Here's my take on the Yamaha YPT200 61 key portable keyboard.
This is a basic musical keyboard for beginners. If you're looking for an affordable portable keyboard for a beginner or child this may just be what you need. It's a really cheap keyboard, selling for only about $80. With musical keyboards as with most electronics and musical instruments what you pay for is what you get. So price is usually a good indicator of value.
But for about 80 bucks, the Yamaha YPT200 keyboard offers you 134 voices, 100 accompaniment styles, Portable Grand™, The Yamaha Education Suite, General MIDI and more. One feature that is particularly useful on the Yamaha YPT 200 keyboard is the Yamaha Education Suite. This feature actually helps you learn how to play the keyboard. There are left and right hand parts, 7 levels of lessons and a chord dictionary. There are 102 built-in songs.
As far as I'm concerned, learning to play the keyboard should be about having fun. And the YPT200 takes this into consideration. With its DJ section you can get into the groove with Hip Hop and some of today's hottest sound effects. Keyboards like this are very good for developing interest in young learners.
I also like the fact that the YPT 200 comes with a Portable Grand button that puts the keyboard into full piano mode. The keyboards 134 voices include trumpets, drums, violins, choir, organs, guitars, bass, and so on. With the auto accompaniment styles you can play chords with the left hand and play melodies with the right hand. This is a good feature. It will also expose you to various genres of music.
For its price, I'd say 32 notes of polyphony is quite good. Many keyboards in the price range of the YPT200 only offer 12 notes of polyphony. This means that up to 32 notes can sound at once.
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