PIANO For BEGINNERS
READ THIS Before you Buy a Piano For Beginners
FACTS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Twelve to Fifteen Hundred Dollars is about how much the 'Beginner Piano Buyer' expects to spend to find out if anyone in the family will really learn how to play the piano before making an investment of several Thousand dollars on a piano if no one in the family is really going to learn how to play. The reality is that most 'Starter Piano Buyers' end up spending More Money on a used piano then they would spend if they bought a Brand New piano for a beginner. Especially when you add up the cost of a used piano, the cost of moving the piano, the cost of having one or more pianos inspected by a Certified Piano Technician before purchasing one and if the used piano has not been tuned for sometime, the cost of two possibly three tunings. If you find the Piano is not capable of holding it's tune for very long add the cost of having to raise the pitch of the piano so it is able to hold it's tune and now every note will be in the wrong key. Then the cost of any repairs that are needed now or in the near future. One trip to the piano repair shop can easily cost well over a thousand dollars.
The Biggest Mistake Starter Piano Buyer's make is . . . Unknowingly they can prevent a Beginner from reaching their full potential, slow a Beginners progress and Increase the chance the Beginner will FAIL at learning how to play the piano. Whether you are a parent considering the piano for your child, an adult investigating a new hobby or a senior who finally has the time to pursue a life long dream, learning the piano brings a world of benefits to you and your family. A 'Starter Piano Buyer' needs to do everything possible that will Increase The Chance To Successfully Learn how to play the piano.
First lets look at some of the Other Skills one will develop when learning how to play the piano and then ask yourself how much a Music Education is worth, knowing a Beginner will acquire these Skills, in addition to learning how to play the piano.
The UCLA College Board found, over a Ten Year study, that Music students out performed Non-Music students on the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT). Music students scored an average of 52 points Higher on the verbal portion of the SAT and 37 points Higher on the Math portion of the SAT then Non-Music students, regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds.
The piano provides a medium for Self-Expression, creative problem solving and builds Self Confidence. Learning to play vastly improves hand-eye coordination, reading ability, concentration and memory. According to the Medical Science Monitor, playing piano can 'reverse multiple components of the human stress response on the gnomic level'. The ability to play gives one a LIFETIME of personal enjoyment and the gift of being able to entertain others.
INCREASE A BEGINNER'S CHANCE FOR SUCCESS
SUCCESS RATIO OF BEGINNERS PRACTICING ON NEW PIANOS VS USED PIANOS
Based on a study of 200 Beginners with 100 practicing on NEW Pianos and
100 Beginners practicing on USED Pianos, After Six Months.
Beginners with NEW Pianos: 80 were still taking lessons and 20 had dropped out.
Beginners with USED Pianos: 20 were still taking lessons and 80 had dropped out.
DISADVANTAGES TO BEGINNERS PRACTICING ON USED PIANOS:
1. Older Used Pianos are simply Harder to Play due to the way pianos were built many years ago compared to the way pianos are built today.
2. Many times a used older piano will not hold it's tune or will not hold it's tune for very long due to the previous owner(s) neglect of the pianos required annual maintenance. The Bass strings will start to sound tubby and the other strings will sound flat. A Beginner Piano Player can't learn proper ear and tone training if the piano is constantly changing it's tune. Beginners will also not hear music in the correct key if the piano needs a pitch raise to be able to hold it's tune. Pianos have 200 or more stretched strings. Pianos are built to last a long time provided they are maintained properly, but pianos do wear out and they don't last forever.
3. The Pianos Action, or the mechanical part that transfers the motion of the fingers on the keys to the hammers that strike the strings, on used pianos have wear on them or can be sluggish and worn out. A pianos Action has over 10,000 moving parts with critical tolerances that are subject to wear. Over time the Action will develop sticky keys and unbalanced or uneven keys which do not respond properly to touch. This makes it Much Harder for Beginners to Learn How To Play and even More difficult for Children who have Smaller Hands.
4. Many times used pianos are purchased without an inspection by a Certified Piano Technician. The new owner later discovers the used piano is in need of repair and the repair(s) may not be affordable or even worth having them done. Repairing an old piano does not increase the value and can cost as much or more then you paid for the piano. Refinishing a used pianos exterior will not make it play any better or sound any better.
