Nobody to Duet with?

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The problems of a duet

Go back in time, and if you wanted to duet Chopsticks or the Jamaican Rhumba, you had to find a time that was convenient for both you and your piano playing friend. Diaries had to be consulted and spare piano stools had to be sourced. While playing a piano duet is always fantastic fun, organising the time to do such an activity has always been a bit of a nightmare.  Fast forward to today, and thanks to the joy of digital pianos, you can play any duet any time of the day or night that tickles your fancy.

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How to duet without the help of a friend 

There are many digital pianos on the market today which will enable you to duet with yourself. All you need to look out for is a recording feature! Some digital pianos allow you to record straight to the piano, and others come with a USB feature where you can then easily transfer your recording to a computer. With either of these recording options, all you need to do is record one of the parts of the duet you want to play. Once this part is saved, you can then play it, and play the second piano part as an overlay. Two pianos which have a recording option which will allow you to duet to your heart’s content are the Chase CDP-345 and the latest model from Kawai – the KDP-110. Both the CDP345 and the KDP110 have many other functions in addition to the recording feature which will make a duetting situation even more fun. They have headphone inputs so you can play in the middle of the night without irritating your neighbours, and they have many different voice functions so you can set the piano to sound like strings and then play violin duets!

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