Learning to play any musical instrument is very stimulating for the brand and relieving of stress. Despite developing a new talent, there are several other skills that you naturally improve on when playing a musical instrument, such as patience, memory skills, and recognising patterns. As a beginner, it can be difficult trying to pick an instrument to get to grips with, and two in particular that people sometimes struggle to choose between, are the piano and keyboard. Both are great and allow you to be very creative and explore new techniques and sounds, however they are also both unique and fantastic in their own ways.
So, let’s start by breaking things down one by one and explaining some individual facts about the two in order to try and help you understand the difference between them!
Keyboards are significantly cheaper than a piano, and so a lot of beginners do tend to opt for this. If you’re just starting out and wanting to get to grips with learning to play a musical instrument, for some the best option is to start out on a keyboard, and then maybe progress onto playing the piano.
Another great perk of keyboards is that if you’re buying your own to practice and play on, they do take up a lot less space than a piano and so this can be quite convenient. Furthermore, if you live in a flat or apartment, some landlords have rules against owning a piano due to the sound transmissions from them, whereas with keyboards you can usually adjust the sound and so keep it to a minimum if you are living in somewhere like this. Of course, it can also be a little more difficult getting a piano up to your flat than it would with a keyboard!
The piano is an acoustic instrument, and so creates more classic and traditional sounds. The weighted keys on a piano are actually really good for improving your technique when you play which can make you a better musician and help you to progress quicker. Another fact about pianos is that they require tuning, and so this ensures that the sounds made are always at the highest quality and it helps you to learn more and understand the instrument a little better.
The fact pianos have more keys than a keyboard is a big positive the more advanced you become at playing the instrument. When you’re practicing a more difficult musical piece, you will find that more keys and notes are required, and so this is a really good thing about the piano.
Keyboards are more modern, whereas pianos are much more traditional. However, you can still be very creative and adventurous with the sounds you can create on both, despite the range being different. There are usually 88 notes on a piano, whereas keyboards have slightly less, normally ranging around 60-76. Another difference in the sounds comes from the fact keyboards are electric and pianos are acoustic based. Keyboards create sound through electronics, however there is the option of a digital piano available, which allows you multiple options of what styles you’d like to play, much like a keyboard.
Not only are they two different instruments that vary in terms of appearance and sounds, but they also both actually feel different to play. Keyboard keys are slightly smaller and feel quite hollow and plastic like, whereas pianokeys are much heavier.
If you’d like to know more or are interested in starting lessons in learning to play the piano or keyboard, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via our contact page and we will be more than happy to help.