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!
If you’re a member of our Partners In Education Program and you have students between the ages of 10 and 18 who can play a Christmas song or a Jim Brickman song, you will want to pay close attention to this blog. Your students could win the unbelievable opportunity to perform with five-time platinum-selling pianist, Jim Brickman – LIVE ON STAGE!
Read more about the program by clicking here.
[UPDATE] Signups are closed now, but we have a wonderful selection of students who will perform for Jim on Saturday, November 5. The program will begin at 10am and run until about noon.
Jim is looking for a great performance, original ideas and features from The Roland LX-17 included in the performance. The song must be a Christmas song or a Jim Brickman tune. If you’d like to schedule a private coaching session in Louisville with James before November 5, contact him at 502-451-1831 x200. James is available this week from 10am – 6pm (except for Tuesday).
Jim will chose one or two students to perform with him… but all performers will get to meet Jim in person and will have a wonderful, uplifting experience. Don’t let YOUR kids miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime memory!
Have you ever dreamed of performing LIVE with a legendary pianist?
Well, thanks to a special partnership between Gist Piano Center and Roland, you can win a chance to do JUST THAT!
Five-time Platinum-selling pianist and songwriter, Jim Brickman, is coming to Louisville this Holiday Season and we’re offering members of our Partners In Education program the experience of a lifetime!
Jim is bringing his LIVE concert event “Comfort and Joy” to The Brown Theater on Tuesday, December 20. All PIE students (and their family members) who purchase tickets to this show may register with James at Gist Piano Center to attend a special PRIVATE sound check with Jim!
Better yet – If you are a current member of PIE – between the ages of 10 and 18, AND you can perform a Holiday song or a Jim Brickman tune – then you may audition for an opportunity to perform LIVE – ON STAGE with Jim Brickman!
To audition for this experience of a lifetime, have your teacher contact James at Gist Piano Center. Auditions will occur on Saturday, November 5 at Gist Piano Center in Louisville. A MAXIMUM of 50 students will be allowed to audition and Jim will select one or two students to perform with him LIVE at his December 20th show!
Students will audition on the all-new Roland LX-17 digital piano and judges will evaluate performances based on technique, interpretation and the creative use of the Roland LX-17. Each student will schedule at least two practice sessions on the Roland piano prior to the audition. All students must complete a registration form, provide proof of print music purchase (no photocopies allowed) and have a signed media release form to audition. Winners will be announced on Gist Piano Center Louisville’s Facebook page.
Summer Time. It’s a great time to relax, take vacations, and try new some new things. Not a week 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!
But first, let me tell you about the pianos!
Just the facts –
*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!
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
Take 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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