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FDP Forum / Rock-it 88's - Keyboard Forum / What Should My Grandson Start On?

6L6
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Nov 30th, 2010 07:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My 5 yr old grandson loves everything about music. While he can't finger guitar chords just yet, he loves strumming on his mini-Strat and does so in perfect time.

We'd like to get him started on piano and he's bugging us to do so. Should we invest in a std piano or would an electric keyboard be a better choice? He will be taking professional lessons.

Thanks for any suggestions you can offer!

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Dec 1st, 2010 06:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

IMHO, investing in a real acoustic piano for a 5-year-old would not be a prudent decision. While you *may* have a budding Rachmaninoff here, you may also have a child who could conceivably lose a lot of interest in music just a year or two from now.

To mitigate the financial risk for grandma & grandpa, I’d opt instead for an electric keyboard. If possible, get an 88-key model with full-sized keys and hammer action that simulates the feel of an acoustic piano. It may involve a bit more “work” for those little 5-year-old fingers to make music on this type of keyboard. However, should your grandson decide to proceed with more formalized training on an actual acoustic piano as he gets older, he’ll already be “at home” on the instrument.

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Dec 1st, 2010 07:44 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Scan CL & the Want Ads for real acoustic piano's.
You should be able to find a decent one for anything from FREE(!) to a couple of hundred dollars. Which is like Half the price, or less, than that of a good electric keyboard. And it would probably be in better shape for the price.


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6L6
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Dec 1st, 2010 08:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the advice above.

I probably should have added that I see my grandson's interest in keyboards as being directed at learning to play good Rock & Roll keyboards, not classical piano music. Does that make a difference?

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Dec 1st, 2010 10:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

As a former piano teacher, I'd recommend picking up an old but servicable studio, spinet, or upright, but be sure to get a full keyboard.

So long as he starts on an accoustic piano, or, at the minimum, a good electric with weighted keys, he'll be able to play anything he wants as he grows into his music.

My recommendation, especially at that age, is the accoustic so that he learns all the basics and isn't tempted to "play" with all the extra bells and whistles. Once he has the "fingers" and can read music, he can branch to whatever.

Don't be surprised if he loses interest between about 9-13 and then wants to go back. It happens a lot with budding musicians and so long as you don't push it, if there's a real interest, they'll enjoy it more if it's their idea.

Off the soapbox. Enjoy!

6L6
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Dec 1st, 2010 04:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Many thanks again to all who responded!

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JazzMastaJim

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Dec 3rd, 2010 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

shoebox22 said, "So long as he starts on an accoustic piano, or, at the minimum, a good electric with weighted keys, he'll be able to play anything he wants as he grows into his music."

That's just what I was going to say. Weighted keys are important for learning to play properly with dynamics, etc. For a new student, an acoustic piano would be best, but if you go the electronic route, stay away from semi-weighted or unweighted keys.

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