Find out how to use a digital piano!

The fingers that run through the keyboard with unequaled dexterity, the virtuoso pianist with his art manages to impress the listener, since the dawn of time …

From Ray Charles to Nina Simone or Stevie Wonder, the melody of the piano has affected many generations and keys, pedals and facial expression of the artist remain an enigma still to be solved. But is this emotion different depending on the type of plan used?

According to a research by CERSI, the market for musical instruments in Italy has exceeded the 300 million euro threshold in 2016.

In this volume of business it is impossible today not to include the digital instruments that are having so much success in the world, including digital piano.

For example, the Japanese brand Yamaha digital piano, a specialist of digital keyboards like Clavinova or its Silent system, occupies a huge slice of the market.

There are several reasons for professional and amateur pianists to choose digital pianos at the expense of acoustic ones. First of all, the latter are often too heavy, expensive and bulky. Reduced to pianos that can be used free of charge in stations, will the acoustic plans gradually disappear and be replaced by digital ones?

The question offers one more reason to learn how to use the digital piano and its many features to become virtuous pianists of the 21st century.

Will the digital piano replace the acoustic piano?

• Is this an appropriate tool for a beginner?
• Can it replace the sound of an acoustic piano?
• What is the difference between a digital piano and an acoustic piano?
• Is it more expensive than an acoustic piano?
• Is it used by music producers?

All these questions, collected by the music forums, show the public’s interest in the digital piano.

You know, to work  on the technique, it is preferable to get a plan at home. So better an electric piano or a digital piano?

In this context – and since the space available is limited – the digital piano is a good alternative to the acoustic one.

This instrument includes numerous features, all without however the drawbacks of the acoustic piano. It works thanks to the sampling technology that reproduces the sounds of an acoustic piano, recorded on all its texture.

More sophisticated products are generally associated with an increase in functionality, as well as with an increase in the price of the instrument.

Designed to replace the acoustic piano, the digital one is a good compromise for playing the piano since it offers:

• Need to have less space available: i.e. less space.
• More mobility: easily transportable, most digital models weigh less than 20kg. Also ideal for those who plan to tour!
• Reduced fragility: more robust, it is at less risk of strokes and lines.
• Credible sound: always well tuned, without echo effects or anything else that could alter the sound quality.
• Less noise: thanks to the possibility of playing with headphones and adjusting the volume, the digital piano allows you to play without disturbing neighbors and pets.
• A reduced maintenance cost: it does not require any intervention by a professional for its operation.
• A very varied sound database.
• A sequencer: an instrument that allows you to record, make small arrangements as well as play several instruments simultaneously. Ideal for programming musical accompaniments that will add to the melody.
• An internal electronic metronome.
• A more affordable price: you can in fact buy a new model of digital piano with less than 2000 €.
• Easier recording with the ability to record multiple tracks easily.
• Reading the scores: thanks to its interface it allows you to learn or decipher a piece starting from a simple file.
• The transposition of the pieces: allows you to do this without rewriting the score or learning it by heart to reproduce it.

Is a digital keyboard different from a virtual keyboard?

You are probably wondering the usefulness of this question. Because it is clear that the two keyboards are different. And yet, to avoid confusion, it is important to specify the points of difference but also the points of proximity.
How are these two types of keyboard similar?

It is already clear from their name. They are keyboards, arranged in the same way. In both cases the sound is pure without the need for a tuner. They are shorter than a traditional piano keyboard and echo is a click-away option.

They therefore have the same appearance, the same sounds and offer the same possibilities.
And how are they different?

This too may seem pretty obvious, but … there is a little secret. The digital keyboard needs to press keys, it is palpable. The virtual one is not.
The digital keyboard is the territory of real pianists and musicians. The virtual keyboard is also very suitable for DJs. You don’t need to have a basic knowledge of solfeggio, just be geek with a good sense of rhythm.

Here’s the big difference!

And, as a consequence of this huge difference, we can deduce that a pianist who is learning has no interest in using a virtual keyboard.
Likewise, is a digital keyboard different from a synthesizer?

As in all families of instruments, there are differences but also points in common. This also applies to digital keyboards and synthesizers. Know that there are more than 550 different models for each type of plan. If you decide to make a long-term and professional investment in a plan, think carefully before making your choice. Here are some pointers that might be useful.

What are the common points between these two tools?

Both belong to the same musical family. They allow you to learn to play the piano, to refine your technique. They offer pure sound and the ability to adjust the volume.

To encourage progress, it is also possible to change the sound. Playing a piano piece with the sound of a guitar or trumpet can be a productive and fun exercise. The higher the price level, the more the technical characteristics are similar. However, despite the proximity of the price, there are some differences.

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