Are you beginning piano lessons?
Why not prepare yourself for the first lesson by finding out about the history of the piano, the layout of the piano keyboard, the names of the piano keys, explore how the pedals work and more!
Whether you'll learn by yourself or with a teacher, you probably want to learn more about our fantastic instrument!
The piano is a superstar instrument with many talents. There are many styles and ways to play. The piano is like an orchestra, you could say that with ten fingers you can play ten different instruments!
Except from being a remarkable solo instrument, the piano can be played in an orchestra as a part of the orchestra, with an orchestra as a soloist, and be used as an "orchestra" for many types of accompaniments.
The piano is used as a tool for conductors and other musicians studying an orchestra score and as a workstation for composers writing music.
The piano is also one of the most versatile ensemble instruments. You can play duets, trios, quartets etc. together with many different instruments. And let's not forget the joy of playing four hands, duo, or even six hands!
So, the piano is a solo instrument, an orchestra, provides accompaniment, a tool for all musicians, a workstation and an ensemble instrument.
The history of our favorite instrument is a fascinating journey. Read more about the History of the Piano and how it came to be, here: Who Invented the Piano?
The piano has many different parts, and it may seem confusing for the beginner piano student what it all is used for.
The most obviously important part of the piano is the keyboard with all the black and white keys, mostly 88 of them, which you need to acquaint yourself with as soon as possible! Click on each link to find out more:
Another fun "part" of the piano, and something you would surely love to try as soon as possible, are the Piano Pedals. Sometimes called the soul of the piano, the pedals create a richer and lusher sound as you play.
Read more about the functions of the three different pedals, and learn beginning piano pedaling techniques here: The Piano Pedals
How does a piano work? From the moment you press down a key to when the sound comes out? Don't be afraid to open up the lid, or take away the front to check out how the strings and soundboard look like.
Just avoid touching the strings with bare hands since they may leave stains after some time. Use mallets and play on the strings. Discover the many sounds a piano may produce!
Here is an interesting video that explains how a piano works inside: