Ben Walker


How To Get Back Into Playing The Piano After A Break

Returning to the piano after a prolonged hiatus or break can seem a little intimidating at first. Perhaps you learned diligently as a child, or gave up as you entered adult life as other responsibilities became apparent. Whatever the reason for stopping, the important thing is that you’re back and ready to jump back in! We have a lot of people who often come to us with the same question and it can be easy to jump the gun so to speak and feel like you’ll be able to do... Read More


Music Matters: Nordoff Robbins

At Millers, we believe in supporting and sharing the message of the power of music in all its forms. Today we wanted to cast our spotlight on our new friends at Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s largest music therapy charity, who continue to enrich and inspire the lives of people with life-limiting illness, disabilities or feelings of isolation through the beauty of music. We want to not only share their incredible message with our own musical communities, but also continue their quest for awareness of the impact music has on both... Read More


Tips For Passing Grade 1 ABRSM Piano Exams

When it comes to the world of graded piano examinations, the first grade can seem a little intimidating to new players. Whether it is yourself or your child learning however, we have a few quick and simple tips to help enhance your learning and put you on the right path to passing with distinction! As with any examination, it’s always best to know how the exam is broken down. Currently, the Grade 1 ABRSM piano exam generally lasts around 12-15 minutes and is broken down into three sections. Scales and... Read More


Do I Need A Dampp Chaser For My Piano?

When it comes to keeping your piano safe, in tune and in fantastic condition, room humidity is a key component to consider. Generally speaking, almost everyone in the acoustic piano industry agrees that it’s not a good idea to keep a piano in a room that is actively damp. If your instrument is kept in a room that gets damp or filled with moisture, the piano can become water damaged overtime. Excessive or fluctuating humidity can cause tuning pins, bridge pins and strings to rust and leave the response of... Read More


The Best Ways To Learn Piano: Recommended Apps, Books and Teaching Options

Many people have an aspiration to learn the piano, whether you perhaps played a little when you were younger and are looking to return, or this is your very first time learning, it can be a little overwhelming at first to know which learning tool is going to be right for you. With so many learning tools, options and series out there, it’s hard to know which options might cover the genres and musical styles that you want to achieve. Today we wanted to break down some of the most... Read More


Why It’s Important To Tune An Acoustic Piano

A lot of people love the appeal of having a real acoustic instrument in their homes, music rooms or community halls, however one common error we often see is that these instruments are simply left in a room and not treated and even if it’s played often, is left untreated year after year. Unlike other instruments such as acoustic guitars or violins, acoustic pianos are a little more complicated to keep in tune and require the specialist help of a tuner. (We’ve actually written a guide on the process that... Read More


How To Make Your Digital Piano Sound Like A Grand Piano: A Introduction To Virtual Studio Technology

As you progress your piano playing, something that often happens to many players, both new and seasoned is you become accustomed to your instrument’s sound samples. Especially for those who practice with a teacher on an acoustic instrument and then transition back to a digital, it’s not uncommon for the sound to feel ‘emptier’ or less impactful than that of the real acoustic.  This can often leave the player either not enjoying their instrument as much as possible or feeling demotivated to continue playing…both are bad news! That’s why today... Read More


Where To Position Your Piano: Everything You Need To Know!

Deciding where to place your piano is just as crucial as the kind of piano you buy. If your piano isn’t suited to the room it is found in, you won’t get the most enjoyable musical experience out of your instrument as possible… …We’re firm believers that every piano should leave you just as excited every time you play as the very first time you hear it. There is a piano out there for almost any room and it’s our job to help guide you towards the right place to... Read More


What Are Piano Strings Made From?

It’s often easy to overlook the power of a piano string. Every acoustic piano uses strings and they are some of the strongest, most hard wearing and intricate strings within the musical world. Every single time a piano key is pressed and the hammer strikes the string, the string resonates at a certain frequency, this is what generates that iconic piano sound as it is then transferred to the soundboard and rest of the instrument and projected out into the air. Following our article on straight strung and overstrung pianos,... Read More


Brand Focus: Ritmüller Pianos By Pearl River

Across the world, Ritmüller pianos are known for being sublime acoustic instruments that brilliantly combine Germanic design and heritage with modernity, cost efficiency and precision associated with Asian manufacturing. Today we focus on what makes Ritmüller pianos so unique and why we believe they stand as an exceptional place to begin anyone’s acoustic piano journey. For those either looking for a first acoustic piano but aren’t sure where to start, or those who want to experience the warmth and breadth of European tonality and touch on a lower budget, the... Read More