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by markymark
24 Aug 2011, 16:21
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha P155 4 Level Sampling Yes or No ???
Replies: 1
Views: 2427

Re: Yamaha P155 4 Level Sampling Yes or No ???

Yes the P155 does have 4-level AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling.
by markymark
24 Aug 2011, 16:19
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha P155 Specs ???
Replies: 2
Views: 2946

Re: Yamaha P155 Specs ???

There shouldn't be a difference.
by markymark
02 Aug 2011, 12:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: How to sell an unusual piano
Replies: 11
Views: 3180

Re: How to sell an unusual piano

I did a couple of posts yesterday with pictures and more information, but they don't seem to have made it on here yet - does that mean they've been lost, or could they still be waiting to be approved? Just want to know whether to try and post them again! Thanks. New users must have their first thre...
by markymark
20 Jul 2011, 14:43
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: How to make it happen?
Replies: 1
Views: 1185

Re: How to make it happen?

Rehearsing hands separately is okay provided that you are trying to play both hands together or at least are getting to the point where you are ready/prepared to put both hands together. It's hard to tell from your post but I get the impression that sight-reading is an area for development. If it is...
by markymark
17 Jul 2011, 13:45
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: How can you play fast Piano Etudes?
Replies: 4
Views: 2607

Re: How can you play fast Piano Etudes?

and remember that "fast music is slow music speeded up" ! Take each note at a very steady pace - around half-speed to start with. Developing your finger strength should have already been encountered with 4 octave scales.... major & both sets of minors/ chromatics/ arpeggios/ dom & dim 7ths etc etc....
by markymark
17 Jul 2011, 13:36
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Digital piano for a university
Replies: 6
Views: 4151

Re: Digital piano for a university

If you only need the instrument for a few lectures a week, would you not consider something more portable or light weight such as a Yamaha P-155?
by markymark
22 Jun 2011, 16:18
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Performing on an unfamiliar instrument.
Replies: 8
Views: 1941

Re: Performing on an unfamiliar instrument.

I hadn't intended on following the music; I have a strange habit of closing my eyes once I've started playing. However, the piece is approximately six minutes long and I'm wondering if I might feel more comfortable having the music in case of a sudden mental block? If you're not used to performing ...
by markymark
17 Jun 2011, 21:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Performing on an unfamiliar instrument.
Replies: 8
Views: 1941

Re: Performing on an unfamiliar instrument.

As I was reading, I was starting to wonder if practice time was going to get a mention. A few hours will be more than enough I reckon! After about one hour, you'll be more than acquainted with the feel of the instrument. As someone who has never played a Steinway grand, I can't speak from experience...
by markymark
16 Jun 2011, 00:32
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: RIP Uncle Ronnie :(
Replies: 6
Views: 2654

Re: RIP Uncle Ronnie :(

I'm so sorry for your loss!

I was watching your uncle playing one of your U3 pianos on your website not so long ago. He was a real talent!

Thinking about you, Mark!
by markymark
15 Jun 2011, 20:23
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Keys clicking on new Korg SP170
Replies: 3
Views: 3773

Re: Keys clicking on new Korg SP170

I'm not a fan of Korg due to its piano sound but I have not tried this model and so can't speak from experience. If the keyboard weighs 12kg, as you say, then you're going to find that the keyboard won't absorb the impact as well as a heavier keyboard - I've always found that. It's one of the reason...
by markymark
12 Jun 2011, 14:07
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano logistics liquidated and bought out?
Replies: 13
Views: 5219

Re: Piano logistics liquidated and bought out?

Sorry Mark .... have to agree that I too wouldn't view it as anything else but normal friendly chit chat. In fact everywhere I go people ask "how's business" or " are you experiencing any effects of the general economic downturn"! Rather than regarding it as being un-professional, I regard it as an...
by markymark
09 Jun 2011, 23:08
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Piano mover caught overweight
Replies: 6
Views: 2278

Re: Piano mover caught overweight

Gill the Piano wrote:If they start doing piano TUNERS for being overweight I'll have to retire... :shock:
Whenever I read that, I was thinking along the same lines - penalising piano tuners for being 16 stone! :lol:

Trust Mark to confuse us!
by markymark
08 Jun 2011, 17:03
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Summer holiday plans?
Replies: 20
Views: 4835

Re: Summer holiday plans?

