This digital piano has some very clever controls

Putting the “No” in “No Effort November”

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  1. And of course, I caught those references to the Haunted Mansion and Baroque Hoedown. I almost expected a bar or two of It's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow…

    Another great video! Love it!

  2. About the "Joplin should not be played fast" part…
    Sometimes I wonder if pianists ever noticed that basically on top of every Joplin's composition the tempo marking is "Not fast". Actually, I'm pretty sure I once found "Not fast. It is never right to play ragtime fast."

  3. @1:29 Hahahahaha! Well played, I thought my phone was ringing! BTW, the piano sounds are almost toy-like 😖. I guess it's been quite a while since Yamaha did listen to one of their Grand Pianos?

  4. I don't like that it doesn't have labels on the controls. You either gotta memorize for all of eternity just to be able to control the thing, or always refer to the manual. Not very intuitive, at least make it discoverable through a mini LCD that describes what is being pressed or done. Seems like a candidate for 80's style plastic overlays marking what each key does.

  5. They really should've added a thin half-cover underneath the main one, that had all key functions printed out/engraved on it… It could only go out a couple of centimeters, but would make this design way less user-hostile.

  6. Actually, there is a distinction between the fortepiano and pianoforte. The fortepiano was the original version of the piano, being able to play loud (forte) and quiet (piano) notes, which the earlier harpsichord couldn't do, hence the name. But it wasn't loud enough to be used in full orchestras until advances in iron and steel production thanks to the industrial revolution allowed for high-tension steel strings and strong iron frames that could withstand the tension of those strings, and that was when the pianoforte was created, so called to differentiate it from the earlier fortepiano.

  7. I love how the snark of the videos makes me feel like I'm being held captive in a revenge saw trap but he's not that mad about what I did and is gonna let me go cause I'm a good listener.

  8. This video is great. But the tuna-corda does not only make the piano quiter — at least not in grand pianos. It shifts the mechanic a bit to the side (you can see the keys move when you press and lift it) so the dampers lay on only two of the three strings per note. Thus only one (= una) string (= corda) can vibrate when hit and you get less overtones from minimal frequency differences between the strings.
    Sadly this does not apply to upright pianos.

  9. I find it funny that people think they have an obligation or right to instruct you on things at all. The content you create is fantastic & informative, and your injection of dry humor and appropriately rhetorical commentary is well balanced. I appreciate the time and effort you put forth to entertain the masses… myself included I guess. Thank you, Sir. You make the mundane… well, they are still mundane, but we know more about them, and other things afterwards. So that's neat 🙂 Hahaha. Cheers!!

  10. So this being No-Effort-November I take it you don't have the fully costumed Terry Jones impression available on your mandatory OnlyFans? But you shouldn't dress up as Lord Vinheteiro. People will consider this indecent.

  11. Just tested the pedal release behavior you were talking about at 12:15 on my Yamaha P45 (a cheaper piano than yours) – yes, also has the same behavior.

    Also tested in Logic Pro X's "Yamaha Grand Piano" and it does the same thing. Not sure if all of the software instruments in Logic do it, but the ones I tested seemed to. Haven't experimented with other software instruments though

  12. I've never understood about electronic keyboards: WHY does anyone expect it'll sound like a real piano?
    We know it isn't. That's not the point.
    I would expect most people to purchase a keyboard mostly to…learn to play piano. Nobody needs a large Steinway to merely learn to play Joplin–or anyone else–on a piano. Using a keyboard, one can turn the volume waaaay down so as to avoid annoying the neighbors–very useful in an apartment building. When we reach the point where we can–and want to–perform, we can make appropriate arrangements for a regular piano.
    As noted, an electronic keyboard is MUCH more portable than a regular piano. It'll tolerate moves much more readily. So someone can learn to play proficiently. …I thus find most keyboards truly do annoy me when they include a whole stack of electronic widgets, purportedly to "improve" the sound. …Yes, I am something of a purist!
    Incidentally, you appear to me to have a good deal of your own talent in playing.

