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Inside The New Kawai ATX4 – What’s Changed?

A new rendition of the Kawai ATX silent system is upon us and with them, they bring an exceptional level of technical innovation combined with musical possibility. Part of the ‘AnyTime’ series, the new ATX4 marks the end of the ATX3 chapter and with it, Kawai have built on their exceptional prestige and added new elements of digital possibility to the acoustic market. The Kawai ATX system allows for silent play on acoustic instruments, with the push of a button, your acoustic grand or upright piano can become a highly... Read More


How To Safely Move A Piano

Moving a piano is no easy task! Whilst they may not seem it, pianos are actually incredibly sensitive souls and even the slightest jerk reaction can throw them completely out of both tune and even damage the integrity of the piano…not to mention the fact that most acoustic pianos are well over 200KG so it’s not like moving a table! As such, the art of moving pianos is an incredibly specialist pursuit in order to keep the integrity of the instrument at it’s best, but also to not put yourself,... Read More


The Different Types Of Finishes On Pianos

Piano finishes are more than just a colour, as a piano is a piece of furniture in many homes, getting the instrument to fit the aesthetic of the room is just as important as how it sounds! Whilst the finish of the piano will not affect the sound it produces, having an instrument that you don’t like the look of can be a real turn off from enjoying your piano play. Following our guide on where to best position your piano, this guide is intended to offer an insight into... Read More


Wooden VS Plastic Actions On Digital Pianos

When many players begin their piano journey, one of the most common questions we hear from those looking at digital instruments is: “Do I want a wooden or a plastic action?” For those not in the know, it can be difficult to distinguish between the two and how they will affect your playing experience. That’s why we’ve written down this handy guide to tell you all about some of the pros, the cons and the things to consider when looking at digital pianos. For more information or tips for buying... Read More


Tips For Composing On Piano

So you’re looking to start composing your own music? Fantastic! We’re firm believers at Millers that the best songs are ones that haven’t been written yet! At first, the world of composing, particularly on piano, can seem a little overwhelming, but we’ve spoken with various artists and composers and accumulated their knowledge into  a handful of easy, simple tips and easily actionable tricks to help you begin to create your own masterpieces.  One thing that is worth noting here however is that the creative process is different for everyone and... Read More


Guide To Passing Grade 4: ABRSM Piano

We’re well into our list of guides to the ABRSM Piano Graded exams and today we’re focusing on Grade 4. Unlike Grades 1-3, Grade 4 does differ slightly in its structure and introduces some fantastic techniques into any pianist’s repertoire that will excel them into a fantastic level of play. Much like the other grades, grade 4 exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests, however what they do introduce is some slight differences in the ways the exam is marked, which we’ll break down below.... Read More


Spotlight Focus: Cambridge Modern Jazz

The world of jazz is rich, vibrant and full of character. One such group that relishes in bringing jazz to new audiences is that of Cambridge Modern Jazz (CMJ), set up in 1972, the club has continued to put on performances from international and national artists and brings with it a sensational level of charm and joy for musical experimentation. We caught up with David Gower, the current organiser of the group to give his two cents on what the group is all about, why jazz is such a musical... Read More


Easy 5 Minute Piano Warm Up Exercises For Beginners

Playing the piano is almost a little like going to the gym…Warm up is crucial to your performance! Whilst we may not be lifting heavy weights, when playing the piano, we are still utilising muscles that often get neglected or are used in different ways so it’s important to get them nicely warmed up before using them. Today we’ll be running through some incredibly quick and easy exercises you can do to nicely activate your hands and place your body in the most relaxed state possible before you begin playing,... Read More


Second Hand Pianos & Sustainability

If you’re considering buying a second hand piano, then you’ve come to the right place! Not only are second hand instruments a fantastic investment for those looking to either get started with the piano or as an upgrade to perhaps a digital piano, but there are also a number of incredible sustainability ideas around second hand pianos, both digital and acoustic. Today we’re going to begin breaking down some of the fantastic reasons why second hand is a great choice for both your playing journey and the environment, so if... Read More


Careers In Pianos: Surprising Ways You Can Use Your Skills!

A career in the piano is a dream for many aspiring musicians and pianists. Whilst some use the piano as a way to relax and de-stress from the 9-5, many are keen to take the next step and turn their passion for this incredible instrument into a living. Thankfully at Millers, we are in the position to show that there are many other avenues of making a career in the piano without just being a world class concert pianist and most of all, the skills that you learn whilst playing... Read More