I have such as headache! Was sitting up until 1:30a.m. finalising details for this big family holiday. That coupled with a day of tired, grumpy kiddies hasn't helped! :(
by markymark
07 Jun 2011, 22:23
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Billy Joel & Elton John....
Replies: 9
Views: 2993

Re: Billy Joel & Elton John....

Ooohhhhh.... get you! :P
by markymark
07 Jun 2011, 22:20
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Billy Joel & Elton John....
Replies: 9
Views: 2993

Re: Billy Joel & Elton John....

Wow! Catherine Tate should do a sketch like that for the really posh family cariacatures she has on her program! "Sorry children! This is not our day! The Mercedes has broken down and we have to drive a rental Audi! Aaaaahhh! But there's worse to come. Mama's new pieno is not Japanese at all - it's ...
by markymark
07 Jun 2011, 22:11
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Billy Joel & Elton John....
Replies: 9
Views: 2993

Re: Billy Joel & Elton John....

I'll bet your were a whiney kid too, Mark! :wink:

"Moom! I don't kaya if the piano has a good crisp bess or not, but I don't woont ta pleh!"
by markymark
04 Jun 2011, 23:38
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Restore shine to ivory keys?
Replies: 35
Views: 39231

Re: Restore shine to ivory keys?

Sorry, haven't posted before, wrote a reply but it doesn't seem to be showing.... Due to the number of new members registering to either spam or for the sole purpose of advertising their products (be they piano-related or not), new members now have to have their first three posts "approved" by a me...
by markymark
31 May 2011, 17:25
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: KORG microPIANO - 5 kg Grand Piano
Replies: 5
Views: 3807

Re: KORG microPIANO - 5 kg Grand Piano

I think Korg have finally lost the plot and given up! Korg make some of the best workstations going but, to me, have failed to make a lasting impression with their stage piano range. This is just too "gimmicky" for one of the "big boys" in keyboard musical instruments. It doesn't even sound good! Ha...
by markymark
31 May 2011, 17:20
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Kawai CA63 or Yamaha CLP470
Replies: 7
Views: 8714

Re: Kawai CA63 or Yamaha CLP470

I'm quite surprised to see how Kawai and Roland tend to be priced higher than Yamaha's equivalent models. I know that Kawai can offer more extras such as 192 polyphony and give a lot of thought to their keyboard action but did no one else feel that the Kawai#s upper region (from say D5 upwards) soun...
by markymark
23 May 2011, 16:48
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Success - at long last!
Replies: 3
Views: 2700

Re: Success - at long last!

Well we can all now look forward to hearing some of your posts on the Piano Performance forum soon, then?
by markymark
21 May 2011, 12:47
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Eurovision 2011, Düsseldorf
Replies: 5
Views: 1831

Re: Eurovision 2011, Düsseldorf

Eurovision is always very confusing for people living in Northern Ireland. In the right climate, we can straddle Ireland and UK in sport, in the Eurovision, mobile phones (because depending on where you live, you can cross the border limits of Vodafone UK and Vodafone IE and the other companies are ...
by markymark
17 May 2011, 17:19
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Kawai CA63 or Yamaha CLP470
Replies: 7
Views: 8714

Re: Kawai CA63 or Yamaha CLP470

The strange thing about keyboard action is that the voice setup and quality can also have a major impact too. In other words, which one sounded better? Personally, I think Kawai trails behind Yamaha or Roland.
by markymark
15 May 2011, 14:31
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Summer holiday plans?
Replies: 20
Views: 4835

Re: Summer holiday plans?

Ah recycled? Is that what gives them their "goad crisp bess"? :P
by markymark
15 May 2011, 14:29
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Eurovision 2011, Düsseldorf
Replies: 5
Views: 1831

Re: Eurovision 2011, Düsseldorf

Anyone got their eyes on Eurovision this year? (I know you like a bit of le Pays Bas, sept points once a year markymark!) I watched it last night, missing the first two performances but I don't think I missed anything either when I saw the re-runs. Not a bad show at all this year. I thought Germany...
by markymark
15 May 2011, 02:10
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Summer holiday plans?
Replies: 20
Views: 4835

Re: Summer holiday plans?

