Nov 15, 2017

Top tips to buy a digital piano

It’s not only in the orchestra setting that the piano lends itself so well. Think of a rock concert, an intimate musical performance, a quartet and you’ll see the sheer range of this delightful instrument.

The traditional piano is large in size, bulky and very expensive. A digital piano offers a much better option. The same sound and quality in a better, more convenient setting is a gift that keeps on giving.

Here are a few top tips to buy digital pianos:

1.   Digital features
Headphones are essential when you are practising. A synthesizer will give you massive range in the production of sound. You also will need audio ports for input and output so you can hook up an amplifier to the piano. A digital piano comes with other cool features too- the ability to play back your music, LCD screens for your notes and music sheets, batteries, and a microphone in case you want to sing along. Look at all the extras the piano has to offer before you decide.

2.   Usage
Is the piano for your personal use or are you part of a band/orchestra? Depending on the intensity of the use, you can decide if you want a basic model or a high-end version of the piano. A more economical option would be an easier choice if you’re a beginner, or need the piano for classes. Will you play as part of a band or as a solo performer? Will it be your own compositions or those by others? Are you planning to make a career out of your piano playing or is it for the family? Consider each aspect before you decide.

3.   Keys
The soul of the piano is in the keys. In fact, digital pianos often have weighted keys to give the pianist the traditional realistic piano feel. Apart from this, keep in mind the number of keys as well. A serious pianist will need a complete piano- that’s 88 keys. Smaller models often have only 61. So, keep this in mind too when you are choosing a piano.

4.   Size
If you live in a small space or if you need to move the piano around from place to place or venue to venue- then you should think of a portable piano. It can be put away when not in use, saving space and has legs which are a sleeker option than a stand. Think of your future plans and then decide what kind of piano you need.

5.   Pedals
Pedals are an important part of the piano. Digital pianos have pedals but you might need an aux for a smaller model. Less expensive models don’t come with pedals. Keep your audience in mind to make your decision less difficult. Even if your piano doesn’t have pedals, synthesising options will help create a perfect sound. Also, if you’re going to be moving around on stage, then pedals may not be pressed into action too much and can be done without.

Both Yamaha and Casio have great digital piano options, the former has a bench too. An Alesis or Korg are good buys for beginners- less expensive but with the complete 88 keys. 

1 comment:

Mang Lembu said...

kerennya kalau beneran bisa maen piano mah, apalagi sekarang ada piano digital, pasti makin makjleb deh

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