Piano Lessons

This well-known, most popular and practical instrument called the piano was invented by an Italian instrument-maker named Bartolomeo Cristofori in the 18th century.  The instrument’s original Italian name is “Fortepiano”, (forte meaning loud and piano meaning soft), from which we now have the abbreviated form: “piano.”   The piano consists of 52 white keys and 36 black keys, with the lowest key being the note “A” and the highest- “C”.  There are smaller keyboards available now for beginning students.  These keyboards have less keys, and a few octaves, and are especially convenient for those that just want to learn the basic notes and their place on the instrument.  The piano is perfect for playing by notes, by ear or through improvisation.

The two basic acoustic pianos are the “Grand” and the “Upright” pianos.  The grand is much longer and larger, and the upright pianos come in different sizes too.  Tuning the piano is important, especially if it has been moved from one place to another.  Weather and temperature also have an effect on this instrument.  It is better to keep the piano in a warmer temperature for it to stay in tune and retain the best quality sound.

With today’s modern technology, music advancement is not behind either.  There are a variety of keyboards made now for different purposes.  The two basic categories of them include the digital stage pianos and workstation keyboards.  A stage piano will normally have a few commonly used sounds, (for example: piano, organ, strings or choir), and will usually come with built –in speakers.  A stage piano will always come in the full size- 88 keys, which means it is larger and heavier than other keyboards, although the brand Casio makes lighter stage pianos.   Roland, Kurzweil, Yamaha and Kawai are all decent brands for these.  The prices range from $600 to $1500, depending on the brand.

A workstation piano is usually much more advanced.  It comes with a larger screen, many buttons and sliders with much more options for sounds and rhythms.  Some even give you the option of creating different sounds as well as use a sequencer, (a built in arranger for composing songs right on the keyboard).   Workstation keyboards usually come in three sizes – the full 88 key board, one octave shorter- 76 key, and even shorter- 61 key.  Good workstation pianos are usually made by Korg, Roland, and Yamaha.  The top quality ones will run between 2 to 4 grand.  Simpler ones can be around 1 grand or less, especially if it is used.   Learning to use a workstation piano is definitely more time consuming than a normal stage piano because of all the different options it offers.

The piano is one of the easier instruments to play, especially for beginners and those people who want to get started in music.  It is easy to see and learn the notes of the staff by looking at the keys and playing them.  This is perfect for kids.  As soon as they learn a few notes and are able to locate them on the piano, they will be excited to hear themselves play their favorite tunes!   The piano is also a great accompaniment tool for singers.  Not only do you have the option of playing the piano by notes, you can also accompany any other instrument on it, as well as play for choirs or solo singers.  There are many techniques and styles you can explore too.

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