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Is Digital Piano or Keyboard Easier for Beginners?

Digital pianos and keyboards are both electronic musical instruments that can provide a wide variety of sounds using a keyboard. Depending on your preferences and goals, there are various factors to consider before deciding on which to learn as a beginner.

The Differences Between Digital Piano and Keyboard

Both digital piano and keyboard are portable digital instruments. To know which one suits you, here are the key differences between the two:

1. Sound

Digital pianos are designed to mirror the sound of a traditional acoustic piano as much as possible. They frequently use high-quality samples of real piano sounds and have multiple layers of sound to reproduce the complexity and nuance of an acoustic piano. Keyboards on the other hand, can produce a wide variety of sounds including those of the piano, although it does not sound as authentic as the digital piano.

2. Keyboard

Digital pianos are designed to replicate the feel of an acoustic piano as closely as possible. They often come with weighted keys, which means the keys feel heavier to touch at the bottom of the keyboard and lighter at the top - replicating the feel of an acoustic piano. Keyboards may have weighted keys, but can also come with unweighted keys.

3. Size and Portability

Digital pianos are typically larger and heavier than keyboards, making them less easy to transport. Keyboards are often more portable and can be carried to gigs and rehearsals.

4. Features

Both the keyboard and digital piano comes with different features. They consist of built-in speakers, connectivity to computers and other devices, as well as the ability to record and playback music. However, digital pianos tend to have more advanced features and may be more suitable for serious musicians.

The Cost of Learning Digital Piano and Keyboard in Singapore

The cost of learning the digital piano or the keyboard in Singapore will depend on a variety of factors. It is also dependent on how serious the learner is about acquiring the skills and also the type of instruction they choose.

Here are some potential costs to consider:

1. Cost of the instrument

The cost of the musical instrument you choose will vary based on the brand, model and features. Digital pianos tend to cost more than keyboards, although you may be able to find some budget options. The cost of the instrument may also dependent on where it is purchased.

2. Lessons

The cost of lessons will depend on whether you are taking group or private classes. It also depends on the instructor’s experience and qualifications, as well as the length and frequency of the lessons. Some instructors may offer discounts for purchasing a package of classes upfront.

3. Accessories

Digital pianos and keyboards come with accessories such as benches, stands and headphones. It may also include music books or sheets, and a carrying case for the instrument.

4. Maintenance

Depending on the instrument, there may be ongoing costs for maintenance such as tuning or repairs.

It is helpful to ask yourself how interested or motivated you are in mastering either the digital piano or the keyboard. You can also go online to research the options and costs for the instrument and lessons that best fit your budget and learning goals.

If you are still unsure, come down to Ritmo Music Studio in Chinatown and sign up for a trial digital piano or keyboard class with us.

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