Updated February 19, 2016
There are many that may claim to be the best piano for beginners, but what makes one instrument better than another? Here, we take a look at some of the best and most affordable digital pianos available.
Whilst many would love an acoustic piano in the home, for the beginner, these are often impractical. Aside from the greater expense (which can be a big commitment for those just taking their first musical steps), acoustic pianos require a lot of space and periodic maintenance, such as tuning.
Digital pianos such as those below, conversely, are light, require no tuning and are comparatively inexpensive, whilst still having a full size keyboard with a realistic, fully weighted keyboard action. As a result, they are a very good way of taking your first steps towards becoming a piano player. For more experienced players, they also provide a highly portable and convenient instrument with authentic sound and feel.
The Yamaha P-45 is something of a landmark instrument for the Japanese instrument brand. It the most affordable stage piano featuring a fully weighted keyboard that it has ever made. And, in true Yamaha fashion, it does this without compromising on quality, too.
The simplified design incorporates 10 high quality sounds, which can be played via the 88-note, graded hammer action keyboard. In a nutshell, this mimics the weight and feel of a real acoustic piano keyboard.
All of this is packaged into a very slim-line, lightweight design, making it very practical.
The ES100 is Kawai’s entry level digital/stage piano. While not a household name, Kawai are a distinguished company specialising in both digital and acoustic pianos.
This model features Harmonic Imaging sound technology to capture and portray their excellent grand piano. This is found amongst other sounds including electric pianos, strings, organs, basses and more for when a traditional piano isn’t the right choice for the situation. What’s more, the keyboard can easily be split to provide two of these sounds at once so you can play different instruments with each hand. This is also a useful tool during tuition as the student and teacher can use half of the piano each.
The Yamaha PSR-E353 is a compact entry-level portable keyboard, ok so it’s not technically a piano, but it’s extremely useful for beginners. You get 61 touch sensitive keys ensuring superior feel and playability, which makes a huge difference when you’re learning to play the piano. You also have access to extremely useful Yamaha Education Suite (YES) with integrated scoring and waiting functions, allowing for easier development.
One of the most impressive features of the Yamaha PSR-E353 is the inclusion of an aux in to connect your own music device for playing through the on board speakers. This works flawlessly alongside the built in melody suppressor which can lower the volume of the main melody so you can play along, honing your skills at the same time.
For the beginner who is looking to embark on their journey into the world of piano, but wants something a little more professional, the Roland FP-30 is a perfect option. Offering 88 full size weighted keys as well as the superNATURAL sound engine, it’s a moderately priced option for those who don’t want to think about upgrading for a very long time.
The Roland FP-30 features realistic PHA-4 88-note keyboard with weighted keys for a more realistic touch than that of a standard keyboard, this allows users to get a far more realistic feel for piano without having to fork out for a full size acoustic option and encourages correct technique.
The Roland FP-30 also features a suite of quality voices a built in stereo system and the very useful ‘twin piano’ mode. This ‘twin piano’ mode allows a teacher to split the piano into two and play the same keys – perfect for tuition. The integration of USB and Bluetooth technology allows you to play along to your favourite tracks and offers compatibility with all the usual apps once you start creating your own music. For beginners who want something to practice with but can also use at an intermediate level, the Roland FP-30 is a great option.