Everything about the Digital piano


What is it?

The Digital Piano is an Italian instrument designed in 1983 by Roland Corporation as an alternative to acoustic pianos that used less space and cost less.

Here’s how it looks and sounds

Not to be confused with

You may hear about it with other names like electric / electronic piano. Pronounced /ˈdijidl/ /pēˈanō/, from the latin and Italian meaning “finger/thumb piano” and called piano numérique in french and  piano digital in spanish and portuguese. A person that plays it it’s called a keyboardist or pianist. 

Category

The Keyboard family which means that it has a row of keys, buttons or levers that make the sound when you press them and from the subcategory electrophones meaning it makes sound through electricity.

Materials

Different types of wood, anything from hard maple, mahogany, beech and sitka spruce with the electric components made of plastic and steel.

Variants / Evolution

The types are determined by functionality and each one has evolve from the last one:

  • Harpsichord: Before the piano there was the harpsichord, it had a similar sound but you couldn’t control how loud you played each note.
  • Acoustic: The most common piano in orchestras, but was too expensive and big.
  • Electric: A piano that only needed the keyboard and an amplifier to play each note, emulating each note.
  • Digital: A piano that is a keyboard with an amplifier included to replace the electric.
  • Keyboard: like a digital piano, but capable of making other instrument sounds.

Another way to classify digital pianos is by the type of stand they may or may not have, stage digital pianos don’t have a stand, upright digital pianos have a square stand with space for you to sit with a chair, hybrid version can have extra space for physical pedals.

Prices

For the Portable Digital Piano, around $ 600 – $ 27,000 USD, the cheapest we found was a Casio Privia PX-160 and the most expensive was a Yamaha AvantGrand N3X Hybrid Piano.

In the middle we have something like a Casio Privia PX-870 Digital Piano for $1,000 USD, middle because the price of pianos increases exponentially for the high end products.

VariantLowest price*Highest price*Average*
Hybrid Digital Pianos$2,000 USD$9,000 USD$4,000 USD
Upright Digital Pianos$500 USD$10,000 USD$5,000 USD
Stage Digital Piano$200 USD$5,000 USD$2,500 USD
*Rounded and based on our own and a search in different stores.

Weights and sizes

The size of Portable Digital Pianos goes around 52.6 x 14.8 x 5.7 In – 55 x 5.7 x 17.5 In (133.6 x 37.6 x 14.5 Cm – 139.7 x 14.6 x 44.5 Cm) and has a weight from 21 Lbs (46.5 Kgs) to 22 Lbs (48.8 Kgs), that’s the size of the width of a small desk, and the weight of an average 5-7 years old kid.

VariantsSizes*Weights*
Yamaha CLP-795 GP Grand Digital Piano56.3 x 36.7 x 48.7 in277.13 lbs
SDP-1 Portable Digital Piano40.6 x 10.23 x 3 in11.79 lbs
Korg G1 Air Digital Piano53 x 32.4 x 15.1 in92.59 lbs
*Average of our own instruments and references searched online.

Best brands and models

We checked a lot of brands and rated them based on customer experience. Models and series are confusing? check this guide. Not picky? you have more options.

The best Digital Piano for a beginner is a stage digital piano since it is the most common variant and is easy to move, you can also transition easily into a keyboard later. 

For kids we suggest a keyboard with 32notes especially if you don’t know if they will stick to the instrument or not, so it will make the spence less riski, also for them or even toddlers 25 keys Mini Piano (almost a toy) it’s a good option for a gift because it lets them play with little to no knowledge of music theory and they have beginner songs pre installed.

If we look at famous players Sara Bareilles had a Yamaha Digital Piano Clavinova CLP 280 and James Blunt a Yamaha MP100 so if you’re going professional, you don’t have any excuse with one of those.

Accessories

Here’s a list of a lot of them, but for this one a stopper to avoid scratching the floor,

stickers with the key names for beginners (make sure they can be removed no problem once you’re done), cleaning kit, that’s a couple of brushes, oil, microfiber and germinicide.

Start playing   

We recommend learning to read sheet music to get the basics. We review resources to help you choose how you want to learn. Now that you know how to read them, you need to get some. 
Sheets come in different notations so we recommend checking various versions of the same sheets, searching for “scores” to get all instruments and even the “song name for [instrument name] to save on translations.

Don’t forget all the details that combined make a big difference like the way you hold it, efficient warmups, positions and techniques.

Remember the digital piano it’s not difficult to learn if you’re a complete beginner and you’ve never played a song hands together before, it’ll take a couple of months because you’ll need to learn the skills mention before first, it’s also similar to the piano and keyboard of course, but also the clavinet, electric organ and mellotron so you can combine those resources to help you learn.

Luis Gerardo

Musician as a hobby for +6 years, documenting every instrument in simple words for this website.

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