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Discounting some of the more antiquated musical instruments that rely on a keyboard to be played — such as harpsichords and celestes, for example — there are three main options if you want a keyboard instrument in your home. When you are learning to play, you often need to practice on your own keyboard as well as the times when you are with your music tutor. This means that buying your own keyboard really becomes essential, or else your playing development will be arrested. What are the primary options available to you?
Essentially, a digital piano is a musical instrument that replicates the natural sound of a real piano by making use of sophisticated electronics. Although electric pianos have been around since the late 1960s, digital pianos are a distinct group of instruments in their own right. Electric pianos tend to have their own sound, whereas digital pianos are designed to replicate all of the crucial overtones that a real piano makes when played. A digital piano will often have weighted keys, too, so it feels much more like a real instrument. This makes each and every practice session better for your playing since your finger strength will build up more rapidly. Furthermore, you will find that you can transfer much more easily between concert pianos and digital ones because of their weighted keys.
A much cheaper option but one that is limited in scope is to go for an electric keyboard. These tend to make use of samples taken from real pianos, but they do not sound nearly as authentic as digital pianos. Electric keyboards are highly versatile, however. You will often have a whole bank of sounds that you can draw upon, which makes them great for jamming with other musicians. A typical keyboard will have at least three or four piano sounds, as well as a number of organ tones. They are the smallest and lightest option.
The final option, of course, is to invest in an analogue piano. There are three main types to choose between. The most common is an upright piano which takes up the least amount of space in a home. The next option is a mini-grand piano. Only if you have a very big budget and a large space in your home should you consider a grand piano. Although they cost a lot and need to be tuned regularly buying a grand piano means making an impressive statement.Share