Introduction
 
There is a plethora of electronic keyboard instruments available in the market today. Whether you are a music lover or a learner, you have a wide variety of options to choose from, which can be confusing. As a learner, it is even more important to choose wisely so that the instrument of choice serves its intended purpose. It is also possible that you have been practising on an older version or a guitar that has outlived its time and now it is time for you to consider a new one for a professional stream. Most often, a keyboard is a practical option when your space cannot accommodate a large area for a piano. Irrespective of these reasons, it is helpful to have a list of features against which you can evaluate your best buying options.

Best electronic keyboard instrument
 
Tips on choosing the right one
 
Choosing a piano keyboard can address the most common issue of space when you are not able to accommodate a real piano. Your starting point to buying a keyboard instrument is the basic purpose for which you need the instrument. Are you planning to pursue acoustic piano or any other musical style? If you are not sure, a keyboard that offers a wide range of sound will be very helpful. Today, even some variety of organ and programmable synthesizers can support a host of features. Imagine if you make a wrong choice of instrument and cannot use it or return it? It will cost you dearly, both mentally as well as financially.

Piano keyboard
 
For example, if you are a travelling musician who performs live across the country, then you will probably want to consider Music Workstations and Arranger Keyboards that are best suited for the purpose. At the same time, you will also consider the advantages both models offer. The former is great for travelling since it is lightweight, making it easy to transport. The Workstation also works well in recording studios because of its plug-in feature in DAW software. Arranger Keyboards are heavy because of the board speakers; however, they are well suited for live performances where you need to perform a variety of styles and rhythms.

Arranger keyboard
 
Irrespective of your skill level, whether you are a beginner, intermediate player or a skilled professional, the keyboard you choose should contain basic elements with specific features built on top of it to suit your skill and needs. At the basic level, you should look for the following:
 
· Keys: Keyboards often come with basic keys such as 61, 76, 88 including 32 and 49. For the professional player, your keyboard must have the 88-key to play any composition of your choice.
· Recording feature: These are great learning tools. Check if the keyboard can record multiple tracks. You can compose and arrange music with multiple instruments woven in.
· Display: The information display depends on your personal preference. For a professional, they may need advanced screens that show the score and lyrics, while the beginner may be fine with basic information.
· Internet connectivity: Most versions today leverage the power of the internet, where you can navigate through dozens of scores.
 
Other elements that can be considered are the guide lamp, vocal harmony, touch response including polyphony, which is the number of notes that can be played at the same time.