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#Beginner #Digital #Piano
We’re back again for another piano video here at Merriam Pianos, thanks for tuning in! Instead of a comparison or review video, today we’re going to be looking at some of the best beginner digital pianos currently available on the market. There’s a list of probably about a dozen or so digital pianos that you may have come across when trying to figure out what’s the best possible beginner option out there, so in this video we’re going to give some suggestions as to what we think the priorities should be when trying to figure out the best fit for yourself or your family
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There’s a lot of piano teachers out there who would agree that the most important thing you should focus on when shopping for a piano is the feel, or more precisely, the action. Why is this the case? Well, for starters, the early stages of piano learning is a very mechanical process as the learner gets used to the physical associations between a dot on a page, the sound they’re hearing and the mechanical motion of the keys. One of the great things about the piano is the ability to control the volume of each note depending on how hard or soft you touch the key. A key with the right resistance or sensitivity will give a young learner much more feedback than a key with very little resistance, or a key with a very basic range of touch sensitivity. Starting with an action that’s well reviewed within the industry will ensure that the learner is developing the necessary type of muscle control to build these important physical associations.
A couple of actions that really stand out to me as a player that can be found in the beginner range are the PHA4 action by Roland, and the RH Compact action by Kawai. Both of these actions feature triple sensors, have a proven track record of durability and solid construction, and possess the right type of dynamic and static resistance, without spending multiple thousands of dollars.
Once you get into the $1,500-$2,000 range, most digital pianos on the market are going to sound pretty good at the very least. If you’re wanting to stay in that $500 to $1,000 range, focusing on an instrument that has a great on-board piano sound will lead to more engagement with the piano. The closer a student’s piano at home feels to their teachers piano, the more it’s going to feel like they’re in front of a real instrument as opposed to a toy.
My favourite for piano tone in the beginner range is definitely the Roland FP10 – truly a killer piano for the price, especially for the tone it delivers.
Overall, we’d recommend not getting too distracted or bogged down with the on-board features of a given instrument, such as number of sounds or number of accompaniment options. Most of these things can be simulated by external devices if you really need them, and some teachers will even argue that too many of these things will become more of a distraction anyway. It’s not to say that on-board features don’t matter at all, but to choose an instrument with tons of on-board features at the expense of a good touch and tone doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for someone trying to learn piano.
In 2020, a digital piano with a good action and good tone is certainly possible for under $1,000. Focus on these two core areas and you’ll wind up with a great instrument.
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