The Score Magazine June 2017 issue - Page 26

Keyboard – The Beginners Guide Learning to play the Keyboard is one of the most relaxing activities which enhance one’s musical knowledge and performance. Given the huge number of brands and models available in the market, it is imperative to have a clear understanding of each aspect and choose the right one which would suit your style of playing. To make things simpler, let us split the process into 5 steps: - 1. Common features in any keyboard 2. Knowing your purpose 3. Types of Keyboard 4. The Go-To type for beginners 5. The big decision Common features to keep in mind when buying a Keyboard: • Dual / Multi Voice feature: A more technical term for the above feature would be “Multitimbrality” which is the ability of a keyboard to play two or more different sounds at once. The “different” is highlighted to emphasize that multitimbrality and polyphony are two different features and are not to be confused with each other. • Touch Sensitivity: • Number of Keys: There are numerous keyboards with a varying number of keys ranging from as low as 13 to as high as 88 just like an acoustic piano. Choosing the correct number of keys depends on many factors like space restrictions, cost and the genre(s) of music that you will be playing. If you are a beginner and learning music from scratch, the recommendation would be to go for a 61 Key Instrument or higher. • Polyphony : Also called “velocity sensitivity”, this feature enables the ability of a keyboard to sense the force with which a key is pressed and produce a sound or a signal accordingly. Most of the beginners level keyboard comes along with this feature while some of them even have the option to select from various “levels” of sensitivity. Is this feature useful? A definite yes. Having this feature helps you convey the mood of a particular melody in a better way which in turn enhances your overall performance. Is this feature necessary? The answer to this question completely depends on the purpose for which you want to buy the Instrument, which is discussed in the next section. \۞H\H\و[]B^X\[[\]H]H[YK]]܈\X]\H\\XY\H^[ق[[Y[[\[[Y[]H^X\\\XHًۙH[[\[]\ۚX\X]H\۸&]X\\[HYX[BX[]H8'^H8&&H\و\'H]H[YK[\[\]\ZHH[\H^[\BوH8'\Z['HYX H\Z[YX[\BۙH[وHH]\^YY ܈B\X[\[[[و[YH][H\Z^Y^H HXۙ܈[[JKۜY\[H\B^Z[H[X[ۈوH^X\]H\Z[YX]Yۋ[[H^BH HYH[\Yܙ۝[[\H][XۙH\ܙ][H^YY[\ XۙYX^H HۜY\YB\Z[YX\܈ HXۙKXYX[H^X\\[XYH[\][ MH8'['BHH ܙXۙ[[H\HX\[HX˜Z[\[ H\ MH\ۛH[š[ܙX\KۘHH\ۚX[Z]\XXY H[][[HYٙ[[B[&]HXHX\[H\][B^HX[\XYH[\[ \YܙK\۞H\H\H[\ܝ[\XوH^X\ []\H]Y[ ̋M\H[X\܈HY[\BܙHXY^[BYۜܙKB(ZYY [ZKUZYY ۋUZYY^\΂ZYY^\\HX[Y[Y܈X\\œ\Z[X[܈H\H[XYHX[\˜[[[X\H^X\ H^\\]Z\B[H\[H]H][ܙHܘH[B۝ZYY^\]^HYHX\\\ۂZ\ۋ[[Y\X[ۈY[YHHZYY^\ݚY[HYHY[وHX[˂ZYY^\[\H[ܙHZYH[^X\XZ[]\\]][HY\[\ܝXK܈HY[\ZYY^\\H\[ܞB[Y\[HYXۙx&\\ܛX[K]\[܈ۙH[]H[H[Y[YB[[H]\[ݙHX\[HX[