5. When repairs are preformed Beginners are without a piano to practice on, possibly for weeks or even longer. There is also the expense of having the piano delivered to the repair shop then returned to your home after repairs are made. If you intend on restoring any piano, plan on spending six to ten thousand dollars or more. Most musicians restore a piano because the instrument has become their favorite piano to play and they plan on keeping the piano for many many years.
6. Be advised a Piano Factory Warranty is ONLY to the ORIGINAL Owner. In most cases a Piano's Factory Warranty is NOT Transferable to a New Owner, even if the piano is still in its warranted time period, which is generally ten years. Only a Factory Authorized Dealer can extend a pianos factory warranty. Many pianos today are mass produced in China and repairs under the Factory Warranty are much more common now days.
7. Most older used Piano Manufacturers went Out of Business many years ago, making Factory Service Unavailable and Original Parts impossibly hard to find. Parts are Very Expensive when they have to be custom made. A piano who's manufacturer has gone out of business is worth 50 percent less in value.
8. When a Beginner enrolls in Music School or takes private lessons they will play and learn on the Music School pianos, which are new Digital Pianos, or they play their Private Teachers Newer piano. Then the Beginner is expected to practice at home on a used piano. Beginners get frustrated and a used piano will discourage Beginners from practicing often or for very long.
No One Should Have to Make Excuses For the Piano They Own
if Someone Who Knows How to Play, Comes Over to Your Home
ADVANTAGES TO BEGINNERS PRACTICING ON NEW OR NEWER PIANOS
1. New Pianos Now Offer the latest developments in MIDI and Digital Learning Technology or can interface with Internet Piano Learning programs. Many Pianos have built-in piano lesson plans, for all levels, that can be taken at anytime. Beginners are able to play video games that are in fact Piano and Music Learning programs, making learning how to play the piano a Fun Game for everyone but are Teaching music at the same time. Beginners can easily spend hours playing Music Learning Videos. An Acoustic Piano could also include a Digital Player and Record System.
2. Digital Pianos allow Beginners to play with just the right or left hand score. They automatically scroll the Music across a monitor. Record and Play Back lesson plans instantly. Connect to the Internet for Piano Upgrades, Download Music, Play in Competitions, Take Lessons, Connect with Teachers and Much More. A Digital Piano can also play by itself and can be connected to your home entertainment system for your listening pleasure.
3. A New piano comes with a Full 10 Year Factory Warranty assuring you that if your piano had a problem: the Piano will be serviced in your home, moving expenses are covered if the Piano is sent out for repair, or it will be replaced with No Additional Cost. Loaner pianos can also be provided so a beginners lessons are never interrupted.
4. More Beginners continue with their lessons on a New piano that they are proud to own and a piano everyone else respects.
5. A New piano sounds better, feels better and is easier to play then an old used piano, making it more fun to play and easier for Beginners to learn with.
6. Most New pianos offer a Silent Practice Feature, allowing Beginners to practice using headphones and not disturb siblings or anyone else in the household.
7. When a Beginner is ready for a larger piano you can utilize the Piano Gallery Starter To Finish Piano Purchase Plan™ to trade in your piano and get back what you paid credited toward a larger piano. The Features and Benefits of the Plan are shown below.
WHAT IS A TYPICAL STARTER PIANO OR BEGINNERS PIANO
When shopping for a Piano we all see Ad Titles stating: Starter Piano For Sale or Great Piano for a Beginner, then when you read the Ad you discover the Piano For Sale is generally an Old Upright Piano possibly made by a Company that went out of business years ago. The price will most likely be attractive and many times the ad will say, the only thing the Piano needs is a Tuning.
You have to ask? Why is this Piano considered to be a Starter Piano? It wasn't sold originally as a Starter Piano, when it was Brand New it was offered as an Upright Piano good for any playing level. The Piano may even look like a New Piano but the shape of Piano Cases and size of Pianos have not significantly changed at all in well over 100 years. So what makes this Piano special enough to be a Beginners Piano?
