- The Piano Is A Perfect Instrument To Learn
- Buying A Piano: A Financial And Personal Investment
- How Can You Buy A Suitable Piano?
- What Type Of Piano Should You Choose?
- Where Is The Best Place To Buy Your Piano?
- How Do You Choose The Perfect Piano?
- What Piano Accessories Do You Need?
- How Big And Heavy Is A Piano?
If you decide to buy a piano, you should take your time. Whether it is mechanical or digital, a piano should not be an impulse purchase, such as when you are in the mood for chocolate and move into action spontaneously.
You have to ask yourself several questions:
- What good will it be for me if I buy a piano?
- Is the piano the right instrument for me at all?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of the piano?
- How much will the instrument cost me?
- Should I choose an acoustic or digital piano?
- Where can I buy a piano?
- Do I even have space for a piano?
- What accessories do I need? (Metronome, piano stool, protective cloth, etc.)
We'll show you in five steps why it is worth buying a piano and making this long-term investment because only those who have a piano at home can make it as far as jazz legends or classics like Chopin.
The Piano Is A Perfect Instrument To Learn
The piano is the king of the instruments and helps you musically and in social life. Playing the piano means that different parts of the body have to be active at the same time. Only the proper coordination between the brain and the hands can lead to success. The brain, the eyes, the hands, the feet, the posture (this includes the back and breathing): the whole body takes part in playing the piano!
Therefore, the instrument requires an enormous amount of concentration and the ability to focus on more than one thing at a time. That is why the piano is also referred to as a "complete" instrument. The eyes read the notes and transmit them to the brain. This, in turn, gives the command to the hands to transfer the corresponding notes (hopefully correctly) to the piano keyboard. The brain works, the hands obey.
By constantly practising and repeating technical exercises and chord progressions on the piano, the brain learns to process more and more information simultaneously. A private tutor in Nigeria can also be of great help when learning piano sheet music!
The coordination between hands and feet also has to be right when playing the piano. Beginners should use their feet while playing to improve faster actively. The feet are responsible for the pedals. The right pedal is responsible for making the sound reverberate, giving it a particular echo.
With the left foot, the student can stomp the rhythm, which gives security and quickly improves rhythm. It is also essential to maintain correct posture on the piano. If the shoulders are tilted too much forward, there will not be free or smooth flow. In fact, they should be more withdrawn, and the back must be in line with the pelvis. This has a positive effect on breathing when playing the piano.
The hands also have more tasks than just hitting the keys: the elbows should be perpendicular to the keyboard, and the fingers must be slightly curved so that you can play with the fingertips. The hands are, therefore, slightly raised and a few centimetres above the keyboard.
Playing the piano improves memory, musical understanding and hearing, and skills. The brain works on full tour while playing the piano. When you learn to play the piano, you get used to using the brain’s total capacity and concentrating to the maximum. This is one of the reasons why a lot of people choose the instrument.
After learning to coordinate your limbs, you can begin to venture into more challenging terrain. If you practice regularly and go through the notes consistently line by line, you will eventually learn a piece by heart. Therefore, playing the piano and constantly improving your level helps you constantly exceed your abilities, which will soon lead to a feeling of success and give you additional self-confidence.
The ability to listen and a pianist's skill are stimulated while playing the piano. During the learning process, a piano player develops his or her musical ear. He then hears the music and the individual notes and chords for every key the hand touch. Passive listening becomes active listening.
Lastly, playing the piano also promotes psycho-motoric understanding and helps you to improve your instinct. This skill also influences the precision in the game and the speed with which you can hit the keys.
So, what's stopping you from getting yourself a piano?
Buying A Piano: A Financial And Personal Investment
If you buy a new piano, your piggy bank will likely suffer. But playing the piano is not only financially expensive, but it also takes a lot of time! A portable digital piano is suitable for people who want to spend as little money as possible.
You can find out exactly how the costs for a piano are made up here!
