Category Archives: Buyer’s Guides

Faber and Alfred Supplemental Materials Top the List at Gist

As a music educator for over 17 years, including running my own piano studio, I have often been up to my shoulders in music books. But, until recently, I never realized how many options there were for supplemental piano materials (outside of traditional method books).

We recently conducted a Materials Questionnaire among our piano teachers, both local and in-house, and were quite surprised at the results. This was especially true when it came to supplemental piano books and supplemental series.

One of the supplemental series that was highly rated – and is a personal favorite of mine – is Alfred’s Famous and Fun Collection. For each level, the series contains genres like pop, rock, classics, Christmas music, Jewish songs, and duets.

These colorful books give students a little extra enthusiasm to practice. Many of the books include songs that students have previously heard and the arrangements are entertaining and easy to learn. As an added bonus, the duet parts fit well with each piece and are fun to play. These books work nicely for both young students and adults.

Another popular supplemental series for both young students and adults is the Faber Pre-Time through Big-Time collection. Like the Famous and Fun books, the Faber series also includes books focused on pop, favorites, classics, jazz and blues, rock, hymns, Christmas music, and ragtime/marches.

These books are delightful as supplemental materials, especially if a student is already playing in the Faber Piano Adventures series. The books include a wide variety of songs with simple and enjoyable arrangements. For more variety, Faber also has the Faber Studio Collection which includes pieces from all the genres for each level.

Are you interested in more traditional supplemental material? A few classical books that topped the list were Hanon, Melodious Masterpieces, Classics for the Developing Pianist, Journey Through the Classics, specific composers like Bach and Debussy, and specific compositions such as sonatinas and inventions.

Whatever your supplemental materials preference, there is lots to choose from. And remember, if we don’t have it in the store, we can order it for you. You can also go to Gist’s website and Order Piano Takeout.

Best of luck in your material exploration!

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Gist Launches NEW “Rack and Roll” Print Music Program

Thanks to the incredible success of our Print Music Fire Sales last month, we’re proud to announce that we’ve invested THOUSANDS of dollars into a new program that will make finding piano music at Gist even more fun!

Gist Piano Center has partnered with Hal-Leonard (the World’s largest print music publishing company) to launch a new program called “Rack and Role!”  This new program will allow us to refresh our music throughout the year automatically – ensuring that you always have something new and exciting to explore at Gist Piano Center!

Better yet, we’ll have access to cutting-edge music by some of your favorites, like:

  • Taylor Swift
  • Justin Bieber
  • Shawn Mendes
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Yiruma
  • Hamilton
  • Chicago
  • Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
  • Finding Dory
  • The Muppets
  • La La Land
  • Sesame Street
  • Pirates of the Carribean
  • Adele
  • Star Wars
  • Wicked
  • The Piano Guys
  • The Avengers
  • Journey Through the Classics
  • Faber Pre-Time – Big-Time Library
  • Schirmer Classical Portfolios
  • Faber Achievement Skill Sheets
  • …and MUCH, MUCH more!

Come in now and check out the HUNDREDS of new books in each of our stores!  …and, teachers, don’t forget to fill out a 2017 Teaching Materials Questionnaire so we can make sure we always have the stuff you need.

Gist Piano Center is your best source for Print Music both IN-STORE and ONLINE!  Don’t forget you can also order your favorite books from us ONLINE!  Here are the links you need:

As always, we thank you for your love and support.  Come “Rack and Roll” with us this Spring!

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Print Music FIRE SALE at Gist Piano Center Louisville

After its TREMENDOUSLY successful debut in Lexington, Gist Piano Center is bringing back it’s PRINT MUSIC FIRE SALE for ONE DAY ONLY – and this time, it’s coming to Louisville!

ALL piano teachers are welcome!  Just come in and grab one of our paper bags, STUFF if FULL of music and pay only $5.00 for the entire thing! EVERYTHING in the store counts (except for lessons series books)! …and you won’t believe all the great stuff we’re bringing in from Lexington to enhance our selection!  We’ll have books from The Celebration Series, classical music from Alfred, Schirmer and more, supplemental lesson books (all major publishers), pop music, movie music, sacred music, hymns, the Faber Supplemental Piano Library, scale books, theory books – and MUCH, MUCH more!

Every teacher who attends the event will get a FREE manuscript book and the occasional surprise gift from “the back room!”  You won’t want to miss this!

