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How to Choose a Keyboard for Music

If your fingers itch for a music keyboard to explore your talents, you'll want a match made in heaven, or at least a thoughtful selection of options to hitch to your star.


  • Step 1: Define use Define how you intend to use your keyboard, determining whether you want to improve your playing skills or plan to explore sounds and styles, compose, or go on the road.
  • Step 2: Explore functions Explore functions carefully when choosing your keyboard. Prioritize your needs, paying special attention to the number of keys, the feel of the keys, and sound quality.
  • TIP: A beginner may want to consider choosing a basic keyboard with fewer gadgets and an additional amplifier to save costs.
  • Step 3: Examine MIDI options Examine musical instrument digital interface, or MIDI, for the computer and determine the sophistication level that meets your goals for mixing, sequencing, and expanding.
  • Step 4: Identify polyphony Identify polyphony ability -- the number of notes heard at one time -- featured on different models.
  • Step 5: Compare speakers Compare speakers to determine whether you need to purchase an additional amplifier, which may be helpful if you perform live.
  • Step 6: Read reviews Read reviews of models you're interested in before purchasing your keyboard to guide your decision. Then compare prices at local outlets, online retailers, and at exhibitions. Then bring it home and make sweet, sweet music.
  • FACT: Electronic music dates back to 1760, when Jean Baptiste Delaborde invented the Clavecin Electique in France.

You Will Need

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  • Keyboard reviews
  • Keyboard retailers
  • Internet access

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