The quality of your piano will have a significant impact on your progress. Not only will it help you develop your ear for music, it can also make the learning process easier. In some cases, a good piano can even help students develop their own style or mimic techniques from more experienced pianists.
Choosing a good piano, however, can be challenging, not only because of their cost, but also because there are so many variations and features to choose from. So if you’re looking for a good keyboard for beginners then here are a few options available to you.
(1) The Yamaha P115
The best thing about the Yamaha P115 is that it feels and sounds like a grand piano despite its appearance. It’s also fairly affordable at around $600, and thanks to its 192 note polyphony, players don’t need to worry about dropped notes.
As for the downside, the Yamaha is not suitable for people who have never played or touched a piano before. It’s still a good training piano, but without the help of piano tuner or teacher, students may find this piano difficult to use.
(2)The ONE Smart Weighted 88-Key Digital Piano
The One Smart Weighted Digital Piano has a lot of good features. It comes with thousands of music sheets, more than a hundred videos, support features for various devices, professional stereo sound and more. It’s also designed specifically for beginners. So if you’re looking for a great beginner’s keyboard then this is one of the best choices out there.
There are two problems, though. First, it is a bit expensive, and secondly, maybe some of its features wont be useful for you if you’re not a fan of electronic features. So consider this one carefully.
(3) The Yamaha DGX-660
The Yamaha DGX-660 is a fairly decent keyboard. It can reproduce the tones of an actual grand piano, and can be set to sound like an acoustic piano. Also, the DGX-660’s Score Display and musical notations are very useful for beginners who want to play their favorite songs.
The downside, however, is that the keys can be a little stiff. Also, it includes several sound effects that some people may not find particularly appealing.
(4)The ONE Smart 61 Key Portable Keyboard Piano
The best thing about the One Smart 61 Key Portable Keyboard Piano is that it has many of the same features found in other One Smart keyboard pianos, on top of being very easy to carry. It has thousands of music sheets, hundreds of videos as well as support features for various mobile devices. The best part, though, is that it costs around $300, so it’s a good choice if you’re on a tight budget.
Its only downside is that it is smaller and looks less impressive than other One Smart keyboards.
(5)The Flychord DP330
The Flychord DP330 is an excellent piano. It has access to hundreds of polyphony, preset styles and albums, and voices. Its song recording feature is also great, while the sound engine perfectly replicates the sound of a real grand piano. Best of all, however, is that the DP330 feels great, and beginners who play it get to feel like they’re professional concert pianists.
The only downside here is that the DP330 would be expensive if you are finding something in lower budget, though not as expensive as other brands or pianos.
(6)The LAGRIMA 88 Key Digital Grand Piano
The Lagrima Digital Grand Piano is a fairly decent. keyboard for beginners. It has a nice tone, a 3 pedal system, a reliable LCD screen as well as a fairly well-stocked library of rhythms, songs and tones. It is also a fairly versatile instrument, and works well for many types of genre, including pop music, jazz and certain variations of rock and roll.
As for flaws and downsides, the Lagrima is very difficult to assemble. So if you do decide to buy this keyboard, make sure that you get good instructions from the vendor otherwise, you’ll have a hard time putting it together.
(7)The Yamaha P-115 Digital Piano
The P-115 was created to replicate the sound of Yamaha’s large CFIIIS grand piano, and it does that job well. Aside from its ability to mimic the sound of a real grand piano, the P-115 also has a duo mode (which is a nice feature if you want to play with a partner) and an Austin Bazaar DVD (for inexperienced students).
The P-115’s only problem is that it’s difficult to assemble. Also, many people who’ve bought this keyboard complain about its packaging. So there are those two things to consider.
(8)The Casio PX-860 Privia Digital Home Piano
The PX-860 is a modern piano with very classic aesthetics. Its Tri-sensor scaled keyboard is a joy to use, and its sensitivity can help many inexperienced pianists hone their musical skills. Also, thanks to Casio’s new ‘Air’, the PX-860’s sound perfectly mimics many concert pianos. Casio PX-860 comes with extended 3 years warranty which pretty much justifies its cost
As for the downsides, it’s worth mentioning that the PX-860 is not very portable. Also, at around $1000, it’s not a particularly affordable option for those who are on a tight budget.
(9)The Korg B1SP Digital Piano
The Korg B1SP Digital Piano is a fairly affordable keyboard with decent features. It includes 88 weighted hammer action keys, a high quality stereo sound system and several digitally sampled sounds and voices.
The B1SP doesn’t have a lot of impressive electronic features, but what it lacks in features, it makes up for in sound quality and reliability.
The B1SP’s only problem is that the weighted keys are difficult to listen to unless you turn up the volume. That one little issue aside, the B1SP is a very decent keyboard, and is a joy to use.
(10)The Artesia DP-2 Traditional Console Digital Piano
The best things about the Artesia DP-2 are its 3 layer and 3d sound samples. They sound great, and their sound is well complimented by naturally balanced hammer action keys. The Artesia also includes a library of songs and exercises, but they’re not as extensive as those found in other keyboards, and the same is true for the electronic features. They’re nice, but they’re not that special either.
The DP-2’s only problem is that certain parts can be difficult to calibrate. So, if you do decide to buy this piano, have a look at the manual to make your work easier.
Thus, Choosing a piano keyboard is never easy, even for beginners. The pianos we covered here cost hundreds of dollars, and despite their modest sizes, they also have a lot of features, most of which you may not even find useful.
So, in choosing a good keyboard for beginners, the highest quality is not always the best. A good beginner’s keyboard should match the student’s level of skill or style. It should also reflect the types of music that they want to play as well as their own musical talents.
Any pick out of these keyboards for beginners listed up would not make you regret.