Don't know whether that is covered here but I definitely move around based on where the song is played. My bench is usually centered on the octave between 3 and 4 but I slide my position based on having my right hand being in line with my right shoulder. Hope that makes sense - and I have no idea of "correctness" but rather that is just comfortable for me.
Hmm, well I don't have long nails and I fingerpick with the pad part. I did try to grow them a bit but I did not like the feel of the nail on the string and I also found myself accidently picking unintended strings a lot. Also my nails are not the right density (thickness, etc) so I gave up trying. I do pretty well with the pads and an occasional nail. Never really though about them for keys - but heck you must run into the same thing on a computer keyboard, yes? And you do that fine so what's the problem LOL
In short, no. I purchased the keyboard, which came with the sustain pedal, music stand and adaptor. I also purchased a general keyboard stand, a strong one that is height adjustable.
I have head phones; standard jack and wireless. The latter have been useful for avoiding cord tangles.
The custom stand may be more stable, but I'm not crazy about the furniture look of it. I think it would look too bulky and solid in my music room (which is becoming increasingly crowded, my instruments have been gathering friends - ).
You think your music room is crouded! My music room doubles as a small living room! LOL
Wireless phones must be nice - don't have those. I do have a nice Sony headset though which sounds great.
Yeah that cracked me up pretty good too! Lost it really!
Hahaha! That cracked me up like you often manage to do Dermot, haha!
Well he is still in boiling water I suppose....
I was looking a some keyboards just after new years day.
There are some great Casio keyboards.... well they look and sound good at not bad prices.
I think Scott covered what I was thinking.... 88 keys... etc...
I spoke to a few sales folk but they tended to push the more expensive KB's.
I didn't get one yet as much as I was tempted.
I like the traditional piano sound that's my preference sound from a KB.... but that's me as
I played a little piano when younger and regret now I did not take full advantage of the
elderly teachers lesson I was getting.
It would still be interesting to hear TK Daves comment regarding KB's but.............
Glad to hear your busy, inspired (again) and having some fun with your keyboard. Wasted Time is one of my favorites of all time, forgot about that one. I have not heard that in a long time. Would love to hear your version, do you do a mix of all the instruments? Bass and guitar along with the keys? Great song!
I have been working mostly on The Eagles - Desperado and I am making some good progress. It is taking a while simply because I don't know my chords well enough to switch to them automatically without stubling around the keyboard, especially when talking about switching both hands together. I am getting better but I forget how long it took me to be able to do this on guitar, I am sure it took a while. It seems so easy now, I know piano will get there too but I don't know how long I should expect that to take (6 months, 1 year, more??). But I am having fun - except now I have developed a big problem in my left hand (pain in my left thumb, not sure if it is carpal tunnel or arthritis but it hurts like hell much of the time). But I keep plugging away the best I can, need to see the hand specialist and see what the problem is - I have had other problems in that hand over the last 6 months as well (like tingling, nerve pain, numbness, etc.)
I also am working on my major scales some but not enough, need to do that a lot more. I know the major ones fairly well in my right hand, not the left so much and cannot play them simultaneously at all yet. That takes time as well I am sure.
I have started looking at Billy Joel - Honesty which I believe is in my capability range but I have not really started in earnest yet. I only know the beginning and it will take some time to learn those chords with a lot of sharps and flats to the point where I can just switch to them without thinking about it so much.
The other thing I have started to do is follow a really nice YouTube channel I found where a guy has really great tutorial videos for blues and jazz techniques. He really has a good teaching style, not teaching songs like here but instead teaching about improvisational playing. It is not aimed at beginners but I find it great inspirational fun to watch and absorb what I can.
Not sure why Dave hasn't replied - he seems to be MIA from the forum. But here are my thoughts (for what that's worth).
Look for a keyboard with:
- primarily good piano sounds. It would be great to have other sounds (strings, organ, harpsichord and the like) but not totally necessary to start learning how to play the piano
- full keyboard (88 key) is desirable but not absolutely required. I would say a 61 key would be ok but 88 would be better
- weighted keys - not required but really makes a difference in the feel of the instrument
- a sustain pedal - you will absolutely want to have that
- MIDI - no recommendation - mine has some MIDI functions but I have no idea how to use that yet.