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Which instrument to choose?

Which piano or keyboard to choose for a child who discovers the piano with the rainbow method, and whose we do not know if he will like to learn the piano …

Technically, a 49-key keyboard (= 4 octaves) may suffice with the rainbow method, because this method uses only 2 octaves in the middle of the piano keyboard, or a few more notes.

On the piano keyboard, one octave = 7 white keys + 5 black keys.
But in reality, these 49-key digital pianos (= 4 octaves) are almost toys: with that, it is very unlikely that a child will really progress and want to continue playing the piano …
A 49-key keyboard is really inexpensive but the sound will not be of good quality: the child may get tired of it and turn away from it.
This may possibly be suitable for recreational piano, if you only want the child to have fun and if you have very little progression requirements for the following months and years …

In addition, when your child has finished the rainbow method, he will need an instrument closer to a real piano (a real piano = 88 black and white keys = 7 octaves and a quarter).

If you buy a digital piano, it is really necessary to avoid PSR because they are keyboards, not at all intended for a child who learns the piano, but perfect for an amateur musician (or possibly professional) who makes musical animation (during parties, parties, weddings, etc.).

Which model, Brand?

If you really want your child to progress on the piano (in the months and years to come), the ideal would be to choose a good digital piano with 88 keys and heavy touch, from a well-known big brand (Yamaha, Kawaï, Roland , Korg): you can find them from around € 400. Or find the balance between a 49-key keyboard and an 88-key keyboard, depending on your budget…

For a child of 5 or 6 years old, we can take a smaller model (5 octaves = 61 keys): the big brands like Yamaha make these models, for less than 200 €.

In summary :
– A keyboard of 49 keys (= 4 octaves) is almost a toy, so it is better to avoid …
– 61 keys (= 5 octaves) is already better, very good for a child of 5 or 6 years old who starts the piano,
– 76 keys (= about 6 octaves) is even better, very good for a child (from 6 or 7 years old) who starts the piano,

Here is an excellent site on which you can find your happiness: varpianos.com
It offers the best opportunities and promotions in digital piano sales, and is updated almost every day. I hope I helped you …

In any case, learning the piano and discovering this wonderful pleasure of playing music, will be very beneficial for your child… with an adult to guide him (parent or nice teacher)…

Best regards,
Chantal MULLER