There are different kinds of pianos. The biggest, prettiest one is called a grand piano.
Another kind isan upright piano.
A smaller kind of piano is called a spinet piano.
Here is what the inside ofa grand piano looks like.
When you press a piano key,it makes a hammer hit a string. (video)
A full piano keyboard has 88 keys!
Here are some piano keys.
In the middle of the keyboard isa note called Middle C.
The other keys have names too—C, D, E, F, G, then A, B, then C again.
How many Cs can you find?How many As? How many Fs?
You make music with a keyboard by playing the keys.
You play the keys with your fingers, of course,
with your thumb on Middle C.(That’s #1 in this picture.)
The black keys are called sharps and flats. The white keys are called natural notes.
The black keys come in sets of two
Do you see the sets oftwo and three?
They go 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3…
Down at the bottom ofa piano are pedals.
If you ever want to learn piano, you need to play often and carefully.
The word for this is practice.
A piano teacher can help you learn. You can take lessons.
A piano player is called a pianist.
There have been many famous pianists.
Franz Liszt was very famous both for playing the piano and
for writing music.
Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin were all famous as pianists.
Another famous pianist, who also wrote music, was Sergei Rachmaninoff.
You can still hear his music.
You can also still hear the music of Josef Hoffman,