Playing Piano in the Studio

Upright Piano

At the Tango Club we like to add instruments to our studio so artists can explore different styles of dancing.  The piano is one of the most beautiful instruments and it is so diverse.  It was only logical for us to purchase one so others could use it and little did I realize how much we would use it in the studio.  The piano has attracted new business and I have had several requests to borrow it.  So with limited space what did I end up getting?

Finding a Piano for Your Needs

My first desire when picking up a piano was to get a grand piano.  They are elegant and beautiful.  The drawback is they are very expensive and can take up a lot of space.  I found a great post from about what you can expect from different piano sizes.

Here are the Sizes of Upright/Vertical Pianos:

  • Spinet
    It is the shortest upright piano which ranges from 36″ – 40″ in height. It is sometimes known as an “apartment piano” because it is a popular choice of several people who lives in an apartment or has a limited space for piano. Spinet piano is the answer of your limited space and fund. However, as of the 1990s, spinets are no longer made. Yet you can still purchase the restored used spinet piano.
  • Console
    Console is a little bigger than spinet upright with its height ranges from 40″ to 44″. It is popular to its quality tone and furniture styled piano. It is well known for its elaborate inlays and finish. If you are particular on complementing furniture in your home, you can have several choices on Console piano. Moreover, Console piano is the choice of the beginners. It is best played at home as your hobby and in a small family get together.
  • Studio
    The common Studio piano upright range from 43″ to 47″. It is best size for educational and practice settings. Its actions is known for accuracy and efficiency like grand pianos. It is usually seen in music schools and music studios. It is also known for its tone quality and durability.
  • Professional
    It is the tallest among the upright pianos. It is also called full size upright pianos. Its sizes ranges from 47 inches to 52 inches. It can be most compare to grand pianos. Its durability is tested to last up to the next generation and maintain its tonal quality over time.
  • Baby Grand
    It is the smallest among grand pianos and also the most popular. It size ranges from 5’0 to 5’4. It is the best choice among those who have smaller dwelling place. It is also popular on its sound quality and beauty. Also, people prefers baby grand because it is the most affordable among the grand pianos.
  • Medium Grand
    Medium grand is commonly seen in music schools or institutions. Many homes prefer medium grand because it doesn’t take up so much room. Several pianist prefers this because of its rich and superior sound quality. Its sizes ranges from 5’5″ to 5’9″ in length.  Read the rest here.

We ended up affording a used upright from one of the local shops and it was in great condition.  I expect it to last a long time and it is a beautiful piano.  As a bonus we I have included a free lesson with instructor Josh Roland.  He is very helpful when it came to responding to my piano questions.

Piano Lesson for Beginners

It was a long time ago that I started to learn the piano and I started off on a very small Yamaha keyboard.  Not only did I outgrow it but it also sounded horrible.  Some of the things I won’t forget are having the proper posture and learning where middle C is.  This is a great excerpt about piano playing:

The keys are arranged on the keyboard to be able from the lowest around the left to the greatest on the right. moving and left to the right, each black or white key is a half step higher in pitch than the key before it. For a full step, it can be necessary to go up (or down) two half (1/2) steps. Try some half steps and a few full steps. After some practice, you must be able to learn the sound of individuals intervals easily.

By learning where to put your hands, you can start. There are a group of keys in the direction of the center of the key-board called the Home Keys. These are nine keys where your hands ought to rest as you get ready to play.

You might ponder why there are only nine Home Keys when you have ten hands and fingers. Both thumbs rest on middle C. That’s the reason. Middle C is a reference point that will be referred to over and over as you are studying and learning the piano. It can be recognized by looking at the pattern of white and black keys at the center of the keyboard. Look at the snapshot of the center of a piano keyboard beneath. Take notice of the keys that do not have a dark key to separate them. This is how you understand the pattern.  Finish the beginner piano lesson here.

If you do not have the money to get a piano, get a keyboard.  Technology has advanced so much that you will be able to find a quality keyboard for a low cost.  The best resource I can mention is the internet and also our friend Josh’s website.  If you are in Canada we suggest you stop by or just come and try our new piano.



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