When a child (or someone who wants to learn) approaches music and expresses the desire to play an instrument, often, also for the initial ease of obtaining satisfaction in the use of the instrument, the choice is directed to the piano and / or a digital keyboard.
Deciding which is the best choice, in this case, is not so easy; a number of factors come into play, from price, to actual desire, to the hold in terms of value, to the commitment that the new musician wishes to invest in studying the instrument.
The range of products on the market is really vast and finding your way around is definitely challenging.
A first factor that must be taken into consideration is certainly the space that can be occupied at home with the instrument. The keyboards have very different sizes, ranging from two to seven octaves, the octave includes eight white keys, from C to C and five black keys.
Even for the youngest children, although there are two octave keyboards, it is good to focus on a product of at least three octaves. Electronic keyboards, unlike the piano, have different sounds and often also per-recorded rhythms to accompany the songs.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN DIGITAL PIANO AND ELECTRONIC KEYBOARD:
On the other hand, digital pianos, unlike keyboards, always have at least 76 keys and have only the basic functionality, i.e. they reproduce one or more synthesized piano sounds, which unlike acoustic pianos, can be used through acoustic headphones, and their volume it can be adjusted through a classic potentiometer. Furthermore, digital pianos are almost always much less bulky in depth than even acoustic wall pianos and are light enough to be moved around easily.
In addition to this, unlike electronic keyboards, digital pianos have weighted keys, i.e. the force that must be exerted on the key to play is very similar to that necessary with an acoustic piano due to the complex mechanics that transmit the sound from the key. to the hammer that hits the string of the piano itself
Both electronic keyboards and digital pianos nowadays have midi and usb outputs, which allow connection to sequencers, computers and tablets so that you can record your performances and be used as a “mute” keyboard for music software.
WHICH KEYBOARD TO CHOOSE?
The choice of purchase between electronic keyboard, digital piano and acoustic piano, although for the uninitiated it may seem a choice between similar instruments, is by no means secondary; the electronic keyboard, in fact, is not suitable for playing the piano. If the possibility exists, surely the acoustic piano is the best choice if the purpose is to study the instrument. The acoustic piano has keys, mechanisms and sounds very different from any digital piano or electronic keyboard on the market today.
Going from playing an acoustic piano to any other type of piano or keyboard will in fact be completely painless, while the reverse passage certainly presents some difficulties.
If the piano is too expensive and you want to learn to play with a basic course in Music Education, you can opt for an electronic keyboard.
In this case it will be advisable to start from a keyboard with at least thirty-seven keys.
For a basic level and to evaluate a possible subsequent path we point out:
CASIO SA-77 MINI KEYBOARD FOR BEGINNERS WITH 8 VOICES AND 44 KEYS:
As an alternative to the 37-key Bontempi Mini, among the Casio musical keyboards, we have selected the Casio SA-77 Mini polyphonic keyboard with 8 voices and 44 keys, 100 tones, 50 rhythms, 10 demo songs and the adjustment of beats and volume.
YAMAHA KEYBOARD PSR-E263:
At the next level among Yamaha musical keyboards, we chose the Yamaha PSR-253 (61 keys, 120 high quality instruments, 114 accompaniment styles, metronome and dual mode)
YAMAHA NP12B KEYBOARD, 61 KEYS, BLACK:
The entry level for electronic pianos is definitely the Yamaha Yamaha NP12B, 61 semi-weighted keys, dynamic keyboard (touch sensitive), 8 select able piano sounds, USB-Midi interface, the value for money is excellent.