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Layout of a musical keyboard (three octaves shown)
Parts of a Piano
Every acoustic piano, whether a glossy concert grand or a well-worn upright, part of an orchestra or a jazz combo, shares certain characteristics with every other piano: Keyboard: The keyboard is what makes a piano a piano. On an acoustic piano, the keyboard is comprised of 88 black and white keys. The keys are what you press or strike, tap or pound to produce that inimitable piano sound. Housing and lid: Whatever shape a piano takes — the curves of a grand or the rectangle of an upright, your piano also has a lid. Propping open the lid on a grand piano gives you a louder and more resonant sound than when the lid is down. Opening the lid of an upright doesn’t do as much for your sound as pulling the piano away from the wall does.
and strings: These parts actually produce the sound. The string begins to vibrate extremely rapidly. When you release the key (provided you’re not holding down a pedal). With the pedals you can make the sound softer or make certain notes sound longer. another mechanism called a damper sits over the strings inside the keyboard. awkward positions. Poor hand posture can cause your performance to suffer for two reasons: Lack of dexterity: If your hands are in tight. To stop the strings from vibrating. Hammers vibrate piano strings to produce music to your ears. its hammer strikes a string. Dampers are made of cloth or felt that mutes the strings by preventing any vibration. tuned to the appropriate musical note. Your ear picks up these vibrations. When you press a key. Each of the 88 keys is connected to a small. Your performance will sound clumsy and be full of wrong notes. the damper returns to mute the string so that all your notes don’t crash into each other. felt-covered hammer. a piano key also lifts the damper. hammers. The entire vibration process occurs in a split second. you won't practice often.Pedals: Pedals — sometimes two. you won't be a very good player. Potential for cramping: If your hands cramp often. or set of strings. Perfect Piano-Playing Hand Posture Hand posture and comfort are vitally important while playing the piano or keyboard. If you don't practice often. in addition to triggering the mechanism that vibrates the string. Keys. . but generally three — are part of a piano as well. and you hear music. you can't access the keys quickly and efficiently. When you press a key.
Cut those nails You've no doubt heard of the piano teacher with fingernails so long that all you could hear was the clicking of her nails against the keys as she played. Your audience wants to hear beautiful piano music. The point is simple: Keep your fingernails short. or at least at a reasonable length. Figure 1: Arch those hands proudly. This is how your hand should look when you play the piano . you must keep your hands arched and your fingers slightly curled at all times. Arching your hands and fingers pays off with the following benefits: Your hands don't get tired as quickly. If you're lucky enough not to be familiar with typing. Your hands are less likely to cramp. black or white. of course. find two tennis balls (or similarly sized balls) and hold one in each hand. Arch those fingers When you place your hands on the keys. as demonstrated in Figure 1. minus the ball. rather than piano lessons. you have already assumed this arched-hand position — you hold your hands exactly the same way on the keyboard. . If you know how to type. not clickety-click-click. . . You can quickly access any key. It feels weird at first. It sounds like typing class. but you can't improve your playing technique until you get used to holding your hands this way.
play skillfully. Figure 2: Numbers and digits. Some pieces.com “Sing to him a new song. and shout for joy.dummies.Pick a finger. even the easy ones. The fingerings you see in music correspond to the left. you'll have to explain those numbered fingers to your date on Friday night. While you get used to thinking of your fingers in terms of numbers.” Psalm 33:3 “Practice makes Perfect” . or your homeroom teacher. Think of your fingers as being numbered 1 through 5. Otherwise. These fingerings help you plan which fingers to use to execute a particular musical passage most efficiently and comfortably. your boss on Monday morning. have fingerings marked in the sheet music. or pinkie. Begin with the thumb as number 1 and move towards the little finger.and right-hand fingering you see in Figure 2. any finger Correct fingering — using the best finger to play each note of a song — is always a very important part of piano playing. you may find it helpful to write these numbers on your hands. I advise using non-permanent markers or fingernail polish. Source: http://www.