Piano Source: Definitions
Acoustic Piano is a traditional piano everybody is familiar with. They have been built for over 300 years. It produces sounds when the hammers strike the strings. These pianos must be tuned twice a year to keep them in good condition. Acoustic is used when making a distinction between other forms of pianos. Think of the term used for acoustic guitar that is a guitar that does not use electricity.
Digital Piano is an instrument duplicates the sound and feel of an acoustic piano. It uses digitally sampled sounds, amplifiers and speakers to recreate the piano sound PLUS many more sounds to make playing fun! They have weighted key action to imitate the action of an acoustic piano.
Digital Ensemble Piano is an instrument that duplicates the sound and feel of an acoustic piano. It uses digitally sampled sounds, amplifiers and speakers to recreate the sounds PLUS various types of digitally sampled rhythms that make you sound like a full band is accompanying you. These pianos may offer disk drives to store your songs, CD’s to store your voice and song. You can play piano, piano and strings or piano and a big band with guitars and everything. You can play full piano with accompaniment or one finger chords. Fun fun fun!
Electronic Keyboard. Sometimes people confuse the keyboard with the digital piano. The keyboard has no weighted key action. It generally has 61 keys and is portable. They can be synthesizers (computer generated sound) or arrangers with built-in sounds similar to the sounds found in the digital ensemble.
Organ - usually has 2 or more keyboards and is a Virtual orchestra at your fingertips!!
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