point had broken. But I didn’t repair it, just bought the M-Audio SUS-2, which works great (slides a bit though). The LP7A was very cool till it lasted, but gave way soon..have heard that they typically break within 2 years.

  111. Reply
    Perry March 1, 2017 at 8:24 am

    GSR200 brings a standard fixed bridge with fully adjustable roller saddles, standard synthetic nut and a set of die-cast tuning machines. The weakest link is probably the tuners…good for beginners but ill not handle aggressive playing. When it comes to affordable bass guitars, its important for them to be reliable. Manufacturers like Ibanez are aware of that, and use the cheapest things that still meets this single requirement in terms of hardware.

    In case you want to upgrade your GSR200, remember that resale value of Ibanez basses are low, so if you decide to upgrade it, you may not recover the cost of upgrading it (cost of pickups/preamps etc).

  112. Reply
    Von March 2, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    The MV88 is definitely an upgrade over any built-in mic. The Shure is better for pretty much all situations, including recording a live group. You probably may not use it for professional recording, but it’s quite a versatile iOS mic.

  113. Reply
    Dave March 3, 2017 at 6:29 am

    The keyboard is easy to use, lightweight and comes with touch-sensitive keys. There are several ports at the back of the keyboard, that allows for various connections to the keyboard. You get a lot of bang for you buck with this Casio keyboard. Although it can play a lot more songs (midi files) through the card reader, it only teaches you (how to play) those ones that come built-in to the keyboard.

  114. Reply
    Alan March 3, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    I had bought the Yamaha LP-7A for my DGX-640 but it wore out too soon. An internal part of the main structure broke and I could not use it further. I loved the pedal though, but for most players a single-pedal unit should suffice, although it skids around sometimes.

  115. Reply
    Dan March 3, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    The Yamaha LP-7A Three Pedal System really compliments your keyboard. You will see a marked improvement in the sound. We bought these pedal units for each of the DGX-650 keyboards at our school and they work great. Easy to assemble or take off if needed.

  116. Reply
    Oledurt March 6, 2017 at 5:44 am

    The tone is just amazing on this clarinet. Its probably the best choice for all those serious about playing. Gives alternate fingering for Bb – Eb sounds as good as if you were playing the normal fingering.

    A friend hated this one because he thought this one had a very touchy response. One thing to keep in mind – the cork swells when playing, making it slightly challenging to take it apart.

  117. Reply
    Max March 7, 2017 at 6:18 am

    The sounds are incredible. The rhythms are amazing. You can eliminate vocals on songs downloaded to a flash drive, makes karaoke even more fun. Tyros 5 was too expensive but this is just right! The new technology on the 970 gives a whole new outlook to your performance. The sounds are great, and offers endless possibilities.
    The gigs I play are once again sound awesome. The keys are not weighted but that’s okay (you don’t have to be a Jerry Lee – like keyboardist)

  118. Reply
    Mak March 7, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Here’s a mini review of the Casio AP-250. In the past, I have owned the privia px-330.

    Tone and Sound
    When the piano is first turned on, it starts with the Concert Grand setting, which unfortunately was very stuffy and unimpressive. The Modern Piano setting is far more desirable and sounds brighter. The problem is that every-time you turn on the piano, it defaults to the Concert Grand preset(did not find anything in the manual, probably there’s something in the manual to set it right). Overall, the sounds do not have fullness to them (like you find on Yamaha and other competing models).

    The on-board speakers are also not great. At the highest volume, the sound feels different. I will avoid buying this piano, unless you plan on buying external speakers.

    Touch
    The action is muh better (compared to the px-330). I always felt Yamaha’s GH action was superior in this price range, but Casio has done a great job with the keys of their pianos. The synthetic ebony and ivory keytops feel good (although its a very thin layer on top of the keys).

    Look
    The cabinet design is elegant. The bench was a little low for me. The pedals were also a little resistant (I am assuming it will be alright over time).

    Overall, its not the best sounding piano for the price. It does feel like a piano should and would be adequate for novices (with untrained ears). The Casio AP-620 sounds and feels much better, and has better speakers.

  119. Reply
    Jane March 9, 2017 at 6:37 am

    I have not fully understood the functionality yet but I’m sure I will learn to use more features. Its also very lightweight. This would be a good beginner keyboard gift for an 11 year old or even myself…Thanks.

  120. Reply
    Chris March 9, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Its a great guitar no doubt. But want to share something about the pickup, it is unable to handle extreme volumes without delivering feedback. Although this happens only at very high volumes, otherwise it performs well and may require only some adjustments to the settings (in case you encounter issues).

  121. Reply
    Garito March 9, 2017 at 9:09 am

    This one fits the PX-5S also perfectly. It looks good and is easy to assemble, and is stable. Be aware though that it is not suitable for quick on and off type situations. There is 4 screws attached to the keyboard + a metal bar that also needs to be taken off if you want to put it on another stand for a gig. Works very well for fixed piano setups.

  122. Reply
    John March 10, 2017 at 5:25 am

    I have five tuners – two are PolyTuners, one Korg, one Peterson strobe, & another Seiko quartz tuner. Snark tuners offer good value for money and are quite accurate. Its almost on par with a studio tuner. Many also feel that its not solid, but I play rock with these daily, and even use it for live performances, but never did it break down.

  123. Reply
    Paul March 11, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    I have been playing the guitar for almost 3 decades now, have always been obsessed with acoustics and wood. Most experienced players will agree that the Martin backpacker sound dreadful. Seagull, Breedlove, Martin DX-1, washburn, guild ‘gad’ series, recording king (anything by them), Blueridge, Faith (all solid and awesome), crafter, all producer great acoustic guitars. Spend a little bit more and Eastman are another great maker.

  124. Reply
    Randolph Thompson March 12, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    Is there any way to get a hammond organ sound out of the Yamaha Piaggero NP-12? The piano sounds are great, but I have little use for church organ sounds in a live band situation. Help!

    • Reply
      Jim March 12, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      If the sounds on the Yamaha Piaggero NP-12 does not meet your needs, then you will have to use a software synth (computer based) or get a sound module with the sound you want. It means you will have to carry additional equipment.

  125. Reply
    May March 15, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Korg IP-350 digital piano dust cover does not close slowly. Is this possible to fix at home?

  126. Reply
    Francis March 16, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Remember, the modulation wheel should be in the down position and not in the middle position like the bender wheel.

    Its more of a usability issue, which beginners may not be able to spot immediately. It is such a bad experience when you take your brand new piano out of the box, turn it on, press the “Grand Piano” button and hear that it sounds so bad. The issue doesn’t go away even after factory reset.

    I know its a pro-keyboard but they shouldn’t have the modulation wheel enabled, at least they should mention it somewhere.

    • Reply
      keytarhq March 16, 2017 at 11:28 am

      It’s been the standard for years by Casio and other brands. It’s a standard on Casio (and even other brands). The mod wheel is not spring loaded like the bend wheel, and that is why it rests at the down position.

  127. Reply
    Matt March 17, 2017 at 9:33 pm

    There are several clip-on tuners available for guitar, but Snark happens to be is one of the best. Although the Snark Clip Tuner is quite popular, selecting a Snark Clip Tuner becomes a little difficult because they have several models. I personally feel that Snark SN5x and the Snark HZ5 are the best clip-on tuners available to guitar and bass players. These tuners are not designed for ukuleles though.

  128. Reply
    Arby March 17, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    My Snark tuner has become very dim, its barely readable. I think its because the head fell off once…and not because of the batteries. Any way to make it brighter?

    • Reply
      keytarhq March 17, 2017 at 10:34 pm

      So did you test it with a new battery? If not, why don’t you give it a try? You can also try removing the battery and inserting it back. Worst case, get a new one, these don’t cost much, and repairing it may not be cost-effective.

  129. Reply
    stringtring March 19, 2017 at 8:14 am

    There are several good guitar books out there. But you have to choose depending on your level you’re at as a player. For beginners, the old Mel Bay Modern Guitar Method book is a book. Advanced players should get The Advancing Guitarist by Mick Goodrick. The Ultimate Guitar Workout (Mark Nelson Chris Connors) has lots of exercises to improve your hand strength, dexterity, skills and knowledge.

    Having said that, there isn’t just one best method book. Every book has pros and cons.

  130. Reply
    Rob March 20, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    Some great advice has been provided here. In my case, I’ve become aware of most of these rules through thru trial and error, deciding on the ideal fingering based on what feels the most comfortable to me, something that fits my hand reasonably well, and does not feel rigid. I did this through trial and error.

    The text book scale fingerings are pretty natural, but not when you want to to play descending triplets or quartets of eighth notes. And when you play a Bb major 7th arpeggio, the thumb has to fall on a black key.

    Just recently, I stopped using a consistent 5-4-3 fingering on descending triplets in favor of an adaptive fingering that keeps my little pinky off the black keys.

    Most experienced jazz piano players play rarely play a scale run. Usually the runs are arpeggios or groups of consecutive three or four notes taken from the scale. Don’t believe me, just hear some of the popular jazz players play.

    Then there are chromatic runs. All these right hand techniques depart from the textbook scale fingering, if you want to avoid crossing over or under the thumb.

    I saw a nice YouTube video which presented the thumb turn as a lateral hand motion. That seems to allow faster playing when you play over six or more notes, since you train yourself to move your whole hand to the next grouping to notes.

    Fingerings are best developed through exercises. Right now I’m doing exercises on triplets over groups of four notes and quartets over groups of three notes. The same Idea for the five note pentatonic scale and full mixolydian scale. And then displacing the starting note. For ascending and descending quartets over pentatonic scales, I practice using both the scale fingering and the adaptive fingering that moves up or down by one note at a time from grouping to grouping. I chose the mixolydian scale because dominant seventh chords allow for the most extension. I can play pentatonic over major and minor seventh chords. I recently came across the bebop scales that add an extra note. Need a new fingering for that extra note! And Bert Ligon’s three outlines for linear harmony over the ii – V – I progression gets a little hairy when the extra bebop note gets added.

    The last thing I want to mention is that the western major scale: W-W-H-W-W-W-H and all the modal displacements is really two W-W-Hs separated by a Whole Step. So an alternative fingering for any major scale would be 1-2-3-4 and 1-2-3-4 separated by a hand movement (not a thumb turn) of a Whole Step. This may or may not be useful, but could have an application when considering the color of the notes at you mentioned in your article above.

    Anyway, I’ve noticed that after a few weeks of playing exercises, my solo improvisations and fingering really improved.

    Any good book on piano fingering?

