Learning Piano Keyboards for Beginners.
So what piano is best for a beginner? This is a question that we’re asked almost every single day here online on Pinaolessonbeginner.com.
And the answer tends to come down the three factors.
1. The first the most obvious of which is what is your budget
2. The second one is how much room do you have in your home.
3. But the third one is a new in the age of digital pianos and keyboards and that is, how do you want the learn the play the piano.
Now what do I mean by that exactly. Well there are keyboards rather like this one down here that will play just like a traditional piano the Yamaha P125 88 keys 22kg or Yamaha P115 .You turn it on and it gives you a straight forward piano sound.
Now that is great if you want the learn in the traditional way, that’s because it operates just like traditional pianos.
But there are also versions like this one up here and this one over here as you can see they’ve got lots of buttons on them and a big screen as well.
Beginner Keyboard Popular with Children
Now. These are designed the make learning a little more interesting and exciting because they’ll show you music on those big screens and they’ll play backing tracks for example you can play in a band or an orchestra and just play the music part. There’s even a model where the keys themselves light up Casio LK -175 l and play along with you those are hugely popular with children as you might expect.
I love it! This is my first keyboard Customer said I love it! This is my first keyboard, and I am a beginner, so I have nothing the compare it the. However, I do enjoy playing it, I try the practice every day and sounds great, but I am glad I bought the keyboard stickers and how the play for absolute beginners. The manuals it comes with were not as user-friendly. I am very happy with my purchase and I believe they worked on the problems from the last model which was great. Before I bought this I read as many reviews as I can and one of the complaints from the previous model was the stand. The stand with mine works great, no problems, stable and easy the adjust. I appreciate that they listened the the customers.
So consider how you want the learn the play. It’s a very personal thing I think some people get on much better some children get on much better when it’s very focused and they’re no distractions.
But, if there are things that will play along with you and be a bit more engaging like these. Then you can actually end up playing with a group Orchestra. Having that feeling of performing in the group and Orchestra and without an extensive learning process which some people is really fantastic.
Now, let’s say you’re in that first category traditional way of learning and your budget for your first piano is about a thousand dollars.
Have a look at these models Yamaha Mid level Piagerro 76 keys NP-32,
- Yamaha’s Advanced Wave Memory Stereo Sampling
- Graded Soft Touch action in a space-saving 76-note keyboard
- 64-note polyphony
- Half-damper control with optional FC3A pedal
- Built-in speakers
Yamaha P-45 these are not piano weighted keys
- GHS weighted action is heavier in the low end and lighter in the high end, just like an acoustic piano
- Advanced Wave Memory Stereo Sampling recreates natural instrument sound in stereo
- 64-note polyphony allows the player the perform moderately dense piano passages, even using heavy sustain pedal, with few or no dropped notes being cut off
- Dual Mode lets you combine two Voices together, like piano and strings, for an inspiring new playing experience
- The USB the HOST port allows you the connect and interact with a wide variety of educational, music creation or music entertainment applications on a computer or mobile device
And then the
Yamaha P115 is 88 weighted piano keys and is very popular.
- The Pure CF Sound Engine faithfully reproduces the tone of a meticulously sampled Yamaha’s acclaimed 9′ CFIIIS concert grand piano, allowing for incredibly dynamic and expressive playing
- GHS weighted 88-key action is heavier in the low end and lighter in the high end, just like an acoustic piano
- Pianist Styles turn your simple chords into exciting accompaniment. Play a chord and the Pianist Style gives you a full piano accompaniment
- Drum Rhythms are great the perform with and also put the fun back into practicing as they are a practical alternative the a metronome
- The Controller App for iOS devices adds a rich, graphic user interface allowing for quick and easy navigation and configuration
If you’re in the category where you want something that’s a bit more exciting a bit more engaging have a look at these models because they again been our most popular ones
- Touch-sensitive keys add dynamics to your playing. Play lightly and the sound is soft. Hit the key hard and it’s loud.
