The Digital Piano – An Introduction

by Tania Gleaves on July 22, 2014

digital piano The Digital Piano   An Introduction

The digital piano becomes increasingly popular in today’s society for some pretty sound reasons. If you haven’t giving this sort a serious look, look again. You may be in for a pleasant surprise.

This type of keyboard is a different breed of the classical stringed piano in that it uses technology to emulate acoustic sounds sent through sound chips.

It’s normally played in bands rather than in orchestras, and the versatility of the sounds that it can produce allows musicians to imitate the music of other instruments (organs, flutes, violins, etc.). Some of the more advanced can record new sounds or even record an entire performance.

Advantages

At first sight, this instrument may seem like a toy to the musician who has studied and played classical piano for numerous years, and many such musicians refuse to appreciate it as a serious instrument. But there are some distinct advantages to playing one that shouldn’t be ignored.

One of those advantages is its relevance to today’s technologically obsessed society. For example, today’s musician can easily connect one of these pianos to a computer and create MIDI sound files.

It never needs tuning, it’s lightweight and portable.

Sounds

Known as the synthesizer of the past, the digital piano can emulate the sounds of almost every kind of classical piano known (upright, grand, tack, etc.) but it’s rarely used to generate the sound of a single instrument. It’s so versatile, musicians imitate the sounds of several different instruments at once to create the sounds of a small quartet or intimate band.

Of course one of the most frequently asked questions about this instrument is, “How did they get the sounds in there??”

Essentially, the sounds that you hear are sounds recorded from actual (non-digital) instruments. The higher quality ones will produce sounds that are more faithful to their natural counterparts, making it nearly impossible for some to distinguish the output from real instruments.

Brands

If you’re interested in playing this kind of piano, you may delight in knowing that some of the world’s best technologists are digital piano manufactures. They include world-class Yamaha, Roland, Suzuki, Casio, and more. Chances are that you’ve seen these brand names on other products around the home.

The same quality that you enjoy from these brands is incorporated into their musical instruments as well. So you can feel confident that your Roland digital piano for example is just as first-rate as your Roland stereo system or amplifier.

The Interface

The learning curve required to play one of these is relatively short and depending on the goal, musicians experienced with the classical piano and computers can get started with one rather quickly. This is because its interface combines the interactivity of a software menu with the traditional piano keyboard.

Above the keyboard are options that change the volume, bass and treble output, and instrument tone.

More advanced pianos will offer additional options and could include various drumbeats as well as a nice assortment of percussion sounds. Spending some quality time learning how to change the available options without losing your place in a song is what turns a beginning digital piano player into a pro.

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Basic Piano Lessons – Hmmm…Where Do We Begin?

by Tania Gleaves on July 21, 2014

What is the big dilemma?

There are more opportunities to learn basic piano lessons than ever before. And on one hand, this is a wonderful achievement since it increases the expose to a truly great medium. On the other hand, it can make finding appropriate lessons a bit more difficult than we’d like it to be. The breadth of the lessons available can make selections intimidating and if we’re not careful to fully investigate our options, we could make the mistake of selecting the wrong lessons and either hinder our progress or just give up altogether. So what can we do?

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We Have More Choices Than We Had In The Past

One important thing that we can do is first, decide what kind of music we want to play. In the past, the initial choice was always classical music because of its historical influence. Today however, we live in different times where traditional methods have been challenged and in some cases, disproved to have the impact or significance that we once believed they had.

Do you really want to play classical piano? Would you rather play jazz piano? Blues piano? Gospel piano? The choice is yours and whatever genre you chose, you can rest assured that there is plenty of instruction waiting for you. Interestingly, each of these styles begin with the basics.

Today, We Have A New Learning Environment Too

So your next decision is where to go through some basic piano lessons. Since we’ve quickly moved into a technological-based society, there’s no reason to ignore the opportunities that online lessons provide. Online lessons significantly differ from lessons with a private teacher, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t work. With a private teacher, you can get immediate feedback on your progress. Online, you’re only feedback is your own judgment and hopefully, some type of music that you can compare to your skills.

Which Teaching Methods Is Better? Private Or Online

In the latter approach, you’ll need to learn how to be brutally honest with yourself, because that’s the way that a private teacher would be to her student. A private teacher knows when to stop a student and correct him. Online however, there isn’t anyone around to stop you when you play out of tune or misinterpret a chord.

More Ways To Learn

Of course when it comes to learning the piano, you aren’t restricted to private lessons or online lessons. Beyond your basic piano lessons, you could for example, learn how to play piano through:

It’s All Up To You, Literally

In this situation, you really need to evaluate which learning method would be the most appropriate. Perhaps you’re the kind of person who carefully listens, studies, and learns on your own just fine. If so, then independent basic piano lessons would suit you perfectly. If not, then you should perhaps seek out private lessons that will gently guide you toward the path on which you want to travel as a pianist. Whichever route you choose, you want to be sure that you’re comfortable with your decision because learning the piano can be difficult enough without struggling with the method in which it’s taught!

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