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Tips You Need To Know To Find the Best 88-Key Digital Piano

Tips You Need to Know to Find the Best 88-Key Digital Piano

The following was guest written by Jason Antoon of digitalpianoexpert.

Commercial musicians who love playing the piano should learn as much about digital pianos as they can. That way, they can determine which ones are the best. Depending on your needs, a digital piano can be suitable for people trying to find something similar to an acoustic piano but requires less maintenance, takes up less space, and features convenient adjustable sound levels.

If you are interested in finding the best 88-key digital piano, check out this article to find out more about what features to focus on. You will be able to find one with great characteristics at an affordable price. Make sure that you also look into the additional tools you’ll need to facilitate rehearsal sessions effectively.

Generally, a great digital piano is not as expensive as an acoustic piano, but you can still produce high-quality music on it. If you have a great passion for the keyboard, try searching for an 88-key digital piano that will give you more room to explore.

1. Budget

First thing’s first: How much are you willing to spend? The price of a digital piano may vary depending on the features and number of keys. It can start at $500 and may surpass $1,000 for a professional one. When searching for an 88-key digital piano, try to find one that does not weigh that much. One that is a bit over 25 lbs can cost less than $500. For instance, a nice model like the Yamaha P-45 is versatile, producing great sound quality. However, if you want to invest more money into your passion, you can purchase one that surpasses $1,000, namely the Casio PX-860. This one features pedals and a complete piano-style frame.

2. The Weighted Keys and the LCD

The weighted keys are a great advantage for pianists since it makes the keyboard feel like an acoustic piano. By practicing on a fully weighted digital piano, you will be able to learn the appropriate finger technique and develop the strength you need to play any type of piano. A digital piano that features an LCD will also display musical scores and lyrics. You’ll even be able to set it to play chords that you can play incredible tunes over.

3. What Features Should it Have

Versatility

Generally, an acoustic piano produces a particular volume range that depends on how you strike the keys. However, when it comes to digital pianos, they can be controlled over a wider range using volume control. You can even practice silently by using additional tools. Check whether it has the necessary features to allow you to use headphones. In this way, you will no longer disturb your neighbors or roommates. The incredible sound sets that are found on a digital piano allow you to add brass, woodwinds, percussion, drums and more.

Portability

When searching for an 88-key digital piano, make sure you consider portability. Besides the fact that it should be compact to fit your small apartment, also consider its weight. Think about the fact that you will carry it around if you do concerts. There are models that you can break down for better storage.

Recording

Most 88-key digital piano models allow you to record your performance. You’ll be be able to record while playing and check your evolution from time to time. In case you want to write your own songs, sequencing and recording should be base features for the digital piano, so make sure it has these characteristics incorporated when you purchase it.

Connectivity

Before paying for that 88-key digital piano you have found on the internet, try to verify whether you will be able to connect it to the recording equipment or computer. If it features a USB port, you can connect different audio gear. There are models that also work with flash memory cards. Therefore, you can transfer what you have registered on any mobile device.

These simple tips will help you learn what features to consider when you are searching for the best 88-key digital piano. In this way, you will purchase a quality piano that not only supports your practice but also improves it. A digital piano that allows you to attach different learning tools will help you grow from a beginner into a pro.

Tips for Learning to Play Guitar

Four Tips for Learning the Guitar

The following is a post written by guest blogger Mark from Know Your Instrument.

So you want to learn how to play guitar. How hard can it be?

It all depends on what skill level you’re looking to achieve. If you want to be a virtuoso, you have a long road ahead of you. It takes at least 10,000 hours of practice to achieve that level of mastery for anything. Up to the task? No? That’s okay.

Almost anyone can learn to play their favorite songs on the guitar, solos included. All it takes is some basic eye-hand coordination and the ability to read tablature. Let’s begin with that.

1. Print Out a Tab of a Song You Like

Tablature consists of one line per string of the instrument you’re playing along with numbers representing notes. The numbers correspond to places on the fretboard. There is a simple key to go along with it for things like palm muting and pinch harmonics. Learn the finger positions and notes first, and then try to play along with the track.

2. Practice Often Enough to Get Calluses

At first, you won’t be able to play for long. Your fingertips will hurt too much. This is normal and gets better with time. If you have nylon strings, it’s not as much of an issue. But it’s safe to assume most of you are playing on steel strings. You have to keep going until you develop calluses on all four fingertips. Then you won’t even notice it, no matter how long you practice for. And if you’re not playing often enough to develop calluses, you certainly won’t be developing your skills, either.

Listen to Music–a Lot

Part of how I learned was by listening to my favorite songs so much that I could hear the melody and notes in my head. Then it was just a matter of learning where they were on the fretboard and playing them in proper timing. As mentioned, be sure to play along with the song once you figure out the basics, to make sure your timing is on point. A metronome can be of assistance as well.

Learn Basic Guitar Chords

Get a poster that shows all of the most common guitar chords. It looks overwhelming at first. Just focus on the basic ones at first. A, C, D, E, and G along with their minor keys are the most common ones that almost every song you have ever heard includes some variation of. There are a few others as well.

These four actions will get you started. Remember, the best way to improve at anything is to practice with someone more advanced. When I was learning, I played with a few people who were in bands. Quantum leaps of my comprehension ensued. If you learn chord basics, listen to music often, attempt re-creating that music by utilizing tablature, and develop calluses on your fingers along the way, you will be on the right track.

5 Tips and Tricks that Every Songwriter Should Know

5 Tips and Tricks that Every Songwriter Should Know

Here’s a guest post from our friends over at ZingInstruments.com who are almost as obsessed about drums as we are!

Songwriting is an art, but there are more than a few little hacks you can use to help you write new music faster and help you take your work to the next level. Next time you’re stuck, try out a few of these tips and tricks for songwriters and see if it doesn’t make a difference!

1. Borrow From Other Artists

Are you trying to come up with ideas for a new song, but can’t seem to find anything good? Try writing additional verses to a song you like. You can then use this as a ‘jumping off’ point for your own music without having the difficulty of starting completely from scratch.

Similarly, you could sample music from recognizable songs to build fast and effective beats without having to do all of the work. This way you get the perfect combination of familiarity, popularity and shorter writing times. Doing this at choice moments, such as for hook lines or even as a short repeating loop throughout most of a song is very common, and there’s no shame in doing it.

2. Keep a Songwriting Morgue

Keep lyrics, chord progressions and other snippets from songs that never quite got finished. Look through these every couple of months or so to see if you can’t think of a new way of using them or developing them further.

3. Make a Reference Guide

Build a ‘rhyme book’ that you can refer to as you’re writing. This can make writing lyrics much easier as you don’t have to sit and ponder the right word to use for as long. Building your own rhyme book is essential, because those used by others will have slight accents and other vocal qualities that might stop the same material working properly.

4. Avoid This Common Mistake

Never use parallel fifths. When you have two or more instruments playing a melody, don’t have both of them play a fifth higher or a fifth lower than the previous note at the same time. It’s okay to have them going in separate directions by a fifth, but parallel fifths cause the two lines to blend together and lose the independent qualities they each possess.

5. Think Inside Somebody Else’s Box

If you’re struggling to find material from your own life to inspire your songwriting, write from the perspective of another person. You could also use a fictional character instead, perhaps as part of a narrative or mythos you’ve created for a concept album. For example, Epic Rap Battles of History is a popular youtube channel featuring rap battles between various historical and fictional characters.

Remember, songwriting doesn’t have to be a completely unique exercise each and every single time you sit down to write. Rather, it’s better to give yourself guidelines that suit your own individual style. This way you still have all the freedom you need to create great new music, but you’ve also got a rough map of how you’re going to do that each time.