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 8 ‘best piano for beginners’ choices…
1. 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 allows both 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. 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:
- Yamaha P-45 Stage Piano Bundle
- Roland FP-30 Stage Piano
- Yamaha P-125 Stage Piano
- Kawai ES110 Stage Piano
- Yamaha YDP-143 Digital Piano
- Casio Privia PX-870 Digital Piano
- Roland RP102 Digital Piano
As always, please contact us if you need any more advice on your choice.
Shop the store
For more options head to the Keyboard & Piano section on the Dawsons website. Alternatively, venture to your nearest Dawsons Music Store where our in-store specialists will be more than happy to help you out.