The Piano Versatility

The Piano Versatility

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The Piano Versatility

 

 

It’s not the most portable of instruments, it’s difficult to tune, and its notes can’t be bent, given vibrato or sent into feedback, but the piano has been an enduring feature of many genres of music. Listen to a few bars of a well-played tune, and it’s easy to see why – it has a warmth, a rhythm, a range and a level of control, unlike any other instrument. Let’s take a trip around some musical styles to show just how versatile the piano is.

 

Classical Music

The music of Hayden, Mozart, Beethoven, and Chopin might be what springs to mind when many people think of the piano; and indeed, it’s hard to imagine the world of classical music without it. Interestingly, though, it’s not particularly old as instruments go. JS Bach (1685-1750) did experience the piano in his lifetime, but wasn’t overly impressed with the early models; he preferred his harpsichords and organs. In fact, classical composers though the ages will all have played slightly different versions of the piano as innovations were invented. Modern piano music would sound most unusual to its original composers if they came back to life. That’s if you could drag them away from the TV, anyway.

 

Blues Music

With its roots in the final throes of American slavery, it’s no surprise that Blues is often associated with small, portable and inexpensive instruments like the guitar and the harmonica. But the piano did find a place in the genre, with notable names like Fats Domino, Blind John Davies, Lucky Roberts and Ray Charles making blues piano world famous.

 

Jazz Music

Since the birth of jazz in the early twentieth century, the piano has played a key role. The nature of jazz made it playable on practically any instrument, from the trumpet to the violin, but the piano was never far away. Think Scott Joplin, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Jimmy Rowles, Herbie Hancock – and let’s not forget Jamie Cullum – and you’ll have traced the history of this rhythmic, elastic musical form.

 

Rock and Roll Music

As rock and roll were a development of the blues sound, the guitar, drums and double bass were naturally the most prominent instruments, especially once bands started touring from venue to venue seeking fame. But if there’s any doubt that the piano has a place in rock and roll, look no further than one of its pioneers, Little Richard, whose playing style was as over the top as his technique was accomplished. He double-handedly changed the face of music by influencing Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger and countless others. Roll over, Beethoven.

 

Pop Music

Like rock and roll, pop music is associated more with instruments other than the piano, namely the guitar, bass and drums and eventually synthesizers, sequencers and digital music. But let’s not forget how many hit singles have prominent pianos in them: Rocket Man;Let it Be; You Are The Sunshine OF My Life; Imagine; Hey Jude; Bohemian Rhapsody; Your Song; What A Fool Believes … and the complete back catalog of Billy Joel.

 

No doubt the piano will play a part in future types of music, particularly now that the sound can be digitized and reproduced well enough to fool the most astute ears. But that wooden aroma will never be replaced.

 

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Facts About Violin That You Should Know

Facts About Violin That You Should Know

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Facts About Violin That You Should Know

 

The violin is an acoustic string delicate and beautiful orchestral instrument, crafted from wood. It is being used in almost every music genre from centuries. It is a great instrument that inspires both the musicians and audiences.

Different shapes and sizes are available in the online and offline market to suit players, both young and old.

 

Sizes

The beauty of different sizes are that your child can start playing violin by taking violin lessons at a tender age and as he or she grows, you can get a bigger for him or her accordingly.

 

Child Sized Violins

There are different sizes available for children of different age groups.

Player’s Arms Length Size

14 to 15 inches – 1/16 size

15 to 17 inches – 1/10 size

17 to 17.5 inches – 1/8 size

17.6 to 20 inches – 1/4 size

 

Adult Sized Violins

Large violins are suitable for older children, small adults, and adults, in general, depending upon their arm size.

Player’s Arms Length Size

20 to 22 inches – 3/4 size

22 to 23.5 inches – 7/8 size

23.6 and above 4/4 (full sized)

 

Types

There are two types available in the offline and online market. They are:

1. Acoustic Violin: In an acoustic or non-electric, four strings are stretched from tuning pegs to a tailpiece passing over the bridge made of maple. These maple transfers sound vibrations to the soundboard. They are the traditional violins and best suited for new players. They produce the highest tune without using any extra equipment. Also, in a violin family, these are the smallest ones.

2. Electric Violin: As per the name, these rely on electronic signal output to create a bold sound. More advanced violinists use These. It creates a sharper sound as compared to the acoustic violins.

 

Violin fact

 

Violins based on period or era

Some are classified on the period or era by place of their origin.

1. Baroque Violin: These old styles are classified on by the period they were made. They have a shallower neck and angle as, during that period, not much thought was given to chin and shoulder rests. Its strings were made from gut and strung using equal tension making it difficult to play.

2. Classical Violin: A violin of the classical period has a thinner neck and small heels as compared to that of a baroque violin.

3. Modern Violin: The neck of violins from this period was more sharply angled and thinner. The strings on the modern-day violin were synthetic and tuned higher.

 

Violin Care and Maintenance

To keep a violin in the perfect condition, proper maintenance is a must. For this, you need to make sure your violin and its accessories are properly stored in a case when not in use. For the first time violin buyers, here are a few accessories to consider to properly preserve the instrument:

Case: If you are only buying a violin, then you will have to buy a case separately. But if you order an “outfit,” you will get a bow, rosin and a case with your violin.

Humidifier: To avoid tonewoods from being damaged, you need to keep your acoustic violin at 45-50% relative humidity. People living in dry areas need to buy an instrument humidifier.

Cleaning Supplies: To keep your violin upright, keep it away from dirt and dust.

Strings: Strings need to be changed every 6 to 12 months depending on how much you play.

 

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Facts About Violin That You Should Know

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