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Keyboard concerns #1882940 04/20/12 11:09 AM
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I have a 61 key casio. Cheap. I don't believe it's weighted. So it produces the same volume no matter how hard I play. When I go to my lessons, the keyboard my teacher uses is weighted and the feel throws me off a bit. Is this something I shouldn't be concerned with as a beginner (been playing for a little over a month) or should I consider investing in a better keyboard? Will a better keyboard be more beneficial in the long run and help me with my technique and such? Especially when it comes to learning to play the keys in forte and mezzo forte? Thanks.

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Re: Keyboard concerns [Re: WhomanBeans] #1882949 04/20/12 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by WhomanBeans
I have a 61 key casio. Cheap. I don't believe it's weighted. So it produces the same volume no matter how hard I play. When I go to my lessons, the keyboard my teacher uses is weighted and the feel throws me off a bit. Is this something I shouldn't be concerned with as a beginner (been playing for a little over a month) or should I consider investing in a better keyboard? Will a better keyboard be more beneficial in the long run and help me with my technique and such? Especially when it comes to learning to play the keys in forte and mezzo forte? Thanks.


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Re: Keyboard concerns [Re: WhomanBeans] #1882956 04/20/12 11:50 AM
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As a relatively new piano player who has a good digital (Roland FP-7F), takes lessons on a Steinway and Mason & Hamlin, and who's dad has an unweighted keyboard like you have, I can with extreme confidence say that you will highly hinder yourself with your current piano. The Digital Piano forum (previously linked) is a good place to find out what weighted piano you should get (if you want to stay with digital).

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Definitely get something better, but also keep the cheapie. Get an acoustic if you can. Regular practice on a variety of instruments with different actions will make you a versatile player, able to cope with the feel of whatever pianos you encounter, whether playing club gigs or concerts. The Casio will also come in handy for late night practice, and traveling.


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Re: Keyboard concerns [Re: WhomanBeans] #1883527 04/21/12 08:51 AM
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Yes I think it is definitely something you "should be concerned with".

I think even a cheap crappy upright would be much much better for you as a beginner.

That's what I had to make sue with for many years until I could afford something better.
I had a digital keyboard but compared to the crappy upright (that actually sounded quite good) the digital was definitely not ideal for learning to play properly in my opinion.

Re: Keyboard concerns [Re: WhomanBeans] #1883533 04/21/12 09:00 AM
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By all means try to get an accoustic piano, even if you have no budget for one. Believe it or not, you can sometimes find perfectly playable pianos FREE (a church in my area just gave a couple away) but you can certainly find a playable one for under $500. Even if you just buy a spinet you will be better off than trying to play with expression on a Casio (by all means keep the Casio and have fun with it).


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