Archive for February, 2008

For me, the piano is the symbol of what is stiff, proper and elegant. It

All right, folks, here you go: My 12 reasons why you should start learning
how to play the piano. Immediately. As in today. This very minute.

Okay, fine, finish this article first, THEN get started. And yes, I know that
there are more than just 12 reasons to play the piano. But I happen to like the
number 12. 🙂

  1. Everyone should play at least one instrument. I truly believe that.
    Every person on Earth should be able to sit at SOME instrument and be
    capable of making beautiful music.
  2. Playing the piano makes you feel (and look) sophisticated. Truly. No
    matter who you are or how many warts you have, you’ll just exude class the
    second you begin tickling those ivories.
  3. Piano playing keeps your brain active. It’s very hard for your brain
    to rot when you consistently throw it the musical language to interpret.
  4. You won’t run out of things to do when you’re bored. There’s always a
    new way to play, always a new approach to playing, and always, always,
    ALWAYS a new song to learn. (See number 8.)
  5. Family members can live vicariously through you. I’m semi-serious
    about that. The reason I began taking piano lessons (back when I was 10) was
    because of grandparents who didn’t play, and over the years I’ve had
    numerous relatives enjoy playing through me. (I live to serve.)
  6. People will automatically assume you’re a genius. Honestly, I’ve
    heard this a lot. People uttering “He/she plays the piano” in the same tone
    reserved for “He/she has an IQ of 174.” You just can’t help but admire
    someone playing an instrument.
  7. Piano playing is good for your hands. Indeed it is. I probably have
    stronger hands/fingers than most people I know. And have you ever noticed
    the hands of a pianist? Beautiful, long, tapered fingers. Chances are that
    if you’ve ever admired someone’s hands, they play the piano.
  8. Pianists never quit learning. There’s absolutely no way to memorize
    every musical piece on earth. You could learn 10 new songs a day for the
    rest of your life without scratching the surface of songs out there.
  9. Piano playing is FUN. Really. It’s one of the funnest things I do.
    Think about it, why would so many of us do it if it weren’t a blast?
  10. Deep down, everyone wishes they played the piano. Have you ever read
    other people’s New Year’s Resolutions lists? If you haven’t, then you’re
    just not nosy like me. No, seriously, if you haven’t, I’ll tell you which
    wish consistently pops up: “Learn to play the piano.”
  11. Piano playing is SATISFYING. It’s truly one of the most satisfying
    things you can do. (Right after touching your nose with your tongue. Or so I
    hear.) There’s no feeling like playing a difficult song and playing it
    flawlessly. Quite an ego-boost.
  12. Everyone loves a musician. ‘Nuff said. 🙂


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There are many different questions when it comes to buying a keyboard. How much should I pay, how many keys it needs and so on. A lot of it really depends on the buyer and your own personal preference. The best way to tell if the keyboard is right for you is if it “feels” right. But, in saying that, there are a few simple guidelines that can help you out come purchase time.

One of the great things about having so many different keyboards to choose from is that you can find one at a suitable price. The first thing is you want to make sure the keyboard actually works. The problem with keyboards is that as they get older they tend to decay a bit. So be careful buying a keyboard before you’ve actually played it and checked the keys, all the buttons and so on.

The next step is looking at how many keys it has. I’m often asked “how many keys should I get?” The answer is really down to personal preference and what exactly you’re using your keyboard for. My advice is to get a keyboard with the full 88 keys. But 76 and even 61 will usually be enough. If you have the choice I think either 88 or 76 keys is best. If you were just using a small range of the keyboard and it’s more for recording interesting samples and so on, then fewer keys is fine. Most professionals will use 88 keys.

The next thing to look at is weighted keys or “synth” action. This means what the feel of the actual keys is like. This again really depends on personal taste. Weighted keys: this means that the keys on the keyboard have the same feel and weight as keys on a standard piano. A lot of trained pianists will go this route, myself included. I don’t like to use synth style keys but that’s entirely my personal taste. One of the benefits of playing on a keyboard with weighted keys is that if you never played an acoustic piano before you should easily be able to adjust quickly because your hands will be used to it. Synth style keys also have their advantages. Because they’re not weighted it’s a lot easier to play them faster.

Another important aspect is the velocity and after touch of the keyboard. Velocity refers to whether how hard you hit the keys affects how loud the sound that comes out, so that if you lightly touch the keyboard you will get a nice quite sound. Similarly if you hit down hard you will get a nice loud reaction. After touch refers to the sensitivity to the sound and touch after you hit the note and hold it down. If you play a note and you want it to ring the way an acoustic piano does, after touch is very important. Personally I believe that velocity and after touch is VERY important and any keyboard you have should really have these things catered for.

So there are a lot of things to consider when looking at keyboards. Ultimately I believe a lot of it comes down to personal taste and what your instincts tell you about the keyboard itself. Remember, you want it to be something that you can spend a lot of time on so make sure that you are completely happy with what you end up with.


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Descent of Finger.

After the position and height of the seat and the position of the player have been determined, the Pose of the fingers must be attended to. They are to be placed, according to their various lengths, on the keys, that is, touching the surface of the keys

After examining the principles regulating the action of the hand and the mechanism of the piano, and knowing that if any of these are ignored or overlooked, no true application of the one mechanism to the other can be effected. It is necessary to begin on the keyboard work of such a nature as will develop, first of all, Independent Movement in each finger. This must be done before any thought is given to the acquirement of strength of finger. Previous to their being trained on the keyboard, the fingers have been accustomed to action of the most unin-dependent nature.

They have hitherto been moved generally in a body; they must now be taught to move one at a time. Their action when applied to the keyboard is, in the matter of direction, no new or unfamiliar one. The novelty consists in their action’s being, (1), in

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