There are 88 keys on a piano: 52 white keys, 36 black (the sharps or flats). Nothing racially insensitive about that as the piano’s precursor, the harpsichord, had reversed the color of the sharps and flats in a number of cases.
Some pianos are hand made and therefore expensive, but each possesses its own unique sound. Yamaha has automated the piano manufacturing process so well that each piano has a consistent sound and feel. This makes Yamaha a favorite of performers who don’t always get the time to select the favored piano before a concert.
This makes Yamaha a favorite of performers who don’t always get the time to select the favored piano before a concert.
Because pianos can be hand made, extra keys may be added to bring the total to 92 or 97 keys, Bosendorfer for instance . The key colors are reversed to the pianist will not mistake the traditionally lowest note, A, for the added notes.
If you are considering buying a piano, take a graduate student with you to ‘test drive’, it will make a fun afternoon. Do not waste the sales associate’s time with ‘just looking’ however.
The piano is a musical instrument played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys (small levers) that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands. Invented in about 1700 (the exact date is uncertain), the piano is widely employed in classical, jazz, traditional and popular music for solo and ensemble performances, accompaniment, and for composing and rehearsal. Although the piano is not portable and is often expensive, its versatility, wide range, ability to play chords, ability to play louder or softer, the large number of musicians trained in playing it and its ubiquity in performance venues and rehearsal spaces have made it one of the Western world’s most familiar musical instruments.