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These Do Help - But They Have Room For Improvement Same As Me!!
on 25 January 2015
I'm a beginning player and I purchased these to use with my shiny new (thanks Santa!) Yamaha YPT-230 keyboard, which has 61 full sized keys. I cannot read music and have no technical music knowledge so my desire was to become more familiar with what notes all those blank keys represent. To a beginner like me it can be a little daunting, and a steep learning curve. These things act like bicycle stabilisers, giving a little more confidence for the first stages and avoiding disasters that might otherwise put the learner off for good.
What you get for your money is a packet containing two sheets of stickers, enough for a full 88 key keyboard. If yours has fewer you simply leave some on the sheets. I see that another reviewer - a tuner - has said he hates stickers because they destroy piano keys. If you own something valuable or with genuine ivory keys I suggest you steer clear, but I think it likely most will get used by owners of plastic Yamahas or Casios, and for that they're just fine. Yes, they're removable: I had to remove a few myself after a mix up. I've dropped one star from my review for a couple of reasons though. Firstly I find the stickers to be about a millimeter too wide. The edges oversail the key chamfer slightly, meaning they aren't glued right to the edge so soon begin to peel away in places. Take a close look at the image above and you'll see what I mean. I strongly suggest the cutting lines be adjusted inwards slightly for future batches. Secondly I didn't understand why I was made to jump backwards and forwards between the two sheets when applying the stickers. I found that unnecessary and a bit annoying. Surely far easier for us users to make it linear, emptying one sheet then the next.
Shortcomings aside, what I like about using these stickers is that they instantly enabled me to begin to recognise patterns, and that's what it's all about. It makes it so much easier to become more familiar and relaxed with the keyboard, and to start forming chords. I've also found that I'm developing a visual memory of the notes themselves, which is going to be invaluable in translating written music into finger placement. So for me, at this stage of my progress, these are a big help. I do recognise that they ought not to be relied on forever though, and like those stabilisers back when I was five it's important they get taken off again as soon as safely possible if the skill is to be mastered beyond that of wobbly beginner.