If you look back through history, it is painstakingly apparent that there was a time when playing the piano was something only rich people did. The families of the European bourgeoisie would have a piano or harpsichord (depending on how far back you go) in their drawing room ready to be played by the girls of the family to entertain highly esteemed guests. The middle class sometimes had a nice instrument, but the working class definitely didn’t have a look in and were deprived of a musical education. Continue reading “Making the Piano Accessible to Everyone”
Since their rise to fame a number of years ago, the Piano Guys have continued to release new songs and videos and their number of fans has continued to rise. They are currently underway with a US tour and many fans in the UK are hoping for the release of European tour dates in the near future. The Piano Guys continue to be one of the most popular classical and popular music mash up groups on the internet and hold much promise for the future. Continue reading “The Piano Guys”
Most piano teachers will advise their pupils to practise for twenty minutes at least three times a week, but in reality how much do piano pupils really practise? Any child who learns at school and is left to their own devices probably doesn’t practise for the recommended amount of time, which of course will slow down their learning process. Older children and adults who are learning the piano of their own desire (rather than that of their parents) are much more likely to practise for longer and get the most out of their lessons. Anyone who goes on to study the piano at Music College or university will practise for up to ten hours a day for a minimum of five days a week. Continue reading “How Much Should I Practise My Piano?”
Ever since the news of his untimely death earlier in the month, David Bowie has been floating around in the UK top 40 singles charts (as is normally the case when a British music icon passes away) and will probably continue to do so for the coming months. Bowie is currently holding places 30, 32, and 36, and is down eighteen, sixteen, and eighteen places. Unfortunately he has now been overtaken by the likes of One Direction and Bieber, but hopefully Bowie will stay in our charts a little longer.
Merry Christmas from the team here at Chase Music!!
This year has been a year of electric pianos! We have seen the release of some lovely new digital pianos and the digital piano technology is as up to date as it ever has been and shows huge promise for the future.
With the new release of the long awaited Star Wars film comes the latest hit from Player:Piano’s immensely successful Youtube channel. In this latest video we see and hear the legendary Sonya Belousova play a magnificent Star Wars medley just in time for the release of the new George Lucas masterpiece.
Do you want to give a stunning Christmas gift this year that will bring huge amounts of joy? Would you like to give a gift that will last for a lifetime and will inspire generations? If so, perhaps you should consider giving the gift of a Kawai KDP90 this year.
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!!
Last night we heard of the sad and untimely death of Jonah Lomu who suffered from a heart attack yesterday and the age of 40 after having suffered from long standing kidney problems. The former all-blacks star player is a legend over the world and today New Zealand has found itself in a state of mourning as one of their national heroes has passed through the pearly gates.
It has come to public attention recently that there is such a thing as a Toy Piano Festival. This is effectively exactly what it says on the tin; a music festival dedicated entirely to the toy piano! It is happening in Queens in America for the first time next month and there are many people who have started to get very excited about the prospect.
The festival has been dubbed the “UnCaged Toy Piano Festival” and is due to take place on December 4th and 5th and feature a grand total of three events, one of which is a concert at the Museum of the Moving Image — to spotlight the sound of the miniature instrument. This event is sure to go down a storm with any fan of the toy piano!