Thank you for reading this brief article on purchasing a piano or electronic keyboard when starting piano lessons.My hope is that after you are finished reading this that you have a greater understanding on how to proceed with your upcoming purchase.
Learning the piano is exciting, fun, and challenging at the same time. It encourages all of us to use our ears, eyes, voice at times, and sense of touch. In addition, playing this instrument requires us to do a lot of things at one time, using a lot of our brainpower.
We must focus on note reading, rhythm, articulation, dynamics (volume of sound), key signature changes, fingering, and pedaling… simultaneously. This is certainly not an easy task! And I know that there are more skills I have not mentioned J
Purchasing an instrument to learn how to play the piano or keyboard is important so that you can learn these skills and practice throughout the week after your lesson with your teacher. (This is the same even if you are doing a self- study course). If your child is studying the same thing will of course apply.
If you are studying for a month or more, buying an instrument for practicing is crucial for continued progress. Without this, you will not be able to move ahead with new concepts and continue on your musical journey smoothly and successfully.
So here you are reading about some of the things you need to know or will strongly benefit before purchasing a piano or an electronic keyboard. I am glad that you are here and I do believe that I can be of some help to you before you make your decision on what instrument to buy.
Having knowledge about what it is that you are buying is always helpful rather than going in blindly and just making a purchase. I know I have done this before and usually have regrets that I did not do some research beforehand.
So here are some tips and facts that can help you in the buying process. There are probably more than I even suggest, but I will definitely try to give you the main ones here in this special report.
Tip 1: Decide On A Budget: This is very significant because you do not want to overspend on an instrument. This means that you do not want to purchase a piano or even a keyboard that you cannot afford. If this happens you may have buyer’s remorse, even if you or your child or children are still highly motivated to play. If a bill comes in via credit card and you see that you spent thousands of dollars that you really should not have parted with, this will not feel good. The piano or keyboard may feel like a financial albatross for you and stress you out.
You may even stop playing the instrument because it reminds you of how much you overspent! You definitely do not want to put yourself in this position.
Only buy an instrument that you can afford. If you need to get a small keyboard first and then save up for a piano, this is okay. You will be much happier in the long run knowing that you purchased an instrument that is within your means.
Tip 2: When Budget Is Decided, Choose A Piano Or Digital/Electronic Keyboard
This is a significant tip and an important choice for you. I do suggest a keyboard if your budget is under $500. It is hard to find a piano that is sturdy and with a good tone and action for this price.
The bottom line is you may be able to find a used piano at this price locally, however, chances are is that it will need a lot of work. There is always that needle in the haystack that you could find, however, it is more the exception than the rule.
You can find a decent digital piano for about $500 if you purchase one on the lower end. This would be an 88 key weighted keyboard that comes in one console. You would not have to buy a stand for this. Some of the better digital pianos do run in the range of $700 to $1200 such as the Yamaha or Casio brands.
If your budget is $300 or less, a 76 key keyboard or a 61 key keyboard would be a better choice for you.
Tip 3: Who Is The Student Taking Lessons? Is it you the adult or possibly a teenager reading this report? If so I would not suggest anything smaller than a 76 key keyboard. It will be too small and you will not be happy. For about $100 more you can purchase a very decent package including music stand, headphones, and all necessary hardware to start playing. Usually these packages run about $250 and are well worth it. I suggest a 76 Key keyboard for students 6 -7 and older.
If it is your 4 or 5 year old niece, grandchild, or child, a 61 key keyboard may be the best choice. Even if your budget is higher and you can afford a bigger keyboard, digital piano, or piano, I do not recommend this at all.
Firstly, you do not know if the child will stay interested for more than a couple of months. I have had students start at age 4 and do well for a month and then suddenly the parent will say that they believe that the child is too young for piano lessons.
Sometimes children at age 4 or 5 will thrive at piano at this very young age and continue into their teens. I have had these students before and it is the most amazing thing to watch and be a part of. Unfortunately this does not happen all of the time.
I have also had students that lose interest at this age as well. Children are restless and fickle at this age and also have shorter attention spans and more limited fine motor skills.
Even if you have the money to spend, do not spend it until the child has been studying at least a year or more.
The 61 key piano keyboard will be perfect for a small child and will be less intimidating than a larger instrument.
In addition, if your child quits you will not feel like you wasted your money on something and wind up selling it on Craigslist or EBay for way less than you originally spent.
