Flight Of the Bumblebee

Aspiring pianists everywhere aim to one day be able to play the infamous Flight of the Bumblebee by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. This phenomenal piece of piano music is challenging for a number of reasons. The sheer speed at which it is normally played poses the biggest contest, but in order for the Flight of the Bumblebee to mimic the fast beating of a bumblebee’s wings, it really does need to be played at the speed of light. Along with the speed of the piece, it is a work of technicalities. The long chromatic passages ensure that only the most technically sound players will be able to master it!

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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…

evolution of the digital piano
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.

Why learning musical instruments is so beneficial

If you’re a musician of any sort, then you’ll probably agree that learning to play a musical instrument is fun. It can be hours of entertainment, wether you are a student at school learning digital piano, in a band on the guitar, or just taking up a hobby. It does, however, come with so many other benefits.

 

Instrument learning, why its so beneficial
tickling the ivories – but why is learning how to play an instrument so rewarding?

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Music mad Manchester schoolboy wins prestigious award in national competition

A schoolboy from Manchester with a love of jazz music, has won national acclaim in a BBC Young Proms competition after playing a piano piece inspired by his musically gifted Grandfather.

Manchester schoolboy shows off his music skills at the BBC Proms
Critically acclaimed – 15 year old Myles Lavelle Golding wins national aclaims at a BBC Proms music competition.

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Piano festival returns to Liverpool!

The annual “tickle the ivories”  piano festival has once again returned to Liverpool, to the delight of hundreds of music lovers across the north west.

Liverpool tickle the ivories festival returns
tickling the ivories – crowd-pleasing piano festival returns to it’s home city of Liverpool

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