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!
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
Probably the most common question I get online is “What the heck is so SuperNATURAL about Roland’s piano sound?” …and it’s a fair question! Since Roland invented the first digital piano in 1975, they have been known throughout the World as a leader in digital music technology. If they’re excited about a technology, then it must be something big!
Well, I decided that SuperNATURAL Piano was too intricate to describe in a text blog. Who’d want to read that anyway?! …so for all of you who’ve wondered but never asked – and, of course, for all of you who asked, here’s my latest video: “What is SuperNATURAL Piano by Roland?”
[UPDATE] – It’s been YEARS since I wrote this blog. Click here for the updated version. Thanks for reading!
After four years of music ministry training in college and several years leading children, youth, or adults in worship at a variety of different churches, I have seen just about every worship keyboard out there. …and, in all honesty, I didn’t like any of them.
The commentaries were no help either. Beyond “do your research, itemize your needs, and use a well-known local music store,” most articles I read had little meaningful advice.
To my dismay, there were no good sources of information specifically geared towards worship leaders – so I had to learn the hard way. Thankfully, I am a bit of an electronics geek and I also understand the importance of “good stewardship,” so I decided to pass my shopping experiences on to you. I sincerely hope it helps you and your ministry.
Check out this fantastic video of our friends in Lexington as they enjoy some free chocolate, a student talent show, music by The Beth Mankel Group and the unveiling of Roland’s new SuperNATURAL digital piano line. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event a huge success!