How to Buy a Piano

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Learn the Secret to How to Buy a Piano

As the owner of a really popular piano review blog I get a lot of questions about buying the right keyboard for themselves or their children. And typically most people are confused given that there is a huge selection of manufacturers, brands, and models to choose from.

Choosing a digital piano even 10 years ago was a simple matter but today, it is much more difficult. Part of the reason why is that most buyers are focused on the features and the technical wizardry of all the buttons on the digital panel or keyboard.

It’s Not About Features

Unfortunately, that is the wrong approach to selecting a digital piano because rather than focusing on the features, it is best to focus on the one thing that most people do not pay attention to. What is that?

Buy a Piano is Like Buying a Car

When you buy a car you pay attention to it, when you buy a home you pay attention to it. It’s about focusing on your needs and what is the best fit for you. The same applies to buying a digital piano. So the question remains, how do we actually buy a cow that fits our needs?

Buying a piano is about looking inwardly and learning about your playing style. Your playing style will determine the type of keyboard that you should be looking at.

Some time ago it came to me that piano players can be divided into five different styles. These files will be defined below. So just read the different styles and determine which of the five best resonates with you. You may at some point in time feel that there might be two or more styles that are a good fit. But if you really think about it, there is generally only one that dominates.

The five styles are The Classic, The Trad, The Improv, The Comp and The Rock. The naming convention is not universal but are representations

that I had given for the styles that I had identified during my research.

So let’s look at the different styles and see if you can identify yourself with any particular one.

The Classic

This style is reserved for the classical pianist who is looking for a keyboard that will help strengthen their fingers as well as provide and touch response.

The Trad

This style refers to someone who could be just starting out on the piano and is looking for a digital piano that will help them explore their potential musical abilities. With this style most people are value conscious and looking for a keyboard that offers good value for the money.

The Improv

This style is about the experienced pop music musician or jazz musician who needs a keyboard that connects with her creative soul and their high-performance abilities. They love to watch their fingers fly across the keyboard as a demonstrate their musical prowess. Many a jazz musician have gravitated to Yamaha keyboards.

The Comp

This style really speaks to the musician that exudes creativity. They need a keyboard that can truly capture and express their inner auditory vision and creativity. Keywords of this type tend to be music workstations featuring multitrack MIDI sequencing with at least 128 notes of polyphony.

The Rock

You’re a rock band player in you strive for keyboard that can quickly change instruments with effects modules that can provide some edginess to the sound landscape.
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If you were able to identify a style that best fits you then great! You’re well on your way to narrowing your choice with ease and confidence in selecting the right digital piano for you.

About the author: Dan Maynard is the publisher of a piano review blog. His focus is on the 5 major digital piano brands, Yamaha, Korg, Kurzweil, Roland and Casio. Learn more on how to buy a piano at Dan’s piano site.