Guitar vs. Piano - What to Buy First?

It's been a popular discussion for many beginners who are trying to get the first hand in learning how to play music.

The two most popular entry level music instruments are digital pianos and acoustic guitars. So what should you choose? Or perhaps, what is better to start learning music scales, chords and practice simple songs?

Each of these sound players has its own strength and weakness.

Let's go through each, one by one.

Digital Piano Keyboards


With piano, the sky is the limited in terms of sound effects and or custom channels. You can play both high treble and low earthy bass sounds with almost any type of piano sold in stores today. What I really like about electronic keyboards, though, is the ability to program songs, adjust playing style according to different pitch levels, as well is a huge selection of voices. When you play piano, it also gives you an opportunity to truly develop fingering skills, which are essential to any professional pianists.

Acoustic pianos with wooden keys will give a very real and satisfying experience. Each touch with different pressure level will produce unique sound and resonance that is never the same. You can even combine that with foot pedals to make it mellower are warmer with bass sound.


Learning to play piano be it on Yamaha electric keyboard or Roland upright piano or Samick baby grand is not easy, especially for beginners. It will require at least about 6 month of practice before you can properly perform any songs on these string instruments.

Acoustic Guitar

The Good

Guitar, be it traditional type with classic wooden case and metal strings or electric guitars with built amplifiers and speakers, are simply very easy to learn. All you have to do it make sound with six strings. You can control how low or high the vibrations should be by just moving the fingers up and down the fret.

That's not much to learn about a guitar, except for getting to that level of expertise, where you can play just about any song beautifully!

Guitars are also very cheap to buy and can be easily found in just about any musical supplies store for under $100. If you are fancy you can go with more decorative models and get all the bells and whistles and still pay no more than $1000.

The Bad

At some point, you will find that you want to move on and try something more challenging, or perhaps you want to train your ears to be able to pick up the delicate difference in musical notes. Then it would be the time to buy your first digital upright piano, or if you can afford it - get used baby grand pianos cheaply from brands like Lester.

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