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As I mentioned above about building finger strength, I personally think that all beginners should start on a fully weighted 88-note piano. If you are worried that your child might not continue with the piano due to other commitments or lack of interest, there is always the option to hire a piano first to test the water.

piano buying guide for beginners


A keyboard is an excellent choice for beginners! This instrument offers a fun and dynamic approach to learning the piano at an affordable price. The various sound templates allow you to explore different playing styles, and to some extent, you can even emulate an acoustic or digital piano.

When making your decision, you need to consider a few things. For instance, buying the right piano as a beginner will partially depend on your budget. Digital pianos and keyboards range from around a hundred to several thousand dollars.

Once you figure out what qualities your instrument wants, you can start shopping around. But for now, here are a few of our top picks for the best piano for beginners. We also talk about the best digital piano in another blog post.

A 61 key piano is suitable for beginners looking to explore the piano. Digital pianos with less than 88 keys are great for learning early to intermediate pieces. They are also great for other activities such as music production, classroom activities, and group music activities.

This piano buying guide is based on my personal experience as a pianist and a person who bought quite a few instruments over the years. I had the pleasure of using mid-range and expensive electronic keyboards, and I have performed and practiced on various models of Steinways, Yamahas, Kawai even Fazioli. Suggestions given below are also based on my conversations with piano technicians and piano store owners.

Please note that this article is written only as a guide and I shall not be responsible for choices you make when buying an instrument. I will not be able to come with you and try to the piano you intend to purchase. This is a serious purchase so please talk to a qualified piano technician and seek the advice of someone who can test the instrument for you before you spend your precious money.

The majority of the pianos featured in this guide are of the slimline, compact, and more portable type, rather than the traditional cabinet style, although many can be transformed into a more traditional piece of musical furniture with the addition of an optional stand, which may or may not feature a full set of three pedals as found on an acoustic piano.

All the instruments in this guide were chosen because they provide the full range of essential features you need to look for when buying a great digital piano for a beginner. They all also come complete with a detachable music stand, basic sustain or 'damper' pedal, and power supply.

These days the sampling technology is better now than ever, and with increased polyphony, digital pianos can sound almost indistinguishable from the real thing. So as long as the main piano sound works for you, there's no real need for more than a few variations on the primary piano tone, especially if your main reason for buying is learning the piano!

While lots of us dream of having a beautiful looking acoustic piano in our home, in reality, they aren't always the most practical option - especially for beginners. There are several inconveniences with traditional pianos to consider, from the back-breaking weight, high cost to the regular tuning and maintenance of these instruments. So it's no surprise that smaller, lighter, and cheaper digital pianos have become such a popular alternative. So whether you're just starting out or looking to upgrade from a regular keyboard, we've got you covered with the best digital pianos for beginners.

Daryl is a Senior Deals Writer at MusicRadar, and is responsible for writing and maintaining buyer's guides on the site as well as testing out products for reviews. Before writing for MusicRadar, Daryl worked for many years in music retail, helping musicians of all ages find the best gear for them. Whether it was a beginner's first keyboard or a top-of-the-range digital piano for the pros, Daryl was there to help steer players in the right direction."}; var triggerHydrate = function() window.sliceComponents.person.hydrate(data, componentContainer); var triggerScriptLoadThenHydrate = function() if (window.sliceComponents.person === undefined) var script = document.createElement('script'); script.src = ' -9-5/person.js'; script.async = true; = 'vanilla-slice-b56udkBHMhMbekpCdHouMj-person-4-component-script'; script.onload = () => window.sliceComponents.person = person; triggerHydrate(); ; document.head.append(script); else triggerHydrate(); if (window.lazyObserveElement) window.lazyObserveElement(componentContainer, triggerScriptLoadThenHydrate, 1500); else console.log('Could not lazy load slice JS for b56udkBHMhMbekpCdHouMj-person-4') } }).catch(err => console.log('Hydration Script has failed for b56udkBHMhMbekpCdHouMj-person-4 Slice', err)); }).catch(err => console.log('Externals script failed to load', err)); Daryl RobertsonSocial Links NavigationDaryl is a Senior Deals Writer at MusicRadar, and is responsible for writing and maintaining buyer's guides on the site as well as testing out products for reviews. Before writing for MusicRadar, Daryl worked for many years in music retail, helping musicians of all ages find the best gear for them. Whether it was a beginner's first keyboard or a top-of-the-range digital piano for the pros, Daryl was there to help steer players in the right direction.

Employing a new sound engine, the acoustic piano sounds, of which there are 3 onboard, improve greatly on those found in previous CDP range pianos, and are more than decent enough for beginners, while textured keytops further enhanced our playing and testing experience.

Together with companion smartphone apps, these functions allow you to edit sounds remotely, stream music to play along with from your mobile device through the piano's speakers, or record MIDI data of your performance for evaluation and editing. We've created this handy guide showing you how to connect your digital piano to a computer.

When testing the best digital pianos for beginners, we start by taking a look at the key action. As you've seen from this guide, some digital pianos have unweighted, semi-weighted or fully-weighted keys, so we take the time to see how each digital piano feels to play, as well as how responsive it is to different dynamics and playing styles.

After we've checked all of the core factors of a digital piano, we'll go through the extra features such as the sustain pedal, the range of outputs available and any connectivity options such as Bluetooth, USB etc. If a digital piano is aimed at beginners or those who are likely to spend most of their time learning, we'll also look out for the learning tools like backing tracks, a metronome and in-built rhythms, to ensure that they're up to scratch for someone who'll be using them often.

You've got great tips for buying a piano. I love how you said that it's good to look at what we can afford. It's great to know that upright pianos range around $5000. We're hoping to get a piano like that for our new home, so I'll start budgeting for that!

This guide is intended to arm you with the right background information and get you in the right mindset to confidently shop for your piano. If this guide leaves you with further questions, please reach out to me at! At the end of the day, the right piano for you will be the one you enjoy playing the most and will inspire you to put in the many hours of practice to achieve your musical dreams!

Higher quality instruments that have been well maintained with only essential parts replaced as needed will be approaching the end of their quality musical life around this age, though may still be appropriate for beginners to intermediate players for a while longer. Well-restored or rebuilt pianos may have many more decades of quality playing left ahead of them at this point!

As mentioned in the maintenance section of this guide, a Dampp-Chaser system can significantly add to the longevity of your piano if it is going to be placed in an area without proper humidity control.

Tuning, regulation and voicing is extremely complicated and takes years to master. Even our head tuner, Geoff Logan says it took him a " about a thousand pianos" before he was any good at it. Tuning is something best left to the experts. We generally recommend using a Yamaha Certified Tuner, and only ever buying your pianos from a store that is both a reseller, and service centre.

Student acoustic pianos starts from $6499. While we are aware that there are cheaper acoustic pianos on the market, buying a piano under this price is a risky endeavour. The total value of preparation (i.e tuning, regulation & voicing) work on a new acoustic piano comes to roughly $900 - $1200. It is a virtual certainty that acoustic pianos under this price have not had the necessary preparation work done. 041b061a72


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