A traditional piano has 88 keys, yet you can get keyboards with only 61 and 76 notes. While on the surface this may appear slightly illogical, there are some distinct benefits. For example, a 61 note keyboard:

  • Highly portable and lightweight
  • Starts at an accessible price point
  • Covers the most played range of notes
  • Easy to use, and can be played nearly anywhere… on a table top… on your knee… in bed! (Although, for best posture we recommend using a stand.)

In short, a 61 note keyboard is a great choice for beginners as well as musicians on the move. They are also very popular in classrooms. The compact size and competitive price of such models is great for saving space and stretching budgets.

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That being said, there are several 61 note keyboards on the market, and it can be difficult to narrow down which would be the best for you. As such, we’ve taken a selection of our most popular models and specified what makes them great.

Casio CTK-1500 Portable Keyboard 

For many years, Casio have been known for their high quality products. This CTK-1500 is no exception. The reason this particular model is so popular is due to its lesson functions and library of 100 songs. This makes playing accessible for all ages and offers a great starting point for complete novices.

Another feature of this model that makes it popular for the whole class learning, is the headphone jack. It allows for independent playing that won’t disturb others.

  • casio-portable-keyboardCan use batteries or an adaptor
  • Size: 946 x 307 x 92 mm
  • Speakers: 2 x 2W
  • Weight: 3.3kg

 

Axus Digital AXP25 Touch Sensitive Portable Keyboard

The AXP25 from Axus offers exceptional value for money, with features you wouldn’t usually see at this price point. This model is a popular choice for beginners who are looking for an instrument they can make some real progression with.

While the large speaker size allows for louder playing, it also creates a higher quality sound: even at lower volumes! The intuitive layout makes it easy to access the 100s of features and the LED screen helps to guide you. The cherry on top is the record/play back function that allows you to hear what you are playing and work on small errors you may have otherwise missed. This can really help speed up progression.

  • axus-digital-keyboardCan use batteries or an adaptor
  • Size: 940 x 356 x 136 mm
  • Speakers: 2 x 10W
  • Weight: 3.75 kg
  • Touch Sensitive

 

Casio 61 Key Touch Sensitive Keyboard

The Casio CTK-3500 is a big hit, both at home and in schools. Although feature heavy, the display is logically presented, making it straight forward to use. The touch sensitive keys teaches good habits from the word go. Perfect for those who are thinking of moving onto the piano.

With 60 inbuilt songs, as well as the Step-Up lesson system, (not to mention the Casio Chordana app!) it’s perfect for promoting progression. The blend of Keyboard and Piano features make it great for traditional learning while still being engaging, with lots to explore.

  • casio-touch-sensitive-keyboard-61-noteCan use batteries or an adaptor
  • Size: 946 x 307 x 92 mm
  • Speakers: 2 x 2W
  • Weight: 3.4 kg
  • Touch Sensitive

 

Yamaha Piaggero NP12 Keyboard 

The Yamaha NP11 was undoubtedly one of the most popular keyboards on the market. As such, Yamaha did the smart thing and brought out the NP12 upgrade. As before, you have the characteristic Yamaha sound, great response and and highly minimalist, no fuss design. (Although this model has improved the connectivity and screen display.)

It features high quality samples of grand pianos, electric pianos, organs, strings, vibes and even harpsichord to give the player total freedom to experiment with the sounds and explore music further.

In summary: It’s lightweight, compact, portable, high quality sound, and excellent connectivity. An all round great instrument.

  • yamaha-piaggero-electronic-keyboard-61-noteCan use batteries or an adaptor
  • Size: 1036 x 105 x 259 mm
  • Speakers: 2 x 2.5W
  • Weight: 4.5 kg
  • Touch Sensitive

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About the author

Heidi worked for a number of years at Normans Musical Instruments, progressing from a Saturday Sales Assistant to a full time Brass Specialist within our Sales Team. Heidi has now left Normans and we wish her all the best for her future endeavors.

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