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Piano / Keyboards Jargon Buster

Touch Sensitivity:

When looking at a keyboard or digital piano, the most important feature it should have is touch sensitivity. This is where the keyboard or digital piano responds to how hard or soft you play the keys. Play the keys harder, and the sound gets louder; play the keys softer and the sound gets more quiet. Touch sensitivity ensures the digital piano or keyboard is responding to touch just like an acoustic piano does.

Weighted Keys:

This is the main difference between a keyboard and a digital piano. On a keyboard, the keys feel "spongy" and are light to press. Whereas on a digital piano, the keys are heavier to press down - just like on an acoustic piano. Teachers usually recommend starting on a digital piano with weighted keys, as this ensures the student is developing the finger strength and technique as if they were practicing on an acoustic piano.

Graded Hammer Action:

On an acoustic piano, the hammers are heavier down the low end compared to up the top end of the keyboard, in fact they become progressively lighter. A Graded Hammer Action recreates this touch on a digital piano, feeling heavier down the bottom and lighter up the top end.

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Yamaha P-145 88 Key Digital Piano - Black
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Xtreme KT140 Height Adjustable Keyboard Stool
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Xtreme Double Braced X-Style Keyboard Stand
Strong Sturdy Double X Keyboard Stand Easy To Use Height Adjustment Lever 6 Position Height System Can Be Positioned To Fit Practically Any Keyboard
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Yamaha P-225 Portable Digital Piano
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Roland FP-30X Digital Piano
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Yamaha YDP-145 Arius Digital Piano
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Xtreme FS310 Keyboard/Digital Piano Damper Pedal
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Yamaha L-200 Stand For Yamaha P-225 Digital Piano
An attractive stand designed to match the look and feel of the Yamaha P-225 Digital Piano.
Kawai ES120 Portable Digital Piano Bundle
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Casio CT-S300 61 Note Portable Keyboard
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Armour KS100 Premium Keyboard Bench
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Roland F701 Digital Piano
Roland F701 Digital Piano
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Casio CDP-S110 88 Note Digital Piano
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Kawai ES120 Portable Digital Piano
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