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Six Things to Consider in Purchasing an Electronic Piano By David Doolin

I remember when I was a kid taking piano lessons. We had an old upright piano that weighed a ton, looked awful and never seemed to stay in tune. Not exactly what you would call inspiring to a beginning piano student. But who could afford a grand piano? Or who had room for one if they could afford it?

Fortunately today things are a little better. There are a variety of cost effective electronic solutions. The main advantage of choosing and electronic piano is price. In addition to price, an electronic piano never needs to be tuned. Most are light weight making them easy to move, and they can be purchased in a variety of furniture style to match your home decor.

Still there are a few things to consider when making your purchase.

The first seems to be a "no-brainer", but "Does it sound like a piano?" With all the "bells and whistles " available on electronic pianos today it is easy to overlook the obvious being enamored by the cool drum sounds and realistic orchestral sounds that these new instruments are capable of producing. Along with this consideration it is important to evaluate the other sounds. Some models may make the traditional keyboard sounds such as piano, electronic piano, organ and harpsichord. That's great if that's all you're looking for. However today's versions are capable of the traditional keyboard sounds and a lot more. Some models are capable of producing every instrument in the orchestra as well as many modern synthesizer sounds. Normally the more sounds it makes the more it costs, so weigh your options carefully. Most models also include drum sounds.

Second, along with a lot of really cool sounds, many of these new instruments have and onboard midi sequencer. This is an electronic counterpart to the old fashioned tape recorder. You simply select an instrument sound, play a part and the sequencer records what you play. You then play that track back while recording a second instrument. Record enough tracks and you have built a very nice multitrack recording of your song complete with drums, bass, piano, strings or whatever else you choose to include. In essence you have your very own recording studio.

A third thing to consider is whether the instrument has "weighted keys" or not. This simply means, "Does it feel like a piano when you play it?" Normally piano keys are harder to press than most electronic keyboards, or organs due to the mechanical action used to produce the sound. Most electronic keyboards come with a "weighted keys" option. However some do not, and those that do can have far different feels. This is an important consideration if the instrument is to be used for child piano lessons. Weighted keys will allow the transition to a real piano to come much easier when the child gets ready to perform that first concert at Carnegie Hall on the beautiful Concert Grand Piano.

Fourth, does it have a full 88 note keyboard? A real piano has 88 notes. While some electronic pianos have 88 notes, some do not. Be sure to check with the sales professional at your store, or read the specifications carefully if purchasing online. While a beginning student may be able to get by with an abbreviated keyboard for some time, they will outgrow it soon. Often times lower priced versions may not have full sized keyboards.

Fifth, does the instrument have built in speakers or do you need to connect it to some kind of sound system to be able to hear it? Many stage pianos need to be connected to external amplification to be heard. While the sound quality may be a lot better, the cost of the external sound system must be considered. Also the intended use must be considered. If you are planning to play with a band, you are better to choose the external amplification system. If you are planning to do all your playing in your home living room, you are probably better off going with built in speakers.

Sixth, how does it look? Electronic pianos come in a variety of styles and cabinets. You can get the cool black stage piano look if you are playing in a band. If you intend to do all your concerts in your living room styles range from the traditional spinet piano look all the way up to the look of a "Baby Grand". Unlike traditional pianos, their electronic counterparts may also come in a variety of colors other than wood tones.

While it is true that there is something unique about sitting in front of a real piano, by weighing your options carefully and using the six tips above you can have a satisfying piano experience ant a fraction of the cost by choosing a quality electronic piano.

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How to Play Piano: Acoustic or Electronic Piano?

Does someone at your house want to learn to play the piano? Sometimes the cost of a real piano can be prohibitive. There are cheaper alternatives in the electronic world, but how good is the sound quality? Read this informative article for some guidance before you decide between a real piano or an electronic piano..


Learn To Play Piano: A Digital (electronic) Or An Acoustic Piano?

Peter Edvinsson

If I have to choose between buying an acoustic piano or a digital (electronic) piano what is the best choice? let's take a look at the different choices if you want to learn to play piano.

Personally I haven't been forced to make the decision between buying a normal upright piano and a digital (electronic) piano as I have both in my home. I can see advantages in both types of pianos when practicing the art of learning to play piano.

A normal upright piano produces sounds with hammers that strikes the strings. A digital (electronic) piano on the other hand tries to duplicate the feeling of playing an acoustic piano.

Most people are familiar with the normal upright piano but what advantages has a digital (electronic) piano?
First let us describe a digital (electronic) piano.

A digital (electronic) piano consists of a keyboard with weighted key action, sensors that detect the velocity when you play the keys and a set of sounds you can choose from. To make it possible to listen to the piano when you play you have an amplifier and loudspeakers and headphone jacks.
Here are some advantages with a digital (electronic) piano:

1. A digital (electronic) piano doesn't need to be tuned. A normal acoustic piano you should tune once or twice a year. If you can't tune a piano yourself you have to turn to a piano tuner. It can be quite expensive of course. Even a piano tuner has to pay his bills.

2. You can practice silently. A digital (electronic) piano usually has a headphone jack so by using headphones you can practise as much as you want without disturbing neighbours or family members.

3. Midi interface. A digital (electronic) piano usually has a midi interface which makes it possible to connect your piano to a computer and use music software like notation programs or a sequenser program or a software synthesizer.

What then are the disadvantages of having a digital (electronic) piano?

1. The sounds in an acoustic piano are produced by strings vibrating and the different pitches interact in ways that you cannot copy on a digital (electronic) piano. The sound quality of the sounds produced by digital (electronic) pianos are becoming better and better but it is still a completely different way of producing sounds.

2. A digital (electronic) piano is limited when it comes to producing different tone colors by different ways of playing. An accomplished pianist might feel limited by the sampled sounds.

There are many more things to say about choosing a piano but this is a beginning.

As you can see it is not so easy to decide what's best for you. If you can't decide what type of piano to buy you can do as I have done. Have both types of pianos and keep smiling.

Peter Edvinsson is a musician, composer and music teacher. Visit his site Capotasto Music and download your
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