No matter what purpose (either professional or in your free time) you are looking for a piano, let me tell you: There is no such thing as "the right" piano. The perfect model, you will not get anyway. It may be a Yamaha brand, Roland brand or other popular brands you like in Nigeria. But of course, the piano should fit you as much as possible and also fit your budget. There is a broad range of price for digital keyboards and acoustic pianos.
Are you a music enthusiast or just love the sound of the piano? In this article, we will help you to make the right choice for your first piano.
Is There an "Ideal" Piano?
This is the first question we want to ask ourselves. In fact, you should replace the term "ideal" with "as fitting as possible", even if it is longer and more complicated to write. But with that, you are closer to the truth because what is ideal for one is not a good choice for another. A portable keyboard may be ideal for you, while an acoustic piano may be ideal for another. It doesn't mean the latter is better than the former, and you just need what is suitable at that level.
There are a few important elements to consider before buying pianos in Nigeria to make playing the piano more fun and learning faster. There is a broad range of brands, price, quality and feel. We want to share our experience with the pianos with you here so that you have as much information as possible and can decide on your perfect piano.
The Most Important Factors to Consider When Buying a Piano
Pianos are made up of several parts that make their mechanism work. Whether you are buying a digital or acoustic piano, you should know these components of pianos before buying one. This helps you to recognize quality and to choose the right or best model for you. Sounds interesting, right?
Let us consider some of the most important components:
Regardless of whether there is only one pedal, as is the case with most digital keyboards, or three, as is the case with classic acoustic variants, pedals are an important part of the piano. A piano lesson is not complete if you don't know how to use the pedals. The pedal helps to change the sound of the instruments in several ways. Pedals are also available for digital pianos.
Hands and feet need to be coordinated and work together to create the tones. Therefore, it is important to try the pedal before buying and test it for comfort, resistance, and material. A bad pedal will also negatively affect your piano playing. So making sure the pedal works well is key when you're in the store testing the particular piano model. If you like it after testing, go for it!
That seems obvious now, but of course, you should also try the keyboard before deciding on a piano. Simply because there are different types of keyboards, and the number of keys varies. The number of the buttons can also be very different. Depending on you what you like, you could opt for softer or harder keys. As simple as this sounds, it can affect the action.
If you are a beginner, it is recommended to go for a portable keyboard without weighted keys. Some digital pianos have weighted keys that simulate the difficulty of playing a piano mechanism. With the grand or upright pianos, both the touch dynamics and the difficulty of playing are made possible by its mechanics. Beginners ought to start with a portable digital piano (keyboard) for ease while learning to play.
A little tip: If you are just starting to play the piano, choosing a piano with softer keys is key. These are easier to hit, and you need less energy to play the piano.
A MIDI controller keyboard is also perfect for people interested in producing quality sounds in the studio. The MIDI keyboard is basically a piano-style digital musical keyboard, often with buttons, wheels and sliders, used for sending MIDI signals or commands over a USB or MIDI 5-pin cable to other musical devices or computers.
The Music Stand
The next important part of the piano is a music stand. It is there to help you set up your notes easily without them bothering you. There is nothing more annoying to a pianist than a music stand that doesn't hold up properly while playing the piano. So, if you want to read your notes properly, get a good music stand!
Sure, the music stand is not as important as the keyboard and sometimes considered accessories, but it shouldn't be neglected when buying. It is an important item for every piano player. Every detail of the piano is important and can help you progress faster while learning the piano.
Some Things To Consider Before Buying a Piano
After you have looked at several pianos available in Nigeria and your ideal piano is slowly taking shape, comes the next stage, which consists of looking at all the important little things again before buying. This includes becoming aware of the differences between different types of piano for beginners (keyboard, upright piano, grand piano).
This will help you to choose the right model for you. For example, performing some research on the Internet before buying the instruments can also help make the right choice. There are several blogs or websites where you can find some of the best information. Yamaha is one of the most popular piano brands in Nigeria. You can get some of the best digital keyboards and acoustic pianos with Yamaha.
It is also important to always keep in mind how much space you actually have at home and what dimensions the piano can take on. The amount of space required for a grand or upright piano is different from what is required for a digital keyboard. It would be not very pleasant to buy a piano that doesn't fit in your apartment.
The budget also plays a decisive role. Not everyone can afford a Bösendorfer grand brand. You could go for a Yamaha brand or Roland keyboard brand if that's what your pocket is capable of. Remember that you often still have a little room for negotiation when you buy your piano from a specialist dealer.
Finally, it would help if you also considered how you want to use the short or long term. It is therefore important that you become aware of your own goals and ambitions. This would help determine the best course of action. A pianist with aspirations to become a professional will choose a different instrument than someone who only plays for leisure and pleasure.
The choice of piano should be carefully considered because you don't buy such an instrument every day!
Who Can Help You Choose The Right Piano?
When buying an instrument, and especially one as expensive as the piano, it is crucial to seek expert advice. This can be very beneficial if you are not too familiar with the world of pianos. An expert will guide you into making the right decision.
If the pianist is still a child, then the most important decision-makers are the parents, who may seek tips and tricks from their friends or close family. They know the budding pianist best and are therefore best able to decide what suits him or her.
The advice of the piano teacher, if available, can of course also be consulted when buying a new piano. Due to his experience and passion for the instrument, he is a very authentic and good advisor whose opinion could guide you. You might even want to consider taking the piano teacher with you if he or she agrees, they would give a good insight on accessories that may be needed as well.
Finally, it is advisable to ask other people who have already bought a piano or are even professionals in their field. We recommend that you always seek advice from a specialist instrument store. The sellers are often passionate pianists who are happy to advise you on your purchase.
You can also seek advice and get piano lessons from Superprof tutors. You would get the first lesson for free!
Final Tips To Find The Ideal Piano
Actually, there is no "special trick" to find the ideal piano. Everything depends on your precision, patience and organization because a piano is a real long-term investment! Therefore, you shouldn't leave anything to chance. Depending on your experience and your ambitions, a used piano can also be a good choice, especially if you only want to play occasionally. A new purchase is better for budding professionals.
Before you start your search, you have to set your budget precisely and under no circumstances exceed it. The quality and feel of a piano depend on the pianist. You alone know what works for you. Also, never forget that playing the piano or digital keyboard should be fun. And a pianist should be proud of his instrument!
If the aesthetics, the sound or the feel are not right, then stay away from the piano! Therefore: Always try out the piano extensively before you consider buying it. For example, you can play the same song on different instruments to get an exact idea of each model. Of course, this is only possible if you going to a physical shop in Nigeria and are not making the purchase online.
Also, you can buy important accessories such as piano stools, a metronome or a lamp in specialist shops - because it is difficult to play the piano without tools.
One final piece of advice: Avoid pianos made of wood, as it wears out very quickly. In addition to the time-consuming maintenance (polishing and oiling), wear and tear on the material can have a negative effect on the sound of the piano. Old wooden pianos are therefore not recommended if you want to decide on a used model.
Pianos are valuable but also very fragile. The choice of an instrument that will accompany you for a part of your life should not be made out of the gut and should always be taken seriously!
So always ask yourself how you want to use your piano first:
- To learn to play the piano?
- To be able to give lessons at home?
- To support you in learning the piano sheet music or in solfeggio exercises?
- To play in a band?
- To have a nice instrument standing around at home?
- To be able to jingle it a little from time to time?
When you have found the right piano, things can really start. (And, of course, the same applies to learning the keyboard!) With discipline and passion, you will progress quickly, and you will find fun playing the piano. And that's what really matters!
Good luck with your practice!