Here at Carlingford Music Centre, Sydney’s Leading Pianos Specialist since 1982, We are often asked for advice about choosing the right Piano for a Student. While of course there are a lot of factors involved in making such an important decision, one that always comes up is Acoustic vs Digital. We stock one of Sydney’s largest range of both Acoustic and Digital Pianos, so we aren’t biased in the slightest with our recommendations.What it really comes down to is making the best choice for each customer based on their needs, as everyones circumstances are different.
Kawai is a premiere Japanese Acoustic Piano manufacturer of 90+ years, Kawai also provide great options in their Digital piano range, including features that aren’t just gimmicky but are actually useful and helpful for both Piano Music Students and Teachers.
One of the absolute fundamentals of learning to play any piece on the piano is of course practicing each hand separately, slowly at first, and gradually increasing the tempo. During a lesson, quite often the Teacher will play one hand while the Student plays the other. This gives context to the parts when played individually, allowing the student to hear how one hand fits with the other before attempting to put both hands together themselves.
So what about when it comes to practicing at home? The teacher can’t always be there to play the other hand!
This is where the built-in lesson function of the Kawai CN range of digital pianos proves a very useful tool. Built into the Kawai CN digital Pianos are a number of pieces from popular books such as Alfred’s Basic Piano Library, Burgmuller 25 Etudes, Czerny 30 New Studies in Technique (Opus 849). More beneficial than simply having these pieces built in, the Kawai CN digital pianos allow the student to slow the piece down and have the piano play one hand while they practice the other! It’s just like bringing the lesson from the teacher home with you. Not only that, there is also a Metronome built into the Kawai CN digital piano, ensuring students are always practising with consistent timing. The time signature can also be set on the metronome, giving a differing tone for beat 1, ensuring the student always knows where they are up to in the bar of music.
Another useful function on the Kawai CN digital pianos is the in-built recording. Remember when the teacher would set up a tape recorder on top of the old piano and record a student onto a cassette tape so the student could hear themselves back, and really narrow in on what section needed extra attention? (Some teachers may still even be using these!) The Kawai digital pianos offer this functionality built in – and at much better quality than the old tape deck recorder! A student can simply hit record on the digital piano, and once they start playing, the piano begins recording. Having such a powerful tool built in is a great advantage of digital pianos, which allows a student to record themselves at any time, offering the opportunity to keep track of their learning progress and of course that all important time spent listening back to themselves.
The Kawai CN digital pianos are a great option for students and teachers alike, and the professional team at Carlingford Music Centre are more than happy to talk you through the different options and show you how these powerful yet simple to use features work. Come in and visit us, or call on 02 9873 2333.