Keyboards are often seen as the fun and playful younger sibling of the piano. These days keyboards come in all manner of shapes, sizes and prices. They range from small portable ones with a few features to keep the hobbyist entertained, to large complicated ones which could entertain many thousands of people in a concert. Of course if you are looking at buying your very first keyboard you may want to discount the ones in the latter category, but regardless of that you will still be faced with a bewildering array of options. Here are a few little tips to keep you on the right path to selecting a suitable keyboard for yourself.
Okay so the first thing you will want to consider is how much you are willing to spend on your first keyboard. This may be dependent on what you intend to use the instrument for and how often you will use it, but most adult beginners will be able to find something decent in the $100 to $200 price range. Even at this price point there is still a good selection to choose from, and most of them have lots of different features for you to play around with.
You will need to decide what size keyboard will be ideal for your use. There are keyboards that have full sized keys similar to that of a piano and others with fewer and smaller keys. If you have aspirations of graduating to a more advanced keyboard or indeed a piano at some time in the future then it is probably better for you to consider taking a full sized keyboard now. With that said however, full sized keyboards are less portable so if you plan to take your instrument with you on a regular basis then a smaller sized keyboard may be best for you.
The keys to your success
The keys on a keyboard do vary between the price ranges. This is especially significant if you intend to use your first one as practice for using a piano later on. If this is you, then you will benefit much more from keyboards with keys that are weighted and touch sensitive. These replicate the feel of a real piano very closely and will serve as excellent preparation for you. You may also want to look for an instrument that has some added features in the keys to help you learn to play such as those that light up as they are struck.
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