Information for Students and Parents
All students need access to a piano to practice on
Acoustic verse Electric
A traditional acoustic piano is always the best options for all students
What is an acoustic piano?
An acoustic piano is a piano with hammers that hit the strings to create vibrations to make sound instead of producing sound digitally with samples
There are two kinds of acoustic pianos, uprights and grands
Why an acoustic?
Pianos are instruments capable creating different tones, colours, and sounds which a recorded digital sample can not fully recreate
Acoustic piano keys are made of wood and are longer and heavy than electric keys. This gives them a different touch and makes the keys more sensitive
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Acoustic pianos are similar to cars in that they need regular maintenance in order to sound and operate their best!
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Often parents choice to start on electric pianos because of cost and convenient
When choosing electric pianos look for
a full keyboard of 88 keys
weighted, touch sensitive keys
damper pedal (built in or an attachment)
Piano Stores in Calgary to check out
In Red Deer
Piano lessons are a time commitment and practice is essential for progress
Lessons are only once a week, but students should be prepared to practice at least five days a week, reviewing and working on what was learned in the lesson as well as doing written theory
Parents are encouraged to monitor student's practice times and read weekly assignments to make sure they are practicing correctly.
Practice FIRST for accuracy
SLOW practice is the most EFFECTIVE
Remember PRACTICE makes PERMANENT