Visual Encyclopedia

Piano

The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori around the year 1700 (the exact year is uncertain), in which the strings are struck by hammers. It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys (small levers) that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings. The word piano is a shortened form of pianoforte, the Italian term for the early 1700s versions of the instrument, which in turn derives from gravicembalo col piano e forte and fortepiano. The Italian musical terms piano and forte indicate "soft" and "loud" respectively, in this context referring to the variations in volume (i.e., loudness) produced in response to a pianist's touch or pressure on the keys: the greater the velocity of a key press, the greater the force of the hammer hitting the strings, and the louder the sound of the note produced and the stronger the attack. The first fortepianos in the 1700s had a quieter sound and smaller dynamic range.

The description above is licensed from Wikipedia under the Creative Commons license.

Add an image or video to this topic

No signin required

or

Processing...

Cancel

More of the best posts

Loading . . .

Ad

Waterfall Piann

This is really beautiful!

Contributed by Holly Forbes

I have found synthesia to be a different and easier way for some people to learn piano, and this is a beautiful rendition of a song from one of my favorite video game soundtracks ^_^

Contributed by Hannah Estrella

Sometimes I could barely see his fingers move 0.0 Dearest me...

Contributed by Hannah Estrella

One of my favorite songs to play, one of the first uncommon songs I learned that almost brought my grandmother to tears :') Gives me a lot of great memories

Contributed by Hannah Estrella

Again with piano and music: It defies all languages, expresses emotions, brings people together... Perfect example ^_^

Contributed by Hannah Estrella

Anywhere you can play is where home is

Imagine if somehow you could play music with parts of the home!!! This is such a beautiful home ^_^

Contributed by Hannah Estrella

Musician Password

We need this type of security in our lives

Contributed by Hannah Estrella

This is one of my most favorite piano songs ever. Its so mellow and just amazing (:

Contributed by John Chervanev

I'm currently trying to learn this piece ....I love it but its a challenge because Chopin had massive hands and some of his chords are crazy!!!

Contributed by Sarah Minehart

What is Sussle?

Sussle is the first, open visual encyclopedia. Anyone can use it.

What's a visual encylopedia?

It has beautiful images and viral videos that are way more fun than reading all the text in traditional encyclopedias.

5 reasons you should add your own images and videos:

  1. If you found Sussle interesting, then give back by adding something interesting for others.
  2. Help others learn in a fun way.
  3. Make someone else interested in this topic laugh or say wow!
  4. Become internet-famous as people like and share your post.
  5. It's super easy, so it won't take more than a minute.

Ready to start?

Just click on the red module above.