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A Brief Look at Acoustic Pianos and Digital Pianos

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Acoustic and digital pianos form the two main groups of this instrument, and if you’re interested in learning to play the piano well enough, you’ll want to learn all you can about both, and become familiar with their intricate differences.

Synthesizer No matter how good of a pianist you may be, buying a piano can be nothing short of overwhelming, as there are numerous different brands and styles available on the market these days – it can be hard even deciding where to start.

It’s important that when you’re out to buy a piano – either a new one or a used piece – that you end up with the most appropriate one for your needs. Some people, especially ones who’re just starting to learn the instrument, may not be aware that pianos are actually different. Not just in the obvious sense, such as digital versus acoustic pianos, but rather in that each piano brand has its own unique timbre, touch, feel and everything else about it when you’re playing it. Keeping this in mind, selecting a piano that’s not appropriate for you could be quite detrimental to your technique, not to mention that it can waste your money.

Generally speaking, there are just two types of pianos on the market that you should consider when you’re buying – an acoustic and an electric piano (also known as a digital piano).

Acoustic pianos

These are the most common type of pianos on the market, and they’re basically the oldest, most typical designs of the instrument. Acoustic pianos don’t need any electric current in order to produce a sound, and they rely entirely on the pianist pressing the appropriate key, which then strikes the string in the piano’s casing. These tend to be more complex – good examples of expert craftsmanship indeed – compared to digital pianos.

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Grand piano

Among the different acoustic pianos out there, there are two distinct sub-types of the instrument – the Grand Piano and the Upright Piano, sometimes referred to as the Vertical Piano. The Grand Piano can range quite severely in its size, from 4 to 9 feet in length, often containing more than 10,000 important parts. Within the range of the grand piano, the description depends on its size – the smallest are often referred to as “Baby Grand” pianos, and then there are the Concert Grand and other styles of Grand Pianos.

The Upright Piano is a lot smaller than the Grand Piano, and it’s the most common of all piano styles due to its cost as well as portability. It has less parts than the Grand Piano, no more than 6000 – and there’s a general belief that the taller your Upright Piano is, the better it is on the inside. There’s a lot of debate over this though, so don’t be quick to trust such claims.

Digital pianos

These have been growing in popularity quite strongly for the last 20-25 years, which can probably be attributed to the development of those pianos in response to the demand for the product on the piano market. Early digital pianos can be seen to have evolved from more traditional electronic keyboards. Many have full-sized keyboards, with weighted keys and similar responses to regular pianos. Early digital pianos often had very basic designs and specifications, and typically sounded primitive – but today, they’re very well-developed and can offer a rich, rewarding sound to their players.

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Digital piano

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