Recommended piano keyboards for beginners

The DecPlay piano course can be used with all types of keyboards including pianos, digital pianos, electronic keyboards and organs.
Traditional piano teachers often recommend a 'weighted' keyboard, but whilst if money is no object a weighted keyboard can have some advantages for advanced players, a non-weighted or semi weighted keyboard can have advantages for beginners.

Recommended Piano Keyboard Features

There are 3 features that are important :

1. That the keys are standard size (not small eg childrens size)

2. That the keyboard has at least 61 keys (counting both black and white keys)

3. That it is touch sensitive (ie plays louder when keys are pressed harder)  

We have a few students who are using keyboards that have less than 61 keys and/or a keyboard which is not touch sensitive and you can definitely start making progress on the course with this type of keyboard and then upgrade to the recommended type of keyboard whenever you get the chance.

More Info /

For more info - see the full article with top tips when choosing your piano set up, including the best piano keyboards, seats, stands and pedals with advice included for seniors - 

For students in the UK, I recommend contacting Chris or David at for advice and to view a range of new and used keyboards, with UK delivery.

They also have lots of videos comparing different keyboards and giving tips.


Wheelchair Accessible Piano Keyboard Stands

For wheelchair accessible piano keyboard stands, the fixed type (eg Roland KSC-70 shown in the video) are more suitable than X type stands. The Roland KSC-70 Stand (which fits the FP-30 Digital Piano) has approx 60cm of clearance below the keyboard and a depth of 20cm. For more clearance and depth - a 'table' type might be more effective such as Gravity KSTS01B Table Form Heavy Keyboard Stand (Height adjustable from 735 mm to 1155 mm and no depth limit).



Best Keyboards for Beginners

Yamaha Piaggero NP12 is my favourite low price keyboard, with the Yamaha NP-32 having more keys (76 instead of 61), louder speakers and its a bit more expensive, slightly bulkier and less battery life, but is great for home use. The Roland Go:Piano (GO-61P) has many of the benefits of the NP-12 and is a bit smaller.If you don't need maximum portability then the NP-32 is my favourite.

If you have a bigger budget and will not move the keyboard often then a weighted keyboard like Roland FP30 or Yamaha P125 are great value for money. 

Here are some links to UK suppliers:- 

NP-12 Suppliers

NP-32 Suppliers

Roland FP-30

Yamaha P125