Types and Usage

A musical keyboard has a set of keys which gives different sounds which wen pressed different keys. Keyboards typically contain keys for playing the twelve notes of the Western musical scale, with a combination of larger, longer keys and smaller, shorter keys that repeats at the interval of an octave.

Keyboard instruments were further developed in the early twentieth century. Early electromechanical instruments, such as the Ondes Martenot, appeared early in the century. This was a very important contribution to the keyboard’s history.

List of the Keyboard Instruments:

There are mainly 4 types of Keyboard Instruments.

1. Chordophones:

Bowed clavier

Clavichord

Clavinet

Harpsichord

Hurdy-gurdy

Piano

2. Aerophones

Accordion

Calliope

Claviola

Harmonium/Reed organ

Melodica

Pipe organ

Regal

3. Idiophones

Carillon

Celesta

Dulcitone

Electric piano

Glasschord

Keyboard glockenspiel

Toy piano

Terpodion

4. Electrophones

Digital piano

Electronic keyboard

Electronic organ

Electronic piano

Keytar

Mellotron

Optigan

Synthesizer

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