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Early Christmas Gift
I now have a piano!!! I just received delivery this morning of my parents' incredible kind, thoughtful, generous gift of a Real Life Piano! It's an upright, and it's used, but it plays beautifully, and it's mine. I'm so happy with it! *poing* I took piano lessons all growing up, and always enjoyed playing. When I went away to college I still played periodically at the music building, but not often. Once I moved out on my own, I had no piano, and hardly ever played. Until a few years ago, when I got a nice electronic keyboard. I basically just used it as a piano, and it was so nice to get back into the skills again. But of course it's still not a real piano, although it's far better than nothing. The keys don't have the same "feel", and there aren't as many. But I was at least able to translate the practicing I did on my keyboard to playing my parents' piano when I visited them. Anyway, now that I have my own house, I have been wanting to get a real piano someday. But they're expensive, so I was putting it off - it was always going to be "someday". My lovely parents though, knowing all these things, decided to do some serious legwork, and found me a nice used piano - decent, but not horribly expensive. Within their budget, at least. So they got it for me for Christmas! Yay! It's beautiful!
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mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: December 21st, 2001 11:18 am (UTC) (Link)

WOW!

That's awesome! I've always wanted a real piano, myself, but I suppose I wouldn't get that much use out of it since I don't really play... but I'd learn dammit!

What kind of keyboard do you have?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 21st, 2001 05:07 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: WOW!

It's a Yamaha PSR 320. I don't know much about keyboards, but I think it's pretty decent. One nice feature it has is that it can tell how hard you hit a key, and adjust the volume accordingly, just like a piano will.

My dad learned the play the piano as an adult, and he loves it.
mrdisco99 From: mrdisco99 Date: December 21st, 2001 05:17 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: WOW!

I see... Yeah, that's definitely not giving you that weighted feel of real piano keys. Some electronic keyboards have weighted keys, but they're really expensive and usually don't do much more than piano sounds anyway.

I have a Yamaha CS1x which is a pretty decent machine, but I use it more for creating and playing electronic sounds... lots of knob-twiddling and programming and stuff. I don't really consider myself a keyboard player since I rarely play with both hands. The most complicated thing I can play is probably "Somebody" by Depeche Mode, which I know to be dreadfully simple. I usually let my computer do that stuff for me, though.

But, the keyboard definitely comes in handy for coming up with stuff on the fly that you just can't do with programming a computer. Plus, every once in a while I'll hear a cool keyboard riff and try to copy it. Sometimes I'm able to get it. :)

Someday I'll learn to really play the piano...
cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: December 21st, 2001 12:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
What kind of piano did they get you? Upright? Brand? I have a digital piano that almost feels and looks like a real piano. My daughter took lessons on a grand piano and came home to practice on mine. She could do it but she certainly could tell the difference.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 21st, 2001 07:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
A digital piano is a nice alternative, in that they are generally smaller and cheaper. Just like my keyboard. But there's something very satisfying about a real piano, even so. Mine is an upright. It is a
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A digital piano is a nice alternative, in that they are generally smaller and cheaper. Just like my keyboard. But there's something very satisfying about a real piano, even so. Mine is an upright. It is a <a href="http://www.krakauer.net/"Krakauer"</a>, which I'd never heard of before but seems very nice.
cynnerth From: cynnerth Date: December 22nd, 2001 07:03 am (UTC) (Link)

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Thanks for the link! I'd never heard of Krakauer pianos before. The pictures look beautiful :)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: December 22nd, 2001 08:59 am (UTC) (Link)

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Mine is not quite so beautiful, as it is used and a bit scratched up. Well, maybe still beautiful, just not as shiny. But it is still pretty darn neat looking, and sounds very nice.

Sorry I messed up the html code for the link.... only the word Krakauer was supposed to be linked, and that didn't show up at all! Darn, hate when that happens, and it wouldn't let me edit it. (:
guingel From: guingel Date: December 21st, 2001 06:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
ooh, yay!! how cool! we have a keyboard. I can play simple songs, as long as it's only with one hand. I can't do two at once. lol. Although i have long fingers, I've been told i have piano fingers. ::shrug:: Good for cello too. But I'm not dedicated enough to music to stay with something like that. If I didn't have to practice and if the teacher wasn't senile and annoying I'd have stayed. lol.

anyway--have fun with your piano!
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