What piano to choose for beginners

A piano is a great introduction to the world of music. It allows you to learn basic music theory, playing and recognizing each note becomes very intuitive with just a few lessons. It’s a great all-around instrument that improves both mental and physical capabilities.

But what do you need to learn how to play the piano? Do you need to find space for an enormous grand piano in your living room? Not necessarily.

For starters, you need to decide whether you want to learn by yourself or with a teacher. If you’d rather have someone teach you then most teachers have their own instruments that they let their students use. So you won’t need to purchase your own piano but be aware that you also won’t be able to practice at home.

If you want to study by yourself at home then you will need a piano of your own. Your choices are mainly limited by space availability and your budget. Acoustic pianos, such as a grand piano and an upright piano, sound beautiful but are expensive. Grand pianos especially require a lot of room.

You could buy an acoustic piano second-hand but that poses its own dangers. You might save some money on the piano itself but if it’s worn down or damaged in any way, repairing it can turn costly. Unless you can get one from a reputable source, like a trusted friend or family member, then just be aware that you are taking a great risk.

Another option is a digital piano. A digital piano doesn’t use strings and hammers to produce a sound but rather prerecorded sounds from an acoustic piano. It plays the corresponding sound as you press the key. You can find digital pianos that resemble the shape of an acoustic piano but a much more popular choice is purchasing an electronic keyboard.

Keyboards are very compact instruments. There are many models available, with beginners like these that can be bought for a relatively small price (especially when compared to the cost of an acoustic piano). They are lightweight and can be easily carried from one place to another. They also don’t take up space permanently because you are free to put the keyboard in storage when it’s not in use.

Keyboards come in different sizes. Most often, it’s between 61 and 88 keys, with 88 being the size of a full-sized autistic piano. There are some keyboards that are even smaller but they are usually used in music studios. Keyboards also allow you to play around with the sound more. It can be modified digitally using different control settings to make it sound more modern and give it more of an edge.

To sum up, keyboards are the most accessible type of piano and many beginners start with them. They are also good if you aren’t sure whether you will stick with the piano once you start learning. Try out a keyboard and if get immersed in it and want to play something with a more classical feel, go ahead and consider getting an acoustic piano.

Stylish accessories for Men

Women have a lot of more choices available than men when it comes to fashion which some might find lamentable. After all, fashion is a great way to express one’s personality and we don’t want to be limited by what we can or cannot wear. But the truth is that by going for something that is not deemed traditionally manly by the society we can be given weird looks by others. That can negatively affect our life and work. Fortunately, men can safely make fashion statements by using stylish accessories.

What are some of the most fashionable accessories each man should have?


A good watch is a must-have addition to any professional wardrobe. They are a very versatile accessory and go together with every outfit. You can get a watch with either a fabric or a metal strap. Fabric strap watches can be both casual and formal with leather being the popular choice. Many like to match the watch strap’s color to the color of their belt. Metal straps, usually silver and gold, are more often worn on formal occasions rather than every day.

A high-quality watch from renowned brands such as Rolex or Omega can be not only functional and fashionable but also act as a sign of one’s wealth.


A wallet can be thought of as more of a necessity rather than an addition to one’s outfit because of its functionality. With a stylish design, however, they can complement the outfit better than any accessory. Slim wallets are preferable to bulky ones for formal wear as they look much more slick and elegant. Most men opt for a leather wallet.

The wallet’s main purpose is to store money but they have evolved and can now make much more than that. For example, the wallet from Louis Vuitton is called the Louis Vuitton Pocket Organizer rather than simply ‘wallet’. That’s because it not only holds money, but it can also store credit cards, business cards, and other papers. It’s made from leather and is available in over 10 different color designs. Even with many pockets inside it still looks slim and stylish.


Wearing a belt with pants can make your outfit instantly look more put together, even if you don’t really need to wear one. You can get one with a standard buckle or a web belt, leather or not. Black and brown belts are the most common as they are safe colors that go together with most outfits. If you feel like you can pull off other colors, however, feel free to try that. In fact, it is recommended to have a wide array of different belt designs to make matching outfits much easier. Matching the color of the belt and the shoes is a good idea for formal occasions although it may look a bit unusual with casual wear.

A sturdy leather belt is a must in any man’s wardrobe. Opt for a known brand so that you can be sure of its quality. Durable belts can be a lifesaver if you don’t know how to make your outfit look good.


The first weekend my parents we here we drove up to Dresden for the Christmas Market. I know another Army wife that went to Dresden earlier in the year and she saw a picture of Basteibrücke on a post card. They entered it into their GPS and drove to find it. After seeing her pictures I knew I wanted to see it too!

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