Piano arrived

The Privia 830 arrived today.

Installing this takes a little bit of patience but the instructions were clear and they included Styrofoam pieces that aid in the installation. Very clever. There were a couple of minor issues. A thin wood backing was cracked and a couple of places could have fit better but overall impression is that for under $800, this could not be beat. At first I was fearing that I would regret not buying the high gloss finish version ( cost $500 more ), but after putting this together, I think this is just as good if not better. Unlike the high gloss, this will not show fingerprints as much.

 

Casio PX-830

So I finally went ahead and bought a keyboard. It really has everything I want. Small profile, weighted keys, very few features. I can’t wait!
http://www.casio.com/products/Digital_Pianos_%26_Keyboards/Privia_Digital_Pianos/PX-830BK/

I bought the BK model and not the BP model. The difference is in the polished wood. I just couldn’t justify the extra $500 for the polished finish. I hope I don’t regret not spending the extra dough.

Chord pictures

I really like the concept of chord pictures. Much like learning chords on a guitar, its all about the shape of the hand. Forget about memorizing the notes of each chord or its construction, just see the shape of the chord.

http://www.gospel-chords.com has a way to do this. Instead of remember in the root as the beginning of this shape construction, they recommend starting at the middle of the shape and putting the fingers as distance from the middle of the shape.

I’ll have to keep this in mind.

Looking for a new piano

I’m in the process of learning how to play the piano so I’ll post my adventures in learning to play here as well. I’m a total beginner so stuff I write is full of inaccuracies.

The first challenge is to find a good digital piano. I live in a small apartment in NYC. I need a decent instrument, good/low price, small, and with a real piano feel. I’ve read great things about Yamaha Clarinova, but I’m not really sure of the model.

There are tons of digital piano review sites out there, but I like this one: http://www.piano-keyboard-reviews.com/

The writer seems honest about his opinions of the products and I like the full disclosure.