The Digital Piano and the Acoustic Piano in Contrast 

 March 3, 2021

By  Zen Chung

If you are a music lover, then you probably agree that the sound of piano music is definitely good for the ears. If as a young kid you had the chance to practice playing harmonious melodies on your neighbor’s piano, then you might want to buy yourself your own piano now as an adult. Well, you have two options regarding this: you can buy a classic acoustic piano or you can go for the home digital piano. Now, before you make your final decision, you have to know the differences between a digital piano and acoustic piano so that you can determine which one suits your needs.


Acoustic piano

This type of piano has 88 keys and 8 octaves. Because of this, it is considered one of the most complete instruments. A traditional piano is made up of a soundboard, hammers and strings. These parts create a natural reverberation that gives the sound produced its distinct beauty. As such, a pianist can develop a more vibrant performance (eg. Beethoven’s piano sonatas) than he would with a digital piano. The magnificence of this musical instrument just inspires the one playing music to give an inspired and amazing performance.

Plus, it also helps that the size of such a piano allows the pianist to express himself freely while performing. But of course, you need to have ample space for your piano; otherwise your home will look cramped with one sitting in your living room.

Digital piano

A digital piano is an electronic instrument that mimics natural piano sounds through speakers. The digital produces sounds that are high quality and could easily be mistaken for an acoustic piano. This piano may have four to eight octaves. However, if you want to take up further piano lesions, you have to get a digital piano with at least six octaves.

What is interesting about a digital piano is you can produce other sounds like those made by an organ, a flute, a harpsichord and loads of other instruments. Then, if you want to amp your performance a bit, you can do so by getting accompaniments with built-in rhythms of popular beats like rock, rumba, and swing.

Additionally, you have the chance to record your piano playing and to interact with some other electronic music. Furthermore, you can learn how to play songs easily by playing the keys that light up. In short, you don’t have to be skilled in reading notes on a music sheet just to play your favorite song. If you do not want to disturb others with your music, you can even use headphones so that only you can hear the songs.

Now, digital pianos are not as bulky and heavy as acoustic pianos. As such, you won’t have a hard time moving it from one room to another. Plus, you don’t have to tune this kind of piano to keep it from playing off-key music. On the downside, you just cannot convey the same level of feeling on a digital piano.

To cut a long story short, you have to know why you want to purchase a piano before choosing one. Be sure to include your space, budget and taste before making your decision about which type of piano to get.

Zen Chung

I'm Zen Chung, a piano and violin teacher based out of Plano, Texas. I started this blog because my students (and their parents) kept asking about the best musical instruments to buy online. Look no further I'm here to save the day! 

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