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Roland piano site and guidebook

If you’re thinking of buying a piano, there’s a lot to consider apart from the price and how it sounds and looks. Although most people initially think of owning an acoustic piano, sales of digital pianos have been increasing steadily for years, and they now outsell their acoustic counterparts as…

Piano lessons – Basics of piano-sight reading

Pianist magazine presents piano teacher Tim Stein with the tenth in a series of piano lessons on the basics of playing the piano. Here he shows you how to go about improving your sight-reading. Tim demonstrates on the Roland HP-507 digital piano. Piano lessons – Fingering for Scales and Arpeggios Piano…

Piano Lessons – How to start practicing a piece

There are many things to consider when looking at a piece for the first time. Tempo markings, time and key signatures and getting a sense of the rhythm are all areas that should be studied before you play your first note. In this clip, Tim Stein shows how an understanding…

Piano Lessons – Fingering for Scales and Arpeggios

Scales and arpeggios have been an integral part of keyboard technique since before the piano was invented.  Rather than being boring mechanical exercises, scales and arpeggios should form a part of a regular practice routine.  They are very common, so a good a technical grasp of scales is an essential…

Piano Lessons – Piano tone and sound

What is the secret of a beautiful piano tone? The piano is a percussive instrument where the sound is made by a hammer hitting a string. If you hit the key hard, you get a loud sound and if you hit it gently, you get a soft sound. What about…