The beginner keyboard checklist: all the essentials you need to start playing today

Young girl smiling at the camera while sat behind a keyboard
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We’ll assume you’ve already purchased your shiny new beginner keyboard and are eager to get started. So, now what? Accessories are often overlooked in the excitement of buying a digital piano, synth, organ, keyboard controller, digital workstation or portable keyboard - which is an oversight because they can make learning easier, more comfortable and more rewarding. 

So, we’ve put together a checklist of what our experts recommend as essential gear add-ons that you’d be foolish not to consider. Everything from headphones, which your family and housemates will come to value just as much as you do, to something comfy to perch on while you are playing. You deserve only the best…

Simon Fellows

When Simon's childhood classical guitar teacher boasted he 'enjoyed a challenge', the poor man had no idea how much he'd underestimated the scale of the task ahead. Despite Simon's lack of talent, the experience did spark a lifelong passion for music. His classical guitar was discarded for an electric, then a room full of electrics before Simon discovered the joys of keys. Against all odds, Simon somehow managed to blag a career as a fashion journalist, but he's now more suitably employed writing for MusicRadar and Guitar World. When not writing or playing, he can be found terrifying himself on his mountain bike.