Do yamaha keyboards work the same as Grand Pianos?

Question by <3: Do yamaha keyboards work the same as Grand Pianos?
And on a scale of 1 to 10 how hard is learning to play?

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Answer by Edgeledge
It depends on the number of keys firstly. If the keyboard has 88 keys it has the same tonal range as a grand piano. The critical difference is the action of the keys and the sound generated. Typically electronic sounds nothing like a good grand piano. Though if you buy a cheap grand the sound from the electronic keyboard will be better.

It all depends on the money you have. An upright is good for small places. A baby grand is good for a medium room. Though if you live in high density place an electronic keyboard or piano is your best bet.

Personally the Yamaha piano range is the best for the ability to switch between acoustic and electronic.

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One Response to “Do yamaha keyboards work the same as Grand Pianos?”

  1. Unpretty says:

    A Yamaha keyboard is similar, but the sound will be different, and you can add beats or melodies and you can change the settings so that you can use the keys to play various instruments (such as saxophone, trombone, clarinet, etc), but don’t expect them to sound true-to-life because you can hear the difference. I can always tell if someon is using a keyboard to produce the instrumental sounds rather than the actual instrument. They just have a stiff, electric sound rather than the fluid sound of the real instruments.

    Another difference is that, unless you shell out a large amount of money (which would still be less than a grand piano, but still very expensive), you won’t be able to play the keyboard with the same effects as a piano because most keyboards lack the same number of keys, and they lack the peddles (ie. damper peddle). So, you won’t be able to get long notes to hold out as long as they should for certain songs. The sound produced without the peddles will be staccato (choppy) rather than fluid. I didn’t know that keyboards could have the peddles until I went to college for music and took a piano class. Of course, they opted for the cheaper electric keyboards over twelve expensive pianos…but they had the necessary peddles so that we learned to play with the sound quality needed.

    The difficulty level varies between each person, so I can’t give you a scale number that would necessarily fit you. I was raised around music and spent most of my childhood around pianos, guitars, French horns, etc. So, even though I hadn’t played piano before, it was a bit easier for me to pick up than it might be for someone who had never had any sort of musical background. Since I don’t know if you’ve ever played an instrument, what level of proficiency you want to reach, or how much effort you’re willing to put forth, I can’t venture a guess as to how easy it will be for you.

    My only advice is that, if you want to play very well, you need to practice at least an hour a day, and don’t get frustrated if your fingers won’t do what you want at first. The hardest part for most people is trying to train each hand (and finger) to work independently of each other. Your brain and hands will have to adjust to learning to play two separate lines of music at the same time (each hand will have its own chord/chord progression or notes going on independently, and at the same time).

    If you choose to learn, it really is a wonderful instrument, and I believe that it’s probably the best instrument to learn first because it helps you learn to tune other instruments without needing a tuning aid. Good luck! 🙂

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