How To Connect Headphones To A Clavinova?

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Written By Sarah Barlow

Chief Music Officer

Even while a piano is often thought of as an elegant and serene instrument, whether it be an acoustic or digital piano, it is nonetheless capable of producing loud sounds. Wearing headphones when practicing may surely be beneficial to both you and the people around you, regardless of your skill of piano proficiency.  

You are free to play whenever and wherever you want without disturbing other people, which allows you to focus more on your playing and provides you with a private space where you may explore without worrying that you’ll look foolish.

The focus of this article will be on the benefits and drawbacks of utilizing headphones when playing a digital piano, as well as how to properly install them on your digital piano.

Advantages Of Using Headphones

Long practice sessions can make pianists occasionally lose track of their volume, especially when they are fully focused. The people around you might not be pleased when this occurs, especially if they are also busy with other things. 

It’s crucial to remember that there is a big difference between listening to someone play the piano or perform and someone who is just practicing a musical piece. Fortunately, there is a simple solution for this problem that will prevent it from limiting your practice time – use a high-quality pair of headphones.

Longer Practice Sessions Any Time Of The Day

Everyone is different in their own way; some people are early birds and others are night owls. There are also differences in everyone’s schedule and free time periods. Some people get up early before going to work or school, while others wait until they are free from work or school to practice the piano. 

Every sound you generate has the potential to disturb other people. Being mindful of those around you has always been considered to be good etiquette. However, doing so will need you to set boundaries and modify your practice sessions in order to prevent upsetting your neighbors and others when they are asleep. 

The most basic and reasonable solution to this problem is to use a good quality pair of headphones. Playing the piano with the volume set low can result in you developing incorrect piano techniques. Using headphones, on the other hand, enables you to practice as loudly as possible and encourages you to pay more attention to the sounds you make, ensuring that you practice and perfect the right technique.

Eliminates Any Fear Of Embarrassment And Mistakes

Another advantage of wearing headphones while practicing the piano is that it gives you the opportunity to experiment with new techniques, encourages you to reach your full potential, and allows you to push the boundaries of your abilities without worrying about criticism or other people complaining that you’re disturbing them. 

Making mistakes while learning new musical parts can be embarrassing, especially if several people are listening and you accidentally touch the wrong keynote. 

You’d want to avoid pondering about the opinions others have towards your playing during practice sessions because it restrains you from experiencing new things hampering your potential and growth as a pianist.

Practice sessions are conducted for you to freely commit mistakes and to master playing a musical piece. Remember, committing mistakes is part of the process of learning.  But with the use of headphones, you are able to have a medium to freely commit mistakes through the learning process without having to worry about anyone else hearing and criticizing you. 

Eliminates Audible Distractions From Your Surroundings

Headphones work two-way. Not only do they give you a means of privacy during practice sessions, but they also block out any external sounds that could be distracting to you. A high-quality headphone can help you focus better during sessions, which can increase your overall productivity. 

When you play the piano while wearing headphones, you can personally hear yourself playing more clearly, and you can focus more on fixing any flaws in the piece you are learning and mastering.

Steps To Connect Your Headphones To Your Clavinova

  1. Locate the connection labeled “Phone” or “Phones/Output” which is typically located on either the left side of your Clavinova or underneath it.
  2. Plug your headphone jack into this designated connection.
  3. If ever your headphone jack isn’t the same size as your Clavinova’s connection port, you should utilize an adapter (Mini stereo plug to standard stereo plug or vice versa)
  4. Test and enjoy.

Additional Notes:

  1. Some connections namely “AuxOut”, “Sustain”, and “Aux Pedal” look similar to the Headphone connection but are not designated for headphone jacks.
  2. Some Clavinovas only have one headphone jack, while others have two. If yours has two, you can play using two headphones, which is perfect for teacher and student engagement. However, you can attach your headphone jack to either of the two connections if you want to play by yourself.