What’s the difference between the Keyboard and the Piano?

A quick guide for beginner pianists


Keyboard Piano. Isn’t that just the same thing? Doesn’t one just plug in? What is the actual difference? In this quick blog post, Premiere Piano will answer this question once and for all.


When considering piano for beginners, most may not have a clue what the actual differences are. To put it simply, a piano is an acoustic instrument which includes 88 keys over a full 7+ octave span. A keyboard on the other hand, only has approximately 4 octaves to its name. Keyboards are electronic, meaning that they require electricity to run and make any sounds, generally sourcing power from outlets and or batteries. This limits them since they are dependent on power, but also frees them to be able to move around much easier than an acoustic piano.


Keyboards never go out of tune, whilst acoustic piano’s need to be tuned at least once per year, depending on their use and if they are moved around or not. This is an important aspect to consider, especially if you are a vocal student. The last thing you want is to be practising out of key because you are using an old or un-tuned piano.

There are advantages to the acoustic instrument though.


The first is the quality of sound produced, since it can-not be matched nor rivalled even by the best of its electronic competitors. The sheer brilliance of a concert grand piano, nestled on the stage of a balanced acoustic environment such as a concert hall, truly marvels the human ear. Furthermore, you have much more dynamic responsiveness when playing, meaning that your strength and touch on the keys makes more of a difference to the performance. Acoustic pianos have been around for hundreds of years, ever since the Italian harpsichordist Bartolomeo Christofori created the very first one back in 1709. Since then, they have undergone improvements, including the addition of pedals and production development which have resulted in today’s modern masterpieces. For some inspiration and wonder, look up the Schimmel Pegasus, as well as a Steinway concert grand, and marvel at their respective price tags.


So which is the best one for you? An entire series of lessons are dedicated to this subject in Premiere Piano, which goes into all the nitty gritty details. In summary, you should go for the best within your price bracket. Remember that this instrument will serve you for many years, so divide the price tag by the number of days in the year, and consider the expected lifetime it will be used for. Stretching your budget to a nicer model keyboard, piano or digital piano is always a wise choice.


Check out Premiere Piano and leave the guesswork out of the equation!



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