Parents and students often ask about the type of piano one should buy for themselves or their children.
As the advancement of technology, the advancement of digital pianos takes place and they are more and more close to competing with their acoustic counterparts in terms of the quality of music and the sensation produced by them. Thus, is digital piano suitable for a beginner?
Think about a hypothetical situation where your child wants to play soccer. Will you buy him a new pair of sports shoes or will you send him off to the field with his old flip flops? The earlier one, right? However, you are not going to buy him a professional soccer kit, not right on the first day!
Similarly, if you are a beginner in learning to play piano, you are not going to spend on a baby grand right in the beginning but have a right one which will improve your progress rapidly while learning the same. So the options are to either go for an acoustic piano which is the best one to develop your piano skills or you can go for the more economical, smaller ones which are decent in simulating the same sound as that of an acoustic piano.
So, if you are an early beginner you won’t find much of a difference in them both and would not be able to recognize the nuance and details of both of them. But still, if you are looking forward to buying a piano for a long term basis, here are some factors that will help you to do so.
A digital piano uses speakers and sound chips to reproduce sounds. The number of octaves they consist of ranges from four, six and eight octaves. If you want to play piano more seriously then you may want to go for a 88 keys piano.
‘Acoustic’ piano describes a piano which depends on producing its sound from the natural felt of hammers striking high ductile steel wire strings. The touch and tone of these pianos are normally way grander than that of a digital piano. They span up till eight octaves just as the digital ones and have a great amount of white and black keys spanning it.
What You Need To Know About The Differences:
The pros of a digital piano are overshadowing the cons with a trend more buyers preferring the digital pianos for a beginner learner.
Ms Liew Hui Jie
A passionate full time piano teacher in Singapore, with great ideas about how to ensure that students start with learning, playing and finally loving the piano.