Does anyone else feel guilty about flying yet? You know because of the dirty jet fuel. It wouldn't stop me flying just yet but I can feel the guilt creeping up when I think about flying. No more than you with all those desecrated, butchered trees you have in your showroom, Mark that otherwise would...
by markymark
11 May 2011, 21:53
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Random ramblings...
Replies: 39
Views: 6646

Re: Random ramblings...

I've just been watching Mark G give a 'tour' of his collection of Yamaha models on his website. Could call yourself a 'model of models' I suppose Mark! In fact I've learned all there is to know about bright tones and mellow tones, but all I really wanted to know is how to play the things properly. ...
by markymark
11 May 2011, 21:51
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Summer holiday plans?
Replies: 20
Views: 4835

Re: Summer holiday plans?

BTW Markymark, welcome back to your rightful place, it's so nice to see you again - do you also have magical powers vested in you again?? Yes - and then some! I'm not listed on the forums because I have access to them all now anyway so no point in specifying which ones I moderate. Sorry to hear abo...
by markymark
10 May 2011, 17:13
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Summer holiday plans?
Replies: 20
Views: 4835

Summer holiday plans?

Last week I booked my flight to Florida! I leave at the end of June and fly into Fort Lauderdale then travel up to Kissimmee where I shall be soothed by my timeshare villa and its amenities, not to mention all the attractions at Disney and Universal! Can't wait - it's the proverbial carrot at the en...
by markymark
10 May 2011, 17:08
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Any piano movers out there? (sprinter for sale)
Replies: 13
Views: 3115

Re: Any piano movers out there? (sprinter for sale)

Johnkie wrote::lol: :lol: :lol: Priceless Marky :lol: :lol: :lol:
Ha ha! :lol:

I'm MUCH worse in person!
by markymark
09 May 2011, 23:17
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Any piano movers out there? (sprinter for sale)
Replies: 13
Views: 3115

Re: Any piano movers out there? (sprinter for sale)

Thanks Johnkie, I try my best to be helpful :) I was also watching you try out a P121NT and listening to your succinct analysis of its tone - let's see....ahem, "nice goo.. good tribble" and its "good crisp bess" whatever they are! Sorry, Mark - this just doesn't seem to be your thread! :wink: But ...
by markymark
08 May 2011, 16:59
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Help!!! Yamaha U30 BL price to good to be true!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 3839

Re: Help!!! Yamaha U30 BL price to good to be true!!!

Well why don't you arrange a visit? You wouldn't find too many people on this forum recommending that you buy an acoustic piano without arranging an inspection visit. It may well be that someone is needing quick money at the moment - given the financial climate, it's hard to say what some people are...
by markymark
07 May 2011, 18:38
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Digital piano key noise - real facts wanted
Replies: 12
Views: 9613

Re: Digital piano key noise - real facts wanted

I was just looking at the Yamaha website and noticed that there does seem to be a CLP- X20 in the new CLP-400 range! Is that an oversight on the website or is that the status quo for the new range? That means that the new CLP400 range only has the CLP-430, 440, 470 and 480 - a sign of the times? The...
by markymark
07 May 2011, 15:02
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Swamped with Spammers
Replies: 5
Views: 1961

Re: Swamped with Spammers

I just went through the Piano Lounge and Digital Pianos Forums and cleaned out any recent spam (since I left). Not a huge amount really. Gill has been keeping on top of things.
by markymark
07 May 2011, 15:00
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Digital piano key noise - real facts wanted
Replies: 12
Views: 9613

Re: Digital piano key noise - real facts wanted

Sorry - I was being rushed out of the house to be somewhere yesterday (if you get what I'm saying). I editted the post made earlier. You tend to hear people complaining about key noise in models such as Casio, M-Audio as well as some of the "retailer branded" items, however, I haven't heard many com...
by markymark
07 May 2011, 12:42
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Digital piano key noise - real facts wanted
Replies: 12
Views: 9613

Re: Digital piano key noise - real facts wanted

Yes your right about the shops of course. There aren't that many places that sell these things though, long travel times too. Got to say i'm disappointed with the lack of response about key noise from this forum. Keyboard noise is kind of a feature of digital pianos however the better quality ones ...
by markymark
07 May 2011, 12:26
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Swamped with Spammers
Replies: 5
Views: 1961

Re: Swamped with Spammers

Well they just met their match. YES! The 'Almighty Green One" is back! :wink:
by markymark
25 Mar 2011, 17:42
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Good piano pieces for a wedding?
Replies: 2
Views: 1371

Re: Good piano pieces for a wedding?