    I would recommend Tim Richard’s books Exploring Jazz Piano as its the only teaching book that includes fingerings on note grouping. Most other piano books fingering for scales and triad arpeggios.

    • Reply
      keytarhq March 24, 2017 at 7:34 pm

      Rob, some good points listed here. With more experience you can experiment, but beginners should stick to the fingering mentioned in the books. Besides, if you use your own fingering, you may find it difficult to change later, assuming you have learnt the wrong fingering.

  131. Reply
    Federico March 21, 2017 at 6:37 am

    I would always recommend that you go modular. Those big ass singular controllers are not suitable to play outside your house. If you want to play only in your bedroom or occasionally at your friend’s house, then its fine. Probably after a year of logging you big ass (and probably already obsolete) controller you will understand why smaller is better.

    I have so many DJ friends who sold (with difficulty) their big Pioneer controllers and went with smaller sized NI Z1 and NI X! controllers. Do not believe the bigger brands like NI or other manufacturers who constantly promote their one unit, saying its better. You will rarely find space in DJ booth for your gear.

    Finally it’s far easier to sell modular parts than one big board (which probably is already out of date). Small controllers will give you more money as they are more versatile.

  132. Reply
    Piano Teacher March 21, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    I would not advice Williams pianos, they are horrible and should be avoided at all costs. I teach in a music store where these pianos are sold, and their sound quality is horrible, really bad samples. Even the keys break easily. These are economical, but you will not get much for it when you want to exchange it for another keyboard in the near future.

    • Reply
      keytarhq March 24, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Agree, but these get sold in good numbers. There are many who are looking for an inexpensive digital piano to start learning the piano. they are not going to use the keys roughly in the beginning, and their ears are not that developed to distinguish between good and bad samples. In fact, many don’t even go to a store to check different pianos. So for such users, these pianos work (Many of them don’t even upgrade to a better piano).

      • Reply
        Noah March 24, 2017 at 9:47 pm

        I was considering Yamaha and Williams, but eventually went with the Yamaha P115. It was expensive but plays beautifully.

  133. Reply
    gunter March 22, 2017 at 5:42 am

    For a long time, I was looking for an ePiano, which good sound and suited for live playing, which could be used in the studio as well. The CP300 meets my requirements. Its a very good keyboard, no difference to a real acoustic piano.

    It can be played wonderfully, the keyoff samples, which can be varied, allows for a very pleasant feeling. The string resonance can also be adjusted. The possibility to connect up to 4 pedals is also great feature.

    You can edit any voice, which means the default voices will not sound the same, they can be adapted to your requirements. The preset sounds are also very realistic and can be used in live bands. Alll the sounds – ePianos, organs, guitar, bass, strings are really good.

    The built-in amplifier is also a handy feature to have. In smaller rooms, you can play the piano without any connection to PA.

  134. Reply
    Lisa March 22, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    I’ve just taken up the piano again after 25 years absence… buying sheet music is getting expensive. I also live in the middle of nowhere so buying from a shop is not cost-effective to buy a piece of sheet music! The tips offered here are great. Thanks you all the sheet music listed here and for your wonderful site.

  135. Reply
    CP Review March 24, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    The sound quality of the acoustic and vintage electric pianos are top class. It actually inspires you to play for hours, which has actually helped me become a btter player.

    Using the preset patches is easy, but if you want to record or split the keyboard it is not intuitive and you will need to refer to the manual. No doubt its heavy (its a beast), but its durable, will last long, is great to play, and is relatively cheap for what you get.

    It also looks good aesthetically. If you are looking for a digital piano to replace an old upright or grand, this would be a great replacement.

  136. Reply
    Mak March 25, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Caught up in my work life, I had taken a break from playing the piano, wasn’t getting time for it. Have recently started playing again, and nothing beats jamming the keys on a good piano after a long day of work.

    I have the Privia PX-360 (one model above the PX-160) and it has a it of everything, including a nice touch. I could have bought an acoustic piano but wanted something portable. My privia has several features, including including rhythms.

  137. Reply
    Mikey March 25, 2017 at 11:29 am

    The RODE NT1-A is a top quality, starter pack, perfect for the novice recording engineers who are just starting to build their home studios.

    I use this mic primarily for vocals. It’s got great tone, it really picks up those low-mid frequencies for a really warm sound. I was also quite happy with the way it captured the harmonica. I’m really looking forward to experimenting with more instruments. It records with very little noise, and is built to a high quality.

    It comes with a detachable shock mount with a built in pop filter (for recording vocals).

    The accompanying DVD has some useful tips, but it takes a long time to come to the important points – mic distance, turning the mic, and using the mic without a pop-filter.

  138. Reply
    Alan March 28, 2017 at 3:39 am

    I own a few melodicas and this one is my favorite melodica for regular use. It feels nice in your hand, the keyboard action is smooth from one end of the keyboard to the other. Any downside? When it comes to bending the notes, its a bit difficult to do on the P-32D as compared to other melodicas, probably because of the stability of its tones. Also, on my melodica, one note (G4) sometimes fails to sound (again, that seems to be because of moisture buildup).

  139. Reply
    vjay March 30, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    I had some experience with the Virtual DJ (computer based) but otherwise this is my first controller. This controller has enough features even for a pro. The interface is simple and interfaces with spotify, which is really cool, just find the track of your choice.

  140. Reply
    Old Keyboard Guy March 31, 2017 at 6:04 am

    I’m old school, classically trained pianist, gigging keyboardist, and my first synth was a Mini Moog.

    When I wanted to add a new, cheap synth keyboard to my rig, arsenal, the XW-P1 never came to my mind…I was considering names like (Korg Kross, Yamaha MX61 to name a few). I spent months reading reviews, watching Youtube videos, trying to figure out what I should buy, and then I stumbled upon the XW-P1.

    I was amazed when I checked out the XW-P1, it gives you almost everything that a legit keyboard should have, without cutting any corners. You can even keep this one at home to practice on, and probably to start composing on. You can use it for gigs too, but this can be your backup keyboard. This keyboard is lightweight and its so much fun to play it.

    If you’re looking for a synthesizer that’s cheap, doesn’t cost lots of money, then this one is definitely a great choice.

  141. Reply
    Banny April 3, 2017 at 7:38 am

    One definitely has to appreciate a good quality product, especially if that is available for a bargain price. This is one such product. This is an amazing guitar for any beginner, easy to play and learn on. The wood and electronics are surprisingly well made, for the price. The guitar offers a great tonal variety, which is hard to find in similar priced guitars, as most come with only-single-coil-pickup or only-humbucker-pickup. Some of my friends who have played for over 2-3 decades have played on this one and were quite impressed with it, and said its as good or better than some guitars that are priced much higher. So its not just a good beginner’s guitar, its a seriously good guitar.

  142. Reply
    Carolina April 3, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    The Fisher-Price 4-in-1 Step ’n Play Piano is a well-thought of activity unit that grows with your baby. You can use it when your babies crawl on the floor, or are old enough to walk, and beyond. Music, toys, lights, sounds, this toy has it all and is great to stimulate a growing baby’s senses. An excellent toy, its like having several toys in one unit.

  143. Reply
    Peter Reynders April 4, 2017 at 7:08 am

    Reading in de series Anatomy of a classic: Mozart Sonata in A Major, K 3312, (ed Maurice Hinson, 1990) there is a strong suggestion indeed evidence that Mozart did not write the melody of strong part of his Alla Turka movement ( i.e. bars 24.25) that has the typical Turkish march rhythm but merely arranged an actual Turkish march played frequently in the period of before 1830 and beyond, by the Janissary marching bands.

    The broken octaves in one of the repeats of the theme try to imitate the sound of the brass bands and their kettle drums. Page 4 relates an observation that in 1917 in a remote mountain village near Medeah, the melody was heard, sung by some Arab urchins. It had been left behind and became Algerian folk music when the Turks left in 1830 ( to be replaced by the French. During their time in Algeria the Janissary prestigeous and highly disciplined troops acted as the military police there. they will have taken their normal music units with them.

    It was quite common to plagiarise folk music or foreign music into classical music.
    There were no copy right laws then.

    http://www.classicalmpr.org/story/2013/11/12/mozart-alla-turca

  144. Reply
    Tom April 5, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Has anyone played/heard anything about the new action? The new action on this keyboard is called Responsive Hammer Compact, but not sure if this one has 2 or 3 sensors.

    The built-in speaker feels a bit softer, probably due to the speaker position. However, it sounds impressive with decent headphones or external monitor speakers.

  145. Reply
    rodesfan April 7, 2017 at 4:42 pm

    Here’s another good demo video on the NT1-A.

  146. Reply
    tunejane April 10, 2017 at 5:21 am

    I think TC Electronics, Hardwire, Korg and Boss make better floor tuners. Had heard good about Sonic Research’s Turbo Tuner as well but never used it. You just can’t beat a polyphonic if you just need to tweak between songs. I had a Snark earlier but the display was dim, I could hardly read it in normal light, and it was like useless outdoors. Besides, Snark tuners are not very accurate, they have this “approximately-in-tune-but-not-really-at-all” level of of tuning.

    Personally, what I think is that every tuner should display how many cents + or – that the note is at.

    • Reply
      keytarhq April 10, 2017 at 5:22 am

      For the dim Snark display…replacing the batteries helps.

  147. Reply
    tonetwister April 10, 2017 at 5:31 am

    If you want the best in class tuner, its going to cost you…the Peterson VSS-C StroboStomp Classic Tuner is 200 bucks, but its worth very penny. The intonation is just perfect on all my guitars now. Wish I’d bought it earlier and not thought too much about the cost.

    Snark tuners are cheap but they work quite well, to get a basic tune up quickly. I know of a few guitarists who use a Snark clip first, and then an advanced one such as Peterson clip on strobe tuner to fine tune each string.

  148. Reply
    PSRKeys April 10, 2017 at 9:37 pm


    Watch: Yamaha PSR-S670 vs Korg Pa300 vs Roland BK5

  149. Reply
    Alan April 11, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I personally look for good value for money when buying anything, including a beginner digital piano or keyboard. It means the digital piano should have enough features and lessons (more the merrier), to make the purchase worthwhile. I have a good pair of headphones and my Privia Piano sounds amazing through it.

