How Much Does it Cost to Own a Piano

Cost of different pianos

Have you decided to purchase a piano and need some direction? Buying a piano is a significant investment but one that is well worth it if you are serious. There are a few things to consider before investing in these beautiful instruments. Make Sure You … Read more

How to Move a Piano

How to move a piano

A piano is a beautiful instrument, but moving it can be tricky. Whether you’re calling professional movers or doing the job yourself, there are certain steps you need to follow. This article will look into the proper methods for moving a piano safely so you … Read more

How Many Strings are there on a Piano?

Number of piano strings

Pianos typically have 88 keys, divided among 52 white and 36 black keys. Given that information, it might make sense that pianos have 88 strings. However, pianos have more than that. Pianos range from having about 220 strings to 240, with an average falling right … Read more

How Many Keys On A Piano

Number of keys on a piano

A full-sized piano has 88 keys in total. A piano has 7 complete octaves containing 52 white keys and 36 black keys. There are an extra 3 keys below the low C which do not make up a full octave. If you’re just starting and … Read more

Where to Put Piano in House

Piano placement in house

You should try to place the instrument against an inner wall, away from direct sunlight, windows, door, and air vents. Finding the perfect spot is important, but if your choices are limited, you can simply invest in a piano cover and a climate control system … Read more

How Much Does it Cost to Tune a Piano?

Tuning a Piano

On average, a piano tuning can cost anywhere between $50 and $290. This depends on the piano tuner and the condition of the piano. Piano Condition Cost Range Frequently tuned $100 – $170 Infrequently tuned $130 – $240 Neglected $190 – $290 There are a … Read more

How to Choose a Piano

How to choose a piano

When choosing a piano, you should: Work within your budget Understand your free space Have realistic expectations of piano performance Consider digital features Thoroughly research the different piano types Try each type before committing Choosing a piano is a major commitment, and understanding what you … Read more

What Is a Spinet Piano?

Spinet piano

The spinet piano was ubiquitous in American households from the mid-1930s, but a decline in popularity ended their production in the 1990s. These competitively priced mini pianos allowed those living in smaller spaces with lower incomes to introduce pianos into their homes. Although the spinet … Read more

How Much Does it Cost to Restring a Piano?

Cost of piano restring

It can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000 to restring a piano. The price depends heavily on what type of piano you are looking to restring and any additional issues with the piano. In many situations, the cost to restring a piano is more than … Read more

How Does a Piano Work? (Inner Mechanisms Explained)

Inside of a grand piano

When you press a key on a grand piano it causes a hammer to strike tuned strings and lift a damper. The strings vibrate which makes a noise that is then amplified by the soundboard. Releasing the key drops the damper and dampens the noise. … Read more

How To Decorate A Piano Top

Decorated piano top

Pianos are one of the most elegant musical instruments out there. They sound really sophisticated and they look glorious. Having a piano in your home can instantly make it look much more classy. Knowing how to decorate the top of your piano and the space … Read more

How Much Do Piano Lessons Cost?

Piano lesson

Among the instruments, the one that seems the most wistful and difficult is the piano. An incredible instrument that many would love to be able to play, but also the one that seems the most expensive and troublesome to engage with. There are many teachers … Read more

What Age To Start Piano Lessons?

Age to start piano lessons

There are many things to think about before starting to play any instrument. You want to first know what instrument you want to play, and you also want to know if you’ll stay committed to learning and to playing. The great thing about an instrument … Read more

How To Learn Piano Without A Piano

Piano on iPad

Have you always dreamed of learning how to play piano, but do you have a slight hitch… That you don’t own a piano?! We completely understand. It is a huge investment to make, and you could end up making this investment and then discover that … Read more

What Is A Prepared Piano?

Prepared Yamaha Grand Piano

Pianos come in all shapes and sizes, from grand pianos and baby pianos to upright pianos, but have you ever heard of a prepared piano? A prepared piano is basically one that has various objects inserted into it to create different sounds and effects. These … Read more

What Is A Console Piano?

Kawai console piano

There are many different types of pianos available, from baby grand pianos to full grand pianos, and three different types of upright pianos from spinet to console pianos. So, what exactly is a console piano and how does it differ from other upright pianos? What … Read more

What Is A Piano Roll?

Roll piano

Playing the piano is an art form. It can be exciting, expressive, interesting, and emotional. When it comes to playing the piano, practice typically makes perfect, and there are so many different pianos to choose from, from grand pianos to upright pianos. But, what you … Read more

How To Clean Piano Keys

How to Clean Piano Keys

Playing the piano is an amazing skill. It can be relaxing and a life changing thing to do. Anyone that plays the piano will know how expensive a piano is and therefore it requires plenty of upkeep, care and attention. The thing is, it’s unlikely … Read more

The Complete Guide to Recording a Piano at Home

Whether you are a performer or a composer, there comes a time in most pianists’ lives when they need to record themselves playing. Maybe for an exam, or for an audition, or maybe you just want to hear what your playing sounds like. There are a … Read more

How Many Octaves on a Piano?