Consider some of these:

Air from Suite No. 3, J.S. Bach

Canon in D, J. Pachelbel

Ave Maria, either the J.S. Bach or F. Schubert version

The Swan, Camille Saint Saëns
by markymark
06 Mar 2011, 15:21
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha P95 reverb type setting not working?
Replies: 2
Views: 3236

Re: Yamaha P95 reverb type setting not working?

Glad you got sorted. I didn't realise that the P-95 required you to go into a sub-menu. Mostly in those smaller stage pianos, Yamaha have a dedicated button for reverb that allows you to toggle through the various reverb presets.
by markymark
06 Mar 2011, 15:19
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Update on my 4 year old
Replies: 5
Views: 2260

Re: Update on my 4 year old

Go to your local music shop and have a look at the set exam pieces from the various music boards: Trinity Guildhall, Associated Board, London College and there are others. They sell their books by Grade ranging from initial as far as Grade VIII. Look at the initial pieces and compare with what your ...
by markymark
06 Mar 2011, 03:02
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Update on my 4 year old
Replies: 2
Views: 1788

Re: Update on my 4 year old

I watched about five of the videos and as I made my way through them I could see the progression and development, particularly in her hand position. In the first couple of videos, her fingers were rather straight and she seemed to be pressing the keys with most of her finger as opposed to the finger...
by markymark
01 Mar 2011, 01:24
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: I need help with this song!
Replies: 12
Views: 4552

Re: I need help with this song!

Do you not even have a basic knowledge of chords? The stuff I put on there is fairly basic. If push comes to shove, ignore the numbers on the chords and just play the basic chord. It will get you started and then you can think about inversions. If that last word lost you, you really need to look int...
by markymark
26 Feb 2011, 14:56
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Selling my Digital Piano :(
Replies: 2
Views: 2689

Re: Selling my Digital Piano :(

I have used Gumtree in the past and have been disappointed by it. I used the free account and after a lot of hassle ended up with two interested customers, neither of which could type the English language clearly and both of whom had the sort of e-mail addresses you wouldn't want your contact detail...
by markymark
26 Feb 2011, 14:36
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: I've made a decision.
Replies: 20
Views: 3755

Re: I've made a decision.

Micheal W Smith is one of my long favourite Christian artists. Micheal is 54 now but he has been doing this for many years! There are LOTS of other 'young' piano player in Christian music, many of whom have made CDs and who lead worship in their local churches. We have one locally here called Kathry...
by markymark
26 Feb 2011, 01:36
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: POLL: Everybody or just the tuners??
Replies: 11
Views: 2679

Re: POLL: Everybody or just the tuners??

dave brum wrote:A political hot potato this one...
Forget that! Where's the "BRING BACK MARK" campaign? :wink:
by markymark
26 Feb 2011, 01:16
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: I've made a decision.
Replies: 20
Views: 3755

Re: I've made a decision.

My, my hasn't this thread gotten dreary! As Kari has said, I too have given up lessons and haven't played for many weeks. At 41, and having been on antidepressants and anticonvulsants for 13 and 27 years respectively, concentration is difficult (even though it has helped me in that department...) an...
by markymark
26 Feb 2011, 01:10
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Qualifactions in mid 20th century
Replies: 1
Views: 1211

Re: Qualifactions in mid 20th century

Sometimes, diplomas achieved on campus would have a 'G' at the beginning of them, e.g. GTCL. I think you should contact the college directly for that sort of info.
by markymark
26 Feb 2011, 01:04
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: I need help with this song!
Replies: 12
Views: 4552

Re: I need help with this song!

This sounds like its in D major? (I quickly nipped to the piano whilst humming the key-note!) No you're right! My synth was sitting at a semi-tone above what it was supposed to be and kept the setting despite being turned off and on. I've only had it a few months but I have no idea how long it has ...
by markymark
25 Feb 2011, 20:16
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: POLL: Everybody or just the tuners??
Replies: 11
Views: 2679

Re: POLL: Everybody or just the tuners??

I think you're hiding your light under a bushel, Mark!

I was also watching you try out a P121NT - there was a bit more to that piano playing than the piano's... let's see....ahem, "nice goo.. good tribble" and its "good crisp bess" whatever that is!

I just laughed! :lol: