Although most modern keyboards come with spring-loaded keys, which means that they will return to their usual horizontal position after you have released pressure from them, a typical digital piano will have weighted keys instead. If you are a novice who is just starting out with keyboard playing, then either system will be suitable. However, as you progress, you may find it preferable to opt for one or the other. Which approach is best for you and what are the pros and cons of choosing a keyboard with weighted keys?
Harder to Play?
One of the first things to say about spring-loaded keys on the keyboard is that they are generally considered to be easier to push down. You need less physical strength in your fingers to play the keyboard if its keys are not weighted. That said, this should not be too much of an issue if you are only playing for a few minutes each day for practice. The issue of weighted keys requiring more strength—and stamina—only comes into play when you are rehearsing for a performance piece for several hours a day.
One of the most important factors in choosing a digital keyboard with weighted keys is that it feels much more like you are playing a real piano. Not only are the majority of weighted keys on the digital pianos a little wider, but they offer a playing response that is more realistic than a typical unweighted keyboard. Some say that they offer a greater depth of expression, too. Therefore, if you wish to transition between playing a grand piano—or an upright one for that matter—and your digital keyboard, then choosing one with weighted keys makes a great deal of sense. In other words, practising on a weighted keyboard will help to improve your overall piano playing.
Because fitting weighted keys into a digital keyboard requires more engineering, they tend to be more expensive to buy. You can purchase some keyboard models which are the same in every way, with the sole exception of the differences in their keys. Such models are always cheaper if you purchase the unweighted versions. Bear in mind that, regardless of a keyboard's weighting, it is still possible to buy instruments which are fully MIDI compatible and which have all of the sound variations you could want. Simply put, weighted digital keyboards are no less technologically advanced than unweighted models.
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