KEYBOARD Or PIANO
One question students and parents often ask is: should I start with a piano or can I begin having lessons on a keyboard?
It's a good question, because they
both have similar types of keys and read the same music. They can also
be used to play many of the same songs. So which is the best to get
Confusing, isn't it?
difficult to say if one is truly better than the other. People who own
pianos usually prefer them to keyboards, while keyboard players will
tell you they like the variety an electric instrument offers. Rather
than telling you what to do, though, here's a list of the main features
of each kind of instrument. Hopefully this will help you make a sensible
decision when the time comes to buy.
Here are some of things you get with a traditional or acoustic piano:
*Weighted keys - these are harder for young people to play well, but give more control once a player's technique improves.
*One sound - unlike keyboards, a piano will always sound like a piano.
*Full key range - full-size pianos have 88 keys, while keyboards generally tend to have about 60 or less.
*Longevity - a good piano can last for 50 to 100 years if it's well cared for.
*Care and maintenance - unlike a keyboard, your piano needs tuning a
few times a year. On top of that, damaged keys, hammers and felts need
to be replaced to keep it in good working order.
* It's acoustic - pianos always work and don't rely on electricity or adaptors to produce sound.
Keyboards, on the other hand, offer a different set of variables that might appeal to some more than others.
*More sounds - keyboards can sound like a piano, but they can also
sound like just about any other instrument you care to mention. On top
of that, many of the sounds can be combined, making even practice time
*Fewer keys - in general keyboards have fewer
keys than pianos. You can purchase keyboards with 88 keys, but they're
still quite expensive.
*Temporary - keyboards can last a few years,
but are generally superceded by the next "big thing" every year or so.
Also, they're made of plastic and are easier to damage than pianos.
*Power source - keyboards require electricity -- or at the very least batteries -- in order to make sound.
*Plug and play - unlike pianos, keyboards never need to be tuned or
maintained. Indeed, for cheaper models, it's often more cost effective
to replace the whole instrument when damage occurs.
*Plastic keys -
this is one of the main reasons why piano players dislike keyboards.
Although it's easier to make a sound on a keyboard, especially for
beginners, the lightness of the keys means you have less control over
the type of sound you can produce.
So what's the solution?
the end, it comes down to personal preference. If you have the space in
your home, then you might consider buying a traditional piano. If space
is at a premium, a keyboard could be more practical.
As far as cost goes, there's not much
in it. A good second-hand piano will cost about the same as a decent
keyboard. Whichever you decide to buy, though, make sure you take along
someone that understands the instruments and can give you solid advice.
Ask a piano teacher or tuner to accompany you, or perhaps someone who
plays keyboard in a local band.
Technology is improving all the time.
It may be that in the future keyboards are manufactured which can
produce the sound and playing sensation of real pianos. But that time
hasn't come yet.
If you want a piano, then you have to
buy a piano. But if there are other variables involved, at least it's
good to know you have a few options. strings on steel string guitars.
Please consult with a personal before wanting to do this.
Source: Mel McIntyre, Article: "Piano or Keyboard"