- The Aux Line Input allows you to connect any music device with a headphone output, such as an MP3 player, a computer, a mixer or even another keyboard, and hear it through the internal speakers.
- Melody Suppressor isolates the melody of audio songs connected to the Aux Line Input jack and reduces the volume allowing you to sing along or play the lead.
- Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.) allows you to practice using the preset songs (or MIDI files on compatible instruments) at your own pace, one hand at a time, or both together.
- Two Assignable Live Control Knobs are designed for real-time manipulation of various effects.
- With a larger and higher-quality selection of instrument Voices than the General MIDI (GM) standard Voice library, the XG Lite library makes XG MIDI songs sound just that much better.
- With 48-note polyphony players will benefit from fewer dropped notes and more expressive control than they would with a lower note count.
- The PSR-EW400 features audio transfer through the USB to Host port. You can digitally record your performance to your computer or iOS device.
- Use the speakers of your instrument to listen to the audio playback of your portable music player, iOS device, mixer, or computer via the 1/8″ AUX input.
- World class concert grand piano sound with Pure CF Sampling
- Easy to read score and lyric display
- An authentic piano touch with an 88-note weighted GHS Keyboard
- USB Audio Recording/Playback
- A truer sound with Damper Resonance
Hey Everyone, My name is Micah Blake And in This lesson we are going to be looking at what keyboard you should buy your kids for lessons .
This one like I said we are going to be going over three different styles of pianos That will be good for beginners but first off lets look at some “Piano Lies”
Lie number 1 In order to be a good student you need to have a real piano Not a keyboard.
This is like Hogwash.
Unless your training your five year old to be like the next concert pianist and they need to have the best to begin with to become the best well that’s your philosophy and you probably wouldn’t be watching this video right now.
I had kids learn on tablets. Like literally on an iPad. Now that’s not the best thing in the world but they were learning.
They were taking lessons and they were learning on their tablet.
If that’s what you have then that’s what you work with I have some really cheap keyboards here that are $200 and under which is cheaper than an iPad
But like I said you, don’t need a real piano to do this.
Another thing people like to say is “The really important thing is you have to have weighted keys” So that it feels like a real piano This is another joke.
You don’t have to have weighted keys In my opinion I don’t even like to play with weighted keys, I played with them for twenty years.
And certain songs are actually harder for me to play with weighted keys than not weighted keys.
This really just depends on your preference. It’s a lot cheaper to buy then without weighted keys so if your student or your kids is just starting out It’s cheaper to get in without that, and if they enjoy that it’s going to be cheaper there whole life to get good instruments like that. It’s definitely not a requirement
Now the other people, a lot of people say “It’s important to get something with 88 keys, thats a full keyboard” Now if your kids is starting out in lessons, It will probably be like years before they need the full keys.And even this is my keyboard that I use it is a KORG KROME This is more expensive than what I will be showing you.
But this is what I use professionally when I record, And when I play live and it only has 61 keys .
It does have an octave button so I can bump all the keys lower and play lower if I need to, but I don’t need all that all of the time. I’m typically playing with a band I’m not playing the full spectrum because I don’t need to, the bass player is playing the bass or they aren’t I bump it down and then I am playing the bass. I don’t need to play everything all the time and your student definitely isn’t going to be. They are going to be working in this section. That many keys for like a year. You don’t have to go out and spend the extra money for the extra weight, to take up the extra space to have this huge keyboard in your house.
Totally Unnecessary. Another thing is “Do you need Speakers” Really nice speakers that sound like a real piano. Now no you don’t some of these some of these keyboards have really awesome sounds in them. And typically your kids will actually enjoy having headphones on. They can play all the really annoying sounds all the time that you won’t actually want them to play with speakers. They are going to have fun playing on there own so if it’s just headphones it’s probably fine. You can always plug it into other stuff
Now those are the main lies Like I said. So what are some of the main components I am going to look for?
