Piano tips

posted 2 months ago in Home
Post # 2
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962 posts
Busy bee

SoniaRen2 :  Start with an 88 key electric piano with weighted keys. The key’s feel the same as an acoustic piano so she can build the same finger strength. They are much less expensive than an acoustic, don’t require periodic tuning, and are very portable/take up less space. Once you are sure she is going to stick with piano and likes it, you can always upgrade to an acoustic later if that’s something she would want.

Post # 3
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701 posts
Busy bee

SoniaRen2 :  There are lots of things to consider when buying a piano! You need to look at things like the quality of construction, the manufacturer, making sure the hammers are all aligned properly, making sure the keys are level, the actual sound/tone of the piano (which is really a preference thing).

I think your best bet would be to go to an actual piano store and talk to someone who works there. They will be able to give you a really good explanation of how a piano works and tell you what to look for, as well as play a few of them for you so you can hear what they sound like.

Another option is to look for a used piano on craigslist or something – there are many people getting rid of pianos and you might be able to find a good deal on a piano and just pay to get it tuned up.

You could also look into getting a digital piano 🙂 Digital ones are incredible nowadays – a good quality one will be made to mimic a professional grand piano in tone and even in the way it feels, but it’ll require way less maintenance down the line. Plus you can always change the sound it makes, which could be a lot of fun for a child!

Post # 6
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545 posts
Busy bee

Agree on buying a good quality full-sized digital piano. You can even get it now 🙂 We have two at home, since both my husband and I play and my daughter first tried it out when she was 5-6 months old. Now at 2 1/2 she can turn it on by herself and experiment pressing the keys, changing the sounds or with the demos.

Post # 7
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984 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

SoniaRen2 :  well there’s a difference between an electric keyboard and an electric piano. but that aside, i think right now you’re overthinking this. your daughter is not (yet) a piano prodigy, and for all you know may take lessons for a year or two and then quit. i wouldn’t worry about investing in a quality piano until you know that it will stick. check craiglist, just get something that works – in nyc at least, people are always giving away pianos for free (you just gotta hire piano movers). the piano doesn’t have to have carnegie hall quality sound for your daughter to learn how to play mary had a little lamb.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I (like most other Asian kids lolololol) have played piano since I was 4 and can play at a concert level.  My part-time job in high school and college was playing piano for a church–Sweetest gig ever btw: Work environment so much better than fast food/retail, pay is phenomenal especially when you’re that age, and members of the congregation approach you to play for their weddings and memorial services and whatnot so you can make even more money.  I resented the fact that my parents forced me to learn and practice piano all the way up until I got those jobs lol.

OK, so, normally I am a huge snob about NOT using electric pianos to teach even a very young child piano.  I’m a HUGE believer in acoustic pianos. It just doesn’t feel the same to me no matter how well made the electric piano is. HOWEVER, I understand the need to make sure your child will at least stick with piano so it doesn’t go to waste.

In that case, I recommend getting a Yamaha.  Reason for this is that the Yamaha brand has a strong focus on making all their pianos–electric and acoustic, upright and grand–have the same “touch”.  It works–me and most piano-playing peeps I know don’t need to warm up nearly as much when we go to a new place on a Yamaha piano.  Versus a Steinway, Story and Clark, Baldwin, etc. etc. virtually every other brand piano, I would have to make a point to schedule a warm-up session on the piano.  Perhaps even more than one, if the keys are much weightier than the one I have at home or whatever.  Your muscle memory really is that precise.  Because, for example for a Steinway, THEIR brand philosophy is that every piano has its own personality so one Steinway will feel drastically different from the other because the piano makers at Steinway purposely make each piano different so no Steinway is the same.  The result being when the piano feels different, you don’t play nearly as well so you must warm up.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

When I was little, I started with a keyboard. Then after a year or two, my parents got a real piano. You want to make sure your child will stick with it. Like PP, we also had a Yamaha, and it has survived many moves because of some great movers. 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

i would buy an inexpensive second hand spinnet or upright piano that was taken care of well. It doesn’t have to be a fancy brand- just well tuned. If she really takes to the piano and continues with it then you can consider a higher quality instrument 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

I agree with starting with a keyboard and moving up to a used piano. My dad put me in paino lessons when I was around 7 or 8 years old and went all out and spent a small fortune on a beautiful piano (I can’t remember the brand anymore, but something pretty fancy)…and I hated it sooo much, I stopped practicing after about a year of lessons and eventually they let me quit…and he’s still stuck almost 20 years later with a piano that nobody in our family knows how to play.

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