If you are looking for the best music advice in town, Pats Music Store has the Blog you simply must read. Learn what our music aficionados have to say about some of the Musical Instruments in store. Experts from our Piano Shop and our Guitar Shop, frequent these pages with invaluable insights into choosing the right instruments.
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Whether interested in a Mahalo Ukulele or any other Ukulele for that matter, this article is must read.
Not so long ago, it was regarded that ukuleles were a toy instrument. That’s definitely not the case today. Many schools are teaching ukulele to students as part of music curriculums. Additionally Ukulele clubs are becoming more and more popular every day. You can also find a ukulele version of nearly all your favourite songs to learn on the uke yourself!
The ukulele boom has completelytaken over, and these little instruments have become one of the hottest selling musical instruments. So what better way to make the most of some of the best uke brands and bargains. Than with Mahalo Ukulele Mayhem in March here at Pat’s Music!
Before jumping into the great sale we have going on this month, why not learn a bit more about this instrument. Then you can find the right ukulele for yourself!
Ukulele’s come in a number of shapes and sizes. The most popular size for beginners is the soprano (the traditional size you’re probably used to seeing the most). However, concert and tenor sizes are becoming much more popular for adults with bigger hands. If you were to go even bigger, there is also the baritone uke.
The Soprano Ukulele, previously mentioned, is the traditional ukulele size you’re probably used to seeing. It makes the typical ukulele sound, due to tuning at A/E/C/G. At 51cm, it is one of the smallest yet most popular ukulele sizes available to try.
The Concert Ukulele sits at 58cm in size, with a longer neck and a larger body. It’s another popular option when it comes to buying your first ukulele. Sharing the same tuning as asoprano uke, it also makes that recognisable, classic ukulele sound.
As the ukulele boom has taken off, so has popularity amongst other ukulele sizes available, including tenor ukulele.
The tenor is much larger than the concert ukulele, at 66cm. Therefore while it has the same A/E/C/G tuning as soprano and concert ukulele’s the sound it produces is much more deeper. Consequently making the sound closer to that of a classical guitar. This ukulele is hugely popular amongst professional musicians and ukulele players. If you want to go a step up, why not try a baritone ukulele? These ukes are 76cm’s in size, and make a much deeper sound. This is because the tuning is the same as the last four strings on a guitar, E/B/G/D.
After figuring out which size ukulele you’re after, the next step is coming into our store. Here you are free to try a few Ukuleles out for yourself!
One of our most popular brands is of course, Mahalo Ukuleles. They were one of the first brands to further develop entry level ukuleles. Before then Ukuleles were pretty much considered toys and musically unplayable. This development meant that the Mahalo Ukulele was the first entry level priced ukulele to enter the market as a real musical instrument. The large range of sizes and designs, as well as the entry level prices means Mahalo is one of the first brands customers turn to when purchasing a ukulele, especially if it is the first uke.
A relatively new brand of Ukuleles, is 1880. 1880 Ukuleles are a brand that prides itself on delivering well-crafted
ukuleles. They are made with only select tonewoods and high quality finishes. The tone, projection and playability of these ukuleles make them another popular choice. This is especially when it comes to their large range of entry-level to high end ukes.
For the entire month of March, Pat’s Music will be having Mahalo March Mayhem. There you will find great prices and discounts on all Mahalo Ukulele and 1880 Ukuleles! There’s no better time than Mahalo March Mayhem to come into Pat’s and try out our large range of ukulele’s for yourself!
Follow this link to see the range: https://www.patsmusic.com.au/ukuleles/
Yes, you read it right. Pats Music Shop are giving away not one, but two awesome Ukuleles. All you need to do is post your best Ukulele themed Meme or GIF to the Pats Music Store Facebook Page and whoever gets the most likes, wins a very cool Uke. There can only be two winners, so get on our Facebook page and post those Memes now.
Remember, Sale and Competition ends 31st March so do not delay.
I this article we discover why so many musicians choose to rent musical instruments. At the beginning of the school year there are many purchases to put a strain on the family budget. Finding an affordable musical instrument for your child can be a challenge. At Pat’s Music we aim to provide you with as many options as possible, creating an easy, stress-free journey.
An ever more popular option when it comes to choosing an instrument is through our instrument rental service, Studio 19. Many instruments such as brass, woodwind and especially string instruments often require regular upsizing. As your child grows, a cycle of purchasing an instrument, then reselling once outgrown, and buying a new one occurs. This can become a costly process; however our rental service means you have options available that help minimise the cost.
• Make sure the equipment is right for you. You can return at any time after 6 months.
• Apply to purchase at any time, even after 1 day!
• No ongoing account keeping fees or charges
• Low monthly payments
• Maintenance and repairs included
• Optional Protection Plan available
• Substantial discounts for those choosing to upgrade their equipment
• If you are still renting close to the end of the 3 year maximum rental period, we contact to assist in finalising your agreement
Instruments are available for rental on a three year plan, with a minimum of six months. The plan is incredibly flexible
and ensures you have the right instrument. Additionally you have the option to return it after the six months is over. Alternatively, you can choose to buy the instrument outright at any time during the rental period. With no account keeping fees or charges, there are no loop-holes or fine print to get caught up in. This transparency means you know exactly what you’re getting, for how much, right from the very start of your rental.
One of the greatest parts about our service is the inclusion of maintenance and repairs within the rental period. In addition to this, the option to purchase a Protection Plan further covers your instrument in case of any damages.
We also consider those utilising this service when you come in for your next instrument. There are substantial discounts for those choosing to upgrade their Musical Instrument Rental.
If you are still renting the same instrument for the entire three years of the plan, we will contact you closer to the end of the rental period. This is to help you in finalising the agreement.
The process is incredibly simple, and the rental service is tailored with customers in mind. Specifically those with instruments and equipment that requires regular upgrading.
Cellos, violins, violas, flutes, clarinets and instruments of the like are regularly upgraded. Especially during the schooling years, students can go through up to three different models throughout their high school life. Renting is a great option and renting through the Studio 19 service here at Pat’s Music becomes one of the easiest options.
To learn more about how to rent musical instruments, why not call or stop by our Music Shop.
You can also find out more about music rentals by visiting the Studio 19 Website
The school year is fast approaching and with that means Back-to-School music sale and specials. Of course, Pat’s Music has you covered for all your musical needs this school year. Whether you’re a teacher, student or parent, our store has everything you need. Moreover we have great deals on musical instruments, accessories or books.
For teachers, we stock a large range of classroom percussion instruments and packs, essential to any school music class. With instruments like chromatic glockenspiels, tambourines, cowbells, maracas and guiros to choose from. There are plenty of options available to build the perfect classroom percussion collection. See our School Music Sale items online for more info
For students beginning their musical journey this school year, we have a range of musical instruments to get you started. All at affordable competitive prices. The weeks leading up to the start of the semester are the perfect time to come into the store. Whilst here why not try a musical instrument out for yourself.
If you’re in the market for that first guitar, we have great quality Valencia nylon-string guitars. The guitar sales range goes from ¼ to full size, for less than $100. For students just beginning or teachers looking to stock their music rooms for an affordable price, these guitars are a great option. They always prove to be one of our most popular items around the back-to -school period.
As well as these nylon-string Valencia guitars, we also have plenty of steel-string acoustic guitars, starting from $199. Our selection of guitars makes it incredibly easy for you to find the right pick. Whether it’s for a young student just starting their guitar-playing journey, or an older player looking to further develop their skills and transition to a new guitar.
Our range of Stentor and Enrico violins and viola’s are available for less than $300. Naturally, this price makes them a hugely popular and affordable option for those just beginning lessons this school year. These violins also come with a bow and case. We support them with a large range of all the accessories you could possibly need to get you started straight away. If you’re unsure of what this may entail, our friendly staff are always keen to help you out. Right from finding the right fit and size violin for each student, to sending you on your way with rosin, chin rests, mutes or anything else you may need for the school year.
Our range of drum kits start with electronic drum kits, which begin at just $599. For students who are just learning, these are a great option. They are a much more affordable alternative to purchasing a full acoustic kit. They also have the added bonus of being easy to store and set up, taking up very little room. To top it all off, electronic drum kits mean students can practice for as long as they want. And more importantly, as loud as they want, without disturbing the family. This is thanks to the option of simply plugging in a pair of headphones for a silent practice. If you want to hear your playing, maybe for a louder practice or performance, we also stock amps. Consequently you can plug your kit into to get the sound you need.
Another fun instrument that proves popular with both students and teachers is the ukulele, and with uke’s starting from just $35, you’re spoilt for choice with our selection. We stock some of the most popular ukulele brands on the market, such as Mahalo, Kala, 1880 and Makala. Whether you’re after an affordable, colourful set of ukuleles to fill your classroom or a high-end acoustic-electric performance ukulele to invest in, Pat’s Music has something you’ll love.
During the back-to-school period our Print Department ensure we have all you need to keep you covered this school year. We stock series such as the AMEB syllabus, Suzuki method and RockSchool books. Additionally we stock variety of lesson and theory books, from the very first music lesson, right to VCE exam pieces. If you are looking for something we may not stock, the Print Music staff always go the extra mile to source it for you.
While we pride ourselves on providing highly competitive prices on all our musical instruments, we also have a rental service. Renting proves very popular with students and teachers. Especially handy when considering how quickly students can cycle through instruments of different sizes and styles. For a minimum of six months, you can rent your musical instrument, paying a monthly fee which varies based on the price of the instrument at the time of purchase.
After the first six months, you can choose to continue the monthly payments, or buy the instrument outright.
Whether taking advantage of our back to school music sale or stocking up on essentials, now is preparation time. If you’re getting ready to head back to school, whether you’re a teacher, a student or a parent, then there’s no better time to head to our website or come in store. There you are sure to find the musical instrument just for you. Whether you’re searching for your first guitar or violin, or looking for a piece of music to prepare for a music exam, we have you covered. As always, our staff are more than happy to help with anything you may need.
Christmas is possibly our busiest times of the year, and amongst the most popular purchases for gifts, is Electric Guitars. The end of the year represents the perfect time to come into the store. You'll find the right guitar for a friend, a family member, maybe even yourself! With our extended opening hours of 11am-4pm on Sundays, it’s easier than ever to finalise Christmas presents. And of course, our friendly staff here at Pat’s will always do their best to help you out.
Our Guitar Shop has large range of electric guitars to choose from. Not only are they individually sold, but also as part of guitar packs. Packs come complete with amps, straps and cables. This makes purchasing a guitar easier than ever. We have reduced several of our guitars and packs, along-side other popular items, as part of our 12 Deals of Christmas special. So make sure you come into the store or jump online to grab yourself one of our bargains before Christmas!
Fender Electric Guitars are some of the most popular guitars on the market. Our Guitar store stocks plenty of Fender Guitars to try and choose from, all at incredibly competitive prices. The Fender American Special Series of Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars have huge reductions on them. With retail prices at $2,099, our Pat’s Price of $1,549 on select models is a competitive deal on limited stock, not to be missed.
Here at Pat’s, we also have Epiphone Guitars, specifically the Les Paul Electric Player Packs. These awesome packages have everything you need to start playing right away. Retailing at $529, our limited stock, Pat’s Price of $399 is an amazing deal, which will be snapped up quickly.
Packs come with the following;
These packs also come with free downloadable guitar lessons, covering genres like rock, blues, country, folk, metal and everything in between. The results is the perfect Christmas present for beginner guitarists or professionals.
Another popular choice for Christmas presents is our Fender Squier Strat Packs, which are available in a short-scale (SS) Stratocaster, full size (SSS) Stratocaster and Affinity (HSS) Stratocaster series. Each pack comes with an amp, gig bag, strap, cable and picks. Bass guitar packs are also available. Additionally packs make perfect gifts and are available at incredibly affordable prices of $349 (SS), $379 (SSS) and $449 (Affinity), making them great options for this Christmas season.
As well as electric guitars, Pat’s Music also stocks a large range of performance and practice amps. Our electric guitar shop is filled with amps to try. So make sure you come into the store to test them out for yourself, and check out our great prices! We stock brands like Vox, Fender, Peavey, Hartke and more. Whats more, our sale prices make them great and affordable options this Christmas.
An exciting new addition to Pat’s Music floor is the Orange Crush Amp range, for electric guitars and bass guitars. These amps have already proven to be popular picks for all skill and age levels. Consequently these are among our favourite items from our 12 Days of Christmas sale selection. For that reason alone, they are sure to go quick.
The Orange Crush Mini Amp for $76.30
The Orange Crush 12 Guitar Amplifier for $139.30
The Orange Crush 20 Guitar Amplifier for $174.30
The Orange Crush 25 Bass Amplifier for $265.30,
As you can see, these are all amazing prices. Stock is limited and these amps are sure to be hugely popular this Christmas.
