Are you thinking about upgrading your home or teaching studio piano? You may have only ever had upright pianos and want to look closer at a higher-quality instrument.
Regardless of the reason behind your curiosity, Yamaha pianos, and more specifically, the G2 is a great place to start.
Today’s post reviews the versatile acoustic piano that is a trendy choice for both piano teachers and home use. And without further ado, let’s get to it!
My History with the Yamaha G2
Before studying piano in college, I had never played a grand piano.
And once I started practicing on a grand, I never wanted to return to an upright. Ever again.
College introduced me to the world of grand pianos, and I soon began forming opinions about all the various options.
While taking classes with a local piano tuner, I fell in love with a 1920s Baldwin grand piano he had recently restored. I had never played a piano with such sensitivity and massive sound. It was incredible!
I also visited piano gallery stores in my spare time to check out the differences in touch, sensitivity, and sound between the different pianos.
Aside from the Baldwin of my dreams, Steinway was by far my favorite name in the piano world.
Although I had played several models at that time, Yamaha was one of my least favorite, closely followed by Kawai. Most of the Yamaha grands I played had stiff actions and an overly bright sound.
Not an ideal combination for the melancholy music of the Romantic period for which I am most passionate!
Several years ago, I was finally in a financial position to upgrade from my grandmother’s spinet and began trying out options.
And I was shocked to fall in love with a Yamaha. This particular piano was not like any of the other Yamaha pianos I had tried in the past.
Its wonderful tone and dynamic range quickly won me over.
Four years later, I’m still thrilled with this sensitive yet responsive piano with a powerful sound that fits nicely in my home. I’ve found it to be a fantastic starter grand piano and love it more and more over time!
And if you’re looking at an upgrade, here’s why you might find it an excellent choice for you as well.
Although a brand new piano model has benefits, an older model brings sound certainty.
Pianos can settle as they age, leading to subtle changes in sound over time.
But a used piano features a relatively stable sound. When properly tuned and maintained over time, a used piano in good condition will sound the same today as in 20 years.
And for me, there’s a certain peace that comes with knowing that if I love how my piano sounds today, I’ll still love it in 10 years.
Since Yamaha hasn’t manufactured this model since approximately 1990, you can be reassured that the sound will be stable as it ages.
Although the G2 requires ample space compared to a spinet, the extra space is a small price for its pure tone.
This model is 5’7″ long, and the longer strings give you the type of piano sound typical of much larger models.
This model gives you the best bang for your buck regarding size and sound.
The Yamaha G2 features some of the finest craftsmanship of the brand.
Although the company no longer manufactures this model, it remains prevalent among serious pianists because of its craftsmanship.
Depending on whether the piano needs work done or has recently been refinished, you can expect to pay somewhere in the neighborhood of $10,000 to $15,000. It is an investment; however, if you’re serious about learning to play the piano, you need a quality instrument.
The G2 is built to last; if you decide to invest in it, this piano will surpass your greatest expectations for years to come.
Although the Yamaha G2 is a perfect piano for me and my playing needs, it may not be well-suited to everyone.
Acoustic grand pianos need regular tuning and maintenance, which means recurring costs.
They require a fair amount of floor space and are not easily maneuvered once situated.
Despite the drawbacks, a reputable and well-maintained baby grand piano is the ultimate in performance and sound for the average home setting.
If you’re uncertain whether a baby grand piano or upright is the best instrument for your needs, check out this previous post.
Regardless of the model, here are a few things to remember when shopping for a piano.
Buying a piano from a reputable piano dealer is the best way to ensure you get a quality instrument.
Piano dealers also often offer free or reduced-price delivery within the surrounding area.
Always consult a qualified piano tuner if you question the piano’s condition.
If the piano you’re interested in buying doesn’t already have one, installing a humidification system helps your piano stay in tune longer and minimizes the harsh effects weather can have on the wooden components inside.
Buying a piano from Craigslist can be risky. Although buying from a private party rather than a store can give you better prices, you never know what you’re getting.
Always try out the piano for yourself before purchasing it. All pianos have a slightly different feel, sensitivity, and sound. You will want to make sure you absolutely love all characteristics of your prospective instrument!
Whether you’re looking for a baby grand piano for home or studio use, the Yamaha G2 is a fantastic option!
Its quality craftsmanship, responsive touch sensitivity, and subtle tone make it the ideal piano for enthusiasts.
But don’t take my word for it. Get out there and try one for yourself!
And if you’re interested in more piano-inspired content, check out my other previous posts:
Learning to play the piano is an exhilarating journey that opens up a world of beautiful melodies and artistic expression.
It enables you to impress friends, jam with the band, or even earn a few extra dollars on the side.
But whether you’re a beginner or have been playing for years, there are times when maintaining motivation can be challenging.
The initial excitement may fade, practice sessions can feel monotonous, and progress just feels painfully slow at times. But fear not!
In this blog post, we’ll explore practical tips to help you stay motivated and inspired on your piano-playing adventure.
Benefits of Learning to Play the Piano
Playing the piano is a unique and rewarding experience that offers numerous benefits beyond musical proficiency.
It enhances cognitive abilities, improves coordination, reduces stress, and fosters creativity.
There is also ample research to support musicians being able to problem solve more creatively than other people.
And did I mention that whiling away the hours in front of the keyboard is simply a fun way to pass the time?
