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Piano B&W

How to Choose a Keyboard

Keyboards (Also known as Digital Pianos) can vary greatly from one to another in a few areas.

Here are the main factors we'll be considering:

  • Touch Response

  • Key Action

  • Number of Keys

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Touch Sensitivity

Key Action

A keyboards action refers to the feeling of the keys when pressed. 

There are several different styles of key action but we're only going to cover the two basic styles.

Weighted Keys:

  • Heavier keys that feel more like an Acoustic Piano (meaning a normal piano)

  • Often feel nicer to play but can be more expensive.

Non-Weighted Keys:

  • Basic.

  • Feels more like springs underneath the keys.

  • Usually cheaper.

This is something that comes down to personal preference. If you aren't sure, I'd recommend going into a music store and playing a few keyboards to see what you like. 

  • Also known as "Touch Response" or "Velocity"

  • This feature allows you to play quieter or louder depending on how soft or hard you press the keys

  • This is feature is essential for most piano players and I highly recommend getting a keyboard with this feature. 

Number of Keys

  • Most keyboards have the standard 88 keys, similar to a normal Acoustic piano.

  • A keyboard with anything under 88 may be somewhat cheaper but you'll be sacrificing more of the keyboards range and hence limiting the songs you are able to play.

Click here to see my list of recommended Keyboards

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