How many keys do you need?
The number of keys you will need on your keyboard is probabbly one of the first decisions you need to make but how do you know how many keys you need on your new keyboard? Well it all depends on your own personal needs really. What may be best for you may not be for someone else. In this section on music keyboards you will learn how to decide what is right for you according to the number of keys it comes with.
Most yamaha music keyboards for sale today come with either 61, 76 or 88 keys which are mostly used in music lessons melbourne. Although some of them also come with 32 or 49 keys but these tend to be for children who are starting out and need a smaller keyboard.
If you’re the type of person who is looking to play professional piano, if you’re a serious pianist or piano student, an 88-key keyboard is a must. If you’re looking for an acoustic piano replacement, 88 keys is a must. With 88 keys you can play any composition and not have to transpose.
The keys on 88-key keyboards or digital pianos are usually weighted. Which is ideal for those looking for an acoustic piano substitute. The majority of 88-key Yamaha digital pianos usually come with a feature called Graded Hammer Effect in which the keys are heavier in the lower registers and lighter in the higher registers just like a real acoustic piano.
If you need to play your keyboard in different venues and portability is an issue, the best keyboards for you would have to come with either 61 or 76 keys. The 61 key and 76 key keyboards would be smaller and lighter and would be easier to transport. Easy to fit in the trunk of your car for example. Easy to carry on flights. Great for gigs.
Yamaha musical keyboards with fewer keys usually cost less than those with more keys if all other features are the same. So this would be a great way to save money and still get all the important features you’re interested in.
At the end of the day, it’s all about what works best for YOU.
What is touch response and how important is it?
Touch response allows you to control how loud or soft different notes sounded by applying differing degrees of speed and force unto the keys.
With touch response, your keyboard will sound like an acoustic piano. On acoustic pianos the harder or faster you strike the keys the louder the piano sounds. This also affects the tone of the notes you play. Strike the keys lightly and they will produce a soft sound with a different tone. An acoustic piano is hence said to be velocity sensitive. The same applies to keyboards that come with touch response.
A touch response keyboard is the best music keyboard if you are interested in moving on to an acoustic piano, pianists moving from an acoustic piano to an electronic counterpart, or anyone who wants a true acoustic piano feel.
What is the best keyboard display?
In choosing YOUR best musical keyboard you would need to ask yourself what kind of display you’re interested in getting. Would you like a color display? Do you want one that displays lyrics and score. How about a 640×480 dot matrix display?
The kind of display you choose depends on several fators including your personal preferences. A basic LCD should show basic settings such as what instrument or style you have selected. More advanced screens display more information and may even include score and lyrics. Top of the line keyboards take it one step further with large full color monitors that are similar to computer screens.
If you’re looking for a keyboard where the display is easy to read, you need a backlit display and not the standard LCD displays. A backlit display is easy to read even in low light.
Perhaps your best musical keyboard is one that displays score and lyrics. With such a display you don’t have to take actual sheet music with you. You can simply download your sheet music to your keyboard and display it as you play. You also don’t have to keep turning pages as you play. Your keyboard can even play by itself on some of the more advanced versions. You can read lyrics if you like and this making your new keyboard great for singing along to.
If your display is gonna be showing lots of information, it would probabbly be better in color. Color naturally makes it easier to read and understand the information displayed. If you’re into keyboard displays then bigger is always better. The bigger the display, the more information can be shown at once. Some Yamaha keyboards have screens that range up to as much as 640×480 pixels, similar to a computer monitor.
Your best musical keyboard may just be one that comes with a touch screen. You can change the various settings of your keyboard on the screen itself. This kind of screen is very convenient, especially for playing live.
Hopefully some of this information will help you decide which yamaha keyboard is best for you.