So make sure you come into the store this month and try out an electric guitar and amp for yourself. It’s one of the easiest decisions you’ll ever make this Christmas, and our friendly staff here at Pat’s Music are always more than happy to help you grab a great deal!
Are you trying to choose between Acoustic Guitar Packs for a Christmas Gift?
As we get closer and closer to Christmas, it’s time to start thinking about your Christmas shopping. Here at Pat’s Music, we always try our hardest to make sure you find the perfect Christmas present. Whether it’s for a professional musician or a beginner, just starting their musical journey. We have plenty of options for all skill levels. Furthermore our friendly staff will always do their best to help you find what you need.
One of the most popular presents around Christmas time, are acoustic guitar packs. Acoustic guitars are a great gift for anyone interested in music. Whether you’re looking for an entry level guitar to start someone off or a higher end guitar for a friend or family member who already plays. Our range of acoustic guitars at Pat’s Music spans a broad range of makes, brands, styles and budgets. To that end, Pat's Music Store provide plenty of options. One of the easiest and most affordable options is our acoustic guitar packs. These packs include all you need to get you on your way. A guitar pack ensures you get all you need to start playing the acoustic guitar, in the one purchase. Of course at Pat’s Music there are several packs to choose from.
Priced at $219, the Gigmaker310 is an incredibly affordable guitar pack that is set up with the same specs as the professional models. In fact the Gigmaker 310 offers an outstanding playing experience. Along with the F310 spruce top guitar, the pack includes a Korg digital tuner, instructional DVD, gig bag, capo, picks, strings, pitch pipe, string winder and guitar strap. The pack includes everything you need to get you started on the guitar. Consequently, this makes for a perfectly affordable, high quality gift.
If you’re looking for a slight step up from the Gigmaker 310, the Gigmaker 800 guitar pack is the way to go. The guitar itself is a popular choice amongst guitarists, and the pack makes for a great gift around Christmas time. The pack is perfect for anyone looking for a high quality guitar at an incredibly affordable price. For $299, the Gigmaker 800 pack comes with the FG800 solid-top acoustic guitar, carry bag and a Korg digital tuner.
Similarly to Yamaha, Fender also have several guitar packs to choose from, giving you more options than ever thisyear for Christmas. The new FA-115 dreadnought guitar pack offers not only great value, but a great sound for anyone looking to start their musical journey. For $199, the pack includes the spruce-top FA-115 acoustic guitar, as well as a gig bag, picks, guitar strap, a spare set of strings and a free 90-day subscription to Fender Play. Fender Play gives you access to hundreds of online lessons and guides to assist in your musical journey.
The Fender CD-60S is a popular acoustic guitar from the Fender line. Similarly, it now comes in its very own pack making it a great gift idea. This complete starter pack not only includes the Fender CD-60S acoustic guitar, with a solid spruce top and mahogany fingerboard. But also a gig bag, guitar strap, picks, and a spare set of strings, as well as a free 90-day subscription to Fender Play, with access to online lessons. For $299, this Fender dread pack includes everything you need to get started with playing the acoustic guitar.
Pat’s Music has all you need to find the perfect present for Christmas. Our acoustic guitar packs are an easy and affordable way to get everything your guitarist may need, in one purchase. An assortment of packs come with a variety of accessories as mentioned above. Therefore even if you’re a beginner guitarist or a buyer with little musical experience, you’re sure to find a pack that is complete with all you need, whether it’s simply a guitar, bag and tuner combo, or a pack with the lot.
With our Yamaha and Fender guitar packs being incredibly popular choices, they are sure to go flying out the door. At Pat’s Music we also have our 10% deposit deal in the lead-up to Christmas, meaning you only pay 10% of your item as your initial deposit, making it the perfect time to come into the store and get your hands on one of these packs.
Choosing Christmas gifts for Musicians (especially if you are not one yourself), can be tricky. But with Christmas fast approaching, it’s not too early to start thinking about presents for your loved ones.
Pat’s Music have a huge selection of great gift ideas for those ‘hard-to-buy for’ musician friends and family. If we don’t happen to have what you’re looking for, one of our friendly staff members will do their very best to track it down and get it in for you.
