Why the Progress You Make in the Practice Room Seems to Disappear Overnight

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Have you ever been frustrated by the fact that you can take a difficult passage, work on it for a bit, get it sounding pretty good, but return to the practice room the next day to discover that you’re back at square 1? That nothing has really changed? And despite how good it sounded yesterday, now it sounds just as bad as it did before you worked on it?

Most of us can live with “two steps forward, one step back.” It’s the “two steps forward, two steps back” that makes us want to tear our hair out.

So what are we to do? Are we just supposed to keep at it and learn how to be more patient? Or is there a different way to practice that can make these improvements more permanent?

Enter Christine Carter

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Sight and sound of music

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A piano is not just a musical instrument but also a piece of furniture that becomes the focal point of the room.

Steinway & Sons Model O piano
A piano naturally becomes the focal point of the room in which it is placed. The Steinway & Sons Model O piano, retailing up to $80,000, is often called the “Living Room Grand” because its 5-foot 10 3/4-inch length fits most rooms.

A piano hits all the right notes in the homes of those who have musicality in mind. But, being a proficient piano player isn’t a prerequisite to having a music room, which can bring a note of sophistication to your house.

Not only can a piano be a key furnishing, it also becomes the focal point of the room in which it is placed, says Robert Berger, spokesman for Steinway & Sons in New York City.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/09/21/3637558/sight-and-sound-of-music.html#storylink=cpy

8 Ways to Make Your Piano Room Sing

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Turn your upright piano into the star of the room or a great supporting player.

If you have a new or used piano or are pondering the idea, here are some tips on finding a stylish place where your piano sounds and looks great.

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My sister just added a beautiful black upright piano to her home. It has turned her place into a musical hot spot for family and friends and has me thinking about getting one. But where would I put it, and how do I design a room with it?

Modernise your piano so that it doesn’t feel so heavy

Steinway Sold for $438 million

Steinway Musical Instruments Inc was founded in 1853 in a loft on Manhattan’s lower west side. It is most famous for Steinway & Sons pianos, but today its products include Bach Stradivarius trumpets, Selmer Paris saxophones, C.G. Conn French horns, Leblanc clarinets, King trombones, and Ludwig snare drums.

Steinway announced on Monday July 1st that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an affiliate of Kohlberg & Company, a global private equity investment firm, in a transaction valued at approximately $438 million. Upon the completion of the transaction, the Company will become a privately held company.

Under the terms of the agreement, an affiliate of Kohlberg will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the outstanding shares of the Company’s common stock for $35.00 per share in cash, representing a premium of 33%. The board of directors of the Company unanimously recommends that the Company’s stockholders tender their shares in the tender offer.

“Kohlberg’s long history of collaboration to grow and expand some of the world’s leading consumer brands makes us an ideal partner for Steinway to accelerate its global expansion, while ensuring the artisanal manufacturing processes that make the company’s products unique are preserved, celebrated and treasured,” Kohlberg partner Christopher Anderson said.

Shares of Steinway Musical Instruments Inc. jumped $4.62, or 15 percent, to $35.05 in morning trading. Shares this year have risen close to 70 percent.

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New Audiovisual Study Tool at Piano Street

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A new, revolutionary tool that allows you to learn piano pieces faster, broaden your repertoire knowledge, improve your interpretational skills or to simply immerse yourself in the refined art of classical piano music, has finally arrived!

The AST integrates Piano Street’s sheet music library with the leading video and music streaming services YouTube, Spotify and Naxos and allows you to listen to recordings of pieces while following along in the scores. The recordings are carefully selected by the Piano Street Team to ensure that the performances are of professional reference standard and provide a diversified selection in terms of interpretational styles.

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Try the two free samples available on this page.

Visual Art Comes (Back) to Steinway Piano

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Celebrating its 160-year anniversary on March 5, Steinway & Sons, the classic piano with a grand sound, has added an incredible visual pop to its design: It partnered with an artist by the name of Lynx to paint abstract art on the keyboard lid, piano lid, music desk and even the case of some of its grand pianos. But Steinway’s art case pianos have been around since 1857, when they first began producing the special pianos with artists of the day.

Visual Art Comes (Back) to Steinway Piano

Caring for your piano

Ambient Conditions

Wood and felt are highly sensitive to extreme changes in temperature and humidity. During the heating period a standard good-quality humidifier should be used to control and regulate humidity. The most favourable environment for your piano is a relative humidity ranging between 45% and 70% and a constant temperature of approximately 20˚C. Sudden fluctuations in temperature must be avoided as the tuning and regulation might be influenced negatively.

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