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Learning Piano vs Learning Keyboard – Step 3
The range of the instrument you are considering is another element that should be taken into account if you are deciding whether to purchase an electric keyboard or an acoustic piano. While the classic piano spans 88 notes, ranging from A0 to C8 (with a middle note of C4), many electronic keyboards have a smaller range, such as 76-key or even 61-key instruments. These smaller ranges are more common in more budget-conscious options.
This may not be a problem for the beginning player, as most piano music written for novice and even intermediate players does not make use of the bottom and top ends of the keyboard. In fact, much early music was written during a period when the piano only had 76 keys. However, if you plan on playing more modern music or on advancing to a high level, a full-range keyboard may be your best option.
However, the use of advanced editing software, available for low cost, can obviate the need for the full range, as pitch can easily be edited once a piece has been recorded.