Black (Piano) Friday Sale!

Black (Piano) Friday Sale!

Attention, Phoenix!  Have you been considering a new or gently-used piano, digital piano or player piano for your special someone this Holiday Season?  Well, if so, Riverton Piano Company is transforming Black Friday into Black PIANO Friday – for TWO DAYS ONLY – and you won’t want to miss these incredible deals!  Our doors open at 10am on Friday, November 27 with wall-to-wall savings on every black piano in inventory!  Several pianos will be one-of-a-kind deals… so come early for the best selection and some truly awe-inspiring discounts!

  • NEW Pianos with 10-Year Warranty from $2999!
  • NEW Digital Pianos from only $999!
  • NEW Baby Grand Pianos from $7999!
  • NEW YAMAHA Player Pianos starting at $16,999!

Better yet – purchase a Roland digital piano and – ON TOP of the Black Piano Friday discount – enjoy a FREE accessory package (valued at up to $700)!  Purchase a Roland HP, LX or GP Series digital piano and get a FREE membership to our celebrated “Roland Owner’s Club” – which helps you get the most out of your piano with training videos, music downloads, custom setups and so much more!

Looking to finance?  Check out these incredible options!

  • 24 Months 0% APR* on ALL Yamaha Acoustic Pianos!
  • 18 Months SAME AS CASH on ALL Acoustic Pianos!
  • 12 Months SAME AS CASH on ALL Roland Digital Pianos!
  • Special LOW-INTEREST APR for 60 Months on ALL Acoustic Pianos!

That special someone in your life was born with a gift.  Help her unlock it with a new piano, digital piano or player piano from Riverton Piano Company this Holiday Season!  …but hurry.  Black Piano Friday  weekend ends at 6pm on Saturday, November 28.  Don’t miss your chance to SAVE before the 2020 price increases go into effect!

Happy Holidays!

 

* APR = Annual Percentage Rate.  On purchases of new and in-stock qualifying Yamaha pianos from November 27 – November 28, 2020.  Subject to credit approval.  Minimum monthly payments required.  0% APR if paid in full within 12-, 18- or 24-month period.  Interest accrues throughout the life of the loan at 13.99% APR.
Does ‘Where a Piano is Made’ Make a Difference?

Does ‘Where a Piano is Made’ Make a Difference?

A modern grand piano is made up of over 12,000 parts and each manufacturer has its own “recipe.”  Piano makers build their reputations based on the designs, materials and workmanship that go into their instruments.  …but would a Steinway piano be just as good if it were built in England instead of the US or Germany?  Would a Yamaha be a Yamaha if it didn’t come from Japan?  Are pianos built in China of lower quality?  Does ‘where a piano is made’ matter?

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How the Yamaha Disklavier is Transforming Today’s Music Schools

How the Yamaha Disklavier is Transforming Today’s Music Schools

When most people think of the Yamaha Disklavier, they think of a player piano or home entertainment instrument.  What most folks don’t know is that the world’s premier player piano was designed to be (first and foremost) an educational tool.  Introduced in 1982 as the world’s first fully-functional reproducing piano (able to play and record piano music), the Yamaha Disklavier enjoyed near instant success.  The ability to record one’s performance and play it back instantly was a great help to piano students, so piano teachers and music schools all over the world began to use these new technologies in their day-to-day lessons.  Yamaha, however, was already working towards a far more ambitious goal.

In 1997, Yamaha pioneered an experimental technology that was designed to transmit song data from one piano to another in near real-time all around the world.  It took Yamaha engineers nearly 10 years to perfect this industry-changing technology, but finally – in January of 2007 – Yamaha announced the all new “Remote Lesson.”

student singing with yamaha disklavierFor the first time, gifted students all over the world could attend remote master classes or enjoy one-on-one instruction with world-class professors no matter where they lived!  Opera students could practice with rich, expressive (and pre-recorded) accompaniments at all hours of the night and day!  Music Conservatories could audition students from all over the world via remote – without having to make expensive travel arrangements.  …and, perhaps more importantly, more students were able to participate in high quality music learning experiences than ever before.

Now – more than 20 years since Yamaha introduced Remote Lesson technology – the Yamaha Disklavier (and it’s high resolution “Remote Live” technology) is a staple in world-class music schools and teaching studios all over the globe and, perhaps, the best way to continue high quality piano study during – and after – this global pandemic.

Here are just a few examples of how “Remote Live” is solving problems for piano teachers, professors and music students in the era of COVID-19 and beyond:

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How to Find the Perfect Church Piano

How to Find the Perfect Church Piano

As a worship leader with nearly 15 years of experience and a trained piano consultant for more than 18 years, I find that I have a unique perspective on finding the right piano for your church.  I’ve worked with churches all over the United States and even some in Mexico to find the perfect piano for their sanctuaries.  Hopefully, my experiences will help you and your piano selection team cut through the fallacies and sales hype to find the your perfect church piano.

As always, please feel free to comment below if you have any thoughts or questions.  I take the time to respond to everyone.  God bless!

Finding the Ultimate Worship Piano in 2020 and Beyond

Maybe your worship setting isn’t best served by a digital piano.  Whether you follow a strict liturgy or you prefer hymnsongs on a Sunday morning, the right acoustic piano can greatly enhance your worship experience.  “What is an acoustic piano,” you ask?  Quite simply, it’s a piano you don’t plug in.  …and like its digital counterparts, there are some things that don’t thrill me about many of the options available on the market today.  Again.  Everyone has their favorite brands and you can find “informed” opinions growing on every tree, but here are five basic things I think most worship leaders would agree are NOT desirable for their primary worship instrument:

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Why Adults All Over the World are Taking Piano Lessons

Why Adults All Over the World are Taking Piano Lessons

Proving that piano lessons are not for children only, countless adults are discovering that it’s never too late to learn how to play the piano.

For older adults, research shows that piano lessons enhance the working memory. This is especially true after as little as six months of learning. In 1993, the Educational Psychology Journal linked playing the piano with improved reading comprehension. If you want to remember what you read (including this article!), then playing the piano is for you.

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Learn Online for FREE with Flowkey and Yamaha!

Learn Online for FREE with Flowkey and Yamaha!

If you’ve been dreaming of playing your favorite songs quickly and easily, then your dreams are about to come true!  Now – thanks to a special partnership with Yamaha – you can get THREE MONTHS FREE ACCESS to flowkey – the online piano learning tool everyone is talking about!  …but hurry!  This partnership won’t last forever!

All you have to do is purchase a new Yamaha Clavinova digital piano, register your new Clavinova with Yamaha and redeem your FREE flowkey voucher code at Yamaha’s flowkey website and you’re all set.

Thanks to flowkey and Yamaha, you can stop dreaming and start playing the piano today!  Learn your favorite songs in minutes and play everything with a background band.  The sky is the limit!  Just click the button below to select your Clavinova and start living your dreams today!

Get Your Clavinova

 

Top 5 Best Bluetooth APPS for Your Digital Piano

Top 5 Best Bluetooth APPS for Your Digital Piano

In 2009, Apple informed us that – no matter what we want to do – “There’s an app for that.”  …and WOW were they right!  Today almost every product has its own accompanying APPlication.  Kids can scan their Happy Meal toys and incorporate them into custom-made video games.  Folks can walk around hunting imaginary monsters with their smart phones.  We can even play along with our favorite bands whenever we want!  There’s an app for everything!

Especially since Bluetooth technology has simplified and stabilized the connections between devices, it’s easy to drown in available software.  …so here’s a list of the our favorite Bluetooth Apps for your Digital Piano:

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Playing the Piano Can Help You “Get Away”

Playing the Piano Can Help You “Get Away”

If you’re like me, you’ve probably been feeling a little overwhelmed lately.  Especially considering all the uncertainty and disruption around us,it’s no surprise that so many of us are looking for something – anything – that can make us feel normal again.  Luckily, the most powerful tool we have is always with us:  music.  It’s true!  Just sitting back and relaxing while listening to our favorite music can take us away from whatever stressful places we find ourselves in, and bring us a measure of peace.

For many of us, this is no surprise.  We couldn’t imagine watching a movie without the background music or driving any length of time without our “playlist!”  …but, did you know that there is one thing even MORE transformative – even more powerful than listening to our favorite music?

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Why Should You Learn the Piano FIRST?

Why Should You Learn the Piano FIRST?

You have probably heard that active participation in music making is good for your you. Learning to play an instrument builds persistence and patience by forcing you to work on a task for extended periods of time (sometimes months on end) before reaching your goal. It builds self-control, as there are no true shortcuts to mastering a piece. Learning an instrument builds humility and leadership skills – especially when you play with other musicians. It builds logic and reasoning, hand-eye-coordination, and so much more. Studies from around the world have proven time and again that making music enriches your mind, your emotions, and your body.  …but – what you may not have heard is the best instrument for music exposure is the piano.

treble and bass cleff

Notes in the Treble Clef sound higher (like a flute or clarinet). Notes in the Bass Clef sound lower (like a cello or tuba).

Unlike a violin or trombone (which have very limited tonal range and can only play up to a few notes at a time), the piano allows students to learn how to read, hear and write notes across the entire musical spectrum, including notes in both the treble and bass clef simultaneously.  With this broader understanding of music, piano students can better comprehend the theory and structure of music itself. Learning why some notes sound good together at certain times and others don’t can be critical to developing improvisational skills, music composition and ear training (“teaching” your brain to better recognize musical notes, intervals, chords and more just by listening to them).  By engaging both hands and covering a much wider range of notes, piano lessons offer a much more complete music education than you would get learning the guitar (for example).

Piano lessons also prepare students for taking on subsequent instruments in the future. Once you’ve mastered note reading across the entire musical spectrum, you’ll have a much easier time associating those notes with the desired sounds and actions on any instrument with a narrower musical range. You’ll even have an easier time learning percussion instruments (pitched or not) because you’ll already understand how rhythms work and how to read and write complicated notation.  It is remarkable how much easier other instruments can be after mastering the piano!

Notice that the trumpet part (in yellow highlights) only uses one clef while the piano uses two because of its wider range of notes.

Playing the piano is also (arguably) more fun than other instruments – especially at the early stages.  Have you ever listened to beginner violin or flute students try to produce perfect, in-tune tones on their instruments?  Luckily, piano students don’t have to worry as much about things like breath control, spit valves or tuning.  Assuming they have a good quality digital piano or a well-maintained acoustic piano, piano students can focus exclusively on learning songs and exercises, which is certainly more fun than figuring out where your spit goes. Also, thanks to the rise of piano lessons apps, piano students can gain the ensemble playing skills that band and orchestra students learn in their homes as well. Who wouldn’t want to play their favorite songs with a full band or orchestra?!

So why bring a piano into your home today? You already know that music making opens a portal for creative artistry that spans the senses, including sight, touch, and sound. You already know that playing an instrument introduces a heightened degree of spatial awareness, hand-and-eye coordination, and enhanced multitasking skills. You already know that music making does much for your overall well-being… and now you know why your musical journey should begin with a piano.

The work of a pianist is never complete, and playing the piano provides a way for every member of your family – regardless of age or ability level – to expand their creative intellect.  …so why not get started today?piano lessons

Whether you’re looking for a good quality starter instrument or a World-class baby grand piano, we have a ton of great programs to help you get started.  You can even rent a piano and begin enjoying the benefits of piano lessons right away. A recent Gallop poll found that 70% of adults wished they could play the piano, but only 20% consider themselves to be “active music makers.”  The time is now. Don’t put it off any longer.  Contact us today and let us help you get started on your musical journey!

Having Fun at Home with Your Digital Piano

Having Fun at Home with Your Digital Piano

One of the truly exciting parts of my job is showing people how much fun they can have with a digital piano. Not only do most digital pianos have many different sounds and rhythms – as well as a built-in recorder – but some models can also make use of third-party apps that can make learning so much easier and more enjoyable. Some help you play your favorite songs even if you can’t read music! So – if you’re looking for something fun and relaxing to do at home – here are some things you and your family can enjoy on your home digital piano:

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