Friday, 28 November 2008

The Sound of Music - Almost!

Spot the Difference

Well, the piano van arrived with a new piano this morning, and I assembled it this afternoon. Even though I've never learned to play properly, I'd be really lost without a working instrument - it was awful when the other one stopped being useable.

Apart from the different colour, it's a similar model - the bottom of the range Yamaha imitation piano, only 6 or 7 years newer.

These things are a bit like cars. Even the basic models have better features over time. It feels different to play - whether this is just because the other one was getting old, I don't know, but it's more responsive and sounds better.

The "weight" of the keys varies across the keyboard, as it does on the real things, which will take some getting used to (when was the last time I played an acoustic piano, I wonder?). The sustain pedal responds a bit differently too, and I can actually notice the difference when I use the "soft" pedal, which I couldn't with the old one.

It's almost December, which means that I'll soon be getting out my book of Christmas carols. Maybe one year I'll actually be able to play them competently. Maybe sometime in the distant future real music will be heard on this instrument. Or maybe like the old one it'll have worn out long before then...

9 comments:

Dan said...

First!

Dan said...

enjoy playing your instrument!

Brian o vretanos said...

Thanks Dan, I think ;-)

Kat said...

Ooooh so new and shiny. Momma likey :) Now go and play something for us.

Chris Wood said...

I hope your piano brings you joy, mate. I feel the same about guitars - never had lessons, no training at all but I'd hate not to have one.

Hope it sounds great!

Brian o vretanos said...

Kat:

I did find a way to connect the piano to my laptop and record, but there was something wrong that made the recording distorted, so I couldn't put it up. I will try again at some point...

Chris:

I used to spend a lot more time listening to music, but playing music is far more enjoyable, even when I can't do it properly. I still know how it should sound ;-)

Bee said...

I love the color! I think I'll try and learn to play the drums. You playing piano, Chris on guitar and me on drums, we'd be the Blogger Band.

Brian o vretanos said...

Bee:

That's an excellent idea! Maybe we can find a point equally near to all of us for rehearsals. This will hopefully involve us hiring a boat in the middle of the Atlantic, so we shouldn't get lynched by any neighbours ;-)

Jean Knee said...

glad you have a new piano.

I survived Thanksgiving, yessssss!