Here is a small asking price for different types of piano in Nigeria:
- 45,000 - 150,000 NGN for a portable digital piano in the lowest category
- ₦150,000 - ₦320,000 for a middle-class digital piano
- ₦320,000 - ₦550,000 for a very decent digital piano
- 680,000 NGN and more for the best digital pianos
- 1.3 million NGN for a cheap upright piano
- 4 million NGN and more for a used grand piano
Without considering the space that a grand piano takes up in the room, this instrument is only recommended for professionals and passionate pianists. If you are a beginner but want to plunge into playing the piano entirely, then you could, for example, opt for an electric piano of the middle category.
Remember that if you buy a mechanical piano, you need to have it tuned regularly, about twice a year, as they say. But the seasons (change from warm to cold, from dry to humid) and the intensity of use have a strong influence on stringed instruments. Hence, it is better to have a piano tuned every 3 or 4 months.
Having a piano at home is also a personal investment: you have to take enough time to make progress. That means that you should sit at the piano for at least a quarter of an hour a day, ideally even half an hour or even a whole hour!
But if you're passionate about it, then you don't count the time anyway.
A pianist who only strikes a little now and then invests less time than someone who gives himself entirely to the instrument and integrates it into his everyday life to learn as many new pieces as possible. There's no secret: the best pianists are also the ones who practice the most.
So playing the piano and having a piano around at home is costly. Anyone who buys a piano has to dig deep into their pockets. But immaterial costs also play a role. So you have to invest energy, motivation, discipline and passion for making progress.
How Can You Buy A Suitable Piano?
To buy a piano that suits you, you have to consider many things beforehand:
- Be aware of the significance of making such an investment
- Compare various properties such as the sound quality, the functions, the processing and possibly the brands of the pianos
- Limit yourself to pianos that fit your budget
- Choose pianos that are suitable for your level and meet your ambitions
- Know how you want to learn your piano: take private classes, online tutorials, etc.
- Measure out your apartment so as not to get confused about the size of the instrument
Depending on the size of the room in which you want to place your piano, the sound of the piano also changes: In a small room, an electric piano is better than a mechanical piano. In a ballroom, a grand piano comes into its own.
What Type Of Piano Should You Choose?
Let’s recall the three possible variants:
- The electric piano
- Ideal for starting to play the piano and getting to know the instrument. The keys are straightforward to play, easier than on a mechanical piano.
- It is very portable and can be dismantled easily for transportation, which is helpful for people who travel a lot.
- An e-piano is also the best solution for students who regularly move back and forth between different cities. The same applies to beginners who do not yet precisely know whether the piano is the right instrument for them.
- If you have immediate neighbours or roommates, the electric piano is also a good solution. With the help of headphones, you can even play at night without disturbing those around you.
- The upright piano
- one of the most common types of piano
- It would help if you reached a certain level before you buy such an instrument.
- Considering its weight of at least 200 kg and its price of at least 680,000 NGN, an upright piano is a real piece of furniture. Think carefully where you put it because moving it again means a lot of effort.
- Upright pianos have a very nice sound
- The grand piano
- The king of the pianos
- Not only is it the crème de la crème musically, but it also looks good too
- It means an investment for life because such an instrument easily costs more than 4 million NGN (for a used grand piano!)
Here are some model options for beginners and professionals:
- Yamaha PSR-F50: 61 keys, 120 tones. Very light (3.4 kg) and reasonably cheap (46,000 NGN), it is suitable and for beginners
- Yamaha DGX-650WH: One of the best electric pianos have to offer. With 88 keys that feel like a mechanical piano, this model offers numerous tone variations. You can even record yourself. But you also have to pay around 320,000 NGN for this.
