If you took piano lessons as a child and enjoyed playing musical pieces at some recitals that you took part in, you may be curious about picking up where you left off, by purchasing a piano that you can enjoy playing in your living room or den. A digital piano is an alternative to an acoustic piano. This type of instrument can be programmed to play a wide range of sounds, ranging from an acoustic melody to an electronic sounding tune.
The Difference Between The Models
An acoustic piano contains a series of strings and hammers, which are located within a piano's casing. As keys are pressed, the attached hammers strike the strings that are lined up behind them and sounds are produced. A digital piano lacks these interior pieces and operates solely from samples that have been pre-recorded.
A sample is a set of sounds that are themed. A digital piano will contain a function that will allow an end user to create music that sounds similar to what an acoustic model can produce, but will also offer many other options. Each sample may be labeled, which will allow a player to pick a distinct sound while seated behind the keyboard. The keys will produce the same series of tones, until another sample is selected.
A Digital Model's Setup
A digital piano may contain a volume adjuster, foot pedals, and a foldable cover. Many digital models are manufactured to resemble a straight back acoustic style and will feature a wooden or plastic casing, legs, and a stool. A stool may consist of a bench like seat and a cover that opens. This type of stool can be used to store music books.
There are also models that are noticeably smaller than an acoustic piano. They may be set up similarly to an upright piano, but contain narrow keys or a limited amount of materials that make up the casing that surrounds the player area.
For portable playing options that will allow you to play your digital instrument while you are home or when you are visiting friends, consider investing in a digital piano that lacks a frame or that contains a removable frame. If you decide to purchase your piano through an instrument dealer, request the opportunity to play some of the models that are on display. If you plan on using an instrument a lot and are going to be playing music pieces that are challenging, choose a model that you feel comfortable sitting or standing behind.