The Print Music Fire Sale will be Saturday, February 11 from 10am – 5pm – ONLY at Gist Piano Center Louisville.

…and while you’re here, don’t forget to fill out the 2017 Teaching Materials Survey so we can make sure we ALWAYS have the books you need!

We’ll see you there!

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Introducing Seiler

Gist Piano Center and the SMC Corporation, US are proud to announce a new partnership between Gist and the Seiler Piano Company.  This partnership gives Louisville and surrounding area residents their first-ever access to the legendary line of Seiler pianos.

factorySince 1849, the Seiler family has been handcrafting World-class pianos in Kitzingen Germany.  Considered by many to the be finest pianos made in the World, these limited-production instruments have (until recently) only been available to the European Piano Market.  However, in 2008, the SMC Corporation purchased the Seiler company, the factory and even the forest from which Seiler pianos get much of their wood.  Now, not only are Seiler pianos coming to America in a big way, but they are also taking the Internet by storm.

Here are just a few examples:

These igeschichte_teaser_01_5cb538452bncredible instruments now come in three distinct lines.  The handcrafted German Seiler models remain at the very height of piano building.  For the most discerning pianists, these instruments offer unparalleled performance and beauty.  For serious players, teachers and universities, the Edward Seiler line is derived from the most popular German models and handcrafted in Indonesia – bringing the World-class quality of Seiler pianos to an entirely new (and more budget-conscious) clientele.  Johannes Seiler pianos also feature World-class German engineering at an attractive price for all budget ranges.

johannesTogether, the three lines of Seiler pianos give Louisville-area residents their first taste of German engineering at its best with a European tonal flair.  They are a definite delight to the senses – as well as an affordable option for any home.

Come in and explore the all-new Seiler pianos at Gist Piano Center and join us in wishing Seiler a warm “willkommen” to Louisville!

…and, for more information on Seiler pianos, watch this fantastic video!

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Roland Digital Piano

Save on Roland Pianos this Summer in Lexington!

Summer Time.  It’s a great time to relax, take vacations, and try new some new things.  Not a sun-1.jpg~originalweek goes by where we don’t hear about someone who wishes they had taken piano lessons or had never stopped taking piano lessons.  It’s never too late to learn, and that’s the truth!

While starting piano lessons and purchasing a piano *gulp* may seem daunting and too expensive, partnering with Roland US, we have made it even easier to get started learning the piano, or upgrading to a better instrument!

In conjunction with our Red Tag Summer Clearance Sale, Roland has made available some incredible financing options.

But first, let me tell you about the pianos!

Just the facts –

Roland LX-7 Digital Piano*All Roland digital pianos have 88-keys (the same amount of keys found on your standard acoustic piano)

*All Roland digital pianos have progressive hammer action weighted keys (what?!  – this means that the action of the keys feels like an acoustic piano – you play harder, sounds louder – you play lightly, sounds softer – the keys progressively feel heavier to lighter (like on an acoustic piano)

* All Roland digital pianos have (at least) a sustain pedal.  You will need this – trust me.

* All Roland digital pianos do not need to be tuned (see, already saving you money!)

* All Roland digital pianos have SuperNATURAL piano sound (again, what?!  Are there ghosts in the piano?  No.  “While traditional digital designs focus on creating a simple snapshot of an acoustic piano’s sound, SuperNATURAL Piano gives pianists a complete playing experience, with the touch, feel, and tonal behavior of a real acoustic grand.”  Look here for more info.

*Roland has FREE piano apps available to help with learning and some other great learning tools.  Check out our Pinterest page for a list of some that are available.

*Some Roland digital pianos even have Bluetooth capabilities! This makes it even easier to connect your piano to your tablet and access some pretty awesome piano apps (we even give you some free music that you can download with select pianos).

*All Roland digital pianos come with great warranties – from 5-10 years, depending on the model.  Don’t worry, this instrument will last!

We have several Roland digital pianos on sale, right now, including a Roland FP-20 ($599), HP-504, HPi-50e, LX-7, LX-17, and V-Grand!

But that’s not all!  Roland has made special LOW INTEREST financing available on their current model pianos until August 31, 2017. (Limited to two pianos per buyer.  Credit approval required)

  • 12-Month Same as Cash with $0 down
  • 36-month or 60-month financing at 7.99% APR with $0 down

Lexington Store PicTake a trip to Gist Piano Center – Lexington to check out these pianos or call Heather at 859-254-8492 x400 with questions!  See you soon!

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