"I agree with Stevo on this point - there are reasonably priced newer pianos are really pretty good these days, and much more robust than they used to be a a few decades ago.Grand pianos are a more expensive, of course. Quality wise, a good…"
"Just saw this thread again, and couldn't resist...
The pianist made strong allegation:"That guitarist who plays the Ovation!Well, the instrument's nice,And his strumming precise,But I can't stand his dire intonation!""
"I've been learning the Oud (or Ud). If played well it has a gorgeous sound, somewhat richer than classical guitar in my view. I've used it several times in worship settings, and it works well if used judiciously. …"
"This is a great thread!
However, could I just mention one possible pitfall I think it's worth trying to avoid? I'm sure many here do already avoid it, but this may help some:
When songs are done back to back, I've noticed…"
"I wonder if I could make a couple of points by way of a late contribution.
1. Luther et al.
As has been mentioned, Luther's hymns, and probably most or all the surviving hymns from that era would be in the category of art music. Art music was…"
"Earlier Daniel Read wrote:
I usually reckon a safe range is Bb below middle C (or the A, at a push) to the D above top C (or the Eb at a push, occasionally the E). But, if the melody spends a long time near either extreme it can still feel too high…"
"I agree with Toni, it's a question of semantics. We use the word 'perform' to mean a number of different things:
1. As in a concert, musicians (or jugglers, or whatever) performing to an audience. Fine in appropriate context.