Digital pianos – the evolution!

Evolution of the digital piano starts way back in the 1980’s. They were use predominately, at the time, to aid touring musicians with the age old problems the acoustic piano offered: tuning, hammers, the usual problems. People still, however, feared they sounded too electronic. Skip forward 30 years or so, and technology has enabled them to come on in leaps and bounds since that decade…

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modern and sleek, the Chase CDP-245– the evolution of the digital piano.

Back in February, the award-winning singer songwriter Adele had her performance at this years Grammys halted slightly, due to a technical hitch regarding her acoustic piano. Microphones inside the instrument had fallen, causing vibration sounds. Had she been using a digital piano, however, and this problem would be a thing of the past. As, of course, digital pianos do not require tuning before a show, nor do you have to mic it, or indeed run a risk of mics falling onto the strings.

The most significant improvement in the evolution of digital pianos is undoubtedly their ability to be able to mimic 3 dimensional sounds that are produced from acoustic pianos. Indeed, digital piano technology has advanced in such stages that more and more big touring acts are using them on their worldwide tours. The question many ask is how manufacturers actually worked out how to improve the sounds. And the answer is relatively simple. Digital pianos have gotten better mainly due to the fact that they have merged with traditional pianos. Thus, the hybrid approach, which, as stated, merges the traditions of an acoustic instrument with the innovation of digital technology.

Digital pianos for musicians on tour

Indeed, as aforementioned, many musicians even still favour the digital piano. Coldplay’s Chris Martin was shown earlier this year at the Superbowl in San Francisco playing a Kawai, and has been sported in the past with a timeless Yamaha upright.

Ironically, Lionel Richie, in his most recent tour, had a unique request. He had the shell of an old grand piano made, which he could then slide a digital piano into, thus, in a stadium of thousands, hopefully nobody would be able to tell the difference as the music blasted out of the PA system.

Indeed, as time moves on, many people and musicians don’t have the time, energy or money for old acoustic pianos. Digitals are small, cheaper and more convinient. And, as proven, they can now be seen as the new alternative to acoustic, and have revolutionsed digital music since their beginnings.

Piano teacher still hitting the right notes at 93!

The year was 1938, and the second world war had yet to begin. A young, 16 year old Frieda Hart began as a teacher to give piano lessons to those around her, in her small mid west American town. 78 years later, at the ripe of age of 93, and she continues to do the same.

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Still playing – 98 year old Frieda Hart is thought to be the worlds oldest piano teacher

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Homeless man moves crowds to tears

A homeless man in Newcastle has reduced passers-by to tears, and gained a crowd of admirers with his hauntingly beautiful piano renditions. The man, talented 26 year old Alan Donaldson, was frequently spotted lying rough at Newcastle Central train station, owning nothing but a sleeping bag and the clothes he wore. When finally upon being asked to move along by the police, he instead took to the digital piano that lives at the train station and began to play a beautiful rendition of the Beethoven Classic ‘Fur Elise.’

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At home on the piano – a homeless man has reduced crowds to tears in Newcastle

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Talented pianist plays without fingers

You may recently have heard of Alexey Romanov, or indeed, been in awe at his videos gone viral online. Alexy, an inspirational student from Russia, has self-taught himself to master the piano – despite being born without any fingers.

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Inspirational – Alexey Romanov is a self-taught pianist, despite being born with no hands

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Jane Austen Piano music now available online

If you’re a die hard Austen fan, you’ll be well aware that she wasn’t just a well renowned author. Indeed, both credited author Jane and her entire family were huge music lovers, and in particular, the grand piano. The great news is, Austens own compisitions have been found, and digitalised for the first time.

Jane Austen lost compositions put up online
Play like a Darcy –  Jane Austens piano sheets put online

 

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Grand statement for a grand old place

A turner-prize nominee has gone above and beyond – quite literally- in waving goodbye to the old BBC studios in West London – by dangling a grand piano from a crane 50ft above them.

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Making a grand statement – piano dangled over the former BBC studios in West London

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Fur Elise Justin Bieber Fever

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.

 

Bieber plays the piano

 

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Merry Christmas from Chase

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.

 

Merry Christmas from Chase!!!

 

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Star Wars – May the Force be with your Piano

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.

Star Wars Piano

 

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Ebony and Ivory Key tops!

Something you probably haven’t thought of when considering buying your new digital piano is the quality of the key tops. While there are some great pianos out there with superb sound quality and feel, it’s always worth having a look to see what the key tops are made of. You will find that a lot of them are made from plastic. While you might not think this is a big issue, it does actually make more difference than you would think when playing.
Ivory keys

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