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The Commodore, July 2nd Pet of the Week!

t’s not his name so much as a title! The Commodore at only 5 months old has a commanding, thoughtful presence that will move your heart—and move in there, too! The Commodore loves to stand at the helm, which is what he calls the window, and take in the world. He has a badge in the form of a tipped ear, which speaks to his experience in the outdoors before he was rescued. He loves his ears and head scratched, and he’s ready for an advancement in rank to house cat! Because the shelter is closed to the public, adoption appointments are conducted through email, so contact AnimalRescue@longbeach.gov to meet The Commodore. Ask for ID#A644207.

(This rescue encouraged by the usual suspects.)

How to learn piano on a keyboard?

Photo by Martin Hexeberg on Unsplash

A keyboard and piano are similar instruments that serve the same purpose but operate in different ways. A piano is an acoustic instrument that creates sound through striking strings, while a keyboard produces audio digitally. Therefore, it is apparent that these two instruments are inherently different, and therefore may not be comparable in operation. However, it is possible to use one to learn the other. More specifically, you can learn the piano through a keyboard. Below are some ways how:

  1. Key Arrangement

Luckily, most keyboards and pianos have similarly placed keys. The arrangement of keys on boh instruments are similar, and despite being generally thinner in keyboards, they are situated similarly to pianos. They also produce identical notes in both instruments, making it easy to operate. The similarity of the key arrangement means that there is a minuscule time needed to familiarize yourself with either instrument, making the transition between keyboard and piano near seamless.

  1. Range

A standard piano has 88 keys. Some keyboards, similarly, have 88 keys. However, some do not and typically have fewer keys, depending on the model and cost. As a result, it may be difficult to adequately learn how to play on a piano if you use a keyboard with fewer keys. A solution is to find a model with 88 keys, or at least 72 keys. With this, you can adequately train on your keyboard and consequently get good at playing the piano. A keyboard with at least 72 keys should be adequate to train on the more familiar piano compositions.

  1. Action

The action of a piano is the responsiveness of the keys when pushed down. A piano has, seeing as they are acoustic instruments, and thus respond adequately when the keys get pushed. Many keyboards, on the other hand, have less action, and therefore are less weighted when pushed. Consequently, you may lack adequate knowledge to play the piano effectively, having trained with a less weighted keyboard. The adjustment to the piano can take up some time as a result. However, you can get an electronic keyboard with weighted keys similar to pianos, making this transition easy. Keyboards with action identical to pianos will help you get the same feel to playing an acoustic piano.

  1. Cost

Pianos tend to be more expensive than keyboards. The price varies with different pianos, but generally, across the board, keyboards are less expensive. The cost of a piano differs depending on size, manufacturer, materials used in building it, and its design. In this regard, it may be difficult for you to acquire a piano for your music lessons. Keyboards are more affordable, and seeing their similarity to pianos, make a better purchase. However, despite the affordability, you need to get a keyboard with appropriate features, one whose elements are comparable to a piano. With one of these, you can typically learn to play the piano on a more-affordable keyboard.

  1. Portability

Pianos tend to be large and cumbersome, and are very difficult to relocate. Most pianos have a designated place in the house, from where one can practice. Keyboards, on the other hand, are more portable. You can take your keyboard with you whenever you need it, helping you learn faster. Keyboards are also much easier to rent since you can easily carry it home, making it easier to learn piano, more affordably.