Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#2147968 - 09/11/13 12:21 AM 61 key / how long
Barry1963 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 08/25/13
Posts: 32
Loc: Nashville, Tennessee
Just started in Alfreds book 1, how long can I get by using my 61 key keyboard. I plan to get an 88 key piano, but Im undecided on if Im going acoustic or digital at this time.

Could I get through book 1 with 61 keys ?
_________________________
start date: August 25th 2013
currently Alfreds book #1
Hallet & Davis Co , spinet

Top
(ads P/S)
Sauter Pianos

piano accessories music gifts tuning and moving equipment
#2147982 - 09/11/13 12:50 AM Re: 61 key / how long [Re: Barry1963]
Polyphonist Online   content
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/03/13
Posts: 6409
Loc: New York City
I'm not exactly familiar with it, but I highly doubt there would be anything in a method book that required the use of keys below C2 or above C7. However, you should get a real piano pretty soon if you wish to become a pianist.
_________________________
Regards,

Polyphonist

Top
#2147984 - 09/11/13 01:08 AM Re: 61 key / how long [Re: Barry1963]
peekay Offline
Full Member

Registered: 08/31/13
Posts: 184
Yes you can do Alfred's Book 1 with your keyboard in the meantime.

You'll need the lowest note on that keyboard to play "The Entertainer" arrangement near the end of the book (C2 -- two octaves below middle C).
_________________________
Working on RCM Grade 8

Top
#2147990 - 09/11/13 01:30 AM Re: 61 key / how long [Re: Barry1963]
Sand Tiger Online   content
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 03/25/12
Posts: 915
Loc: Southern California
I started with a 61-key Yamaha NP11. I upgraded after nine months to an 88-key Casio PX150. I still rarely use the extra keys. The weighted keys, and a more of a piano-like action, make a significant difference in terms of responsiveness, control and potential for expression.
_________________________
my piano uploads

Top
#2148111 - 09/11/13 09:50 AM Re: 61 key / how long [Re: Sand Tiger]
Barry1963 Offline
Full Member

Registered: 08/25/13
Posts: 32
Loc: Nashville, Tennessee
thanks for the replies. yes , I do plan to get a real piano in the future
_________________________
start date: August 25th 2013
currently Alfreds book #1
Hallet & Davis Co , spinet

Top
#2148193 - 09/11/13 12:19 PM Re: 61 key / how long [Re: Barry1963]
Morodiene Online   content
Yikes! 10000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/06/07
Posts: 10766
Loc: Boynton Beach, FL
I understand that there are always circumstances as to why someone would want to learn piano on an instrument that is not a piano (either digital or acoustic), but I hope you know that it is not ideal and should be avoided if it can be.

Unfortunately, it's not just the range of notes that a 61-key will limit you with. The main problem is that the 61 keys are not weighted (to my knowledge, no 61-key keyboards are), and most likely will be slightly smaller keys as well. Are the keys velocity sensitive (when you depress the key faster, it's louder, slower and it's softer)? Many 61-keys are not.

You will encounter dynamics pretty much right away, so this will effect your playing. Also, you will encounter pedaling and so without a pedal that will be another adjustment.

Basically, the longer you spend on this keyboard, the harder the adjustment will be when you upgrade to a real piano (DP or AP). If you plan to get a digital or acoustic soon, it may be best to wait until you do.
_________________________
private piano/voice teacher - full time
MTNA member
www.valeoconservatory.com
Petrof 9'2 Concert, Yamaha G3, Roland FP-7, Yamaha MOX6, Kawai MP11

Top

Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
What's Hot!!
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
-------------------
PIANO BOOKS
Interesting books about the piano, pianists, piano history, biographies, memoirs and more!
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
Download & Print Sheet Music Instantly
sheet music search
sheet music search

sheet music search
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
122 registered (accordeur, Almaviva, 36 invisible), 1278 Guests and 40 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
74250 Members
42 Forums
153596 Topics
2251139 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Recorded a song on my workstation tonight
by Arizona Sage
5 minutes 29 seconds ago
How to tune a piano.....
by Grandpianoman
Yesterday at 11:46 PM
Need help with upgrading(?) Roland digital
by Pathbreaker
Yesterday at 10:23 PM
CA glue applications
by accordeur
Yesterday at 10:01 PM
Casio PX 850
by ryand90
Yesterday at 07:41 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission