Jonathan Yasuda

Pianist, Lecturer

Keyboards & Games

Apps & Gear

Check out some of my favorite apps and keyboards below.

Keyboards & Gear

Roland and Yamaha make some fantastic digital pianos.   My current keyboard is a Roland RD-300NX stage piano, and like all of the new Roland keyboards, it uses SuperNatural Piano sound technology. 

The class of pianos that covers everything you need right out of the box is the digital upright piano.  Roland and Yamaha are the trusted brands.  They're great for small spaces, family rooms, you name it.  Note that the cheaper brand keyboards (Casio, etc) may look like they have everything on websites, but might require you to purchase a keyboard stand, music stand / music rest, power supply, and sustain pedal.  Double-check with the retailer before purchasing the keyboard so you're not disappointed when opening the box. 

Roland's SuperNatural Piano Technology

Some options

Priced high to low:

Roland Official Website: F-140R Upright

Sweetwater Retail Website: Buy F-140R Upright

Yamaha Official Website: Arius YDP 142 Upright

Sweetwater Retail Website: Buy YDP 142 Upright

Yamaha Official Website: YPG 535 keyboard

Sweetwater Retail Website: Buy YPG 535 keyboard

Yamaha Official Website: P-45 keyboard

Yamaha Official Website: YPG 235 76-key keyboard

Sweetwater Retail Website: Buy YPG 235 76-key keyboard

*There are other keyboard stands out there; the cheaper you get, the more wobbly.

  • For Yamaha retailers that don't sell power cords and pedals, try this: Survival Kit

  • For more advanced Roland keyboards, three foot pedals are an option: RPU-3

Make sure you have these things

Technology as we know is moving quite fast and specific keyboard models do get discontinued quite often.  It's always a safe bet to have a keyboard that meets the following criteria:

1.  The keyboard is full length with 88 keys.  It's worth it to spend slightly more for all 88 keys.

2.  The keys are weighted.  It's better to play on a keyboard that feels like a real acoustic piano to develop finger strength and dexterity.

3.  There's a stand. Check to see if your keyboard needs to be supported. 

4.  There's a music rest.  Especially for students, there needs to be a place to rest music books, sheet music, pencils, iPads.

5.  Power.  Make sure the keyboard has a power cord 

6.  Pedal.  Make sure the keyboard has a sustain pedal. Yamaha sells a Survival Kit that might be needed.