How to Play Piano – Part 3 – Arms Equal Power and Depth

HOW TO UTILIZE PARTS OF THE BODY: Power Versus Speed In playing the piano, different parts of the body are utilized according to the requirements of power and speed. The more power required, the more mass of the body is utilized. The more speed, the less mass is needed. Finger technique: When the utmost in speed is required, only the … Continue reading How to Play Piano – Part 3 – Arms Equal Power and Depth

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Robert Estrin on Lynn Serafinn’s Garden of the Soul – BlogTalk Radio

Listen to internet radio with Lynn Serafinn on Blog Talk Radio

Episode 70 – Follow Your Dreams

Author, Transformation Coach and book promotion coach Lynn Serafinn hosts master pianist, composer, music historian, and performance artist Robert Estrin. A second generation concert pianist, Robert was brought up in a widely-known musical family, so he knew how tough it is to “make it” as a classical performer, and supported himself for many years from a combination of performing, teaching, freelance work and, occasionally, the “day job”. In his 40s, after decades of wearing many “hats” and feeling like he wasn’t getting anywhere in life, Robert decided to leave a lucrative 6-figure job he had working for a top-end musical instrument retailer, and began his quest for something worth his life’s energy. After seeking for answers through numerous self-help books and audio, he envisioned “Living Piano”—a new venture that could utilize all his talents, and allow him to express his passion for instruments, music, history and, most of all, performance.

Robert now lives his passion every day with his Living Piano career, sharing the joy of music and our human connection to the past through his brilliant and unique performance art. On tonight’s show, Robert will share clips from his Living Piano performances, along with his insights into how it is sometimes necessary in life to give up what is good for what is important, so you can find sources of limitless energy and motivation for success and happiness beyond your wildest expectations. Tune in to this inspiring show, and get to hear from a true musical master, who has found is authentic voice by allowing music to speak through his work.

YOUR HOST LYNN SERAFINN is in Round 2 of the “Next Top Spiritual Author” contest. To view her compelling entry video, her fascinating book proposal AND read a COMPLETE section from her bestselling book The Garden of the Soul, cast your vote of support, at http://www.NextTopAuthor.com/?aid=2016.

Listen to internet radio with Lynn Serafinn on Blog Talk Radio Episode 70 – Follow Your Dreams Author, Transformation Coach and book promotion coach Lynn Serafinn hosts master pianist, composer, music historian, and performance artist Robert Estrin. A second generation concert pianist, Robert was brought up in a widely-known musical family, so he knew how tough it is to “make … Continue reading Robert Estrin on Lynn Serafinn’s Garden of the Soul – BlogTalk Radio

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How to Play Piano – IT’S ALL IN THE WRIST

HOW TO UTILIZE PARTS OF THE BODY: Power Versus Speed In playing the piano, different parts of the body are utilized according to the requirements of power and speed. The more power required, the more mass of the body is utilized. The more speed, the less mass is needed. Finger technique: When the utmost in speed is required, only the … Continue reading How to Play Piano – IT’S ALL IN THE WRIST

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How to Buy a Piano

digital-pianosAcoustic Versus Digital:

There are benefits to both acoustic and digital pianos. However, if the primary purpose is learning to play the piano, an acoustic piano is best. A digital piano has many features that are useful for other purposes such as working with music software, practicing with headphones, and playing a wide variety of sounds. But the piano action of an acoustic piano has nearly 100 parts for each key which provides a much higher level of performance. The subtleties of touch and pedaling enable much more expressive performance on an acoustic piano.

Upright Versus Grand:

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An upright might be a good choice if space and budget are limited. However, a grand piano offers superior touch and tone. The vertical motion of hammers in a grand piano offers faster repetition than the horizontal hammer motion of an upright piano. Also, the length of the keys beyond the fall board is greater on a grand piano than on an upright offering better leverage when playing black keys and between black keys. Finally, the sound of a grand piano projects into the room, not into the wall. You may be surprised at how easy it is to place a baby grand piano since it looks good on all sides and can be placed in a corner.

New Versus Used:

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If budget is unlimited, buying new can be a good choice. However, it comes with risks. A piano doesn’t reach its full potential until it has had a chance to season and become broken in. So, it is difficult to assess the quality of a new piano until years down the line. Also, if there are any major manufacturing defects in a piano, it will almost always evidence itself within the first few years. Used pianos can offer tremendous value but you must have knowledge in order to make the right buying decision. Factors include the quality of the manufacturer, as well as the history of the specific piano in question.

New: Handmade Versus Production Pianos:

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Asian production pianos cost a fraction of hand-made American and European pianos. They are best bought new or nearly new because once they wear out, it doesn’t pay to restore them because they are so inexpensive to begin with. American pianos are a dying breed. We have gone from over 300 manufacturers prior to WWII to 3 companies producing pianos in the United States today. While everyone knows Steinway is a great piano, there are several other piano companies that produced pianos equal to Steinway which can be purchased for a fraction of the cost if you know what to look for. Because this is a vanishing commodity, there is lasting value in these instruments and it can be worthwhile restoring Mason & Hamlin, Knabe, Sohmer, Chickering, Baldwin and many other great American pianos.

