Piano is one of the most famous musical instrument nowadays. Though a lot of people are using this instrument, they know little about the piano that they’re using. While we’re away from our piano’s ivories, have fun in reading this fun little facts about our beloved instrument.
- Though it is considered that piano is a string instrument, it can be listed as a percussion as there is small hammer hitting the string that creates the sound.
- Though the first piano is created in 1698 in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori, it is considered as a fairly new instrument for it is only 316 years old while other instruments have been around for thousands of years.
- Piano gained the tile of “King of Instruments” as it can reach lowest note of double- bassoon to the highest note of piccolo and no other instrument can do the same. Simply amazing!
- A single piano consists of more than 7000 parts moving together to create a sound. That is why tuning the piano and its maintenance need professional expertise.
- A grand piano weighs more than a ton and stands at eight feet 11 inches which makes the player looks relatively tiny compared to the instrument.
- Pianos made by Steinway are considered to be the best brand. The company has been manufacturing piano since 1853 and each unit can cost more than $100,000.
- The piano keys are called ‘ivories’ because they were really made of ivories. However, the use of ivories in making piano keys was stopped to protect elephants and used plastics instead.
- More than 10 million pianos are now currently being used in America alone with more than 18 million non- professional players.
- A piano has 230 strings that has 165- pound worth of tension. If we were to add all of the strings’ tensions, it will result to a whopping 18 tons and a grand piano’s tension can reach as high as 30 tons. This is the reason why it needs tuning every year.
- Piano’s full name is actually an Italian name called “pianoforte.” The instrument was called this way as it can play notes and sounds softly (piano) and loudly (forte).
There are still a lot to know about our piano but it is still fun to know these basic facts about the history and physical attributes of our favorite instrument. These facts actually make it more interesting to learn more about the piano!