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Old 22nd December 2019, 23:26   #1 (permalink)
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Any experienced piano players.

Looking for some advice for beginner.
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Old 23rd December 2019, 06:24   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Any experienced piano players.

There are some tutorials on UTube.
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Old 23rd December 2019, 22:09   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Any experienced piano players.

Its not tutorials I am looking for more some guidance on what to buy as a beginners piano (my wife not me)
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Re: Any experienced piano players.

Piano is very difficult to buy second hand , the movement can be very inconsistent and modern heating and cooling in foreign climes means that tune is lost very quickly .

Yamaha Clavinova or DP digital piano with hammer action are superb , built in metronome , great action , keep tune and unaffected by temp change . The fact that headphones can be utilised for practice is a godsend .

They are also very resaleable if necessary .

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Old 23rd December 2019, 23:29   #5 (permalink)
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Re: Any experienced piano players.

I'm not an experienced piano player but come from a musical background. What we have done in the past is get an electric one that plays piano sound or more synthesised sounds. All good fun for a novice. Then once you've mastered it and want to continue then upgrade. A reputable piano shop would be able to give good advice we have found. They will often sell 2nd hand because the novelty wears off quickly with many people so possibly plenty to choose from. Definitely avoid getting any 2nd hand iron framed piano. 4 people to lift and a pain to tune when they are old and a pain to get rid off. When your wife is accomplished and done all her grades then you may want a grand piano. Good luck.
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Re: Any experienced piano players.

Akasya......That pretty sums up what I was thinking, I am trying to get info before she buys (and before we argue errr..discuss) she thinks baby grand and I think digital, I have also been looking at things like weighted keys and grading etc. Something I dont think she is aware of (yet).

She is not a piano player but did 50 years ago play the accordion and managed to win some competitions back then and can read music and play by ear, this will be her retirement hobby.

I have been looking at the Casio Privia PX160 I think around the 500 mark. It appears to me to be a good entry level. So far I am thinking a decent digital entry level would be better than an acoustic at the lower end and as you say all the ongoing costs of tuning etc.

At the end of the day she will get what she wants but I need to create awareness of any pitfalls and try and steer her in the right direction.
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Re: Any experienced piano players.

My young lady is qualified to teach piano at a very low level, she didn't pursue it, her advice would be lessons on as many types as possible before deciding, my tone deaf non musical self would go along with something with earphones, literally sound advice.

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her advice would be lessons on as many types as possible before deciding
That was my initial thoughts and I did try and get her some lessons for xmas but either fully booked or hours didn't suite .
Others have argued not to do this as unless you can practice between lessons as you wont make progress.

Have you seen this little 9 year old, he generally plays at Kings Cross station, sometimes with his buddy Dr K (again on utube)


And then there is the 12 year old with Brendan Kavanagh (Dr K)

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Re: Any experienced piano players.

An interesting thread makes me wonder if there are synthesizers available for download
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Re: Any experienced piano players.

Linsey added this morning that there are pianos on both Waverley and Glasgow central station available for the public to bash out, her other advice is go to a piano/musical shop, there were a number of them in manchester and stockport. It maybe the same elsewhere her logic being to get the feel for the individual instruments and ultimately it's a piece of furniture that may simply end up as an expensive shelf. Her thought are if we had the space she would have a baby grand which to me seems excessive for knocking out 3 blind mice.

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