Piano Keyboards - Facts and History by djsgjg0045


									Piano keyboards have allowed both serious and casual musicians to interact with this
popular musical instrument. Although there is more to the piano than its keyboard,
those black and white keys are the components musicians must touch to bring forth
melodies. Tickling the ivories is the method of evoking sound. This instrument is
often used to accompany school children in choir and singing performances. It is also
utilized by pianists in an array of genres ranging from classical symphonies to jazz
and rock and roll.
  This instrument was formerly called the pianoforte. Pianoforte is an Italian word that
translates into loud and soft harpsichord. It is a member of the percussion family of
instruments. Other musical families of instruments include the brass family, the
woodwind family and the strings.
  Percussion instruments make music by the striking of one object against the other.
Examples of other percussion instruments include the drum, the triangle, xylophone,
cymbals and rhythm sticks.
  The piano 鈥檚 music comes from the striking of a keyboard which then hits
internal sound makers within the body of the piano. Specifically, the keyboard causes
felt covered hammers to hit steel strings. Each string produces a different vibration of
sound. There are also foot pedals which affect the sound, causing it to soften, blur into
one another or hold a note.
  The piano 鈥檚 invention is said to have occurred in Italy around the year 1700. An
Italian harpsichord maker named Bartolomeo Cristofori was employed as a keeper of
instruments when he constructed the first piano. It wasn 鈥檛 widely accepted
initially, but it eventually caught on with composers. One of the earliest composers to
use it was Wolfgang Mozart, who wrote many of his operas, concertos and sonatas on
it. Johann Sebastian Bach was reportedly not as enamored with the instrument initially,
claiming it to be too quiet for his needs. Other composers who wrote for the piano
include Haydn, Beethoven, Liszt, Schumann, Brahms, and Chopin.
  The earliest pianos were different from the modern day versions. The initial
instruments were modeled after the harpsichord. They had ranges of very soft sounds
all the way to quite loud. The first upright piano was constructed in the late 1700 鈥檚
by an Austrian man named Johann Schmidt. The keys of today 鈥檚 keyboard are
predominantly white with black. On a modern model, there are usually a total of 88
keys, 52 white ones and 36 black ones. This isn 鈥檛 always the case, however, as
some small studio or 鈥済 ig 鈥?piano keyboards only have a total of 65. These
smaller types are lighter weight and therefore easier to tote along to gigs. Some of the
earlier models were made up of an opposite compilation, the majority black with
some white.
  Taking piano lessons can be a wonderful addition to a culturally rich childhood. Not
only does playing a musical instrument give a child the tools to produce lovely music,
but it can also help him or her to develop enhanced mathematics capabilities. It is for
this reason that piano keyboards are popular to learn to play.
  Childhood lessons with piano keyboards in New Orleans can foster a lifelong love of
music. To learn more visit http://www.hallpiano.com

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