So You Want To Start Playing A Keyboard?

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Oh, I remember my first keyboard. How many years ago, was that? Well, I started with the piano when I was three years old. Probably earlier, but I can’t remember back that far! It was expected that we, as a musical family, play the piano. But, keyboards? Oh, that was a wonderful invention, allowing me to have my own “piano” in my room and listen to it with my headphones. Ok, I know I sound like an old fart, but “way back then” that was really something!

Soon after that first Casio keyboard, I wanted to add to my collection with more cheap electronic keyboards. Part of the reason was my love for sampling (which was brand new at that time) and finding a little Yamaha keyboard that had a sampler, then finding an article in Electronic Musician Magazine on how to take it apart and MIDI-fy it! I mean, I couldn’t do that with my *expensive* Casio, could I?

Many years have passed since then, I have progressed to the love of my keyboard life, the Yamaha S90ES! I will save my accolades of my beauty for another post, and get back to my point here. As advice coming from someone who has been around the block at least a couple times, with various keyboards (and other instruments), if you are just starting out and looking for a keyboard to see if you like it, try looking up cheap music keyboards to try your hand at it. That way, if you decide that the ivories (ok, plastic), are not your “cup of tea,” you still have money left over to purchase another instrument!

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  • AmyD January 31, 2012, 6:18 pm

    Deborah, your music is wonderful! I love it!!!! I’m a huge fan of jazz, your vocals are just amazing.

    My daughter took piano lessons and we have a keyboard. When my youngest was about 3 she managed to hit the right keys on our keyboard that set off a demo mode we had never heard. Everyone in the house stopped cold thinking we had a musical prodigy on our hands! Boy, were we disappointed! 😉

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!

    • Deborah E February 1, 2012, 6:08 pm

      Thank you, Amy. I appreciate it 😉 And, I love your musings on your blog!

      Love the story of the “demo” on the keyboard. Hey, your daughter is still a maestro, having found the button and entertained the family!

      • AmyD March 1, 2012, 10:32 am

        WEll, thank you very much!!! And, yes my daughter is a maestro of many things… she’s the #1 culprit in the house when something unusual happens.

        • Deborah E March 1, 2012, 2:25 pm

          Love your writing style, Amy, with “#1 culprit… unusual!” lol 🙂 She is passionate and creative about what she does 😉


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