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#2060666 - 04/07/13 07:44 AM To what extent do piano players use digitals?
Michael_99 Offline
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Registered: 07/28/12
Posts: 935
Loc: Canada Alberta
Most of the people who I know live in a condos, have an acoustic and a digital. I know one person who lives in a house and only has a Clavinova but doesn't play.

I had a Clavinova and craved for an acoustic and found one. When I get up in the morning and late at night I play the digital because I don't want people walking down the street in the city hearing my piano. So I don't wear earphones but keep the volume lower than I can keep an acoustic.

I mostly do scales, and walk throughs of new pieces and play daily reviews of the pieces I know to some extent on the digital.

Edited by Michael_99 (04/07/13 07:46 AM)

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#2060696 - 04/07/13 09:37 AM Re: To what extent do piano players use digitals? [Re: Michael_99]
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Registered: 02/22/07
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Loc: Banned
I use my Roland HP-307 to practice and play early in the morning and late at night or at times when I might bother others in the house or neighbors. Practically that means that the study, fingering, initial coordination and getting into a piece happens on the digital and finishing it up happens on my Kawai RX-2 acoustic grand.

#2061964 - 04/09/13 02:18 PM Re: To what extent do piano players use digitals? [Re: Michael_99]
CarloPiano Offline
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Registered: 03/21/12
Posts: 182
I'm amazed this thread hasn't been successful! I think it's very interesting to know how the other forum members use their DPs.

So here comes my thoughts:

I use a Casio PX-135 for vacation. It's not very heavy (12 kg) but it's a little heavy, not a big deal but for a weekend break I don't think it's worth/practical. I miss having something ever more portable (I'll open a new thread about this to know the opinions of other persons but I'm thinking on NP-11, NP-31 and RD-64).

For daily work I use a Kawai acoustic grand but I also use many hours a digital Roland HP-305. I could use the 305 for an occasional insomniac night but I don't do it because the action is very noisy so I usually avoid playing past 23:00 as I could disturb my family and probably neighbors (even playing with headphones). But for the rest of the day, I think it's a great advantage to have such a fantastic DP. I can play, for example, from 8:00 to 10:30 AM without worrying about bothering neighbors.

I also use a lot the recording feature of my DP. I think it's a powerful learning tool. It's impossible to find something faster and easier to use - 1 or 2 button click, and you have not to bother about how inaccurate is a recorder or mic placement and so, the DP recorder gives you exactly what you play and the same way you listened to it while playing. This is sometimes discouraging... but useful as it's a great tool to improve playing.

Edited by CarloPiano (04/09/13 02:44 PM)

#2061980 - 04/09/13 02:45 PM Re: To what extent do piano players use digitals? [Re: Michael_99]
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Registered: 06/12/01
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I only have a Clavinova with Pianoteq or Galaxy Vintage D at home and use it for night time practice. In the mornings I practice on a grand at the conservatory where I take lessons.

The regular access to an acoustic is very important for technique. I used to practice on the Clavinova exclusively and it was difficult to adjust to acoustic action and sound.

I agree that the recording feature is a very useful tool. There is often a sound in your head that you think you are producing but often its surprising how far off you can be.

In general for certain pieces like Chopin Nocturne Op. 48 1 I find I can only really effectively run through it on a grand piano. The digital is more for learning notes and checking memory. The software pianos do add a whole other dimension that was missing with the straight up Clavinova so I do find the digital practice more rewarding now.
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#2062582 - 04/10/13 09:02 PM Re: To what extent do piano players use digitals? [Re: Michael_99]
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Registered: 06/27/09
Posts: 1607
Loc: California
I mostly practice on my acoustic, but I move to the old Clavinova I've had since 1990 for specific repeatitive passages and for memorization. Anything that would drive me crazy at full volume will surely drive anyone else in the house crazy, so I put the volume down to 50% and repeat and repeat on the CLP. The Yamaha CLP refuse to break after 23 years, so I bang away at it as much as possible, so I could have an excuse to upgrade, but so far no luck. It's built like a tank and just won't die.
Art is never finished, only abandoned. - da Vinci

#2062594 - 04/10/13 09:38 PM Re: To what extent do piano players use digitals? [Re: Michael_99]
SoundThumb Offline
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Registered: 03/28/10
Posts: 400
Loc: San Diego, CA
I suppose I'm doing this all backwards. I practice on my acoustic because that is what my teacher has, but when I play for pleasure, I move over to my weighted DP and synthesizer since I'm a patch a layering freak.

#2064133 - 04/13/13 04:59 PM Re: To what extent do piano players use digitals? [Re: Michael_99]
PianoHarry Offline
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Registered: 10/24/11
Posts: 21
Loc: Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia
I practise on my Privia PX335 exclusively. My reason being it is all I have.

#2064155 - 04/13/13 06:17 PM Re: To what extent do piano players use digitals? [Re: Michael_99]
peterws Offline
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Registered: 07/21/12
Posts: 5324
Loc: Northern England.
I`ve only played on Clavinovas at restaurants and stuff with a band. Used an old Roland at one place (stage piano, crap) but I`ve had the misfortune to play a newly tuned (LOL) grand once. It was dreadful. But might have sounded better if you were at the bar . . . down the street
"I'm playing all the right notes � but not necessarily in the right order." Eric Morecambe


#2064223 - 04/13/13 08:52 PM Re: To what extent do piano players use digitals? [Re: peterws]
ando Offline
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Registered: 11/23/10
Posts: 4748
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Originally Posted By: peterws
I`ve had the misfortune to play a newly tuned (LOL) grand once. It was dreadful. But might have sounded better if you were at the bar . . . down the street

Just thought I'd drop by and not take you seriously again, Pete...


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