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#1092703 - 11/10/04 05:51 PM Brand new here!
LifeIsGrand Offline
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Registered: 11/10/04
Posts: 4
Loc: Louisville, KY
Hi Everyone!

This is my very first post and I would just like to say hello and get acquainted. I have been saying for a couple of years that I would love to learn to play piano but never really put a lot of thought into it. Lately I've been pondering the idea more and more. I decided that since I'm going to finish school in a few months, now is as good a time as any to start planning out this seemingly daunting task. A couple things I'm wondering are

1) Does anyone have any suggestions on a good piano or keyboard to start with? I don't want to get one that, a year from now, I decide is less than mediocre at best. At the same time, I don't want to spend more than a thousand bucks, either (though less would be even better). I will hold quality with higher regard on this matter.

2) Does anyone know of a good instructor in the Louisville area? If you've tried some and liked or disliked them please let me know.

My goal here is to get a good understanding of the piano and learn how to read music. I have virtually no experience with music, unless you consider playing the Recorder in fourth grade or learning a couple cords from my brother during his oh-so-brief session with the guitar. I do, however, listen to music fanatically - all genres. Lately, I've really been getting into Jazz, the Rat Pack and especially Cabaret. I've also been into Classical for quite some time. I want to be able to play Jazz/Caberet more than anything, though Classical is something I definitely want to learn eventually. I won't be starting lessons or purchasing a piano until I finish school (unless, of course, my mother gets really generous this Christmas ;\) ). Until then, are there any books anyone suggests I pick up to get me headed in the right direction?

Thanks in advance for all the help, and I hope to hear from everyone soon.

Tim K
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#1092704 - 11/10/04 06:18 PM Re: Brand new here!
Bob Muir Offline
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Registered: 11/01/03
Posts: 2653
Loc: Lakewood, WA, USA
I'll tell you what my brother-in-law told me last year when I mentioned that I'd always wanted to learn to play the piano. He said, "well, you're not getting any younger". \:\) I realised he was right and started lessons shortly thereafter.

If you can swing it, I would highly recommend a real piano. You should be able to find a decent upright for around $1000.

If for whatever reason you don't want to buy a real piano yet, then don't buy anything less than a Yamaha P90. A keyboard has to be have weighted keys to be any good at all for practicing. I made the mistake of buying a DGX-500 at Costco for about $600 and found it to be nearly useless because of the non-weighted keys. I bought a piano about a month later.

#1092705 - 11/10/04 07:04 PM Re: Brand new here!
LifeIsGrand Offline
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Registered: 11/10/04
Posts: 4
Loc: Louisville, KY
Thank you, I was just about to ask if buying a crap-pot little $300 piece would be okay for now if it meant I could learn and buy a REALLY nice piano in a year. I know, I said I didn't want to do that, but if learning on one of these is almost a waste of time, then I won't even bother. I just don't know if I will be able to swing $1200 for a P120. I'm going to look right now for someone selling one on the 'net for much cheaper, but if anyone knows of a reliable site or retailer with the lowest prices, please let me know.

As for a real piano, any suggestions for a nice one in the hopefully-under-$1000 range?

Thanks again
Tim K
Tomorrow is another day,
Anoter chance to make things right-
A chance to fully live your life.

#1092706 - 11/10/04 07:36 PM Re: Brand new here!
Lightnin Offline
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Registered: 07/17/04
Posts: 210
I agree with Bob, that you do want good weighted keys. I bought a $300 DGX202 with the idea to learn, and it was good enough for the first couple of months, but once I could actually play a bit and was spending more time trying, then the unweighted keys were unsatisfactory and unpleasant. I bought a P90 about a year ago, and its been fine. As yet, I think I'm not sufficiently skilled to benefit much from a real piano, at least it never enters my mind that I need more.

#1092707 - 11/11/04 08:20 AM Re: Brand new here!
jdsher Offline
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Registered: 02/20/04
Posts: 643
Loc: Plano, Texas
Welcome to the forum Tim. I've sent you a list of teachers from the MTNA site. I hope you find a good one. A lot of us have been exactly where you are and have come to the conclusion that to play piano you need to play on a piano. When I started a little over a year ago, I knew I would need a piano, but I didn't want to lay out a bunch of cash. I opted to rent a piano until I could figure out whether playing piano would be a passing thing or not. Here I am 14 months later still enjoying myself and wanting desperately to buy a good piano. You might visit some local shops and see what they have that you can rent. I was able to find a nice little Kawai upright that I'm just now growing tired of.
Good luck and let us know how it goes with your first lesson.
"In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." Albert Einstein

#1092708 - 11/11/04 09:25 PM Re: Brand new here!
signa Offline
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Registered: 06/06/04
Posts: 8483
Loc: Ohio, USA
Casio PX100 is about $500, which is the cheapest digital piano (with weighted keys) i know of. you may find it at BestBuy. it is not however as good as some Yamaha models, but for a beginner it is good enough to learn on it for a year or 2. later on, if you think you really want to continue playing piano, then you have an option to buy a better piano.


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