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Keyboard instrument

A keyboard instrument is a musical instrument played with a musical keyboard. Keyboard instruments can be wind instruments, string instruments, percussion instruments, or electronic instruments.

The most popular keyboard instruments are probably the piano and the synthesizer.

String keyboard instruments:

Wind keyboard instuments:

Percussion keyboard instruments:

Electronic keyboard instruments:

The earliest known keyboard instruments were the organ, the clavichord, and the harpsichord. Early pianos appeared during the 15th century. Early electromechanical instruments, predecessors of the synthesizer, appeared in the 1930s.

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