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The Piano

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The Piano

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There are different kinds of pianos. The biggest, prettiest one is called a grand piano.

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Another kind isan upright piano.

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A smaller kind of piano is called a spinet piano.

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Here is what the inside ofa grand piano looks like.

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When you press a piano key,it makes a hammer hit a string. (video)

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A full piano keyboard has 88 keys!

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Here are some piano keys.

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In the middle of the keyboard isa note called Middle C.

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The other keys have names too—C, D, E, F, G, then A, B, then C again.

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How many Cs can you find?How many As? How many Fs?

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You make music with a keyboard by playing the keys.

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You play the keys with your fingers, of course,

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with your thumb on Middle C.(That’s #1 in this picture.)

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The black keys are called sharps and flats. The white keys are called natural notes.

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The black keys come in sets of two

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and in sets of three.

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Do you see the sets oftwo and three?

They go 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3…

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Down at the bottom ofa piano are pedals.

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If you ever want to learn piano, you need to play often and carefully.

The word for this is practice.

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A piano teacher can help you learn. You can take lessons.

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A piano player is called a pianist.

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There have been many famous pianists.

Franz Liszt was very famous both for playing the piano and

for writing music.

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Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin were all famous as pianists.

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Another famous pianist, who also wrote music, was Sergei Rachmaninoff.

You can still hear his music.

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You can also still hear the music of Josef Hoffman,

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