Travelling is not always easy for a keyboardist. A piano can be tricky to pick up and move from one stage to the next, unless you're touring with a big crew—and with some pianos, even that doesn't solve the challenge. The obvious alternative to a full-size piano is an electric keyboard. Ready to go when you are, a portable keyboard is a good solution for practice and performance alike.
Above all, your choice of keyboard should match your skill level as well as meet your needs when it comes to features and key count. If you're new to the keyboard, take a look at entry-level models like the 61-key Yamaha PSRE243. Keyboards at this level will offer a strong set of basic features to help you get off the ground, without cluttering up the controls with too many confusing settings. For intermediate players looking to get a little bit more out of the instrument, Yamaha also makes the PSR E333, a mid-level keyboard sporting 61 keys, and Casio has a good choice as well in the piano-style LK-240. An intermediate keyboard provides a good balance between simplicity and customization, which is perfect for a musician working on developing his or her skills. Read More >