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The Piano

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Post on 01-Sep-2014




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  • The Piano
  • There are different kinds of pianos. The biggest, prettiest one is called a grand piano.
  • Another kind is an upright piano.
  • A smaller kind of piano is called a spinet piano.
  • Here is what the inside of a grand piano looks like.
  • When you press a piano key, it makes a hammer hit a string. (video)
  • A full piano keyboard has 88 keys!
  • Here are some piano keys.
  • In the middle of the keyboard is a note called Middle C.
  • The other keys have names too C, D, E, F, G, then A, B, then C again.
  • How many Cs can you find? How many As? How many Fs?
  • You make music with a keyboard by playing the keys.
  • You play the keys with your fingers, of course,
  • with your thumb on Middle C. (Thats #1 in this picture.)
  • The black keys are called sharps and flats. The white keys are called natural notes.
  • The black keys come in sets of two
  • and in sets of three.
  • Do you see the sets of two and three? They go 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3
  • Down at the bottom of a piano are pedals.
  • If you ever want to learn piano, you need to play often and carefully. The word for this is practice.
  • A piano teacher can help you learn. You can take lessons.
  • A piano player is called a pianist.
  • There have been many famous pianists. Franz Liszt was very famous both for playing the piano and for writing music.
  • Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin were all famous as pianists.
  • Another famous pianist, who also wrote music, was Sergei Rachmaninoff. You can still hear his music .
  • You can also still hear the music of Josef Hoffman ,
  • Arthur Rubenstein ,
  • Vladimir Horowitz ,
  • Sviatoslav Richter ,
  • Glenn Gould ,
  • Martha Argerich ,
  • Marc Andre Hamelin , and Lang Lang .
  • The End