Keyboard instruments accessories, what are they and how to use them


There are a good amount of keyboard/piano accessories, but some of them don’t work with all the instruments, a lot of them have variations and the functionality of most is vague, so much so that you may not be sure what you’re getting.

In this article, we will show the accessories, explain them and tell you where to get them. This guide is aimed at beginners so we’ll not get into the specifics like why they work, how are they made, custom-made accessories, and specific changes in pitch, ranges, color, and sound.

Stoppers

Stoppers or caster cups are placed on the instrument legs to avoid scratching the floor, they also help if the instrument has wheels on the legs to avoid moving. 

There’s not a lot of science behind a stopper, feel free to choose the correct size and then you can get the material and size you like the most.

Stickers

There are stickers with the key names for beginners, you put each one on the corresponding key, so you can start playing a little bit easier and faster, when you buy stickers make sure they can be removed no problem once you’re done, usually the reviews will tell you about it.

If you are interested in using them we suggest starting placing all the stickers, then removing stickers as you go, for example, you can get rid of the black keys stickers first, then the C, then the rest of them, so you can have a smoother learning experience.

Metronomes

Metronome to make sure you’re playing music sheets correctly. They are all about rhythm, you put them in any BPM (beats per minute) and play. You can get them in physical form, on the internet, or apps, so even if you think your rhythm is great, give it a try and confirm it.

Dust covers

These ones are self-explanatory, you put them on top of your instrument to prevent them from collecting dust, you can do this yourself by using any cover you already have, the only thing special about the ones you can find in stores are the fact that they are a perfect size.

Straps

Straps are necessary for all kinds of woodwind instruments as support. It prevents mishandling of the instrument that may cause it to break. The straps are made of artificial leather, fiber-reinforced plastic, aluminum, and a plastic hook to hold the instrument comfortably. 

If you are going to get one make sure it can be adjusted and can lift the weight of your instrument and a little bit more, with no problems, besides that you may also want to get one that can be used in multiple instruments for added value.

Bags and Cases

This of course is only for the small instruments, if pretty simple, bags for transportation and cases for protection and transportation.

A few tips we can give you is that the case can carry more than your instrument, make sure it has space for other accessories, instrument parts/pieces, and sheet music. Cases come in soft and hard variants, hard cases are recommended for extra protection, especially if they are made specifically for your instrument.

Cleaning Kit

Cleaning kits come with varying combinations of the same products, here’s what they are and what they do.

Microfiber polish cloth

You may be asking yourself, why would you want a microfiber when you can just use a regular towel? The answer is “for the details”, microfibers help you get a shinier, dryer cleaner, and less scratch instrument because they are more absorbent, softer, and effective at cleaning. Now you can get the job with anything, but consider this to get the instrument looking a little extra crisp.

Lacquer Polish

Just as with any car, after cleaning it, you can go for a polish to make the cleaning and shining last for longer. Since most keyboard instruments are made of wood and steel you can use lacquer polish and wood polish (products focus on piano also exist).

Brushes

Since brass instruments are made of long rounded tubes (like the melodica), not all brushes can reach the whole instrument, for that there are special brushes that you can buy, but if you are on a budget or need to get the cleaning done you can always attach a tiny rope or plastic straw to the tinnies kitchen brush you can find.

Stands

There is a different stand for each keyboard but all of them do the same, hold your instrument in a firm and comfortable (to avoid scratches or hits) space. You may get away with a stand designed for other instruments working with similar instruments like the synthesizer, keyboard, electric organ but of course, is not necessary for the piano, organ, dulcitone, or claviola. 

Since there are so many variations of stands, even for the same type of instruments because some of them are portable or hold the instrument at different angles, you want to make sure the stand works with your specific instrument, then you can worry about materials, colors, and designs.

Conclusion

As you can see not all accessories are for all instruments, make sure you get the correct one for yours and also make sure to find the perfect one for you, since there are so many options out there and if nothing seems to be good enough, you can always ask for a custom one online for a higher price.

Luis Gerardo

Musician as a hobby for +6 years, documenting every instrument in simple words for this website.

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