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by markymark
08 Sep 2010, 17:46
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: Your favourite composer?
Replies: 6
Views: 1705

Re: Your favourite composer?

Early Romantic/Romantic for me: Robert and Clara Schumann, Claude Debussy (although his music has transitional/modern characteristics). I find Felix Mendelssohn's music is very intuitive to play.
by markymark
08 Sep 2010, 17:22
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: DP Limitations
Replies: 8
Views: 6013

Re: DP Limitations

I remember when the CLP220 and the YDP-160 came out that a few people on this forum started asking what the difference really was. I looked into the specifications on the models myself and noticed that almost all the features were the same. When I contacted Yamaha, the person who replied to my e-mai...
by markymark
06 Sep 2010, 18:50
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Clavinova 330 or 340? Is the internet useful?
Replies: 3
Views: 2710

Re: Clavinova 330 or 340? Is the internet useful?

You may or may not be aware that the CLP-340 sits right in the middle of the CLP-300 range. The models are CLP-320, 330, 340, 370 and 380. The CLP-340 is a very respectable digital piano. For me, the CLP-330 sits to close to the entry level despite having some descent characteristics. If your wife i...
by markymark
03 Sep 2010, 15:58
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Clavinova 330 or 340? Is the internet useful?
Replies: 3
Views: 2710

Re: Clavinova 330 or 340? Is the internet useful?

The Yamaha UK website says that the LAN on the CLP-340 is there "to enable direct connection to the Internet for a wide variety of streaming piano radio programs and a selection of well-known method and exercise pieces." I don't know anything about that but I don't hear many people talking about it ...
by markymark
16 Aug 2010, 12:41
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha Clavinova purchasing help please
Replies: 11
Views: 17199

Re: Yamaha Clavinova purchasing help please

A CLP-920 would have been the entry level model for the CLP-900 range and so would not show the best example of a Clavinova model - I'm sure the piano sample will be poor by current standards. Bear in mind also that the CLP range has since had the CLP-100, CLP-200 and now the current CLP-300 range s...
by markymark
04 Aug 2010, 16:14
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: **ACOUSTIC VERSES DIGITAL???
Replies: 6
Views: 3189

Re: **ACOUSTIC VERSES DIGITAL???

yes, I know its called the 'soft' or 'una corda' pedal, but it doesn't do anything!! "Una Corda" on an upright piano is almost fictional too. The keys do not move on an acoustic as you would see and feel on a grand piano. Also, is there such a thing a "half-pedalling" on a digital? This is to clear...
by markymark
02 Aug 2010, 12:59
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha Clavinova purchasing help please
Replies: 11
Views: 17199

Re: Yamaha Clavinova purchasing help please

If you are not looking for an average instrument without busting the bank, look into the Casio Privia range. Yamaha digital pianos sit around £500+ but casio can offer something reasonable for less than that. Look at the PX300 range for more information on the Casio website. My only issue with Kawai...
by markymark
02 Aug 2010, 12:55
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Help!! Torn between Yamaha CLP-320 and CLP-330!
Replies: 2
Views: 2378

Re: Help!! Torn between Yamaha CLP-320 and CLP-330!

The point is that you don't feel any difference between the keyboard actions is more important than what anyone else thinks. The dealer has perhaps over-stated things slightly because the GH action is definitely lighter than an upright keyboard action; the GH3 would be closer to an upright. One thin...
by markymark
23 Jul 2010, 01:48
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: ABRSM 2011-2012 Piano on Youtube: Video + Tutorial
Replies: 1
Views: 1901

Re: ABRSM 2011-2012 Piano on Youtube: Video + Tutorial

Your Grade VIII link does not lead anywhere.
by markymark
21 Jul 2010, 14:48
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Lorem's Piano Showcase
Replies: 5
Views: 2808

Re: Lorem's Piano Showcase

Claire de Lune: I thought that there was quite good light and shade in the piece or as far as I can make out from the recording. One thing I did notice was that you had the tendency to raise your wrists when you played, particularly in the very lively movements but it didn't seem to affect what you ...
by markymark
21 Jul 2010, 14:26
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Kawai K3
Replies: 4
Views: 2396

Re: Kawai K3

The previous post is very misleading! Why speak about a K3 wavetable synthesizer, on this acoustic piano forum? :?: The acoustic Kawai K3 (for the benefit of any new, inexperienced piano buyers) is an excellent piano, positioned between the the K2 and K5 models. He's just another plonker spammer! H...
by markymark
21 Jul 2010, 14:05
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Check out my music
Replies: 1
Views: 1476

Re: Check out my music

Did you record this with an orchestra or are you using a workstation? The wind sections sound very natural which makes me think that they are not from a workstation.
by markymark
21 Jul 2010, 14:00
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Kurzweil unveil expansions to their production keyboards
Replies: 0
Views: 1524

Kurzweil unveil expansions to their production keyboards

Also at NAMM 2010, Kurzweil unveiled their PC3K, SP76 II and the SP4-7.

