Keyboards for Your Piano Lessons
Guide to purchasing an electronic keyboard.
Here's a guide to help you find an electronic keyboard for your piano lessons.
WHAT FEATURES ARE THERE TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A KEYBOARD?
Usually the features that it has in common with the acoustic piano are the primary considerations for students interested in taking piano lessons.
Number of Keys. Most teachers like students to have keyboards with at least 61 “full-size” keys. 88 is the number an acoustic piano has so the closer you can afford to 88, the better.
Touch Sensitive. This means that the sound varies in loudness depending upon how quickly you depress the key (much like in an acoustic piano).
Pedal Attachment. While most beginning piano students don’t use the sustaining pedal right away, students do usually play pieces requiring this pedal within the first year or two of lessons. Some keyboards have a quarter-inch “female” plug in the back of the keyboard where a “pedal attachment” can be plugged in (usually purchased separately).
Weighted Keys. Keyboards with this option have greater resistance when depressing the key – similar to an acoustic piano. These keyboards are also usually much more expensive than keyboards without weighted keys.
MIDI. MIDI stands for “Musical Instrument Digital Interface”. Keyboards with this capability can be plugged into peripheral equipment and computers that can do a myriad of alterations to the electronic signal from the keyboard. Few piano teachers really look for this option in their students’ keyboards.
Voices. While selecting a keyboard with many cool sounds can be fun, it is rarely necessary for piano lessons.
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