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Pianos, Keyboards
and Synthesizers

Composing arithmetic 101: piano + composer = happy composer

I know, the answer is really piano composer, but that doesn’t emphasize my point, which is: life is a lot easier (and happier) for most composers and arrangers when a good piano or keyboard is readily available. Piano skills and a good instrument are a huge plus in recognizing and bringing out the composer in you.

As a composer, I generally recommend that you have, as a minimum, a full size weighted keyboard or electric piano in your household. If your budget and living space can accommodate an acoustic piano, that’s all the better.

Semi-weighted keyboards are acceptable for composing, but they tend to be more difficult to control in terms of note accuracy and sound. Also, if you are composing a fast and vivacious piano work, a fully-weighted action is far more useful, especially if you are at a high level of piano technical proficiency.

Here is a list of pianos and keyboards, just in case you’re in the market for one.

 

Electric pianos and Keyboards

Suzuki C-11 Home Digital Piano

Casio PX200 Privia Digital Piano with Hammer Action

Casio Privia PX310 Digital Piano

Alesis QS8.2 64 Voice Expandable Synthesizer

Nord Stage 88 Stage Piano

 

Piano Keyboard Stands, Benches and Pedals

Casio CS65 Privia Keyboard Stand

Casio Single-Braced Keyboard X-Stand

Yamaha PKBB1 Portable Keyboard Bench

M-Audio SP-2 US65010 Sustain Pedal Piano Style Sustain Pedal for Keyboards

M-Audio SP-1 US65000 Sustain Pedal for Keyboards

 

Upright Pianos

50" Professional Upright Piano (Ebony Polish)

Suzuki Vg-17 Spinet Digital Piano, High Gloss Mahogany Brown

44" Continental Console Piano (Ebony Polish)

48" Traditional Upright Piano (Mahogany Polish)

50" Professional Upright Piano (Mahogany Polish)

48" Traditional Upright Piano (Walnut Polish)

48" Traditional Upright Piano (Ebony Polish)

45" Chippendale Console Piano (Ebony Polish)

45" Classic Studio Piano (Walnut Polish)

 

Baby Grand Pianos

Cameron & Sons Classic Grand Piano 4' 11'' Polished Black

Cameron & Sons CSM-50P EBHP 4' 11'' Acoustic Grand Player Piano, Polished Black (baby grand piano)

Cameron & Sons CSM-50 MAHP 4' 11'' Acoustic Grand Piano, Red Mahogany (baby grand piano)

Cameron & Sons CSM-50P WHHP 4' 11'' Acoustic Grand Player Piano, Polished White (baby grand piano)

Cameron & Sons CSM-50P MAHP 4' 11'' Acoustic Player Grand Piano, Red Mahogany (baby grand piano)

Cameron & Sons CSM-48 EBHP 4' 8'' Acoustic Grand Piano, High Gloss Black (petite grand piano)

5' Victorian Grand Piano (Walnut Polish) 

 




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Piano Music | Chamber Classical Music | Inspirational Orchestral Music | Classical Composers | Name That Music | Free Composition and Piano Lessons | Piano Music Notes | Learn Music Theory | Finale Music Writing Software | Composing Music to Films | Writing Classical Score | List of Instruments | Music Sound Recording Studios | Multitrack Recording Process | Music Mixing Advice