If you’re looking to start your songwriting career, and the piano is more your style, then you need to know the best keyboards available for you. As I said in my earlier blog regarding beginner acoustic guitars, a lot of people will either feel overwhelmed by the choices, or think that they’ll need to buy the most expensive keyboard out there to get quality sound.
The reality is there are some great keyboards out there; quality sound for affordable prices. I mean, an expensive keyboard with a bunch of complex features just winds up being confusing, and odds are you really aren’t going to use most of them. Keeping in mind ease of use, affordable price, features (that are actually useful), quality sound, and durability; here are some of the best keyboards for the beginner pianist/songwriter.
This is actually the keyboard I currently own, and I find it perfectly practical and useful. 76 keys, stereo speakers, track recorder, plenty of different voices, play at your own pace practice tracks, and the sound is just as good as any. It’s also portable enough that you shouldn’t have any issues traveling with it.
The Korg 88 looks great, and feels great with its 88 weighted keys. Though it’s an electric keyboard the weighted keys makes it super easy to transition between this to an acoustic piano. Plus it looks great in any room.
This guy is ideal for the beginner (kid friendly). It’s cheap, and offers a learning system that increases difficulty with each lesson, a set up which Casio is well known for. And of course it has the basic features you’d expect from an electric keyboard.
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This is the cheapest on our list, and definitely the most portable. Simply unroll the keyboard and you’ve got four octaves to play with. I recommend this one to the on the go musician or college student. Keep it in your backpack, and when inspiration hits you with a new song idea, simply take it out and you’re good to go. Ideally you’d want to have some basic chord knowledge when using this keyboard. Check out our guide on Chord Progressions to help get you started.
So here are just a few keyboards I would recommend for someone looking to get started in songwriting/composing. There are plenty of keyboards out there that might work for you, but just remember that you don’t need the latest and greatest, biggest and baddest, to get what you want from your keyboard.
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