Pianos are percussive
Everyone knows that pianos have strings and therefore are stringed instruments. In that way a piano is like a violin, viola, cello, string bass or guitar, etc. All stringed instruments have to be tuned. Pianos are also a percussion instrument since the strings are struck by hammers. Hammers are made of wool felt and wood moldings. The felt is pressed and glued to the moldings.
Piano hammers need to be voiced to improve the tone. Anything that is done to a hammer that affects the tone is called voicing. Most often hammers need filing or reshaping and some needling to even out the tone. lTuning and voicing work together.
Before the invention of the piano hammer harpsichords used plectra which plucked the strings. Harpsichords were not considered a percussion instrument for that reason.This entry was posted in Informative. Bookmark the permalink. ← Kids are curious 1960’s Wurlitzer Studio Piano →