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In this video I review Sustain Pedal, Hammer Action and Graded Hammer Action.
If you are a beginner piano player or an advanced piano player looking to buy your first Digital Piano you will need to understand the main differences between a digital piano and an acoustic piano. Graded Hammer Action, Sustain Pedal and Weighted keys are also reviewed. Graded Hammer Action and Weighted Keys are the first two elements I always look for in any piano. The Sustain Pedal is a must. Weighted Keys will make the piano heavier while Graded Hammer Action will help you express better. This is a fresh video on how to choose your first digital piano, a few nice tips to feel confident when you go to the store and also as always, expression tips to play better and express more with your playing.
A Digital Piano will mimic the feel of a real piano by adding weight to the keys and adding many layers of sound depending on the pressure you apply on each piano key.
If you were used to playing an acoustic piano then the most obvious feature will be choosing a full size version of 88 keys, having heavy weighted keys and definitely graded hammer. On the other hand, if you are a beginner piano player you might disregard the heavy weighted keys but still Hammer Action is a must to improve the expression and feel of your piano interpretations.
My favorite Yamaha Digital Piano choices are the following:
Yamaha Arius YDP181 YDP-181 88-Key Digital Piano Deluxe bundle https://goo.gl/NSjwti
Yamaha Arius YDP162B Traditional Console Digital Piano with Bench, Black Walnut
Yamaha YDP143R Arius Series Console Digital Piano with Bench, Rosewood
The sustain pedal is the key element to make a musical phrase. Without Sustain it’s impossible to express correctly most piano pieces. In my experience the best sustain pedal is the Yamaha: https://goo.gl/A6w5gr
I have tried many different Digital Pianos, Williams, Casio, Yamaha and Korg. There are plenty more but these 4 are the most popular choices for beginner players.
Before making a Piano purchase I encourage you to always test it first at the music store. If you are a beginner try to play simple sequences of sounds at least with just your right hand and play the same sequence in the options that fit your budget.
Usually, as a personal rule, I try to stretch my budget to the max, as long as you’re serious with dedicating time to your instrument. A poor first choice will drastically challenge the piano sound you get and it might discourage you. On the other hand, a comfortably key bed, proper weighted keys and hammer action make the whole piano playing experience much more delightful and positive.
For sustain pedals most will do a fine job, you can also test it first. I wouldn’t buy one of the plastic square ones… I’d always buy one similar to that found on an acoustic piano.
A fresh video on how to choose your first digital piano, a few nice tips to feel confident when you go to the store and also as always, expression tips to play better and express more with your playing.
Playing the piano is expressing your feelings with your hands and your whole body motion. Relax and enjoy!
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