The first one The #1 for me is Touch Sensitivity Now if you are looking online Just google in the comments or something and ask a question “Does this have touch Sensitivity” usually that is something that people have commented on.
They will say Oh ya that’s great or they will say no it doesn’t have it on this one. I think this is a requirement, because it makes such a big difference on how you play. Now what touch sensitivity a normal keyboard that doesn’t have it, If I play it soft It will sound like I’m playing it the same way. If I play it hard or soft it will sound exactly the same.
That’s Really Really annoying, because you’re not developing a good touch.
And then if it has touch sensitivity it will sound soft When I play soft or loud when I play loud. And that makes a huge difference on how you play piano and how it sounds to people. That would be my number one.
The other differences that will come into play are those other things we talked about. Does it have enough number of keys? I would have at least 61, because usually anything below that usually the quality of the instrument goes down, because real musicians aren’t using it. It’s not because it’s 61 keys that you need it but if it’s less than that it’s usually a toy and not an instrument.
Weighted keys if that’s a really big deal to you and then What perks does it have? What I mean by that is does it come with a stand.
Does it come with a pedal?
Does it have instruments they can play with?
Sometimes it comes with an app they can actually learn songs off of it.
All of these things are a big deal if that’s something you really need .
So if you’re interested in this we are going to jump right in and look at 3 different keyboards that you can find on amazon for about $200 or under I hope this helps you out buying your instrument for your kid
This is the Alesis Recital 88 Key Beginner Digital Keyboard .Now this one is your full size keyboard. It has the full 88 keys over the full thing here. It also has semi weighted keys. Which means it’s not full “hammer Action” Like a real piano would be. But it does have some weight to the keys. So if that is a big deal for you, I know it’s not typically a big deal for most people. But the biggest part of this keyboard is just that That it has your full weighted keys most of your sounds and stuff will be pretty basic but sounds good and especially if you are getting into classical music or anything like this.This would be an excellent choice for you.
This next keyboard that I have for you Is a Casio CTK- 2550 61 keyboard .Now the reason I have this on here is This is the updated version of the actual keyboard that I started out with. I loved this keyboard it has a ton of fun stuff but it’s all pretty basic like 100 different sound 100 different songs you could play along with. This one though unlike my other one has touch sensitivity which is awesome and see right here it has app integration which means you can plug into their app and do all kinds of cool stuff. This would be like a very basic keyboard That will have more fun elements than the other one. It will sound good and it will have everything that your kid your student will need to actually get started playing music.
And it’s half the price of the other one. Now this is the Hamzer 61 Key portable Keyboard Now the cool thing about this one, it has all those little extra accessories. We have a stand headphones That’s awesome for you parents Microphone that plugs into the back of the piano, so it will play through the speakers like karaoke and it has a stand and your seat .All of those things are very awesome and it’s only 10 dollars more than the Casio I haven’t personally played this one. But from those I do know who have it doesn’t have quite as good speakers as the casio. But if you are playing through the headphones anytime it sounds pretty good. This is a practice keyboard it’s not something you are going to be playing with a studio or anything to actually record things. Even though it does have a record feature in them most of them .So this is like a full package for your kid.
It has everything that you need. A lot of fun things our Casio CTK- 2550 has more sounds and stuff and has a better quality sound than the other one. And then our Alesis Recital 88 Key over here has a full keyboard 88 keys and it has semi weighted keys. So those are the main differences. You either have full keys .Fun sounds and stuff or the whole package of things. Once again these are base price. This is 109 The other one is 100 That full keyboard is only like 200. These are really good prices. If you were given a used piano. It would cost you $100 just to get it tuned if your lucky.
So giving this to your kid is a great way to practice. And they will always have a nice instrument for them to play around with. Ok so we looked at those three instruments I hope you really enjoyed that and learned a lot from it and feel better informed about buying an instrument. Especially about the lies that people are going to tell you.
Because people will criticize your instrument no matter what you get .Sorry about that people are idiots.
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