Does it look like a piano? Check! ✔

Does it sound like a piano? Check! ✔

As long as the basic principles of learning the piano remain unchanged, you can certainly learn to play the piano on a keyboard.

After all, every instrument, be it the keyboard or the piano, has its unique characteristics.

Also, are you constantly on the move?

Don’t have access to a traditional grand piano?

If this is the case, you should probably learn to play the piano on a keyboard.

Even if the authentic feeling of sitting and playing the traditional grand piano is missing, the innovation of the modern era has enabled us to learn the piano, regardless of our situation.

Here are a couple more questions related to this topic:

Is learning to play the piano and keyboard the same?

The keyboard itself, on both types of pianos, is identical in design.

Both keyboards feature white and black “press-able” long bars or keys that imitate different notes and pitches of the musical alphabet.

The only caveat:

When you press the keys on an piano keyboard, it will feel naturally different.

Why is that?

Plan a trip to the nearest music store and test some of their pianos and keyboards.

Press the key(s) on the keyboard and then work your way to the nearest piano and repeat the process.


Wonder how?

The reason for this is the keys of a piano keyboard are manufactured of “lightweight” plastic, whereas the core components of traditional piano keys are typically built with wood.*

➜ Furthermore, the key of a keyboard (when pressed) simply pushes a rubber switch underneath it, while each piano key forcefully hits its respective string.

This has its drawbacks, of course.

Finger strength is a physical characteristic that all beginners must develop when learning to play the piano.

Once you have improved as a pianist, you should go a step further and begin practicing on a traditional piano.

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Is learning to play the piano easier on a keyboard?

If playing on a keyboard is relatively the same, you might also wonder if it is easier. Do we think it is? Probably not.

Here are the only two reasons why we think it might be:

Piano keyboards are easier to press.

➜ If you are someone suffering from arthritis or a similar disability, playing the piano on a keyboard might be a better option.

Since conventional piano keys require additional force from the fingers, this can cause some difficulties and additional pain to the user.

Some piano keyboards are equipped with additional features and training material, including pre-recorded songs, accompaniment tracks, recording ability, rhythm & tempo support, etc…

Imagine you have an additional teacher right there next to you at all times.

Wouldn’t that be nice?

With all the extra features of a keyboard, it’s like having a virtual teacher at home.

Thanks to the modern keyboard, all these tools are available to you.

Need help with tempo?

Do you have to record yourself playing a certain piece to improve?

The piano keyboards got you covered!

Full Summary

We hope we have helped you answer any questions you may have.

Here are a few takeaways that you can take from this article:

  • The keyboard and piano work the same way when it comes to producing a sound at the push of a piano key. Therefore, learning to play the piano on a keyboard is feasible.
  • There is a drawback to learning to play the piano on a keyboard. Over time, a piano player develops strength in his hands and fingers. Most piano keyboards are lacking in this area due to “unweighted” keys.
  • And finally, is it easier to learn to play the piano on a keyboard? We find it relatively the same when it comes to learning the piano.

*This is not to be confused with the digital piano. Digital pianos have their own “weighted” version of the keyboard.

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