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Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:04 AM
Hi, my grade one DD started piano this year. I'm far from expert but our teacher gave us some advice. She suggested that we consider an electric/digital piano. She suggested this because an investment in a regular piano, and all of the maintenance that involves, may be too big when we don't know how long DD will stick with it. We purchased a digital piano at a price around $1000 and we are thrilled with it. We didn't end up getting it but we were looking at casio pianos online around this pricepoint (in the end a local music store matched the deal with a similar Yamaha piano). Sorry but I can't remember the name of the website we looked at.
Other tips we were given by the teacher were - get a full sized keyboard, get one with weighted keys so it feels like a 'real' piano, get one on a stand so it doesn't wobble all around and get one with the pedals (DD has only been learning 13 weeks and has already learned a song she uses a pedal in).
Hope that helps a bit. I'm sure someone else will come with more expert advice:)
Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:09 AM
If you are thinking your child might want to do exams etc, a real piano would be heaps better. There is a massive difference between the feel of a keyboard and a real piano.
Plus, I think pianos look awesome! hehe.
Mum and Dad bought me a piano when I was 7. I went on to learn and do exams til I was 17. Now it's here for my girls to learn on, I don't play much anymore but I love having it in the house!
My piano is an upright YAMAHA. It's a good little piano. My piano teacher had a Kawai baby grand and gees, that was one hell of a piano! =)
Edited by RipeWickedPlum, 23 November 2012 - 07:10 AM.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:20 AM
I have an upright Kawai, and it is both a beautiful piano, and a beautiful piece of furniture.
I used to teach piano, and my advice would be along the same lines as Katrina24's - a good second hand digital with a full size keyboard is a great beginner. I suggest second hand, because new they can be very expensive, and if she doesnt stick with it, at least you wont loose as much. Please, whatever you do, don't get an old iron frame out of tune one, because often they can't be tuned adequately and it will do your head in having an out of tune piano!
Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:40 AM
Other tips we were given by the teacher were - get a full sized keyboard, get one with weighted keys so it feels like a 'real' piano, get one on a stand so it doesn't wobble all around and get one with the pedals
Agree. DH has a cheaper electric, while it does the job, the keys are not weighted correctly, so playing a proper piano afterwards feels awkward and clumsy. Very important if the lessons are to be conducted on a regular piano.
Also if it doesn't have the full range of keys, it's very sad when your song has big fat bass chords and you can't play the bottom notes!
My parents bought me a Technics Piano, it's just lovely. It has a few extra bells and whistles (different settings ie. harpsichord, pipe organ etc, record/playback function) which are fun but not necessary, so you could probably get something more economical.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:44 AM
I've played piano for 17 years. I hate using electric keyboards, they are a completely different feel.
I would get a cheaper upright.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 07:49 AM
Agreed with the proper weighed keys on the electric pianos.
My niece is 18 and always played on electric her whole learning life and she has just finished her last AMB exam.
She is amazing and plays at many events.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 08:23 AM
If you opt for a "real" piano rather than digital be careful of the cheap second hand ones. Many pianos being sold cheap will no longer hold their tuning and are effectively worthless. If you go second hand it's a good idea to get a professional to look over it first. Or buy from a reputable dealer.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:02 AM
I would be looking at a second hand upright from a piano shop not from gumtree. We had an old piano which could no longer be tuned. Which was fine as it was for looks, we also had my rather expensive piano which was beautiful to play. Nothing like any keyboard I have ever played on, it is not just the keys but the sound as well. If your daughter is doing exams she needs to be able to do pitch work and hit notes, I can't think of one professional player I know that would prefer a keyboard over the real thing.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:38 AM
There is no one who'd argue that a real piano isn't superior in sound and quality over a digital.
However, there are some serious advantages to digital pianos, which I why I ended up buying one instead a real one.
- are light and easy to move.
- requires no maintenance or tuning after purchase.
- can be placed against any wall whereas a real piano is best against an inner wall.
- can have headphones plugged into them. Great when you don't want to be listening to hours of scales.
- can have other devices and software attached. I have a software that converts what I play into sheet music, which is very handy!
- come with a built-in metronome, recording functions and different sounds so your child can get a bit creative with layers, transpositions and tempos.
- they're usually cheaper!
They don't feel or sound as good as a real piano but otherwise I think an 88-keyed, weighted digital piano to be a great way to start out.
I have a Kawai digital which I purchased new 12-years ago for $1800. I have no idea what they'd be worth now.
Posted 23 November 2012 - 09:46 AM
I have a gorgeous upright grand piano. It's at my parents house. 4000km away. So, at my house, I have a Roland Digital. It has weighted keys and hammer action, so it feels like and sounds like a real piano. I think one of the PPers suggestion of getting a second hand digital would be the way to go. Do you have a friend who plays the piano who can go with you to check some out?
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