Buying a piano: tips and advice.

Recommendations when buying a piano. Remember that you don’t have to buy a piano to start teaching.

Pianos are durable instruments that will be with us for many years, so they are a medium and long term investment. We must make this investment with total decision, even more if we are talking about buying a piano for our son or daughter. The best thing would be to be sure that the children progress in the classes, enjoy playing the piano and will want to do it permanently in time.

Fundamental aspects to take into account when buying a piano to have at home:

  • The current level and the medium and long term expectations of the pianist
  • The space available in the home and its acoustics
  • The budget you want to invest
  • The characteristics we would ask for instrument
  • The quality of the materials

In addition to these points that will condition the purchase of your instrument, we must distinguish the type of piano we want, pianos can be grouped into three categories:

  • Grand Piano
  • Upright Piano
  • Digital Piano

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Types of pianos

The most important thing to remember is that a piano, well known as “the king of instruments”, will accompany your child throughout his or her learning. And surely some time later, so you should feel comfortable with it.

If you want to buy a piano for your son or daughter, do not hesitate to contact us. Our specialized teachers will advise and guide you in the purchase of the most appropriate piano for your child.

However, if you do not have the security to make that investment, we offer the possibility to rent digital pianos or even rent to own.

In this way, the children can practise at home, apart from the private lessons, and you can check his intention to keep learning and playing, before you decide to buy a piano for your home.

The importance of Musical Language.

Music is an artistic expression, which, like any language, has rules that are vital to understand and compose music. When you want to learn in a formal way the techniques that accompany a good instrumental interpretation, it is essential to learn the Musical Language.

Musical language helps us to understand music, to read and interpret it, to write and create it, but above all, musical language helps us to transmit it faithfully through time and share it with everyone, expressing itself through the pentagram.

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The melody, the rhythm… key aspects

In musical language there is a melody, a rhythm and a pulse, which together create a musical composition or song.

The set of sounds that form a recognizable phrase for the listener is the melody, which is built with a certain sound organization or scale. It is part of every musical system, even the simplest, and is related, in its origin, to man’s own language.

The more you understand about what’s behind all those notes, or what makes a good melodic line, what the rules of harmony are, etc., the more confidently and securely you can play a piece.

We study the signs and terms with which music is represented visually, as a language with which a score of any musical style or origin can be interpreted.

This language allows composers to write down their musical ideas and feelings in the form of music. In addition, you can learn about the evolution of music and society through the musical notation of the scores.

The alphabet of music

Musical language is like the alphabet of music, everybody knows the notes Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, Sol, La and Si, and surely some figures such as half note, quarter note or eighth note will ring a bell. It is basic in the learning of the students since it is one of the main starting points for learning music.

Knowing the Pentagram.

The staff is formed by 5 horizontal lines, forming 4 spaces between them. The musical notes (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) and the different musical signs can be placed either above the lines themselves or in or near the spaces.

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The function of the staff is to contain all symbols, notes, sounds and rests. Note that the lines and spaces define the pitch of the sounds, i.e. the tones.

At the beginning of the staff we find the clef. Thanks to it, we will know how to read a score. The most commonly used is the treble clef, which is placed on the second line, counting from the bottom. Precisely on this line the note G will be placed, and from there the other notes are placed.

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If the notes C, D, E, F, G, A, B are put in the spaces or lines consecutively, when you reach B, the sequence starts again, depending on the range of the instrument.

The treble clef is widely used by guitarists, while in the case of pianists, the bass clef is the most used. In this case, its root starts on the fourth line from the bottom of the staff. The F note will always go in this line and the other notes in their musical order as usual.

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In addition to knowing each of the musical notes, it is necessary to know the rhythm of each of them. The rhythm will be given by the rounds, whites, crotchets, eighth notes

These figures are formed with a black or white dot and a stick called a stem. Let’s see the duration times according to their characteristics.

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Black: a time

White: two strokes

Eighth note: It lasts half the length of the quarter note. They can be drawn together for easy reading.

These three are the most common, but we can also find:

Round: four strokes (no stem)

Sixteenth note: Lasts half the length of an eighth note.

Fuse: It lasts half of the sixteenth note.

Semibreve: Lasts half the length of the fuse.

It should be noted that when drawing the stem, if the point is below the third line, the stem is drawn upwards. If, on the other hand, the point is above the third line, the stem is drawn downwards.

There are many elements that we can find in a staff. All of them are related to each other, in addition to the ones we have mentioned, there are the measures, rests, slurs, dotted notes…which we will come back to in another article. They all relate to each other to encode all the qualities of sound, the raw material of a musical work.

The most important thing is to do exercises of reading staves, to get the necessary fluency and to assimilate concepts.