  150. Reply
    pianoindian April 12, 2017 at 9:47 pm

    Yamaha keyboard price in India. Casio keyboard price in India. Roland keyboard price in India. Korg keyboard price in India. Buy pianos and keyboards on Amazon

  151. Reply
    Alex April 13, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    Watch: KORG v.s YAMAHA v.s ROLAND v.s NORD Piano Sound

  152. Reply
    GuitarBookie April 19, 2017 at 6:16 am

    50 Greatest Guitar Books is a good book.

    Master guitarist and teacher Shawn Persinger shows you how to become a better guitar player in The 50 Greatest Guitar Books. The book also includes contributions from legendary guitar players and educators: Rik Emmett, Henry Kaiser, Steve Kaufman, Wolf Marshall, Tim Sparks, and many more.

    The mp3s that accompany the book’s lessons are available in a single zip file. These are free, no codes or emails necessary. Click here to: Download Audio Examples. All examples are performed by Shawn Persinger.

  153. Reply
    fretty April 19, 2017 at 7:44 am

    These books are perfect for anyone just starting to play acoustic or electric guitar. If you have some experience in reading music, you can make the most out of these. Even if you have no experience in music (reading music, playing an instrument etc.), or a teacher or friend that you can turn to for help, you can still learn from these resources.

    Re-learning guitar after several years, these are good refresher books on how to read music. These books are great for the beginner guitarist, and even for those who’re re-learning. Learn to play actual notes, learn to read music, you can learn much more from these books.

    The Hal Leonard Guitar Method books include popular sheet music songs, have nice diagrams, teach you where to put your fingers on the frets, how to hold your hand over the neck of the guitar, provides hints on shortcuts to tuning, and more.

    Guitar tabs are all well and good but reading music gives you a better understanding of “why” things work.

  154. Reply
    yamahafans April 21, 2017 at 5:21 am

    Here are some more demo videos of the wonderful Yamaha P-255 piano.





  155. Reply
    CTKreviewer April 21, 2017 at 6:36 pm

    The Casio ctk 7200 has an amazing sound selection, has touch sensitive keys. I teach keyboard to students. I would have preferred the speakers to be louder. It will work fine for you when you are playing along, but for me I wish it was louder (for the class).

    The Yamaha keyboards have better tones, and are easier to use, but only a bit, whereas this one is a lot cheaper. So if cost is an issue I would say chose this one and you can’t go wrong with a Casio, the build quality is good.

  156. Reply
    synthnaut April 22, 2017 at 10:14 pm

    $300 KORG Monologue synth is a sequel, not a mini Minilogue

    A 25-key, monophonic version of Korg’s clever 4-voice Minilogue polysynth wouldn’t be a bad idea. And it’s what you’d expect, given the Minilogue came out only at the beginning of this year. But that’s not what the Monologue is. No, the Monologue is more a sequel to the Minilogue than it is just one with less keys and voices. And there are a number of smart ideas here. There’s a new filter. You want some different character with a monosynth than a polysynth, so here there’s a new 2-pole VCF and analog drive for what Korg says gives you “more …

  157. Reply
    synthguy April 23, 2017 at 10:25 am

    if you’re using an analogue synth for the first time, you will notice the difference between its sound and that of VST’s and Digital synths. These filters sound smooth and the step sequencer is so useful, with endless sonic possibilities.

    Note: The Korg Sync app (designed for the monotribe) works very well with this synth as well. The app is a great way to sync the synth to Ableton Live without having to use USB or MIDI.

  158. Reply
    Rolandsynths April 24, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Roland rd 2000 vs RD 800…

    The RD-2000 comes with additional features and has a superior (updated) action. It also has a different piano sound engine, and better piano sounds.

    Its always nice to have the latest model when changing or upgrading, but its not always necessary.

  159. Reply
    Raj May 1, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks for sharing the links to the various notations. I was looking for some chords for my piano playing when I came across your wonderful blog. Right now, I’m playing piano on my laptop’s keyboard and will soon be getting my first keyboard piano.

    Keep up your good work!

  160. Reply
    Leon May 1, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    I upgraded to the P-45 from my old 61 yamaha keyboard. Yamaha Keyboards are built to last and the P45 sounds like a much more expensive piano. The weighted action really helps to improve your piano playing. This is a simple digital piano with good sounds and key touch, and comes with only basic features. It has 10 voices, metronome, and a few more things. If you want a decent piano (not a keyboard) that is affordable, go for this one. It offers a great value for money.

  161. Reply
    HammonFanatic May 3, 2017 at 5:29 am

    Used to play the B3 in the late 70s (am a true Hammond/Leslie fanatic). Had an original XK-3 with a Leslie 3300. Skipped a generation and bought this, and it just wows. The Leslie engine is stupendous. Make sure you play it in STEREO. Have this paired with my Hammond XK-3C Pro-System, Nord C2D, Nord Stage 88 mixing into a A&H QU 16 or Mix-Wizard 16:4 & Speaker Pairs of QSC K12’s, 10’s & 8’s. Monitor is a Space Station, Roland 550 or 880.

    It’s a real Hammond with authentic Hammond sound. The Leslie effect sounds authentic and the Chorus/Vibrato is quite convincing, the preset tones are awesome, the feel is good. And its so light, you can just shove it in a bag and carry it to the gig on your shoulder.

  162. Reply
    BluSpeaker May 7, 2017 at 5:28 am

    First, Ion is the best brand and this one is a great, affordable unit on the market. It has great sound – High, Mid and Low speaker ranges are balanced perfectly. The microphone works great as does everything on it, listening to music via bluetooth from my phone is incredible. I was not expecting it to be this good, Wow – buy one you will be very happy as I will spread the word about this, in getting a lot for your money.

    Walmart is so much better than Amazon, I canceled my order with them as it was going to take almost a week from the order date till they shipped it, just about a couple days from buying it from Walmart, it was here, very happy I did, will again over Amazon.

  163. Reply
    keytarhq May 10, 2017 at 6:22 am

    The guy from Earth, Wind, and Fire played the piano only and it sounds amazing…
    From 28:50 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIwQQs8PNRI
    And then the piano here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYJFJaop2vc



  164. Reply
    Jon May 18, 2017 at 9:56 pm

    The Williams Allegro is okay for the price, but there are complaints about its pedal and the speakers are also just about okay. The pedal is inconsistent and of of low-quality, despite it having touch-sensitive keys.

    However, if you’re a beginner, go for it (its cheap) and can be a good piano for practice, but intermediate and expert level players should look at something better. If you are looking for a good practice piano and don’t wanna spend to much. this is probably one of the best starter pianos you can find on the site.

  165. Reply
    ShureFan May 23, 2017 at 6:05 am

    This is not a genuine all rounder, but works very good on amps.

    This is a versatile mic, and can be used to record most things, but only to a point. I use it for recording my acoustic guitar and it does an okay job, but it works very well when recording from the front of an amp. if you want to mic up an amp, this is a good choice in mics.

    It works okay on vocals and loses a lot of tone from the voice; a condensor mic works better with vocals. The build is rugged and weighty there is no shield to cover the tip of the mic. small enough to mic up drums.

  166. Reply
    RolandFAsynth June 4, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Roland FA-06 vs Yamaha MOX6/MOX8

    I bought a Yamaha MOX-8 which I decided to send back after playing the Roland FA 06. The MOX8 has more presets, better arpeggiator, and can integrate with Korg Karma for an extra couple of hundred dollars more. If that’s what you are after, go for the Yamaha.

    But compared with the Roland FA, its basic sound is dull and there was some kind of monotony to all the sounds. The MOX8 was also more difficult to program.

    The Roland FA keyboard has brighter, realistic sounds….which the MOX8 could not have delivered no matter which preset I played, and it’s something I’m not sure could be programmed into new sounds.

    The Roland FA is also much easier to use as a workstation. Each of these synths has its advantages, but I prefer the rich and lively sounds of the Roland FA series. It sounds as good as my Virus Ti and at half the cost, and its much easier to find the presets you want on the Roland FA.

  167. Reply
    Victor June 8, 2017 at 6:42 am

    I want to buy a beginner electronic keyboard, 61 keys preferably. Not sure if I need more than that as of now. How much does a good electronic keyboard cost, and the ones with more keys are they really expensive? By budget is around 300 dollars. Would like to get into music production and create my own music, once I learn the ropes. What brand of electronic keyboard should I buy?

    Can I start learning on an electronic keyboard instead of a Piano? I am not sure if I should be spending so much money on a digital piano right at the beginning. If I start playing on an electronic keyboard, will I face a lot of difficulties adjusting to the Piano if at all I decide to buy a Piano down the line?

    • Reply
      keytarhq June 8, 2017 at 6:44 am

      You can definitely start learning on an electronic keyboard, if budget is a constraint. Even otherwise, you need to realize that beginning learning on the best keyboard or the piano does not guarantee that you will become good at it in a short span of time. You need to give it time and it can take from a few months to a couple of years before you start performing satisfactorily. So buy an electronic keyboard if you don’t have the budget currently for an expensive piano.

      Though electronic keyboards could cost anywhere from 200 dollars to 3000 dollars depending on many factors, you can get a decent entry level five-octave keyboard (61 keys) for around 200-300 dollars. All digital keyboards are midi-keyboards, so you can connect yours to a computer and it will help you to create your own music in the future. Read more on digital piano keyboard prices and the popular brands…Raul

  168. Reply
    Zack Vanderhorn June 10, 2017 at 7:46 am

    I got this guitar with out the floyd rose and its neck is so smooth its ridiculous. i love this guitars pickups neck look. and the fret range. THIS THING HAS 2 FREAKING OCTAVES! amazing for metal and all kinds of rock. Its seriously a great guitar, super slick neck jumbo frets, great pickups, I would recommend this to a new player or a pro , i like the abnormal shape, throw some heavy strings on and drop down to drop a or play in standard its good for everything, an amazing price for such a good guitar. CRAZY INSANE GUITAR.

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    Rob June 21, 2017 at 5:34 am

    I still remember going to a music store in Melbourne as a 7-year old, and being shown a keyboard that seemed so advanced back then. This store was full of technological gadgets, and one of those was the cool Atari ST computer system, which had a music notation program running on it. The sales guy told me that it was using MIDI, it was my first introduction to the world of MIDI and soon I was drawn into the fascinating world of with computer music.

  170. Reply
    Barry June 21, 2017 at 6:02 am

    I have owned several PSR keyboards over the years, but I still remember the first PSR keyboard that I bought – the Yamaha PSR-6. It had 16 sounds, which was a lot back then. Even though the sound quality was nowhere near what you have today, the PSR-was a popular model at the time. What fascinated me was that the keyboard which played like a piano could, at just the press of a button, sound like an entire orchestra. Oh, it also had a hilarious samba beat/rhythm.

