There are many ways in which a discovery of music and piano playing could start. Often ideas and wishes are quite vague at the beginning and minimal investments are considered to bridge the beginning. The following suggestions could serve as ideas to consider.
First Pianos for the Youngest
First Digital Pianos for All
First Acoustic Pianos for Children or Adults
The following pianos are often in stock at many different piano shops and googling could always be a starting point to get an idea where to find them:
🎹 Yamaha Upright Pianos B1, B2, B3
🎹 Essex Upright Pianos
🎹 Irmler Upright Pianos P112, P118
🎹 Weber Upright Piano W112
🎹 Hoffmann V112
🎹 Kawai K15E
🎹 Yamaha GB1 or GB1K Grand Piano
🎹 Essex EGP-155C Classic Grand or EGP-155F French Provincial
🎹 Irmler F148 or F160 Studio Grand Piano or F160 E Europe Grand Piano
🎹 W. Hoffmann Tradition T 161 Grand Piano
Recommended Piano Benches for Any Type of Pianos
Piano stools play an important role in home practice. A cheap piano bench could give players much back and shoulder pain after very short practice sessions. A good quality padded stool could give sufficient back support to allow longer practice sessions and prevent negative health-impacting consequences. Considering a good stool is highly recommended.
👉 Visit the Piano Shops in London page to find a list of reputable dealers.
These are only some options - there are many more possibilities. Bear in mind that the quality of the instrument is of great importance if you are interested in progress, results and/or the value of learning in general. While you are not sure whether playing the piano is something for you or your child it is okay to get a cheaper electronic something like the Yamaha P-45 listed above but if you decide that you want the piano in your life a good quality acoustic piano or at least a decent e-piano would be essential. As Alec Rowley, one of Britain's most important music educators, pianist and composer wrote, "a bad instrument will never make a good player." (In Alec Rowley Do's and Don'ts for Musicians. A Handbook for Teachers and Performers)
The UK offers many different funding options for those who are eligible and/or most in need. The following could be a starting point:
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