Mastering the Keys: 7 of the Best Pianos for Beginners

best pianos for beginners

Do you've dreams of being the next Duke Ellington or Thelonious Monk? Or maybe you're more of an Elton John or Tori Amos? One thing is certain, you're going to need lots of lessons and to practice, practice. A little more practice.

This is especially true if you're starting to learn how to play the piano. Here are some of the best pianos for beginners to help you achieve your musical dreams.

Some Things to Consider

Since you're just starting there are few things you need to think about. Read this post to help you decide what sort of teacher and lessons would fit your learning style.

And while you may dream about having a gorgeous perfectly tuned baby grand, that isn’t a practical option for most people. In fact. Most beginners, it makes far more sense to buy a digital keyboard. So, here a few things to consider as you start to shop around.

Cost and Portability

The thing about buying a keyboard or pianos for beginners is that it doesn’t have to be the top of the line, supreme model. Sure, in the good old days if you wanted to learn to play you needed to buy a big, expensive instrument which was nearly impossible to move.

However, now there are plenty of cost-friendly, easily transportable electronic keyboards.

Number of Keys

The standard acoustic pianos have 88 keys. So, it'd make sense to get a keyboard with 88 keys too. This means it'll be easier to transition to an acoustic piano.

That said, starting on a smaller keyboard may be a better option for younger or new players. Fewer keys make learning the basic lessons, like hand position and initial scales, far less confusing. Plus, as a bonus feature, they're way easier to transport.

How Is It Powered

Some portable keyboards are only powered by batteries. Others need to be attached to a power cord. Others work off both.

Make sure you read the specs before you shell out money on a device that doesn’t meet your power needs. After all, batteries can get expensive and if you're going to always need an outlet, it mightn't be worth it, no matter how much you love the model.

Now let’s look at some of the actual keyboards.

Yamaha P-115

Yamaha is known for offering great keyboards at a variety of price points, including budget-friendly ones. While this model is one of their mid-range options, it's a good investment for those who are serious about learning to play,

While it's slightly more than others in P-series, the extras included with this compact, full 88 keys keyboard makes it worth it. On top of having 192 note polyphony, it comes with 50 preset songs, a built-in metronome. A beginners instructional DVD.

One of the few downsides is that it needs to be plugged into an outlet to work. So, this narrows down where it can be played. Other than that, it’s sleek, space-saving size makes it perfect for transporting.

LAGRIMA 88 Key

This is another 88 key keyboard, similar to the Yamaha. At a fraction of the price. Clocking in at just under $400, it's a great option for those on a budget.

One of the things which makes this a great piano for beginners is some of the functions available to assist in learning. For example, the teaching function lets students learn how to play with the left or right hand separately or together.

Plus, it's a chord function to help with fingering practice and hand placement. It also includes 80 demo songs and a series of DPS effects. So, it really packs quite a punch for its price tag.

Hamzer 61-key

This digital keyboard is slightly smaller than the others on this list, with 61 keys compared to 88. However, the keys are fairly touch responsive and its smaller size makes it ideal to learn or practice on. Be warned though, because it isn’t a full keyboard, the transition to an acoustic piano might be a little confusing for some.

Though it lacks most of the extra features both the Yamaha and Lagrima offer, it does have an integrated learning system, making it a fantastic choice for true beginners. it's also considerably smaller and lighter than some of the other models on this list, making it ideal for transporting to and from lessons or gigs.

Plus, it starts at about $115. It won’t break the bank.

Casio Privia PX-770 Digital Piano

What list of digital pianos would be complete without a Casio model somewhere on it? After all, their tiny white keyboard seemed to be everywhere in the 1980s and 1990s.

And even the days of playing the Miami Vice opening theme on the tiny keys seem to be long gone, they do seem to dominate the scene when it comes to digital pianos for beginners. And this 88 key digital piano seems to be the best of the bunch.

Noted for its ability to mimic the sound of a grand piano, the Casio Privia PX-770 gives you the chance to learn and practice on an instrument which will prepare you for a quality acoustic piano.

With 60 preprogrammed songs and duet mode, allowing teacher and student to play together, it's a great device for those who are serious about learning to play. And, even though it's one of the more expensive models on this list (it starts at about $700) it's still mid-range and a good investment.

Digital Pianos for Beginners

While this is a list of some of our favorite digital pianos for beginners it's not an exhaustive one. it's important to get an instrument you feel comfortable with. Otherwise, you'll be less inclined to practice. And learning to play should be fun!

For more tips on digital instruments and recording tricks check out some of our other articles.