QUOTE(A.U.K @ May 21 2012, 09:11 PM)
QUOTE(oldromola @ May 21 2012, 12:23 PM)
I have pointed out that an acoustic piano would be the best thing but they are adamant that they want a digital piano..
They are right to be adamant in my humble opinion! Of course a Steinway grand piano sounds better than any digital, but for 99.9% of us the way forward is via the latter.
I am not entirely sure how to take your response..why are they right to be adamant.? I was not for one moment suggesting that they purchase a Steinway Grand but feel as many Piano teachers do that an acoustic piano would be preferable if possible which in this instance it is. I am not suggesting that digital pianos don't have a place and they are much improved but for what they cost a good secondhand acoustic piano could easily be bought. There's not a lot of difference size wise and to me it seems sensible to learn on a more traditional piano..
Thanks to all for the suggestions I will pass them on..
I don't really believe in being 'adamant' one way of the other but, as a piano teacher, I usually recommend digital pianos as opposed to acoustic pianos.
Leaving aside quality for price arguments, it's mainly to due to experience to do with house lay-outs and family dynamics.
Purely personally, we have quite a large house with a lovely huge, double height ceiling living room at one end. For three years we had the loan of a gorgeous grand piano in this room.
Mu husband is diploma level, me a bit lower, one son was about grade 5/6 and the other about grade 2/3.
And practically no one used that piano (apart from my husband sometimes). It filled the house. Even at the other end, you couldn't 'get away' from it.
My younger son, as the 'weakest' player, absolutely refused to play it - because everyone would hear him. Older son liked to practise at 7 in the morning so that didn't work. No one could watch TV if someone was playing. My husband practises 'properly' - 15 minutes going over and over the same 8 bars - it drove us mad, like getting caught in a time loop.
But the Yamaha clavinova got excellent daily use . . .