So learning the electronic keyboard is just like learning the piano, right? Well, yes and no. There are some important differences to consider:

Let’s look at the advantages and disadvantages of each…




You are learning a ‘classical’ acoustic instrument, and you can take piano exams. They don’t use any electricity.


They are expensive, heavy and take up a lot of room. You have to have them tuned and serviced. You can’t practise quietly! They only have one sound.



You can practise in silence and privacy with headphones. You can take keyboard exams. You can play good-sounding music much more quickly by using automatic accompaniments. You can have hundreds of sounds, rhythms and styles to choose from. You can play all the more difficult bits with just one hand!!


They need electrical power (mains or batteries) . The keys are usually not ‘weighted’ like a piano and on cheaper keyboards under £180, there is often no touch response (you can’t play louder or quieter.)

Ultimately, your choice will depend on what you want to achieve. Do you want pass exams to give you CATS points for university and look good on your CV? Do you want to play professionally? Or do you want to play just for pleasure? Maybe you want to take the easiest route to a good sounding performance?

If you’re still not sure, contact me and  I can help you choose.