Read This Before You Buy a Piano
I get a lot of beginning students. During my interview with the parents and the student, I always ask about the type of instrument available at home. As a result, I'm often asked whether it is necessary to have a real piano to practice on at home. This led me to write a blog entry on why it's important to have a real piano at home to practice on.
The funny thing is, usually after I explain why the parent should look into buying/renting a real piano, the next question I get is, what kind do I recommend? And honestly, I didn't have a good answer for this one so I went looking around online! There's actually quite a bit of information out there on finding and buying a piano.
Here's one that I think is really insightful and thorough look at piano in general and what to look for in a piano. I found it on The Gist Piano Center website. Take a look at this Pianos 101 guide before you go out looking for a piano! And if you haven't read my blog entry on the four important reasons for having a real piano, you can read it here!
Did you find the guide helpful? Have more questions about buying a piano? Ask it in the comments section below!
The musical video experiment guys at CDZA have come up with a VERY clever way to give kids these days a taste of classical music! Will this actually work? Probably not, but this video is too freaking cute!
What did you think about the video? How do you introduce or expose your kids to classical music? Leave a comment!
Specific Pedagogical Issues in Bach, Beethoven, and Chopin's Pieces - with Dr. J. Mitzi Kolar
This is Part 2 of my interview with Dr. J. Mitzi Kolar, some of the topics we covered in this segment is listed below. If you want better audio or just listen to the audio, I uploaded a better sound quality audio file also.
Sorry for the blurry video, I didn't realize the camera wasn't focused when we started the recording!
Here are some of the topics we covered in part 2 of this interview:
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I love these guys! Their acts are filled with awesome inside jokes for musicians and other comedy that non-musicians enjoy too.
Great insight into the need to free the body and imagination in classical music!
"The challenge that the classical musician faces, is that the nature of the music is a recreative one".
Best First Instrument: Piano
Looking for an instrument to kickstart your child's music education? Whether it is because your child has shown interest/talent in music or you understand all the benefits of learning music to a child's future success or both; this post will talk about some of the reasons why piano is the best instrument to start your child's music lessons with.
Before we get into the specifics, let's talk about why piano is just an awesome instrument. Even though it's not without its limitations--we'll get into this in another post in the future--it's definitely the most versatile instrument, not to mention the BIGGEST (except the organ or course).
The piano has a huge range of notes from high to low. In fact, its range is so wide, its lowest note goes below the lowest instrument of an orchestra and its highest note goes above the highest note.
Along with its wide melodic range, the piano also has an incredible dynamic (volume) range. It is soft enough to accompany the softest instruments without overpowering, yet loud enough to be heard above a full orchestra.
Here's the kicker, the piano is one of only a handful of instruments capable of playing melody and accompaniment at the same time.
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