  171. Reply
    Dave Arington July 2, 2017 at 8:00 am

    This is a fabulous violin with no apparent flaws, I have had one for six months now.

    What will impress you first is the finish of the violin (and even the bow), the satin finish is gorgeous, and the violin looks very beautiful.

    The extra things/accessories that come with the outfit are really useful and well-made. The shoulder rest is really nice, especially for this price range. The tuner is great, the book is a nice addition, the glossary in the back is extremely helpful, and even at an intermediate level it’s been used a few times.

    A friend of mine complained about some blemish under the chin rest, so I took it off to check mine out, but all was okay. However, the cork (chin rest) had stayed stuck to the violin, but I poked it around and it definitely would come off if I actually intended for it to. It didn’t actually affect the surface of the violin so it doesn’t really bother me, I care more about the sound.

  172. Reply
    Garry July 3, 2017 at 5:17 am

    This percussion kit has everything that my child needed to start out in band. The bag is durable and easy to carry around. Sheet music stand is usable with the bells, but when using the drum there’s no place to put the music, will need to purchase another sheet music stand. You can either use the drum or bells with the stand, would have been nice if both could be used.

    The picture and description state a pearl practice pad is included. The practice pad that came with the kit was a cheap generic. The pad also did not have threads in it to screw onto the stand. I had to tap threads into it for it to work.

    But not much to complain about, overall am very happy with this percussion set set.

  173. Reply
    ComputerMusic July 6, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Just make sure your computer is set up properly for audio and you won’t have any problems. Computers are a lot faster now (and cheaper too). A fast and stable computer will run all your plugins. You can play live with plugins, use whatever DAW you normally use.

  174. Reply
    Bill Babb July 7, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Its cheap, but then you get what you pay for.

    The concept is very good, and the controls provided are great. But the keyboard feels like one from those keyboards you buy at the toy store.

    The key throw is too long, not professional, the feel is terrible. I had to insert a thick band of those insulating rubber strips for doors and windows you buy at the hardware store underneath the keys to shorten the key travel. This improved the feel a bit.

    The reason the keyboard feels so cheap is that the spring action on the keys comes from bending a plastic segment at the top of each key, where it attaches to the frame.

    To me, a keyboard like this, meant to be played hanging from your shoulder, should have a much shorter action like an accordion and sturdier construction. If this thing had a more professional keyboard it would definitely be a great stage tool.

    If you need a shoulder-held rig like this, you can’t beat the price, and the left hand real-time controls and additional knobs and pads are wonderful. But its challenging to deal with the keyboard for live playing and your playing will suffer.

  175. Reply
    Ukefan July 10, 2017 at 6:16 am

    It seems Kala stopped making the U-tar Guitalele long back, which is sad, as they were the only ones who used to make affordable guitarlele that have at least 3 of the strings as steel.

    Yamaha also makes a similar uke but it only makes them with nylon.



  176. Reply
    Sean July 14, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    The Kennedy Pupil Violin Outfit is perfect for beginners, and its value for money considering the price of the whole thing (including a bow, violin, hard case, and rosin). Please note the bow is pre-rosined, so make sure you don’t accidentally over-rosin the bow when you get it (thinking that it needs it). The sound quality of the violin is excellent, compared to violins of equal or lesser price.

    Few things that you should know about this violin:

    – The violin works fine, no problems at all, have been using it for a month now.
    – Some tuning was required when I first received it (which is to be expected) so make sure that you have somebody who can tune a violin, or that you’ve got a tuner at home (you can order one).
    – The positioning of the bow holder clips inside of the case may be off slightly.
    – Minor cosmetic things are nothing to get worried about.

  177. Reply
    Brian August 18, 2017 at 10:40 pm

    This will soon become your favorite practice book, definitely for keyboard and can be used for any instrument! The author provides some discussion of music theory with the practice drills, but doesn’t get bogged down in it. The author’s helpful comments explain what are the primary components of the exercise and what’s happening within the piece. The drills are fun to play and its easy to get inspired! An awesome book for any player, including relatively new ones – beginners, just be patient with yourself and work through the exercises as slowly as you need to, and your skills/dexterity will grow!

  178. Reply
    Tracey August 19, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Musicians have a special relationship with their instruments, even I have. I name them based on their personalities and abilities. I take time to get to know them, figuring out the best way to play them to achieve what I want. I avoid some because they don’t feel right, whereas others become favorites that I miss playing when they are no longer available. I have heard some musicians refer to them as instruments, but I have experienced that rare and intangible moment of ecstasy when the instrument becomes not just an extension of me, but a part of me, providing pure bliss.

    My relationship with my piano—which is not a Steinway, but a roughly 30-year-old sturdy and well-made American Baldwin upright—is an intimate and personal one. I’ve turned to it at times of great sadness, all-consuming anger, fulfilling peace and joy, and it is always there to help me express whatever it is I am feeling. (My mother said when I was in high school she could always tell the kind of day I had by how I practiced piano when I got home.) I’ve explored what goes on under the lid by watching the hammers strike the strings as I play a scale. I have placed my bare foot up against the soundboard to feel the vibrations of the strings and better connect with what is beginning at my fingers and traveling through wood and metal to make music. It is capable of expressing every emotion, from great passion to tender sensitivity, is sometimes large and masculine and other times gently feminine and years of playing it has taught me just how to stroke the keys get the sound that I want. Almost every piece of music I’ve written has begun on my piano and it is the only thing in my life I can truly imagine not being able to live without. Piano requires your complete attention to play and years of your life to master. A piano isn’t just a means to make music, it is door to another plane of existence.

    It is with this attitude that I approached Piano: The Making of a Steinway Concert Grand by James Barron.

    I’ve always been aware of the mechanics that go into the 88 keys. I notice if a hammer is off-center, or if the humidity has made the wood loosen ever so slightly creating annoying rattles. I am on the phone with my tuner the second a key starts to stick or when the tell-tale wavering in a note tells me that its regular tuning is required. But I never much thought about what goes into making all of that work correctly in the first place. Barron’s book has completely changed all that.

    It takes a year to make a Steinway grand. It takes even longer to season it and nurture it into the piano that the Steinway name is known for. Thousands of parts and pounds of pressure have to be combined ever so perfectly to ensure that the piano will play correctly, and yet there is is still something else required, a ‘je ne sais quoi’ (hard to put into words) that gives it the true character of a great piano. What is it that creates this? Not even the makers know. They create the same wood pieces, from the same kind of trees, using the same processes developed over 100 years ago and yet, every piano is different. And every pianists reaction to it is different. This is what I found most fascinating about the the story of K0862. It is unique. Just as every pianist will play its keys in a different way, it will sound them different from all other pianos that bear the same name and case.

    This book isn’t just about the making of one piano, but of the history and evolution of the instrument and an American company of German immigrants whose legacy is not only permanent improvements that are a part of every modern piano, but a name of distinction and quality that is becoming all too rare. Barron relays the precision required to fashion the instrument’s many pieces, but also the human side of piano-making when telling the story of the many workers who are a part of the construction of the instrument. I enjoyed every part of the book, not just as a piano lover, but also as a story lover.

  179. Reply
    Kristi August 19, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I found the book a bit dry, especially in the first half, where the focus is more on how the piano is made. Once the piano is ready and ready to be played, the author makes it interesting by generating suspense about what will happen to it, which I liked reading.

  180. Reply
    Heather August 21, 2017 at 5:41 am

    Having studied in a formal music college, at the beginning of my teaching career, I disliked the idea of any labeling for any age, either on the keys or in the sheet music. As a novice piano teacher, I was afraid that labeling piano keys would handicap my students by making them focus ony on the individual notes, and not on the larger chunks of music, like chords. Over the years, however, the non-academic reality of teaching students of all ages and meeting their challenges has set in.

    Even if you use these stickers, students should be weaned away from the labels by gradually removing these stickers, perhaps one or two every week or so. Eventually, the students will memorize all the notes and reading piano music becomes much easier.

    I’ve tried a few different approaches and now use some labels called “keynotes”. Unlike many others they show the grand staff. Showing a single staff can be really confusing, and some others are useless – obviously not checked by musicians.

  181. Reply
    Jazzstudent August 22, 2017 at 4:57 am

    This book should definitely be on the required reading list for any music student majoring in theory and composition. There are many other Jazz theory books out there, but they resemble more like a math textbook, more than a music book.

    But this one is different. I spent over 4 decades trying to learn improvisation but only after I read this book that the real magic began to happen, and for the first time in my life I actually consider myself a real musician.

    I have a masters in music theory and composition, but after reading this book I was amazed at what I wasn’t taught in traditional music theory classes. Colleges and universities should be ashamed for doing such a lousy job of teaching this subject.

  182. Reply
    Vhaney September 2, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    This is primarily a piano with a few good other voices like organ, and electric piano, but it is not a synthesizer. It looks good, most people will think its a small acoustic piano. Grand piano feel and sound, it sounds and plays just like an acoustic piano.

  183. Reply
    Gavin September 6, 2017 at 7:14 am

  184. Reply
    FretStudent September 14, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Its important to experiment with pick gauge & holding.

    I use Pick-grip method where you make an “O” with your thumb & Index finger, with very small gap between pick-tip & thumb. I use my thumbs to mute the strings above the pick & free fingers (mid, ring & pinkie) to mute the strings below the pick.

    One of my students is comfortable holding the pick between the middle finger and the thumb as he uses the index finger for support, depending on whether he’s playing a chord or strumming individual strings.

    There are some inexperienced teachers who just ask you to use a big & thick pick and start playing rhythm, they don’t know about string muting!

  185. Reply
    Rockjamreview September 15, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    The RockJam 561 Super Kit includes a 61-key keyboard, a stand, an adjustable stool, and a pair of high quality headphones. In addition, the super kit comes with 30 free Piano Maestro songs to be downloaded on your iPhone or iPad that will help learners to learn and practice sight reading, rhythm, technique, two-handed playing, and much more (instructions and song list below). This intuitive keyboard comes with a power supply for use at home, but can also be powered by 6 x 1.5V Size D batteries which makes it portable, take it on the road. The keyboard has a crisp LCD screen, and provides instructions for beginners, telling them which keys to press or chords to play while trying demo songs, making it the perfect keyboard for budding musicians. Although the keyboard is compact, the keys themselves are full size. The sturdy and portable keyboard stand is a great way to ensure the keyboard’s stability, and is very easy to fold up and take on the road. The adjustable stool is a comfortable choice for pianists of all ages. The included over-ear headphones enable pianists to play without disturbing anyone around them. And when a concert is called for, the keyboard has built-in speakers that will fill the room with rich, resonant sound. The keyboard also has a wealth of preloaded sound options, including 50 demo songs, 100 rhythms and 100 sounds. The RockJam 661 kit comes with everything a pianist needs, and is an ideal gift for beginners and advanced musicians alike. To activate this app with your RockJam, download Piano Maestro on your iPad and register as a new user. Then, go to “Settings”, “Select Your Piano”, and choose RockJam from the dropdown menu. The free songs will be available in the Library.

