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I want to learn the piano again after a break of more than 20 years.
I have a M-Audio KeyRig 49 midi controller so I was wondering if it would be good enough to start off with before buying a digital piano? How long would it generally take to really need a full-size piano?
I plan to go to a teacher but haven't contacted any yet as I want to sort out an instrument first.
I've been looking at digital pianos but there's a lot to choose from. My budget would be about £500-£600 so what would you recommend if/when the midi isn't good enough? I have been thinking about the Casio AP-245.
My problem is that although my intentions are good I don't want to spend a lot of money on a piano and then find I stop lessons after a while and then be left with an instrument that I can't play.
You can get a real piano for nothing on Freecycle, by the way!
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When I teach a new student/pupil - really they need a similar "like for like" instrument of their own at home.... so the lessons are taught using a proper piano with weighted keys/ full 7 & quarter octaves/ deportment etc. It might be a bit like learning to drive a car - using an instructor's car for the lessons, but then going home & learning in a go kart. Progress would also be slow for the money you are paying.
I would imagine that under normal circumstances, a student would learn using a normal piano first.... then for gigs/ bands/ bit of fun/ doing compositions etc.... the "pocket sized" midi keyboard would be ok for that.... a bit like a sketch pad.
It might be best if you contact a piano teacher, and ask of their requirements/ how they teach/ what piano they have/ techniques etc.... and would the learning aspect be much different. From the very beginning though - if you are a novice, you would be best getting a digital piano to start.... we can't comment on the fact if you lose interest or stop the lessons - thats your call. For example, learning the "geography" of a full sized piano with 88 keys is ALOT different to going home and compressing everything into 4 or 5 octaves?
As a suggestion.... if you go to my website: www.pianotime1964.com
and click on "Tuition/Exams" at the top, I give an extensive list of requirements for the beginner syllabus in various key stages, consisting of four main elements.... however, other teachers may be different.
Have a look at Kawai digitals - I have the ES7.... very nice.... but its ok to a point - it looks & plays like a piano.... but nowehere near sounds like my K5 upright. Digital 'pedalling' and certain phrase endings controlled by a volume knob just sound fabricated and false.... ok to about Grade 3 ABRSM standard
so it depends on what level you want your playing to be at?
Knock out a few easy - one note chords & tunes.... stick to the midi for now, and see any limitations later if you start lessons.
Hope that helps....
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