Buying A Beginner Keyboard.
With so many makes and models available, buying a keyboard for a beginner can be pretty confusing.
We’ve picked out 2 models from Yamaha which we know represent great value for a beginner. Both sound good, they are designed with the player in mind to have a great experience with music, and both represent excellent value for money.
This keyboard offers everything a beginner needs. It has a 61-note touch responsive keyboard, is packed with features normally found only on high end instruments, and offered at an exceptional price for the value it represents. The instrument itself is very light, so is easily movable, and can even be run on batteries so it can be taken anywhere.
Yamaha instruments are renowned for their quality and durability, and the P-Series keyboards are backed up by a generous 5 year manufacturer’s warranty.
With over 500 instrument sounds and 165 backing styles drawn from musical genres the world over kids of all ages will have great fun experimenting and playing with these!
But if you prefer to keep it simple and just play piano, the portable grand button can be pressed to deliver a classic grand piano sound.
The inbuilt ‘Keys To Success’ lessons and Touch Tutor feature help the beginning player to develop feel and expression on their instrument. A songbook can be downloaded that matches the onboard songs which includes not only the musical scores for the songs, but also tips and images to make playing and learning even easier. And Duo mode allows the keyboard to be split in half. This is ideal for working with a teacher, as the student can watch and imitate their hands.
The PRS-E363 even has a 2-Track recorder built-in, so you can record your own songs!
In a world of options, this keyboard represents great value for money with impressive features, playability and quality.
If you don’t need the sounds and other features of the PSRE range, but simply want an experience that is closer to that of playing an actual piano, then the NP32 is a great choice.
The NP32 features ‘Graded soft Touch Keyboard’ keys, with lower notes having a heavier feel, whilst the higher notes feel lighter. This allows for a more natural and expressive feel in playing. With 76 keys it is not quite the full length of a standard piano (which has 12 more), but it has more than enough keys for beginning and intermediate players to develop their playing skills on.
The piano sounds have been sampled from a Yamaha concert grand piano and are rich and dynamic, but there are a range of other instrument voices to choose from. Electric pianos, organs and voice layering are also included so the player can explore many options to find the right sound for the song they are playing.
The onboard speaker system delivers a rich stereo sound, and the experience of playing in a large room or hall can be achieved by dealing in the digital reverb found within.
Capture your ideas and songs with the inbuilt recording function and listen to them being played back straight away.
Need to change the key of a song? This is easily done with the transpose function.
And the NP32 offers USB connectivity, so it can be connect to a computer or iOS device where a range of apps can be used to enhance the playing and learning experience even more.
It is also a very light instrument and can be easily carried in one hand, and like the PSR mentioned above, also runs on batteries if needed, so it can be played anywhere!
For a simple but great sounding digital piano that is ideal for beginners, the NP32 is hard to go past.