Hey everyone! It’s Natalie. I’m writing this blog to help you out while you start your holiday shopping. I am going to let you know what to expect when purchasing a digital piano or keyboard, and also which models I recommend. Please keep in mind that when you are buying a digital piano or a keyboard, you will need certain things to get started. So let’s get started!
Get to know the person that this gift is for, if the gift is for your child then you are already halfway there! Ask the student if they have played before or if they have had any kind of experience, what kind of music they like to listen to, we need to know these things to help you find the correct gift. Also, think about maybe signing them up for lessons! Students are more likely to stick with an instrument if they have one on one instruction. When purchasing a slab keyboard, you will need to purchase a stand, a keyboard bench, piano music, and possibly an adapter for your keyboard. Keep this in mind when you are planning out your budget.
I have played piano for 17 years and I of course have my favorite digital piano in the store. It is the Yamaha YDP-142. It is a great piece of furniture for any home. The great thing about digital pianos is that they never go out of tune and they have weighted keys just like an acoustic piano. The Yamaha YDP-142 has a couple different voices, so you can make it sound like a string instrument, a church organ, a guitar, and a few other voices. It also has a metronome built in. I love this model because I think it has the best sound and the action is great, it’s not too hard or too weak. It’s just right! For those of you who don’t know, the action is how hard you have to press the keys to make a sound out of them. We have another Yamaha model, the YDP-181, and it is such a great digital piano. It has an LED display and a lot more features to it. It has more voices, recording capabilities, and a metronome; there is a way to change the action on the piano to your liking as well. These are both great models for any player at any age.
If you are interested in getting a slab keyboard for a beginner student we have plenty of those as well! I recommend the Yamaha P-35B. It is a greater starter slab keyboard; it has everything the student needs to get started. We have a couple keyboards that have 61 non-weighted keys for the students who are just starting out; there are so many different things to do with these keyboards. If your student is done practicing and they just want to make sounds on the keyboard they can definitely do that! Some of the keyboards have USB capability, so if your student wants to record themselves and put in on the computer to share with family, you can do that as well.
We all do research on things that we want to purchase right? Well that’s what we are here for! Let us help you find the perfect gift, we love helping create new musicians and getting them started with the right tools will only benefit them as they progress through their musical career. I hope I was helpful and if you have any questions please do not hesitate to call us here in San Dimas!