I'm a lifelong keyboardist. I still play in bands, perform in the church groups, etc., but no longer play classical music for hours each day.
About 10 years ago I spent a couple of years playing PA. I really enjoyed it, but it was heavy and big, and my family had some major life changes and I put the PA in the closet.
Lately I've really been drawn to the CBA. I don't know if it's the challenge of tackling something that seems so foreign or just the fact that I Iike the idea of an instrument that is "pattern-based."
Specifically, I'm in love with the Roland FR-1xb based on info I've been able to find. I definitely couldn't afford any of its big brothers.
I like that I could practice in the early mornings with headphones and not disturb the family.
I've spent some time here reading the archives, so I've read the pros and cons.
I'd still like to hear more from those who transitioned from PA to CBA. Part of me is screaming that it would be stupid not to leverage the keyboard skills I spent decades developing.
I'm just wondering how long it would take me to become proficient on a CBA. Not that I had spectacular PA skills.
Edit: Oh, forgot...I can't find education resources for the CBA! I've found a few charts and some really bad YouTube videos, but can't seem to find any good teaching resources. I'd appreciate any links, book titles, etc. I did install a CBA simulator on my Android tablet and I've been trying to figure things out on my own. But when I watch a CBA performance video my jaw kind of drops. Especially when all the buttons are white.