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Amateur Music and the Keyboard.

I have had an interest in Amateur Music since the late 1980's, early 90's.

During that time, in the early 90's, I bought my first musical instrument, it was

a a small, foot long, Casio keyboard and calculator. This Keyboard, as small as it

was, gave me the opportunity to learn and read Music, for the first time.

I discovered I was able to read the basics in Music, like the notes, and play them

back on this Casio keyboard. I remember, what a pleasure it gave me, to play

my very first tune, which was the Hymn - Silent Night. I knew then, I was onto

something, not only good, but very comforting and nice to be able to do :-)

It was not very long, before I decided to trade-in this small Casio keyboard, for

a much bigger, full Piano sized one. The new full size, Casio keyboard, came

with many different instruments to play on the Keyboard. It also came with

its own accompaniments - so this gave me some background music to play with.

After owning this new Piano, full-sized Casio keyboard for a number of months, and

practicing my keyboard playing - learning the placement of my fingures on

the Keyboard learning the notes and chords etc., it wan not long before I was

ready for a more professional Keyboard.

I decided to trade-in my full-sized Casio keyboard for a Roland JX-8P keyboard,

at a Music store. located off Queen Street, here in Campbelltown.

I decided on this particular Keyboard, after listening and watching a friend

by the name of Chris Stevens, demonstrate his newly acquired Roland JX-3P

keyboard, which he played with great pride, in his backyard at a B-B-Q dinner.

Chris demonstrated the many Voices or sounds that his Keyboard could play, its

various sound effects etc. His new Keyboard also had many different Instruments

which he could play on the Keyboard. I left this B-B-Q of his, feeling very

impressed not only by Chris Steven's playing but also after listening to this very

amazing Keyboard of his.

Anyway, it would have been only a few months after listening to Chris Steven's play,

that I decided to buy a Keyboard like his, so I bought the "big brother" of his Keyboard -

the Roland JX-8P. I enjoyed the many interesting voices or sounds that this Keyboard

could play, also its great sound effects. The tune which I played on it, which almost

bought me to tears, was one called Born Free, from the movie theme...

I spent many an hour, at different times, in playing back Music I found in the many Music

books which I bought at the Music sore, where I bought this Keyboard.

I eventually, bought a second Keyboard, aRoland Juno 106 to accompany my Roland JX-8P.

The second Keyboard (Juno 106) I used for the Chords, while the first Keyboard (JX-8P)

was used for the Melody. This worked out very well. The Juno 106 was mostly Analog

while the more up-to-date JX-8P was Digital.

Now to the present - the two above Keyboards were sold, shortly before moving to our

new home in the Retirement Village. I did'nt think we would have enough room for

the Keyboards, in our new, smaller Home. Anyway, only recently I saw an Advert

for a Kurzweil K2000 keyboard, going on sale for $650 on the popular buy/sell

website called Gumtree.com.au - Now the Kurzweil keyboards, over the years, for me

have always been the very top as far as quality and unfortunately, price too, when it came\

to selecting professional musical Keyboards. So, this is why I jumped at the price when I

first saw it advertised on Gumtree. While negotiating for this Kerzweil keyboard, I

decided to see what was currently available on the Internet, after all this Kurzweil keyboard.

as great as it was, is from around 1995 - when it would have been manufactured.

During my Google searches on the Web, I came across some Yamaha professional

musical keyboards, which I also saw been played my some Musicians, on various YouTube

videos. Boy, was I impressed !! :-)

It did not take me long, for me to hop out of my negotiations with this fellow on Gumtree,

over the Kurzweil K2000 keyboard, and look for a suitable Yamaha Keyboard for me.

I decided on the Yamaha PSR-S770 keyboard, because it did everything I needed, plus lots more.

I looked at various YouTube videos on the Yamaha keyboards and various related Keyboards,

before settling on this particular Keyboard. I ended up joining a Musicians website called

Reverb.com - where various music related gear, new and used are sold, around the world.

I found a new PSR-S770 Yamaha keyboard at a good price, new, for about $200 less

than anywhere else, so I decided to go for it. The seller for this Keyboard, was a Music store,

located in Canberra, called DW Music. It was not long before a Budget courier arrived at

my Home, to deliver this Keyboard to me. I was so excited :-)

On opening up the new box, and setting up the new Keyboard, it was not long before,

I reliazed I made the right decision on choosing this particular Keybaord.

What I was also looking for in this particular Keyboard, was anything geared towards

teaching the Piano, as I was also interested in learning to play this instrument the proper way :-)

Now we are here at the present, where I am listening to the Library of sounds and voices and

full Songs with all accompaniments (drums rhythums, and other instruments etc) on my new Keyboard,

just familiarizing myself with it all :-)

Kind regards,

Howard Pew.

27 May 2018.

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