What is in your piano? What are the things that are making the sound?
The Piano is a piece of Art, an Engineered Art, made solely for making sound. Under the fingers of pianists, Music is born! Let’s take a look what’s under the hood!
The exploded view of a Grand Piano shows the Frame, Soundboard, Strings, Action, Pedals, Case, Pin Block, Bridge.
How do you play a piano? Basically, you need to use a hammer to create sound. BUT WAIT!!!! Before you get any wild ideas and get a hammer, take a look at the picture below.
This is the Hammer. It is a felted mallet which is driven to hit the strings by the piano action to producing sound. Piano hammers have a spring like action due to two tension and compression forces. Highly compressed felt is formed around a wood core under high pressure to make piano hammers.
Showing an illustration of the Grand Piano keyboard action construction. The Action module consists of 57 parts, interlinked to allow the Hammer to strike the Piano strings when the pianist presses the keys. When the Key is pressed, the Hammer moves towards the strings, transferring kinetic energy into strings in approximately 2 milliseconds of contact time. The strings vibrates mechanically (structural borne noise) converting into acoustic energy (airborne noise).
It is hard to visualize the mechanical action, luckily, someone already created a simulation so we may all understand the mechanics.
Now that we know the key movements, the next part emphasize on the sound quality produced with and without the pedals
The ingenuity and hard-work of engineers who makes the Grand Piano into a piece of art for Pianists throughout the world and ages. Upon playing on one such pianos, you will understand why it is call a Grand Piano!!
We play the piano, we know the 88 keys, but do we know the history? Let’s take a short trip to… maybe a few centuries ago. Once upon a time in the Middle East.
Introducing the generations of Piano and their evolution through the ages, starting with the Great-great-great-grand father’s Great Grand Father, Dulcimer.
Dulcimer was born in Iran, shortly after the birth of Christ. It uses the basic principles of the piano, with hammers striking multiple strings tuned over a flat soundboard.
Dulcimer players uses two light sticks with a broader blade at the striking end. Different types of Dulcimer went as far as China.
Modern Cimbalom are direct descendants of the Dulcimer.
Next in line or maybe 500 years later, the Clavichord was born around the early fourteenth century.
In 1504, the German poem “Der Minne Regeln” mentions the terms clavicimbalum (a term used mainly for the harpsichord) and clavichordium, designating them as the best instruments to accompany melodies.
One of the earliest references to the clavichord in England occurs in the privy-purse expenses of Elizabeth of York, queen of Henry VII, in an entry dated August 1502.
The Clavichord uses keyboards attached, at the other end, vertical brass strip, when pressed, will rise and hit a pair of strings.
This same pair of strings can also produce a second pitch, when struck by a neighboring key at a lower or higher point along the string.
In compensation for a weak tone, the Clavichord’s lever contact between finger and strings allow for controls of dynamics.
In 1511, creation of the Virginal in replica to the Clavichord, encloses a small harpsichord with keys at right angles to a set of strings.
The mechanics is similar to the Clavichord. While creating a louder tone, it lacks the dynamic variety of its elder brother. It was the favorite instruments of composers during Shakespeare’s era. With two keyboards designed, it can also be used for two players.
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