Musical Keyboard Advice?

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Tue, 12/18/2012 - 4:12pm
Posted by Melvin Udall

No silly, not THAT kind; the musical kind!

At my advanced age, I'm actually considering taking up a new hobby to distract and amuse myself - learning to play the piano.

I've wanted to do it for some time, but kept putting it off. Now I'm inspired by my 11 year old grandson, who has been taking lessons for a few years, and is doing superb. The last time I was at his place, I had him 'give me a lesson,' and I'd like to do more of that.

The kind of playing I'd most like to learn is the subtle chorded punctuation that Diana Krall does behind her vocals, and Ralph Sharon does when he accompanies Tony Bennett. Very 'low key' and understated, but in my view, the most enjoyable underlayment to the melodies themselves.

Somehow, I've ended up focused on Yamaha electronic products. There are three that are in the same price range (vicinity of $300), but seem to have different origins.

There's the EZ-220 with keys that light up to assist you in learning.

The PSR-E433, which is a 61 key unit.

And the YPG-235, a 76 key unit.

I've got to find a shop that carries 2 or more of them that can explain the pros and cons of each.

Meanwhile, I look to AMG'ers for any relevant experience in this area, along with how to go about learning the very basics for just 'noodling around' for one's own amusement.

Thanks.

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