Roland HP-207

With a lot of piano reviews, you will hear the often repeated two-most-important-aspects of choosing a digital piano: touch and tone. Touch because you want to find a digital piano that closely resembles the real life feel of an acoustic piano which will give you that realistic ‘heavier’ feel of the low register and the ‘lighter’ feel of the notes in the higher register.

And tone, because tone is everything. Tone provides warmth and emotion to any piece of music and a digital piano that has captured the tone of an acoustic piano well, is one that you will enjoy playing on.

Which brings us to the Roland HP-207, the flagship model in the HP series. This digital piano features “an ultra-realistic 88-key multi-sampled piano sound” which captures the distinctive sound qualities of each note and faithfully reproduces it, right down to the string striking the hammer.

You can also control the design of the piano with the HP-207s Piano Designer function, which gives you full control over all aspects of the piano sound. It allows you to effective raise the top of the grand piano, alter the damper resonance and change the key touch to meet your playing comfort.

These features alone, make the 207 well worth a play. But like any half-decent digital piano, there are added features, such as effects and additional piano sounds. The HP-207 features Reverb, 4-band-equalizer, and tone effects to name a few. It boasts a massive 337 tones which you can layer any two together or split the keyboard with a tone each for the upper and lower registers.

If you’re concerned with polyphony, you won’t have a problem with the HP-207s max of 128 voices, which means your notes will be sustained longer without being lost among the other notes being played.

It has onboard memory containing 99 songs as well as the option to save to external memory. You can save your files as standard MIDI as well as playing them back in addition to Roland Original Format (i-format), standard WAV files and CDs.

There’s certainly enough features to keep you amused here, but the resounding impression you will be left with is the authentic tone and the realistic touch of a grand piano.

To hear just how great the HP-207 sounds and to give you some ideas of what is possible, check out the following video:

Three Costly Mistakes when Learning Piano

Learning piano is one of the most satisfying things you will ever do, but a few easy mistakes could cost you hundreds of dollars for no gain in your playing.

Below we show you 3 of these mistakes and give you our best advice on how to avoid them.


“Master piano in 30 days!”, “Become a piano god in 90 days”, “Learn piano in a weekend” – These are the catch cries of those who promise the earth, but rarely deliver. If you’ve been searching the web for piano lessons you’ll know what I mean. They are everywhere.

The truth is, no one learns piano in a matter of days. It’s a lifetime’s pursuit. Hopefully you haven’t been taken in by any of these ‘snake oil’ piano products, but if you have, our advice is to request a refund and find a course of instruction that is based on the principle of structured learning.

The rule of thumb when spotting a lemon piano course – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.


This is a common problem among beginner pianists. It’s easy to go for the big spend on your piano or keyboard, but then neglect your learning. You have to remember it’s no good having all of that expensive gear if you can’t play it.

Our advice is to spend well on your equipment and get the best gear you can afford, but leave some money for your piano education – it will serve you better in the long run.


This is perhaps the most dangerous trap for new pianists because it can be hard to spot and can cost you thousands of dollars. A piano lesson can cost anywhere from $30 – $50 per session.

Over the course of a year you could be spending up to two thousand dollars for piano lessons, so you want to make sure you are getting your money’s worthfrom your tutor.


  • Tutor shows a lack of understanding about piano. This is from inexperience. If you feel your tutor is only just managing to stay a step ahead of you you’ll know they aren’t right for you.
  • Tutor displays a lack of passion for teaching piano. This will normally come across as impatience. If your tutor is impatient and unconcerned with nurturing your development it’s time to go.
  • Tutors lessons lack focus. This is an easy one to spot. Are your lessons organized? Do they run smoothly? If not, your tutor isn’t planning enough and the result will be a lack of focus. Time to exit.
  • Personality mismatch. Sometimes you’ll find a perfectly capable tutor but you just won’t get on with them. This is normal. Everyone is different and some types just work better together. And it is quite acceptable to admit it when the relationship dynamic isn’t working and move on – you’re not married to your instructor.

We offer a guarantee to every student – we’ll teach you how to play the piano and save you money, because our lessons do it right first time. If you’re not happy you get your money back.