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by magriggs
16 Aug 2007, 15:08
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Looking for a stage piano
Replies: 4
Views: 6593

Great, thanks for the info. I shall go a-searching.
by magriggs
01 Aug 2007, 11:19
Forum: Digital Pianos
Topic: Looking for a stage piano
Replies: 4
Views: 6593

Looking for a stage piano

Hi I have a Yamaha U3 acoustic piano, but because the music room is right below the nursery, it's off-limits after 7pm. Which isn't good as I don't get home until 6.45 during the week! So I am looking for a stage piano to supplement it. The most important features are the action (it must be as close...
by magriggs
29 Jun 2006, 14:32
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Samick 600 NAD or Yamaha U1 or Kawai??
Replies: 9
Views: 8967

I played Kawai upright that was about 110-120cm this morning, and it was appalling. I would avoid it like the plague, it was woolly and vague.

The U1 will be a fabulous piano for you.
by magriggs
26 Jun 2006, 15:51
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Maintenance for our 2 year old piano
Replies: 1
Views: 2623

Maintenance for our 2 year old piano

Our piano will be 2 years old this September. Since we're moving house soon, it seems an ideal time to get any maintenance done. Any recommendations other than a thorough tune?
by magriggs
26 Jun 2006, 15:50
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1 Silent VS Petrof 125
Replies: 6
Views: 7745

Interesting.

How can I get it adjusted? I have a feeling that our usual tuners wouldn't be up to the task.
by magriggs
26 Jun 2006, 12:39
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Yamaha U1 Silent VS Petrof 125
Replies: 6
Views: 7745

Silent systems not all they're cracked up to be

Unless you're pushed for space, I would recommend buying a separate digital piano rather than going for a "silent" acoustic. I own a Yamaha U3 silent, which is about 2 years old. The action on it, even when the silent system is disengaged, is heavier than any other Yamaha I've played (another U3 and...
by magriggs
15 Jan 2004, 14:02
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Which Exam borad should I choose?
Replies: 7
Views: 14953

I had a look at the Guildhall syllabus and they seem to focus quite closely on scales, and the different ways in which they can be played (piano/forte, legato/staccato). There also seems to be a wider range of pieces that can be chosen at each grade, although I don't know how good these pieces are.
by magriggs
15 Jan 2004, 13:57
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Learning after long hiatus!!
Replies: 2
Views: 5423

Pushkin, I would highly highly recommend Craig Ewens. He is based in Belsize Park and is an extremely talented pianist. He's a patient teacher, and specialises in teaching adults (like you and I). He has been teaching me for around six months, and my girlfriend for about two months. Here are his det...
by magriggs
12 Jan 2004, 11:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: DGX200 keyboard
Replies: 2
Views: 5848

The best thing that you can learn on is a half-decent upright piano. "Touch-sensitive" keys are a misnomer, as they will be nothing like a proper piano action. You should be able to get to Associated Board Grade 2 on the DGX200, AB Grade 4/5 on a digital piano (Yamaha Clavinova, Roland HP-series, et...
by magriggs
12 Jan 2004, 11:42
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Difference between Yamaha U1 & U3
Replies: 5
Views: 13191

Excellent, Barrie, thanks!
by magriggs
02 Jan 2004, 12:07
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: Difference between Yamaha U1 & U3
Replies: 5
Views: 13191

Barrie, excuse my ignorance but what do you mean by the "scaling" being better?
by magriggs
02 Jan 2004, 11:47
Forum: Piano Advice
Topic: need advice on digital pianos
Replies: 1
Views: 6818

I bought a Roland HP-2E a year ago and whilst it is fine for beginners, I find the action to be quite poor. It's very light, although at the same time quite sticky so playing fast passages can be very difficult/impossible. The pedal is a simple "on/off" switch, so half-pedalling isn't possible, and ...
by magriggs
06 Aug 2003, 13:42
Forum: Learning & Teaching Piano
Topic: Sight-reading in Associated Board exams
Replies: 28
Views: 20916

Sight-reading in Associated Board exams

As much as I *hate* the sight-reading part of exams, I think it's a vital skill and that it should be examined. Learning the set pieces and playing them from memory is (for me, at least) trivial.

mike