You can find demonstration videos on these models here:
http://www.soundonsound.com/news?NewsID=12509

Also consult the Kurzweil website for more information:
http://www.kurzweilmusicsystems.com
by markymark
21 Jul 2010, 13:21
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha expand their CP range
Replies: 0
Views: 1570

Yamaha expand their CP range

If you are a fan of the CP-300 which was released about four years ago, then you will be interested to hear about the newest members of the CP family. A few months ago, the CP50, CP1 and CP5 become available for viewing on the Yamaha website. You can find out more about these models and their specs ...
by markymark
21 Jul 2010, 13:15
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Roland release new items for viewing at NAMM 2010, Frankfurt
Replies: 0
Views: 1647

Roland release new items for viewing at NAMM 2010, Frankfurt

Roland released the following items for demonstration at the world-famous NAMM event that was held in Frankfurt way back in March. I haven't gotten any other information yet as to when they will be available but you can find out more about them on the Roland website (see url at the end). RG-1F The s...
by markymark
21 Jul 2010, 12:28
Forum: Piano Showcase
Topic: Pink - I'm not dead (piano cover)
Replies: 2
Views: 1697

Re: Pink - I'm not dead (piano cover)

You've made your's a more relaxed and flowing version which actually works quite well.
by markymark
13 Jul 2010, 14:14
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: [POLL] Which is the best brand Digital Piano?
Replies: 11
Views: 11058

Re: [POLL] Which is the best brand Digital Piano?

salhford wrote:... Yamaha is the best Digital Piano.
I agree completely!
by markymark
13 Jul 2010, 14:02
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Kawai ES6 versus Roland FP4
Replies: 2
Views: 2534

Re: Kawai ES6 versus Roland FP4

I have yet to try a Kawai digital piano/stage piano but based on what I have read about them, their keyboard action is the strongest point. I have tried the FP-4 from Roland and didn't like the keyboard action. While there was a balanced and progressive hammer action on the keyboard, I did notice th...
by markymark
06 Jul 2010, 01:35
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Jazz improvisation.
Replies: 5
Views: 2112

Re: Jazz improvisation.

I would recommend you buy a tuition pack from Hal Leonard which does CD and books packs as well as DVDs. I have used these in the past and they are very good. While there are some similarities between the format of likes and use of the blues scale, there are some important differences, the main one ...
by markymark
10 Jun 2010, 21:22
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: M-audio prokeys sono 88
Replies: 3
Views: 5165

Re: M-audio prokeys sono 88

You do get what you pay for with digital instruments, particularly when you go down to £200-300 bracket. The P-140 would be good but did you get a good deal? The P-140 has long since been replaced by the P-155 so you should have gotten some discount. As for piano teachers, check the "Piano Teacher" ...
by markymark
09 Jun 2010, 17:17
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: M-audio prokeys sono 88
Replies: 3
Views: 5165

Re: M-audio prokeys sono 88

I'm not very familiar with the M-Audio keyboards but this newer 'sono' model is an absolute mystery. I read up on it on the weblink you provided and based in its USB connectivity and only 6/7 core sounds (not including the GM ones which again link in with playing back MIDI files) and its semi-weight...
by markymark
05 Jun 2010, 20:29
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha CLP-280 PE
Replies: 2
Views: 2817

Re: Yamaha CLP-280 PE

Most prices for a brand new CLP-280PE would have been over £3000. Brand new today, they are still expensive despite having been "technically" succeeded by the CLP380. I say technically because in practice, the CLP380 did not carry through some features that were previously available on the CLP280. T...
by markymark
01 Jun 2010, 23:13
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano
Replies: 11
Views: 2957

Re: New piano

Just bear in mind that a bigger piano needs a bigger room to do the sound justice!
by markymark
01 Jun 2010, 23:11
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: HELP!!
Replies: 3
Views: 1494

Re: HELP!!

If you have a good relationship with the people you teach, sending out a generic letter will be to impersonal, which leaves either a phone call or imo your best option, which would be to tell them during their scheduled lesson time, possibly at the end of the lesson. Depending on how quickly you nee...
by markymark
31 May 2010, 23:54
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Is she right?
Replies: 1
Views: 1244

Re: Is she right?

