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Let’s Make Music!

Meira Feinman

If you thought learning to play an instrument was hard, try making one! Of course, you can always pour a few beans in an empty can and create a type of instrument. That’s because a musical instrument is most plainly defined as a “tool that makes sound.” But crafting a “real” musical instrument is one of the most labor-intensive arts in the world. Keep reading to discover the fascinating world of creating sound — whether using years of knowledge and experience, or a little can-do spirit!

Monday, September 16, 2013

That’s Grand

Let’s start with pianos — one of the most popular instruments to play and the hardest to build. The world-famous Steinway piano, for example, has over 12,000 parts per instrument. It takes nearly an entire year to make one piano!

Did you know that the piano belongs to both the “string” and “percussion” families? When we strike the piano keys, those keys are connected to strings — 220 to 240 of them!

A grand piano is the largest kind of piano. They range from about four feet to nine feet long. Full-sized grand pianos are used in concert halls because they give the best tone, or quality of sound.


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