> I'm 34 and I have wanted to learn how to play the piano since I was little.
> I'm looking at the Yamaha YPG-235.
If you truly want to learn to play, you'll want 88 weighted keys.
> I need something that I can put away when I'm not using it.
If you're going to spend the -absolute- minimum of 4 hours per week practicing,
Getting it out and setting it up every day is not an option.
> I'm really only interested in learning to play Tori Amos songs
Now you're talkin' crazy
Her songs are not a snap, I think.
Have you found sheet music (or midi files) for all the songs you want
to play? Pop music is notoriously hard to find GOOD arrangements for
as many pop composers do so by ear and don't care about selling the
Not to mention that if you're going to learn to play, don't restrict
yourself to a certain type of music. Try out ALL the things.
> so would I miss the extra 12 keys if I'm not playing classical?
I got by with a 76 key digital for a while. Eventually eeeeveryone
who sticks with it gets an 88 key digital.
Good luck to ya - it's the best hobby in the world.
Another thing I put off doing was getting a piano teacher.
That was also a big mistake. You need a human to teach you
to play a piano. Books won't cut it.
Have a look at http://www.pianocheetah.com/piano
You're at the right place to do your research.
But I've found no solid guide for buying your first keyboard.
So I wrote one up. Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes