New Piano Purchased! [♬ ~ #18]

Friday, December 26, 2014

For the past two years, I have been using my Yamaha PSR E-423 in learning to play pieces on the piano. I would have to say it was a good purchase especially for an entry level keyboard. It's a 61-key digital keyboard with all the extra stuff that you would need in creating music.

Just recently I decided to take my piano playing to a serious level. I decided to take piano lessions from this kind lady who plays for the church in our village. I have improved my sight-reading skills so far. The problem I am being faced with now is on my playing itself. I realized that practicing on the Yamaha keyboard would not help much, especially if I am aiming to learn the proper techniques in playing. That's when I realized I needed to do an upgrade.

So I went online and researched. Being subscribed to the piano subreddit helped a lot, especially in seeking advice on what type of keyboard would I really need. I ended up with the Kawai ES100!

So far, I am in love with it. It has the weighted hammer action that I am looking for. The feel of the keys are great, just like with an acoustic piano. The sound from the speakers are very nice too.

The piano came with an x-stand and a sustain pedal.

I played around on some pieces that I am trying to learn, and this is how they sounded on the new piano.













I still have no idea on how to properly use the sustain pedal, so I was just doing trial and errors with it.

I had a recording of my playing of a Vanessa Carlton song on my previous piano, and I thought I'd compare how it sounded with the new Kawai piano.







I love how I can now apply some dynamics when playing. Before, the keys on the Yamaha keyboard were soft that's why applying the appropriate pressure to play it softly or loudly is a bit tricky. With the Kawai one, you are more in control.

I am excited to relearn the pieces that I have on this piano! So far, the only thing that I noticed is that my finger joints hurt after some practice time. Looks like this has something to do with my playing technique, so I guess I would need to discuss this with my piano teacher on our next session.

I am very excited!

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