Generally when a used Piano for sale is referred to as a Starter Piano, this means the Piano does Not play well enough for someone who really does know how to play the Piano. When a Piano needs to be tuned this indicates the required annual maintenance has been neglected. What’s worse is when a Piano has the inability to stay in tune or will not hold it's tune for very long because of a bad pin block, worn out strings or loose tuning pins. Many Pianos in this poor of condition are marginally repaired, refinished then sold for high profits by Piano Technicians or are offered as inexpensive Rental Pianos. The Rent-It, Before You Buy-It, Sales Concept is also a popular way to sell these poor quality Pianos to unsuspecting buyers.
All Pianos, in due time, earn the name of Starter Piano. When a Piano gets old, the action shows signs of wear and it will need refurbishing or expensive repairs, they have been sold inexpensively as Great Starter Pianos. For over a hundred years Pianos of poor quality have been advertised as starter pianos. Also for over one hundred years Piano Manufactures like Steinway have advertised Pianos are built so well they can be passed down from one generation to the next and to the next, because they last so long. The combination of advertising campaigns, Piano Stores and private parties claiming poor quality used Pianos are Great Starter Pianos has influenced many people to falsely believe they are an acceptable instrument for a Beginner to learn on which is a myth. Attempting to learn on a Piano like this would be like trying to learn how to dribble using an out-of-round basketball with a slow leak, or learning how to play pool practicing with a crooked cue stick. The Reality is many Used Pianos make learning how to play much more difficult for a Beginner. They just don't work very well even if they are an acoustic.
We have seen Pianos go out of tune in a matter of hours and others loose their tune in 5 to 10 days. It's important to realize there can be problems with a piano that may not show up immediately or that can't be seen with the naked eye. Never buy a used Piano from a private party without having it inspected by a reputable Certified Piano Technician BEFORE you buy it, and even they occasionally overlook a problem. The inter-working mechanics of an Acoustic Piano are very complex more complex then most can imagine. There is approximately 18 tons (36,000 lbs.) of pressure being exerted over 200 or more stretched steel Piano strings. The down bearing pressure on the bridge helps to maintain the crown of the soundboard giving the Piano it's lively response. There are more then 12,000 parts in a Piano, 10,000 which are moving. Each note in a Grand Piano has over 35 points of adjustment, which is over 3,080 adjustments for an entire Piano. Like an automobile engine, they eventually wear out and need to be completely rebuilt.
WHAT IS THE BEST PIANO FOR A BEGINNER?
One of the best true stories about a Starter Piano is a customer came in the Piano Store one afternoon and purchased an Upright Piano for his Beginner daughter. When making the arrangements for delivery he was insistent we haul away his current Piano. I asked him if he would like to trade it in? Then he explained how he found an Upright Piano beached on the side of the road somewhere in Louisiana after the Katrina Hurricane. He said the Piano must have floated a couple of miles to get there. He loaded the beached Upright into his pick-up and moved to Phoenix, Arizona thinking with a little work the Piano would make a Great Starter Piano for his daughter. Unfortunately the beached Upright was not repairable but he and his daughter seemed happy with their new Upright Piano. Water has to be the number one enemy to the inside of a Piano.
If you have Googled, what is the Best Piano for a Beginner, you are aware of the mixed reviews from many different people that hold many different positions in life and in music. As mentioned above, some still believe an old worn out hand-me-down Piano is the Best Instrument for a Beginner to learn on and practice with. The only thing they All DO Agree upon is a Beginner Piano needs to play well and it must be Affordable.
The Beginner or in most situations the Parents, have already committed financially to Music School or Private Lessons, yet have no idea if their Beginner will enjoy learning how to play the Piano and continue with Piano Lessons. What's Affordable or how much Parents are willing to spend for a Beginner Piano many times, hinges on how they perceive the Beginners Commitment to wanting to learn how to play, which can be difficult to judge if the Beginner is very young. Then we Must be Realistic, Not all Beginners are going to like learning how to play the Piano, some will drop-out, quit or fail.
Being in the Piano Business and faced with this question often we spent a tremendous amount of time researching what is the Best Piano for a Beginner. We spoke to and looked at the different Student and School Models made by several different Piano Companies. We even spoke with and interviewed Music Teachers, Piano School Directors, Music Labs and Professional Piano Artist. Most important we spoke with Parents and Beginners from 3 years old to 89. Then we analyzed all the information and separated the Facts from Circumstance and Reality from Myths. After reviewing just the Facts we developed a Program for Parents and older Beginners that resolves What are the Best Pianos for a Beginner. It's called The Starter To Finish Piano Purchase Plan™. First lets look at what was discovered and the overall results of the research.
