I have emphasized the feel and sound as the two most important aspects of the digital piano. It’s just important to have that piano feeling so that you don’t develop bad habits. It’s also important to have good music. I’ll try my best to explain why you might develop bad habits without the weighted keys and touch sensitivity.
Let’s say you start learning through a digital piano without weighted keys or velocity layers. In this instance, no matter how hard you press the key, it will sound the same.
No matter which key you press, they will feel the same. Because of this, you tend to lack the creativity and expressive associated with playing the piano.
The moment you change to an acoustic piano, you will struggle. You were trained differently. Your technique will suffer. Every single composition you play will either sound too soft or too loud simply because
- When you were practicing, you did not have to press the keys stronger or softer
- When you were practicing, all the keys were at the same volume despite how hard you pressed it
This is why the Feel and Sound are Important.
The Yamaha YPG-235 (aka Yamaha DGX-230) is an interesting case though. The keys are not fully weighted, but they are not unweighted. By that, I mean they are semi-weighted (uses the Graded Soft Touch keyboard). Yes, part of the weights were sacrificed a bit for other features.
Beginners should not be bothered by it though. In fact, despite the semi-weighted keys, the YPG-235 has features that you will want if you’re a beginner.
The Yamaha YPG-235 is for:
- Beginners who are looking for an affordable digital piano
- Beginners who can’t afford a teacher but want to learn (more on this later)
- People who want a portable piano with more sounds and features than average
|1. Affordable and Portable|
2. The built-in teacher-student function called the Yamaha Education Suite (Y.E.S)
3. Variety of sounds and features
|1Not fully weighted, but this should not bother beginners|
Yamaha YPG-235 Education Suite
I have always stressed the importance of the feel and sound of the piano. However, for this one time only, I will be talking about a feature of the Yamaha YPG-235 first. Yes, this feature takes the spotlight.
The Yamaha YPG-235 has a cool feature called the Yamaha education suite. Essentially, it’s a built-in teacher mode. It has piano lessons that teach you the keys of how to play some of your favorite piano compositions. Now, that’s cool. This education suite breaks down into three modes.
- Yamaha has created an amazing way for beginners to learn to play the piano. It was made for beginners.
- Minus One mode: This mode allows you to choose a part of a song and play with either your left or right hand.
- Your Tempo mode: This mode is pretty cool because it allows you to learn to play the song by accurately timing when the notes are played. If you play the wrong note, the tempo slows down. You can also manually control the tempo.
- Lesson Grading: Be graded like in school. Watch your progress.
- Repeat and Learn: Choose a portion of the song to play. Keep repeating that portion until you finally learn it completely.
Yamaha has created an amazing way for beginners to learn to play the piano. It was made for beginners.
Yamaha YPG-235: Feel and Sound
As noted, the Yamaha YPG-235 is not a fully weighted piano. This doesn’t make it bad necessarily, but you won’t be satisfied if you’re an expert. That’s why the YPG-235 is recommended for beginners and not experts. Although the keys feel much lighter than the acoustic piano, beginners most likely won’t notice a difference.
The sound is good, not great. I’ve mentioned that the Yamaha P85 had an amazing piano sound for its price. Well, this piano sounds slightly worse, but it is also $200 cheaper. The Yamaha NP30 sounds slightly better as well, but the Yamaha YPG-235 comes with over one hundred voices (aka types of instruments). It’s a trade-off.
Yamaha YPG-235: Portability and Other Features
In high school, I used to carry a backpack that weighed more than this. The Yamaha YPG-235 only weighs 18 pounds. Ok. Maybe everyone’s backpack isn’t as heavy as mine, but the point is that this digital piano is definitely portable. It’s the second lightest keyboard I have reviewed so far.
I have already touched on the Yamaha education suite. It also has an LCD display screen to help navigate the features of the piano. It’s very user friendly.
A 6-track sequencer allows you to record your own compositions.
It only has a 32-note polyphony, but as noted, this digital piano is for beginners. A 32-note polyphony should be enough for beginners. In case some people don’t know what it is, a 32-note polyphony represents the number of notes the digital piano can play at once. If you play more than 32 notes at the same moment, the original notes disappear.
What do Other Reviewers Think?
- “This is a lovely keyboard with more beautiful voices than I will ever know what to do with and extremely user-friendly functionality.”
- “This machine is a super bargain.”
- “The Yamaha YPG 235…Priced right and with that good old Yamaha reputation–A WIN-WIN!!!”
- “Super great deal for a wonderful musical instrument.”