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My name is Alexandra, and I started to learn how to play the piano this summer. I am teaching myself how to . Unfortunately, I moved from where I lived before where I had a piano, and now I don't have on what to play and continue my studies. Buying a piano is impossible for me right now. Even if I had the money, I don't have where to keep it. One classmate of mine told me that if I am not learning on a piano I should better quit because a keyboard or a digital piano won't help me much. He said that a digital piano might be better, but a keyboard is useless. Another problem is that I don't think I can afford a digital piano either, a keyboard maybe with a little effort. I am planning to get a second hand one anyway, but my question is:
Is it that bad to learn on a keyboard?
I am 21 now so I'm not going to be a concert pianist anyway.
Should I wait more time until I am able to buy a digital piano?
You have other options, Alexandra. The type of instrument you describe is a furniture digital piano which basically sits in the corner of a room and is used as a stationary instrument, much like an acoustic. Clavinova from Yamaha or Roland's HP series are just two of those types of instruments. There are such things as portable digital pianos, often called stage pianos which can (not always) have the same features, keyboard action, etc of the furniture digitals only with portability in mind. You would typically have to buy something like a X-stand to set the stage piano on. Yamaha's P-series would be a good example of these. As well as portability in mind, these instruments are typically cheaper than the furniture models.
I would say that for less £100 you can get a 5 or 10 year old stage piano (such as a Clavinova as MarkyMark says) that will be perfectly functional and will take your learning to the next level.
No need to spend hundreds in your situation.
Keep your eye on ebay
This one sold for £80
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/YAMAHA-CLAVINOVA- ... 500wt_1077
This one went for £40 and would be fine for a beginner
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Yamaha-YP-40-clav ... 500wt_1077
There are other cheaper brands that will make it easier to find a cheaper one.
If possible cut out the keyboard option altogether and go straight for a Clavinova