Choosing a Keyboard
Choosing a keyboard can be a difficult decision when there are so many choices and price ranges. However, you should really concentrate on what you actually need at this point in time. Of course if money is no issue then you can go and buy the biggest and most expensive piano you can find. But due to space and money limitations this may not be an option for everyone. Read further to see what features to consider and how they relate to price when buying a keyboard.
Number of Keys (61, 76, or 88)
So when you purchase a keyboard focus on what you need and the money you can spare. There are 61-key, 76-key and 88-key keyboards. A real piano has 88-keys so you can play anything on an 88-key keyboard. But keep in mind that if you are not playing more advanced music that you might not actually need all 88 keys (not yet at least). The music we first learn in our early years of piano do not require an 88-key keyboard. So if you're buying a keyboard for yourself or your child do keep that in mind. If the 88-key keyboard is $500 but the 61-key is $100 and you can't afford $500 then get a 61 or 76 key in your price range. Generally, more keys equals more money.
What comes with it?
Keep in mind that a keyboard requires other equipment to go with it. You will need a keyboard stand, music stand, and bench. It is also a good idea to have a sustain pedal although a beginner can "live" without it. Learning with proper technique requires sitting on a proper piano bench and having your keyboard at the proper height on a stand. A regular chair is not good enough and neither is putting the keyboard on a table. So if you see a good bundle deal then I would highly suggest getting it. Take for instance the Alesis 61-key keyboard that comes with everything you need to get started. In this case the music stand is built in to the keyboard to hold your sheet music in place. Click the picture to read more details on this keyboard.
If you are ready to move to a higher level of piano-playing then you should consider getting an 88-key so you won't be limited in any way. Also, if you can afford it now then make the investment so you don't have to buy another keyboard later on. Here is an 88-key keyboard bundle that you can consider. Just click the picture to see more details on it (on Amazon).
Overall, the main factor that will probably determine the keyboard you purchase is your budget. So take a look at these reasonable keyboards above and make sure you get the most for your money. Also be sure to read reviews and comments. Someone may have spoken about something that answers a question you have about buying a keyboard.
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