Questions on learning to play the piano, and piano music.
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Gill the Piano
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If you're looking to find out about keyboards you might be better off for advice if you post in the digital piano section. As for books,for adult beginners working alone I always recommend The Complete Piano Player by Kenneth Baker( or The Complete Keyboard Player if it's keyboards you want to learn). If you want a real piano, you can get one on Freecycle.com, but try to get it looked at first by a tuner before you go to the expense of moving it.
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I think it might be advisable to visit a local piano shop and ask for some general advice. Choosing a digital piano is quite personal, and it depends on the tone & touch of the keys. Kawai to a good range of digitals - the CN range, I think start in the region of £600 - £700 new. They come with a cabinet (that is assembled in your home) and three pedals incorporated into it. However the Es6 is also a good digital piano, and it either comes with an optional cabinet & pedals, or a portable keyboard stand - the pedal however is only the sustain pedal, and plugs into the back - these are priced just over £1K. If you buy a digital piano, some have installed various demos and a book for you to follow the music - however most of the Kawai range do not have all sorts of gadgets/ rhythms etc. Some models can also record & playback, and come with a metronome and others with USB hubs for saving your recordings. So I think its best that you try some out first. Take care buying on-line, the box is HUGE and very HEAVY!! and because if the casework is damaged in the post, its a pain in the neck returning it.
Most music shops may include local delivery & a stool. There is no such thing really as a "beginner piano" (just the price) - remember that you are the beginner, not the piano! Most digital pianos are quite capable of being played by experienced pianists.