Thanks to The ONE for providing a Smart Keyboard Pro for review!
My husband Jai is a self-taught pianist. He plays classical music by ear, inspired by his love of Chopin, and even recorded some of the music that we played during our wedding ceremony. He bought his first keyboard in 1996, and it served him well – when he moved back to Oregon from Arizona, he made the drive with the keyboard sticking out of the sunroof in his Camaro. It had a good run, but finally wore out not long after our wedding. A quality piano is an investment, and getting a replacement went on the backburner while we prioritized wedding expenses. Newlywed life has been jam-packed, and before we knew it, over a year had gone by without Jai being able to play. I think it’s criminal for someone like him to go that long without a piano, so I thought that a replacement would be the perfect gift for his birthday this year.
So when I received an email suggesting The ONE Smart Piano for our Father’s Day Gift Guide, it immediately caught my attention. Looking through their website, I learned that The ONE make a line of Smart Pianos that actually pair with your smart device, so that you can use their app to read and play along with sheet music, video lessons, and piano games like Synthesia, all while being guided by LED lights on the piano that light up as you follow along and learn new songs. It looked absolutely perfect for a techie like Jai, so I thought this was perfect timing! They shipped me The ONE Smart Keyboard Pro along with a stand to review, and to make the timing even more perfect, it arrived two days before Jai’s birthday. I managed to hide the two large boxes in the closet behind my wedding dress, so Jai was none the wiser about his birthday surprise. Thank goodness for poofy wedding dresses!
On Jai’s birthday, I gave him his card and wrapped presents. After he opened them, I told him I had one last gift that was too big to wrap, and that he should wait upstairs while I got it out. I dragged the boxes out of the closet and into the living room, then told him to come out. Jai walked into the room, and his jaw immediately dropped. He stared at the box, completely speechless, then asked me: How did you know that this was my dream piano?!
Unbeknownst to me, Jai was already extremely familiar with The ONE. He had browsed through pianos looking up what model he’d like to eventually get, and determined that The ONE Smart Keyboard Pro would be the ideal dream piano. He told me that he had watched every video on YouTube about this piano, and asked if I had somehow seen it in his watch history and known that it was the “ONE” that he wanted (pun intended). I couldn’t believe it! I had never heard of The ONE until they reached out to me, and while I knew that such a high-tech piano would be an amazing gift, I had no clue that this exact model was Jai’s perfect dream piano. It was complete serendipity and just added to the awesomeness.
Learning all about The ONE, I can easily see why it would be any pianist’s dream piano. I had already planned to do a video about the keyboard, and since Jai has already watched all of the existing YouTube videos about The ONE and is the expert here, I thought I would hand the video creation over to him. Take it away, Jai:
After I gave Jai the The ONE Smart Keyboard Pro and he had finished picking his jaw up off the floor, he told me that this was the best birthday gift he has ever gotten in his life. I’ve never seen someone so floored by a present before, and I don’t think I would ever be able to top this one. If you’re looking for a Father’s Day present that will get a reaction, I can confidently recommend The ONE! Whether your Dad is an experienced or aspiring pianist, this is THE keyboard to get.
If you want a full 88-key piano for your home, The ONE Smart Keyboard Pro retails for $918.99 and will be a treasured staple in your family room for years to come. But if Dad is just starting out with a dream of learning how to play and wants to just dip his toe in the water, the 61-key The ONE Light Keyboard is great for beginners and budget-friendly at only $299 – you can even buy it on Amazon!
The thing that’s perfect about The ONE for beginners is that you’re not just getting the piano – you’re also getting free, lifetime piano lessons built-in thanks to The ONE Smart Piano app. This is an incredible way to learn how to play, with interactive sheet music, rhythm games and over 100 free video lessons; you can also purchase additional sheet music if you desire. With the app guiding you every step of the way, you’re getting lessons for just the cost of the piano, which is an amazing way to make the dream a reality of you’ve always wanted to learn piano but didn’t have the time or money for lessons. You can practice for as long as you want, whenever you want, any time of day right from the comfort of your home. So whether your Dad has been playing for years or always wanted to learn how, a Smart Piano from The ONE is your way to make his dreams comes true.