Is a digital piano right for me?

Learning how to play the piano or thinking about playing it for a living is a big decision to make. It starts by knowing you will dedicate your life to the instrument, and as such, knowing that a good piano is something essential from here on out. Making and playing music for a living can be very hard, but it doesn’t have to be as hard if you play a good instrument. It is no different with piano, although it can be more challenging if you are an acoustic player. Fortunately, digital pianos have made a name for themselves for being trusty devices with lots of neat features. If you are doubting about getting a digital piano for yourself, make sure to keep reading to clear any questions you may have and check out these reviews of digital pianos.

Pros of digital pianos

There are several advantages to digital pianos, but the most important ones are:

  • Portability
  • Versatility
  • Affordability

First off, digital pianos are built to replicate the sound of an acoustic piano as close as possible. Of course, a traditional acoustic piano weighs a lot and it is not easy to carry around. This is not the case when it comes to digital pianos, which are way lighter in comparison. They are still heavier than a keyboard, for example, but this is because digital pianos rely on many electrical components to reproduce acoustic sounds digitally.

Hand in hand with its digital capabilities to mimic acoustic pianos, we have that these digital models can also mimic plenty of other instruments. More often than not, digital pianos will feature modes from which you can select to play as if it were an organ or a percussion set, for instance. You can also adjust the timbre and tone of the piano while playing as a piano for a wider range of sounds and styles. Not to mention that some even double as MIDI controllers too.

Lastly, digital pianos can be extremely affordable when compared side by side with an acoustic piano. You can find some of these instruments for beginners priced at just over $100, and even the models with more advanced features won’t be anywhere near the cost of an acoustic model.

Cons of digital pianos

Naturally, there are also some downsides to these cousins of acoustic pianos. Some of them can be:

  • Sound fidelity
  • Sound quality

Of course, the replica always has some evident limitations, and in the case of digital pianos mimicking acoustic ones, one of the most noticeable shortcomings is the sound fidelity. From the players’ standpoint, some digital pianos can fall short of their mission because the keys aren’t properly weighted, or won’t respond to small differences in pressure that will definitely produce a different sound on an aacoustic pino.

The gap has been bridged quite admirably with the passing of time, though, and some modern pianos have embedded technology that can come real close to replicating the actual vibration of the strings on an acoustic piano. Some models end up shooting themselves in the foot when they focus too much on features like that but don’t pay attention to basics like sound output. Piano players testing digital pianos tend to complain that some don’t offer very good quality, and often need to engineer solutions to relay sound in a higher quality.

Kate Nash, Katharine McPhee, Deftones, Placebo

Kate Nash

Kate Nash is an English singer & songwriter based in London. She was born on July 6,1987. Kate Nash started her career in 2006. After several gigs, Nash uploaded her music to the social networking website MySpace. Nash found a manager for herself before proceeding to look for producers for her music. Nash’s debut was a single, “Caroline’s a Victim”/”Birds,” produced and recorded in Iceland by Valgeir Sigurđsson and released through Moshi Moshi Records in February 2007. In April 2007, Nash was signed to the Polydor offshoot Fiction Records. Kate Nash released her debut album, Made Of Bricks, in August of 2007. In the US, Made of Bricks debuted at number 36 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 16,000 copies. During mid-2007, Nash performed at numerous festivals including Wireless Festival, Bestival, the Electric Gardens, Glastonbury, Latitude, Reading and Leeds, Oxegen and T in the Park. She made her official TV performance debut on Later with Jools Holland. Kate Nash recently co-wrote “Almost Isn’t (Good Enough) Is It?” for Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players member Jason Trachtenburg for his upcoming album, Jason Trachtenburg: File Under Pop Male Vocal. A music video for the song premiered on April 25, 2009.

Katharine McPhee

Katharine McPhee is an American pop and R&B singer, songwriter, actress, model, and television personality born on March 25, 1984. Katharine McPhee was persuaded by Nick Cokas and her parents to try out for American Idol. She auditioned in San Francisco, and sang “God Bless the Child”, originally performed by Billie Holiday. After the first round of Hollywood week, she sang “I’ll Never Love This Way Again” by Dionne Warwick which earned favorable comments from the judges. During the second round, she performed in a group, singing “I Can’t Help Myself” by The Four Tops, forgetting the words, but the judges decided to advance the entire group. During the third round, she sang a Capella of “My Funny Valentine” and advanced to the top 40. On June 6, 2006, Sony BMG and 19 Entertainment announced that Katharine McPhee had signed to American Idol series creator Simon Fuller’s 19 Recordings Limited and Sony BMG’s RCA Records. In 2007, she released her self titled debut album. The album was released on January 30, 2007 by RCA Records. It debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, selling 116,000 copies in its first week. The album includes writing and production contributions from Babyface, The Underdogs, Kara DioGuardi, and Nate “Danja” Hills.


Deftones is an American rock band from Sacramento California, formed in 1988. It’s line up includes Chino Moreno on lead vocals & guitar, Stephen Carpenter on guitar, Chi Cheng on bass, Frank Delgado on keyboards & turntables and Abe Cunningham on drums & percussion. The band’s debut album, Adrenaline, was recorded at Bad Animals Studio in Seattle, Washington and released on October 3, 1995. It was produced by Deftones and Terry Date, who would go on to produce the band’s next three albums. In 1997, the Deftones released their sophomore album, Around the Fur. The songs “My Own Summer (Shove It)” and “Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)” were both released as singles with accompanying videos. They then released their third album, White Pony, in 2000. The song “Passenger” features the guest vocals of Tool’s Maynard James Keenan. The song “Knife Party” features the guest vocals of Rodleen Getsic. The band won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance for the song “Elite” in 2001. On November 4 2008, bassist Chi Cheng was seriously injured in a car accident in Santa Clara, California.The Deftones have since gone on to produce three more albums which include a self titled album in 2003, Saturday Night Wrist in 2006 and Eros in 2009.


Placebo are an alternative rock band formed in London in 1994. Their current line up includes Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and Steve Forrest. Placebo’s self titled debut album was released July 16,1996 and was a major success, peaking at number five on the UK Albums Charts. In 1998, Placebo switched to the major label Virgin Records, and issued their peak album Without You I’m Nothing in November. It was another large seller in England. Placebo then released their third album, Black Market Music. The albu peaked at number six in the United Kingdom. In 2003, the band released their fourth album, Sleeping with Ghosts. In 2006, Placebo switched labels to Astralwerks and re-released several revisions of their earlier works. In October their debut album Placebo was digitally remastered and re-released with the title “10th Anniversary Collectors Edition”; the box set also includes a DVD containing music videos, concerts and TV performances. Placebo left EMI in 2008, but the label plans to release the complete Placebo recordings including all the studio albums, DVDs and B-Sides. Set for 8 June 2009 it holds ten discs.In May 2009, Placebo went on to perform three concerts in the United Kingdom, at relatively intimate venues in Sheffield, Bournemouth and London, before departing to the 2009 summer festival season in Europe and Asia.