  186. Reply
    John September 19, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Wonderful story…..perhaps an experience many of us went through. I was just 4 years old (1950) when my mother decided I needed piano lessons. I didn’t even know the alphabet so had to play the keys by color! She bought me a wonderful old upright piano and since she invested ($$$) in it I was going to have to invest (time) in it and that I did. From then on for the next 10 years I had to endure piano lessons in the classics when all I wanted to do is play rock and roll. Eventually she gave up trying to make me a Van Cliburn out of me and I followed my natural instincts to play anything I heard by ear rather than rely on sheet music. Still playing today as Johnny Crash, The Rockin’ Relic, The Human Jukebox and his Pumpin’ Piano!

  187. Reply
    keytarhq September 19, 2017 at 6:00 am

    I envy those who can play by ear on all instruments. Luckily I didn’t have to play the classics, but I did appreciate them. My mom had records and I played the sax from fifth through my senior year in high school – both concert band and orchestra. Mostly now I use Fake books and play show tunes, country, pop music, and jazz . . . well any time my fingers don’t work, it becomes jazz.

    • Reply
      John September 19, 2017 at 6:02 am

      After years of being a sheet music junkie (I couldn’t play anything unless I had music in front of me) I discovered a new way of listening to music. Actually it’s all rather simple when you understand and listen to the four components of all music: bass, rhythm, melody and accompaniment and develop a suite of riffs for each component which can then be reassembled into an infinite numbers of incredibly rich compositions. Point is I could never play, using sheet music, compositions that I play effortlessly “by ear”. I once tried teaching this concept to a concert level pianist but she gave up after just a few lessons: too unstructured, imaginative and perhaps dangerous given her indoctrination by piano teachers in her past who couldn’t imagine playing “by ear”.

  188. Reply
    Richie September 20, 2017 at 5:23 am

    How can so many people be so wrong about one song?

    This song is about the conception of a sentient being. I.E. Kid A.

    The phrase Everything in it’s right place is common parlance for ‘two eyes, two legs, four fingers and a thumb on each hand, etc.’ In other words ‘Kid A’ has been brought into the world with no defects/mutations/disabilities.

    The sucking a lemon, as already pointed out on this board, is a phrase referring to ‘looking miserable’.

    What is the first thing newborn babies do?

    Why, cry of course! Face like he’s sucking a lemon covered then.

    There are two colours in my head.

    I.E. black and white. As a newborn, Kid A is an innocent. He has no ‘grey’ concepts or befuddled morals. He is a blank slate without malice, and only the ability to distinguish between things that make him happy ‘white’ or make him unhappy ‘black’.

    The part which is most disturbing is the line ‘What is that you tried to say.’

    This implies that ‘Kid A’ has developed the first stage of sentience, the ability to understand speech. He is about to have all manner of dubious thoughts and concepts thrust into his open mind, corrupting the innocence therein, and robbing him of his monotonal morality.

    Fare thee well Kid A.

    God bless you, and all who sail in you.

  189. Reply
    AlesisReview September 20, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    Excellent beginner digital piano, sound quality & action is solid. This is a super value, a full-size 88-key digital piano that works very well. Key action is in between a keyboard & hammer-action; good spring action. At 15 pounds, it’s not heavy. Not only does this full size digital piano have 88 keys, the keys are touh sensitive. I was hoping for more sound options, but for the price, I guess its ok.

  190. Reply
    Nick Williams September 21, 2017 at 6:21 am

    I am a Brisbane based piano lessons teacher, and i think its great that the piano gets recognised in September. Looking back at the ways in which the piano has shaped the music industry makes me proud to be teaching the next generation of pianists. Thanks

  191. Reply
    David September 23, 2017 at 7:18 am

    I bought this melodica as a birthday present for my grandson (12 years old). I was not sure if he would like it because he recently stopped playing the clarinet (lost interest in it). But once he opened this Hohner melodica and realized what it was, he played it continuously for almost an hour. He and his older brother even figured out how to play it together. I was very happy with his response to this melodica and look forward to him continuing to playing and enjoy it.

  192. Reply
    Susan September 23, 2017 at 7:22 am

    I can play the keyboards and am also a music therapist, I was looking for an instrument that could be used for music therapy, but something which was portable, easier to play, and also to have fun with kids. This turned out to be a great instrument for that!

    It gives off a good vibrational effect for therapy purposes, and can also be played easily by someone with disabilities. It has a nice, warm sound, and a pretty good response.

    This is highly recommended for kids learning, music therapy, and also for pros to add something different to their sound.

    You may even use the Hohner instructor 32 melodica (32 keys).

  193. Reply
    HB September 28, 2017 at 7:06 am

    Squier usually ship their basses and guitars in a cardboard box from the factory, that’s sealed, so the seller more than likely doesn’t get to see the bass he ships to you. But the hardware tuner of the D-string, closest to the edge, is often under a lot of stress from shipping, especially when shipping companies freight the bass upside down. The protection of the headstock and tuners is INSUFFICIENT for decent shipping.

    ALL the basses that I had ordered had this problem. I urger squier to fix this issue at the earliest – on ALL the BASSES it ships in this fashion.

    Aside from these errors (broken hardware tuner, broken tuner pot), most squiers also have unprofessional defects. They seem to be made by amateurs, and not by luthiers or professional woodworkers. You can see that the product is handmade with cheaper labor, if you’re experienced and when you have an eye for detail.

    The neck will be off axis by 1 mm (1 mm too low or high mounted on the body, or too much forward).
    The protection guard will sometimes mounted uneven to the body; able to fit a nail between it and the body
    The protection guard either slightly overlapping the metal tone and volume plate, or the neck…
    The tone knob may fall off after some time, the tone pot may break.

    So if you’re looking for a professional quality bass, it makes sense to pay more and buy a quality product. For the beginners, these are not really major issues.

  194. Reply
    Bassrex September 28, 2017 at 9:01 pm

    Breedlove acoustic bass guitars. Play it plugged in or acoustically. Includes built-in USB port for easy interfacing with recording software.

    Acoustic bass by Helios Guitars


    Spector Timbre Acoustic Bass

  195. Reply
    Instrumentjam September 29, 2017 at 6:32 am

    Full Size Complete Bass Package – Includes 30 Watt Peak (15w RMS) practice Amplifier! Strap and Case included. Diecast tuners, maple neck, alder body. High gloss blue finish We are impressed by the complete set and are sure you will be too. Why pay more?

  196. Reply
    Guitarsnall September 30, 2017 at 6:16 am

    These are great starter kits for anybody who wants to learn to play the guitar.

    Although the guitars are basic ones, they sound good, and will certainly be good for a few years, until you need a better guitar.

    The amplifier is also adequate for practice, its perfect for playing by yourself at home, however if you want to play with friends, it might be a little too small. But for beginners, it does a great job.

    The most irritating part is the cable, although it works, the quality is very bad and flimsy. You can notice a difference in quality with a newer cable.

    The tuner is also good and useful too for beginners, helps your guitar make the right sounds.The strap and guitar bag are basic ones and will do the job. In most of these, the gig bag has very little padding so even that you should consider replacing with a new one.

    My guitar teacher had told me to avoid using the tremolo (wah wah stick) because it was not built well and was taking the guitar out of tune.

  197. Reply
    ypgman October 1, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    I have done lots of research on electric keyboards and I found the YPG-235 perfect for my needs. Its affordable, although the keys are not like that on acoustic pianos, but this piano is very lightweight and easy to carry around. And its an electronic keyboard so no tuning and maintainance as on acoustic pianos.

    The keyboard is good but the same cannot be said about the accessories that come bundled along with it. The headphones seems flimsy and gets uncomfortable after prolonged usage. If you can afford it, consider buying the keyboard and all other accessories separately. But the keyboards are good.

    I would highly recommend this keyboard to any person who wants a nice keyboard. It would also be a perfect gift for a young child who is taking piano lessons from a teacher. I am totally satisfied with this digital piano.

  198. Reply
    Mrs Tang October 7, 2017 at 5:19 am

    Dear Sir/Madam. Please advise me on how to set to Waltz Rhythm. Can you also send me a copy of the Appendix to the CTK5000 Manual? I look forward to your early reply.

  199. Reply
    Adolfo October 7, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Subject: Reverse Keyboard Keys.

    Hello. Do you have the skills to reverse the low and high notes in a keyboard? Make the low notes sound on the right side and the high notes sound on the left side. So, the C will be on the left I think. I’m not an expert. I have a Casio CTK2550 61. It is a keyboard for beginners. I am a left handed-player and was wondering of that would make it easier for me to learn to play the keyboards.

  200. Reply
    Ali Absat October 7, 2017 at 5:27 am

    Hi Salam…my name is ali absar…Age 21.
    Now i m here in ryadh in malaz…I m from pakistan karachi…I m musician guitarist singer keyboardist drummer. I can play this all instrument…Now i m bored here i wana do music…Wana join music bands and groups..
    my contact.05910129471

  201. Reply
    Rebecca (Ireland) October 26, 2017 at 7:29 am

    Kurzweil Digital Piano (Mark Pro Two-i)
    I have a Kurzweil Digital Piano (Mark Pro Twoi) which is two years old. It recently started to show some problems with the sound and at the moment it’s not producing any sound at all. I was wondering if you had any ideas about what is causing this problem or if there is anything I can do to fix it myself.

    At the moment the unit lights up when I turn it on but the red lights on the LED screen fade out and it produces no sound at all. It shows signs of electricity at first but none of the red lights are staying on anymore. Before this happened it would turn on as normal but about 10 or 15 of the lower notes would sound much higher, it did not affect all the notes, most of them sounded normal, it seemed to just be random notes. Also if I repeated one of the notes with the problem it would vary from its normal/original sound to a much higher pitch. Also it didn’t just happen on the piano setting, all the instruments had the same problem, even when I played a recording of one of the songs it didn’t sound right. I also noticed when this happened the LED screen would become very faded, and during the first time this problem occurred the LED screen returned to its normal brightness and the problem seemed to have gone away. However, when I returned to it later that day the problem was back and this time it stayed like that permanently.

