So, they’ve kept up the practice on the keyboard they begged you for last Christmas and thankfully they’re still interested! It’s usually not too long until their teacher says that they’ll need something a little better. This is because they have improved to a standard where they can express themselves on the piano and will be realising the limitations of their instrument, particularly if it was an ‘entry level’ one. (examples are Yamaha P45, P115, P105, P125, NP30, NP32, E series keyboards).
But what do people typically buy as a second piano? Well, in our experience the Yamaha Clavinova series have been the most popular choice because they have the most authentic touch response and sound, plus they are not too expensive. When it comes to giving your child the tools to progress the Clavinova series have proven excellent. As for price the first ones in the range (Yamaha CLP-625/CLP-635) just top £1000.
When it comes to this stage, where learning the subtleties of playing piano is required, we often liken learning piano to learning to paint. When you start off painting your pallet may only contain one shade of red, this will allow you to paint red objects but as there are no shades of red you will be forever limited in how much you can express yourself. It is a similar situation with moving from a beginner’s piano to the next level. With something like a Yamaha Clavinova digital piano you will be armed with multiple shades of colour allowing you to add ‘light and shade’ to your performances. The playing skills required to do this simply cannot be learned on an entry level piano, which is why the concerned teacher is encouraging a change before the student becomes limited by their instrument.
(pictured above: A young Pablo Picasso)
There are two models in particular from the Yamaha Clavinova range that have been very popular for solving this conundrum: The Yamaha CLP625 (click here to view full details) and the Yamaha CLP635. (click here to view full details).
Naturally the next question you might be asking is; What’s the difference between these models?
Rather helpfully Chris explains the differences in the video below.