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The Perfect Church Piano

A Church PianoIf 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.

God bless!

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The Ultimate Worship Keyboard or Digital Piano

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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!

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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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Special Edition Roland Pianos Available from Gist

roland-lx-7Just in time for the release of the new Star Wars:  The Force Awakens movie, Gist Piano Center has put together a pair of exciting Holiday packages with the popular LX-7 Roland Digital Piano.  Here’s a quick look at these exciting (limited edition) kits:

Star Wars Edition

Purchase a Roland LX-7 digital piano in Walnut, Black Satin or Polished Ebony between now and Christmas and you’ll get the following items FREE:

  • $700 Accessory Kit, including headphones, piano lamp, 4 music books, 55 song downloads, tons of apps, a piano bench, delivery and unlimited technical support.
  • Revel Poe’s X-Wing Fighter Model Kit star-wars-kit(complete with sound effects and opening/closing cockpit, wings)
  • First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter Model Kit (complete with sound effects, lighted cockpit and opening/closing hatch)
  • Storm Trooper USB Flash Drive (4 Gig for MIDI and audio files)
  • Star Wars Classic Peel and Stick Wall Decals (reusable and won’t harm walls or piano)
  • Star Wars Easy Piano Play-a-Long Piano Book (with audio files!)
  • 2 FREE Tickets to see the new Star Wars Movie (Opening December 18!)

Customize your piano with Star Wars decals or just enjoy playing along with the iconic Star Wars theme music.  Whatever your goals, this special edition package will make your Christmas one to remember!  …but hurry.  We only have a VERY limited number of these special edition packages and when they are gone – they are GONE FOREVER!  May the Force be with you!

Frozen Edition

Purchase a Roland LX-7 digital piano in Walnut, Black Satin or Polished Ebony between now and Christmas and you’ll get the following items FREE:

  • $700 Accessory Kit, including headphones, piano lamp, 4 music books, 55 song downloads, tons of apps, a piano bench, delivery and unlimited technical support.frozen-kit
  • 11″ TY Olaf Plush Toy with Hershey Bar
  • Frozen Olaf USB Flash Drive and Ink Pen (8 Gig for MIDI or audio files)
  • Frozen Play-a-Long Piano Book (with audio files!)
  • Crayola Frozen Color and Sticker Book
  • Disney Frozen Embossed Carry All Lunch Box
  • Frozen Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo Pack (Full Theatrical Movie – Home Release)

Just like Olaf, Elsa and the gang, Roland digital pianos are immune to the cold!  Take home a Roland LX-7 and get a TON of fun gifts/stocking stuffers for your kids this Holiday Season… but hurry… get yours before they are gone forever!

Learn more about the Roland LX-7 Digital Piano Here:

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Horses, Fairies, Birthdays, and More!

As teachers are starting to wind down their year of teaching, we have some great choices for fun summer pieces!

Happy Birthday to You! (HL00143602)

Happy Birthday to You! (HL00143602)

Happy Birthday to You – Words and Music by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill, arr. By Phillip Keveren
Hal Leonard – HL00143602
$3.99

Did you know that Happy Birthday was written by two sisters from Kentucky? This arrangement is an easily accessible version for the young pianist who has yet to start reading notes on the staff. A lyrical teacher accompaniment by Phillip Keveren is included.

 

I Love Horses – by Mary Leaf

I Love Horses (W9426)

I Love Horses (W9426)

FJH Company – W9427
$2.95

This is the perfect piece for the young pianist who loves horses! (and who doesn’t in Kentucky!?) Written for the early elementary pianist, this piece focuses around Middle C and includes fun lyrics about Clydesdales and Mustangs! A teacher accompaniment is also available.

 

 

Faerie Wings (W9427)

Faerie Wings (W9427)

Faerie Wings – by Mary Leaf
FJH Company – W9427
$2.95

Faerie Wings is a magical little piece for your younger students that sometimes show up to their lessons wearing fairy wings. A lyrical accompaniment and whimsical lyrics are included.

 

 

Over the Rain from The Wizard of Oz (HL00143604)

Over the Rain from The Wizard of Oz (HL00143604)

Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz – Words by E.Y. Harburg, Music by Harold Arlen, arr. By Phillip Keveren
Hal Leonard – HL00143604
$3.99

Over the Rainbow is the newest addition to Hal Leonard’s Showcase Solo Pops series. Written for an elementary level pianist (level 2), this brand new arrangement includes lyrics and a teacher’s accompaniment by Phillip Keveren.

 

Order your music now from Gist Piano Center!

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