What is piano?

  • (adj): Used chiefly as a direction or description in music.
    Example: "The piano passages in the composition"
    Synonyms: soft
    See also — Additional definitions below

Piano

The piano is a musical instrument played mainly by means of a keyboard. It is one of the most popular instruments in the world. Widely used in classical and jazz music for solo performances, ensemble use, chamber music and accompaniment, the piano is also very popular as an aid to composing and rehearsal. Although not portable and often expensive, the piano's versatility and ubiquity have made it one of the world's most familiar musical instruments.

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Some articles on piano:

Digital Piano - Keyboard and Pedals
... Just like a traditional piano, a digital piano features a keyboard ... A digital piano's keyboard is weighted to simulate the action of a traditional piano and is velocity sensitive so that the volume of the sounds ... a complex action incorporating actual hammers in order to better simulate the touch of a grand piano ...
Digital Piano - Other Features
... Most digital pianos implement a variety of features not found on a traditional piano ... Digital pianos usually offer a MIDI connection, allowing them to control or be controlled by other electronic instruments and sequencers ... media slot to load MIDI data, which the piano can play automatically, allowing it to function as a player piano ...
Digital Piano - Sounds
... In most implementations, a digital piano produces a variety of piano timbres and usually other sounds as well ... For example, a digital piano may have settings for a concert grand piano, an upright piano, a tack piano, and various electric pianos such as the Fender Rhodes and Wurlitzer ... Some digital pianos incorporate other basic "synthesizer" sounds such as string ensemble, for example, and offer settings to combine them with piano ...
Piano - Role
... See also Social history of the piano The piano is a crucial instrument in Western classical music, jazz, film, television, and most other complex western musical ... are proficient pianists—and because the piano keyboard offers an easy means of complex melodic and harmonic interplay—the piano is often used as a tool for composition ...
The Piano
... The Piano is a 1993 drama film about a mute pianist and her daughter, set during the mid-19th century in a rainy, muddy frontier backwater on the west coast of New ... It features a score for the piano by Michael Nyman which became a bestselling soundtrack album ... Hunter played her own piano pieces for the film, and also served as sign language teacher for Paquin, earning three screen credits ...

More definitions of "piano":

  • (adv): Used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly.
    Synonyms: softly
  • (noun): A stringed instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds.
    Synonyms: pianoforte, forte-piano
  • (noun): (music) low loudness.
    Synonyms: pianissimo

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    There was an old, old house renewed with paint,
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    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

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