If you have decided that you want to buy a piano, whether it is for learning or performing, and you’ve decided that a digital piano is for you, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with the amount of choice you have. This simple Digital Piano for Beginners Guide will take you through everything you need to know about deciding which digital piano best fits your needs.
First and foremost, you need to know what the function of the piano is going to be, i.e. who is going to be using it and how experienced are they? If it is going to be a piano for the whole family to use then you should try and buy the best piano that you can for your price range, so that it caters to a variety of experience levels
Tips on Choosing the Best Digital Piano for Beginners
It is important to think about the portability that you need from your digital piano, as well as how it will fit into your home. There are four main styles of digital piano: Upright, contemporary, portable, and stage.
Upright pianos look much more like an acoustic piano, with the speakers being placed in the stand box. Contemporary styles have less of a typical piano look, and are much more modern looking. Portable and stage pianos are much more portable, and can provide a much stronger sound for performance players. Each of these styles has it’s own positive aspects, but it is important to know what style of digital piano you would like before investing in one. Stage digital pianos are specifically made for performance players, as they have a louder sound and are very portable.
The key action of a digital piano refers to how much weight and responsiveness the keyboard has. In essence, it is how closely it can replicate the feel of an acoustic piano.
While no digital piano can perfectly mimic the resistance an acoustic piano’s keys have when they are struck, there are plenty of great digital pianos that have highly realistic key actions.
To start, look for a piano with a fully weighted or hammer weighted keyboard. A graded keyboard also provides an extra bit of realism, and some pianos allow you to adjust the responsiveness of the keys to your own liking, which is a nice bonus.
The next thing you need to evaluate is the tone and sound of the digital piano. Beginners will not need top of the range tone and sound, but the higher the budget, the better the quality will be. If you are a beginner looking for a digital piano then keep in mind that you are going to improve as you play, so you should get the best tone and sound that you can.
Ensure that you test the tone and sound in the shop by sitting at the piano. Many digital pianos work with only two speakers, but as you go up in price this will increase to four or six. The more speakers that are installed in the piano increase the realism of the sound, as they will emanate the sound of an acoustic piano, and this will be best heard if you are sitting at the piano as though you are playing.
Also make sure that you test the tone and sound with a pair of headphones if you are planning to practice with a pair, as the sound can be altered when using headphones, and beginner digital pianists should keep this in mind. Listening with your own headphones, or an example of the headphones you wish to purchase, will give you a better example of what the piano will sound like as you practice.
Materials are also very important for beginners when investing in a digital piano. Cheaper models will offer plastic keys, whereas the more expensive models will offer a synthetic ivory. This will improve grip, as well as providing a realistic playing style to help you improve your ability to interchange between your digital piano and an acoustic piano.
As well as materials, it is also helpful for beginners to get a digital piano that offers touch sensitivity and weighted keys, as this will improve your ability to play expressively, as well as develop proper finger technique as you learn.