Celebrating National Piano Month

National Piano Month, From Behind the Pen, Piano

Dedicated to the “keys of music” we are celebrating National Piano Month this month. Do you play the piano? If so, how long have you been playing? What is it about the piano that you love?

The piano, a musical instrument played through the use of a keyboard, is popular with ensemble performances, solos, and composing, which is normally used in classical and jazz music. According to Wikipedia, the word piano is a shortened form of pianoforte, the Italian term for the instrument, which in turn derives from gravicembalo col piano e forte and fortepiano. The Italian musical terms piano and forte indicate “soft” and “loud” respectively, in this context referring to the variations in volume produced in response to a pianist’s touch on the keys: the greater the velocity of a key press, the greater the force of the hammer hitting the strings, and the louder the sound of the note produced.

An acoustic piano usually has a protective wooden case surrounding the soundboard and metal strings, and a row of 88 black and white keys (52 white, 36 black). The strings vibrate sounds when the keys are pressed, and silenced when the keys are released. The note can be sustained, even when the keys are released, by the use of pedals. In celebration of this classic and amazing instrument, celebrate National Piano Month by playing one, listening to a piano recital, writing about it or singing about it.

Happy National Piano Month!

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