You may be asking yourself should I use a piano or a keyboard. A full size acoustic piano has 88 keys (counting both the white and black keys).
Electronic keyboards come in several different sizes. Some have 60 keys, some even less.
Should I Use a Piano or a Keyboard
There are also 88 key electronic keyboards and digital pianos that produce very realistic acoustic sounds. However, the touch is very different.
The ARRANGEMENT of the keys and the ORDER of the KEY NAMES is the same on both instruments.
Rest assured that your basic knowledge of the fundamentals of music can be learned quite effectively either on a keyboard or a piano.
The only missing ingredient is your own persistence and determination to persevere through your music study with regular practice sessions. Do that and your success is assured!
To get a better perspective on your choice of musical instrument use it is fun to realize that you are also participating in a very important cultural aspect from around the world which has been going on for centuries. Did you know that pianos in some form have been around for over 500 years?
Some of the first instruments of this kind were created in the late Medieval Period and were called clavichords. They had a very light, metallic sound because the small hand-pounded ‘hammers’ were made of very light weight metal-like material. These hammers struck strings of varying lengths to create different tones or pitches.
The next cousin to the clavichord was the harpsichord invented by Cristofori in Italy around 1450 A.D.
This keyboard instrument had a mechanism in it called the plecktrum which ‘plucked’ the strings and produced a slightly stronger sound than its predecessor.
Whether you are playing an acoustic instrument, which is the closest relative to the history just mentioned, or an electronic keyboard, you are now participating in a centuries old musical art form.
Piano or Keyboard Purchase Costs
There are 2 very important factors to consider in your piano or keyboard purchase costs.
1. Weighted key or no weighted key.
All electronic keyboards have a very light touch. There can also be a sort of thumping sound if you play a passage with sixteenth notes. However, acoustic pianos and digital pianos have a weighted key.
This allows for a more musical ton quality and the ability to dynamically build a phrase or gradually increase and decrease from soft to loud and loud to soft.
2. Costs of purchasing and tuning.
Electronic keyboards are definitely less expensive. Plus they never need tuning and they are portable. But you must also consider that acoustic pianos have a tone quality which is much higher than any keyboard. It costs about $65 to $100 per tuning.
The price range for a new upright acoustic piano is from $3000-$8000. A used upright acoustic piano could be had for $500-$4000.