Advice For Beginners

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August 27, 2020

So you’re ready to start learning the piano, but do you have a piano or keyboard at home?

If you don’t have a piano or keyboard – you will need one to practice on. Each has its pros and cons;

Acoustic Pianos

Upright piano
Grand piano

Pros

  • A traditional learning instrument, 88 keys
  • Perfect touch response to strengthen finger technique and learn dynamics (soft and loud) 
  • A lovely instrument to look at (part of the furniture)
  • Incredible dynamics from soft to loud – the piano is truly magic!
  • Holds its value for resale purposes

Cons

  • It is a large instrument for small spaces
  • It can be very loud
  • It will need 2 or more strong people to move it
  • It will need tuning every year
  • It is usually more expensive $$$ to buy a piano

Digital Pianos

Pros

  • A great alternative to a piano 
  • 88 key or 76 key options 
  • Good piano touch response
  • Can plug headphones in
  • Easier to move – some are more portable than others depending on the stand 
  • Has a wide range of sounds built in or choose a basic model with limited sounds 
  • Some have recording features and band accompaniments
  • Newer models have internet access, bluetooth etc

Cons

  • Middle range $$ depending on what you want
  • Electronics may need repairing
  • Touch response not usually as good as a piano but not far off

Digital Keyboards

Pros

  • Small, lightweight and portable
  • Great selection of sounds available
  • Can plug headphones in
  • Rhythm accompaniments – band or orchestra styles
  • Very economical $ 
  • Recording feature
  • Newer models include internet access, bluetooth etc
  • Good to start on but if the student shows promise it is recommended to invest in an acoustic/digital piano to support technique

Cons

  • 61 keys; may need to upgrade in a few years if student outgrows it
  • Touch response not as good as acoustic or digital piano 
  • Sounds rhythm accompaniments on older models are dated
  • Older models may need repairs
Header Photo credit:  Thank you, OC Gonzalez, Instagram @OCVISUAL

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