There are many benefits to playing the piano. Personal fulfillment, entertainment, social interaction, cognitive improvement, mental and physical therapy, meditation—just to name a few. Piano playing can lift your spirit as soon as you begin to play. It can allow you to express very powerful emotions. It can center you.

Whether you like upbeat or melancholic music, complex or simple tunes, performing alone or for other people, playing arouses your senses, especially your emotions.

A Michigan State University research project clearly found keyboard lessons significantly reduced anxiety, depression and loneliness.

Scientists in Germany have discovered that pianists have more efficient brains. A group led by Dr. Timo Krings required pianists and non-musicians of the same age and sex to perform complex sequences of finger movements. Their brains were scanned using a technique called “functional magnetic resonance imaging” (fMRI) which detects the activity levels of brain cells, by measuring changes in blood flow. The non-musicians were able to make the movements as correctly as the pianists. However, the amount of brain activity in areas controlling movement was different. The pianists made the correct movements while having less brain activation. Thus, compared to non-musicians, the brains of pianists are more efficient at making skilled movements. These findings show that learning how to play the piano and musical training in general can enhance brain function.

(by Dr. Norman M. Weinberger, [source: Neuroscience Letters, 2000, 278, 189-198])

What is Piano Voicing?

“VOICING” is highly skilled work and it is carried out after tuning, not the other way round.

We should think of voicing as the even control of the dynamic range of the piano tone. Piano tuners or technicians can sometimes be quite secretive about this work and it has been known that they will only work at this if left alone. It takes major concentration!

The condition of the hammer heads will mostly determine how successful the voicing might be, if your technician says it is not possible to voice the piano they will have good reason to offer that advice. If the hammer heads need reshaping before further voicing can take place don’t expect this to happen in a hurry. Reshaping hammers is time consuming and together with fitting of hammers to strings afterwards to ensure even distribution of the pressure of the hammer against the string is very skilled work requiring good experience.

The technician will have various tools to their armoury with this ranging from glass paper sticks, needles, little bits of chalk and sometimes a special liquid.

Before agreeing to or requesting voicing or hammer reshaping make sure the technician/tuner is happy about the work involved and has enough time to carry out the work properly.

How A Piano Produces Sound?

Ever wonder: How A Piano Produces Sound?

The piano player presses a key.

Through a series of connections of different parts (this is called the action), the hammer strikes a group of two or three metal strings.

The Strings vibrate.

The vibrations are transmitted from the strings to the soundboard through bridges.

The soundboard, which is made of wood, retransmits sound with more volume.

……..Easier said then done………..(commented one of the visitors during our piano tuning open class sessions at Classic Piano Centre) 

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What is Piano Tuning?

Tuning is adjusting of strings on the piano, so they sound at correct pitch. The standard is A440 Hertz. A piano tuner makes fine adjustments  to the tension of the strings so that they sound at the correct pitch. When the piano is in tune, it has a clearer, more harmonious sound and provides a more enjoyable experience for the beginner student and accomplished pianist alike.

FYI: it is recommended by professional piano technicians at Classic Piano Centre to allow 4-6 weeks settling time after piano has been moved to play each and every key, and later to perform tuning after delivery.

Inspiration Quote of this Day….

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.”
― Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Inspirational Quote of Today…..


Without Music

Life would be

a Mistake

– Friedrich Nietzsche

– nietzsche


Mastering Mathematics through Music and Chess

Why not Piano Lessons?

There are numerous kids activities to choose from. However, not every parent knows that piano lessons are one of the most crucial activities that will benefit the child in the future in one way or another. The list of piano learning benefits is endless. Lets take a look at 5 very important points of taking piano lessons presented by Classic Piano Centre Inc.
1st benefit is that pianists are able to handle pressure in life easier, simply because they become proficient in handling stress as a natural part of learning before participation in various music performances.
2nd, piano player are able to respond to criticism in an adequate way: students learn to accept advice and feedback from their teacher who they view as the expert in that field.
3rd, pianists are very focused and concentrated in terms of their goals for the reason that piano lessons, as a long life learning journey, require a lot of focus and concentration.
4th, piano lessons develop memorization skills as in most of the cases piano performers have to memorize long passages of music and execute them in front of an audience.
5th benefit of taking piano lessons is that it will be a lifelong skill that can be carried into an adulthood. PlayingPianoForAllAgesClassicPianoCentre

Kawai Grand Piano

KAWAI Pianos: Endless Excellence!

“At Kawai, the quest for perfection is not just an ideal… but a duty.” − Hirotaka Kawai, the president of the Kawai Music Corp. in Japan Kawai was founded in 1927 by Koichi Kawai, a gifted piano craftsman, in Hamamatsu, Japan. Kawai, being one of the most popular piano brands with 40+ years of proven performance and longevity in the North-American ClassicPianoCentre.com-Kawai-Grand-Pianomarket, earned a reputation for long-term, stable performance even in heavy-use situations. Many piano instructors agree that Kawai is the one of best pianos for performance and practicing. These state of the art pianos are famous for their lower-tension design that emphasizes depth of tone. For this reason bass notes of Kawai pianos are deeper and treble notes are softer. Pianists who enjoy this type of tones find that with Kawai, be it new or used Kawai piano, they can produce a very lyrical, intimate sound. Moreover, the Kawai action is designed and balanced for control. Increased resistance on the down-stroke gives the player the ability to reach a whisper-soft pianissimo playing. A faster return may give advanced players an edge for trills and passages that require quickly executed repetitive notes. Just focusing on the production of only pianos, Kawai has all the benefits comparing to any other piano brands. It is likely that no other company in the world has dedicated more research toward piano action design. Kawai has pioneered the use of space-age plastics and carbon-fiber materials in piano action. Two words – Endless Excellence!!!

Useful Information regarding Piano Sizes

Piano Sizes:

  1. Concert Grand – 8′ 11″ and larger
  2. Half Concert Grand – 7’4″
  3. Parlour Grand 6’8″
  4. Drawing Room Grand – 6’4″
  5. Professional Grand – 6′
  6. Living Room Grand – 5’10”
  7. Baby Grand – 5’8″
  8. Upright – 51″ and up
  9. Vertical – 36″ – 51″
  10. Studio – 44″ or taller
  11. Console to 42″
  12. Spinet – 36″ to 38″ 
  1. Upright and Grand Piano Sizes


The Most Expensive Steinway and Sons Piano in the World

Did you know that the most expensive piano belonged to John Lennon? In 2000 this used Steinway and Sons Model Z piano was auctioned off to British pop-singer George Michael for $2.1 millions! He later returned this Grand piano to the Liverpool museum. As George Michael said himself, “the piano was not the type of thing that should be in storage somewhere or being protected, it should be seen by people.”


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