The history of piano and a few pieces to start with

The history of piano and a few pieces to start with

The piano was invented by the Italian Bartolomeo Cristofori in 1709.

Instruments can be divided into three categories based on the way they produce sound. There are string instruments, wind instruments, and percussion instruments.

There are some ancestors of the piano such as the clavichord, or the harpsichord. We determine, by its ancestry, that the piano can be classified in the category of string instruments.

The piano is a keyboard instrument that comes in two forms; the upright piano with vertical strings 

and the grand piano with horizontal strings.

There are digital pianos where no strings are present and it is only the speakers that allow us to hear the sound of the piano. The standard piano is composed of 36 black keys and 52 white keys, a total of 88 keys.

The piano is an instrument with a special technique that consists of hitting the strings with hammers. By hitting the keyboard key, the strings are struck which makes them vibrate. This vibration can be stopped by a damper and can be maintained by the pedal on some pianos.

The piano has allowed many artists to express themselves and to create beautiful pieces that have been played thousands of times. These composers of the 18th and 19th century such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, or Frederic Chopin participate in the evolution of the instrument and its democratization.

The piano is a beautiful musical instrument that has allowed many things.  Knowing how to play the piano is benefial for your health. Here are some easy pieces if you do not know where to start :

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Agree that knowing the instrument’s history is helpful for piano practice.

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