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Music Authority’s Top 5 Best Beginner Keyboards

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The thought of learning any musical instrument can be daunting on it’s own, let alone choosing the right craft or in this case the best beginner Keyboard to support your learning and the growth of your talent. Trying to navigate the never-ending articles, blogs and self-help websites can be tedious and in the end unsuccessful. So here I am to give you the down low of my favourite and best value beginner keyboards that I have found. Just remember that the right keyboard for you will depend on the below features, and sometimes the more basic keyboards will nurture your growth more than the flashy expensive keyboards with a bazillion features that you or me to this day will not know or use.

What do you need to consider before you purchase.

Our Rank

Image

Model

No. of Keys

Dimensions
(Inches)

Price

Rating

1

Casio LK165

Casio LK165

61

41 x 8 x 18 

$

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2

Yamaha PSRE353

Yamaha PSRE353

61

4 x 13.8 x 37.5

$$

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3

Casio CTK2400

Casio CTK2400

61

40 x 6 x 16

$

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4

Yamaha Piaggero NP11

Yamaha Piaggero NP11

61

41 x 5 x 11

$$

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5

Yamaha NP32 76 key

Yamaha NP32

75

54.9 x 14.6 x 7.9

$$$

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Number Of Keys

Keyboards usually come in 61 note, 76 note and 88 note lengths (a piano has 88 keys). Generally the less notes the easier the keyboard is to navigate. However if classical music is your thing and your aiming to progress to play classical pieces you may need an 88 note keyboard as many pieces are unplayable on the smaller lengths.

My advice?
If you’re not too confident and you haven’t had much musical experience go with the 61 keys. I personally would recommend a keyboard with 76 keys, but this is for you not me! Ultimately won’t find anything easier to learn on a keyboard with 61 keys.

Storage And Transport

Are you aiming to transport your keyboard to and from lessons on buses, trains etc.? Or is it going to sit cosy in your house?
This one is for you to decide.

Weighted Or Unweighted Keys

What are weighted keys you may ask? It’s the feel of having to press down with force and the spring of the key back up. Whilst unweighted will have little to no resistance what so ever. Weighted keys are used in pianos, if your thinking of transitioning to a piano than this is what you will want. If you are unsure there is always semi-weighted keys. The in-between option always works for me.


FINALLY

My Top 5 Best Keyboards For Beginners

(note as you would expect Casio and Yamaha dominate and yes they are quality and not just a pretty face). Best keyboards for beginners regardless of keys are…

Drum roll please…

Casio LK165 Light Up Keyboard

Casio LK165
  • 61 Keys
  • Weighted Keys
  • Light up Keyboard up to 4 keys

Perfect for a beginner at a standard length and with 61 keys this is one of the most common or in this case my best keyboard for beginners with good value. It’s Casio so you know the quality is there, and with the light up keys features make it easy to learn, if you’re not into the light-up keys you can always turn this function off. It also comes with 100 songs and 3 beginner lessons per song for those going down the self-taught path.

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Yamaha PSRE353

Another popular choice this time by Yamaha, I have rated this as my second best electric keyboard for beginners. Similar to Casio this keyboard has the lesson option with the Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S), again for the more independent learners. This is adjusted to suite your learning preference to begin from one hand playing or to both hands. This is my second although packed full of features and a little more pricey the visual light up keys of the Casio will always win me over.

Yamaha PSRE353
  • 61 Keys
  • Unweighted Keys
  • Touch sensitive keys (this means the harder you press the keys the louder the sound)

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Casio CTK2400

Casio CTK2400
  • 61 Keys
  • Unweighted Keys
  • Improved Sampling Effects

While this Casio will give you bang for your buck, if you plan on progressing towards the intermediate stages. This Casio included the Step-Up leaning system to take you all the way through your learning to songs with keyboard voice percussion to take you that little bit further. This keyboard will take you further than my number 1, and is for those who believe they will quickly progressive through the early beginner stages requiring light up keys and what not.

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Yamaha Piaggero NP11

The biggest selling point is its moveability with 6 hours of battery not requiring an AC adapter or AA batteries like many other options. Whilst not big on features like the earlier options the built-in stereo speaker system gets the most attention. This keyboard again is for the more adventurous of learners, who are aiming high and will want to dabble with sampling and recording. This keyboard comes with Advanced Wave Memory (AWM), which is a selling point for those wanting a beginner keyboard with a little more flair. But if your looking for the most popular don’t go here.

Yamaha Piaggero NP11
  • 61 Keys
  • Unweighted Keys
  • Highly Portable w/ Lightweight & Slim Design

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Yamaha NP32 76 Key

Yamaha NP32
  • 76 Keys
  • Unweighted (Graded Touch)
  • Controller App

My first Ode to a 76 key keyboard. This keyboard is the bigger brother of the NP11. In more than just size, price but also features. This is the more upmarket electronic keyboard out of my top 5.  Now, don’t let the features confuse you, yes there is an App involved. If your not so much the technology savvy person cross this option out right now. Now the shinning star of features is not the battery life or AWM (both included) but if you haven’t guessed the Controller App. This App is compatible with both PC and Apple, and using this software makes the navigation and configuration so much easier rather than playing around with buttons on the keyboard itself.

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My Summary

It depends on you. Now don’t just read that one sentence and write me straight off. I have given you options depending on your personality type, competence, price range and complexity. If you’re looking for the cheapest option go for my number 3. If you’re looking for the best possible keyboards for beginners and just that number 1& 2 depending on brand preference is the way to go (both in similar price ranges). If you’re the more adventurous type and space isn’t a worry (if so go number 4) skip the top 4 and head to number 5.

Now you should have all the basics for choosing the best beginner keyboard for you. 

Good luck and enjoy the ride of learning the keyboard.
It’s worth it.

Product images sourced from Amazon.com

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