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Digital pianos really have come a long way from where they were 15 years ago, when I started playing. I started on an unweighted 61-key touch-sensitive keyboard (touch-sensitivity is, by the way, essential, but implied on the weighted keyboards. You cannot play classical piano music even remotely musically without touch sensitivity. Organ music is a ...


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Why would you need more than that? Five semitones up and six down can make every possible key: Let's say the original MIDI file was in C major. Up 5 semitones and you can get C C# D D# E and F. Down 6 semitones and you can get C B Bb A Ab G Gb. I am aware that you cannot transpose to a different octave using that but for practical purpose that is easily ...


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XLR connectors should be your preferred route, as balanced cables have a much lower noise level by their design - they are constructed such that noise induced by electromagnetic interference cancels itself out, whereas signal doesn't. If you want stereo, you need to use two cables. As you can see 1/4" has a Left and a Right, and XLR has a Left and a Right. ...


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Connectors section at Specifications tab on this page contains the following: PEDAL (DAMPER/R, SOFT/L *, SOSTENUTO/C *) So I'll presume, that those are the pedals required for the answer. As stated at Piano pedals article on Wikipedia: Modern pianos usually have three pedals, from left to right, the soft pedal (or una corda), the sostenuto pedal ...


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I don't consider the "classical music" criteria to be a determining factor. A piano is a piano is a piano, and though digital pianos generally do have some feature overlap with things like electronic keyboards and synthesizers and midi controllers, the reason for buying a digital piano should only be because an acoustic piano is impractical for whatever ...


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The exact height of the keyboard off the floor is less important than the distance between the keyboard and your seat. (Most chairs are too low to the ground to be good as a piano stool) I'd agree with @Jeffrey that forearms-parallel-to-the-floor is a good starting point, also that your knees don't get wedged out of the way by the bottom of the keyboard. ...


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some voices on your digital piano contains more than 1 tone, for example an organ single note may consist of 3 or 4 voice samples (polyphony) so , when you press 10 claviers it will produce about 40 sound samples... 128 voices of polyphony will let you hear your sound fully and without note cancellation.


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Modern digital pianos have a number of features that expand the number of notes that might be simultaneously present in the output: Some polyphonic voices last a long time after the key is released, so if you play a lot of notes quickly using these voices, you may end up having dozens, and even a hundred notes still sounding while you're adding new notes. ...


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All digital keyboards will allow you to plug a pair of headphones in and use it via them. As far as brand is concerned, it's really down to personal preference and your budget. I myself am a Yamaha fan, but you may prefer Casio, for example. The type of keyboard you should buy is down to how you will be using it. If you are learning playing classical ...


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Considerations Touch sensitivity (this is a must) Number of keys you usually use Polyphony - the higher, the better if you play anything remotely complex Whether you need lots of sounds or really only piano sounds Size and weight if you plan on traveling with it. Built in drums/accompaniment or not (good for practice, more fun than a metronome) Built in ...


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I have to say that a household and environment that fosters a love of music will have a large impact on your daughters interest. Likely only piano lessons with an instructor will assess her interest in that particular instrument, but that's really just the tip of the iceberg. There are lots of other instruments, most just as fulfilling, as well as singing ...


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Weighted keys offer a different kind of response to the touch of a finger since they have more stationary momentum. This helps connect your physical action to the sound itself, which results in what seems like more expressive piano playing. The other thing you are experiencing is the difference between velocity control for either instrument. If both the ...


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The biggest mistake that many starting-out (and professional) keyboardists, including pianists, make is sitting at the piano incorrectly which results in playing with tension. Make sure you learn everything you can about correct bench height (generally, your forearms should be parallel with the keybed), sitting in a relaxed manner and relieving all muscle ...


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For use with a piano I don't think it's particularly necessary to have good headphones. You want ones that can handle a good range of volume without the clarity being greatly affected, so you'd best avoid tinny little earbuds, but other than that you should be OK. One possible exception is if you're playing pieces that go extremely low on the keyboard; A0 ...


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If you use a short length cable (for Home Studio use), it won't really change much. Using balanced cables is good for long cables (10 meters long, on stage), but just for a 2-meters-cable connection : piano <--> audio interface the difference will not be important. I such situations, I go for 1/4 JACK because it's simpler for home studio use. ...


