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The Piano

 

The piano is the instrument that composers and arrangers usually write at, as it encompasses harmony, melody and rhythm, unlike string, woodwind or brass instruments. It enables you to learn general musicianship skills that are applicable to all kinds of music, and in higher education is often required as a second instrument. Also, music available for the piano covers a wide repertoire from classical and jazz through to today’s pop music that makes it appeal to people of all ages. There are two main types of piano, the ‘traditional’ acoustic piano and the
DigitalAll digital equipment, formats and systems represent audio in numerical code or form. Digital information is a precise way of expressing any of information that can be quantified in some way.
digital
piano, and both have their pros and cons:

The acoustic piano has a mechanical ‘action’ where pressing the
KeyAn additional input on a dynamics processor such as a compressor or noise gate, enabling the dynamics of one signal to control the level of another. This can be used for many functions, including ducking (compressing a music signal when a DJ or announcer speaks), synchronised gating, and (in conjunction with an equaliser) de-essing.
key
in turn moves a hammer which
Hit1) A successful recording. 2) A single sampled percussive sound, as opposed to a loop.
hits
the strings to produce the sound. It’s the best instrument for serious piano performance, as training and strengthening the fingers is essential if you want to progress to a higher level at college. When looking to buy a traditional upright piano, bear in mind the size and weight of the instrument and where it will go in your home, especially if you live in a 10th floor flat! Also, acoustic pianos are made of natural materials that are susceptible to changes in temperature and need to be tuned professionally on a regular basis, especially if the instrument is played every day.

Klaviere

If cost and
DistortionIn most cases distortion is an undesirable alteration to a signal which occurs when a piece of equipment is driven with a input level that is too high for its operating level. Sometimes, as in the case of guitar distortion, this can be an intentional and desirable effect.
noise
are a problem, then a
DigitalAll digital equipment, formats and systems represent audio in numerical code or form. Digital information is a precise way of expressing any of information that can be quantified in some way.
digital
piano might be a better bet. Whilst there are now some very cheap models on the market, it’s generally true that the more you spend, the better the sound quality and the more realistic the ‘action’ of the keyboard. The big advantage is that the piano sound is generated digitally, and so the
Volume1) In audio and music, the loudness or amplitude of a signal. 2) In computing, a fixed amount of storage space, addressed as a single entity ('C:', 'D:' etc). A physical drive may contain more than one volume, but a single volume may also span more than one drive!
volume
can be adjusted to suit, or you can shut out the sound completely by using headphones.
DigitalAll digital equipment, formats and systems represent audio in numerical code or form. Digital information is a precise way of expressing any of information that can be quantified in some way.
Digital
pianos also generally come with a range of other instrument sounds such as electric piano, harpsichord,
ClavinetAn electronic keyboard instrument created by Hohner based upon the clavichord. Each key moves a rubber tip that strikes a string against a fret to produce sound. The instrument uses magnetic pickups similar to those in an electric guitar.
clavinet
and organ, along with
EffectsGeneral term applied to audio processors for dynamics, time, ambience and equalisation whether in the form of 19" rack units, guitar floor pedals, or software plug-ins.
effects
like
ReverbReverb is an effect that simulates the reflection of sound waves from the surfaces of an enclosed area such as a room or hall. After the initial direct sound arrives at the listener, reflections from the surrounding surfaces follow and gradually decrease in intensity as they are absorbed.
reverb
, ‘chorus’ and
DelayAn outboard unit used to create time dependent effects where a source signal is sampled/recorded and replayed later by a adjustable amount, either singly or in multiples. The amount of delay results in a range of effects from chorus and slap back to rhythmic echo. Also used for time correction in large PA systems.
delay
, plus they can be used with music software on a computer if they have
USBUniversal Serial Bus: a system for connecting low-to-mid speed computer peripherals which has largely replaced a variety of competing serial connection standards. USB allows up to 127 devices (in theory) to be connected in series, and exists in two variants: USB1 (12Mbps) and USB (480Mbps). USB ports are backwards-compatible, but connecting a USB1 device will limit all devices on that port to the slower speed.
USB
or
MIDIMIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) is a control language that enables electronic instruments to communicate with each other. In days gone by, if you wanted to play a sound from a given synthesiser, you had to physically play that specific synth’s keyboard - this resulted in performers being surrounded by huge arrays of keyboards.
MIDI
sockets. For someone starting out on the piano, a
DigitalAll digital equipment, formats and systems represent audio in numerical code or form. Digital information is a precise way of expressing any of information that can be quantified in some way.
digital
solution is a good alternative to a ‘traditional’ piano, and at the top end of the price range comes close to emulating the real thing.

If you feel a
DigitalAll digital equipment, formats and systems represent audio in numerical code or form. Digital information is a precise way of expressing any of information that can be quantified in some way.
digital
piano is too much of a compromise because of the
ActionThe feel of an instrument, usually relating to the physical effort required to create and/or strike a note. On keyboards, it refers to the pressure required to press the keys - pianos often have heavier actions than electronic keyboards - while on stringed instruments it refers to the distance between the strings and the fingerboard.
action
, then a few acoustic piano manufacturers offer ‘quiet piano’ systems. These combine a no-compromise mechanical hammer
ActionThe feel of an instrument, usually relating to the physical effort required to create and/or strike a note. On keyboards, it refers to the pressure required to press the keys - pianos often have heavier actions than electronic keyboards - while on stringed instruments it refers to the distance between the strings and the fingerboard.
action
and strings with built-in
DigitalAll digital equipment, formats and systems represent audio in numerical code or form. Digital information is a precise way of expressing any of information that can be quantified in some way.
digital
sound generation. When you want to play quietly using headphones, a lever raises the hammers away from striking the strings, thereby eliminating any acoustic
DistortionIn most cases distortion is an undesirable alteration to a signal which occurs when a piece of equipment is driven with a input level that is too high for its operating level. Sometimes, as in the case of guitar distortion, this can be an intentional and desirable effect.
noise
. Sensors detect the hammer movement, and the
DigitalAll digital equipment, formats and systems represent audio in numerical code or form. Digital information is a precise way of expressing any of information that can be quantified in some way.
digital
sound allows you to carry on playing. The main disadvantage of this option is that the technology is fairly expensive as it combines the best of both worlds.

 

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[Contents] [The Piano] [Portable Keyboards] [The Recorder] [The Violin] [The Acoustic Guitar] [The Electric Guitar] [The Flute] [The Saxophone] [The Clarinet] [The Trumpet] [The Drums] [Conclusion] [Hotdeals] [Feedback]