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Questions tagged [digital-piano]

A digital piano is a modern electronic musical instrument, different from the electronic keyboard, designed to serve primarily as an alternative to a traditional piano, both in the way it feels to play and in the sound produced. A digital piano has weighted touch-sensitive keys and the sustain pedal. Instruments without these features should be tagged with the [Keyboard] tag instead.

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What to look for when buying a digital piano for a beginner?

My wife has recently started learning to play the piano and needs something at home on which to practise. I'm inclined towards a digital piano as it is more practical (Mainly space but also no tuning ...
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How high from the ground should the keyboard from a piano be?

When installing a digital piano, I have the freedom of vertically placing the entire piano at any height I want. But, I want to know what the ideal (preferred) height is. Is there a standard height?
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What are the practical advantages of keyboards with non-weighted keys vs. weighted hammer action?

This is not a question about what type toy keyboard a beginning piano student should learn on if a real piano is not an option. I am talking about professional quality keyboards in the above (to well ...
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What should I take into consideration when buying my first digital piano

I am 33 years old and new to the piano world, planning to learn piano. And I am planning to have my daughter (3 years old) learn piano as well next year. Due to my budget, the piano store is ...
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Why digital piano has more polyphony voices than there are keys on the keyboard?

My digital piano has 88 keys and the manual says it provides 128 voices of polyphony, and this seems not a particular exception or unusual feature. I even cannot imagine how it would be possible to ...
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Is it important to have three pedals on a digital piano?

My son (7 y/o) is learning piano. Currently, he is using my crappy keyboard I bought over 20 years ago. I am looking at buying him a digital piano with proper key weightings and key velocity (...
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What are some common beginner mistakes when learning to play the piano?

I'm starting to learn to play the piano by myself (I've had experiences with other instruments so I have some sort of musical framework), and I would like to know what technical nuances I have to know ...
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Do weighted keys on a keyboard lead to more expressive playing?

I use an acoustic piano to learn/play classical music. I use a midi keyboard to record/produce own music. My piano has weighted keys while my midi keyboard has a very light touch. I find that I am ...
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How much digital piano polyphony is really needed for classical music?

I am looking for my very first piano to learn to play. I have only played a very little bit when I was a kid, and it was with a cheap acoustic upright piano at home. I'm not going to play ...
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How to decide between clavinova models from different years?

I am looking into buying a used clavinova CLP. A used one because I don't need all the new features and the clavinova models already had a high quality standard in the past years. So for the same ...
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XLR vs 1/4 (jack/TRS/TS) output on digital piano. What is better to connect to audio interface?

Hello! I'm planning to buy audio interface to connect my digital piano for computer recording. I'm newbie in computer recording, and my question is: What is the best output (I mean, best quality) to ...
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Is practicing on a digital piano harmful to an experienced piano player?

I am thinking about getting a digital piano in my apartment for convenience of practicing (and playing fun stuff), so I don't need to go to practice rooms all the time. Though I would like to get a ...
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How to test all three piano pedals

How to demonstrate easily and clearly that all three pedals on a piano are working as expected? It is a digital piano but probably the pedal action should be identical or similar. I am new with ...
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What to test a used digital piano for?

I want to learn playing the piano. Between my schedule and the expensive labour around here, it seems I'll be better off buying a used instrument and learning on my own, rather than starting with ...
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What kind of headphones should be used with a digital piano?

I just bought my first digital piano (a Yamaha CLP-430) and am now looking for good headphones. Are there any particular features that should look for given the intended usage?
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Is it okay to use different fingers every time while playing a song on a keyboard? Is it considered a bad practice?

I'm new to the keyboard and am learning it myself. However, I've learnt Indian classical for three years. I want to know if a song that I play has to be played with the same fingers every time. If not,...
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How many keys are enough to learn to play piano?

How many keys are sufficient to learn mostly all basic piano exercises? Electronic versions came with variety of keys, and versions with fewer keys are cheaper and use less space at home. However it ...
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Acoustic piano vs digital piano: is there any solid evidence for one being better than the other?

As someone who'll have to buy a piano soon, I'm at the old question of acoustic vs digital. I've done a fair deal of research on the internet, as well as heard the opinion of a piano teacher, and ...
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Digital Pianos vs Old Upright Pianos for classical music

What should I take in consideration to make my final decision on selecting a $500-600 price range digital piano or old upright piano for classical music (practicing at home). Some part of me tells me ...
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Assess child's ability or interest in music and piano

I've played the piano a while ago (24 years to be exact!), then had to stop for a number of reasons. Now I'm 37. I want to start playing again, not just for myself, but to get my 5-year old daughter ...
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Yamaha vs Casio digital piano - is there an objective comparison?

I am looking to buy an entry-level digital piano for playing at home, and it seems that of the brands available locally, Yamaha and Casio provide an entry level range that suits me price-wise. ...
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What do “Brilliance” and “Ambience” mean?

The digital piano I ordered let's me change the level of Brilliance and Ambience of some of its 35 available sounds. If I focus on just its Grand Piano sound, I think "Ambience" refers to ...
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Starting piano - which instrument to choose?

I've been playing guitar for a couple of years now, and I want to try my hand at piano - so to speak. I'm a little stumped as to what the best instrument for me to choose is, as I've been looking at ...
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How does a keyboard help in a band?

First time playing keys in a band, guitarist asked me to transpose down one tone, this threw me off for playing the chords I learned and reduced me to a lot of one finger playing. I read many articles ...
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Why transposing range of my digital piano is restricted by 5 semitones up?