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I disliked piano (particularly lessons) until grade 11. Something just changed and now I love it. Some kids will enjoy it right away, but most of the time I hear stories like mine. I was a disciplined kid but most generally aren't, and practising is a drag. A lack of interest may not be a good indicator that you should stop the lessons -- so many people ...


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Tim Praskins reviews ALL major models on his Piano News Blog, with a ton of information on "digital pianos and what to know when shopping for one". From a recent (2011/08/17) entry: Yamaha has descriptive words such as Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC), GRE, Smooth Release, Linear Graded Hammers, and Soundboard Speaker. Roland has SuperNATURAL ...


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For best ergonomics, I was always taught that my forearms should be parallel with the floor, with the fingers resting comfortably on top of the piano keys - so, the arms should be a little above the level of the keys, not reaching up or reaching down. I'd adjust the piano so that the correct piano-playing posture (seated on edge of seat, heel on floor to ...


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The prevailing stereotype is that Yamaha are the real digital pianos, while Casio makes primarily toys. While this may have been true ~20 years ago, it's definitely not anymore. I'm not sure what you consider "entry-level," but I did a lot of research (both online and in stores) when buying my first piano, and ended up buying a Casio PX-330 for $500, which ...


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Besides the possibility to have multiple sounds assigned to a single key, another important point is: use of pedal requires the previously sounding notes to continue as opposed to terminate suddenly just to re-use the channel for the new notes.


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I'm going to answer the general question so that this is not a shopping reccomendation per se (61 un-weighted key keyboard with lots of features vs. 76 graded "soft touch" key keyboard with minimal features). Arguments for a 61 key, unweighted keyboard (PSR-E423 in your case): This is simple and easy to play, due to the fact that: There are less keys, ...


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Have you asked a professional piano tuner to check out the old upright piano you are considering buying? It may need a great deal of expensive repairs and maintenance to get it to operate correctly. First there is frequent tuning. But it may also need to have the mechanism regulated, the hammers re-felted or replaced, or it may need new strings, and so ...


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Which piano you should buy is going to be up to your own preferences and price range. However, these are some criteria you can use to make that decision critically: Sound: Entry level digital pianos use what are called samples to generate a sound from a keypress. Each company has spent lots of money recording every individual key of a high-quality piano at ...


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I think it may not be the best vantage to try and "assess" the amount of interest. Look at it this way. Your child's interest in music is not set in stone. It's a living part of her, and if nurtured it can grow. A bad instructor can bunk her desire to ever touch the instrument. But your own interest and involvement in her lessons are primary. So don't ...


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There are rules for good ergonomics and placing the least amount of stress on your body when you play. Google the Alexander Technique for one approach. Then there are many pianists who never cared about posture. Two examples (coming from rather opposite approaches to piano-playing) are the world-famous acoustic pianists Glenn Gould and Keith Jarret, who ...


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Personally I'm rather satisfied with Garageband's supplied piano sounds. However, it's entirely possible that I have cloth ears, and certain that I have very basic piano skills. Have you explored the full range or GarageBand sounds? Note that if you go into the detailed instrument settings, there are more sounds than are apparent in the first menu of ...


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Find a reasonably well maintained real piano, and play it without using the pedal for a while. If you find a real piano OK If you find that the real piano doesn't have the choppiness you're experiencing on your electronic piano, then the problem is the piano sound on your keyboard. Specifically, it's the release property of notes that is significant. ...


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The current model of the Roland Cube 15 is one of a new generation of guitar amplifiers which can also accommodate a signal from a digital piano. The Input jack is a 1/4-inch phone plug jack that is designed only for the signal from an electric guitar. This is a signal that is low in volume and high in impedance. Do not connect the signal from your ...


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The triplets do start on a beat. All of them. And you are right that there are 12 of them in a measure of 4/4. However, make sure your math is correct. A triplet is: ONE - 2 - 3 - TWO - 2 - 3 - THREE - 2 - 3 - FOUR - 2 - 3. Each of the capital letters represents a beat of four. I suggest you do not try counting with "1-e-+-a". Instead, simply count ...


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A set of triplets is three notes, equally spaced in this case, over one beat. Thus, 12 in a bar full of triplets.(4/4, with quaver triplets). Try counting 1,2,3,4 with 'triplet' counted evenly in between. As ONE-trip-let,TWO-trip-let,THREE-trip-let, FOUR-trip-let.The count will coincide with the main beats of the bar, but the 'trip-let' will not match to ...



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