Digital pianos, which are smaller and much more portable than their acoustic counterparts, are great keyboards for beginner pianists. These very cost effective instruments also include some amazing features above their magical sound quality, making them very innovative and incredibly easy to use.
In the following article we will briefly describe some of the features of a digital piano, and outline a series of steps that will help beginners make the most out of these compact, yet very powerful musical machines. Read on to find out how to play digital piano for beginners.
- So What Makes A Digital Piano Different To A Normal Piano?
- How To Play Digital Piano For Beginners
So What Makes A Digital Piano Different To A Normal Piano?
Digital pianos, not to be confused with the much smaller electronic keyboards, are manufactured and intelligently designed to sound and feel just like a large acoustic concert piano.
With these instruments, the 88 individual keys are weighed to provide the accurate touch-resistance, and are ultra sensitive to speed and pressure.
This gives them a pleasing range of sound dynamics, from loud to soft.
Other features included with some digital pianos include:
- Impressive sound effects. Depending on the model of digital piano you choose, you may find this instrument has a number of sound effects that can be interweaved into traditional piano play.
- Song Recording Systems. Want to hear how you sound after you finish a particular song on your digital piano? Some of these instruments include recording systems that can help you do just that.
- Touch-Sensitive Keys. Electronic keyboards rarely mimic the accurate key or touch pressure one would find with an acoustic piano. Not so with digital pianos! These instruments tend to have the same touch pressure as an acoustic model.
All of these collective features make the digital piano a superb musical tool for piano beginners. It allows aspiring pianists to acquaint themselves with piano basics and master certain keyboard-related skills.
This is wise before investing in a much larger and very expensive concert-ready acoustic piano.
How To Play Digital Piano For Beginners
According to many of the foremost musical experts, the digital piano can be a great learning instrument for beginners. To illustrate this point, below we will outline several tutorial steps for beginners to follow with a digital piano.
1. Get Familiar With Your Instrument
Although it’s tempting to dive right in after purchasing a digital piano, it is vital that learners take some time to familiarize themselves with their instrument and how it works.
Beginners would be wise to research the various functions of their new musical tool before attempting to play it.
This is essential for anyone taking time to learn the basic uses and functions of any tool before pursuing forward with a job.
2. Understand The Physical And Musical Patterns Of The Digital Piano Keys
Each of the 88 keys on a digital piano has a function, and together they form a physical and musical pattern that is very distinctive.
For this reason, it’s imperative that beginner pianists first get acquainted with the sound and pattern of their digital piano keys before trying to play a tune.
In addition, it is very crucial that beginners practice using both of their hands on their piano keys—a task that can be difficult for people who typically rely on their dominant hand only.
3. Learn By Listening
When children are very young, they are typically read to by their parents several times a week, if not daily.
These reading sessions are not just for entertainment value (although most children find stories very enjoyable); they actually teach children to read by “listening.”
The same theory applies to piano playing. Beginners who take time to listen to more experienced pianists can pick up a bevy of skills that will help them improve.
4. Invest In An Experienced—And Patient—Piano Teacher
It goes without saying that beginner pianists with an experienced piano teacher can improve by leaps and bounds, especially when compared to those who are self-taught.
A good piano teacher can correct the mistakes beginners make on the spot, encourage and motivate them, and bring learners along at their own pace.
5. Practice, Practice, Practice
If you opt to hire an experienced piano teacher (recommended), he or she will not always be there to help bring you along.
This is why it is important that piano students practice the skills they learn during their sessions—skills that will gradually get more and more advanced as time goes on.
By consistently following the five steps below it will just be a matter of time until you start playing more difficult chords and songs. Always remember to take the time to reflect after every lesson or practice session, envisioning the keys in your head.
his is also a good time to listen to more experienced pianists, and apply what you have learned as you listen.
Ged is Founder and Editor-in-chief at Zing Instruments. He’s a guitarist for London based gypsy jazz band ‘Djangology’ and when he’s not ripping up and down the fretboard, he’s tinkering with his Campervan.