Guide to buying an Electronic Keyboard / Piano
- If you’re just learning how to play, or if you don’t have any serious musical aspirations, you can probably get by with buying a relatively inexpensive
(under RS.4,000 new) keyboard.
- If you’re a serious musician or plan on performing publicly, you’ll want to buy a more expensive keyboard with a greater number of professional features.
Know the types of keyboards that are available.
- Digital keyboards are made by a number of other manufacturers, such as Alesis, Casio, Korg, Roland, and Yamaha. While keyboards offer a number of features, they fall into 1 of several categories, as described below:
1. Digital pianos:
A digital piano has the same 88-key keyboard as an acoustic upright piano, but it replaces the metal strings and felt hammers with digital recordings of those strings. When pressed, the keys strike electronic contacts that play the corresponding samples.
- Available in different hybrid models
- Excellent for learning
- Portability is less compared to electronic keyboards.
2. Electronic Keyboard:
- An electronic keyboard may also called a digital keyboard, portable keyboard, or home keyboard, referring their digital-based sound generation and light-weight, portable build. In China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia (particularly Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand), electronic keyboards were often mistakenly referred to as an organ, due to popularity of home electronic organs in those countries and keyboards/synthesizers are considered as a similar instrument.
- Large range of sounds
- Sing and play styled
- Accompaniment oriented instrument
- does not work without electricity
Look at the number of keys on the keyboard. Digital keyboards can have as few as 25 keys or as many as 88. Digital pianos have the full 88 keys of a standard piano keyboard, and most workstations have at least 61 keys or more. Lower-end synthesizers may have as few as 25 keys, although most home-use keyboards come with 49, 61, or 76 keys.
- The more keys, the greater the instrument’s range. A 25-key keyboard has only a 2-octave range, while a 49-key keyboard has a range of 4 octaves, a 61-key keyboard has a range of 5, a 76-key keyboard covers 6 octaves, and an 88-key keyboard spans 7. (Each octave includes 7 white and 5 black keys, or 12 chromatic tones.) The larger the instrument, the more room there is for other features.
- The larger the instrument, however, the less portable it is. You may have to sacrifice the 7-octave range of an 88-key keyboard for a smaller unit that you can take with you if you like to jam with friends.
Choose a keyboard with keys that are easy to play. In addition to looking at the number of keys, also look at how easy it is to play the keys without giving yourself painful fingers or carpal tunnel syndrome after playing. Two features to look for when buying a keyboard are touch sensitivity and weighted keys.
- Touch sensitivity means that the strength of the sound is dependent on how firmly you press the keys. On a touch-sensitive keyboard, if you press the keys lightly, the sound is soft; if you hammer the keys, the sound is loud. Touch sensitivity is usually not available on low-end keyboards.
- Weighted keys require you to press them to move them downward, but they come back up on their own faster than unweighted keys. The key weights add weight to the keyboard, making the keyboard cost more and be less portable, but they’re easier on your fingers if you plan to play for long stretches at a time.
Finally if you are a beginner student and want to learn. Look out for these features on your keyboard.
- Touch sensitivity
- 61 or 88 keys
- Also, Do not forget to buy a keyboard stand.
Here’s a List of Keyboards I recommend:
- Yamaha PSR E453 61-Key Portable Keyboard
- Yamaha PSRS670 61 Keys Keyboard(Black)
- Yamaha PSR S970 Arranger Workstation
Here’s a list of Digital Pianos i recommend:
- Yamaha P115B Digital Piano, Black
- Roland RP-302RW Digital Piano
- Roland RP501R CRL- Digital Piano with stand