    I wasn’t really sure what to do at this point so after looking online I found a number of ways to reset it, I tried two different ways, both of which made no difference. The first was holding down the global button and the top note of the piano, when this didn’t work I tried another way, which was holding down the global button and pressing the reset button, it then asked if I was sure and I pressed yes twice and it reset itself. Unfortunately neither of these methods worked so when I left it for a while (unplugged) and came back to it, and it had the problem that I described earlier – it turns on but the lights fade away and it makes no sound.

    I think that’s all the details I can give, but if you need me to explain anything else about the problem I’ll try my best to make it clearer for you. Thank you, I would appreciate any help you could give me with this problem, I’m not sure how common it is, as I couldn’t find anything about this particular issue online.

  202. Reply
    Ron October 26, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Looking for Kurzweil Power Adapter. Have RG 100 SE Digital Keyboards used in an elementary school to introduce students to piano. The power adapters are missing and broken. Supposed to use Kurzweil Power Adapter PP135-17 only (Made in Korea).

    • Reply
      keytarhq October 26, 2017 at 7:35 am

      Actually, you can use any good quality power adapter that has the required configuration, in your case Output DC 13.5V—1.7A

      The Kurzweil PM0025-001 Power Supply seems to have your desired specs — Voltage- 9VDC/ 14AC and Amperage- 2A/ .25A

      You also get the Kurzweil N052001018 JE-1250U which is designed for use with Kurzweil SP76, SP88, and XM1.

  203. Reply
    Gary October 28, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Charges fr music lessons have been falling over the years. I am a guitar instructor in central California. I charge $60 per month for a 1/2 hour lesson per week (4 weeks) I have a degree in guitar which means I can charge a little more.

  204. Reply
    Ragtime-related November 3, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Paul Stewart has given ragtime workshops, pedagogical sessions and performances for numerous state conferences of the Music Teachers National Association.

    Stewart has performed classic piano ragtime for international music conferences in Manchester, England and in Bologna, Italy. He has presented ragtime seminars and performances at the Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival, Sedalia, Mo.; the Rocky Mountain Ragtime Festival, Boulder, Colo.; and the Sutter Creek Ragtime Festival, Sutter Creek, Calif. Stewart is professor emeritus of music at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, his piano performance degrees are from Indiana University, University of Illinois and Florida State University.

    Paul Stewart – Ragtime

  205. Reply
    Stringtie November 4, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Historically, black dress for orchestral musicians was the same as the standard evening wear for servants, as the modern public orchestra evolved from the private orchestras of the 18th and 19th century aristocracy in Europe.

    From about the early 18th century onward, the dress for any orchestra was the same as other servants of the noble household. By the 1860s, roughly, this meant the black-tie tuxedo. As women began to be incorporated into performing ensembles, the standard dress for them became a black dress or suit as well, to match. Black simply stems from historical dress for household servants, and because of its practicality it has gone largely unchanged.

    An instrumentalist soloing with the orchestra will typically (but not always) closely match the orchestra in dress; solo singers, especially females, often dress more colorfully and extravagantly to highlight their role as soloist.

  206. Reply
    Vin November 5, 2017 at 7:52 am

    I’m not a keyboard player but I really like this keyboard (not-weighted keys). I bought it to provide backing for my guitar playing but I’m having so much fun with it (arpeggiator, sequencer, recorder) my guitar is being neglected. So many things I haven’t even tried yet. Great sounds, great feel, a winner for Casio. I play it through a 40 watt Roland amp & it provides plenty of great piano tone & rhythmic volume for our little group. It allows me to be more creative.

  207. Reply
    Megan November 6, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    The CP4 is not that user friendly. Small LCD with everything abbreviated. And even though its lightweight, its not very sturdily built. Also, Headphone jacks need to be in front and at this price range there should be two of them. Its expensive by a few hundred dollars.

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    HOW TO CHOOSE A DEVICE PROTECTION PLAN November 9, 2017 at 8:02 am

    We all love gadgets and technology, and spend considerable amounts of time and money on them, particularly smartphones. Folks today rely on smartphones to stay organized, to get entertained and for social reach. For a world that’s obsessed with mobile gadgets, the safety of these devices is essential. The unlucky few have occasionally had their devices stolen, damaged or lost.

    There are certain ways to protect smartphones from a fate as such, without having to keep them tucked away safely under lock and key. One of the best ways to keep your smartphone safe is by subscribing for a Device Protection Plan. These services offer assistance in case a mobile device is stolen, damaged or lost.

  209. Reply
    Paula November 9, 2017 at 5:14 pm

    My 7 year old son is learning to play on this piano, and I’m re-learning. The keys feel real, like a grand piano. I compared many models each from Roland, Yamaha, Kawai, Korg, and one other brand I can’t remember for sure. The Kawai’s were outstanding, but also 5-6 times more expensive. The Korg felt better than the Rolands or the Yamahas, and I thought the Korg sounded better too — even the super expensive ones. It was the clear winner for me, hands down. Everyone has their preferences of course, but I have been delighted with the quality and sound of this digital piano, and would choose it again for sure.

    The control interface is simple, and there are a lot of excellent sounding options. There is a line of speakers at the mid-upper level of the stand (that’s the black bar you see in the picture), when you play the high notes, the sound comes out on the right side, low notes, left side. The dynamics come out well, I can play from piano all the way to forte level and it can take quite a pounding when I need to be double forte.

    I have not found any digital piano sounding and feeling better, even for thousands of dollars more. For the money, it’s well worth it for a tight space and for a novice piano player. For now, and for a while, the LP-380 will be perfect.

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    Alex November 10, 2017 at 11:03 pm

    The sounds are good, the speakers are powerful, has two headphone outputs, but the included pedal is not good. I also purchased L85 stand with a pedal unit. It works ok, but the triple pedal unit is made of plastic and one of the pedals creaks.

    The music stand is not quickly detachable, once it’s attached it’s difficult to pull it back. Thing to note in case you need to travel with the Yamaha P115.

  211. Reply
    MasterDb November 13, 2017 at 10:20 pm

    Satisfactory
    by: Jazzer

    I would beg to differ with the other commenter that all voices except the piano sounds are weak. The piano sounds, EPs, bass and drums are quite good actually. I found that the woodwinds and guitar sounds are a bit weaker. The polyphony seems to be a bit low, when holding down the sustain pedal and playing multiple notes over a chord. But overall, a satisfactory buy.
    Good Piano tones
    by: N1

    This is a great piano, and if you’re looking only for piano tones, this is the one. If you’re looking for more sounds, look elsewhere. I like the action, notch better than the RD 700 NX.
    Okay speakers
    by: Og1

    I use it with my Sennheiser HD-650’s and it rocks, though the built-in speakers are not that great in case you intend to use it for home use. For performing, you would anyways use an amp or send it to a PA.
    Not heavy and reasonably priced
    by: MasterDb

    I may be biased but this is way better than a comparable Yamaha or Korg, leave aside any Casio. I have always owned an acoustic piano at home and I wanted this for my music endeavors. This one comes closest to a real piano in terms of touch and the sounds are very realistic. Of course I did spend hours playing several keyboards, and this one stood out for me. This is not very heavy and I think its reasonably priced.

  212. Reply
    EasyPiano December 7, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    There are several brands, such as Schoenhut, Dexter, Fisher-Price that make toy pianos. While they all look cute, they are only meant to see if your child is really interested in music. Kids love toy pianos because they make pretty sounds and anything that attracts kids towards music is good for their intellectual development. If you’re willing to spend more, you could even get an electronic music keyboard, such as the ones from Casio or Yamaha. If your child is above 5-6 years old, do consider the electronic music keyboards; they have wider keys while toy pianos often have “mini” keys. Electronic keyoards also have lots of features which appeals to kids more, toy pianos on the other hand may only produce one sound. Nevertheless, a toy piano can be a great introduction to music, which will eventually benefit the child as s/he grows up.

  213. Reply
    John December 8, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Most trained pianist love the feel of a grand piano but they cannot varry the grand piano to gigs, the roland RD-200 is a nice stage piano that piano players will love.

    The V-Piano engine is one of the best. It offers a nice set of piano sounds, including EP sounds. The new PHA-50 action is also very good. Roland rd-2000 has 9 sliders. Roland allows the use of drawbars in live action with their Tonewheel Organ. Coupled with a volume pedal and some switch pedals for controlling the Leslie effect, you can get many ways to control your sound. Lastly, I love the fact that it weighs under 50 lb.

    If you’re looking for a new stage piano, you should definitely consider this one.

  214. Reply
    Kiddie keys December 9, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Kiddie keys Toy piano (YouTube)



    Another kids toy piano

  215. Reply
    RexB December 10, 2017 at 6:53 pm

    My family loves the One Smart Piano!

    Love the One Smart Piano! Have it a little over a week now and everyone in our household have played and spent more time on the piano than the previous one we had before (Yamaha DGX620). The integration of smart phone/table with built apps, video tutorials, LED guides is really nice and intuitive. It does in a way encourages you to learn to play the piano faster. My wife who already knows how to play the piano (chords), my daughter (can read notes) who took piano classes and my son (no piano experience) who is 8 can not have enough of the piano. Me personally love the hybrid video tutorials and games, I just sit down and learn new songs and have learn to play 3 songs in couple of nights, some basic riffs and chords. One Smart piano really caters to different skill levels and to me seeing my kids spending more time playing it is already worth it. My son (8yo) has already went through 11 Hoffman video tutorials in 3 days without us telling him to do so! He has now learned to play some songs and starting to learn playing notes!

    Putting the piano together was easy, just need an extra hand setting the piano once the stands are in place. Quality of materials to me was ok, feels sturdy and not flimsy. The piano keys really does feel the like a real piano. The sound does fill our whole living room with high ceilings and marble floors. It looks great in our living room and compliments our room layout and decor.

    One cool thing I discovered was I was able to connect our Navi Big Tab 24″ android tablet! It sits quite perfectly on the piano and to me bigger screen is better! I also liked that the piano speakers can also double as external speaker for the tablet.

    For some cons, first the piano we ordered was white but it’s not the shiny glossy white you see on most pianos. It’s just like a semi gloss white painted wood finish which to me in a way makes it look cheap. We have white plantation shutters on our living room and the glossy white finish would have match and looked way better. Second, the piano does not come with a piano bench, I had to order one separately and finding a white one took me awhile but did get one. Lastly, not sure if it’s true with Apple products but the cable that attaches to my phone or any other smart phone does not provide charge. So if you’re playing the piano using your smartphone you will at some point lose battery charge. The Navi big tab in a way works for me as it has separate power and cable connections.