Used: Rebuilt Versus Reconditioned:

restored-chickering-grand-pianoUnlike people, pianos don’t age unless acted upon by outside forces, namely environment and use. A piano that isn’t played very much and has spent its life in a stable environment in regards to temperature and humidity may only require reconditioning in order to achieve a high level of performance. This is true of some high quality pianos 50 or 75 years old! Other pianos much younger may require rebuilding which involves removal of the strings and plate, and complete restoration of the 10,000 parts throughout the instrument. While this is very costly, the high price of new hand-made pianos makes this investment worthwhile for the right instrument.

giant-pianoSize Matters:

With pianos, all things being equal, bigger is better. This is due to the longer strings and bigger sound board which offer enhanced tone. However, it is important to match the size of the piano to the room. A larger piano produces more volume. So you must assess the acoustics and purpose of the piano to determine what size is appropriate for the space.

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old-pianoThink Long Term:

Unlike almost everything else you buy, you buy a piano only once if you make the right decision. This is because a piano can last a lifetime if it is properly cared for. So you should think beyond your current family situation and home and project far into the future when making a purchasing decision.

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piano-furniturePiano as Instrument and Furniture:

While a piano is a musical instrument, it is also one of the most significant pieces of furniture you invest in. So, consider the look of the piano so that you are happy living with it. Black pianos are the most popular, offer the easiest resale, and also are most versatile. But you should ultimately get what you like to be happy.

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inside-of-pianoIntellect Versus Emotion:

While it is important to make the right decision when getting a piano, ultimately it is about satisfying aesthetics. You must not over think it. If you feel an attachment to the sound and look of a piano, it is probably the right one to get. Because then you will want to play and hear the instrument. Educate yourself as to what to look for, but ultimately make the decision based upon what you love.

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Acoustic Versus Digital: There are benefits to both acoustic and digital pianos. However, if the primary purpose is learning to play the piano, an acoustic piano is best. A digital piano has many features that are useful for other purposes such as working with music software, practicing with headphones, and playing a wide variety of sounds. But the piano action … Continue reading How to Buy a Piano

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How to Play Piano – Finger Techniques

In playing the piano, different parts of the body are utilized according to the requirements of power and speed. The more power required, the more mass of the body is utilized. The more speed, the less mass is needed.

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What Are the Best Piano Brands?

So What Are the Best Piano Brands?

The country of origin is often the best indicator of the quality of pianos. Since piano production began in Germany and the United States, these represent the very best piano brands.

The United States only has 3 manufacturers left although there used to be hundreds of piano companies building in America. Today we have only:

Steinway

is Steinway the best piano brand

 

 

Steinway makes about 2500 pianos a year

 

 

 

Mason & Hamlin

is mason and hamlin one of the best piano brands

 

 

Mason & Hamlin builds only 250 pianos per year

 

 

 

 

 

Charles Walter

Charles Walter, one of the top piano brands in the united states

 

 

Charles Walter is a relative newcomer which builds only about 65 pianos each year.

 

 

 

 

 

The best European pianos come primarily from Germany:

Bechstein

Bechstein is one of the best piano brands in the world

Bluthner

Bluthner pianos are one of the best brands

Bosendorfer (from Austria)

Bosendorfer is one of the best piano brands in Europe, they are based in Austria

Fazioli (from Italy)

Fazioli from Italy is one of the best piano brands in the world

The Eastern European pianos are not as refined but offer excellent value:

Petrof/Weinbach

(The same company produces both pianos.)
petrof and weinbach are among the best piano brands

Estonia

estonia is one of the best piano brands in europe

Japan makes the best Asian production pianos. There are 2 companies which are the largest and second largest manufacturers of pianos in the world:

Yamaha

Yamaha is one of the best asian production brand pianos

Kawai

kawai is one of the best piano brands in Asia

Both companies have factories throughout Asia (not just in Japan) and the best pianos they build are made in Japan. They offer everything from budget instruments to hand-made pianos rivaling the best German and American pianos.

Korea has been making pianos for quite some time. While not as refined as the Japanese pianos, they continually improve. There are 2 Korean piano manufactures both of which have factories in other countries:

Samick

samick is a great piano brand, is it one of the best?

Young Chang

young chang is one of the best asian piano brands

Samick sells pianos under many different brand names including Kohler and Campbell, Knabe, Sohmer, Pramberger, Remington and many more. These are referred to as “stencil pianos” since the original manufacturer is either out of business or it is a made up name. Young Chang sells pianos under the Weber name.

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Best Piano Brands

The country of origin is often the best indicator of the quality of pianos. Since piano production began in Germany and the United States, these represent the very best, pianos.

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