Information about suitable instruments for lessons
The ideal instrument to practice on is a well-tuned acoustic piano in good condition.
- Ideal for technique development
- Motivating to play on
- Need to be tuned regularly
- Older pianos can malfunction, and keys can be loose or sticky
- Older pianos can be impossible to tune or go out of tune quickly
- A quality instrument will cost a few thousand dollars
A keyboard with 76 – 88 weighted keys is another suitable option.
- Do not need to be tuned
- Will be in great condition if you buy new
- Cost as little as $600.
- Have great sound effects
- Have a different touch/feel to an acoustic piano (disadvantage in learning technique
- May have less keys than an acoustic piano
- Are not suitable for students at an intermediate/advanced level
WHY NOT A SMALLER KEYBOARD?
- From the first year of lessons, fewer than 76 keys greatly limits the repertoire that can be practiced at home.
- Many keys are smaller width than regular piano keys, and that makes it challenging for a students hand to adapt.
- When keys are easy to press, the student changes the way that they press the keys. Many times this results in tension issues that are difficult to remedy later.
- The teaching of dynamics will be delayed until the student has a weighted instrument.