It's hard to say for certain because I can't see you playing. The thing is that there is more to playing the piano than just going through the pieces. While you may have practiced the pieces until you know them and may even be able to play them note-perfect, there are aspects of music such as interp...
by markymark
21 May 2010, 00:38
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Piano teaching
Replies: 2
Views: 1356

Re: Piano teaching

This question has been asked before. You can read the things we said by clicking on this link to the thread: http://www.uk-piano.org/piano-forums/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=5701 Further to that, for private home tuition, there is no mandatory qualification or standard per se needed before starting into pia...
by markymark
21 May 2010, 00:32
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: A Dozen A Day Pink book (3)
Replies: 3
Views: 1832

Re: A Dozen A Day Pink book (3)

Are you arpeggiating them or doing them as broken chords?
by markymark
26 Apr 2010, 21:50
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Keyboard AMP for Yamaha NP30
Replies: 1
Views: 1832

Re: Keyboard AMP for Yamaha NP30

As well as this, the demos produced by Yamaha would have a direct feed into the audio. In other words, the sound is not being mic-ed from the speaker outputs in the recording studio. It would be wired directly into a sound desk. The problem with keyboard amps is that they do not process the stereo s...
by markymark
13 Apr 2010, 00:27
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: New piano question
Replies: 7
Views: 2130

Re: New piano question

The length of the strings make a difference to the overall tone of the piano. Obviously, a grand piano has longer strings which amongst other things enhances the bass and mid-ranges to make a more resonating and rich overall tone. This is one key difference between the U1 which has a 121 cm high cab...
by markymark
13 Apr 2010, 00:13
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: grade 3 exam last week
Replies: 4
Views: 1921

Re: grade 3 exam last week

Wow! It doesn't seem that long since you were posting your Grade 2 progress!

When did you do Grade 2?
by markymark
01 Apr 2010, 17:07
Forum: Idle Chitchat
Topic: "Learning To Play" forum proposal
Replies: 0
Views: 1166

"Learning To Play" forum proposal

See link to "Feature Request" forum: http://www.uk-piano.org/piano-forums/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=8042 This has been running for over a month now with only one response in favour. If interested please place vote. There are two main future developments to tidy up the forums and this particular update is...
by markymark
01 Apr 2010, 17:07
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: "Learning To Play" forum proposal
Replies: 0
Views: 1123

"Learning To Play" forum proposal

See link to "Feature Request" forum: http://www.uk-piano.org/piano-forums/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=8042 This has been running for over a month now with only one response in favour. If interested please place vote. There are two main future developments to tidy up the forums and this particular update is...
by markymark
01 Apr 2010, 16:14
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Behringer or Yamaha ?
Replies: 3
Views: 2820

Re: Behringer or Yamaha ?

Yamaha is hard to beat for realistic GRADED hammer action keyboards with quality sound included. The CVP-401 would be outside the league of the Behringer EUROGRAND EG2180. Personally I have no experience of these keyboards and certainly have never seen one in the UK. Behringer produce a range of spe...
by markymark
01 Apr 2010, 15:56
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: need advice on progressing in piano
Replies: 4
Views: 1945

Re: need advice on progressing in piano

Have you been using inversions of chords as opposed to relying solely on chords from the route position? For example, Cmaj7 from the route position would be: C E G B You can invert the chord by changing the order of the notes: E G B C, G B C E, B C E G (this one is irregular). As I listened to part ...
by markymark
30 Mar 2010, 22:58
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: need advice on progressing in piano
Replies: 4
Views: 1945

Re: need advice on progressing in piano

This url links to a free sheet music website. Which piece are you talking about?
by markymark
30 Mar 2010, 22:55
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Initial level
Replies: 2
Views: 1429

Re: Initial level

Between 20-30 minutes a day.
by markymark
25 Mar 2010, 00:00
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Choice in Yamaha entry-level pianos
Replies: 3
Views: 2685

Re: Choice in Yamaha entry-level pianos

The CLP220 and the YDP160 had more similarities between them than the YDP140. One difference between the CLP320 and the YDP140 will be the sound quality. There is a better sampling in use on the CLP320 with the new CF pure sampling which was not used on the YDP140. As far as I can remember, the YDP1...
by markymark
24 Mar 2010, 23:50
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Buying my Second Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 2222

Re: Buying my Second Piano

The newer technology on the CLP300 range is better but the sounds on the CLP240, 270 and 280 are comparable because they sat on the mid to top of the range on the CLP200 Clavinova range. What I'm saying is that better models on the last range can often rival entry models on the new range. Yamaha hav...
by markymark
23 Mar 2010, 22:21
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Buying my Second Piano
Replies: 3
Views: 2222

