Posted on31 August 2010. Tags: keyboard
Could I just practice with a keyboard? What about the pedals on a piano? How does a keyboard make up for not having those? Thanks.
Hey! I’ve been learning piano and I am currently on grade 6 of the 8, in juts three years. I have done this with only using a piano for practice a few times a year – I have a small room so could only have a keyboard!
The keyboard is smaller than the piano but to make up for this you can change octaves on a keyboard, so if the note you need to play is especially high or low you can edit the settings to make up for this.
You can also use a different voice to add a feel to the piece, and this is a benefit of it
You can buy a plug in pedal quite cheaply and this is not as good as the real thing but it gives you a feel for how the sustain and sostenuto pedals should sound. Of course a keyboard may also give these effects.
You have to remember that a keyboard is basically an electronic piano. The keys are lighter so if you are going up for an exam you will need to have a few trial runs of your pieces on a real piano to get the feel for it. However, if you are teaching yourself you just need to be able to identify the notes – something you can do yourself on either a keyboard or piano!
There is some excellent sheet music out there if you just google it and of course remember that you can get piano lessons and say you are practising on a piano and just use a keyboard. They are fine for learning the pieces, and when you go to play at wherever you are learning you will get the feel for it that way.
If you have any more questions I’ll be happy to answer them for you, just send me a message
Keyboard works OK. Some have pedals.
go for it
You could practice with a keyboard and that would help. But you can get keyboards with ‘weighted’ keys that feel more like a real piano. This is important for playing the piano because you need to build up strength in your fingers. Organs are actually much easier to play. There are relatively cheap electronic ‘pianos’ with weighted keyboards that even come with pedals.
But if you learned to play keyboard pretty well, you could ‘transition’ to a piano without much trouble, once you got a piano or reasonable electronic substitution.
the difference between a keyboard and a piano is the feel of piano and the sound. piano is obviously more natural and has a more real feel to it. the keyboard is more fake sounding of a piano but has the same physical features. you can learn how to play piano on a keyboard perfectly fine. the dynamics won’t be the same but you’ll still learn. My friend used play on a keyboard when he took piano lessons and now he’s amazing at piano.
if you wanna just learn how to play keyboard is fine but if your looking to learn the dynamics and feeling of playing the piano is the right way to go
You can start out on a keyboard and just buy a sustain pedal for it. Those are fairly inexpensive. That being said, if you want to become very good at playing, you will eventually reach a point where you will need to purchase either a piano or at least a good digital one. Otherwise, your development will be slowed significantly and you will develop bad habits.
To be a good pianist you must get a piano, it is totally different in touch than Keyboards, otherwise you’ll lose your time.
You can buy a pedal for your keyboard. They cost around $20 and have a 1/4 inch jack that you plug into the back of your keyboard. If you can’t afford a piano have you tried renting one? They rent pianos and digital pianos. But I really dislike keyboards because the keys are smaller in width than a real piano and they aren’t properly weighted. With a real piano you have total control of how soft/hard you want to play to create different dynamics. I don’t think keyboards can register that kinda stuff cause its basically 1 key gives 1 sound, and the only way you can control your dynamics is with the nifty volume knob ! Plus keyboards totally suck in bringing out emotions in a piece… because again… the terrible sound.
They do have keyboards out there that have pedals, although I’m not sure whether or not you can call it a keyboard. Otherwise i suggest looking at the nearest academic or recreational center. they’re bound to have pianos either for free or for a fee
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