This is a guest post by Jonathon Antoon! I’m thinking of getting a digital piano soon, so I thought this would be of interest to some of you as well. Jonathon is a reader from the Artiden community.
Squeezing your grandfather’s 800-pound piano into your tiny apartment is not how you should spend your Friday night or your Saturday evening.
Say hello to the instrument that will help you sharpen your Chopin and crush that cover of Kanye West’s 808s and Heartbreak without setting you back a thousand dollars. With a market dominated by Casio and Yamaha models, finding the right model is like finding the perfect straw in a haystack. This article will be your guide to choosing a digital piano.
If you want to see what models are out there, tab into the best digital pianos under $1000 to find an assortment of items suitable for all piano enthusiasts.
Transition from a Traditional Piano
The first difference between digital and standard pianos is the “feel” that one gets upon physically pressing the keys. A traditional piano has a network of keys that are attached to levers. When a key is pressed, those levers trigger a series of felt-covered hammers to strike the strings inside the piano.
This process is important if you want the keys on your digital piano to provide a similar feel to an acoustic piano. Digital pianos are not powered by the hammer and string system, but manufacturers use an electronic variation of this mechanism. Known as weighted action, it synthesizes the strings and hammer feel when you press down on a key.
Not all digital pianos have this option. Comparable to playing an organ, which some pianists do look for, digital pianos that lack this feature are not the first choice for traditional piano aficionados.
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I got caught up in what one very critical, important person in my life thinks of me. A lot of us have someone like this in our lives, and I’m getting used to the idea that people who are close to us might not always know the best for us.
We say we don’t want to care what others think of us, but it’s a cute little lie because we all know that we care to some extent about what people think.
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Pan thinks I should see someone for my worrying. I keep thinking that I don’t have a serious enough problem to need a professional to examine my head. Actually, I was offended the first time he suggested it because it’s one thing to joke about being crazy, but another thing for someone else suggest that you’re damaged enough to need professional help. I always assumed that if I manage to get myself married I’ll need couples therapy or a shaman or whatever they go to to fix marriages, but not now – not for something as seemingly insignificant as worrying a little too much.
For my next stage of life, I decided that I want to travel spontaneously. There will be a gym bag in my closet packed with clothes and a toothbrush for last-second trips. I will drive to remote islands to lay underneath the stars on my SUV’s roof and grab my surfboard when I feel like it.
I will be away from my piano so often that my fingers will not be as light for Liszt anymore, but I will befriend someone who plays a ukulele so I can enjoy live music during my travels. I will still tune my piano every year so I can play whenever I can.
Pan and I spend hours waiting in the emergency room for a scan he has to do and while I’ve done more exciting and pressing things in my life, I’d also rather know that my best friend is okay. I am writing this on my phone in the emergency room and thinking back to all the times my piano students had trouble sight reading. Ironic, but I really liked the non technique parts of a music exam—sight reading, ear testing, clapping, you name it. It felt like a game to me.
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Sight reading is the skill that lets you learn a piece of music the first few times you play it.
Some genres of music rely so much on playing by ear and improv that a lot of musicians don’t find the need for sight reading until later on and the catch is that by then, they expect themselves to be just as good at sight reading as they are playing the instrument.
A lot of readers told me they’re looking to improve their sight reading, so I’ll share with you how I started sight reading in piano, and you might find ways to improve on your own sight reading journey. Please note that there may be affiliate links below when describing technique but I only recommend something that I would use, and Artiden may receive a commission when someone purchases using that link.
I started playing piano at an age where I had nothing more important to do, and I didn’t care that I couldn’t play much piano at all. One day, I found a sheet of music titled Good Morning to All placed in my folder by mistake. When I played it, as I tended to do with any sheet music, it turned out to be Happy Birthday. Ten year old Grace unlocked a new level of playing! It’s the feeling of accomplishment you get from playing the music to your favourite movie or video game.
In any case, sight reading takes deliberate practice and patience. The interesting thing about sight reading is finding the balance between almost feeling hopeless and being fully engrossed in the piece.