I almost drowned in this pull of electronic mail, but I finally came up with something!
Neal, here is the info that I promised you.
For more information go to:That's write. It is KDR (Kurzweil Display Reader) by Keysounds for K2500, K2600 and K2661.
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From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 12:54 PM Subject: [bct] Re: Keyboard
Hope and others. I would definitely like to hear people's music no matter what kind of keyboard it is on. I would also like to hear music that people play without a keyboard. I imagine there are a few guitar players on this list. I would also like to hear people talk about their musical background. Did they learn without lessons? What were their lessons like if they had them?
Many years ago, I wanted to design a system of learning music that made use of stereo channels to play the different hands on the piano. For people who learn by ear but are trying to learn a very complicated piece, it seemed infinitely better than braille music. I had devised a system where one could use a couple foot pedals to play a portion of music first the right hand, then the left, and then hear it all together. Of course, one could do the hands in reverse if they wanted. It never got off the ground because it was back in the days of analog reel to reel tape and it was just too cumbersome. Of course, it could be easily done today with digital sources. Ah well! Just another thing I wanted to do but didn't have time.
-----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Hope Povenmire Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 2:40 PM To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bct] Re: Keyboard
Perhaps, since there are so many of us fellow musicians, we could start the "Blind Prodigal Music Network? <grin>
practiced<Grin> Neil, our stories are very similar. I've also been playing since I was three, mostly self-taught. Now that I'm older, I wish I'd
more during lessons, because I'd love to be able to play jazz orclassical
since Ipiano. But I digress...
My mom plays piano, and they needed a place to put her piano, and it just happened to be the room which became my bedroom. I'd been singing
was two, apparently knowing all the words to certain Frank Sinatrasongs,
and just started plunking out single-note songs on the piano.Eventually,
I discovered these notes could be played together, making these really
neat things called chords! <Grin> And then I discovered JohnWilliams's
Star Wars music when I was about six or seven. That's when myimprovising
really took off. Now, I can sit for hours and just play whatevercomes
into my head. I find it quite therapeutic sometimes. I thought about
submitting some of that as a podcast, but I'm not sure how interestingit
is to listen to from an outsider's perspective. I mean, there's not really any song-structure. It's very stream-of-consciousness (Not the
unmelodic kind of stream-of-consciousness, but it does wanderaimlessly
from one kind of music to another), and it's not without littlemistakes
here and there. (Sometimes I can cover them up by using the mistake as
inspiration to lead me in a different musical direction ... andsometimes,
it's just glaringly obvious that was an ooops.)
Improvising is a lot of fun.
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I have played piano since I was 3 years old. I told my parents I wanted a piano. They had no idea if I could play or not. For that matter, neither did I. The next Christmas, there was a piano sitting in our living room. When I went to kindergarten, I told my teacher I could play. She asked me to play for the class, and not thinking of anything I wanted to play, I found myself just making up something on the spot. One thing lead to another and it is now many many years later.
-----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Sky Taylor Mundell Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 10:39 AM To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bct] Re: Keyboard
wow so are you a piano player? I play piano too! ----- Original Message ----- From: "Neal Ewers" <neal.ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 8:18 AM Subject: [bct] Re: Keyboard
Kristian, I look forward to your demo. And you bring up another important point. Keyboards normally do not have any speakers attached. Some of the less expensive ones have them built in. And then there what are called Digital Pianos which often have a speaker system. I have to use an amplifier and a speaker system to hear what is being played. I also have a separate speaker system for performances.
-----Original Message----- From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Kristian Whawell Sent: Friday, January 13, 2006 10:12 AM To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bct] Re: Keyboard
Hi mary, I have this yamaha tyros arranger workstation keyboard, it cost me about £2400 or so, and another £60 for the hard disk I had fitted to this device, it does not have sampling capabilities like neils kurzweil does, but it does have a lot of voices preprogrammed over 1000 of them, plus any others you create using the editing features it has onboard. for the £2400 I payed, I got the keyboard itself, a piano stool, the speaker system which consists of 2 satilight speakers that clip to the keyboard and the bass sub woofer that you can place anywhere where needed, I got the keyboard stand, it
came with cables required, manual, etc, I think I'll have to do a little review of the sounds it has to offer, I'm not the worlds best player, but I love this keyboard, and the fact that it gives you room to grow musically too. if you are a singer, and you wan to do fancy harmony stuff, the tyros is right there with it's vocal harmoniser facility, it really does sound
good! my review won't cover all of what it has, but I'm sure you'd get
an appreciation of what it can offer sonically.
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