The piano is a very popular and beloved instrument. It has a rich tonal quality and a wide range of sounds. The piano is considered a pitched percussive instrument, even though it does not use mallets. The percussive mechanism is built inside the piano, where hammers strike designated strings, thus producing the appointed musical notes.
Piano is a great instrument to start at any age, but we recommend starting lessons at 5 or 6 years of age. While studying to play the piano, students also receive music theory lessons, which naturally instills great skills that can be implemented while learning any other instruments in the future. The piano is considered a solo instrument but it is also widely used to accompany other instruments such as string, voice, woodwind, or brass.
People often ask, “What is the different between a piano and a keyboard?” A piano (whether an upright, baby grand or a grand piano) has mechanisms that need to be tuned every six months or so. A keyboard is an electric piano that does not need to be tuned. Different pianos can create different tonal qualities based on the mechanisms or type of keys. A piano has 88 keys. An electric piano ranges from 61 keys to 88 keys, with either soft, semi-weighted or heavy weighted keys. The 88 heavy weighted or hammer action keys are considered the closest to a mechanical piano. For this reason, we recommend electric keyboards for beginners with 88 hammered action or heavy weighted keys.
Ask us how we can help you find a reasonable priced keyboard that will not break the bank but will start you on the right path to start playing the piano.