Piano buying guide for beginners
Congratulations on your decision to purchase your first piano!
This can be an exciting but overwhelming process. Fortunately, you've come to the right place! At Donner, we want everyone to start their piano journey off to a happy start, so here's a guide to get you started.
We'll discuss what you should consider before buying a piano, the types of pianos on the market today, how they differ, and how to choose the one that's right for you.
Table of Contents
- Piano type?
- Acoustic Piano
- Digital Piano
- Hybrid Piano
- Electric piano
- Player Piano
- Disklaviers and Playing the Piano
- How to choose for beginners?
**1. Acoustic Piano:**
- **Grand Piano:** The grand piano is iconic and known for its majestic appearance. They have a horizontal soundboard and strings that are positioned away from the player. Grand pianos come in a variety of sizes, from concert grands (the largest) to baby grands (which are smaller and more suitable for home use).
- **Upright Piano:** Upright pianos, also known as upright pianos, have a compact design with the soundboard and strings placed vertically. They are more space efficient than grand pianos and are commonly found in homes, schools and studios.
**2. Digital Piano:**
- **Console Digital Pianos:** These pianos look like an upright acoustic piano and are designed for home use. They usually come with built-in speakers, a variety of voices, and various features such as headphone jacks and recording capabilities.
- **Portable Digital Pianos:** As the name suggests, these digital pianos are designed for portability. They're lightweight and easy to move, making them ideal for musicians who need to travel or perform on the go.
- **Stage Pianos:** These pianos are designed for live performance and studio use. They're lightweight and often lack built-in speakers to save weight, but offer a wide range of sound and connectivity options.
**3. Hybrid Piano:**
- **Hybrid Piano** combines acoustic and digital elements and aims to provide the best of both worlds. They usually have the look and feel of an acoustic piano, with real piano action, but they incorporate digital technology to add features like sound customization and recording.
**4. Electric piano:**
**5. Player Piano:**
- **Autoplay Pianos** are acoustic pianos whose mechanics allow them to be played automatically without a pianist. They use perforated paper rolls or digital files to create music, making them a popular choice for entertainment and historical value.
**6. Disklaviers and Playing the Piano:**
- **Disklaviers** is Yamaha's brand of player pianos that can be operated digitally (e.g. MIDI or wirelessly). They are able to record and reproduce performances very accurately.
How to choose for beginners
If you are a beginner eager to start your musical journey with captivating piano sound, then a multifunction digital piano could be the perfect companion for you. These versatile instruments offer many beginner-friendly features and benefits that make the learning process fun and rewarding. And considering the price/performance ratio, the multifunctional digital piano can greatly lower the entry barrier for you. So what to consider when buying your first multifunction digital piano?
**1. Keyboard operation and touch sensitivity**
The keyboard action of a digital piano determines the feel of playing. For starters, it's crucial to choose a model with weighted or semi-weighted keys to replicate the feel of an acoustic piano. Also, pay attention to touch sensitivity, which allows the piano to respond to the strength of the keys, helping you develop proper finger control and dynamics as you progress.
**2. Sound quality and polyphony**
One of the most critical aspects of a digital piano is its sound quality. Choose a piano with high-quality acoustic piano samples to ensure a rich and authentic sound. Also, be aware of polyphony, which refers to the number of notes a piano can make simultaneously. A polyphony of at least 64 is recommended to avoid notes being cut off during sustained playing.
**3. Built-in learning function**
As a beginner, having built-in learning tools can significantly speed up your progress. Look for digital pianos with features like a metronome, onboard lessons, and recording capabilities. These tools will help you practice pacing, timing, and self-assessment to make your learning experience more effective.
**4. Connection Options**
Modern digital pianos come with a variety of connectivity options to enhance your learning and playing experience. USB and MIDI connections let you connect the piano to computers and mobile devices, giving you access to a world of educational apps, software, and online resources. Additionally, some pianos offer Bluetooth connectivity for easy wireless connectivity.
**5. Accompaniment and Rhythmic Characteristics**
For beginners who want to play different styles of music, a piano with automatic accompaniment and rhythm functions is a good choice. These features provide backing tracks and accompaniments that give you the experience of playing with a virtual band, which is both motivating and enjoyable.
**6. Size, Portability and Space**
Consider the size of your digital piano and the available space in your home. If you have limited space, a compact and portable model may be ideal. Portable pianos are also handy for those who wish to take their instrument with them to lessons or performances.
**7. Headphone output**
Especially if you live in a shared space or need to practice quietly, a headphone output is a must-have feature. Being able to practice with headphones allows you to focus on your performance without disturbing others around you.
A multifunction digital piano is an excellent investment for beginners beginning their piano playing journey. These versatile instruments offer a wide range of features and functions for an enjoyable and immersive learning experience. When making your choice, remember to consider factors such as keyboard operation, sound quality, learning tools, connectivity options, and size. Take the time to explore different models, try them out if possible, and don't hesitate to ask an experienced player or teacher for advice. Happy playing the piano!
At present, Donner has a multi-functional digital electric steel suitable for various needs, and can make the most perfect choice according to everyone's needs! Start your music journey now!