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How To Choose A Piano (Pianote VLOG)

Important tips for finding the instrument (and pumpkin) that's right for you

Lisa Witt - Oct 6, 2019

It's finally fall!!

 

Pumpkin EVERYTHING!

 

I LOVE this time of year. Pumpkin-spiced lattes, pumpkin pie, and Halloween!!

 

We've been busy getting the set decorated for our Halloween tutorials, so I had to go out and get some pumpkins from our local farm!

 

Along the way, we stopped in at a music store so I can show you what I think are the most important things to consider when choosing a new piano. That's what this blog post is going to be about.

 

So here's what to look for when choosing a new piano.

 

Play the darn thing!

 

Many of the things that will determine whether you love or hate a piano will depend on your own personal preference, which is why my #1 Tip is to actually PLAY the piano you are thinking of buying.

 

Buying online is great and can save you money, but buying a piano without playing it first is super risky. You want to make sure you absolutely LOVE how it plays and sounds. That will motivate you to play more.

 

So if you're in a music store trying out a digital piano or keyboard, turn up the volume! If you're shy, ask someone for headphones -- most stores will glady give you some.

 

Turn the volume up to the level that you think you would have at home. That will give you a sense of the true sound.

 

How does it feel?

 

Another super important consideration is the 'feel' of the keys. Do they feel cheap? Too plastic? Most people keep their pianos for years (even decades), so you want to make sure it feels nice to play. Try a few different ones out, and see what you prefer (within your budget of course).

 

Part of the feel also comes down to touch sensitivity. I cannot recommend this enough. Some cheaper model keyboards do NOT have touch sensitivity. Avoid these if you can!

 

Touch sensitivity simply means than when you play the key softly, the sound is quiet. If you play it hard, it's loud. Without touch sensitivity, you won't be able to develop your dynamics and control, and you'll be really limited in what you'll be able to play.

 

Do numbers really matter?

 

How many keys is best? A full-size piano has 88 keys, and I would definitely recommend trying to get an 88-key piano or keyboard if you can. 88-key digital instruments almost always feature weighted keys as well, which means the keys 'feel' like they would on an acoustic piano.

 

In my opinion, the absolute minimum number of keys you should settle for is 61. Anything less than that will really limit your repertoire.

 

Money, money, money

 

Of course, all of the above considerations come down to money. What can you afford? I can't say too much about this because everyone is different and has different budgets.

 

The one piece of advice I have is to remember that buying a piano is a big purchase. If you do it right, you'll be able to keep the instrument for your entire life (or most of it). So I would really think hard about what you can afford, and treat it as an investment.

 

If you do it right, you'll have a beautiful instrument that will give you years and years of joy.

 

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Hi, I'm Lisa Witt

Lisa has taught in a variety of settings from beginners just getting started to recording artists preparing their songs for the road. While her background is classical, she loves helping students play the music they love by ear and is excited to be a part of YOUR journey.