However, like any skill worth mastering, learning to play a musical instrument requires dedication, consistent effort, and perseverance.
Fostering the qualities that lead to success in the practice room or on stage also leads to success in life.
While motivation can ebb and flow, there are strategies you can employ to keep the flame of enthusiasm alive.
Whether you’re an aspiring virtuoso or simply enjoy playing for your own pleasure, this blog post will equip you with practical tips to stay motivated on your piano-playing odyssey.
So, let’s dive in and discover how to keep the keys singing, the fingers dancing, and the passion burning bright!
Find Your Why
Achieving anything in life requires hard work.
And no one equates “hard work” with “fun.”
The truth is that success means hours upon hours of drudgery.
Even so-called “child prodigies” have logged thousands of hours of practice before showcasing their musical skills.
Although there are ways to make your practice more exciting, real progress demands hours at the keyboard.
And to stick with it, you need a compelling reason.
Do you want to play a specific piece of music?
Or perform in a live concert?
Perhaps you want to make your own YouTube videos.
Whatever the reason behind your desire to play piano, it has to be compelling, deeply personal, and strong enough to carry you through the inevitably dull parts of a daily practice routine.
Do some soul searching and connect with that deeper reason because it will carry you through the inevitable unique challenges you’ll face on your musical journey.
5 Minutes a Day
Five minutes doesn’t seem like much.
But when you compound 5 minutes a day over a year, it equals about 30 hours.
Think about how much progress you can make with 30 hours of practice. Crazy, isn’t it?
If you find your most significant barrier to practicing on a regular basis is a perceived lack of time, try sitting down for only 5 minutes a day.
Tell yourself that you are only required to play for 5 minutes, but if things are going well, you can extend that time.
Chances are that once you start, you’ll want to spend more time on the keyboard.
Establishing a new habit of practice requires a mindset shift. Still, by making the goal attainable, you’re more likely to find success.
Commit to a Daily Practice Schedule
I know it sounds overwhelming, but committing to a daily practice schedule is the best way to make meaningful progress at anything.
And your daily practice sessions can be short. Even a five-minute practice session counts.
One of the best ways to stay committed to my piano practice sessions is through the Modacity app.
The app effortlessly keeps track of your progress, including the total time you’ve spent practicing, your daily run streak, and the number of improvements you’ve made over time.
Modacity is a simple way to organize your practice sessions and the easiest way to give yourself the extrinsic motivation to keep practicing.
If you’ve never heard of Modacity, check out this post for more information on the app and to get an exclusive offer to try it for yourself!
Danish culture is credited with the idea of “hygge,” which fosters a sense of contentment by creating a cozy environment.
You can use the basic principle of hygge to add coziness, peace, and tranquility to your practice sessions.
And the more peace and tranquility you can create, the higher the probability you’ll want to come back and play tomorrow.
Think about it. Your life is hectic. Everyone wants something from you, and they want it 5 minutes ago.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a place where you could just be in the moment? Where you could lose yourself in something without worrying about what anyone else thinks?
The good news is that you can create this space for yourself. Here are a few ideas for how you can infuse hygge into your practice sessions:
Add a lamp (or lights that dim)
Hang pictures that you find soothing in your practice space
Add a rug
Wear your comfiest pair of pajamas during your practice sessions
Invest in a padded, adjustable piano bench
Minimize all outside distractions during your practice sessions
Reserve a mug of your favorite warm beverage for this time of day
In summary, create a warm and welcoming practice space you can’t wait to experience daily.
Sometimes the best way to get out of a practice slump is to find inspiration.
It might be a performance by a pianist you admire. Or maybe a podcast about the art of practicing.
There are so many sources of inspiration out there waiting to be discovered.
Attend a live musical performance. It doesn’t even have to be professional or a piano concert. Even attending your middle schooler’s orchestra concert can be enough to inspire you to take on your own next challenge!
Repetitive practice can become tiresome, but you can keep your engagement levels high by injecting variety into your sessions and exploring different musical genres and styles.
Nothing gets you into a piano practice routine like the perpetual fear of embarrassing yourself in front of another person.
But in all seriousness, finding a good teacher can help you set goals, up your skill level, and attain your most audacious musical goals.
And some adult students thrive on the extrinsic motivation that comes from the need to prepare for a weekly lesson.
It’s also true that practice can fall by the wayside when your playing feels stuck or stagnant.
Although you can make significant progress in learning to play piano by yourself, your progress is faster with a mentor.
A mentor can help you set small goals and improve your technique in ways not possible on your own.
And thanks to technology, you can find a motivating teacher in any musical genre.
Your options are no longer limited by geography.
You can even find a teacher willing to give lessons on a casual basis if committing to weekly lessons feels too constricting.
If you’re looking for more tips on finding the best piano teacher for your interests and goals, check out this past blog post.
Find a Community
Sometimes the motivation to practice can come from watching others.
And a great way to get this experience is by joining an online community.
Communities are the ultimate place to find new ways to learn, grow, and share.
Chances are that your spouse and friends don’t play the piano, much less any musical instrument.
And although they may share your joy in finally nailing that entire Beethoven sonata, they don’t truly understand what goes into mastering the 3rd movement of the Moonlight Sonata.
But other people who play the piano get it. They understand the ups and downs of endless scales, chord inversions, and finally, getting what it means to play effortlessly without tension.
And you can find online communities for all musical genres.