What Kind of Piano Should You Purchase When Beginning Piano Lessons


Once you or your child has decided to begin piano lessons you have to make a decision about obtaining an instrument.  There are a few things to consider before you make a purchase.  You need to decide how much you want to spend on a piano, what kind of instrument you would like to get, and where you would like to get one from.

There are many different kinds of pianos you can purchase and you should think through all of your options before you make a decision.  Pianos are not small instruments and you need to make sure you have enough room for one before you move forward.  Grand pianos can be over 6 feet long and take up a great deal of space.  They are generally considered the most beautiful pianos in both sound and appearance.  You might decide this is the right instrument for you if you have a lot of space and a large budget to work with.  Grand pianos are more than just an instrument in that they can also be a symbol of status and a piece of beauty in a home.  Lots of wealthy people have a grand piano to decorate a house although they never get played.

Baby grand pianos are generally a little over five feet long and are very similar in sound and desirability as a full grand piano.  The slightly more compact size of a baby grand allows for more people to purchase them as they take up a little less room then their larger cousins.    Baby grand piano can sometimes be owned by people who live even in an apartment.  Make sure you find out the size of the piano you are looking into purchasing and make sure you measure to be sure it will fit in your space.

Uprights are the smallest non electric pianos that you can buy.  The bulk of the piano is vertical in an upright as opposed to horizontal in both grand and baby grand pianos.  Most upright pianos are about 58’ wide and they can vary in height.  Spinets are 36-38 inches and are usually the most desired upright piano.  Consoles are 40-43 inches and are the next size larger than the spinet and are considered to be able to produce a more varied sound.  Studio pianos are 45-48 inches and do to larger inside have a feel closer to that of a grand piano. Uprights are 50-60 inches and can last a very long time if well maintained.

Keyboards have come a long way in recent years and a lot of pianist actually prefer them due to their versatility and mobility.  With advances in technology keyboards can now have the feel of an actually piano and create sounds that are just as comparable.  Keep in mind that excellent keyboards can be just as expensive as a good piano.  The biggest advantage to a keyboard is that they are much more mobile than a piano and do not require the upkeep of tuning that a piano requires.  I often suggest that a new student purchase a cheap keyboard when first learning to play.  I do not recommend buying an expensive instrument if a student Is unsure if they will stick with piano for many years.  Most new students will also have a hard time knowing if an expensive instrument is right for them if they do not have some piano knowledge under the belt.  Playing for some time on a keyboard will give a student a better idea of what to look for when shopping for a life-long piano.  It should be taken into consideration that a touch-sensitive keyboard is best and a full size keyboard is highly recommended.  A new student will be learning dynamic markings, which is how loud or how quiet to play a section of music.  A piano that is not touch sensitive will not be able to make different volume sounds and student will get in the habit of just ignoring dynamic markings instead of using them and interpreting the music on a higher level.





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