Playing The Keyboard Piano: Simple Tips To Get You Started
Playing The Keyboard Piano: Simple Tips To Get You Started
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Playing The Keyboard Piano: Simple Tips To Get You Started

After hearing the beautiful melody from a keyboard piano, your heart has officially been sealed and you are determined to master this musical instrument. A great way to start is by joining keyboard piano lessons for beginners – because the lessons have been specially created to cater to students who are new to the keyboard piano.

Don’t worry about being new to the musical instrument, there is always a starting line for everything. Now, just read through our list of basics we have put together to prepare you when you go for your first keyboard piano lesson!

5 Things to Know Before Starting to Learn a Keyboard Piano

The Differences Between a Classical Piano and a Keyboard Piano

There are a few differences between playing the classic piano versus playing a keyboard piano. The most distinct difference between these two is the sound. A piano has acoustic sounds, weighted keys, and is usually made from wood. Whereas a keyboard piano is an electrical instrument commonly built in a rectangular shape.  A keyboard piano requires a power source to turn it on and can be connected over active or passive speakers. A classical piano tends to be much bigger than a keyboard piano and it is much more expensive to maintain than the keyboard.

Understand the Key Size

No matter what type of piano that you have decided to learn, always remember that key size is extremely important. Especially for an electronic keyboard, the key size could come in all shapes and sizes, you have to make sure that the keyboard you’ve chosen has the size of the same keys as the piano that you first started playing on. Keys on your electronic keyboard should roughly be about 23 mm in width.

Understand the Keyboard Piano Size

Electronic keyboards come in all shapes and sizes, you will be sure to find small colourful keyboards in any kindergarten. They are commonly used as toys and for learning purposes at keyboard lessons for beginners in Singapore. Such a keyboard is a fantastic way to start learning the instrument as well.

Normally, electronic keyboards have 3 sizes based on the number of keynotes, they are 88 keynotes, 76/73 keynotes, and 61 keynotes.  However, there are some keyboards that can be as small as 49 to 22 keynotes.  The more keys your keyboard has the more octaves you can play; which is referred to the higher and lower sounds.

Usually, it is best that you actually practice on a full-size keyboard (88-key) to really master the art of piano playing. However, if you are completely new to the musical instrument then do start with a 61-key keyboard if necessary.

Understand the Features and Settings

The amazing thing about keyboard pianos is that they come with special features like bells and whistles. You can change your keyboards settings in order for the keys to sound like bells, church organs, and even waterfall sounds. Besides the sounds, an electronic keyboard usually comes with the “Styles” preset which is helpful if you are learning “accompaniment” mode at a later stage.

It’s important to remember that you’ll most probably have your keyboard piano set to ‘acoustic piano’ notes. So, make sure you purchase one with a good ‘acoustic piano’ setting such as Casio CT-S1 Keyboard.

Understand the Sustain Pedal

You’ve probably seen acoustic pianos have two or three pedals that can be stepped on while playing. Keyboard pianos also have a ‘sustain’ pedal that will help you play modern type music. A pedal is usually listed as a keyboard piano accessory. With a pedal,  your keyboard playing experience will be sounding a lot better, especially when uses along with the piano sound. So, don’t forget to add a sustain pedal (if it’s not included) when you buy a new keyboard such as Casio SP-20.

Now that you have these few basics in mind, get your keyboard piano and prepare for a class – it’s time you hit the notes and start creating beautiful music on your very own.

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