Electric Keyboard

(7 Posts)
insanityscratching Sat 21-Sep-13 07:35:59

Ds has expressed an interest in learning how to play one. I'd like to buy a second hand one initially in case the interest is fleeting but don't have a clue what I should be looking for. Brands and model recommendations would be great but failing that the features I need would be a start as I am essentially clueless.

ImpatientOne Sat 21-Sep-13 07:47:05

It's a long time since I took my keyboard lessons & things have moved on a lot but the basics were to get full sized keys and the 'touch sensitive' feature.

I always had Yamahas as that's what my teacher had so it was more familiar.

I started a thread about this two years ago and ended up with a Yamaha on recommendation, a mid range one. I'm on my phone so not easy to search for it but if you look for my name in the extra-curticular activities section about 2 years ago you might find the thread.

I started a thread about this two years ago and ended up with a Yamaha on recommendation, a mid range one. I'm on my phone so not easy to search for it but if you look for my name in the extra-curticular activities section about 2 years ago you might find the thread.

insanityscratching Sat 21-Sep-13 08:14:26

Thank you flowers found your thread and lots of good advice on there, will start having a look round now.

TheFunStopsHere Sat 21-Sep-13 08:34:29

We have a Yamaha Piaggero and it's good. Nice tone and weight to the keys (my DD does piano exams so the closeness to piano keys was definitely a consideration). I also like the fact that it's quite compact and doesn't take up as much room outwards as other ones we've had - it's closer to the size of keyboard part of an upright piano. I think the speaker quality might not be as good as some more expensive brands, but I think at this level that's not much of a problem. We've been really impressed by it.

Ferguson Thu 07-Nov-13 23:39:22

I have only just discovered this Music area, as normally 'post' on Primary Education.

I did a reply to someone else the other day about keyboards and electric pianos, and I'll copy it here. It won't all be relevant, but be of some use:


Hi -

As a primary school TA I have taught 'informal' music lessons on recorder, percussion and keyboards. By 'informal' I mean it was for fun only, with no aim of taking Grades.

First things to consider are: must have full-size keys (even though he is small now, he will grow, and mini-keys are very restricting.)

Have as many keys as possible, at least 61 (or you will run out of notes for piano music.) I see Yamaha do a new Piaggero series with 76 keys.

Have 'touch sensitivity' like a 'real' piano, so you can play with more expression.

Although keyboards and digital pianos LOOK very similar, the technique of playing is totally different between the two. If you are expecting him to play Classical music in a serious way, (difficult to guess at age 5, though of course Lang Lang was well on his way by then!) then a Piano would be better. However, if you only expect him to play for fun, but maybe take some Grades eventually then a Keyboard is probably better.

In case you are not aware of the differences of Piano vs Keyboard techniques, to play a Piano (digital or 'real) the left hand has to play an accompaniment to the right hand melody. On a Keyboard, the melody is still in the right hand, but the 'accompaniment' can be automated, needing possibly only one note from the left hand. Keyboards can also 'sustain' notes, that is hold them on for a longer time, whereas Piano notes fade away quite quickly.

[If you already know all this, I apologize for going into all this detail.]

Digital pianos and Keyboards can be connected to amplifier systems and speakers, for a larger sound, and stereo spread between the speakers. Both can also be connected to recording systems and computers for recording and multi-tracking, building up compositions layer by layer.

A digital Piano will have several, mainly 'piano' type sounds, such a grand piano, honky-tonk, harpsichord, vibraphone, etc. A Keyboard, on the other hand, will have several hundred sounds - orchestral, brass, woodwind, many types of organ, many types of guitar and bass, plus, usually 'keyboard percussion' with each key having a different percussion sound on it, drums, tom toms, cymbals, hi-hat, wood-blocks, and assorted Latin percussion sounds. Thus you can play a simulated 'drum solo' 'live', or program it into the recorder. (I was a drummer for 40 years, in big bands, country rock, pantomimes and stage shows etc, hence I like the drum features!)

One thing I would steer clear of are features that claim to teach you to play by following coloured lights above the keys; it is much better to learn properly to read music without any gimmicks. And it is NOT as difficult as you might think.

You will also need a good strong stand, unless you go for a Piano that has its own body. Also headphones, for private practice, and cables if you are wanting to connect to other equipment.

I came across this dealership, but there are, of course, many others equally good:


Good luck, Enjoy; and PM me if you want any other help.


PM me if you want clarification of anything.

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