How Should I Learn Piano – By Ear, By Reading Music, Or Both?

a girl plays piano while reading notes

The ear versus read debate around piano learning strategies encompasses all instruments ranging from the guitar and drums, to the piano and keyboard. Those who have been playing the piano for a while say that both methods of learning to play are essential, but in the end a performer generally adapts to what suits him […]

What Are The Main Reasons People Drop Out Of Piano Lessons?

piano lesson painting

Mastering the piano is no easy task, and often the incessant practice sessions and complicated playing techniques encourage the budding pianists into ditching their dreams and quitting their lessons. Here comes Halo and other video games! A recent Facebook survey has revealed shocking facts on how common it is for budding pianists to suddenly lose […]

8 Questions to Ask When Buying a Used Piano

Buying a used piano allows you to save a lot of money. It may also be the only option you have to owning a good piano on a tight budget. Fortunately, pianos have a pretty good life expectancy, so a used piano that is well maintained could really give you value for money. However, since […]

The Kawai GL-10 Baby Grand Piano Could Be The Most Advanced Grand Piano Under $20,000

Kawai GL-10

Hi, I’m Stu Harrison and we’re here at the Merriam Pianos Oakville showroom just outside of Toronto, Canada. And today I am looking at the Kawai GL-10 baby grand piano, and there’re a couple things that we’re going to be talking about. We’re going to be comparing it to the GM-10K which was its immediate […]

Merriam Pianos is Proud to Introduce W. Hoffmann Pianos by C.Bechstein Europe

Hi. This is Stu Harrison, here with Merriam Pianos. And I’m in the Oakville Campus, just outside of Toronto, Canada. And I’m going to be introducing the W. Hoffman line of grand pianos that just arrived at Merriam less than a month ago. This is an acquisition in a new line for us that really […]

Merriam Pianos Academy: What Is a Used Yamaha U1 Upright Piano Worth?

Yamaha U1

I’m Stu Harrison, and this is another segment in our series on the Yamaha upright pianos. Today, we’re going to be talking about the price of a Yamaha U1. That would be their 48-inch, Japanese built upright piano. There are two categories really, that a customer needs to be aware of, depending on what they’re […]

Everything You Ever Needed To Know About Baby Grand Pianos

baby grand piano

Hi, I’m Stu Harrison and I’m here with Merriam Pianos in Toronto, Canada. And today we’re talking about baby grand pianos. Now this is something that I think is on everybody’s ultimate wish list, for when you get the house with that perfect bay window, or a room that would be ideal to just have […]

The Kawai GL-40 5’11” Grand Piano Is Poised To Become The #1 Institutional Grand Piano

Kawai

Hi, this is Stu Harrison, we’re here at Merriam Pianos in Oakville, Ontario just outside of Toronto and we’re going to be looking at the GL-40 Grand Piano from Kawai. The GL-40 is Kawai’s recent upgrade or update to their rather famous RX-2 that was a dominant player in the institutional grand piano market from […]