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What to look for in a keyboard or digital piano

So you want to learn piano. Or you want to replace that big, old, heavy, out-of-tune piano in your house with something more practical. A keyboard or digital piano can be a great option. They’re generally a lot lighter, cheaper, and they don’t require tuning. But where do you start? This is a guide for people who don’t know what to look for. Pic: If your old acoustic piano looks like this one it might be time for an upgrade! Why not go digital? Key points (generalised): Keyboards: lighter, generally more features, non-weighted keys, 61 -76 notes Digital pianos: 88 notes, weighted keys, more like a real piano. Electronic Pianos are basically basically broken up into two main categories: keyboards and digital pianos. There are also stage pianos, synthesizers, midi controllers and more, but for the home user just starting on their journey we’re going to focus on the first two. …

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Stagg CST Tele with P90 video demo

Little demo of this incredible value guitar. Plays and sounds like like something 2 or 3 times the price. One only of these (for now), but it just goes to show how good a guitar you can get these days for under $500. I wouldn’t be surprised if this was made in the same factory as my own $1500 guitar, which is the same colour, has the same neck pickup, and a very similar neck.

Some things about strings.

“I’ll have some guitar strings please”. Right. There is a lot to learn about guitar strings. Acoustic or electric? Steel string or nylon string? What gauge? Which brand? Phosphor Bronze or vintage bronze? If you’re buying on-line you’ll need to know what you’re after or you’ll get the wrong ones. If you’re coming into the shop, having some idea of what you need will save you some time for sure! OK, so… Acoustic guitar strings: This includes ‘Acoustic/Electric’ guitars, or acoustic guitars with a built in pickup. These guitars are often incorrectly referred to as ‘semi-acoustic’, but actually that’s something different again. An acoustic guitar with a pickup is simply an acoustic guitar, with a pickup, and takes the same strings as a normal acoustic guitar. So is it nylon or steel? This is really important. Putting steel strings on a ‘classical’ nylon string guitar is a crime almost as …

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