I’ve seen it time and time again – cautious, yet well-meaning, parents purchasing portable keyboards to see if their student is going to “stick with” piano lessons. …and I can understand why. Pianos (and piano lessons) are expensive. Nobody wants to invest thousands of dollars into a fleeting fancy. Most parents are willing to support their child’s musical hobby as long as they have some indication that their child seriously wants to play.
In 2009, Apple informed that World that – no matter what we want to do – “There’s an app for that.” …and never has that slogan rang more true than today. It would seem that nearly every business has its own app. Almost every product has it’s own accompanying software. Kids can even scan their Happy Meal toys and incorporate them into custom-made software. There’s an app for everything!
Especially since Bluetooth technology has simplified and stabilized the connections between devices, the trick now is to find the BEST app for your particular… APPlication.
If you’ve been following our blog, you’ve probably noticed that this topic comes up from time to time. …and while I’ve tried to recommend a number of digital instruments over the years, some of you have brought it to my attention that I’ve never discussed an ideal acoustic piano for your church. As usual, different folks have different opinions, but I’ve been a worship leader for almost 15 years and I’ve been in the piano business for even longer than that. Hopefully, my combined experience will help you cut through the sales hype and find the perfect worship piano for your church.
As always, please feel free to comment below if you have any thoughts or questions. I take the time to respond to everyone.
In January of 2011, I wrote a blog called “Finding the Ultimate Worship Keyboard” hoping that my experience as both a worship leader and a professional piano consultant would help other Music Ministers better navigate the confusing waters of piano (and keyboard) retail. To my surprise, that blog quickly exploded into the most read – and one of the most commented upon – blogs in Gist history. Now, over six years later, new technologies and considerations have given me reason to revisit this topic and (perhaps) expand upon it. As always, it is my sincere hope that my experiences will help you find the worship tool that best fits your needs and those of your ministry. I am sure some folks will disagree with my conclusions, but (God willing) the meat of these discussions will nourish all of us! Thank you for reading and God bless!
[Update – 1/30/17] Road work appears to have moved away from our store. All directions to our building are currently open – despite some signs that still say “ROAD CLOSED.” All roads are currently open (though they are a bit more bumpy than usual). Please drive cautiously as always, but you should have no problems getting in and out of our store now!
[Update – 1/9/17] Road work continues as MSD moves up and down our road. Access to Gist is difficult, but still possible. As of the end of this day, you will want to take the Taylor Ave. exit (Taylor Ave to Jackson Ave to Lincoln Ave) from Poplar Level to get to us. See the map to the right for more info.
For the past few days, Louisville’s Metropolitan Sewer Department (MSD) has been upgrading the sewer lines in our section of town and – as a result – have had to shut down sections of Lincoln Avenue. Specifically, the path between our store and Wendys is currently closed. The ONLY way to get in and out of our parking lot is to take the Frisch’s Big Boy exit from Poplar Level Road (between Frisch’s and Speedway) and drive to our store from there.
Just ignore the “Road Closed” signs. They won’t block you from our driveway.
If you get stuck trying to find your way to us, just call us at 502-451-1831 (ext 200) and we’ll help you find our store.
We are still here and ready to serve you in 2017! Happy New Year, Louisville!
PS – This is a tricky intersection – especially right now – so we made this map up for you to help clarify what we’re talking about. Thank you – in advance – for your patience as the City does its work.