My digital piano (Roland FP 80) can transpose the existing MIDI file at most five semitones up or at most six semitones down (does not allow to select more). Has it been done for my convenience ("too ...
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Realistic Virtual Piano

I recently started playing around with my MIDI keyboard and Garageband. However, I noticed the default "Grand Piano" etc. in Garageband have very poor sound and expression capability. Is there a free ...
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Should I fix my piano or buy a digital one?

I've been doing a lot of research, but first here's my background. I live in a Beach City, near Sao Paulo, Brazil. My grandfather has bought me a piano years ago, at an auction for R$ 900 (in today's ...
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Using both outputs (internal speakers and headphones) on digital pianos

This is a common problem I had with many keyboards, and I think it's a standard, somehow: when connecting the headphones to a piano, the internal speakers are disabled. And that's cool! However, ...
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Which is more economical for a casual/learning player - real piano or electronic?

note: I'm deliberately asking only about the cost issues because "which is better" is far too subjective and would be closed! I would like to get a piano for my home, to learn on and play for my own ...
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At what rate does the volume (velocity) of a note decay?

Forgive me if this is more a physics question than a music question! My question is: When a note is struck on a piano and held down (or a tuning fork is struck, or any instrument where there is just a ...
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How to record and add the voice of my friend for a song who is in another country?

I am an amateur pianist. I want to release a music album. I have a friend in another country who is willing to sing for my music. I play my instruments and send her the mp3. She plays the mp3 and ...
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How reliable are keyboards and electric pianos?

I've always assumed keyboards and electric pianos (except maybe super-cheap 'toy' ones) are designed to last virtually for ever, or have a life-span similar to a real piano. Probably because I'm used ...
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How to check for double escapement in a digital piano?

I'm planning on buying a digital piano. Is there any way to check if a digital piano has the double escapement? It's a feature I'd like to have. If I can't know that in advance I'll have to check ...
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What are some ways I can secure my piano stand so it isn't moving as much?

I just got the L85 stand for Yamaha P95 (with 3-pedal LP5), assembled the whole thing, and when I started playing, I noticed that it is moving quite a bit when I play something faster, or just hit the ...
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It's there a diference between a MIDI instrument and an analogue one?

I'm new to music recordings, and I would love to get a simple midi keyboard for practicing and composing basic stuff. I guess a MIDI keyboard is much better than using the computer keyboard, but I've ...
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Can one install new sample libraries in a digital piano?

I've heard that a keyboard with poor quality sound can be reprogrammed with a library of better quality MIDI sounds. Is this possible with all keyboards? If not, what determines whether a keyboard can ...
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Recording Digital Piano (Headphone Out to a Mono In) with an Audio Interface?

I'm trying to figure out how to record my Roland FP-30 digital piano. I have a Focusrite Scarlett Solo (2nd Gen), which has only one instrument/line input (I assume it's a balanced mono input, but ...
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Is the audio quality of a digital piano sufficient for enjoying classical music on YouTube?

Some months ago, I have started composing piano music in mostly romantic style (somewhere between Brahms, Rachmaninoff and Albeniz for most pieces). I have recorded some of them as videos using my ...
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Key down weight for digital piano

I have a Yamaha Clavinova CLP-535. It feels heavy which is more noticeable when playing chord sequences. So I measured the key down weights using a technique for acoustic pianos. Around middle C the ...
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61+ key, Midi Controller, light weight, good piano feel [closed]

I am a road warrior looking to practice piano. I have no home which I can play, and so I am looking for something to sling over my back, plug into my laptop, put some headphones on, and practice. ...
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For piano scales, should I let go of the previous key before I hit the next one?

I am playing on an electric piano keyboard and I have the MIDI output connected to my computer and visualizing the notes that I press. I want to write code to give me a score as I practice my scales. ...
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Suggestion on how to play triplets?

History: I am learning electronic keyboard(kinda piano) from past 5-6 years and now I am learning on my own. I have tried playing triplets(crotchet) on 4/4 but am unsure how to practice them or how ...
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Is there a way to repair key on a digital piano?

We have a Kurzwell digital piano and one of the keys sounds louder than the others. Any way to fix this?
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If I only care about playing, is high end home digital piano better than high end stage digital piano?

The range of prices for the high end stage piano ends at Yamaha CP 1 and Viscount Physis somewhere near $5000. The range of prices for instruments marketed as "home digital piano" ends at least ...
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What is the best way to break using the pedal too frequently?

I have been playing piano on an 88-key electric piano a fair bit recently. I have developed what I believe to be a very bad habit, in that I use the sustain pedal very often. While I don't think this ...
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Keyboard similar to piano

I've been practicing on a real piano. I won't have access to a real piano and will have to downgrade to a keyboard. What should I look for if I want something that has exactly the same feel (weight ...
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Can I use my Roland Cube 15 guitar amplifier with a digital piano?

Can I use Roland Cube 15 guitar amplifier with my Yamaha P80 digital piano?
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Effects of practicing on electronic piano

I want to buy an electronic keyboard for someone that plays piano. I am afraid practicing on an electronic piano may be harmful for her technique. There is not enough space for a mechanical piano or ...
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Piano both hands, learning curve

I had started learning a piece of music with both hands on piano. I have noticed that at the beginning, playing with both hands seems impossible. That is, one hand stops playing, presses wrong keys, ...
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What should a good acoustic piano feel like?

So I've been playing piano for a while now and I want to move onto buying an acoustic upright (a grand is out of my budget) or a good digital piano (something like a CLP-575) as I currently have a ...