I want to learn to play piano, but I only have a keyboard – is this ok?

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Technology has advanced to a point where I think a keyboard is acceptable for a beginning pianist for the first year or two. It is not ideal because of the “feel” of the keys. Keyboards have plastic keys which are very light and differ greatly from a real piano which can lead to problems when the student does play on a real instrument. However, if the student has access to a real piano on occasion, in addition to the keyboard, this would help. The keyboard should be at least 61 notes and the fewer buttons, the better. ¬†Keyboard manufacturers love … Continue reading

How do I choose a good piano?

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  There’s no quick or easy answer to this, but I’ll do my best. If you’re looking for a cheap keyboard, I would suggest Yamaha or Casio, but it must have at least 61 notes. If you can afford something better, digital pianos by Korg, Roland and Casio are very good. Yamaha’s Clavinova line is also very good. If you are looking at high end keyboards (also referred to as synthesizers) then my absolute favorite is Korg. As far as real pianos go, if you are looking at an upright, the taller the piano, the better the quality of sound … Continue reading