Over the several hundreds of years the piano has taken to develop, the number of keys has changed dramatically, from as little as 32 keys when the piano was first developed, to up to 96 keys on a modern Bosendorfer Imperial. But why is this … Read more

What Is Polyphony on a Digital Piano?

Many people looking to buy a digital piano don’t really know where to start. There are so many models and variations on the market that it’s hard to know what sets them apart. However, I’m going to try to dispel a couple of these myths and … Read more

How Do Online Piano Lessons Work?

One of the great things about the internet is that it has allowed evolution and advancement in so many industries. For example, in business, tools like Slack and Zoom allow you to communicate with colleagues on the other side of the world as if they … Read more

How Wide Is a Piano?

Space is a consideration for many people when they consider buying a piano. Many people now live in cramped apartments and small houses. Pianos are big, and it’s important that you do your research before buying one to make sure that you actually have the … Read more

Where to Sell a Piano

While this blog is mainly about learning how to play, maintain and learn the piano, this topic is worth talking about. Chances are, even if you don’t want to quit the piano, you’re going to end up needing to sell a piano at some point … Read more

How Much Does a Steinway Grand Piano Cost?

The short answer: somewhere between $70,000 and $150,000.For many musicians, a Steinway grand piano is their dream piano. Most serious musicians have played one and recognise them to be some of the very best pianos that exist. While there are more expensive pianos, namely luxury … Read more

What Does the Middle Pedal on a Piano Do?

Most pianists are generally aware of what the two most common pedals on a piano do; the left pedal makes the sound softer, and the right pedal sustains the sound, making it longer. But many pianists are very confused by the middle pedal. Many simply … Read more

What Are Flowkey’s Pricing Options?

Full disclosure: I was given a free copy of Flowkey premium in order to review this product. Some of the links in this article are affiliate links. You can read more about this here.Flowkey is a useful tool for some pianists. I’ve written about Flowkey … Read more

How Much Does It Cost to Move a Piano?

On this site we’ve already spoken about moving a digital piano. This happens to be one of the most popular articles I’ve written. However, moving a digital piano is fairly simple in comparison to moving an upright or grand piano. You can easily move a … Read more

Why Do You Need to Tune a Piano?

Tuning a piano is one of the most important things you can do for your piano. It’s one of the key aspects of owning and maintaining a piano, but very few actually understand what it does and why do it. So why do you need … Read more

How Long Does It Take To Learn the Piano?

This is a common question when it comes to learning any instrument. Sure, you’ve bought yourself a piano, got a teacher, maybe signed up to an app like Flowkey or Simply Piano. But how long will it take for you to actually be able to … Read more

The 7 Most Difficult Piano Pieces Ever

Regular readers of this blog have often messaged me asking for my take on how hard a certain piece is, or what is the “hardest piano piece” ever? I don’t usually entertain these questions, because difficulty is one of the most subjective concepts when it … Read more

How to Fix Stuck Piano Keys

If you’ve got an acoustic piano, you will definitely have been there. One of your keys starts to stick. It’s one of the most frustrating things about owning a piano, and while it doesn’t generally happen too often, you may find yourself troubled by it … Read more

How to Use a Metronome for Piano Practice

A metronome is an incredibly useful tool that I believe all pianists can benefit from using in their practice. Its’ benefits are countless, but primarily if you are struggling with technical facility or timing, this is where you’ll get the most benefit out of a … Read more

How Much Is a Wurlitzer Piano Worth?

I’m guessing you’ve stumbled onto this page because you either want to sell your existing Wurlitzer piano, or you want to buy a Wurlitzer piano. But how do you determine what is a fair price to pay? How do you determine how much to list … Read more

How to Get Rid of a Piano for Free

Maybe it’s just not for you. Maybe you’ve tried, but you don’t have the time, patience, or will to learn piano. And that’s OK. Look, I firmly believe that everyone is capable of playing the piano. However, some will find that it’s just not for … Read more

How Long Do Digital Pianos Last?

For many people, a digital piano is a significant investment. It’s highly likely that you’ll be spending a significant amount of money on your piano. So naturally, you’ll want to ensure that you can use your piano for many years to come. But how long … Read more

How to Transport a Digital Piano

We’ve all needed to move house at one point or another. Whether you’re going to college, moving to a bigger place to start a family or taking your first steps into the real world by moving out from your parents’ house, it’s the same. If you’re … Read more

How Much Does a Digital Piano Weigh?

Pianos are heavy. Real heavy. You might be surprised at how heavy they are if you’ve ever tried to move one. There’s a reason piano moving is a profession – it takes an enormous amount of skill and strength to move a piano safely, and … Read more

4 Ways to Deal with Digital Piano Key Noise

Digital pianos offer excellent benefits over acoustic pianos in some situations. They’re more affordable, more accessible and most importantly, they’re quieter, meaning that now you can practice whenever you want. Or so it would seem. Your digital piano’s key noise might shock you when you finally … Read more

Will Practicing on a Digital Piano Ruin my Technique?

Throughout my time teaching and playing the piano, I’ve often come across this question. It’s usually from advanced students, who are looking to take their music-making seriously and want to progress as quickly and efficiently as possible.  They’re often concerned that the instrument, often a … Read more