Instructions for the Yamaha Electric Keyboard

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Instructions for the Yamaha Electric Keyboard
An electric keyboard is an affordable, convenient option to a traditional piano. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Yamaha electric keyboards, though played like a piano, are much more than a piano. A Yamaha electric keyboard comes with many musical options for a musician to implement into his playing. Some of the key options include different musical voices in addition to the standard piano sound, drumbeats and rhythm features, and an accompaniment feature that enables musicians to add different music accompaniments to their playing. To enjoy the full benefits of a Yamaha electric keyboard, an owner should refer to the instruction manual that comes with a Yamaha keyboard.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Yamaha PortaTone PSR-100 electric keyboard
  • Power Adapter PA-1, PA-1b or PA-3 or six D batteries

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    Power Supply

  1. 1

    Turn keyboard upside down and open battery compartment located on the bottom of keyboard.

  2. 2

    Insert six 1.5-volt D batteries into the battery compartment. When inserting batteries, adhere to the polarity marking in the battery compartment.

  3. 3

    Replace battery cover back onto keyboard, locking it in place.

  4. 4

    Locate AC jack in back of keyboard and plug in optional power adaptor.

  5. 5

    Plug adaptor into convenient electrical socket.

    Choosing Voice, Rhythm and Accompaniment

  1. 1

    Choose keyboard voice from the list of 100 different voices printed on top of the keyboard.

  2. 2

    Type the number of selected voice using the number pad located on top of the keyboard.

  3. 3

    Press and hold the Rhythm/Song select button and press the corresponding white key on the piano keyboard. Printed above the white keys on the keyboard are the rhythm patterns that are available; when you press the corresponding key, the rhythm starts playing immediately.

  4. 4

    Press either the tempo-up key or tempo-down key to select the tempo of the rhythm.

  5. 5

    Move the power/mode switch to either single finger mode or fingered mode. Single finger mode provides accompanying chords to match music playing just by pressing one key on the keyboard; the fingered mode is for experienced players to add a bass-line accompaniment forming their own chords.

  6. 6

    Select a key in the single finger section of the keyboard; this section is on the left hand side of the keyboard. By selecting the C note in this section, you produce a C major accompanying chord. If the keyboard is in fingered mode, press the keys that make up the chord in the fingered section of the keyboard, which are to the left of the fingered key marker on the keyboard.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a soft, dry or slightly damp cloth for cleaning.
  • Remove batteries from the battery compartment if they are run down or if the keyboard is not going to be used for an extended period. This will prevent battery acid from leakage and ruining the keyboard. Do not place keyboard where it will be exposed to large amounts of dust or moisture. Avoid exposing keyboard to direct sunlight, excessive heat or high humidity.

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