Best Piano For Beginners
There’s never been a better time to learn how to play the piano. Long gone are the days of limited practice hours and the need for bulky acoustic or digital pianos. Fortunately, there is a great selection of compact digital pianos for beginners which enable you to practice with headphones and can easily fit into your living space.
Here we present to you our choice of 10 best digital pianos for beginners…
Casio CDP-130 Stage Piano Bundle
Starting us off is this excellent Casio bundle package with everything a new player needs to get started. Casio has come on in leaps and bounds in recent years and now produce very impressive instruments. The CDP-130 features a fully weighted keyboard which mimics that of a real piano and has a small selection of piano and ensemble-based sounds.
Whilst the CDP-130 has an impressive 16-watt stereo speaker system built-in, it’s worth noting that you can connect headphones which in turn shuts off the speakers. As such, you can practice in silence.
Other features include a full suite of effects such as reverb and chorus, USB MIDI connectivity so that it can be used with a computer for recording. Plus a 3-year warranty.
Yamaha P-45 Stage Piano Bundle
Yamaha is a name synonymous with the production of instruments ranging from absolute beginner to world-class professional levels. The Yamaha P-45 Stage Piano Bundle is another one-stop-shop solution for beginners in that it comes with a bench, headphones, stand, pedal and power-supply.
The P-45 itself includes a comprehensive selection of instruments that can be split and layered so that you can combine sounds. There is also a “duo” mode that effectively splits the P-45 in half. This allowsboth teacher and student to sit side by side with access to the same range of notes.
Complete with USB MIDI connectivity and a 2-year warranty, the Yamaha P-45 Stage Piano Bundle is an impressive choice.
Roland FP-30 Stage Piano
The Roland FP-30 digital Stage Piano like all others on this list features a fully-weighted 88-note keyboard. This is in addition to Roland’s powerful SuperNATURAL sound engine which gives you access to some incredibly realistic sounds.
The FP-30 also has all the bells and whistles when it comes to connectivity, including of USB MIDI and storage so that you can record onto USB flash drives. Bluetooth is also built into the FP-30 so that you can connect an iPad and the free Piano Partner app. This comes with lessons, songs, remote control and more! Absolutely ideal for any beginner.
Yamaha P-125 Stage Piano
The Yamaha P-125 takes things up a notch here with regards to technical capabilities. Whilst still a great option for beginners, this is a digital piano that will stand the test of time thanks to its powerful audio engine, built in recorder and built-in songs.
As you can hear in the above video, the Grand Piano sound of the P-125 is incredible and is generated by the acclaimed Yamaha CF sound engine. You’ll also find iOS connectivity, a comprehensive collection of 24 sounds and 192 note polyphony (meaning 192 notes can be played simultaneously). Completing the package is a music rest, pedal and power adaptor.
Casio Privia PX-760 Digital Piano
The Casio PX-760 is the first “cabinet style” digital piano on this list. The main difference here is that this design looks far more elegant in a home, thanks to the custom-made wooden legs and pedal bench. The internal sounds of the PX-760 are equally as elegant, have a listen.
Pretty impressive! But what we really like about the PX-760 is that it has such great learning features. This includes a duo mode and even a dual headphone output so that both student and teacher can play side by side without disturbing anyone nearby.
The real party piece of the PX-760 is that it comes with recordings of world-class orchestras and matching sheet music. This gives new players the ability to play alongside a full orchestra whilst building their reading abilities.
Kawai ES110 Stage Piano
Having a long history of excellent acoustic piano production Kawai has the technical know-how to engineer exceptional digital instruments. None more so than the ES110.
Kawai has used its own bespoke harmonic imaging technology to power the varied internal instruments. This includes a range of grand pianos, organs, strings and more. The ES110 also has a built-in sequencer so that you can record your performances and practice alongside them to better your timing and dynamics.
The Kawai ES110 Stage Piano comes with a built-in lesson function, including a collection of Burgmüller etudes and Alfred Basic Piano lessons, from the popular course books. The ES110 has also been gifted with Bluetooth for use with a suite of free apps.
Casio Privia PX-770 Digital Piano
The Casio Privia PX-770 is a step up from the PX-760 with additional features, but still ideal for a beginner. For starters, the keyboard has been upgraded to feature ebony and ivory feel keys which are so smooth to the touch. Ideal for new hands to the piano.
The sound engine has been upgraded too and made compatible with the excellent free Chordana app. This provides lessons and the ability to edit internal sounds. Finally, the PX-770 is not only compact but it’s extremely elegant so this is an instrument that will look good in any home.
Yamaha YDP-143 Digital Piano
Yamaha are grand piano legends, which has given them a powerful advantage when creating their range of digital pianos. The sound of the renowned Yamaha CFIIIS 9′ concert sits within the YDP-143 and is complemented with a superb graded weight keyboard system for that authentic piano feeling.
As well as the ability to record songs onto the built-in sequencer the YDP-143 boasts the ability to work with iOS app. It also includes over 60 built-in songs, exceptional effects and a dual headphone out feature, which is ideal for beginners.
Available in a range of colours and very lightweight the YDP-143 makes an excellent choice for students and teachers.
Casio Privia PX-870 Digital Piano
If there’s one thing Casio is guilty of it’s really giving you value for money. Although the PX-870 is at the top of the range in the Privia series, some other models of a similar price don’t come as loaded with beginner-friendly features.
As you can hear, not only does the PX-870 sound incredible but it’s packed with wonderful features. This includes d rich 4-channel sound system for brilliant projection, powerful effects, USB connectivity and Chordana compatibility.
Another benefit is that the Casio Privia PX-870 is a digital piano that’s designed to grow with you. As such, you won’t need to upgrade for a very long time indeed.
Roland RP102 Digital Piano
This brings us finally to the Roland RP102 digital piano. Again, elegance is the order of the day with its beautiful dark wood finish and chrome pedals. The styling is just as good as it is to play and, thanks to the inclusion of songs made for learning and wireless connectivity for apps, the RP102 is ideal for a beginner. Our very own Tom Quayle had the RP102 in our studio recently.
As you would expect from Roland the sound quality is incredible. Whilst certainly towards the pricier end of this list it’s certainly not one that you will need to replace any time soon. Roland also agree, backing this with a free 3-year warranty.
We hope this list has helped you out toward making your choice for a new digital piano. As we have seen there’s no shortage of features for newer players today and the ability to practice in silence will surely be music to some parents out there.
Quick links to all models featured are listed below:
- Casio CDP-130 Stage Piano Bundle
- Yamaha P-45 Stage Piano Bundle
- Roland FP-30 Stage Piano
- Yamaha P-125 Stage Piano
- Casio Privia PX-760 Digital Piano
- Kawai ES110 Stage Piano
- Casio Privia PX-770 Digital Piano
- Yamaha YDP-143 Digital Piano
- Casio Privia PX-870 Digital Piano</li>
- Roland RP102 Digital Piano
As always, please contact us if you need any more advice on your choice.