No matter the occasion, it can be difficult to know what to buy the piano players in your life. If you don’t want to give something they’ll politely thank you for and put in a box for Goodwill next January, then below are 5 great gift suggestions in order of cost:
$5-infinity | We get it – your piano player is picky, and you have no idea what to buy him or her because the likelihood is that you’ll disappoint, no matter what you choose. Some people think it’s tacky to give a gift card, but if you’re giving to a person like this, a gift card is the way to go. It lets them call all the shots and ensures their purchase of a gift they really want.
$65-$105 | Bench cushions can wear out quickly, and fresh padding can be very helpful for that blessed assurance (tush). You can even design one to fit your custom-sized bench.
$71 for 6 issues/12 months | Each issue of Pianist Magazine is packed with 40 pages of sheet music, technical tips for beginners written into the score, and pieces for all levels of ability. You can also find digital editions and back issues on their website. Your piano players will even get a free CD with each issue, so they can listen to the pieces before playing them.
$75-$200 | Just like the tire pressure on your car, a piano reacts to hot and cold room temperatures and should be checked at least once a year (twice a year is recommended). Not only will good piano tuners correct a piano’s pitch, they will also find out if any repairs are needed.
A tuning takes about 1 to 1½ hours, and the average price is $100.
$80 – $298| Light in a piano room tends to fluctuate drastically depending on the time of day and the natural light available. A piano lamp is designed specifically to keep light out of the pianist’s eyes while being adjustable enough to throw light where it’s needed – on the keys, sheet music, or notebook. Also consider a shaded floor lamp.
Piano lessons | Pick one of the available piano teachers in your area via lessons.com.
Apps | Pay for useful apps such as the iOS Chordec, which has chord recognition for songs.