Buying A Digital Piano? Don’t Buy One Until You’ve Read This!
Choosing which digital piano to purchase can be a difficult process, especially if you are a beginner. Digital piano’s are a big step up from portable keyboards, yet still a much smaller investment than an acoustic piano, which is what makes it such a great choice for beginning to intermediate piano players.
As a seasoned piano player, I have played on almost every digital piano brand you can think of. I always tell my students ‘any piano is better than no piano’ which is true – but there are huge differences between the brands that make some a great investment and others a waste of money.
If you’ve already done a little shopping around for keyboards or digital pianos, you know by now that there are several different brands, each claiming to offer the best deal. In reality, there are actually only a very small handful of quality digital piano manufacturers.
Most professional piano players take one of three stances on digital pianos: They love Yamaha, they love Roland, or they refuse to play on anything but an acoustic (these are the snooty players).
The only digital pianos I’ve ever owned myself have been either Yamahas or Rolands. This is because they are by far the best digital pianos you can buy. If you do decide to buy one of these two brands, you will instantly know that you have spent your money wisely, because no other brand can compare.
So what are the major differences between Yamaha and Rolands? Well, there aren’t many, really. In my opinion, it is just too hard to decide between Roland and Yamaha. I own a Yamaha (click the link at the bottom of this article for a review of the piano I own) and I love it. Yamaha’s are great because they’re quality is equal to that of a Roland, but they are almost always lower in price. However, Rolands higher end models offer the best functionality and the most sounds, but this is usually irrelevant for the beginning player.
YAMAHA Worship Specialist Chris Springer shares his insights on the needs of the modern worship keyboardists and how a pair of YAMAHA keyboards addresses those needs. As a pianist, Chris really appreciates the YAMAHA CP4 and how it focuses on providing outstanding piano sounds in a portable instrument that feels great. He goes on to share a little on the YAMAHA Motif series keyboards, demonstrating their flexibility, versatility of sounds and how simple layers can add so much to a worship moment. Chris Springer is a YAMAHA Worship Specialist, Professor at the Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Mobile, and a well-respected pianist, session player and Producer.
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