BEGINNER PIANO RESEARCH RESULTS & FACTS
CONFLICTS SURROUNDING A BEGINNER PIANIST
• Most Parents want to spend as little as possible on a Beginner Piano figuring, learn or not, they will eventually sell it anyway.
• The Majority of Parents and older Beginners have no idea how much a Piano can cost and are Shocked at the prices.
• 80 percent of Beginners succeed at learning to play using a New Piano compared to only 20 percent using a Used Piano.
• As Beginners learn to play the Piano better they will require a different Piano to play & practice on to reach their potential.
• Parents do agree when their Beginner learns to play the Piano they will acquire a better Piano for the Beginner to play.
• By the 15th month most Beginner Pianos have been sold or traded in for different Pianos. Eventually 98 percent are let go.
• Parents unsure if their child will learn Piano & unaware of Piano prices do not plan ahead financially for the cost of Pianos.
• Beginners practice more often and for longer periods of time using a New Piano rather then a Used Piano.
• Digital Pianos & Keyboards are used for teaching in Music Schools and Music Labs and out sell Acoustic Pianos almost 3 to 1.
• Young Beginners have no choice and will attempt to learn how to play on whatever Piano they are given or can afford.
• The Majority of Parents start out shopping for Used Upright Pianos under $1,000 thinking it's the best Piano for a Beginner.
• Beginners learn faster and progress more rapidly using a New Piano to practice on rather then a Used Piano.
• A Beginner Piano is an Instrument to learn on first, like a tool IS to a Craftsman, Parents are shopping for Furniture Too.
• Most Young Beginners are overwhelmed or intimidated by the size of an Acoustic Piano unless they have grown up with one.
• America has become the dumping grounds for Used Pianos since there is no market for Used Pianos in Asia where their made.
• As an adult a Beginner will always remember learning how to play the Piano and always want to start again if they stopped.
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STARTER TO FINISH PIANO PURCHASE PLAN™
FOR PIANO PLAYERS AGE 3 & UP
ANYONE CAN JOIN & SAVE WITH THE BENEFITS OF THE STARTER TO FINISH PIANO PURCHASE PLAN™
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• AFFORDABLE BRAND NEW BEGINNER ACOUSTIC PIANOS & DIGITAL PIANOS
• MEMBERSHIP IN THE STARTER TO FINISH™ PIANO PURCHASE PLAN IS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE PIANO
• YOU CAN BECOME A MEMBER ANYTIME BY PURCHASING A PIANO FOR ANY LEVEL. TRADE INS ARE ACCEPTED
• ALWAYS A BRAND NEW PIANO WITH A FULL FACTORY WARRANTY
• FLEXIBLE TIMED PIANO TRADE-UP PURCHASE OPTIONS COINCIDE WITH BEGINNERS PROGRESS
• TRADE IN VALUE NEVER DECREASES AND IS ALWAYS FOR THE AMOUNT YOU PAID MINUS SALES TAX
• SAVE HUNDREDS THEN THOUSANDS ON PIANOS AS A BEGINNER PROGRESSES TO THE NEXT LEVEL
• PIANOS ALWAYS MEET OR EXCEED TEACHER & MUSIC SCHOOL PIANO REQUIREMENTS
• NEVER BE FACED WITH PIANO REPAIR BILLS. PIANO REPAIRS, IF EVER NEEDED, ARE COVERED BY WARRANTY
• SAVES YOU TIME & MONEY. NEVER DEAL WITH SELLING YOUR OLD PIANO FOR LESS THEN YOU PAID
• THE PIANO PURCHASE PLAN ENCOURAGES & REWARDS BEGINNERS FOR CONTINUING PIANO LESSONS
• INCREASES LEARNING ABILITY TO PLAY AS MUCH AS 400% COMPARED TO PRACTICING WITH A USED PIANO
• SATISFIES BEGINNER - INTERMEDIATE - ADVANCED AND CONCERT PIANO NEEDS
• PURCHASE OPTIONS ALLOW TIME FOR YOU TO BUDGET BEFORE YOUR NEXT LEVEL TRADE-UP
• LOW INTEREST EASY FINANCING AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO WANT IT OAC
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