Making the Piano Accessible to Everyone

Making the Piano Accessible to Everyone

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”

MINIM UK – A Data Base for Historic Instruments

MINIM UK – A Data Base for Historic Instruments

These days, people tend to forgo upright and acoustic pianos in favour of digital instruments. Digital pianos are a much easier instrument to deal with when it comes to learning how to play – there are no maintenance costs to worry about, they are usually fairly portable, and they are normally the cheaper option. Despite our love of electronic pianos, many of us still have a huge interest in historic instruments. Thankfully, MINIM UK has been created to help us find out more. Continue reading “MINIM UK – A Data Base for Historic Instruments”

Electric Pianos are saving us from piano playing going extinct!

Acoustic Pianos

Acoustic pianos used to be the centre piece for any family if you go back in time a hundred and fifty years or so. The Victorians loved their pianos and piano playing was a popular past time for many people and proved to be an excellent source of entertainment at parties and the like. Even before the Victorian Era, pianos were vastly popular and even Georgian households were often adorned with a piano. For many more well off families, a piano was a decorative piece of furniture as much as it was an instrument to be played. Due to this, there are some magnificently decorated grand pianos out there that would undoubtedly have been the centrepiece of a room in their hay day. Over the centuries, as technologies have changed and tastes have evolved the piano has been pushed to the back corner of the room to make way for televisions, games consoles, and goodness knows what else. Electric piano has taken over Continue reading “Electric Pianos are saving us from piano playing going extinct!”