88-weighted key keyboards are generally considered better for piano lessons than unweighted keyboards for a number of reasons. One of the main advantages of weighted keys is that they mimic the feel of a real acoustic piano, where the keys require varying degrees of pressure to produce different sounds. This is important for developing proper finger strength and technique, which is crucial for playing the piano effectively. Additionally, with weighted keys, students can more accurately learn the nuances of dynamics and expression, such as playing softly versus loudly, and with more or less emphasis. Furthermore, many intermediate and advanced piano pieces require the use of pedals, which are more easily and effectively controlled with a keyboard that has weighted keys. Ultimately, while unweighted keyboards may be more affordable and convenient, they can limit a student’s ability to develop proper technique and expression on the piano.

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