There is really no excuse nowadays for someone who wants to learn to best electric piano, to not be able to get an instrument, try taking some lessons, and learn how to play at least to some degree. The availability of teachers as well as the great deal of available piano choices provides a really affordable, healthy, and enjoyable activity that can be experienced by all who may have the desire.
“What sort of piano must i get?”
One of the first questions many teachers are asked by their students is ‘What sort of piano do i need to get?” As being a piano technician (and x-pianist), I am asked this question from time to time as well. I hope my thoughts listed below are helpful to individuals who are trying to investigate what the differences are involving the acoustic and electric pianos. Many reasons exist piano teachers recommend a genuine acoustic piano for his or her students.
To begin with, an acoustic piano is actually a stand alone acoustic instrument. This is a mechanical instrument made basically of wood and felt and metal and does require regular service and tuning. A professional piano tuner/technicians will likely be required for regular servicing as well as the occasional repairs and adjustments that might be needed, as a result of basic wear and tear and humidity fluctuations.
Acoustic pianos contain strings and a sounding board, along with a very mechanical action that is all activated and controlled by the keys. The sound is “3 dimensional” and is a result of a (piano) hammer hitting a string and causing that string to vibrate. The string’s vibrations are moved to the soundboard and the whole piano becomes an acoustic instrument. Again, the sound is “3 dimensional”.
An electrical piano requires electricity and speakers to create its sound. (There has been some electric pianos made before that did have strings and somewhat of the semblance of the real piano action, however they are mostly outdated now, and they are not what type that you will generally see in the dealers stores rather than an acoustic piano). The electrical piano either has it’s own speakers build with it, or it ought to be connected to some type of an amplifier/speaker/speakers to create any sound.
Electric pianos do not need regular tuning such as an acoustic piano does. Electric piano repair and maintenance is normally done by electronics technicians. Electric pianos do contain some mechanical aspects (keys, pedals, etc) nevertheless the rest is switches, wires, circuit boards, chips, hard disks, computer stuff, etc. I equate the guys who service the electrical pianos as the guys who employed to service electric organs. Your dealer should be able to refer you to a qualified service person for virtually any repairs and adjustments that should be completed on your electric piano.
The sound of the electric piano is actually “2 dimensional”. The keys are linked to a ‘switch’ that turns the sound on and off, as well as the speed of the key is electronically measured to determine the volume. The faster the key moves the louder the sound. The keys are also weighted to approximate the ‘feel’ of any real acoustic piano.
The electronic pianos have gotten better and better through the years in a quantity of ways. The majority of them are now stereo, that helps them sound more ‘attractive”, and the sorts of weighting and spring systems utilized in the keys to help the to approximate the feel of a real piano has got better too.
Piano Sound: “3 Dimensional” vs. “2 Dimensional”
If only I really could remember who I first heard describe the differences of the noise of an electric vs. acoustic piano as “2 dimensional” vs. “3 dimensional”. A “2 dimensional” sound is similar to a graph which has an ” x-axis” as well as a “y-axis”.
Consider the speaker inside your car radio. This speaker works by moving air in a “2 dimensional” way, the speaker vibrates forward and backward moving air and thereby producing whatever sound is xozkev in it from it’s sound source – in this case whatever “sound’ is selected and modified on the keyboard through the various buttons, and possibilities on that particular keyboard.
A “3 dimensional” sound is one that does not only has an “x-axis” along with a “y-axis”, but it also includes a “z-axis”. The piano hammer striking the string produces a sound that is a true acoustic phenomena vibrating in every 3 dimensions. An acoustic piano, like all other acoustic instruments, fails to require any amplification to become heard and played and (hopefully) enjoyed.
Many electric piano buyers start small, then decide they want more features or basically just more instrument. So trading up is also a possibility with all the electronic pianos also.
I am hoping it has been helpful in understanding a few of the applications and also the differences involving the electric pianos as well as the acoustic pianos. Your dealer should also help you in answering any queries you could have. Buy pretty much as good a piano that you can justify – especially if it is an acoustic piano. An excellent full size digital piano will hold it’s value and through proper care and maintenance provides you with numerous years of good service and enjoyment.