Digital pianos are versatile
Buying an acoustic piano is quite expensive and complicated. And if you get a cheap secondhand one, you still need to transport it and will probably need to get it tuned once you have it at home. They also take up quite a lot of space!
Fear not! Although classical musicians can be quite snobby about having an electric piano, they are actually quite a good place to start especially if you’re not sure what style of music you want to learn to play. Indeed, they can be more versatile than acoustic pianos, as they have more sounds available – you can play everything from classical music to eighties pop!
Make sure you get good quality
- Properly weighted keys
- 88 key range
- Don’t get a lightweight portable keyboard
You still need to make sure your electric piano has the right feel like an acoustic piano. This means making sure that the keys are weighted not sprung. You need to look for a keyboard with ‘hammer action’.
Roland and Yamaha are good brands to look for
Roland and Yamaha both have a good range of pianos for you to look at. They are both also reliable brands so if you find something secondhand don’t be put off. This is especially good to bear in mind if you’re still not entirely sure if piano is the instrument for you, as new keyboards and pianos can be very expensive.
Finally if you really still want an acoustic piano
Acoustic pianos require more maintenance including regular tuning and good placement in a room. In particular, you need to make sure that they are kept away from heat sources.
Try to find an iron framed piano and not a wooden frames piano as they will stay in tune better.