Before you can start piano lessons, you need a piano. Piano keyboards come in many styles, but it can be hard for a beginner to know what is the best instrument.
Here is a guide to help you find the best instrument for you, and what type of piano accessories you need for a great start.
The answer to this is the best quality of the type of instrument you prefer. If an electrical instrument is what you want, buy the best you can afford.
Make sure it has pedals, and a full sized, touch sensitive and weighted 88-key keyboard. If you would like an acoustic piano, check out second hand uprights. You can find really great second hand instruments!
It's a good idea to bring a pianist or technician along to help you try out the instrument.
The biggest purchase for a new pianist is obviously a piano or a keyboard. But a trip to a music store can easily get confusing- there are simply too many choices...
So, let's narrow it down. Ask yourself what type of instrument you need:
These instruments are portable, normally budget friendly and have lots of fun sounds and effects to play around with.
Electronic keyboards are generally not great for classical style pianists, but there are some good alternatives.
Digital pianos, (or electric keyboards) are serious competitors to acoustic upright or grand piano keyboards. The sound and touch is excellent, and no maintenance is required.
Many models are also somewhat portable. A digital piano is not the same as an acoustic in feel, neither in key-weight or "touch".
But still, a digital piano is a budget friendly instrument and a great alternative for keeping in a place with less than ideal temperature or humidity/dryness.
An acoustic piano is an investment for the serious pianist. A small upright needs little space and comes in many brands and models.
An upright is too heavy to move around, and needs regular care, maintenance and tuning for a long life.
There are many different prices and brands available. You could also consider buying second hand.
A grand piano is for the serious pianist who wants to get the best.
It's important to note that a grand needs a larger room though. It's not an instrument to be tucked away in a corner, but to be proudly displayed!
Many different prices and brands are available, and second hand may also be an excellent choice.
Even though a good instrument is the most important, there are a few basic accessories that are important for best playing results.
A great piano bench is absolutely essential for comfortable playing. The more comfort, the more you will want to practice!
The absolute best would be if you can get an adjustable bench, especially if it's padded. This you can position at exactly the right height for you.
As a good bench will help you to sit with the best posture when playing, it will also facilitate balance and coordination. Read more about the piano bench here.
Good lighting made for piano keyboards is also very important when playing and practicing.
Make sure your lighting is adequate and does not cast any shadows on the keyboard.
It is also important that you can easily read the notes in front of you (without squinting or craning your neck)- it is amazing what great lighting can do to ease tension!
A handy and very useful little gadget that every serious piano player need is a quality metronome.
Learn about my recommended metronomes and how to practice with a metronome for great results here: How to use a metronome.