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What piano should you buy for a beginner

Beginner Piano Playing Tips
Published: 19 February 2022
Noah Markson

What piano should you buy for a beginner?

When looking for a piano for beginners, it is easy to get caught up in the different types of piano, which can make the whole process seem a little daunting. However, when starting out, it might be useful to look at a digital piano. There are benefits to all types of pianos, but digital pianos can be a great place to start; they take up less space, don’t require tuning and are more cost-effective.

In this article, we will be discussing why we believe digital pianos are an obvious choice and the key things to consider when looking for a digital piano as a beginner.

Keep it Simple

Whilst digital pianos are the ideal piano for a beginner, it is easy to become overwhelmed with all their extra capabilities. The best digital piano is one that is simple and doesn’t have hundreds of fun but useless instrumental sounds that will only distract from learning.

The key settings you will want to look for are acoustic and electronic piano modes, bass, jazz organ and ideally, a built-in metronome to save you from having to buy a separate one. These are the main features that will help you develop your skills until you are ready to upgrade to an acoustic piano.

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88 Keys are KEY

Eighty-eight keys have always been the standard for any acoustic or grand piano, combining fifty-two white and thirty-six black keys. It is thought to be the perfect number of keys that allow for a range of
sound without being so big that the instrument is unplayable.

If you are a beginner and are interested in eventually progressing to an acoustic piano, you must start with the right amount of keys. Anything less than this won’t feel right and will put you at a disadvantage in the long term. Choosing a digital piano with 88 keys that are 23mm in width will ensure you are starting on the right note.

Weight Matters

There are hundreds of digital piano models on the market, all at different price points and different levels of quality. As with any product, the less you pay, the less you will get, and a piano is no different. The cheaper digital pianos will have plastic keys, while the more expensive will come with high-quality synthetic ivory keys to offer players a more realistic experience. Weighted keys are great for beginners looking to not only improve their skills but also their grip on the piano. This, combined with a weight action, will help you play more expressively as if you were using an acoustic.

The Right Sound

As a beginner, it can be challenging to differentiate the sounds and tones each piano will produce, which is why a digital piano is ideal. At the start of your musical journey, you won’t require high-quality sound, but by investing in a decent digital piano, you can get close to the real thing. Digital pianos don’t require as significant an investment as an acoustic piano, but the better the quality, the more realistic the speakers, will sound.

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Buying your first piano

Buying your first piano is always exciting, and whether you are looking for a new or used model, there are so many unique models to choose from. At Markson Pianos, we are proud to offer an extensive range of new and pre-owned pianos.

Our mission is to ensure that our customers always receive the highest quality service and products at the best price. As such, our team guarantees that each piano, whether it is new or used, goes through a full regulation and setup process. All parts are thoroughly checked, and the piano receives at least two house tunings to ensure they are structurally sound and ready to purchase.

Find the perfect beginner piano with Markson Pianos

If you are a beginner searching for the perfect piano the purchase, why not visit our London based showroom? We have a range of incredible models available for you to play, and our team will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have on whether a digital, acoustic, or grand piano is right for you. Alternatively, if you’re looking to sell your piano, why not read our blog post on ‘What to look for when you buy a piano‘.

If you have any questions about pianos for beginners or any other queries, you can visit our website or get in touch with us today on 020 7935 8682.

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