Keyboards vs. Digital Pianos

Difference between Keyboards and Digital Pianos

Keyboards and digital pianos are musical instruments that can look and sound the same to untrained people. They have their own similarities but they are also different from each other.

What is a Keyboard?

A musical keyboard refers to a stringed piano with 61 keys and 4-5 octaves in sound range. The sound and tone comes from pressing the keys, which produces the sounds that vibrates from the mechanical link of the keys and strings. A soundboard is included to amplify the sound. This kind of piano is very popular for artists who have mastered the instrument.

What is a Digital Piano?

A digital piano is an electronic instrument that is patterned after the sound of a traditional piano. Unlike a traditional piano, however, a digital piano has no strings, so they are more lightweight and the tuning is not an issue. Instead of from vibrations, sounds come from built-in amplifiers and are digitally enhanced. Digital pianos may also have different functions and rhythms in order to aid in better musicality. This makes it easier to compose music and foster learning.

A brief summary:

  • A musical keyboard refers to a stringed piano with 61 keys and 4-5 octaves in sound range while a digital piano is only patterned after the sound of a traditional piano
  • Sounds from a keyboard come from vibrations in the strings while sounds from digital pianos come from built-in amplifiers
  • Digital pianos may have different functions and rhythms that aids in better musicality

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  • Great comparison of both the leyboard and digital piano. Great article! 🙂