What keyboard would you recommend for a beginner?

It doesn’t have to be a really expensive keyboard but must be of good quality. I don’t want something that will die on me in a few months. Its going to be for personal use and I’m only going to play at home. And I’m a complete beginner.

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3 Responses to What keyboard would you recommend for a beginner?

  1. Kab says:

    The keyboards now in the $150-$250 range are quite good.
    Anything below that I would question.
    Yamaha is what I use and have had it for 6 years.
    Stay away from anything with smaller keys or a keyboard of less than 88 keys.
    Enjoy

  2. cantilena91 says:

    Also. anything from the Korg & Roland branches should be good choice for you.

  3. pooryorrick says:

    There are some decent keyboards out there in today’s market that will run from 199-299 that would be just fine for a beginner. While 88 keys makes up a standard acoustic piano, it is not necessary to learn on one with that many keys. Although, the minimum I would recommend would be 76. Next down from that would be 61 keys, and thats just cutting to much of the keyboard off…over 2 octaves. On a 76 note keyboard, you have 7 notes in the lower register and 5 in the upper that are missing.

    A couple of brands I would recommend for a beginner are Casio and my personal favorite, Yamaha. I will enclose the link to these also. While someone mentioned Korg and Roland, be prepared to spend in the area of 500 (or much much more), and even at that price range all you will get with either of those at that price is 61 keys.

    The first 2 links im enclosing are for a Casio and Yamaha. Both these keyboards have 76 keys, built in speakers, and halfway decent onboard lessons too. Also bear in mind that at this price range, neither of these will come close to the feel of an acoustic piano. Both of these keyboards also have full size piano style keys. (stay away from the “mini” keys that some of the very inexpensive keyboards have.)

    Heres the link to the Casio WK200 76 note keyboard:

    http://www.americanmusical.com/Item–i-CAS-WK200

    Next, the Yamaha YPG225:

    http://www.americanmusical.com/Item–i-YAM-YPG225KIT-LIST

    Both of these keyboards have many different sounds available at the push of a button, such as organs, strings, horns, woodwinds, orchestras, whole brass or string sections, synthisizers, drum kits, dogs barking, birds, gunshots, airplanes,.. the list can go on and on.

    For a somewhat realistic stage piano with weighted keys, I would recommend the M-Audio Pro Keys 88. Only drawback to this piano is you would need an external amplifier to hear it, as it does not have built in speakers. (but, does have a headphone jack) It also has only 14 onboard sounds as opposed to the hundreds that the others have, and has no onboard lesson tutorials. But.. somewhat along the line of what a real piano would feel and play like, as it has weighted keys. (And all 88 of them!)

    Here is the link to the M-Audio:

    http://www.americanmusical.com/Item–i-MII-PRO88STAGE-LIST

    Hope this has been of some help, and if you decide to play piano, be patient, and most important… PRACTICE! 🙂

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