A piano is an expensive instrument to invest in; luckily there are other options.? A keyboard can be used for piano lessons, but there are a few things you need to know before going out and buying a cheap keyboard.
88 Weighted Keys
In order to take piano lessons on a keyboard, the keyboard needs to have 88 weighted keys.? A cheap keyboard will usually be half-sized and not suitable for piano lessons, as you?ll run out of keys.? Always make sure a keyboard has 88 keys.? The keys also need to be weighted so it feels like a piano when you?re playing.? If the keys are not weighted and touch sensitive then you won?t be able to make louder and softer sounds like you can on a piano.
Keyboards are going to cost considerably less than a new piano, but still plan on spending at least $500-$1,000.? Cheap keyboards typically have less than 88 keys and they are not weighted or touch sensitive; essentially they are useless for serious piano lessons.? Buying a new instrument can be an investment, but if you would like to give your child a real shot at learning the piano, you need to spend a little bit of money.
Stand and Bench
Keyboards are nice because they?re portable and can be played anywhere.? However, if you?re taking piano lessons, a keyboard stand and a bench are musts!? The bench and stand create the feel of a real piano.? If a student is playing the keyboard while sitting on their bed, they will develop poor posture.
One major advantage of buying a keyboard over a piano is the ability to use headphones.? If you live in an apartment and are worried about piano lessons because of the noise, a keyboard is a great way to go.? Digital keyboards allow you to plug in headphones so only the player can hear the sounds being made.? This is also great if you have multiple children taking different music lessons; they can all practice at the same time without disturbing each other.
Pianos take up a lot of space, even the vertical pianos.? Keyboards are small and portable so if you have a limited amount of space you can still take piano lessons.
Bells and Whistles
If you?re buying a keyboard for piano lessons, do not waste your money buying a keyboard with a bunch of buttons and sound recorders.? Those add-ons can add hundreds of dollars to your price and are not necessary for regular piano lessons.