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All about home keyboards

A home keyboard is the quickest and least expensive way to start playing. With a little patience and practice you can learn to play a keyboard no matter what age you are and to be able to play is one of the most rewarding and satisfying things you can do.

Even if you are a beginner there is nothing to worry about. Keyboards are very easy to play compared to many other musical instruments.

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Above: Demonstrating to the camera in my usual expressive way during an online lesson
(#Lockdown hair).

Getting started

Buying a keyboard and setting up
Cheap keyboard

If buying a used keyboard, beware! Stick to well known brand names like Yamaha or Casio. Check the age of the keyboard and don't buy anything too old if possible. Make sure the keyboard comes with a music desk because they are not available to buy individually. There are some very poor keyboards out there so be fussy (picture: £33 new on Ebay. You get what you pay for!).

Current keyboards

New keyboards are not expensive and are a safe bet. Below are three ideal models priced in the area of around £300.

Yamaha E 463

Casio CTX 5000

Korg EK-50

Keyboard stands

You will need a stand.

A lighter, single "Cross stand" will be fine for a lightweight keyboard, however, if you have a larger or heavier keyboard, you will need a heavy duty stand with four legs.

While you are buying your keyboard stand, why not complete your setup by buying a keyboard stool as well? Most people make do with whatever seat is handy but this is not ideal. A proper seat will help you sit straight and level, and at the right height. This will help your playing help your playing greatly.

Skype picture

For online lessons you will need a tablet, laptop or phone with Skype installed.

Skype is a video chat program like Zoom or Teams but I find it best for one-to-one lessons. Set your device so I can see your keyboard and also yourself, then it's easy to communicate.

To find me on Skype, search for "" and then look for my Skype image (above).

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