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 number of ways you can record your piano, and not … 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 important to you when buying a piano today? Is it … 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 breathe some clarity into what is a very confusing field. One … 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 were in the same office. The music industry is no … 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 space for it. When most manufacturers advertise their pianos, they focus … 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 or another. Perhaps you’ve slaved away at your trusty old … 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 models by Bosendorfer and Fazioli, the Steinway represents the goal … 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 don’t know how to use it, what it does or … 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 before and think that for a certain demographic of pianists … 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 digital piano yourself without too many problems if you’re careful. … 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 to tune a piano?Tuning a piano doesn’t just involve making … 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 say “yes, I can play the piano?” You’ve made a … 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 comes to the piano. Just like interpretation, there is absolutely … 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 if you live in a warm or humid climate. In … 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 metronome. However, metronomes are often misused by piano students, who … 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 your piano for? You don’t want to ask for too … 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 them, and there’s nothing wrong with that. If you’ve decided … 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 do digital pianos last? Can you expect them to keep … 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 a pianist, moving presents just a tiny little bit more … 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 it’s not something you can do yourself. Digital pianos are not … 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 get it home and start practicing it. What you thought … 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 digital piano, that they’re practicing on might hinder them. And … Read more