If you want to become a pianist, you must first understand that there are several key differences between digital pianos and keyboards. These differences range from sound quality, functionality, appearance, size, ease of use, purpose and finally, cost. All of these differences should be taken into consideration before purchasing your instrument. Since the vast majority of beginner musicians want to purchase an instrument that doesn’t take up an entire living space or won’t create a financial burden, this leaves you with these two options, a digital piano, or a keyboard.
As a music teacher and traveling pianist I sometimes get my share of questions on digital pianos vs acoustic, electric keyboards vs. digital and things of that nature. Partly the reason I created this site was to address those issues and give parents/pianists and others an honest view of purchasing a digital piano or acoustic piano that best fits their needs. One question that I tend to get somewhat more and more as digital and acoustic become more and more similar is the debate of the Digital Piano vs. Keyboard and what are the similarities, differences and traits of each. Mostly, people want to know which one to buy for their playing needs and why. Below I will go a little into this difference and which one you should choose based on your own needs. With this in mind it is always best to research your options before moving forward. For a full review of digital pianos please visit our main page of this site as this goes into detail.
The original goal of the digital piano was to duplicate the sound and feel of the traditional acoustic piano, but also add features thatare only available digitally. The digital piano started to gain tremendous popularity in the 1980s as MTV took off and the era of music changed. While many artists stuck true to the classic roots of the acoustic piano, the digital piano was very prominent in many songs as music became much more “digitized”. These digital versions started to add more and more tones, while still having the ability to sound like an acoustic piano.