Welcome to Learning Grand Pianos

Hello, it's Harry Lynn here. I have spent my working life as a Professional Musician and Teacher, and am very happy to have you visit Learning Grand Pianos where I can share lots of diverse information in two areas which are all connected to pianos and learning how to play them...

  1. Learning the best and most efficient way possible for beginners to have fun while practising - regardless of age - and more advanced methods for those who can play a little, and wish to improve. You can become the LIFE Of THE PARTY in Months not Years with up to date fun learning systems.
  2. Learning about Grand Pianos, how they work {The Nuts’N’Bolts} compared to upright pianos, and whether a certain model or size will suit your needs and the space you have. Will a baby grand, which will fit the space you have available, be of a sufficiently high standard to do its intended job ? Or will you be better off buying a digital keyboard giving yourself portability, and the advantage of privacy while practising ?
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Learning Pianos

Our 1897 Thurmer Piano

Learning Piano – My Learning Journey Part One

My Learning Journey As I look back at more than sixty years since I started learning piano, which eventually led to a career as a professional pianist and teacher, my mind keeps on bringing memories of where it all started in 1949. Most other musicians to whom I’ve spoken on the subject usually give credit to a recital or concert, whether it was in a theatre, hall or in the case of local … [Read More...]

My Malvern Star Bicycle

Learning Piano – My Learning Journey Part Two

My continuing story of acquiring a musical education. Previously in Part One, my somewhat dramatic departure [ my " Escape "  I hoped ] from my first teacher at the age of nine. Second Teacher. Oh No, said my parents ! You made a promise and we will stick to the contract. And with that they found a very nice lady teacher named [ would you believe it ? ]  Mrs. Finger, who lived about five … [Read More...]

King Cole trio 1

Learning Piano – My Learning Journey Part Three

My continuing story of learning piano as a young boy. In the previous post is where I took the decision to quit classical piano and go back to football and other sports. Lightglobe Moment ! Then two things happened in rapid succession. Firstly, a new neighbour played me a recording [ a 78 RPM ] of the King Cole Trio which comprised Nat King Cole piano and vocal, Wesley Prince bass and … [Read More...]

Yamaha Concert Grand

Learning Piano – My Learning Journey Part Four

School Mate’s Influence. During this time of intense application of learning piano, I became aware of a school mate from our class who was to have a profound effect on my musical future. Because I was interested in Jazz, Terry Lynch asked me to be part of a trio [ piano, bass and drums.] We found a bassist, Eddie Calleja, who was happy to join, and we had lots of fun rehearsing – sometimes at … [Read More...]

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Soundboard, Frame and Dampers

Grand Pianos – Nuts and Bolts – Part One

Overview Pianos, whether they are grand pianos, baby grand pianos or upright pianos, are played by means of a keyboard. They are one of the most popular instruments in the world,and are widely used in classical music for solo performances, ensemble use, chamber music, concertos with symphony orchestras, jazz and rock concerts and accompaniment for a variety of artists. The piano is also … [Read More...]

Yamaha C3 Keyboard

Grand Pianos – Nuts and Bolts Part Two

Upright Pianos The mechanism in upright pianos is perpendicular to the keys. Sometimes called vertical pianos, they are more compact because the frame and strings are vertical. The hammers move horizontally, and return to their resting position via a system of springs and tapes, which are prone to wear and tear. Upright pianos with unusually tall frames and long strings are sometimes … [Read More...]

The Pedals and Their Names

Grand Pianos – Nuts and Bolts Part Three

PIANO PEDALS Pianos have had pedals, or some close equivalent, since the earliest days. [In the 18th century, some pianos used levers pressed upward by the player's knee instead of pedals.] My Dad used to play organ in church and used the swell pedals with his knees, and his right foot on a volume pedal, or in a very early organ, he had to pump air through the reeds with both feet - hard … [Read More...]

Grand Piano bridge, strings and soundboard

Grand Pianos – Nuts and Bolts Part Four

In this post we discuss in detail some of the individual components of grand pianos, and upright pianos. More " nuts and bolts " to enjoy. OUTER CASE The outer case of most pianos is  made of hardwood, to act as a strong foundation from which the flexible soundboard can best vibrate. The purpose of a solid case is so that the sound energy will stay as much as possible in the soundboard instead … [Read More...]

Yamaha " Since 1887 " Gold Badge

Grand Pianos – Nuts and Bolts Part Five

THE CAST IRON FRAME The metal frame, of a piano is usually made from cast iron. It is crucial for the plate to be very robust. As mentioned previously, the average upright or medium-sized grand piano's strings have a combined pull of about 18 tons, and the tension in a 9 foot concert grand is close to 30 tons! Cast iron is easy to cast and machine, has flexibility sufficient for … [Read More...]

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