A Digital Piano is NOT a Keyboard

Playing a Piano in SingaporeIf you’re a self-respecting musician, you should very well know the difference between a few familiar musical instruments. For one, you should be able to tell the difference between a harpsichord, a grand piano, and these two: the digital piano and the electronic keyboard. When you visit various dealers such as Casio Singapore to look for additional gear, it helps to know how to avoid looking confused.

Size Matters

Electronic keyboards are extremely portable. Pianos, even the digital kind, are never known to be portable. Keyboards are extremely light, often weighing less than 20 lbs. To make this purpose further possible, the instrument’s key range is limited to 61 and 49 keys.

Digital pianos, on the other hand, are far less portable because they’re meant to be “modern” versions of their traditional peers. They’re made to fit atop custom-fitted stands, however, and can weigh up to 60 lbs. Their size and purpose mean they’ll have a far better range—they always come with a full 88 keys.

Made For Beginners

Electronic keyboards always come with a lot (at times hundreds) of pre-recorded songs and melody templates. This is another thing that separates them from digital pianos and further illustrates another purpose: they’re great for beginners. It’s rare to see a rookie try his hands on a grand piano, let alone a simple digital version of the real thing.

In other words, electronic keyboards are meant to hold a player’s hands until he masters the basics. Digital pianos offer far less options for built-in tutorials. But, when they do, digital pianos may offer sounds that mimic grand pianos, harpsichords, string instruments, and jazz/pipe organs.

Key Sensitivity

The keys illustrate further differences. An electronic keyboard’s keys feel really basic. Oftentimes, manufacturers will install plastic keys that have little to no resistance. What this means is that no matter how you play a note, it will always be the same velocity. Digital piano makers always aim for authenticity—real wooden or ivory keys with technology intended to mimic the action of a real hammer key striking a piano string.