Black Future For Piano Teachers?
What will we do with all our used piano teachers when logical keyboards finally take over?
Well, they could be recycled. After all, some of them have a lot to offer on a purely musical level, and they could quickly adapt to the new layout themselves. Obviously they won’t be able to hang on to their star students as long as they do now, since the logical keyboard is twelve times quicker to master.
But the upside is, the smooth learning curve will mean less pupil drop-outs, so teachers will be spared those anxious moments on the phone asking Billy’s mom if he has forgotten his lesson again.
Yes, even teachers have the rent to pay.
I have it on apocryphal authority that the Jankó keyboard won the approval of
Artur Anton Rubinstein who said that if he were to start again he would choose it, and of Franz Liszt, who swore it would take over the world in 50 years time.
He was out by a few years. So far 132 springs have slunk by since Paul Jankó’s patent. We have had to wait for technology to catch up. We are still waiting for mentalities to shape up.
Now you can buy it!
I am glad to see that Chromatone has finally made an English version of their shop, and are kicking off with 65% price reductions on their two models. The CT-312 has 5 wholetone rows + 1 chromatic row covering 6 octaves, while the Wholetone Revolution boasts 6+1 rows covering the whole 88-key piano range:
Here you have the 6-octave CT-312:
And here is the Wholetone Revolution with the whole 88-key shebang:
I read on the Chromatone website that these keyboards are based on something called the “Muto” learning method (and not the other way round!). You must ignore this red herring. You may have noted my opinion of alternative notation systems as stated in an earlier post. The whole point about intuitive instruments is that everything you need to know is under your fingers. You just have to winkle it out.
Anyone who isn’t convinced, or who still finds their prices a tad too “aspirational”, should download their Android app and learn how to tap out tunes and chords the easy way. Seriously, you will be amazed and ask, why has nobody thought of this before?
Well they did a while back, and now it’s your turn!
[added 15/12/2014] PS. Anyone interested in the history of logical keyboards should check out Dominique Waller’s very thorough research paper here: oops, see below
[added 08/06/2015] PPS. Sadly Dominique seems to have removed his very thorough research paper from Scribd