A Lesson To Be Learnt On Sparky’s Magic Digital Piano – Part II

The Prodigy Digital Piano Player – Sparky is an 8 year old little boy, whose life changed when his digital piano started to speak to him. It seems that Sparky is the only one who that can hear the piano speak. With the piano helping him out and playing the music, he took to the stage where he became a massive hit. So popular was his concerts that suddenly he became an overnight sensation and he was touring the country. But all the attention started to go to his head and he became very spoilt and was rude to the digital piano. When the digital piano stopped playing for him, everyone in the audience started to laugh at Sparky who sat at his piano stool embarrassed and dumbfounded. At last the audience could hear how dreadful his real piano skills were.     Continue reading “A Lesson To Be Learnt On Sparky’s Magic Digital Piano – Part II”

Sparky’s Magic Digital Piano – A Modern Story

The original story – Sparky’s Magic Piano was the second in a series of children’s audio stories featuring Sparky, an original character created for Capitol Records in 1947. Sparky was a little boy with an over-active imagination in which his adventures involved objects which magically came to life and talked to him e.g. his piano. But image if you will the same story in a more contemporary setting involving a digital piano. Continue reading “Sparky’s Magic Digital Piano – A Modern Story”

MR PIANO MAN – THAT’S THE WONDER OF STEVIE

Known by his stage name Stevie Wonder, is an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist including vocals, various keyboards including digital piano, percussion & harmonica to name but a few. Stevie was a child prodigy who developed into one of the most creative musical figures of the late 20th century. Blind since shortly after birth, Wonder signed with Motown‘s Tamla label at the age of eleven and continues to perform and record for Motown to this day. In his junior years he was named “Little” Stevie Wonder and his first album made him a huge child star.  Continue reading “MR PIANO MAN – THAT’S THE WONDER OF STEVIE”

Room At the Inn – A Digital Piano’s Tale

So you’re thinking of buying a digital piano this Christmas. You’ll need to send a note to Santa then. After all, he’s got the job of parcelling it up and getting it delivered…. down the chimney. That’s the easy bit as the question still remains ‘Where are we going to put it?’ Not sure. What about a contemporary Digital Piano, also known as Electric Piano? Reply to self:  it will need ready access to electricity and all the plug points are in use! Then there’s the piano stool and the lessons. These are the questions that will flow through your mind as you start to consider your purchase and hopefully arrive at your decision in time for the ‘big day’. Continue reading “Room At the Inn – A Digital Piano’s Tale”

Choosing the right piano stool for the job

Sir Winston Churchill once said ‘Why stand when you can sit!

So why is keeping the correct posture so important?

Consider the fairy sitting on her toadstool adding a sense of enchantment and nostalgia to the garden. She looks comfortable; no wriggling or sliding off and all actions are effortless to her. The correct posture helps prevent her body from damage and stress that might occur while sitting through the long hours on her toadstool.

And why is it so important to find a suitable piano stool?

Similarly good posture on the right piano stool allows us to produce continuous power and flow while we play. The result is greater sensitivity and focus due to having the right ‘stool for the job’.

Sir Winston Churchill also said“… courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen’’. Sitting on your piano stool and listening are two essential elements associated with playing your keyboard be it a Grand piano or digital piano. Firstly, sit at the stool with your feet on the ground; knees slightly under the keyboard; sit on the front half of the piano stool; straight back with your elbows slightly higher than the keyboard; loose shoulders & long neck with your palms curved as if holding a tennis ball; think ‘puppet’ and keep your arms buoyant. Continue reading “Choosing the right piano stool for the job”

The Piano – It’s Child’s Play

Mozart was a gifted child prodigy both on the piano and as a composer. This wunderkind began to play at three years old and spent much time picking out small chords and would be pleased when his music sounded discernibly good. By the age of four he learned his first piece of music on the piano. By his fifth birthday in 1761, Mozart sat down at the keyboard and half an hour later he learned to play the piece. It was a scherzo by the Viennese composer Wagenseil. A scherzo in Italian musical terms is described as a joke. Continue reading “The Piano – It’s Child’s Play”

Jumping On The Piano Wagon

The piano has been in our midst for over 300 years and continued to earn itself a place as the top favourite instrument choice for all ages from 5 to 75. Whether you as a musician enjoy the classic tones of the upright acoustic or the more contemporary recreated sounds of the electronic digital piano – the choice is personal when jumping on the piano wagon.

So how does it drive?

The digital piano produces a generous variety of pre-set timbres so you can choose the settings e.g. the traditional concert grand piano, the silvery steel of the by-gone harpsichord keys, various electric pianos that harp back to the sounds of the 60s & 70s like Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer. You can incorporate other basic “synthesizer’’ sounds to your taste such as string ensemble, rock band, vocals etc. Of course headphones, amps & connections for composition software are all extras that may tip the balance on deciding which one to play. In contrast the ‘no frills’ acoustic piano promises no hidden extras – not even a horn but it does deliver a traditional rich tone and pure sound production. So whether you want to go back to Bach, enjoy improvising over jazz chords like Alicia Keys or explore the wonders of Stevie – whatever your choice – you will surely benefit from the piano. So come on – jump on the piano wagon – it’ll take you on a musical mystery tour.

Def: (pi-a-no.) Italian, short for pianoforte. Piano abbr. p = in a quite tone. Forte abbr. f = loud.