    Overall, we are really happy and is a great addition to our home and can be used for learning and fun.

    UPDATE: I just got an Ipad Air and have tried it on the One Smart Piano. The white ipad compliments the piano better although it has a smaller screen than my Navi Big Tab. The piano with it’s cable connection does charge the iPad.

  216. Reply
    keytarhq December 15, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Power supply for digital keyboards, synths and digital pianos: FAQs

    Hi, I have a Technics Digital Ensemble Piano Model SX-PR350, and recently it stopped playing. I brought it to a local repair shop. He fixed it. He said the problem was that I should have protected it from spikes/surges in the electricity supply. Is there one I can buy online at reasonable cost?

    I’ve just checked the voltage at the back of the Ensemble and it reads: 240V.

    Furthermore, the guy in the shop mixed up some power leads and I’m convinced he has given me a different one. It has a 3amp fuse in it – is this ok?


    Surge Protector, Power Adapter, Cords, Batteries for Digital Pianos Keyboards…

    Usually you will find the power ratings mentioned near the slot where the power adapter connects. The most common numbers are of voltage rating and milliamp rating. For example, there should be something like 9V (for the voltage rating) and say 850mA (for the milliamp rating).

    The voltage supply of 240V relates to the power supply in some countries. In Europe it is 220 to 240 V whereas in America and certain other countries it is 110-120 V. Certain adapters and surge protectors work are universal but most work with either 240 or 110V.

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    User Comments….

    Usually you will find the power ratings mentioned near the slot where the power adapter connects. The most common numbers are of voltage rating and milliamp rating. For example, there should be something like 9V (for the voltage rating) and say 850mA (for the milliamp rating). The voltage supply of 240V relates to the power supply in some countries. In Europe it is 220 to 240 V whereas in America and certain other countries it is 110-120 V. Certain adapters and surge protectors work are universal but most work with either 240 or 110 V. A good surge protector is recommended if your electronic product is expensive, just to be on the safer side. – Suresh

    Do you have a home insurance which covers most of your electronic goods? If yes, maybe you can add your digital piano to that list. I’m not sure how good are these surge protection equipment. Most of these seem to play on your fear. I am not sure about power surge protectors…a UPS could be a better alternative but more expensive and not sure if you really need it. – Peter

    Most of these power surge protectors do work but most of their components seem to wear off over time and may not be effective against spikes when required. We do have power fluctuations in our area and so when searching for a better alternative I came across this product which uses a technology known as PowerBlocker automatic shutdown technology. Basically it disconnects the line when a surge is detected, and that way it also ensures a longer life for its components. Surge Protector with Powerblocker…
    – Mark

    I have a Technics KN 700 Piano I bought in the 80’s. It’s like brand new. I want the power cord. It’s by it self and no universal or other power cord will fit. I’m sick and tired of buying batteries to play it. It cost me quite of bit of money when I bought it and I’m really not interested in buying another one. it’s very versatile and I love playing it. Any help will be appreciated. – Rich A

    We had a lightning strike that knocked out two tv’s, my sewer system computer controller, my A/C (locked on 3 heat strips) two direct tv boxes, all internal phone lines and several phones, and my Yamaha dgx 530 88-key keyboard. I had left my Yamaha dgx 530 88 keyboard plugged in one night and at midnight a storm came thru and blew ever thing. However my keyboard still lights up but no sound. My manual is missing so I was afraid to open it up since I did not my manual or knew what screws to remove. (I am an extra class amateur radio operator and have built a lot of radios and electronic equipment so I feel confident to check and replace resistors, diodes etc. Was wondering how to get another manual or what to do. I went on line and can only find how to buy one but can’t find how to order a manual. – John Collier

    I have a Technics KN701 Keyboard and unfortunately I have broken the power adaptor of my keyboard. I would like to know if it is possible to buy a new power adapter for my Technics KN701 on this site. Alternately, can you please let me know where can I get more information on where to buy the adaptor AC SY AD6B Ac 230V 50/60hz (and its price as well) – Claudio Macchi

    For my Technics Keyboard, I successfully use the power adaptor from a Canon Bubblejet printer – the old single-sheet one. It works for me. – Ian

    In case you are not able to find one, here is what you can do. Wherever the power jack is located on your piano, it will also mention the power rating of the adapter that the digital piano is expecting. It will say a voltage rating of something like ’12V’ and it will also have the milliamp rating in mA. Just buy any power adapter with those two numbers (the voltage rating is more important). The brand actually doesn’t matter though the manufacturer may make you believe so. – Suresh

  217. Reply
    Alan December 26, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Get started on a decent music keyboard, the skills can be transitioned to a full weighted piano (acoustic or digital). The transition to a piano with weighted keys is a but harder earlier on, but easily achievable. And mind you, the feel of the keys differ even from piano to piano. For instance, a Steinway feels different from a Yamaha piano. So if you practice on the acoustic piano at home, its no guarantee that you feel comfortable on the piano at the exam center / performance venue.

    Also, the tone of the piano doesn’t matter much in the beginning. As a beginner, you should focus on learning how to play, where to place your fingers, how to make songs, learn music theory, etc.

    Having said that, weighted keyboard is a better option, if you can afford one as your first keyboard. It’s hard to go from unweighted to weighted, but easier to go from weighted to unweighted.

  218. Reply
    wax-music December 27, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Hi all,

    I’m looking for a keyboard stand for my Yamaha CP300 (88 key 80lbs). Don’t want anything very expensive but would like the height to go as low as possible, preferably less than 25″ or so.

    Most of the music stands I checked go as low as 26″ – 27″, which is still high for me, as a I prefer playing sitting down.

    Any suggestions?

    • Reply
      synthman December 27, 2017 at 5:38 am

      There are lot of stands out there that should go as low as that, even lower. Checkout the Z-style stands. They are sturdy and should easily be able to support heavy 88-key keyboards. However, some of these could wobble a bit with heavier keyboards.

      Another good option is the Ultimate Support Apex stands on which the mounting bracket slides up and down. On these, you could lower the keyboard as low as you want.

  219. Reply
    Ranjit January 1, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    What are the best Casio Keyboard models available in India? I want something in the range Rs5000 to Rs.15000.

    • Reply
      keytarhq January 1, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      Here are a couple of options for those in India.

      1) For around Rs. 5000, you may consider Casio CTK-2500, which comes with 61-keys (not touch sensitive keys).
      2) For around Rs. 15000, you may consider Casio CTK-6300 which comes with 61 touch sensitive keys.

  220. Reply
    Scalegenie January 4, 2018 at 4:51 am

    I personally think labeling the piano keys is a great idea. Just imagine trying to learn to touch-type on a blank computer keyboard. Visual aids are great for learning the notes and for learning major and minor piano scales.



  221. Reply
    Richard C January 4, 2018 at 5:02 am

    I work with very young students and have realised that children learn by replacing old knowledge with new knowledge and relating the unfamiliar with the familiar. I insist on never writing in the book or labeling the piano. I personally believe that labeling and markings on music should not come into play until the piece is mastered. On the piano I identify the bass and treble clefs as F clef and G clef because of the line that runs between them. The note common to both is middle C. My first lesson is mostly saying, “When you see a note on this line, play this finger and when it’s here, play that finger.” Soon “play this and that” becomes “play the G or F or Middle C.”

    I use the analogy of a child going in the lunch room with a hundred other kids on the first day of school. They don’t know any names, they only know where kids are seated relative to where they are seated – they have not yet learned to distinguish the sounds of their voices. If while at the super store with mom, that child saw one of his lunch-mates, he would not be able to say “Mom that’s James Edwards,” even if did have on a name tag at school, but he will be able to say, “That’s the kid that sits next to the girl with the freckles at the table across from where I sit”. After repeated interactions he would not only know his name but he would know his voice and how he got that scar on his forehead. No labels needed.

    • Reply
      keytarhq January 4, 2018 at 5:04 am

      Hi Richard, Thanks you for your views. I know many teachers who teach without any visual aids.

  222. Reply
    Roland January 6, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    The piano has excellent sound, touch sensitive/weighted keys. A lot of useful settings is provided in the manual. I used the OTG adapter to connect my P45 to a smartphone. Once the connection is made, the Synthesia app is very useful to help you learn to play the piano.

  223. Reply
    musicproducer January 10, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Comments:
    David Ostrosser · Collège de l’Outaouais
    I will certainly never use a Steinberg product again as long as their ridiculous licensing/registration process is in place…March 24 at 6:24am

    Lester Murray
    I have an MRS 1608. It spits discs. I have a midi controller (Yamaha S30 keyboard). A Gaudin composite with acoustic, electric and 13 pin output to Roland GR20 guitar synthesizer, laptop and tower computers, Europower mixer p.a., Sennheiser condenser mike and regular mike, an M-Audio FastTrack guitar/mic recording interface. I still don’t understand how I’m supposed to mix this altogether with backing tracks. I’ve downloaded a bootleg of Ableton 7 Live (haven’t tried to activate with the key gen) to see if I could pre-set sounds on the keyboard and/or guitar (I play both live and sing predominantly Beatles with a harmonizer) so I wouldn’t have to switch Live (that it would be pre-programmed to change at the precise moment). If you were doing a solo with two instruments (with oodles of different sounds on both) plus singing with a harmonizer where would you start. I’ve tried manuals, You Tube and various articles to try and get it through my skull but I either don’t know what I’m looking for or it’s sitting right in front of me…March 24 at 9:30pm

    Lester Murray
    P.S. I’ll read the articles tomorrow and see what I can or can’t see.

    Suresh:
    I think it is more of a personal choice. I know this sounds cliche but it is. The best sequencer for you will depend on your personal preferences. Like how you need the GUI, what platform you will use – say windows or Mac, whether you want the software to be very easy to use or you want to have more control over what you can do…things like that.

    Usually, whatever software you start using, you tend to have a preference towards that later on as well, since you have already done the difficult part of learning to use its nuts and bolts, and you prefer a familiar environment.

    So I think you should go through the features of all these software sequencers and go ahead with the one that you feel comfortable with. You also need to realise that music is above technology and all these features may not necessarily help you in creating the music of your dreams. Some of the most amazing MUSIC that were recorded decades ago are still popular, and they were recorded on some plain reel tape recorders. This is IMHO…Dec 02, 2010

    Gizmo:
    Suresh…valid points. But still, I would like to know which sequencer / DAW (Digital audio workstation) is industry standard? What do professionals or the gurus use?…Dec 02, 2010

    Suresh:

    I think Pro-Tools is the most widely used among professionals / advanced users followed by Logic. Next would come Cubase and Sonar. I think they are evenly matched, may be a bit tilted towards Cubase. Propellerhead Record / Reason seems to be the dark horse, but I doubt if the professionals take it seriously though. We will have to wait and see. Any professional composer around and would like to comment?

