What was your first piano love? An old relic from a church basement? A family heirloom? An organ? A keyboard? A beautiful baby grand?
I learned to play on my Grandma’s piano. She gifted it to me when I was 5 years old. She herself was given the piano at the age of 10… which made the piano 75 years old when I started taking lessons.
I’ll never forget the day that that piano was delivered to my home. My uncles and my Dad were the “piano movers”. It was so heavy it smashed right through the steps up to our deck. All very exciting when you are 5.
I loved that piano.
There is something about playing that piano that feels like “home”. Although it’s no longer in my own house, I have played that same piano for 26 years. There is something so organically familiar about the yellowed keys under my fingers; the huge ringing sound from behind the cabinet my Grandad buffed and polished himself… the slight stick and knock of the pedals. It’s probably not the best piano in the world, but I can make it sing.
They say there is no love like the first. This is true… I haven’t found another piano that I feel so connected to.
I happened upon a new piano app this morning. iGrand Piano for iPad. I’m quick to admit I am a tech junkie. And I love apple products to a degree that is probably not at all healthy. I was immediately intrigued. This app allows you to hook any keyboard up to your iPad, select the piano sound you would like from a gallery of 8 world-class pianos and away you go! The sound sampling is completely amazing. Check out a demo in this video below.
Can A Computer Replicate The True Piano Experience?
As cool as this app is (and yes I will be buying it!) and as much as they tout it’s ability to be “the most playable, expressive and beautiful sounding grand, baby grand, upright and specialty piano instruments available on a mobile device” I’m still a skeptic. Can a computer program truly hold a candle to the experience of playing a real instrument? And if not, what is it about playing a piano that creates the superior experience? The sound? The touch? The smell of furniture polish?
We’d love to know about the piano you hold dear to your heart. Share in the comment section below and tell us why your piano could never be replaced by technology… or if you think apps like iGrand are the way of the future.