Q: Who should learn the Piano?
A: Anyone with a keen interest in Music should learn the piano. The piano provides a strong solid music foundation for students. It's a great instrument to start off with, as it's one of the few instruments that require you to read both treble and bass clefs. Understanding how music notes flow on the piano will give you a great insight to music in general, and picking up any other instrument after the piano only makes things easier.
Q: What’s the difference between learning the Piano and the Keyboard?
A: One of the most common questions, and the simplest of answers. Acoustic versus Digital/Electronic. The Piano is an acoustic instrument where you depress on keys, which in leads to an action of strings being hit by hammers, and sound is produced. The keyboard on the other hand is where keys are depressed, leading to an electronic sound produced.
However, do weigh the pros and cons of both instruments before choosing which to learn.
The piano requires reading of left and right hand notes, and mostly follows music notes rather strictly. Sound production is wonderful due to the acoustic touch. Requires much more technical ability (finger strength, note reading skills etc.) to be able to play well.
The keyboard on the other hand mostly teaches note reading on the right hand, where melodies of songs are played. The left hand uses a chord approach (pressing three or more keys) as an accompaniment. There is more versatility to a keyboard player as electronic keyboards have different tones (like violins, trumpets, saxophones, vibraphones etc.) and different rhythm boxes (like samba, latin, pop, rock etc.), which enables players to sound like little bands on their own.
Both have their benefits. Mostly, younger students who are starting out their musical journey are recommended to take on the Piano, as it gives a stronger foundation. Adults and students with busy schedules should pick up the keyboard as less practice is required to attain a proper performance standard.
Q: Do I need to buy a Piano to learn the Piano? Can I learn the Piano using a Keyboard?
A: Yes you do! It is always essential to have an instrument when you learn an instrument! Practice is the key! If you do not have a piano, progress will be much slower, and when your progress is slow, your interest fades, and soon, you’ll lose interest in the instrument. As acoustic pianos are usually more expensive, you can turn to digital pianos. However, it is crucial that the piano you choose has a slightly heavier and firmer touch. That helps develop finger strength.
No! Please don’t use a keyboard to practice on when you’re learning the piano. Contrary to what many say about it being “similar”, it is never beneficial to use a keyboard to learn the piano, unless you’re really on a tight budget. Then choose to pick up the keyboard instead. Using a keyboard only gives you the impression that piano keys are light and easily depressed. It will cause your fingers to be lazy, and in turn, make it difficult for you to play on an acoustic piano in the future.
Q: What piano should I buy? How do I maintain it?
A: Please approach our staff at the counter and we’ll be more than glad to answer your questions. Music Delight aims to provide our students with great pianos at competitive prices, so that your learning experience will be enriched. We will also give you guidance on how to take care of your piano.
Q: What else do I need to purchase when I start my Piano lessons?
A: For a start, your piano teacher will usually recommend you to purchase a Method book, Technique book, Repertoire book and Theory book. The method book teaches you how to read notes on the piano, helping you develop as a pianist. The technique book helps improve your fingering on the piano, enabling you to play more technically demanding pieces. The Repertoire book helps you with sight-reading as you get to play different songs, experiencing different genres of music. Finally, the theory book gives you knowledge on the rudiments of music, enabling you to understand why and what is written in your music scores and how you should be interpreting them.
Q: Are there any accessories that I should purchase with my Piano?
A: These are the accessories that should come with the piano, or should be purchased.
Piano Bench – for comfort and good sitting posture at the Piano
Piano Key Cover – to protect your piano keys from dust
Piano Insulator – to suppress/dampen the Piano sound & prevent your piano wheels from scratching your floor
Piano Heater – to maintain the temperature in the piano so your strings don’t expand/contract too much
Piano Polish/Key Polish – to clean the wood of the piano or the ivory keys
Piano Cover – to minimize dust being collected on your Piano
Piano Soft Closing – to prevent your piano cover from falling on your fingers
Q: What character traits must I possess to learn the piano?
A: You should have a keen interest in any form/genre of music. You may like to sing or like to just play a song that you’ve heard. You should be curious, and excited. Being happy, and playing the piano will make you even happier.