“I don’t have a piano.” This is one of the most common reasons I’ve heard. My immediate response? Get one if you really want to learn the piano.
Broke? Strapped for cash? Have more pressing priorities? Don’t worry. Let’s pause and ponder over the possible options, starting with the one that’s cheapest and work our way up. I’ll get you to Pianoland yet.
1. Beg, borrow or steal (no, trash that last one). Know of a family member or friend who has a piano or keyboard sitting around, gathering dust? Persuade them to let you have it—you might have to do some chores, babysit, give them a six-pack, etc. Whatever. Furthermore, announce to them with much pomp and splendor that you’re going to learn the piano on your own, using my ebook as a guide. They might relent and let you have it for free, and also you now have a commitment—you’re going to show them that you’re truly into this and you’re going to learn to play the piano on your own.
2. If you can’t get anybody to loan you a piano, buy a digital keyboard. They’re cheap nowadays and most of the music manufacturers have a vast number of models tailored to your budget and needs—Yamaha, Roland, Kawai, Casio, Korg and the rest have a huge variety of keyboards for the aspiring beginner. To take an example, Yamaha has the YPT-210 (click on the pictures to go to the links): a basic keyboard with 61 keys (counting both black and white) selling for just over $100 USD on Amazon (go to my webstore to see this) Or pick something like the Yamaha P85, an 88-key digital piano with an authentic piano sound, going for $599 USD on Amazon, and still reasonably affordable. Why pick a digital instead of a normal acoustic piano? Simple—digitals don’t need tuning and maintenance; overall they’re cheaper than their acoustic counterparts. By the way, 88 keys is the standard range of the piano. So if you buy a keyboard like the P85, you’re essentially set to play anything in the piano repertoire, from beginner to advanced.
3. Moving on to higher ground, consider the Yamaha Clavinovas. Beautiful in styling and almost looking like a small acoustic piano, there’s one to suit every budget. There are two varieties:
· The CLP series is geared for those who simply want a no-nonsense, great sounding piano. Of course, other nice features are included, like a built-in metronome, recorder, other instrument sounds, and USB connectivity.
· The CVP series, on the other hand, is the crème de la crème of digital pianos. Featuring great sounds, auto accompaniment, USB (and even LAN connectivity), the CVP series have practically everything including the kitchen sink. You can get all the fine details at Yamaha’s Clavinova website.
4. To sum it up, here are the reasons why you should go digital:
· Digital keyboards are relatively cheaper than their acoustic counterparts.
· Digital keyboards require very little maintenance and always remain in tune.
· Digital keyboards are relatively portable (don’t try lifting a Clavinova on your own though—you need to rope in a friend if you don’t want to end up with a broken back).
· Digital keyboards have a host of other additional features and benefits absent on acoustic pianos.
Since the holiday and festive season is fast approaching, it works to your advantage as music stores are usually extra-generous at this time of the year and offer substantial discounts. So don’t tarry any longer; go get a keyboard, and don’t forget to get my ebook too. Your family and friends will be impressed!