Real pianos are really awesome but unfortunately has some drawbacks. the one big one is you can’t turn the volume down so with a piano and you tend to end up playing for the neighbors. With an electronic keyboard you can stick on some headphones and play whatever turns you on – you can experiment, make mistakes and sound silly and play something a thousand times without driving other people nuts.
The ideal situation would be to have BOTH!
If you are buying a piano it is preferable not to buy a straight strung but rather an overstrung piano! How do you tell: Lift the top lid of the piano you should see the tuning pins at the top of the piano. If the tuning pins are evenly spaced along the pin block and the strings are all parallel and vertical this is a straight strung piano. If there is a group of tuning pins at the left and a separate group at the right and the strings cross over in a X shape this is an overstrung piano. Also get a tuner to check it out. I bought a piano once that needed to have the wood treated because all the pins (that tighten the strings) were coming loose very quickly after being tuned – disaster!
What Keyboard should you choose?
It will depend a lot on what you want. Do you want a keyboard that sounds and feels like a Piano? In that case then you’re looking for a keyboard or Digital Piano with WEIGHTED keys. Listen carefully to the piano sound and do not be overwhelmed by all the other buttons. If you want something portable then you are looking for a keyboard. Personally I would still look for one with weighted keys. This is purely because I personally hate the feel of light plastic keys.
Get a keyboard with at least 61 keys – anything less and you will be craving for more keys after a few days. Also make sure get a sustain pedal, a keyboard is absolutely a dead thing without one. Without a sustain pedal as soon as you lift your finger off a key the sound stops dead – with a piano at least the strings vibrate for a second or two – the difference is quite noticeable.
Why choose PIANOFORALL
All-in-one package. Ebooks, Videos and audios
Works with all devices – PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android tablets and phones
All styles of piano covered – pop, blues, jazz, ballads, improvisation, classical.
Play-by-ear and learn to read music at the same time
Filled with tricks, tips and formulas to help people sound great right from the start
Easy to follow yet comprehensive
10 clearly laid out ebooks – 600 pages in total
200 videos – over 10 hours in total
500 audio lessons
The video and audio can be accessed right on the page you are viewing so you don’t have to open a separate program
Instant download or delivered anywhere in the world on a DVD ROM
The website is verified by VERISIGN so you know your payments are totally secure
Great Testimonials that are VERIFIABLE – students can request email addresses and talk to that person to find out for themselves if pianoforall delivers.