Closer to Christmas time, many of the much loved, big brands like Yamaha and Fender bring out guitar starter packs. For an amazing price you can pick up not only a great guitar but added accessories as well. These high quality guitar packs come with a range of straps, cases, cables and amps. They ensure aspiring musicians have everything they could possibly need when they first pick up the guitar. These affordable packs are great for beginners and they are sure to make perfect Christmas gifts.
Another great gift idea for any guitarist, are our official FenderPlay Pre-Paid Cards. Choose between three months or six months, and guitarists can connect their card. Then redeem step-by-step, bite sized lessons from world-class instructors, as well as progress tracking and guided videos on Fender’s official learning platform. These cards make great, affordable Christmas gifts for beginner guitarists. Additionally, anyone looking to expand and develop their skill set will love this gift.
Pat’s Music Store also stocks a wide range of music accessories. From guitar straps, capos, tuners and strings, to
reeds, metronomes, stands, cases, rosin. If you’re friends or family members are already covered for instruments, then music accessories are just the ticket. Markedly, we are sure to have something in store for the perfect Christmas present to assist their musical journey.
If you’re still looking for more gifts or stocking fillers, our Print Music Department is perfect for those added extras! You’ll be sure to find sheet music for your favourite musicians, movies, musicals and composers. Titles are available for a wide selection of instruments and skill levels. Music books are available for piano, guitar, woodwind, brass, strings, drums, choral groups, vocals and more. Furthermore, our Print Music Department also has a large selection of holiday music. Now that's perfect for that Christmas day performance in front of the family.
As well as sheet music and books, there’s also a large variety of giftware and accessories, perfect for stocking fillers or KK gifts. Gift wares are especially popular amongst students and teachers, looking for end of year gifts and prizes. Of course, we have no shortage of items to pick from. Choose from our collection of stationary, glass wares, bags, cases, collectibles and memorabilia. You are sure to find something.
If you’re really struggling to find that elusive present and have no idea what to buy for your musician, why not come into the store and pick up a gift voucher! A Pat’s Music gift voucher is an easy and affordable option to give someone a Christmas gift they can essentially choose themselves! Use of our Music Shop Gift Vouchers covers all products across the entire store. So they’ll definitely be able to put their voucher to good use and you can be sure they will appreciate it.
In the months leading up to Christmas, keep in mind you can also choose to set up a lay-by, to ensure you have the perfect present ready to go. We now also offer a 10% deposit in the weeks coming up to Christmas, making it easier to get started on your lay-by payments, for less.
Prepare for a Musicians Christmas
If you are looking for Christmas gifts for musicians, you have come to the right place. Make sure you’re prepared for Christmas. Head to our website or come into the store and we’ll do our best to make sure you find everything you’re looking for to make this Christmas great! Whether it’s a brand new instrument for an inspiring musician, accessories to make the process a little easier, sheet music and books or gift wares for students and teachers, Pat’s Music has all you need to get yourself sorted this Christmas!
It's Yamaha Keyboard month at Pat's Music Store. To further celebrate Keyboard Month, Pats Music has teamed up with Yamaha Music Australia for the Yamaha Music Education System concert. The event will be held at Monash University’s Clayton campus on the 22nd and 23rd of September. Of course, we here at Pats are very excited to be involved in this event.
The following is a brief summary of what the Education System has to offer to students of all skill levels.
The Yamaha Music Education System provides music education through courses designed for a broad range of students. Including children, youths and adults, the course covers beginners to those who wish to acquire a high-level of music ability.
The foundations of this idea began with “Music Class for Pre-school Children”, in Tokyo in 1954. This later developed into the Yamaha Music School, establishing itself throughout various countries from 1964. Subsequently the course came to Australia in 1970.
Since launching almost 50 years ago, Yamaha Music Education Australia continues to embody Yamaha’s internationally designed curriculum. The course focuses on bringing out a child’s potential by nurturing their capabilities to express themselves through music.
Today, the Yamaha Music Education System remains part of the world’s largest music company. It has developed into a globally recognised system with more than 650,000 students, with 20,000 instructors across 40 countries. Along with this, more than 6 million students have graduated from our schools, with alumni numbers continuing to grow.
Throughout their time at Yamaha, all students from beginner to advanced, will have the chance to participate in Yamaha’s Annual Concert. Each year, Yamaha holds these student concerts in Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide. The school concerts provide an opportunity for Yamaha Music Education students to demonstrate their progress to family and friends.
It’s also a valuable opportunity for all students to develop the confidence of performing in front of a large audience. This experience is then shared with students from all Yamaha Music Schools.
