Post # 1
Is there any advantage to learning to play piano on a piano vs. a keyboard? We are planning on buying a piano later but our daughter is starting lessons now and we are wondering if we should just bite the bullet a buy a piano to begin with.
Post # 3
I started learning on a piano at age 4, but for a few years after we moved I only had a keyboard. a keyboard’s keys are much softer and give less resistance than a real piano, and it wasn’t really good for hand posture. but you can definitely still learn on it, and when I was 8 we got a real piano again and the teacher fixed my hand posture and all was right again. no big deal! you play with a lot more emotion on the piano, but you can learn all the same keys/notes on a keyboard.
Post # 4
I HATE playing on a keyboard, but I learned and have always played on a piano. Unless you get a really nice one, the keys will be unweighted and won’t feel the same. The spacing and notes, etc are all the same though, so it may be OK to learn on one. I’d just check out Craigslist if it were me and buy a cheap piano there instead of a keyboard til you were ready to buy an actual piano (and were sure she’s gonna stick with it).
Post # 5
I play piano and organ, and I have played keybards sometimes too. I agree with the above posters–it’s a very different feel, although she can learn the scales/chords on any of them. But the purist in me says to go ahead and start with a piano if piano is what she wants; you can often find inexpensive ones. You can search on ebay for used pianos for sale nearby. I bought my organ on ebay for $200. The only hard part is transporting it, but that should still be a lot less than the cost of something new.
Post # 6
I agree with the other PP’s, the feel of a keyboard is very different, has no emotion and if she intends to play a piano then learning on a piano would be best 🙂
Post # 7
A higher quality digital piano is also an option. If you get an acoustic piano you should makes sure to keep it tuned properly. I teach piano as my profession and would recommend you speak to her future teacher and do what she asks of you. Look to investing at least 1000 in an instrument. Say you are paying 100 dollars a month in lessons plus the cost of books (which adds up). It is a worthwhile investment to start her on a more enjoyable instrument. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
If you are going to get a keyboard 88-key with multi touch sensitivity and weighted keys (preferably hammer action) is a must. Plus it should have fixed pedals, that is ones that are on rods so they do not slide across the floor.
Post # 8
How did I miss this thread?? I’m a piano teacher, and feel strongly about the piano vs. keyboard thing. While I think that there are great digital keyboards out there that have weighted keys, it’s just not the same as the touch of a real piano. I second the notion of buying a cheaper piano vs. a more expensive digital keyboard. Besides Craigslist, you should also check out Pianomart.com. You know what you can also do? Drop by local piano stores – sometimes they’ll have older upright pianos selling for super cheap or even close to nothing. I once came across a store that was trying to give away a piano!
Post # 9
Also another vote for piano. Full size keyboards are really expensive anyways, may as well spring for the piano.