- Yamaha SU 118C: A mechanical piano that adapts perfectly to any environment. A real long-term investment that should also be tuned 1-3 times a year. The price? 2 million NGN
- Steingraeber B192: A grand piano that is in no way inferior to the best concert pianos. In a large room, it can perform true wonders. But it is more suitable for experienced pianists. The price is around 5 million NGN.
- Steinway and Sons B-211: One of the finest models of all, which not everyone can get. At 25 million NGN, it is also not suitable for every budget.
You can find more tips about how to choose a piano here.
Where Is The Best Place To Buy Your Piano?
The first thing that usually comes to mind is a piano specialist shop in whichever state you are in Nigeria. The advantage here is that you can try out the instrument, compare some chords on different pianos and benefit from the seller's expertise. The downside is the price. You can usually find more attractive offers on the Internet, at least in terms of price.
When you buy your piano online, you sometimes benefit from special offers. But you cannot look at the instrument beforehand, let alone try it out. One of the best sites to buy pianos is Yamaha. The whole world of music can be found here, including pianos, of course. The prices are usually unbeatable!
You should avoid low-priced offers and read the technical descriptions carefully.
How Do You Choose The Perfect Piano?
Before you buy a piano, you should inform yourself about the components of the instrument:
- The pedals: They should be well made, have a good grip, comfortable and not too expensive
- The keyboard: A keyboard with soft keys is suitable for beginners. It would help if you also considered whether the keys are weighted or non-weighted.
- The music stand
- The overall condition of the piano
Ask for advice in your community if you can't really make up your mind between different pianos. Your parents can help you and relatives, friends, and acquaintances who may, in turn, know someone familiar with the subject of the piano, for example, a piano teacher.
If you take private lessons (e.g. at Superprof), your teacher should, of course, be the first point of contact. Or take a look at our article on "How do I find the right piano?"
Have you decided on an instrument? Then you should keep in mind that you also need a lot of accessories!
What Piano Accessories Do You Need?
A multitude of accessories for the piano accompanies every good pianist and makes life easier for them. First of all, of course, you need a seat. It would help if you avoided kitchen chairs and the like and instead opt for a small piano stool. To take the correct posture on the piano is very important!
When playing the piano, rhythm is of the utmost importance. Therefore, a metronome is always a good purchase if you haven't already integrated it into your electric piano and would instead do without cell phone apps.
There is also a dust-wiping cloth and a protective cover for the keyboard so that no dust gets into the spaces between the keys.
If you have noise-sensitive neighbours and have decided on an electric piano, you can buy headphones to connect to your piano. This avoids unnecessary arguments with the neighbours if you feel like playing a little more at 10 pm. Sennheiser, Yamaha or Roland offer headphones of good quality.
A little tip: If you buy accessories for the piano simultaneously as your piano, try to negotiate with the seller and get a better price!
You are now ready for piano lessons. You have everything you need except a piano teacher. Now you have to compare schools, private teachers or online tutorials and choose the best solution for you. You can get a private tutor at Superprof!
How Big And Heavy Is A Piano?
What kind of piano do you want to buy?
Since the beginning of this article, we have been trying to explain what is essential when buying a piano. It's a long-term investment that deserves to be weighed down to the smallest detail. This also includes the size of such an instrument!
Upright pianos, for those who didn't know, are vertical pianos. The strings are stretched on a vertical frame and are made to vibrate there.
For example, in the family of upright pianos, there are:
- The teaching piano, which, as the name suggests, is particularly suitable for children and beginners. It measures 1.06m - 1.13m.
- The expression piano: An instrument for seasoned pianists that conveys beautiful sounds and impressions. It measures between 1.13 m and 1.22 m.
- The prestige piano for professionals. Here it would help if you calculated between 1.22m and 1.31m.
As far as the weight of a piano is concerned, you should know that an upright piano weighing around 120-300kg is significantly lighter than a grand piano (600kg).
Do devices of this size even fit in your living room or bedroom?
We hope that this article has helped you find out a lot about buying your first piano. We wish you good luck with your practice!