You ever imagined playing like the professionals do? Feels good doesn’t it? Reality bits however. You will learn sooner or later that what separates the amateur piano players from the professionals is the kind of equipment that they use. Your ultimate goal should be to invest in all the best equipment for the goals that you want to achieve.
Undoubtedly though, one of the most challenging jobs for a beginner piano player is getting all the right equipment to learn with from the start and choosing from the limitless amount of techno musical gadgets on the market. I want you to remember that there are only a few pieces of equipment that you will need and that I recommend no piano player should ever be without.
The Obvious One is the Piano
I know what you may be thinking and no I don’t expect you to go and spend thousands of dollars on a new piano if you don’t have one already. Even a used piano can carry a hefty price tag. Thankfully we live in the age of technology.
If you’re not fortunate enough to have access to an acoustic piano, the next best thing is a digital piano. However, you have to be careful not to choose the wrong one. These instruments have improved a whole lot over the past few years. Not only do they sound better, they have become very affordable as well.
I would suggest you get one even if you already have an acoustic piano. In case you’re wondering, an acoustic piano is just a piano that’s not powered by electricity. And without getting too technical, acoustic pianos are unique because they produce sound by using hammer devices and strings.
Digital pianos can be a great asset to you because they allow you to imitate the look, sound, and feel of an acoustic piano. Digital pianos also allow you to completely control your volume level so that you dont disturb any of the people around you.
Don’t get me wrong though; I think practicing on an acoustic piano is very important but, the noise that they make will likely turn your friends, family, or neighbors into your worst enemies should you decide to practice playing around them.
Below I have listed a digital piano that I recommend for beginners. This is a great piano for anyone on a tight budget. Its not the best but, it is something that can get you by if you are a beginner:
Casio PX-555 88-Key Privia Keyboard
Inevitably you will have to spend more money if you want better quality out of a digital piano. Or you could go for a less expensive model called the Casio PX-110 Privia Digital Piano.
It’s sound quality may not be up to your standards but, unless you plan on using it for live performances or recording, the sound quality shouldn’t be that big of an issue for a beginner.
I believe the main focus of any beginner keyboard player is to try to find a digital keyboard to practice on that will allow them to closely simulate an actual acoustic piano without spending a fortune in the process.
Take small steps first and then once you become serious about playing on a regular basis, you can start to spend more money on professional music equipment.
The metronome is another important device that you should get. Its an excellent device for keeping you in sync with music scale exercises and the rhythm of songs. They range in price from the very affordable to the very expensive.
The most expensive ones can be very elaborate and sophisticated but, from my experience you dont need the extra bells and whistles.
My Favorite Piano
The model that I like and recommend is the Korg MA-30 Digital Metronome I like it because its small, lightweight, and very portable.
It also has several adjustable settings that you’ll need and you can connect a set of headphones to it as well. Expect to pay a little under $30.00 USD for this gadget.
The next piece of equipment you want to try to get is a stopwatch. You will start to notice very quickly that time starts to fly by even when you’re not having fun on the piano.
That’s why its essential that you keep track of how long it takes you to practice your music scales . Using a stop watch will keep you focused on your daily practice sessions and allow you to develop a schedule based on the amount of time that you spend on each music scale.
I didn’t use a stop watch when I started to play music scales and I ended up wasting a lot of precious time because of it. So, you definitely don’t want to make the mistake of not using one.