The Whole Note - EMusician

The Whole Note

Music surrounds us. We hear it in coffeehouses, waiting rooms, and elevators. We hear it when we watch television, when we see a movie, when we play a

Music surrounds us. We hear it in coffeehouses, waiting rooms, and elevators. We hear it when we watch television, when we see a movie, when we play a video game. We hear it when we drive, when we shop, when we relax. Sometimes we even hear it coming out of hidden speakers when we're at the gas station. I know that when I don't hear it, I tend to hum or whistle whatever song is playing in my head.

But though many of us enjoy listening to music, some of us want to make music — we want to play an instrument or sing with accompaniment. And a special few even want to compose music.

Perhaps that is why you find yourself in the market for a digital piano or a home keyboard this year. You may be fulfilling a dream of playing music yourself, or you may be making your child's musical education a priority. And what better instrument is there than a piano for bringing family and friends together or allowing you to express your artistic side?

The Digital Home Keyboard Guide will help you choose from among the many worthy portable home keyboards, digital pianos, and acoustic-digital hybrid pianos available this year. These articles make it easy for you to determine which features you'll find most useful and enjoyable. And by using our thorough comparison charts, you will be able to identify and evaluate the products that best fit your needs.

Not only will the Digital Home Keyboard Guide introduce you to more than 190 digital pianos, home keyboards, and hybrid pianos, but it will also help you discover more ways to use your instrument of choice. We've included, for example, articles on how to connect your MIDI-equipped instrument to other equipment (including your home computer) and how to improve your piano-playing skills. We've also provided additional resources for you on the Electronic Musician Web site (www.emusician.com).

May this guide make the time you spend researching and shopping for your keyboard as enjoyable as the time you spend playing it!