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Books and Gear

Finding the right instrument and gear can be confusing, but we're here to help! Check out our book and gear recommendations. FYI, the links on this page are affiliate links. We may receive a small commission at no extra cost if you purchase through these links. Click the one of the categories to jump to the section you need.


There are two main factors to look for when shopping for a digital piano—the number of keys. A piano has 88 keys and covers a wide range of notes. Some keyboards have fewer keys, like 61 keys. We recommend the full 88, but you can start with something smaller and upgrade later.


The other factor to consider is key weight. Fully weighted keys on a digital piano mimic the resistance and feel of a traditional acoustic piano, offering a more authentic playing experience that closely resembles pressing down on real piano keys. Some digital pianos have semi-weighted keys, which have a lighter touch and less resistance, making them a bit easier for beginners but less realistic compared to the real thing. While fully weighted keys tend to be more expensive, they provide a more genuine feel.

Piano Books

At Up Tempo Music Lessons, we use the Faber Piano Adventures Method. You can order them on Amazon. Most students start with the Primer level. We'll let you know if there's a different book you need.


For budding guitarists of all ages, we've handpicked a selection of guitars tailored to fit different stages of growth and learning. Click on the links below to find the ideal guitar for your child, ensuring they have the right size and style.

Guitar Books

At Up Tempo Music Lessons, we use a few different books, including some we have written! You can order them on Amazon. We'll let you know what books you need!


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