What is Your Piano’s Pedigree?

Pianos are romantic, music making devices. Just their presence in a room elicits emotions. Especially once someone starts to play them, the music can really move us. There are also stars that have created timeless scenes with the help of pianos. Where would the movie Casablanca be without Sam’s piano? The concert grand at the White House is famous. Jerry Lee Lewis once actually upstaged guitar hero Chuck Berry with his grand piano. Of course he had to light it on fire, but I can guarantee that the audience was watching that piano more than Jerry Lee.

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Local man playing piano outside on sidewalk

Public Piano Playing Phenomena of Piano. Push. Play.

You might be walking by the Portland Art Museum off Park Street in Portland sometime and hear piano music playing somewhere. The music might be so good (classical, jazz, blues) that you may be fooled into thinking that it is coming from a stereo or sound system but turn into the courtyard at the museum and you will see a young man or woman in street clothes playing passionately on a colorfully decorated old piano. Welcome to Portland and welcome to the work of Megan McGeorge, visionary and founder of Piano. Push. Play. Read more

Instructor Giving Man Piano Lessons

Benefits of Learning an Instrument as an Adult

Many parents help their children to enjoy all the benefits that a musical education can bring. However, there are also an increasing number of adults who either took lessons as a child and want to revisit music making after a hiatus or have never really played but have always wanted to. I have frequently made the observation that in all the many years that I have worked in music stores I have never heard one single adult complain that taking music lessons was a waste of time when they were a child. On the other hand, if I’ve heard one – I’ve heard fifty adults say that they wished they had learned to play as a child or wished that they had taken their musical education more seriously when they had the chance. Here are some benefits of learning an instrument as an adult. Read more

The Kawai Piano Story

Kawai is one of the largest manufactures of pianos in the world. Based out of Hamamatsu, Japan, Kawai distributes acoustic and digital pianos in over 80 countries. That equates to approximately 2800 employee s worldwide and regular annual sales of $1 billion dollars.

Mr. Koichi Kawai, the company founder, showed a great mechanical aptitude as a teen. Read more

Grotrian Steinweg Piano

The Grotrian Piano Story

The Grotrian piano has a long and storied history and an almost mythical attraction for serious piano enthusiasts who are looking for that extra “something” beyond the ordinary. Germany is one of the most celebrated countries in the world for piano building and the award winning Grotrian is among the most prestigious pianos from that country. Friedrich Grotrian, the patriarch of the family, began building pianos 175 years ago and the company is currently Read more

A One-of-a-Kind Piano Store

I know that this is a fairly bold claim to make – a one-of-a-kind piano store – but I think that I can make a reasonable case for it. For many years Sherman Clay Pianos was the Steinway and Sons dealership in Portland, Oregon. The Sherman Clay company, at it’s peak, had eleven stores (mostly in the western states) and was the largest piano chain in the world. After over 100 years in operation Read more

3 Simple Ways Parents Can Nurture Their Child’s Love for Music

There are a few simple ways to nurture your child’s love of music. By doing these things – even years before formal music lessons – you can cultivate an internal motivation and desire to learn within them, making future music instruction much more likely to be successful and enjoyable. Read more

Worldwide Success of Fazioli Pianos

Naples, Florida

$75,000 is nothing to sniff at. That is why it is noteworthy that on March 4, 2015 just prior to his final concert performance, seventeen -year old Erik Lu asked organizers to switch him from a Steinway to a Fazioli piano. Miami is home to the Chopin Foundation of the United States’ National Chopin Piano Competition. Every five years, for eight grueling days, contestants perform before a jury and members of the public. This is where Erik Lu broke the tradition. Read more

Rekindling the Joy of Performing Music

Here is a little anecdote that I shared on my violin site blog awhile back. My wife, who is also a fine musician, and I were watching a little piece on TV about famous, French-Chinese classical cellist, Yo-Yo Ma. This was a couple years ago when he had just completed a bluegrass album with some of the greatest bluegrass musicians in the world. You can imagine that switching over to play bluegrass was quite a genre bender for him but the music was interesting and enjoyable. In an interview, he waxed on enthusiastically about how much fun it was to work with these musicians and how nice they were to him personally. My wife and I both had to laugh. I think I turned to her and said, “that’s because they were bluegrass musicians.” Read more

6 Tips for Proper Piano Maintenance

Pianos are surprisingly hearty objects, considering the thousands of precise moving parts that they contain. Pianos can provide you and your family with enjoyment and beautiful music for many years with only a moderate amount of attention. Unfortunately, they often receive virtually no consideration when it comes to care and maintenance. Given the cost to repair or replace one of these beauties, I found it important to review some high points of proper piano care. Read more