Learn Music by Playing Music

If you don't have a piano / keyboard

PianoSanctury-10When you buy a piano / keyboard, the more piano keys it has the better. Don’t get anything less than 61 keys, but up to 88 is much better. Go for a sound you can love and a good feel. The more you spend on a piano / keyboard, the more you’re likely to love your PianoEasy experience, but there’s nothing wrong with starting with a cheapie to see if you like learning. People with acoustic pianos find it easier to develop a good technique from the start, but digital keyboards have advantages like portability, headphones and computer midi. When digital pianos have weighted key action they may well last you a lifetime. Touch sensitivity (being able to play loud and soft when you play the keys) is also imperative. With second hand keyboards, generally if they look in good condition and they work fine they probably are fine. If you’re looking at spending a lot of money on a second hand acoustic piano it’s worth asking an expert to check it out. There are a lot of unused keyboards / pianos in this world, (I’m trying to do something about this), so it’s worth shopping around. My favourite piano is the Fazioli F228 that I played at Snaden’s. I’m saving up…

Access to a piano/keyboard

You don’t need to bring a piano to class, but you do need to have one at home that you can easily access and play. You don’t want to have to log out on the computer and climb underneath the desk to plug it in before you can play it or have to remove piles of books and papers from its lid.

It’s absolutely worth checking out where there are other pianos in the neighbourhood / at friends houses / with family. The sooner you start playing other pianos than your own, the less the expectation that you have to produce something amazing will affect your nerves. Talking about nerves, it is normal that you don’t play as well on other pianos as on your own, until you have played many, and it is normal that your body does its “fight or flight” thing. Breathe through it, care less and just play. Nerves will go away over time, occasionally rearing its head just when you felt really good about playing in front of others.

Around Fremantle public pianos have been spotted at: Moondyne Joe’s, Who’s Your Mumma’s, The Local Hotel, X-Wray Cafe, The Fremantle Markets, St John Square (in summer), the Raw Kitchen, North Fremantle Bowling Club, The Zapf Hall and at the town hall, schools and Notre Dame University.

Rental pianos / keyboards

Nigel Clements (Perth) of http://www.pianorental.com.au. rents out basic beginners student pianos that are not too big for $66 p.m. plus a one off transport fee of $160. He also has larger or digital piano available and can probably tell you more if you ring him on 92723335 or 0407383208.

Repairs / Servicing pianos and keyboards

Alan Flanders is a lovely piano tuner. His phone number is 0438 518 944.

Anthony Hopkins (not the actor) of Bushtronix (9255 3030 / 0407 260 803) will come to your house to repair your digital piano / keyboard when needed.