  13. It's a shame you didn't elaborate on polyphony, because I didn't realise it was any more complicated than the number of simultaneous notes that can be played. I'd love to hear more. (no pun intended)

  14. I really liked this video! If you have access to a Hurdy Gurdy I'd love to see you try to faffle your way around explaining how such a mechanical instrument works.

  15. Tongue in his cheek as he plays lol im impressed, a jack of all trades maybe on his way to becoming a masterof all trades, theirs being called lug of the tuatha de danannen in irish myth.

    Very impressed.

  16. I've been playing piano, intermittently, at least, since I was about 12.

    About 10 years ago, I was at a local karaoke place, and on the other nights, they had a pair of duelling pianists. They were playing Yamaha baby's, and at the end of the night, when I went up to say hi, I was shocked and awed to find out… that the movements were all gone, and each piano had a P-85 in it.

    All night, I hadn't even noticed. Wow.

  17. Our oldish low-end Yamaha Clavinova doesn't have the sustain problem.
    When looking for digital piano, we stuck with the Clavinova because their lower brands seem to cut to many corners. Our Clavinova lacks most of the fancier/nicer/convenient/fun features of the higher end models, but much of the equipment is similar to machines such as that $5500 monstrosity.

  18. This is one of my favourite channels on YouTube, and learning today that you are also a not-that-good piano player just like me (I had lessons up to about Moonlight Sonata first movement level two decades ago) makes it better.

    I own a Kawai CA69. I'll have to check if they made the same mistake on the sustain pedal. Mine does emulate sympathetic resonance.

  19. Someone might have mentioned it, but one way to check if sympathetic vibrations are implemented is to press one key so softly that it doesn't make a sound, and then press and release the same key an octave above/below very while still holding down the first key. If sympathetic vibrations are implemented, you should be able to hear a note sustaining after the second key is released.

  20. I loved everything until the very end when you played the 2 different voices but i did not notice any difference. Still loved the video but was confused at the ending. I do not play piano so that is probably why i am confused.

  21. Our (analog) piano has a middle pedal that mutes the lowest and highest two-or-so octaves. I assume it's for practicing if you have neighbors? It made for really jarring transitions if you ever relied on it though.

  22. Thanks for reminding me how much I really love “Solace” Also, we’re the notes you were playing at the beginning of the video from the All the Stations theme for Geoff Marshal -and Vicki Pipe’s Train Trek?

  23. 🏆THE WORLD

    The guitar's fretboard enable's removal of all "written" representation of said "music" –  including the "measure" portion of written music. 4/4; 5/4 etc.. or the beat.  When the TIME SIGNATURE is removed, where are you in time (while listening to the music)?  Impossible to know so voila – TIME TRAVEL.


  24. I got the Kawai CA98 with long keys and hammer mechanics and it feels pretty different than lower end models. Didn't actually disassemble to look at them but the hammers are supposed to be there. Also it has weird wooden speaker board as the back side which is supposed to make it sound more genuine. Makes it really hard to move though since you can't disassemble the piano without disturbing the way it's assembled at factory.

    I got it to be obliged to play, after a year of using cheapo entry level Casio model which felt pretty bad to play comparing with the real hammers of CA98. Much worse than Alec at piano, just started playing about 3-4 years ago. Currently trying to play Bach inventions and similar stuff, trying to learn to play blindly so I don't have to look away from the score all the time which gets me lost and lose tempo….

  25. This UI reminds me of the UI my m-audio keyboards use. My weighted key Oxygen 88 conveniently has all the special functions written right above the keys. When I later considered this beast too heavy for portable use, I expanded with a CODE-49. Annoyingly, this one does have these features, but you need to consult the online manual to figure out what functions are on which keys which is much less convenient. But it's a good use of these extra buttons to keep the external knobs and sliders usable for regular things.


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