* Finally learn to play the piano during National Piano Month
* Highly rated keyboards for beginners
* All come with pre-loaded music and lesson features
Happy National Piano Month! September is a time to reflect and admire the magic of one of history’s most influential musical instruments. Along with making sweet sounds, pianos offer a plethora of health benefits for the body and mind, such as improved motor skills, cognition and memory.
Most of us can’t truly enjoy these benefits and sounds because we don’t have grand pianos in our living rooms. Luckily, the piano has evolved to become accessible by common folk in the form of compact keyboards. They can be had for less than $50, and provide a great opportunity to learn the incredible instrument. Here’s five great picks to get you started.
1. Casio 46-Key Portable Keyboard
Casio’s entry level keyboard is all a beginner needs to get started. At only $39, it comes pre-loaded with play-along tracks and five drum pads.
2. RockJam 54-Key Portable Keyboard
RockJam’s portable keyboard is another great option for beginners because it’s inexpensive and comes with helpful features, such as an interactive LCD screen, demo songs, teaching modes, sound effects and more.
3. Yamaha 61-Key Portable Keyboard
This sleek 61-key Yamaha is well made and comes with lots of useful features for beginners, such as Yamaha’s nine-step lesson function that teaches you to use each hand individually–and then how to combine them.
4. Casio 61-Key Portable Keyboard
Casio’s 61-key keyboard comes fully prepared with an X stand, power supply, closed-cup headphones and an abundance of useful features for learning and mastering the craft.
5. Yamaha 88-Key Digital Keyboard
If you’re serious about learning to play the piano, Yamaha’s 88-key Digital Keyboard is the best choice. It has the slim, sleek design and portability of a keyboard, but features fully weighted keys that simulate the feel of a real acoustic piano.