I recently got a Yamaha DGX-640 Portable Grand Digital Piano. Been wanting one forever. Well, not exactly forever, and not exactly a DGX-640. My piano-playing past is kind of a checkered history. As a child, I took 3 years of piano lessons. That wasn’t three years in a row with one teacher. It was 1 year of lessons, taken three times.
See, Dad was Navy and every time we (or my teacher) moved, there was a brief gap before finding a new teacher. Then the new teacher always wanted to start me from scratch and teach me HER way. By the third teacher, I was pretty darn good with that first year’s worth of lessons. After teacher number three, I’d had enough. I loved her… Mrs. Little. From a little boy’s perspective, she seemed immensely old. Tiny, white hair, and the only teacher that made any lasting impact on me. She had a little white chihuahua that was old, and always trembling. She said in dog years, he was about 126.
The next time we moved, I told Mom and Dad no more… it just wasn’t any fun having to learn the same lessons every time a new teacher came along. Especially after Mrs. Little had actually allowed me to make real progress. No more starting over.
Took a few years off from playing. Then one day, I was maybe 13 or so, the piano began looking… fun. No lessons, and no sheet music. Just started sounding songs out. Mom had a brother who was possibly the best southern gospel pianist to ever play the piano. He played by ear, and has been my biggest inspiration. If you remember Floyd Cramer, my uncle played with a similar style (but much better).
Ever since, I’ve loved the piano. Within a very narrow style, my playing is pretty decent. Kind of an up-tempo over-caffeinated southern gospel country music style. Usually in the key of C, and usually faster than the songs are supposed to be played. Then for several years, I kind of drifted away from playing. A few months ago I had the opportunity to play… fast, loud, and any time night or day… without bothering anyone. Since then, I’ve been trying to sneak in some practice whenever I can.
Jump back a few years, same uncle, showed me a digital portable grand piano he used. He played on it, it sounded great. Way better than an electronic keyboard. Especially because it PLAYED like a real piano. The keys moved the same, they had weight, a good feel, and you could use the same techniques as playing on a piano. With my revitalized interest, I remembered his digital piano, and started looking online to see what was out there.
Now, here I am, writing about my own digital grand piano. Hopefully my writing and videos can help someone decide if the DGX-640 is for them. But also, this will keep me honest. I’ll need to practice, post videos, and learn constantly in order to keep writing.
So no, I’m no expert. But I’m certainly enthusiastic!