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#1532984 - 10/11/10 09:48 AM Reducing key sounds during fast passages
locksleyu Offline
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Registered: 06/16/10
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On my DP (Yamaha YDP-161), I noticed that when playing fast, loud passages there is a noticeable key noise. As the keys are plastic, I know this is to be expected, but I am wondering whether it is work the time/effort to try and reduce this sound as much as possible.

If I start with my finger already touching the key (as opposed to striking it above from a distance) there is little to no sound, and I can do this to a certain extent, but for some fast passages it seems extremely difficult to do this for all the notes.

Should I try keep my fingers close to the keys in order to reduce this noise on my DP? I'm guessing that will give me better technique, even when I eventually switch to an acoustic piano, but I wanted to get some advice first.

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#1533068 - 10/11/10 11:56 AM Re: Reducing key sounds during fast passages [Re: locksleyu]
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Registered: 03/19/10
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In my experience, digital instruments require a much lighter touch than keyboards with heavier action. It takes much trial and error to work around the problem you're having. I think that you might be on the right track, though

You might be relying a little too much on arm weight, in place of finger strike speed, to produce your louder passages. You might want to practice at a slightly slower tempo to get used to a lighter arm - and be aware of any tension build-up in your forearms, buildup of tension will prevent you from gauging the amount of pressure you are using.

(I think someone else could explain this better than I, at this moment)

Edited by Gerard12 (10/11/10 12:15 PM)
Piano performance and instruction (former college music professor).

#1533301 - 10/11/10 05:41 PM Re: Reducing key sounds during fast passages [Re: Gerard12]
Daffodil Offline
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I'd be wary of adjusting my technique of striking the keys to reduce digital keyboard noise.

Can't you just wear headphones and turn up the volume a little?
Daffodil - Onslow's twin.
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#1533351 - 10/11/10 06:54 PM Re: Reducing key sounds during fast passages [Re: locksleyu]
david_a Offline
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Registered: 11/11/09
Posts: 2913
My very biased advice, with two choices:

1. Don't worry about it.
2. Get a real piano and put the toy back in the toy box.
(I'm a piano teacher.)


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