In the current digital era when most devices are going digital, I am not one bit surprised to find that even pianos are getting digitized. Today more and more students prefer to start their piano lessons on digital pianos. Hence most of the piano studios that were once imparting piano lessons on traditional instruments are getting upgraded to host music lessons on digital keyboards. What hits me is the fact that these digital pianos are as amazing as their traditional counterparts, belting out the same authentic sounds on gravity-based keyboards. Added to this is that the digital ones are gradually gaining a foothold and are preferred more for their tuning free operation and extended life spans by even some skilled pianists.
A musician interested in purchasing a piano has many options today. One can choose the acoustic piano, the digital one or an electronic keyboard. Although the digital pianos are popular alternatives to the long-established acoustic ones, even these modern equipments have their own advantages and disadvantages. But what I do not deny is that the digital pianos are available not just in many different sizes, styles but can also boast of plenty of choices when it comes to additional features.
When anybody wishes to make a change from the traditional upright instrument to something that is stylish and novel, many choices of digital pianos are available and each one shows variable degrees of sound quality and playability. A digital piano is definitely available to suit one’s budget or taste or even for a beginner or professional. While the digital pianos are available in all sizes, there are other key factors to check while opting for one like:
Function: The digitized version may seem like a perfect alternative to the traditional acoustic one but the main factor which strikes me is about the amplification of the digital one. Digital pianos are easy to amplify while the traditional acoustic ones need microphone adjustments.
Types: While making them available in plenty of sizes, today’s digital piano manufacturers also offer digital ones that are very similar to the traditional pianos in design and styles.
Identification: Piano makers have their brand names embossed on their musical instruments. Some manufacturers go a step further by producing their pianos in a particular color to boast their brand identity and is something which always mesmerizes me.
Effects: Most digital pianos have a standard set of piano voices while few offer a range of digital effects which includes the chorus, delay, reverb and even the brass section.
Features: Today’s most digital pianos include USB port facility helping to get full MIDI access to the musical instrument. Other common features found in the digital ones are sound libraries, foot pedals for damping and sustaining and built-in amplifiers which allow users to hear their playing without any need for external amplification.
Other Considerations: To me one should not just go by the compatible size, shape, quality or the flashy exterior of the digital piano. There are still more feature considerations to check like some focus on the sound it produces, its construction, its touch, feel and so on.
I often notice that many novice piano learners quit their musical journey midway. The reason for this maybe that they did not begin their piano learning with the right starter instrument or one with which they did not connect. I feel that a piano with the gravity hammer action should be ideal for starter learners.
Even while digital pianos are available in different sizes one important aspect is its placement – that is the measure of area where it is going to be placed. A bit of all these considerations before buying it helps later. So what then is really important while choosing a digital piano – its artistic prowess or its digital technicalities?