Cabinet Piano

Grand Piano

Digital Piano


Why do gym goers listen to so much music?

During graduation, I had the great pleasure and honor of being mentored by Miguel Rosselini. He always reminded me that to be able to play an instrument you need to know three things: your instrument and all the sound you can get from it; the history and context of the music you will play; and yourself, what sound can you produce, what is your limit and what you should look for in yourself. When I decided to start this blog, I had this motto in mind and what in these three knowledge motivates us to continue studying. It's an encouraging thought.

Having this idea in mind, I would like to talk a little about the piano, the instrument that I have chosen as a friend.

The piano is a keyboard instrument with 88 keys. Its strings are percussed by a hammer, that is, when we play any key on the piano, a hammer is triggered, hitting the string and thus obtaining the sound. The great difference between the piano and other keyboard instruments is that the piano, in addition to producing strong and weak sounds according to the pianist's touch, allows many notes to be triggered at the same time.

Tip: The Victoria and Albert museum in London has a vast collection of keyboard instruments, in addition to exhibiting examples of some of the first pianos produced in Europe.

Today we can find the grand piano in instrument stores, which has its strings horizontally, being better for large environments or concert halls because its sound propagates more, being more intense. Also, because the box is bigger, the strings can be bigger and better, making the sound very beautiful. And the vertical piano or cabinet piano, which has its strings and box vertically, which is more ideal for small environments and for daily studies.

There are also so-called “digital pianos”, a practical and cheaper way of being able to study. Digital pianos are not like the well-known “keyboards”, they have all the 88 keys that we find in the acoustic piano, they simulate the same weight of the keys but because they are not smaller, making it much easier for those who live in apartments or even for those who would like to invest less in one instrument.

I believe that no text is capable of replacing contact with the sound of this wonderful instrument. My tip for anyone who's always wanted to take a class: it's never too late to discover a new passion and learn new things, don't believe them when they say that you only learn music with talent. What I've learned in these 20 years of study is: with good guidance and regular study, anyone can learn to play. A good orientation includes a teacher who will show you the sound possibilities, the best body position to avoid health problems and so that your sound is always evolving (incorrect position really hinders the quality of the music), knowledge in music theory and someone who loves music and can show you where the pleasure of studying lives.