If you’re thinking about adding a keyboard instrument to your home and hobbies, you may wonder whether an organ vs piano makes a better choice for you. Maybe you aren’t sure how much time you will spend with it or how diligent you will practice? Read on for a comparison that can help you decide.
Comparing How an Organ vs Piano Create Sound
First, it’s worth noting that while they both feature keyboards, the piano and organ belong to different instrument groups. Typically, the piano gets classified as a percussion instrument while the organ is considered a woodwind instrument.
This classification stems from the way each instrument functions. When you strike a key of the piano that’s attached to a hammer, it then strikes a string that’s tuned to a specific frequency which ultimately produces the sound. The vibrations and sounds may sustain briefly, but the pianist will need to play the keys again to maintain the sound.
When you strike the key of an organ though, you’re simply completing a circuit (rather than creating another connection and vibration like a piano) that creates a sound, which can sustain indefinitely.
Comparing the Playability of a Piano vs Organ
Generally, a piano will sound more “acoustic” while an organ sounds more electronic. But let’s take a look at a few specific differences in how each instrument plays.
Sounds produced—You can make adjustments to the various levels of keyboards (ranks) on an organ to make it produce sounds of a woodwind, brass or reed instrument, as well as other effects. Although a traditional acoustic piano does not give you options to produce other instrumental sounds, modern digital or hybrid pianos do.
Role of instrument—A piano makes a better lead instrument while an organ makes a better following instrument as it fills in sounds not covered by the more percussive instruments. Likewise, a piano may guide vocalists with the melody while an organ produces supporting chords.
Skill required—Typically to play an organ, you must learn to play bass notes on a pedaled keyboard while controlling your dynamics with a swiveling volume pedal. Pianists, on the other hand, must learn fingerings and how to play complex chords.
You’ll always find exceptions, but you may find it easier to learn to play an organ vs piano. Especially if you want to play music as a hobby without extensive practice and lessons, you might enjoy one of several Lowrey organs.
Lowrey organs were designed with a unique Easy Play method that allows you to play your first song within minutes, even if you’ve never touched a musical instrument before!
Plus, if you buy a Lowrey organ from Lacefield Music, you automatically get enrolled in the Lowrey Magic Class for free. This revolutionary educational program is the number one “Learn-to-Play” course for adults in the U.S.
However, if you prefer the rich tones of a piano, Lacefield fully supports that decision, too. We offer a wide selection of upright, grand and digital pianos and are happy to help you choose one. And with any piano purchase from Lacefield Music, you will receive free group lessons for life!
Whether you choose a piano vs organ, Lacefield Music will help you get a lifetime of pleasure from playing it.