Electronic Keyboard Buying Guide

This post answers the following questions

1) How to choose the right keyboard?
2) What are the different elements of the keyboard?
3) Why should you buy Yamaha keyboards?
4) What is the first thing you should consider in buying a keyboard?
5) What are the features of Modern electronic keyboards?

Trying to choose a keyboard for yourself can get pretty complicated, considering all of the different brands, styles and configurations out there.  Walking into a music store to buy a keyboard if you aren’t sure what you need is enough to make even an experienced player’s head spin.

To choose the right keyboard for you, it’s wise to look at the different elements of the keyboard and narrow down the choices until you have one that fits.

The Price

It’s not uncommon to find keyboards for several hundred dollars or several thousand dollars, so you really need to figure out how much you can comfortably spend before you start looking.  The price is one of the first things you should consider because even if your musical tastes and desire leads you to a certain brand or model, if that keyboard costs a thousand or two more than you have, your shopping trip will end abruptly.  Figure out what you can afford and then start looking.

The Brand

The brand of keyboard you ultimately end up with may also be dependent on your budget, but in many cases the brand will depend on feel and sound and features.  Korg keyboards, Yamaha keyboards and M-Audio keyboards are all respected names and you’ll find models within each brand that will suit your needs, but every keyboard player ends up with a preference.  If you don’t already have one, play each brand and see if any one feels ‘more right’ than the others.

The Keys

You can find Yamaha keyboards, M-Audio keyboards and Korg keyboards that come with different numbers of keys.  The number of keys is another factor when choosing the right keyboard for you.  You’ll find keyboards with 61 keys, 76 keys, 88 keys and sometimes 32 or 49 keys.

A standard piano has 88 keys, so if you want to be a pianist, you will need an 88 key model.  When you play an 88 key keyboard, you’re able to play any composition without any modifications.

If portability is your main concern, then you should look toward versions with fewer keys that meet your criteria.  If your budget is in play and you aren’t leaning toward a career as a professional piano player, keyboards with fewer keys typically cost less.

 The Features

 Modern electronic keyboards have many different features that can really enhance the playability and enjoyment level of your keyboard.  There’s the touch response feature that will make your keyboard sound like a real acoustic piano, different types of LCD displays, vocal harmony feature and internet connectivity.

Figure out what you need from your keyboard and then seek out features accordingly.  If you just want to play the piano, then you probably don’t need an elaborate keyboard that can make airplane noises, no matter how cool it sounds.   Follow your needs, your desire and your budget and you’ll find what you need.

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Ken W is a freelance writer who loves to write anything about music.  He has written for music websites such as Long & McQuade and many others.

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