“…Piano is a universal instrument. If you start there, learn your theory and how to read, you can go to any other instrument…”
Eddie Van Halen
The smaller, lighter keys on some Electronic
Keyboards can be a help to smaller hands. Some models have keys that light up to accelerate the learning process.
Casio LK -175
Alesis Cadenza Electic Piano
Kawai K2 Upright Piano
Many people consider Piano to be the King of instruments.
No other instrument has spanned so many decades or so many genres. As respected in the Concert Hall as it is at a Rock Concert, Piano has a wealth of history and music.
Its broad range and flexibly makes Piano especially popular with Composer’s and Singers.
Sheet music for Piano is easily available in every genre. Almost every song written has a version available for Piano.
Piano requires physical and mental dexterity, great for growing minds and keeping mature minds sharp. Sitting down to play a piano for even a few moments on a busy day can help the mind refocus. Music itself can reduce anxiety and stress.
Piano Students learn to read music early on.
Because of the Pianos range, Pianist’s learn to read both Bass and Treble Clef.
Piano allows you to “See” music theory in the way the Piano Keys are arranged. This makes Piano Lessons a great start for any musician.
For Younger Students
Piano is a fantastic first instrument. Students quickly learn to play basic melodies with one hand. Piano students will achieve a pleasing sound much sooner then Saxophone or Guitar Students. Students as young as 3 years old can learn to play the Piano.
The most talked about benefit children receive from Piano lessons is that it also helps with their school lessons. Numerous studies available show children who play an instrument, score higher on both standard and spatial cognitive development tests alike. There are also findings that show that students who play Piano, in particular, scored higher in math, especially on problems dealing with ratios and fractions.
A single piano has the ability to play 88 different pitches. Thats 7 and 1/4 Octaves!
Other popular instruments have a much smaller range of notes available.
Guitar 4 Octaves
Violin almost 4 Octaves
Saxophone 21/2 Octaves
Compare that to the human voice…
Maria Carey 5 Octaves
Paul McCartney 4 1/2 Octaves
Justin Beiber 3 Octaves
A Pianist can also play up to 10 notes at a time.
Having so many notes available to both hands allows Piano to play both Melody and Harmony at the same time.
Pianos are able to play their own accompaniment. Perfect for Solo Performance and Composition.
No other instrument comes close to this kind of flexibility.
Human Voice 1 Note at a time
Guitar 6 Notes at a time
Saxophone 1 Note at a time.
Electric Piano’s, Keyboards, Digital Piano’s, Synth’s, Midi Controllers.
Electric Piano’s and Synthesizer’s open the door to many creative possibilities including sounding like other instruments, note bending, sequencing and recording.
Piano keyboards are the perfect interface for entering real-time notes or midi information into a Computer/DAW.
Popular Piano/Keyboard Players
John Paul Jones
Ludwig Van Beethoven
Moog Minimoog Voyager XL