Re: Buying my Second Piano

I'd recommend you start having a look around. In the "new" market try and get a go on: Yamaha P-140; Yamaha P-85; Clavinova CLP320 (although the CLP330 is better but over your budget); Kawai ES6; Casio PX range. In the secondhand market, look out for any of the above or: Yamaha (Clavinova) CLP-220, ...
by markymark
23 Mar 2010, 21:58
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: YDP S-31
Replies: 3
Views: 2012

Re: YDP S-31

See this thread: http://www.uk-piano.org/piano-forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7632&p=33652&hilit=YDP+S31#p33652 I was mentioning that there are many, many similarities between the YDP S-31 and the P-85, the latter being portable. The keyboard action is Yamaha's GH hammer action which is responsive and r...
by markymark
21 Mar 2010, 21:58
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: YDP S-31
Replies: 3
Views: 2012

Re: YDP S-31

Para obtener más información, vas a este sitio web:

http://es.yamaha.com/es/products/musica ... e=overview

¿Puede hablar Inglés? Es más fácil para mí, para describirlo, en Inglés!
by markymark
19 Mar 2010, 23:52
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha, Kaway or Kurzweil?
Replies: 4
Views: 3050

Re: Yamaha, Kaway or Kurzweil?

Kurzweil (its hammer action is not graded) The vast majority of them aren't! I am keen on the Kurzweil PC3X but the keyboard action has been an off-put because of the very light hammer action. For piano-based learning, you do need it to be a graded action - so the new Mark Pros still do not have a ...
by markymark
14 Mar 2010, 16:34
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Yamaha, Kaway or Kurzweil?
Replies: 4
Views: 3050

Re: Yamaha, Kaway or Kurzweil?

Does anyone know anything about the classentis by any chance? See this thread: http://www.uk-piano.org/piano-forums/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=8011&p=35979#p35979 The GH3 is generally considered to be noticeably better than the GH action on the CLP320. Some people think that Yamaha digitals are "too brigh...
by markymark
14 Mar 2010, 16:27
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Adive please on purchase of digitel piano
Replies: 10
Views: 5305

Re: Adive please on purchase of digitel piano

I have not tried either but I had a go with some of the Casio X20 models (the predecessors of the one you mentioned) and the keyboard action seemed firm and heavy enough for the price range. The piano sounds are okay but not as realistic as the likes of Roland or Yamaha (my personal preference). I h...
by markymark
12 Mar 2010, 01:03
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Adive please on purchase of digitel piano
Replies: 10
Views: 5305

Re: Adive please on purchase of digitel piano

Incidentally the CP300 is coming down in price as it has been superseded. . You would be hard-pushed to find a new CP-300 for less than £1500. When I got mine, they were just released and I paid £1300! In the last few months they seemed to have increased in value but I wondered if that had anything...
by markymark
01 Mar 2010, 21:31
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Noisy key return on Casio Celviano
Replies: 6
Views: 3185

Re: Noisy key return on Casio Celviano

Most local musical instrument retailers should be able to point you in the right direction. Failing that, check online for "keyboard repairs + Casio" and see what comes up. This website lists a variety of companies in England which deal with keyboard repairs. I have no personal experience with any o...
by markymark
28 Feb 2010, 19:39
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Noisy key return on Casio Celviano
Replies: 6
Views: 3185

Re: Noisy key return on Casio Celviano

User manuals will not tell you how to take the instrument apart or how to do internal DIY jobs. :( In fact, in their user manuals, manufacturers will usually discourage you from doing so. I wouldn't like to say this for every single keyboard in circulation today, but service manual for owners do not...
by markymark
28 Feb 2010, 19:33
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: half press : is it the same as an accoustic piano?
Replies: 2
Views: 1574

Re: half press : is it the same as an accoustic piano?

obverse wrote:Does an accoustic piano behave the same way, or is it a feature of digital pianos?
It varies from piano to piano but you would find this in acoustics also.
by markymark
23 Feb 2010, 18:58
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: *looks around nervously* Hello! Help with this bar, please!
Replies: 3
Views: 1683

Re: *looks around nervously* Hello! Help with this bar, please!

It is a tremolo but it is a fast tremolo. To be honest, I have never really come across tremolos that specify the speed with which you are to play the alteration from one note to another. The idea is to create a 'rumbling' effect with the notes.
by markymark
22 Feb 2010, 23:15
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: best digital piano action ??
Replies: 3
Views: 3880

Re: best digital piano action ??

The P85 is a lighter weight keyboard so you wouldn't have the robustness you would get in a heavier model. The YDP-140 has a GHE action which is okay and the CP33 is the cut down version of the CP-300 I mentioned which both have a GH action. I own both and prefer the CP-300. The CP-33 I use for thro...