Teacher wants acoustic only

by Michal
(Palo Alto, CA)

Several teachers I have tried to engage after ordering but not yet receiving, my Yamaha Clavinova CVP 407 RSW, said they would only teach on an acoustic piano because of the tonal differences depending on how hard or softly you press the keys, etc. Have I made a mistake in ordering the Clavinova CVP, or does it overcome this problem in some way?

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Jun 26, 2010
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CVP 407
by: mike

Your CVP 407 could just be too many functions and could overwhelmed a beginner. Just do not be distracted by the large color display and many buttons. However, the many built-in lesson features could speed up your learning besides giving you great enjoyment value.

Jun 26, 2010
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Wooden Piano vs. Digital Piano
by: Mike

Most wooden keyboard with hammer action on strings instrument (also known as acoustic piano) is also an "emulation" of what a good piano should be, unless you can afford expensive concert quality or grand piano. Each has different build design and quality giving different hammer touch feel, string sound, damper sound, sustain resonance, etc.
Player makes music on the instrument keyboard. How the keyboard translate your finger actions into sound determine the dynamic of your playing and how the keyboard response back to your finger gives you the satisfying touch feedback of playing the instrument.

In summary, there is no standard piano sound or standard acoustic piano touch. Hence this also mean modern technology can create digital version of acoustic piano. Yamaha Clavinova CVP and CLP series today is an example of very good digital emulation of a real concert grand piano starting at prices affordable for everyone.
Digital keyboard also gives you the advantage of no tuning, no heating, no string and no damper to replace. Digital sound recreation gives you endless possibilities like multi-instrument in one, direct digital recording, output volume control or thru' headphone.
If you are serious to learn piano techniques, you must get a keyboard with real graded hammer action as a minimum. Cosmetics like "Ivory" matt coated and wooden keys do not improve playing much.
Top-end Yamaha Clavinova CLP and CVP has iAFC sound systems that make it virtually indistinguishable from an expensive concert grand piano even by expert or experience piano teachers.
iAFC recreates the ambience sound around your instrument simulating a wooden piano sound board. An internal mic gives you soundboard feedback like body knock, hand clappings, room echo, nearby violin, etc.

Sep 04, 2009
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Choice of Teachers vs Keyboard
by: Alfred

Dear Michal: I believe you must have reviewed comments about your CVP 407 before placing your order. I also believe you made a good choice.
What I find hard to believe is the reticence of the teachers who prefer only acoustic pianos! Their feelings regarding tonal quality, touch sensitivity of keys etc. is somewhat narrow-minded. Your Unit will "overcome those problems" Basically Music is Music no matter how it is taught. Look for a qualified teacher WHO PLAYS BOTH THE ACOUSTIC AND KEYBOARD VERSIONS OF PIANO and forget about the others!! Good luck.

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