Even if we can afford something, we never like throwing out money. This is why I truly believe that the 61 key keyboard is perfect for this age. If your local teacher does not accept this, explain to the person that you do not want to waste your money if lessons do not work out. They should understand this and be aware of the challenges that come with teaching a 4-5 year old by keeping them engaged in lessons. The attrition rate seems to be highest at this age.
An exception to this suggestion can pertain to a very mature 5 year old . Perhaps a 5 and a half year old in your situation can sit still longer, and have a greater attention span. In this case, a 76 Key Keyboard may be more suitable.
Tip 4: Make Sure You Buy An Established Brand Of Keyboard-Piano This is a very significant tip. You want to make sure that what you are buying is a known brand with a lot of good reviews. When I did a lot of research on keyboard instruments I was surprised that I saw many unknown brands with little reviews. These could actually be good quality instruments, however, you are taking a bit of a chance with an unknown company.
Sometimes these unknown companies do become established brands. For example, years ago I never heard of the company “Williams”. I had a student who bought an 88 Key weighted keyboard from this company about 4 years ago. The instrument was just about $500. I had not heard of this brand at the time, but now the company is more popular and has really branded themselves in this area. My student was also very happy with her instrument so I would have to qualms about recommending this brand to a student or potential buyer.
You may pay less for an instrument from an unknown company. If you do, make sure that you have a good warranty and return policy just in case the product is inferior and or having problems.
***Sub-tip: This is something I wanted to add which has to do with keyboard purchases only. This will apply to the 61 key keyboard, 76 key keyboard, and 88 key keyboard. Most of these do not come with keyboard stands, headphones, and sometimes even power supply. It is best to get a bundle if you can, as you will get everything together at the same time and also save quite a bit of money too.
Tip 5: Upright Pianos And Grand Pianos Will Require More Research If you are making an investment in a new acoustic upright or grand piano, this will require some thorough research on your part.
If you are potentially investing thousands of dollars in an instrument, you want to make sure that it is a fine quality instrument.
One good resource is called “The Piano Book” by Larry Fine. I read his book and used it as a reference before I bought my August Forster piano. This was a hand-made piano from Germany and it was very affordable for me.
I bought an amazing instrument with beautiful tonal quality and Renner action (best possible key action on the market today).
If I did not do my research I could have spent the same amount of money on a much lower quality instrument.
Research is important. Do your homework, and whatever you do, do not be impulsive with your purchase.
Pianos made in Germany and Japan, and now even Korea tend to have very good reputations. Mass produced pianos coming from China, Indonesia, and Russia, however, have not been the best and have not earned the best reputation.
I learned this from my own personal experience, as well as talking to many piano tuners throughout the years.
This does not mean you cannot purchase a quality piano from these countries. It just means that you have to be more careful and much more selective when you are buying your piano.
Tip 6: This Is Sort Of A Tip, But Not About Your Purchase Of A Piano Or Keyboard
Okay, I will go off topic on this tip. J I wanted to first say that if you use some of the tips and suggestions that I gave to you ,your buying experience should go pretty well. You will come with more knowledge and education before making your purchase.
There are more tips that you will find if you follow my website or follow me on social media. I really just tried to give you some of the main ones that I thought would be the most helpful.
I just wanted to say that whether it is you, the reader studying piano, or a child in your family, that this will be an incredible experience for all.
Learning the piano-keyboard takes time. Learning the skills that will be introduced to you will take months to years to master. This is okay and totally normal and natural.
Beginner piano moves to intermediate piano, which moves to early-advanced and then advanced. There is no ceiling in learning this instrument. One can keep improving at the piano for an entire lifetime.
I have students who are now 10 years old and playing Beethoven. Some are singing while playing at age 14, popular music while improvising. Most of these students persevered even when the going got tough. Many started when they were 6 or 7 years old.
I also have adult students who started out with no musical knowledge or experience. Some of these students are playing their favorite popular hits as well as Chopin and Bach.
These students worked through the frustrations when it was truly tough for him or her. The joy, however, that the students experienced when sticking with piano and working through the challenges is immeasurable.
Piano-Keyboard are both beautiful instruments and really can enhance your life or the life of a loved one in so many ways.
What I would like to say is never give up. I did not stop playing even when there were times that I really wanted to throw in the towel.
If I did, I would not be able to have an amazing career as a piano teacher and affiliate associate in the area of keyboards and pianos.
All of the best to you and your loved ones in your musical journey. It will be a beautiful one.