The Piano

The piano is an acoustic stringed instrument. The classification of the instrument as string has some disagreement to its correctness as it uses little hammers which strike the strings, producing the sound, leading some to want to define it as a percussion instrument. However in general, the piano is known and loved as a string instrument.

Pianos were invented around the 1700s. Although originally a very classical instrument, it can be found in use for virtually any genre. Some musicians – even rock musicians – choose to compose their music on a piano.

The piano has an enormous range from very low to very high notes. Due to the ease of its use to hit specific notes it is a great accompaniment to singing, allowing the singer to practice singing while hitting specific notes.

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Although it is quite normal to call the instrument the ‘piano’ that is not its full name. The instrument is actually the ‘piano forte’. Piano means ‘soft’ and ‘forte’ means strong or hard. This is because it was one of the first keyboard type instruments that the player could play louder by striking the keys harder and softer by softly touching the keys.

There are two general types of the piano. The upright version and the long horizontal layout version. Pianos typically have approximately 220-230 strings. The strings themselves are incredibly tight and exert considerable forces on the frame of the piano. For this reason most modern pianos have a solid steel component where the strings are attached. The forces placed on the piano structure can be up to 20 tons of force.