The Best Electronic Piano Keyboard for Piano Lessons
Can you really use an electronic piano keyboard to learn the piano?
Here is a look at some of the pros and cons.
What is an Electronic Piano Keyboard?
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 a separate pedal that you just connect with a cable.
An electronic piano keyboard often has fewer keys than a regular digital or acoustic piano- around 60-80 keys, and the keys are sometimes smaller than a regular piano. But times are changing, and there are more and more keyboards with a full 88 keyboard.
It is important to consider that some piano keyboards have no “touch control”, that is, you can not play loud and soft by pressing the keys heavier or lighter.
For learning piano, make sure you get a keyboard with touch control to be able to play music with dynamic changes!
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.
Piano Keyboards for Piano Lessons
Here I have picked a few piano keyboards that would be suitable for piano lessons. They all have a full keyboard with 88 keys, and weighted keys for a more pianistic "feel". Make sure to get a pedal as well, though.
Types of Piano Keyboards
- Portable Keyboards
This is a general term for electronic keyboards. Some of these are usable for home use. Look for a model with touch control (so you can play loud and soft), 88 keys, weighted keys (not so light and “fluffy” but more like an acoustic piano), pedal, note stand, inbuilt speakers and if possible “sampled” sound which has been recorded -sampled- from an acoustic piano.
- Stage Piano
A stage piano is, like the name says, meant to be used on stage. Normally it has no speakers, since they are meant to be connected with amplifiers and speakers on stage. But there are some with inbuilt speakers available.
This is a keyboard meant to be used for composing and recording with a computer for professionals.
A synthesizer is an instrument where you create sounds. It is used by professional composers or in bands for example, to create specific sound styles.
- Portable Grand Piano
Sound and touch almost like an acoustic grand, but in a portable format. It sometimes has inbuilt speakers. Great if you need to move it a lot.
- Digital Piano
Digital pianos are a great alternative to an acoustic upright or grand. The border between a portable digital piano and an electronic piano keyboard is getting more and more blurred, as the quality improves all the time. Many piano keyboards are now called digital pianos.