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How to Choose the Best Digital Piano for Beginners

 

As a beginner, the variety of digital pianos in the market can have you scratching your head from utter confusion on which specific one to go for. They come in all sizes, shapes, forms, and customizations to suits different types of clients.

Digital pianos basically have in-built tones that mimic the sound produced by acoustic pianos. Do not confuse them from keyboards however as these tend to have 76 or 61 semi or non-weighted keys. Digital pianos have a full 88 set of fully weighted hammer action keys. With these in mind, here are things to consider when choosing a digital piano for beginners:

 

How to Choose the Best Digital Piano for Beginners

best digital piano for beginners

1. Sound Quality

Digital pianos tend to have about 10 to 30 in-built tones. Since they mimic the acoustic piano, the quality of sound they give should give the subtlety and natural quality that the acoustic piano gives. It is thus important to go for models that have high-quality organic sounds like that of an acoustic piano such as a key-off effect and sympathetic resonance. Without quality sound in training, a beginner could easily lose track of being a great pianist.

2. Learning Tools

Most digital pianos have in-built exercises, chord progressions display, metronomes, songs, and connection to online pages, all to improve the learning process for beginners. They also come with split keyboards allowing a teacher and student to work together concurrently.

Though you may not find hundreds of songs like in the keyboards, some digital pianos have accompaniment styles and songs that are a lot like keyboards while still being fully digital pianos. These are like Casio’s PX-S3000 and Yamaha’s DGX-660.

3. Versatility

Acoustic pianos give a lot of volume versatility based on the amount of effort used to press keys. A good digital piano will allow you to vary the volume o avoid being a nuisance, especially now when you’re just beginning.

Besides this, they come with versatile sounds allowing you to add drums, brass and other versatile features to boost your creativity.

4. Recording Feature

The recording feature allows you to listen and correct your pieces, improving the learning process. As you review your performances, therefore, you can tell whether you’re progressing or retrogressing.

5. Portability

Since they are lighter, they allow beginners to break them down and compact them into a cabinet to transport when having performances away from home. This means that a beginner who’s not used to different pianos can always have the comfort of a console that he is familiar with every time they play.

6. Connectivity

When you choose a digital piano, go for a keyboard with MIDI capability which could allow you to sync with computers, laptops, and recording devices. It should also have a USB Port to allow you to save recorded pieces and download them to your phone where you could share with friends or on iTunes. This feature could be the beginning of a music production career!

7. Cost

As with any device, you should never go broke when buying digital pianos. Since you forwent the more expensive option of acoustic pianos, it wouldn’t make sense going broke over the digital too!

beginner digital piano

 

Final Thoughts

Selecting an entry-level digital piano can be daunting but with these considerations, you’re sure to get the best.

 

Sources

What is MIDI?   -MUSICREPO

Using the Master Keyboard Split Mode   -Yamaha