My nephew has just started his piano lessons and was all agog about it. He loves playing the piano. My mother has a grand piano, which she guards carefully and never lets any of her grandchildren to touch it. But my nephew finds some way or the other to con her and play it. Though my mother puts on her disapproval face, she secretly admires his playing. Seeing his attachment to piano, we decided to gift him a digital piano, so he could play to as much as he can and not draw flak from my mother.
I was given the task of selecting the right piano for him. I asked my musician friend about the various digital pianos present. Here are some of the many advantages that digital piano has over the conventional acoustic pianos.
The first and most favored benefit digital pianos give is they are designed to simulate the acoustic piano perfectly. While there are strings and hammers in an acoustic piano, a digital piano has advanced sound technology embedded in it, which is amplified by speakers positioned strategically. This gives a very pleasing and acoustic piano like sound. There are weighted keys fixed with precision that recreate the acoustic keyboard, so you get a genuine playing experience. There are also non piano sounds to choose from, making it a veritable source for interesting and resourceful learning. You can also create sounds of your own with some models of digital piano.
Headphones for quiet practice
Almost all digital pianos allow you to plug in and supervise sound using headphones. For students this is a highly beneficial feature, as they can practice to their satisfaction without disturbing others. I find this feature highly advantageous for my nephew, as he can play till he gets tired without disturbing us. For this feature alone I’d readily buy it for him. There are also twin jacks for headphones that help both student and teacher to listen in high detail, so the mistakes are spotted easily.
Boost playing rhythm
Timing is very important in piano and is frequently a big issue for beginners. The entire learning curve involves building muscle memory as well as mental cognition. The fluctuations like slowing down or accelerating can happen frequently based on how difficult a particular piece is. The built in metronome with easy controls to adjust the beat and tempo helps in slowing the speed and mastering them. Complicated time signatures and other advanced notes can be easily learnt.
You can record and analyze your playing, so you can detect your weakness and strengths, and perfect the playing. Timing and melody can be easily corrected, when you listen what you have played. The advanced digital piano models also let you transfer to your computer so you can share, edit and even print it.
From producing high quality sound and having a high playability feature to various advanced and useful features, digital pianos certainly give value for the money you shell out for them. Some of the advanced features present here are not possible in the traditional acoustic pianos.