These best shoulder keyboards, or better known as the best keytars, are an awesome combination of a keyboard and a guitar. The keyboard can be held using a strap that goes over the shoulders, so that your hands are free to play the instrument. Because of this, keytars are often referred to as shoulder synthesizers.
Herbie Hancock playing the Keytar:
George Duke with his Keytar:
In today’s time, modern pop artist such as Lady Gaga are known for using the keytar during a musical performance.
Watch this video to see Lady Gage perform using a keytar:
Keytars are very stylish and will give you the appearance of being a very virtuosic musician while playing. While watching Lady Gaga play, she appeared to have great stage presence while playing on her keytar. If you also play on a keytar, you will also acquire great stage presence and impress your audience.
The advantages of playing the Keytar over a keyboard include versatility, being able to move while playing, and ease with using vibrato.
V.J. Manzo, an advanced guitarist, says he likes to play his keytar because it allows the audience to see the notes better when he plays.
5 Best Keytars
Roland Lucina AX-09 Synthesizer – White
The 37 keys on this keytar are not weighted. The 128 polyphony will ensure the best sound.
With 150 sound effects and internal synth, you will have a blast experimented and playing with the many audio selections this wonderful instrument has to offer!
This best shoulder keyboard can be battery powered or plugged in for unlimited usage.
This best keytar has many amazing features such as an electric guitar, harpsichord, electric bass, and organ.
Weighing 13 pounds and having a stylish look, this keytar can be used for performances and just for phone at home.
With the built in audio player, you can literally have an entire band with you as you play with this best keytar.
Watch this cool video to see what this Roland Keytar is like:
Roland Lucina Black Sparkle AX-09-BK Synthesizer
The same as the above product, but with a glossy black finish.
These best shoulder synthesizers are imported from Japan, thus cost extra.
Consider buying this awesome keytar if you really want to have the dark finish of the Roland Lucina Black Sparkle.
Roland AX-1 Music Keyboard
Yamaha Shs-200 Midi Shoulder Keyboard with Internal Sound
This keytar by Yamaha is the successor of the Yamaha SHS-10. Made two years later, this shoulder keyboard has more features, sound effects, and has internal stereo speakers. It also has more keys, enabling the player to have more range while they are performing.
Watch this video to see a demonstration of the effects of this Yamaha Keytar.
Yamaha SHS-10 Midi Shoulder Keyboard red
Made in 1986, this keytar is still popular and used in many concerts today. It weighs six pounds, so it does not put too much stress on the body to carry.
It features vibrato, portamento, pitch bend, and sustain effects. It also features many interesting sound effects. There is also an internal speaker so you that you do not have to plug in the instrument into a speaker to hear the sound. This is a very reliable feature that many other keytars do not have.
Watch this video to see an excellent demo of this Yamaha Keytar.
Alesis Vortex Wireless
This is the best keytar in terms of affordability. The Alesis Vortex is a very popular keytar because of its low price and high quality functions.
The Alesis Vortex has an incredible MIDI-assignable accelerometer, which can detect your movements over the neck on the keytar to do pitch bends, sustains, vibrato, and many other effects. (Some people complain that the tilting feature is not perfect)
The virtual synth feature “Xpand!2 from AIR” allows you to play with drum, bass, and other band effects as you play on your keytar.
The Alexis Vortex software allows you to edit sounds in detail. You can also edit sound using the functions on the surface of the instrument.
This keytar is solely a controller, so there are not internal sounds. You will have to plug this into a computer or laptop during performances.
This instrument can also be battery powered, so you do not have to worry about annoying cords.
Watch this video to see an expert review on this best keytar: