How to Travel with Instruments : Traveling with a Keyboard


Hi! This is David Jackel on behalf of Expert
Village and I am here to talk to you about traveling with a keyboard. When traveling
with a keyboard, keep it in a case. Many keyboards come with cases and if your keyboard didn’t
come with a case, go out and buy one. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a hard shell case,
even a soft shell case is good for protecting the keys and protecting the different knobs
on the keyboard. When you are placing the keyboard in a car, of course don’t have the
keys be under something else. The keyboard should be on top of all the other equipment
or slid in with the guitars. Your keyboard probably comes with its own cables, adapters
and all those different items. People keep them in the case with the keyboard. You don’t
want to be hunting around to find those items when you are setting up your keyboard. Your
keyboard probably comes with a power adapter. What you should do is always keep an extra
power adapter with you because you never know when you are going to lose yours and if you
do lose it, replacing it on the fly is very difficult. Although I am an advocate of traveling
light with your equipment, I do recommend bringing your own keyboard in. The reason
is that house PA’s are not reliable, you may not have good monitoring and if you cannot
hear what you are playing on the keyboard, you are going to have a lot of trouble. So
you can bring your own amp to do that. Keyboards can be a great addition to any kind of performance
that you are going to do but it is important to keep them safe at all times.