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on February 28, 2013
I bought the EZ-220 keyboard because of one clever feature: When you select one of 100 pre-loaded songs to play, the keyboard keys light up in the song's note order.
And when the keyboard is in the "Waiting" mode, the lit key waits for you to play it. Then the light moves on to the next note. It is a great learning tool for beginners.
But here's the problem. When you select one of those 100 songs to play, you automatically get a loud background accompaniment: horns, drums, harps, etc. Some people may find that nice, but I found it VERY distracting.
When I am learning to play a song, I just want to hear - and concentrate on - the notes I'm playing. I don't want to hear horns, drums, and harps also.
I emailed Yamaha about this, and asked if this distracting background music could be turned off. Their answer was no.
So I'm returning this product. If anyone knows of a good keyboard with waiting lit keys, but without any mandatory background music, please let me know.
UPDATE: The Casio LK 280 keyboard also has the waiting lit key feature. The Casio's pre-loaded songs also have background music, but this music CAN be turned off. If you want the details, please see my review of the LK 280.