Keyboard instrument  

From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia

(Redirected from Piano)
Jump to: navigation, search


Types: Moog synthesizer - Rhodes piano

Musicians: Brian Auger, Wally Badarou, Arthur Baker, Ansell Collins, Alice Coltrane, Stanley Cowell, George Duke, Brian Jackson, Masabumi Kikuchi, Jackie Mittoo, Marc Moulin, Irmin Schmidt, Nina Simone, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dexter Wansel, Bernie Worrell

Related e



A keyboard instrument is any musical instrument played using a musical keyboard. The most common of these is the piano, which is used in nearly all forms of western music. Other widely used keyboard instruments include various types of organs as well as other mechanical, electromechanical and electronic instruments. In common language, it is mostly used to refer to keyboard-style synthesizers.


See also


Piano is the general name given to a musical instrument classified as a keyboard, percussion, or string instrument, depending on the system of classification used.

Social history of the piano

social history of the piano

The piano is a crucial instrument in Western classical music, jazz, film, television, and most other complex western musical genres. A large number of composers are proficient pianists—and because the piano keyboard offers an easy means of complex melodic and harmonic interplay—the piano is often used as a tool for composition.

Pianos were, and still are, popular instruments for private household ownership. Hence, pianos have gained a place in the popular consciousness, and are sometimes referred to by nicknames including: "the ivories", "the joanna", "the eighty-eight", "the black(s) and white(s)", and "the little joe(s)". Playing the piano is sometimes referred to as "tickling the ivories".


See also

piano bar

Unless indicated otherwise, the text in this article is either based on Wikipedia article "Keyboard instrument" or another language Wikipedia page thereof used under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License; or on research by Jahsonic and friends. See Art and Popular Culture's copyright notice.

Personal tools