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Do you need a "real" piano to get started in lessons?

Sep 02, 2021

We often have customers ask us whether they should buy a “real” piano for their child who is about to begin lessons. We know that making the commitment to a big purchase like a piano can be quite intimidating. We’d like to help you answer that question!

What is a real piano?

The first aspect we’ll have to get straight is what a “real” piano is. When people think of a real piano, they’re probably thinking about those huge, beautiful instruments made mostly of wood that don’t require electricity to create music. These pianos, which are known as acoustic pianos, can easily cost thousands of dollars and take up a ton of space in your house. That thought alone can turn parents off to the idea of enrolling their children in lessons!

But there is good news in store: you don’t NEED to spend thousands to let your children experience the joy of learning to play piano. Even though they are wonderful and have many distinct features, the...

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Do you need a sustain pedal when taking piano lessons at The Hit? Wait! What is a sustain pedal?

Jan 11, 2021

Sustain pedals are great! So why are they not included with most keyboards and digital pianos? Simple: because you won't be using them that much in your first months of taking lessons.

In this article, we will discuss:

  • What is a sustain pedal?
  • Do I really need one?
  • Which one should I get if I would like to purchase one?
  • Extra tip: What to do if your keyboard or piano gets "stuck" when connecting a sustain pedal

So what is a sustain pedal?

A sustain pedal is a great addition when taking piano lessons at The Hit. First, let's give you a simple explanation. A sustain pedal makes the note sound longer without having to keep pressing the key.

Now let's get a bit technical: on an acoustic piano, the sustain pedal moves a series of dampeners away from a piano's strings. These dampeners are designed to touch the string and stop it from vibrating, essentially killing the sound right after your finger is removed from the key. When the dampeners move away from the string, the sound will...

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What is the best age to start piano lessons? Piano Lessons for Kids under 7 years old

Dec 08, 2020

So what is the best age to start piano lessons?

 

That is a great question and is one that we usually answer at our studios weekly or even daily.

 

Let's start with a simple answer: first grade or seven years old is a great age to get started on piano lessons!

 

So how can you decide if your child is ready for piano lessons, especially if they are younger than 7? We understand that all students have unique abilities, so here are a few guidelines that might give you a better idea of what to look for in your child to decide if they are ready for lessons.

 

What is the minimum age that my child can begin piano lessons?

 

At The Hit, the minimum age for our private piano lessons is normally five years old.

The piano is a very visual instrument with a fairly straight-forward approach to sound production. The beginning of piano playing usually requires our hands to be steady, which allows us to concentrate our attention on the basic motion of pressing one key at a...

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In this blog, we share tips and advice that will help students that are currently taking music lessons have a more enjoyable and productive experience.