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Piano Lessons

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About the Piano

The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument, in which the strings are struck by hammers. It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys (small levers) that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings.

The piano is widely employed in classical, jazz, traditional and popular music for solo and ensemble performances, accompaniment, and for composing, songwriting and rehearsals. Although the piano is very heavy and thus not portable and is expensive, its wide pitch range, ability to play chords with up to 10 notes, louder or softer notes and two or more independent musical lines at the same time made it one of the Western world’s most familiar musical instruments.

Most modern pianos have a row of 88 black and white keys (The black keys are for the “accidental” notes (or “black notes”), which are the sharp and flat notes). This means that the piano can play 88 different pitches (or “notes”), going from the deepest bass range to the highest treble range.

The strings make sound when the keys are pressed or struck, and are silenced by a damper when the hands are lifted off the keyboard. The notes can be sustained, even when the keys are released, by the use of pedals at the base of the instrument.

A digital piano (also known as piano synthesizer, portable piano or personal electronic piano) is a modern electronic musical instrument designed to serve primarily as an alternative to the traditional acoustic piano, both in the way it feels to play and in the sound produced. It is intended to provide an accurate simulation of an acoustic piano. Digital pianos typically use a sampled piano sound, which is then amplified through an internal loudspeaker. Digital pianos typically have weighted or semi-weighted keyboards, which attempt to recreate the feel of an acoustic piano.

An electronic keyboard or digital keyboard is an electronic musical instrument that is capable of recreating a wide range of instrument sounds (piano, digital piano, organ, violin, etc.) with less complex sound synthesis. They typically have unweighted keys.


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Frequently Asked Questions

The piano is an acoustic instrument, and it is generally manufactured from wood and copper. As for the keyboard it is an electronic musical instrument that’s capable of recreating a wide range of instrument sounds that are stored in it like the piano, strings, etc…

In Finoon, there are typically 8 progressive levels for the piano (assuming the music school is classical) through which the student studies certain musical compositions with a special focus on technique and practice. Each level’s duration is on average 4 months but it strongly depends upon the comprehensive capabilities of each student and their regular practice and attendance to classes. So based on that average we can estimate the total duration of the course to be around 2.5 to 3 years but that’s a rough estimate based on what our students average on dedication to study and practice.

First, let’s establish that no magic can make you a player overnight, mastering any musical instrument takes time. The most important thing however is, the number of hours per week that you actually invest into practice. Practice strengths your muscle memory so that your body knows what to do without you even thinking. Make sure that you practice at least three hours a week, but it is recommended to practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily.

In general there are no special requirements for piano musicians, however, people with relatively long fingers may have an advantage here as they can reach the keys easily compared to others.

Your instructor shall guide you towards the needed exercises during the level. You’ll need a piano or a keyboard to do the exercises and you’re strongly advised to use a metronome to stay on rhythm. Practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily or even more when advised.

Musical instruments are known to be very fragile, you should always handle them with gentle care, and that includes not subjecting them to heat, impact or direct sunlight.

 

In general, you may clean the piano’s exterior surface only every once in a while using a dry cotton cloth and if needed you can use distilled water (only damp the cloth but don’t let the water reach the interior) as normal water has minerals and other types of salt that may affect the surface of the piano. Clean carefully and wipe it with a dry cotton cloth immediately. In case you want to use a cleaning product, spray it on the cloth but NOT directly on the piano in order not to damage the strings and keys.

The piano instrument is one of the most important musical instruments and its musical power allows it to play all kinds of western music.

As for the oriental music, a keyboard with oriental settings is generally used as a substitution for the piano.

Yes, Finoon can buy the instrument on your behalf and this rids you of a lot of effort if you’ve just started your musical journey. Finoon can also sell instruments on your behalf, if you’re looking for an upgrade, or provide technical support and guidance for purchasing used and new instruments.

For education purposes, Yamaha or Roland can definitely do the trick. There are also Chinese brands that are much more affordable and are suitable for the beginners. If you’re an advanced player then the sky is the limit for what manufacturers can provide you but you’re always advised to keep the value-for-money in balance here.

  • First of all, you should start by playing simple songs since it’s going to be a bit of a drain to climb up an advanced complex classical at this point. You don’t want to burn up your enthusiasm that fast, do you? That’s why you’re strongly advised to start with something simple that adds up to your enthusiasm while still benefiting your technique; you’ll eventually get to do the harder ones as you progress.
  • Play your favorite songs as this helps so much to motivate you in the beginning; and again… Choose the songs that can be played by beginners, download some piano scores from the internet and try mastering a song then learn another and so on. Always challenge yourself by playing something a little harder each time (emphasis here on the word little).
  • Practice for an hour (minimum) daily if you’re looking to master it. Never miss your daily practice at any time and you’ll notice how your skills improve over time.
  • Never hesitate to ask for help if you find something hard or puzzling. You can also have a support group of friends sharing the same interest as you so you can practice together. Music is better with company.
  • Never give up! Learning to play the piano needs patience and perseverance till you reach your goals. Being a professional pianist was never an easy job but it is guaranteed fun.

There are no accessories for the piano. As for the keyboard there are plenty of accessories including the holder, pedals and the keyboard case/bag… etc.

Yes, for to play, you need to hit the keys with the tips of your fingers and that cannot happen with long nails; so it’s strongly advised that you keep your nails on both hands cut regularly.

Well, tuning a piano is not an easy job and it needs a technician for it is a very complex instrument and it needs special tools for tuning.

6 years and above should normally be good, and there is no maximum age as long as you can control your arms and fingers. Some people start at a younger age than 6 if their musical talent allows it. The piano instrument is considered to be relatively easy at the beginning.