Acoustic vs Digital Piano

Not only are there debates about acoustic drums versus electronic drums, but also there are debates about all traditional instruments versus their digital counterpart. I believe the debate of an acoustic piano versus digital piano is similar to the debate between an acoustic drum and an electronic drum.

There are three major types of pianos today. You have your digital pianos, upright pianos, and grand pianos. There are also many brands out on the market today whereas no two pianos are alike and each has its own characteristics. The pianos vary in size, sound, touch, feel, and price. The only brands I believe are worth spending the big bucks are the major Japanese or Italian brands: Kawai, Casio, Yamaha, Roland, Dexibell, and Korg are the ones I would highly recommend.

Just like acoustic drums, arguably the major difference and biggest benefit of an acoustic piano over the digital piano is the touch and feel. Based on the force of which you prefer to play the keys can produce a more powerful and louder sound. There are higher quality digital pianos that can imitate this effect but a majority of the digital pianos do not. Many people also say the touch response on an acoustic and digital piano is different, which can make it hard to switch between the two. The feel of an acoustic piano is important to many people. Being able to feel the weight and texture of the keys is great. Many digital pianos with higher qualities also try to mimic the weight and texture of the keys. The other benefit of the acoustic piano is the sound. The true sound with better sound resonance due to the reverberations created when the hammer strikes the string after a key is pressed. This is hard to replicate on digital pianos. These realistic features on a digital piano come with a high price.

The benefits of the digital piano are very similar to that of the electronic drum. Volume control is a big benefit since the sound is digital and amplified by speakers. You can control the noise, as well as put on a headset.  Portability is also an advantage the digital piano has over the acoustic piano. Digital pianos can be much lighter and have a smaller frame compared to an acoustic piano. If space is a concern the digital piano could be a better fit. Like the electronic drum, the versatility of the digital piano is also an advantage. The ability to change the sound of different instruments and being able to play along with other beats is a great advantage. Some digital pianos also have the capability to record what you are playing.

Everyone always says that there is nothing like the real thing. I can understand where people are coming from but I also think that digital pianos have their benefits. Watch this video and I will let you decide on the appropriate piano for you. It may not just be the argument of acoustic versus digital, but the quality of the piano and the piano that fits your current lifestyle may be the one that suits you the best.

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