Choosing a Keyboard for a beginner

Choosing an instrument as a beginner can be bewildering.

Mastering the art of playing piano takes years, so don't procrastinate by waiting until you can afford a professional instrument before you start.

Here i hope to answer some of the common questions which prospective students ask me.

Q: Should I buy an Acoustic Piano or an Electric Piano/Keyboard

A: Keyboards have some great advantages over acoustic pianos. Electric keyboards have many sound options. At the push of a button you can turn your keyboard into a Hammond Organ, a Rhodes Eletric Piano, or an Acoustic Grand Piano.

Many keyboards also have rhythm accompaniments which are great for practicing with. You can also set the volume or even play through headphones if you don't want to disturb your housemates.

Keyboards are also portable.

Some keyboards have interactive tutuorials.

Piano Keys

Q: What size keyboard should I buy?

A: The largest keyboards have 88 keys. Keyboards also come in smaller sizes, a popular size is 61 keys, which suits beginners well. Beware of the smaller sizes such as 49 keys or less.

Q: What is the action of a keyboard and why is it important.

The action of a keyboard is the feel and weight of the keys.

The most preferred action is a graded hammer action which mimics the action of an acoustic piano. On these keyboards the bass notes are heavier and the treble lighter. Unfortunately this is usually only reserved for 88 key keyboards.

The action on other keyboards range from weighted, to semi-weighted, to synthesizer (a fancy name for unweighted)

Q: What is the keyboard with the best tutorials?

Casio has a great teaching system which lights the keys up to show you which key to play next. This is available in their LK range and various other models. For more information visit Casio