Like any other musical instrument, the Yamaha piano from Greene Music for instance is not sufficient. It must be combined with certain essential accessories to ensure its proper functioning. We will see together what these elements are.
Most pianists play in a seated position, hence the interest of a bench. It must allow you to be seated comfortably and at the right height to have a good posture when you play. There are two types of benches: Keyboard benches: less bulky, these seats are, however, less comfortable and less stable (due to their 3 legs)
Piano benches: They are wider and denser. The padded seat is often covered in leather or velvet, making them more comfortable playing for long hours. Their height can be easily adjusted to suit the needs of people who use this piano.
You will inevitably need headphones when you only have time to play in the evening or don’t want to disturb your neighbors during the day. It will also give you access to better acoustic immersion thanks to the noise isolation it causes.
You will find two types of helmets:
Open headphones: The loudspeaker broadcasts sound towards the listener’s ear as much as towards the room in which it is located. This type of headset should only be used in a very quiet environment because its open structure allows surrounding noise to be heard.
Closed headphones prevent air from entering the earpiece, so your ears are isolated from the outside world. It gives more relief to the sound and, therefore, more listening comfort. It is preferred for sound recording.
When you buy a portable digital piano, you should consider purchasing a stand to place your instrument on it.
You can consider three types of stands:
The X stand: These are the least expensive and the most used. They are made up of two parts connected in an X. They are also transportable thanks to their ergonomics. However, be careful with the weight of the stand; the lighter ones have less grip on the ground, causing an imbalance for those who want to play standing up.
The Z stand: These stands have Z-shaped sides and different pipes, increasing their strength. They offer more legroom than the X stands and are much more stable. The only downside is that they are more difficult to disassemble and store because they comprise several elements.
The table stand: More aesthetic, these stands will be more suitable for installing your piano at home. Their construction, as well as their shape, make them solid and stable.
The furniture stands are more aesthetic; these supports specific to each instrument allow you greater playing comfort, with the keyboard being screwed and not placed on the stand. In addition, they will enhance your interior more harmoniously. You can also add the 3-pedal system by attaching it to it. However, you will have to expect a higher price.
The 3 Pedal Bar
Yamaha at Greene Music for example are all equipped with a pedal board, allowing them to add effects to keyboard playing. To obtain digital pianos as close as possible to their acoustic counterparts, the brands have produced the bar of 3 pedals.
It is made up of 3 pedals, which are:
The sustain pedal or “loud” pedal on the right allows you to prolong the sound even after releasing the notes. This helps link notes and chords. This is the most used pedal.
The sustain pedal is located in the middle and is somewhat similar to the damper pedal. However, it allows you to play later notes without sustain.
The soft pedal: located on the left, it is used to attenuate the sound to give a hushed/softer tone when you play a “piano” nuance passage.