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#1568411 - 12/02/10 05:07 AM Melbourne Area Australia - Piano Practice Room Rental
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Registered: 10/29/10
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Loc: Victoria, Australia
Hi all - just wondering if anyone know there is any piano practice room available for rental? I am currently studying for AMEB Grade 5 and would like to boost my confidence by playing at different pianos?

Thanks

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#1568422 - 12/02/10 05:31 AM Re: Melbourne Area Australia - Piano Practice Room Rental [Re: saveyourwork]
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Have you tried the various churches in your area. I'm sure there are many pianos in churches that don't get much use. You could offer to chip in for the tuning, hell you might even get offered a job to play for some prayer meeting in exchange for the use of the piano.
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#1568921 - 12/02/10 08:44 PM Re: Melbourne Area Australia - Piano Practice Room Rental [Re: saveyourwork]
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Loc: Melbourne-Australia
We have them available at Allans music in Melbourne at $5 per half hour.
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#1568927 - 12/02/10 08:53 PM Re: Melbourne Area Australia - Piano Practice Room Rental [Re: Lushey1]
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I don't think Allans Music (Burke St Store) has what you are hoping for. They only have some old yamaha u3 pianos in their practice rooms. I have tried them and they were out of tune as well.

Since you are preparing for your grade 5 exam I think it would be better if you can practice on a grand piano.

Can others give us an idea on where can we find piano practice room in Melbourne? I am very interested as well.

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#1569052 - 12/03/10 01:30 AM Re: Melbourne Area Australia - Piano Practice Room Rental [Re: kawaifans1025]
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Totally incorrect,kawaifans1025,the pianos are Kawai K5 uprights.
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#1569527 - 12/03/10 06:32 PM Re: Melbourne Area Australia - Piano Practice Room Rental [Re: Lushey1]
saveyourwork Offline
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Loc: Victoria, Australia
Thanks guys - I am overwhelmed by the response as I am new to the forum and just getting these responses are very encouraging.

Yes - I have tried Bourke Street Allans Music practice room but I have to say (sorry Lushey1) that sound isolation between each practice room needs some improvement.

Whenever I used the practice room, I can hear people playing guitar next door and also a few rooms down people playing the piano too. Furthermore, because the space of the practice room is small with wooden floor, the sound that generated from the piano just too loud to be able to play expressively. This normally leads me even more nervous because trying to control the sound instead of focus on playing.

I am thinking a floor with carpet with perhaps a mattress behind the piano (or some materials to absorb the sound) might help?

Note - this is solely my personal experience at Bourke Street Allans Music.

From memory - the piano is yamaha upright - not Kawai.

Anyway, I am just thinking if all the adult learners in Melbourne can chip in and buy a piano (to share) at some accessible location - then we can take turn to play and occasionally can organise some recitals for us!

Let me know what you think smile

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#1569568 - 12/03/10 07:53 PM Re: Melbourne Area Australia - Piano Practice Room Rental [Re: saveyourwork]
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Registered: 11/23/10
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Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Just curious Saveyourwork, what is your situation? Are you unable to have a piano where you live? Whereabouts are you located? Do you have a piano anywhere that you can use?

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#1569576 - 12/03/10 08:03 PM Re: Melbourne Area Australia - Piano Practice Room Rental [Re: ando]
raskdog Offline
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Registered: 10/25/10
Posts: 44
Loc: Melbourne Australia
From his OP I think he does have a piano. Just wants to try playing on different pianos.

saveyourwork - If you are anywhere near Cranbourne go into Cranbourne Music. I think they have piano rooms.

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#1569578 - 12/03/10 08:10 PM Re: Melbourne Area Australia - Piano Practice Room Rental [Re: raskdog]
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Originally Posted By: raskdog
From his OP I think he does have a piano. Just wants to try playing on different pianos.

saveyourwork - If you are anywhere near Cranbourne go into Cranbourne Music. I think they have piano rooms.

Oh yes, you are right! Sorry, I should have read that.

Where are you located? You are welcome to play my piano if you live in the northern suburbs. It's just a Yamaha U3 though.

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#1569579 - 12/03/10 08:11 PM Re: Melbourne Area Australia - Piano Practice Room Rental [Re: saveyourwork]
saveyourwork Offline
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Loc: Victoria, Australia
Hey ando - yes I have a Yamaha digital piano at home. However, sometimes I found that by playing on different pianos or different events (under stress), it will pick up a lot of different mistakes during my performance.

That's why I think if there is a place around Melbourne that provide piano practice room rental for adult learners, even have occasional recital events so that everyone can get a chance to experience how they performing under stressful condition, I think this will improve the performances.

Also normally I go to Allans music to practice when I am going nowhere with a piece (accuracy) and perform not as the way that I wanted during my piano lesson.

Thanks raskdog, might try Cranbourne music....

Anyone in Melbourne who has similar situation let me know what you think.

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#1570994 - 12/05/10 11:42 PM Re: Melbourne Area Australia - Piano Practice Room Rental [Re: saveyourwork]
kawaifans1025 Offline
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I know Lushey is the piano sales consultant at Allans Music, but the piano I played in one of their practice room is a Yamaha U3. I am sure because I owned a Yamaha myself too and I did open up the top cover to confirm.

The acoustic of the room needs work. There was something buzzing when I played some notes - can't remember which ones though.

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#1571101 - 12/06/10 06:35 AM Re: Melbourne Area Australia - Piano Practice Room Rental [Re: saveyourwork]
saveyourwork Offline
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Registered: 10/29/10
Posts: 15
Loc: Victoria, Australia
I might be wrong - a while ago when I used the right most practice room, there was a display label that says the piano is a Yamaha model and around $6500 (from memory). That's why I thought it is a Yamaha model.

However to be fair, I didn't check recently though unless the piano has changed.


Edited by saveyourwork (12/06/10 07:03 AM)

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#1571103 - 12/06/10 06:42 AM Re: Melbourne Area Australia - Piano Practice Room Rental [Re: saveyourwork]
kawaifans1025 Offline
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Registered: 07/17/10
Posts: 23
That could be right...... The last time I visited it was like 8 months ago.

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