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#2264574 - 04/20/14 01:53 PM Should I play piano with different tone setting?
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I have a Kawai KDP 90 and it has a Transpose setting which allow me to raise or lower the pitch in semi-tone steps. The problem is, some song does not sound so great if i put my piano in normal mode which the sound is at default setting, sometimes i have to adjust the pitch by using Transpose to make the song sounds better, otherwise it would not fit the "feel" of the song. Is this normal? I never had a chance to play on a real piano before so I am not sure if i should always play my songs in default setting, I don't want to practice so much on my digital piano and could not play it on a real one.

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#2264578 - 04/20/14 02:02 PM Re: Should I play piano with different tone setting? [Re: Clannad]
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I generally don't alter the key of the piece unless there is a reason to do so (accommodating singers, is usually it). The composer chooses keys based on the effect those keys have, so by changing the pitch, you are changing that element. DPs generally sound a bit "dead" overall because they are mostly vibrating just from the speakers or headphones. Still, I wouldn't transpose them.

Why not alter the way your piano sounds via the equalizer and other settings available to you? Don't forget that the size of your room and where the piano is in there can affect how it sounds as well. If those things don't help or you have tried them, why not try piano software? If you are not happy with your DP sound, the added $150 investment and a little time to fiddle with settings can make your piano liven up.
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#2264581 - 04/20/14 02:05 PM Re: Should I play piano with different tone setting? [Re: Clannad]
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I would say learning how to play confidently in different keys is a much more viable option than leaning on any technological support. In my opinion, the only reason to use a "transpose" setting is for when you wish to play music of the baroque era or earlier. Um...if you learn to use a transpose setting you'll unfavorably weight your playing in the key you transpose it to; this will be very detrimental should you ever play an acoustic.
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#2264810 - 04/21/14 01:44 AM Re: Should I play piano with different tone setting? [Re: Clannad]
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Do whatever you want. You'll have no trouble playing on an acoustic because of that. Well, maybe 5 minutes of trouble or something. But it's really no big deal.
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#2264833 - 04/21/14 04:36 AM Re: Should I play piano with different tone setting? [Re: phantomFive]
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Originally Posted By: phantomFive
Do whatever you want. You'll have no trouble playing on an acoustic because of that. Well, maybe 5 minutes of trouble or something. But it's really no big deal.


It can be a big deal when you come to an acoustic piano, if :
- you are trying to play classical music from a score
- you are accustomed to playing in only one key
- you can't read scores in other keys than the one you're accustomed to playing in.
Apart from "sounding right" or not sounding right, classical music - except for vocal accompaniments which may need to be changed to suit the range of the voice being accompanied - is not played in keys other than the ones in which they are written.
If you are playing pop music, that can be an entirely different question.

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#2264840 - 04/21/14 05:12 AM Re: Should I play piano with different tone setting? [Re: Clannad]
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It's fine to transpose occasionally, but make sure a lot of your playing is in the original key so that if you have to play it on an acoustic piano, you won't get thrown off by the strange sounds smile

I recommend that you play it in the original key at least half the time.
Sometimes playing in another key can actually help you hear the piece as your listeners hear it as well

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