    TMZ:

    I think, Cubase is the most popular and widely used sequencing software (includes home studio users), though most commercial studios use Pro-Tools and Nuendo. But, it all depends on who is comfortable with what software. Once you work on a particular sequencer, you tend to stick with it. If you take any commercial studio, even if they have multiple sequencing software and engineers, their engineers may have their own preferences and each of them will use a different one.

    CoolGuy:

    Have heard this question many times before, but should not a musician think more about his music first, and then think about the tool (in this case the sequencer)? Depending on the type of music you like, you will need the core sounds, and that will decide whether you need hard synths, soft synths, acoustic instruments, etc. Is it not?

    I think one should try out the demos of the best sequencers, see what type of sounds they are good at, and then pick up what you like.

  224. Reply
    Xking January 16, 2018 at 7:42 am

    First thing you need to decide is whether you are going to record live audio such as vocals and guitar or your music will consist primarily of electronic music (more of loop based, sound modules, keyboards and so on). If you are going to record vocals, then an audio interface will be required, and it will most likely have the midi ports so you may not need a separate midi interface. If you are not going to record audio, then you can use a midi interface.

    • Reply
      keytarhq January 16, 2018 at 7:43 am

      You will still need an audio interface in your setup, in order to reduce latency.

  225. Reply
    Marco February 3, 2018 at 6:22 am


    HARMONIUM movie, an amazing Japanese film.

  226. Reply
    keytarhq February 4, 2018 at 8:03 am

    More videos…



  227. Reply
    Rahul February 25, 2018 at 3:16 pm

    With three modes of learning available for you and seven levels of instruction to help the beginner or the advanced pianist, the Yamaha YPT-Series is the perfect tool to use when you really want to learn how to play. These features are unequaled by any other top of the line electronic keyboards and the finest minds from Yamaha has worked hard to ensure that it meets its user’s top standards. So, try out one of the Yamaha YPT Series today. This is your chance to see and hear the difference that you can only get through the Yamaha Keyboards YPT series.

  228. Reply
    Adi February 25, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    You could be biased in your opinion as I did not feel any difference between the Privia px-330 with the Yamaha P-95 pianos in terms of their sound quality and the key touch. Yamaha P-155 is definitely better but then it is more expensive. But the Privia px-330 throws in a lot of features. In fact you will be surprised that they are throwing in all those things at that price.
    Polyphony is 128 note as against 64-note on the P95. That extra polyphony is required on Casio because you have built-in rhythms on the Privia px-330 as opposed to none on the Yamaha p-95 piano. I guess for the same reason the Yamaha p-95 has only 1 track sequencer whereas the px330 has 16-Track Recorder.

    But most importantly, the Casio PX-330 has all those extra features like Pitchbend Wheel, control panel button lock mode and SD card storage capability, which makes it more of a stage piano. Other useful feature, which ideally should be provided on every decent sounding piano keyboard, is the connectivity options. You have Line IN, Line OUT, 2 headphone ports, and USB to PC. So if you are a serious piano player, maybe the Yamaha P-95 piano will suit you but I will definitely go in for all those features of the Casio Privia px-330. – James

    May be you can compare the Privia px-330 with the Yamaha P95 but I dont think it compares with the Yamaha P155. The Yamaha P155 sounds and feels much better than those two

  229. Reply
    Samba February 27, 2018 at 6:01 am

    I bought this microphone way back in 2011. As an amateur singer, at that time, I was looking for a microphone for quality recordings.
    I was very satisfied with the result of this microphone (from an amateur point of view).

    Today I am sound manager, and I still make demo recordings with the Yeti microphone.

    It is a basic microphone with a built-in sound card (mute button, input gain adjustment, headphone jack to hear live sound).

    You can use it to make amateur (and even semi pro) recordings.

    Surprisingly, they haven’t reduced the price because it’s been close to a decade since the mic was first introduced. I guess quality has a price tag, and I think its still affordable given the quality of the microphone.

    An example of use of this microphone (yes it’s me, I’m a little pub haha)



    I hope this advice was helpful.

  230. Reply
    Sushil March 3, 2018 at 9:13 am

    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Notes (Indian style notes)

    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    sa sa pa pa dha dha pa

    How I wonder what you are
    ma ma ga ga re re sa

    Up above the world so high
    pa pa ma ma ga ga re

    Like a diamond in the sky
    pa pa ma ma ga ga re

    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
    sa sa pa pa dha dha pa

    How I wonder what you are
    ma ma ga ga re re sa

  231. Reply
    Sam March 8, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    The best piano book is called a piano teacher. And if at all you buy a book make sure you take the time to read it, and understand what’s written.

  232. Reply
    Alan March 17, 2018 at 8:27 am

    My top picks for digital pianos under $1000 would be either a Yamaha or a Casio digita piano.

    In Yamaha, it would be either the Yamaha DGX-660 or Yamaha P-115. Both are excellent pianos. The Yamaha P-255 is also very good but its priced a few hundred dollars over thousand.

    From Casio, my choice would be Casio-PX560, which is an excellent piano. In fact, all the pianos from its Privia piano series are good.

    These pianos have great sound and are perfect for practice or for performances. All of these models come with built-in speakers, and have many nice features.

  233. Reply
    Manish March 24, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Casio always made keyboard instruments for beginners but recently have been focusing on high end instrument. Even though they don’t have top-class synths yet, their digital pianos are extremely good, and comparable with other brands like Casio and Kawai.

    If you want to buy a digital piano, you should opt for a Casio or Yamaha. Casio sound quality is now on par with other brands, and offers some great options across various budget ranges, so you will find something – whether you are a newbie or experienced player.

  234. Reply
    keytarhq March 27, 2018 at 9:51 pm

    Williams Legato vs Alesis Recital Pro: piano sound comparison

  235. Reply
    Adam March 31, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    For a long time I carried by 60 pounds 88-key beast to gigs. Along with the case, the entire setup weighed around 150 pounds. while travelling by car was manageable, what was killing was to carry the entire thing to my third floor apartment. That is when I decide to get a lightweight keyboard (alternative) to this heavier keyboard.

  236. Reply
    Roy April 4, 2018 at 7:24 am

    An important reason you should not attempt reversing the order of the strings is because the bridge rail at the base of the guitar and the capo rail at the head of the guitar have a set of slots (or grooves) which are designed to hold the common string diameters. Besides, many guitars have a comfort cut out and finger guard, placed at specific locations for right or left handed guitars.

    It’s just as hard (or easy) to master the guitar, doesn’t matter if you’re right or left handed. Personally, I feel you should choose a right handed guitar because it makes more sense and you have more options.

  237. Reply
    Ben April 7, 2018 at 10:48 pm

    Yamaha, Roland, and Casio are the top brands for digital pianos, they sound nice and are built to high-quality standards. Most users, especially students and amateurs are opting for Casio nowadays, the mid-range Privia line and some of its Celviano models are very good. Yamaha also had got good pianos under P-Series, YPG and the ARIUS/YDP series. However, almost all of these manufacturers use jargon to talk about their sound quality and the piano action. For instance, Casio says it uses AiF linear morphing sound technology to create high-quality, dynamic sounds. However, a similarly priced piano from Yamaha or Roland is also going to sound similar (almost).

  238. Reply
    keytarhq April 9, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    “When I use the the EP sounds on the PX-560, it fills my mind with different ideas and allows me to express myself” MR-DM of Blue Lab Beats.

    “I find the diverse range of sounds in the Casio PX-560 so useful when I’m getting ideas down in the studio, #casiopro evokes for me the spirit of being true to your

    music and ultimately to yourself,” Future Soul Songstress Ruby Francis.

  239. Reply
    Diane April 9, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    I would NOT recommend any of these violins, except the Knilling violin. These inexpensive violins are actually cheap student violins that will not produce the best tone, simply because they are made from poor quality woods. The price might be very tempting but you will get what you pay for. Most of these violins are not built to professional standards – pegs not fitted, nut and bridge too high, fingerboards not smooth or shaped correctly, poor quality strings and tailpieces. The bows that come with these outfits are very poor quality and usually too heavy and crooked. I would suggest that you do not go for the cheapest violin. The more expensive violins come with a good bow, good set of strings, and proper setup.

  240. Reply
    Shaun April 13, 2018 at 11:25 pm

    The ONE Smart Piano is one of the better pianos out there, especially for beginners, because it has several tools that will help you learn how to play. Once connected to a free app, the smart Piano makes it easy to learn to play.

    The ONE Smart Piano – A Piano That Teaches

  241. Reply
    Isaac April 17, 2018 at 8:45 am

    I guess, probably this is a good time to buy the P115, because it could be priced slightly lower than the P125 which has been introduced as the replacement. I think under the hood they look similar, there are only cosmetic changes, and you get the app. If you are not going to use the app, and are happy to practice from books/sheets, then buy something that is more affordable.

  242. Reply
    keytarhq February 15, 2018 at 6:31 am

    Its difficult to say what is happening but its repairable. Some connection on the board has changed, moved or is overlapping.

  243. Reply
    keytarhq October 17, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    No, if you use your keyboard mainly at home, then instead of listening through the on-board speakers, you could route it through your home entertainment system and it will sound good. If you’re going to perform you will need a good keyboard amp, and it should sound pretty good.

  244. Reply
    keytarhq June 8, 2017 at 9:49 pm

    You can call Roland support, or visit some local musical instrument shop and check if they have a technician who could repair your keyboard. If you want to give it a try yourself, you can check YouTube videos where it shows how to open keyboards, though this option may not be for everybody.

  245. Reply
    keytarhq June 8, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Are you asking the software is unable to recognize the keyboard?

    Most software look for an active MIDI instrument on launch. If you start the program and then connect your keyboard, the software won’t acknowledge the keyboard. Ideally, you need to connect your keyboard, turn it on, and then launch our program, or you could simply close the software application and relaunch it if your keyboard is now on.

  246. Reply
    Dave June 8, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    The I455 is made for the Indian market and has several instruments and styles specific to Indian music. You can check here https://www.yamahamusicsoft.com/songs/style-files to see if there are Indian music packs available that you can use for PSR s670

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    keytarhq April 23, 2017 at 6:15 pm

    What model you have?