If you’re looking for a keyboard that teaches you to play, in this digital age, you’ve a huge choice.
We can go for a piano that lights up keys to guide you to the right notes, or lights just above the keys like our top choice, the ONE Smart Piano.
OUR TOP CHOICES
They also offer integration with a learning app on your tablet or smartphone. Here are the top choices, all of which are reviewed in more detail below.
1. The ONE Smart Piano- Weighted 88-key Digital Piano
2. The ONE Smart Keyboard Pro- 88-key Digital keyboard
3. The ONE Smart Keyboard – 61-key portable keyboard
7. The ONE hi-lite – fits any piano /keyboard! Music Group player
Top choice Piano that lights up keys!
For those in a hurry, our top choice is The ONE Smart Piano, Weighted 88-Key. If you want a digital piano that has the feel of a traditional acoustic piano, yet offers modern electronic learning features, this is the ONE for you!
Personally and as a music teacher, I recommend that a student starts right, whether it is a child or an adult learning.
I would want my student to experience 88 keys and also the weighted action of the keys. This digital piano offers all these elements along with the interactive learning system and smart features.
The keys themselves do not light up, the light appears just above the key to play. It also has 3 pedals and a full wooden body for a real piano feel. This is a proper digital piano and a beautiful piece of furniture
KEYS: 88 WEIGHTED HAMMER-ACTION
MODERN DIGITAL LEARNING FEATURES
Investing in this model gives you full access to the mobile apps for tablet or smartphone. The app is jam-packed with learning material that integrate with the lights on the piano to guide you to the right notes. It features step by step video lessons ranging from the basics to the more advanced. There is also a ton of sheet music to choose from. There are games which are important for both kids and adults. A beginner pianist has to learn which note is which and these games really make learning fun. Remember, all practice is practice.
LIGHT UP KEYS
This piano features LED lights just above the keys which work with the accompanying app to guide you to the correct notes. It waits for you to find the note before moving on.
The whole key lighting up is tempting, but after a while you may wish you had just a more subtle prompt. On this digital piano, the LED lights are above the keys, which in my opinion, is a lot prettier!
BUILT IN METRONOME
I still have my mother’s old wind-up metronome! My little girl uses it to practice and keep her timing perfect. Like most modern digital pianos, this piano has a built in metronome (like a tick-tock sound at a speed that you set).
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OTHER NOTABLE FEATURES…
REAL PIANO FEEL
This digital piano has 88 hammer-action keys, that is, a full size piano and the touch and feel of the hammer action of a traditional aoucustic model. It also has three foot pedals just like a traditional piano. If you are going to get serious with your piano lessons, these are important features. The hammer-action will give you the habit of proper touch technique to create dynamics and sound effects right from the start. The pedals also create dynamics and sound control. Learning the pedals on a piano takes consistent practice. It is no wonder that I, as a music teacher, recommend this model!
CONCLUSION ON THIS MODEL
So if you’re thinking of an instrument that will serve you well into the future without having to upgrade, the ONE Smart Digital Piano, with its traditional features and digital features combined is the whole package. It has a beautiful piano sound and various other tones to choose from. Make a pop song with the combined rhythms or play a classical work on the traditional piano tone. The possibilities are endless. I have heard so many reports of this piano touting its ability to excite kids and make them “want to learn“. It is excellent for both adults and as you can learn at your own pace and most of all, learning is fun… Just as it should be!
I LIKE THAT BUT I NEED A MORE PORTABLE MODEL!...
The smart ONE paino mentioned above is an elegant digital piano that deserves a prized place in your home. Yes you can move it around but it is not built to be moved from one place to another regularly or packed into your car too often! If you stlll want a good instrument to learn on but need to be able to move it around, the same company have a portable model:
I LIKE BOTH OF THOSE BUT I WANT SOMETHING LESS EXPENSIVE FOR A START!
Now if you want something less expensive and less powerful for a start, the same company have a basic 61-key keyboard.
You can connect this to your tablet/smartphone and the keys actually ‘light-up’ and you have access to the learning app. The keys are touch response which means they will respond to how hard you play them. This feature is attempting to copy hammer action to which nothing compares in my opinion.
Personally, I find this touch-sensitive feature nothing but annoying and opt to turn it off every time. This only weighs 11 lbs. Again you’ll need to buy a stand separately.
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KEYS: 61 touch sensitive
This keyboard comes as a premium pack, including headphones and a stand. There are 61 touch response keys and you can access over 100 preset songs to learn with the lighting system. There is even wireless connectivity to Page Turner, an iPad app to go with the preset songs.
You have access to Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S.) which is built-in and this teaches you step by step how to master the songs. It features a fingering guide to make sure you use your fingers properly. The light-up keys will wait for you to get the note correct before moving on.
You can also use other learning apps with this keyboard such as Synthesia.
KEYS: 61 touch response
This Casio keyboard has 61 keys and operates on battery power or with the AC adapter. It has 400 tones and 150 rhythms so you can explore different instruments and sounds.
You have free access to the Chordana Play app where you can learn songs and follow along as the keys light up. The step-up lessons include 60 built-in songs.
Lagrima is becoming a popular brand for affordable musical instruments. This is a new 61-key model for learning with keys that light up and teach you to play.
There are 225 tones and 225 rhythms as well as 50 demo songs to play along to with the illuminated keys.
The training function has three steps and firstly guides the learner to learn the melody, then ‘follow’ and finally ‘ensemble’ – putting it all together.
A LIGHTING STRIP TO CONNECT TO ANY KEYBOARD OR PIANO
The ONE Music Group Player Piano (TOH1) - Hi-lite strip
If you already have a keyboard/piano and just want the lights- here is your solution! The ONE Piano Hi-Lite attaches to your keyboard and through sensors and Bluetooth tracks your playing.
You can connect to several learning apps, including the free ONE Smart Piano app and learn songs in minutes or play games to improve your playing skills. It connects to other MIDI apps such as Yousician, Pinao Maestro, Synthesia and Garage Band.
So if you want a piano that lights up keys and you already have an instrument, this little gadget may provide the solution to light up your learning!