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Discussion in 'The Piano' started by pianolady, Dec 20, 2011.

  1. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    This is my new idea:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/First-88-Keys-P ... 43abfcd9d2

    I'm wondering if anyone here has ever tried one of these. I'm thinking I could buy one for myself, bring it to work, and practice when I'm not busy with 'work things'. What do you think? Could I really benefit and progress in my practicing? Or is it a kooky idea?
     
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    The idea of a roll-up keyboard is intriguing (I've seen it around for awhile though never tried one). I think, as I move my keyboards to a gig how nice it would be to just sit down and roll my instrument out. I also think that in my next life I'm playing piccolo -- I can put it in my pocket. I actually want one. Also the playable keyboard T-shirt http://www.thinkgeek.com/tshirts-apparel/interactive/e1aa/.

    (I went looking for the website and found that it had been discounted from $29.99 to $12.99 and bought one).

    It could be fun at a party or to try simple things out, but consider that it is simply touch based and so you have no movement or other resistance on the keys, so it will not help with technique. The ones that I have seen have 61. Also, it is FLAT. The black keys are the same height as the white. Finally, who knows what the polyphony is (the number of notes playable at a time). I'm sure it is low (8 note max.) But at about $50.00 it could be fun. I actually wouldn't mind one for times when I need a simple keyboard for pitches and warm-ups for my choirs.

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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Wow, what a fun t-shirt! But doesn’t it tickle when that hand moves up and down across your chest? :lol:

    Regarding the roll-up keyboard: I have heard about these before too, but never gave them a second thought, because I need one with 88 keys and all I saw were the ones with only 61 keys. Then I saw this one yesterday and thought “bingo”!

    The sound does not concern me. I’m wondering if just having 88 keys to practice on – the physical act of landing jumps, or stretching the fingers to reach certain keys would aid in muscle memory. Then I would work on the technique when back on my own piano. However, I did not consider that the roll-up keyboard would be flat. Hmmmm…..Wish I could try one out and then return it if I don’t like it. Between all the money I’ve spent on Christmas presents for everybody, plus paying $110.00 on piano music last week, I think I better cool it for a bit.
     
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    Only when you're woman, I suppose :lol:
     
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    I'll tell you about the tickle when I get mine.

    Scott
     
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    My patient first told me about these 3 years ago. I have the 5 octave version. Monica, I didn't know that they have the 88 key version now. It's actually fun for trips when you use them with headphones. I keep one rolled out on my bar, hence the name "Piano Bar." :p The action feels like your tapping on a desk at a boring lecture. I don't think it's a good substitute for practicing. It sounds like a Casio, but who cares.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Good one! I still wish I could visit you, George... :wink:
     
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    See that you do. :wink: This way you can play the piano on one side of the bar, and I'll be the bartender on the other side making the martinis... :idea: After one of my Godiva chocolate martinis, the Casio will begin to sound like an Imperial Flugel Bosendorfer. The Piano bar sits six, so the invitation stands to all my good friends here on PS. :D After all, it is Saturated Saturday!...
    I just thought of something... I should get another roll out piano for the other corner of the bar, and I can call it the Two-Piano Bar?! :p Ahh, it's a shame that everyone lives in different continents.
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Funny!
    And mmm...that chocolate martini sounds good! Ok, I'll hop on a plane right now! And then when you get another roll-out piano, we can have dueling pianos! Do you have any mics too? I'll probably start singing after the second drink.... :lol:
     

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