Keyboards are slowly taking over the traditional pianos as they are not only much cheaper it is also smaller in size which is beneficial if you live in a small space. Keyboards in Malaysia offers more options compared to a traditional piano particularly if you choose to start out doing it as a hobby. Here is a beginner’s guide in choosing the right keyboard.
Types of keyboards
There are mainly two types of keyboards: digital piano and an arranger keyboard. Both of the keyboards serve a very different purpose and it all boils down to an individual’s preference.
The biggest difference between a traditional piano and a digital piano is that one has strings and one does not. Other than that, both of the pianos have practically similar elements. Digital pianos are easy to setup as it can be simply plugged into the wall. A digital piano has a total of 88 keys and comes in three main styles: a keyboard music stand, an upright, or a digital baby grand.
This type of keyboard is preferably recommended for advanced users as it is more than just a piano. There are additional effects that can be accompanied by the songs played on the keyboard such as synthesizers, MIDI controllers, sequencers, and background sounds. People who are looking into producing their own music would benefit greatly from the arranger keyboard.
Features to look out for
There are two main features that every beginner should look out for. Firstly, the keyboard should both sound and feel like a real piano. This is because; the realistic sounds produced by the keyboard will help a beginner to train their ears to differentiate between various keys in majors, minors, and intervals. Weighted keys are also an important feature as it gives a beginner pianist a true piano feel experience as most traditional pianos do have this feature. The purpose of weighted keys is that it can either sound loud or soft depending on how hard the student hit the keys. Most keyboards have the volume control button, which makes it impossible for a beginner to effectively practice crescendo, diminuendo, accent notes, or other dynamic markings in music.
Secondly, a metronome is an important learning tool that helps to develop beginners’ playing skills. The reason is that it acts as a steady time-keeper to help get the rhythm solid to keep a steady beat.
Other additional features to look for
Keyboards can be simply placed on a tabletop to start playing. However, a keyboard that comes with a stand and bench are essential additions that can help a beginner to establish proper habits. Depending on the model of the keyboard, a damper pedal is also a great addition as it can help sustain notes better.