Have you ever found that learning to play the piano is a daunting, tiring task? Or that they are too expensive? One smart hopes to eliminate these problems, by trying to offer them itself.
Tokyo is bringing the house down with their new Steinway showroom!
A fantastic new music shop has opened in Tokyo, and as well as selling beautiful instruments, the showroom in itself is a complete work of art. The whole shop is the Japanese flagship for piano giant, Steinway & Sons. The interior of the building has been designed to mimic the beauty of the piano, both in its finished state but also in the creative process of building the instruments. It also reflects the history of the world acclaimed company, where “clients can feel Steinway’s craftsmanship, philosophy, history, and the beauty of their instruments”, says Ogata Yoshiki who founded the studio.
The internet has been going wild with the news that Justin Bieber has been playing ‘classical piano’. Although this is clearly an incredibly loose term being applied here, it appears that Bieber was indeed spotted playing (or at least, trying to play) Beethoven’s Fur Elise. Apparently the whole rendition was recognisable, but certainly not good.
Farewell to the Starman
Yesterday, the music world was brought to a halt as we learned of the death of the original Starman, David Bowie. The rock God has inspired millions to go into the music career and has in fact inspired many of the other big names in the music industry today. Bowie was an inspiration to many, not just in the music industry, but also in the film world. His smash hit film Labyrinth will go down in history as being an eighties classic and there is absolutely no doubt that hundreds of thousands of Bowie fans spent last night huddled up in a blanket watching this iconic flick, fighting off the tears and fondly remembering the legend who has now passed into the stars, to once and for all become a Starman.
In this day and age so many children have access to technology it’s unbelievable what they are capable of! You will probably find that one in ten children who have either a smartphone or a tablet have a little digital piano app on which they can have a little play around at their own will. Most kids love playing on this kind of app as it is an excellent way for them to release creativity. If your child has been doing just this, then perhaps you should consider upgrading them to a keyboard, or a digital piano through which there will be no limits to their new found creativity.
With digital pianos you have the fantastic option of getting wonderfully jazzy this Christmas. You can play anything you like on a jazz organ or electric piano setting (available on pretty much every digital piano ever made) and it will sound gloriously jazzy. Even if you play a bit of The Beatles, in a rigid 4/4, adding some E-Piano to your playing will give it that smooth edge that everyone is after on those long December nights in front of the open log fire!!
If you want to add a little bit of class this holiday season, then perhaps you might like to follow in the footsteps of ‘pianodoc82’ and create your very own Christmas piano medley. ‘Pianodoc82’ is not a professional pianist and is in fact a paediatric neuroradiology fellow in Washington DC. His Youtube videos are great and show us that even if you’re not a professional pianist haven’t had any large amount (or any at all) professional pianistic tuition, you can still do wonderful things with a piano.
Firework night, otherwise known as bonfire night is a great excuse to talk about music. There have been some absolute crackers (pun intended) written to celebrate the near-demolition of parliament and today they are still proving to be some of the most popular pieces of classical music in the world.