Annual concerts also provide students with a goal to work towards throughout the year. Students will learn to prepare their pieces and focus their practice towards their concert performance.
This weekend, Yamaha Music Education will host their Melbourne concert at Monash University over two days, with 6 concerts in total. Each concert will have over 70 students performing, as proud parents and other family members look on.
Over 400 students will perform in Melbourne on the 22nd and 23rd September, with around 900 audience members passing through.
Pats Music representatives will be present on both dates, with Kate Finkelstein attending Saturday and Shane McMahon attending on Sunday. Additionally, stock of the brand new Yamaha gear, shall be available to both try and purchase on the day. Furthermore, the team will have everything digital with them. Try a portable Yamaha Keyboard like the P45 or P125, right through to the digital pianos in the Clavinova range.
We look forward to seeing you all there!
Piano Keyboards, Digital Pianos and Acoustic Pianos have contributed a huge part of our business over our 28 year journey. So if you are in the market, there is no better time to visit our lovely showroom than now. In celebration of this sale, we have put together the following blog. The article outlines where to start looking for beginners considering learning to play either keyboard or piano.
With so much available on the market, purchasing your first keyboard or digital piano can be a daunting task. Fortunately, with decades of experience in this area, Pats music is here to help make that task an easy one. Stocking a wide range of both Casio and Yamaha products, we are confident that we will be able to find the right instrument for you.
So, if you or your child are starting to learn, the first question you need to ask yourself is “Do I want to play piano or keys?" Although they are both very similar instruments, subtle differences in their respective functionality and playability set them apart. If you are hoping to learn to play piano, digital pianos are ideal for building the correct posture and playing techniques. If you want to play around with a whole bunch of different sounds, backing tracks, and work on arrangements, then a keyboard with all its bells and whistles is better suited to you. Here is a more in depth breakdown of the differences and advantages of both digital pianos and keyboards.
As previously mentioned, Digital Pianos are the right choice of instrument if you want to build your skills as a pianist. Digital pianos are simply made to replicate the feel and sound of an acoustic piano. They boast the same 88 note scale as an acoustic piano with weighted keys. Additionally, they deliver a realistic touch, similar to the mechanical action of an acoustic piano. The weighted keys are the real selling point, helping you to build the strength in your fingers required for playing piano pieces of music. In contrast to a piano, digital pianos do not require any maintenance such as tuning.
They come with a range of different sounds from organs through to strings. In addition to built in speakers, you can also play silently through headphones. You can adjust their volume and, most importantly, they are much more affordable. Starting from just $539 for a Yamaha P45 or $599 for a Casio CDP135, Pats Music will be able to get you started on your journey as a pianist!
We stock a little bit of everything from both the Yamaha and Casio Digital Piano range. This includes the Yamaha YDP Arius and CLP Clavinova, along with the Casio PX Privia and AP Celviano.
The design of Electronic Keyboards is of course, very different to that of Digital Pianos. Most often built to a smaller scale, Synthesizers and Home Keyboards are usually fitted with 61 keys. Unlike a Digital Pianos weighted keys, Keyboards have a much lighter feel. They contain hundreds of different sounds suitable for all different genres of music. These include drum and percussion sounds to build backing tracks and beats.
Functionality varies across different models, but recording and accompaniment are just two of the many functions attractive to keyboard players. Despite having a different feel to an acoustic piano, keyboards are an affordable alternative. Consequently they provide easy way to build your knowledge of music theory. Also yo can create song arrangements and play with a variety of different sounds. If you are considering entering into the world of music, keyboards are a popular and easy choice. Starting at just $239 for a Yamaha YPT360 or $279 for a Yamaha PSRE363, they are very affordable.
Regardless of your reasons for entering the realm of Keyboards and Digital Pianos. You can be sure that here at Pats Music Store we will find the right instrument to start your journey.
There is one Yamaha digital piano keyboard that stands out amongst the rest. It is a multifaceted musical instrument designed to assist in the development of the next era of Musicians. These include pianists, singers, performers, songwriters, composers and music producers. Furthermore, it is also a super handy tool for Vocal teachers.
For the piano player it has 88 notes with a graded hammer action allowing for the development of piano technique. It comes with a wooden stand and a three pedal unit. This allows players to familiarise themselves with the position of an acoustic piano. It also has a guided lesson function on board for the beginner keyboard player. Additionally there is a headphone socket for silent practice. Both size and feel make this an ideal Piano Keyboard for expressive recordings.
