A powerful message for all the followers of this blog, or rather the optimistic piano beginners, I would like to state that music is such an enthralling tool to humanity that it mesmerizes even those devoid of senses. Here I have collated a list of Top 7 Gears essential for Piano beginners to start your journey into the vast ocean of learning piano.
Metronomes are very important to maintain the beat; for many times, a pianist loses the tempo while he is playing. It is rather simpler and includes an LED light for a visual in time with the beat. They are needed separately only in acoustic pianos while digital pianos have them built-in. The pulse is measured in BPM (beats-per-minute). A tempo marking of 60 BPM is equal to one beat per second, while 120 BPM equals two beats per second.
A metronome is a tool that helps one in maintaining a steady tempo essential for learning. It can also be used in live performances and in recording studios to maintain an accurate tempo throughout the performance.
2. USB/MIDI Interface
A MIDI is a device that provides MIDI input/output to a computer and from a computer or equipment equipped with MIDI through standard 5-pin MIDI sockets. One can use a MIDI interface along with other USB devices to connect with USB devices. A MIDI link can carry 16 independent channels of information. By far, keyboards are the most commonly used MIDI controllers. And nowadays, some MIDI-equipped keyboard controllers come with USB jacks that can be plugged into computers that run music software.
3. Piano Headphones
Musicians usually put a lot of time, energy, and efforts to practice their lessons and improve their performance for a better experience by the audience. Headphones are convenient and, rather, the best gear for a high-quality audio experience with a 3D effect and surround sound. One would love the practice sessions with such efficient sound quality that the headphones provide.
To avoid disturbing others near you while practicing, for sure it is definitely a good option to buy a good pair of headphones for your digital piano or keyboard. Headphones give you a more precise and consistent sound. They make the sound more realistic and helps provide a fantabulous experience while playing your keyboard.
Speakers are generally used when performing for a larger audience or when you want to present your music in a better format. A Roland RD700-series piano would be perfect for home use. And one would need to get some kind of amplification/speaker system for it. Many speakers these days have built-in amplifiers and are called “active” speakers. It’s a matter of simplicity and personal choice. One nice thing about active speakers is that the amps and speakers are designed to work together. So we do not need to worry about matching power, resistance, etc.
5. Digit and Manual Sheet Handling
Keeping a laptop at your piano can get very hectic to be managed(as in being space consuming), as there isn’t a lot of room for the device. Having an iPad or tablet would comparitively be a better option for handling digital sheet music.
A music sheet can be managed while playing using the sheet stand and can help one to manage his/her music notes. It is very important as it will be height adjustable enabling you to maintain the correct posture while playing. It becomes necessary as it might be a problem for the artist to read the music sheet and play the piano at the same time.
6. Piano Stool
An important thing about a piano stool is that its height needs to be adjusted correctly to sit comfortably. This ensures good posture and a comfy zone where one feels relaxed while playing or practicing his lessons. When sitting at the piano, one must ensure that the arms are parallel to the floor, and your wrists placed slightly above the keyboard. Sitting at the wrong height might result in a back or shoulder ache.
There are two types of stools – a box stool and an adjustable stool. A box stool is cheaper. However, we recommend going for a quality adjustable stool to achieve the aptest height for you. Moreover, you can change the height of the stool if other members of the family play it too.
For reliable piano emulation one needs pedals and out of the two/three pedals the most commonly used pedal in modern pianos and keyboard is the sustain pedal which is the rightmost of two or three pedals because it is operated with the right foot . A sustain pedal connects to the piano via the ¼ socket on the back. In the electronic keyboards, the sustain pedal is a separate attachment. It can be plugged into the socket provided on the back of the keyboard. The basic use of the sustain pedal makes it possible to keep a note or chord sounding or sustaining. This is essential when the hands move to a new position to prevent gaps in music while changing chords or lifting of hands.