Is an electronic piano keyboard really a good alternative for learning to play the piano? Here is a look at some of the pros and cons.
The electronic keyboard, simply called “keyboard” comes in many sizes and prices. It is separate from it's stand, lightweight, portable and relatively inexpensive.
Electronic keyboards usually come without pedals, but you can buy one pedal that you just connect with a cable.
A Keyboard often has much fewer keys than a regular digital or acoustic piano- around 60-80 keys, and the keys are sometimes smaller than a regular piano.
It is important to consider that electronic piano keyboards usually have no “touch control”, that is, you can not play loud and soft by pressing the keys heavier or lighter.
Some keyboards have inbuilt speakers and some are meant to be connected with other speakers, like a “stage piano”, which is meant to be used... on a stage! For home use it is normally better to get an keyboard with inbuilt speakers.
Here is a list with good brands of portable keyboards to consider for beginning piano lessons. Generally, a digital piano is your best bet, but there are some good quality portable electronic keyboards with inbuilt speakers as well.
Yamaha portable keyboards: Yamaha's Digital Keyboards feature hundreds of voices and sounds, advanced synthesis technology, even interactive tutorials.
Portable grand piano: Sound and touch is almost like a grand, but in a portable format.
Has good quality portable digital stage pianos.
Also has a great collection of digital pianos.
Roland has a wide range of quality digital pianos to choose from. For example:
Kurzweil has a selection of quality stage pianos with or without inbuilt speakers, as well as digital pianos.
Casio generally is a budget alternative, but the digital pianos are of decent quality.