For the singer, the DGX660 has a microphone input. Vocal effects allow the developing vocalist to learn how to sing into a microphone. Additionally effects such as reverbs and choruses are accessible from the comfort of your own home, without the need of a studio. Developing microphone technique is an important skill for an aspiring singer.
The digital audio recorder allows a singer to record their performances and listen back to them. This can be an unnerving experience for a singer, as singers are often their own worst critic. But recording and listening back to their voice is essential for any singer aspiring to be a recording artist. Recording and listening back to their voice allows a vocalist to improve intonation (singing in tune) and learn to hear their voice from outside, rather than inside their head
With over 200 rhythms and auto accompaniment, the DGX660 allows singers or singing teachers to create backing tracks for their favourite songs in their preferred key. With over 500 general midi sounds, a singer is also able to down load pre recorded midi backing tracks and transpose them.
For the audio recorder, backing tracks can convert to MP3 and saved to a thumb drive. This means they become transferable to a computer, emailed or uploaded to the ‘cloud’, saved to smart devices and used for live performances, auditions or competitions.
The DGX660 Yamaha Piano Keyboard also has an audio line in that can be connected to computer, tablet or phone. The audio input can amplify audio tracks such as pre recorded backing tracks, MP3 karaoke tracks, or even YouTube Karaoke tracks to sing along to.
When an artist wishes to use their Yamaha DGX660 to perform, the wooden stand is removable. The Piano Keyboard
is then put on an adjustable stand. This electronic keyboard comes with a free cabled sustain pedal for this purpose, and with a balanced line-out the DGX660 can be amplified through PA systems or amplifiers.
The 2 x 6 watt speakers act as fabulous on stage fold back. Conveniently, the on board, mic input and effects allow the performer to adjust the vocal levels directly from the piano. In addition the line-in allowing for connection to phone or tablet, amplifies audio playback such as backing tracks or pre recorded music to add to a performance.
The DGX660 Digital Keyboard has over 500 realistic sounds, including; Drum kits, Brass, Strings, Organs, Electric Pianos, Guitars and Bass Guitars, Synthesisers. It also has an array of traditional world musical instruments. With so many sounds at their fingertips, composers have access to a multitude of voices when creating a new composition. And the 6 track multi track recorder allows the budding artist to create compositions directly on the piano.
The microphone input also doubles as an input for guitar or any other amplified instrument.
In addition to the multi track recorder the on-board audio recorder records performance to MP3 allowing storage on thumb drive and shared online.
If the developing songwriter-composer-producer evolves beyond the recording capabilities of the DGX660, why not use it as a midi controller keyboard. Via MIDI the Piano Keyboard works any computer laptop or tablet along with the producers choice of recording software.
The large speakers and audio line in also double up as monitor speakers when used with a computer or tablet.
A great addition to the DGX660 is the MPKAMSI microphone pack that comes with boom stand, mic clip, mic bag and the correct cable for the DGX660. The MPKAMSI retails at $99.95
Check out our online store for special offers on the DGX660 and the MPKAMSI
It’s well known that learning the piano can enhance brain development.
When we play the Piano we use multiple parts of our brain at one time.
We use our eyes to read which requires the visual cortex and the occipital lobe.
We use our ears to hear and adjust the notes which require our auditory cortex and temporal lobe.
We use both our hands and our 10 fingers to play different rhythmic patterns, requiring our primary motor cortex, our prefrontal cortex and our cerebellum.
To be able to play ‘in time’ our brain needs to synthesise a ‘beat’ then synchronise all sensory input and motor activities to this ‘beat’. This requires the use of our prefrontal cortex and cerebellum.
We also need to develop spatial awareness in order to play without looking at our hands. This utilises our parietal lobe, cerebellum and the right hemisphere or our brain.
Learning to read sheet music is like learning another language. The language of musical instruments is predominately mathematic but also requires visual spatial awareness; it is somewhat like map reading.
As well as developing brain function, playing or learning the piano can be a great way to express feeling and release stress. It is known to encourage the release of endorphins which is a feel good hormone.
Most notably, learning to play the piano strengthens the link between the right and left brain which has been associated with the creative problem solving skills known as ‘divergent thinking.
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