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Digital pianos? What should you think of them?

Many of us think about buying a piano and are faced with the choice of what to buy. Digital, classic or acoustic. The digital piano has its advantages. It is lighter, has pre-recorded sounds of many instruments and the ability to record and practice on headphones. It has a weighted and dynamic keyboard and there is no need to tune it. But…

Digital pianos. What should you think of them??

Personally, as an advanced pianist, digital instruments do not suit me. I've played many. I bought such a piano while I was studying in Poznań, because the situation forced me to do so. Due to the fact that at the Music Academy it is difficult to get a room for practising and the fact that I was living in a flat with other tenants, I needed such a piano, even just to read the notes of the pieces from that time. The choice of such a piano was a big compromise for me. Why? First of all, the artificial sound coming from the speakers. The keyboard, which is, of course, dimensional and balanced, certainly does not give such comfort and does not respond to the impact of touch like a key from a keyboard in an acoustic piano.

Digital grand pianos. What should you think of them?

In my opinion, a digital piano is a hundred times better than a keyboard, but is far from a classical piano. Top-class digital pianos are definitely closer to perfection. For me, however, nothing can replace real sound, strings and a soundboard in a classical piano.

Personally, I recommend classical and acoustic pianos for learning to play. Especially for children who are just beginning to shape their musical sensitivity and their playing technique. However, I understand the convenience of digital pianos. For me, the choice is clear and obvious, but you make the final choice.

Grzegorz Rychlik
Author: Grzegorz Rychlik

Pianist and laureate of piano competitions, as well as piano teacher.
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