Choosing your first piano?

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Choosing your first piano?

Choosing your first piano – whether it’s for you or your kids – means there’s a lot of information to take in; some of it obvious, some of it unfamiliar, and some of it just plain baffling. If you’re getting ready to buy your first piano, we’ve demystified the jargon and put together some basic pointers so you spend less time searching and more time playing. We’ve also got video lessons and advice to get you started once you’ve made your purchase.


Choosing between an acoustic or digital piano

When it comes to choosing a piano, first decide on whether you want an acoustic piano or a digital piano. There are advantages to both, but sales of digital pianos are increasing as they offer many practical benefits over their acoustic counterparts, which means they are more suitable for modern lifestyles.

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What types of piano are available?

Although it seems like more when you’re browsing, there are essentially four different types of piano available; portable, upright, stage and grand. The main difference is in their size – whether you live in a compact apartment or a spacious mansion a, digital piano will fill your home with sound. You just need to find the right type for you…

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What do I need to know when I’m in the piano shop?

Once you’ve looked at some pianos online, the only way to truly find your perfect piano is to try them out. You really can’t beat going into a music shop and trying a few side by side; but once you’re in the store which areas should you be testing and what questions should you ask?

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Do you need accessories for your piano?

Once you've decided on a digital piano, there are a few other things you'll need to get the most out of it. A stool is essential, of course, while adding headphones will let you practise any time of day or night without disturbing other people in the house.

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Do you want one sound or a variety of sounds?

Most digital pianos offer a variety of different sounds, including organs, strings and electric pianos, but it is the acoustic piano sounds that are the most important as they are the sounds that will be used the most. The quality of sound is therefore critical when choosing.

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Do you want to learn faster? There’s an app for that!

As well as providing an authentic reproduction of an acoustic piano, a digital piano will also offer many other features that will enhance your playing. But if you’re only familiar with acoustic pianos, digital pianos can seem a bit baffling – the good news is that they actually make your life easier.

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Where should I put my piano at home?

Unlike acoustic pianos, digital pianos are pretty hardy and do not suffer from changes in temperature or humidity. They can therefore be positioned pretty much anywhere, even under a window or against a radiator. But there are a few other things to consider before you set it up…

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Do you want your piano to feel like a traditional piano?

Having a good quality piano action is essential if you are to develop a good piano technique. When learning to play, avoiding bad habits is just as important as developing good habits, and having a keyboard with the right feel is a big help.

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Connect your music to a computer

While many digital pianos have built-in tools for learning and making music, you can expand your possibilities even further through your computer. A digital piano can be easily connected to your Windows or Mac computer and a variety of music education, composition, and recording software.

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The perfect piano for your child to learn on

Buying your child their first piano can be the start of an incredibly rewarding life-long journey. Even though you’ll want something that’s affordable, you don’t have to compromise on sound quality and feel. Choose well and they’ll own a piano for today, tomorrow and for years to come.

The Perfect Piano for your child to learn on
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Making practise and learning fun

Learning the piano is incredibly rewarding, but it also takes time, dedication and perseverance. Digital pianos come with a variety of features that make learning more rewarding and fun. And if you’ve ever had to bribe your children to practise anything, you’ll know that’s a big, big deal.

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Free Digital Piano Buyers Guide

Get your free copy of our extensive guide on all things piano, plus 10 video lessons to help you get started with the basics.

FREE PIANO GUIDE »

Get my free piano guide with 10 piano video lessons - Digital Piano Buyers Guide | Roland UK

Perfect beginner & family pianos from Roland

Roland F-20 Digital Piano

F-20 Digital Piano

If you’re looking for your child’s first piano, the F-20 is the ideal choice. Delivering Roland’s acclaimed piano technologies at an affordable price, this compact and attractive digital piano offers best-in-class performance that provides a solid foundation for learning the instrument the right way.

RRP £555

Roland F-130 Digital Piano

F-130R Digital Piano

With its space-saving design, fashionable looks, and powerful Roland technologies, the F-130R brings high-end piano performance into your contemporary lifestyle. Roland’s acclaimed sound quality and keyboard touch puts the authentic tone and feel of an acoustic grand under your fingers, all in a compact, affordable instrument that fits efficiently in an apartment or condo.

RRP £919

Roland HP504 Digital Piano

HP504 Digital Piano

It might be the most affordable piano in Roland’s HP range, but the entry-level HP504 will still make your head turn. Available in rosewood or contemporary black, the HP504 is a modern classic, with an elegant, understated look that brings a touch of class into your home.

RRP £1495

HPi-50e Digital Interactive Piano

HPi-50e Interactive Piano

The piano that teaches you how to play it. The HPi-50e is all about that big colour screen, called DigiScore, which is housed in the music rest. A wide range of exercises and games make learning fun for everyone. Younger children will love to earn ‘medals’ for their progress, while older players will appreciate the ability to perfect their playing technique and notation reading.

RRP £2299

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