Buying Your First Piano? Read This First

Honing a new skill can be life-changing. Like learning to play a musical instrument, it can enhance your cognitive ability, relieve stress by helping you feel relaxed and calm, improve your patience, build your confidence, enhance your creativity and improve your memory, among other benefits. Several musical instruments exist and for most people, the piano is a popular choice. But like all musical instruments, several considerations go into ensuring you get the best. For instance, you will need to decide between an acoustic and a digital piano. Acoustic pianos feature carefully crafted hammers that hit strings to produce sound. On the other hand, their digital counterparts rely on electronic speakers instead of hammers. They can be your best bet if you are a learner or a first-time piano user. Here's why.


Digital pianos tend to cost less than their acoustic counterparts. As a beginner, it may be best if you didn't splurge on your first piano. However, this will often depend on your budget and preferences.

Sound Versatility

One of the top advantages of a digital piano, and the reason it's the best option for beginners, is the availability of a wide range of sounds. Acoustic pianos generally have a single sound and tone. On the other hand, their digital counterparts offer several sounds. For instance, you can play various instruments on your piano, from electric pianos to harpsichords and strings, etc. For added versatility, some digital pianos feature synthesiser sounds. The versatility of sounds is critical for your learning because you can mix different sounds and experiment to boost your learning.

Headphone Compatibility

Would you like to play in private without disturbing your family members or neighbours? Perhaps you'd like to block distractions like noisy household members or outside noise (if you live in a noisy neighbourhood or close to a busy road) for better concentration. You can do all of these things with a digital piano. All you need to do is plug in your headphones and start playing. Some digital pianos have twin headphone jacks that may come in handy if you have a trainer who will also be able to listen to your performance and spot mistakes.

Recording Capabilities

Most digital pianos also have recording functionalities, which are pivotal to your learning. Recording and listening to your performance is a quick way to identify your strengths and weaknesses. For instance, you can tell if you have an issue with timing, tones, melody and etc. Most digital pianos with recording capabilities will also allow you to playback, enabling you to identify errors as you play. 

For more information, turn to a local music store.