"If I were not a Physicist, I would probably be a Musician. I often think in Music.
I live my daydreams in Music. I see my life in terms of Music." - Albert Einstein
The Piano is one of the most popular musical instruments in the world.
It is used in many styles of music, from pop to classical to jazz, as a solo instrument, or as part of a band or orchestra. The Piano is generally called a keyboard instrument, because the Keys (black & white) are placed on a board similar to other keyboard instruments, such as Organ, Harpsichord, Clavichord, Electronic Keyboard and Synthesizers. The first Piano was built in 1964 replacing the harpsichord. The Piano’s name comes from the Italian word Pianoforte, which means ‘Soft and Loud’, as the performer control the volume of the sound while performance to soft and loud.
The Piano has the widest range of notes of any instruments, covering more than seven octaves. Playing the Piano often inwards the use of ten fingers and sometimes both the feet.
There are two main types of traditional Pianos, the Grand Piano and the Upright Piano, electronic Pianos are getting popular nowadays, as few brands are exploring the best possibilities to sound similar to the acoustic Piano’s, but cheaper than the traditional once.
Because of its versatility, the Piano is also known as The King of Instruments.
Electronic / Digital Keyboard, is a modern electronic musical instrument of the Keyboard Family. Broadly speaking, the term electronic keyboard or just keyboard mostly refers to any type of digital keyboard instrument. These include the Synthesizer, Digital Pianos, Electronic Organ and Music Work Stations.
In true musical terminology, an electronic keyboard is a special synthesizer equipped with in-built speakers and capable of recreating a wide range of instrumental sounds with less complex sound synthesis.
Electronic Keyboards are usually dedicated for home and non-professional users than synthesizers, which are used for music productions as well as large indoor and outdoor performances.
Keyboards adapts well for the children and the beginners of music, as the instrument helps to sustain the interest with all the built in features like, Auto Accompaniment, Various Rhythm, various instruments, Metronome, touch – sensitivity, Spilt point, and many more to choose from.
The Digital Keyboard also enables their users to take advantage of the Musical Instruments Digital Interface (MIDI), which means they can communicate, control, and synchronize with other electronic musical instruments, computer and related equipments.
The most popular string instrument makes music from vibrating the strings, to a tuneful melody, to chordal accompaniment to a complex harmony. The strings are plucked by finger and finger nails, or by a soft pick made of thin plastic called ‘Plectrum’. The predecessor of guitar, the Lute has been used for many years in many countries and in many different time periods. Guitar has been very popular because they are light to carry from place to place, and well adapt to all cultures besides giving a ‘COOL LOOK’ as quoted by young modern performers. Guitars are used for many types of music from classical to rock, jazz to pop, gospel to secular gatherings, performing as solos or part of a band, and ensembles.
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Singing/Vocal Music, where Voice becomes a musical instrument, and one or more singers perform music (arias, recitatives, choir, etc.) with or without instrumental accompaniment.
Vocal Music is probably the oldest form of Music, as it forms an integral part to all countries and culture, both religious and secular. The earliest written examples date from the 10th century, prior to which music was transmitted principally by oral tradition. There are a range of different singing styles, including Art Music styles such as Operas, Religious Music styles such as Gospel, Traditional Music styles such as Country and Folk, to Jazz, Blues, and Pop & Rock.
As the popularity of group singing grows, science has been hard at work trying to explain why it has such a calming yet energizing effect on people. What researchers are beginning to discover is that singing is like an infusion of the perfect tranquilizer, the kind that both soothes your nerves and elevates your spirits. It turns out that, you don’t even have to be a good singer to reap the rewards.
The Violin/Fiddle, a four stringed instrument mostly played with the bow. It is popular in many countries, cultures and music styles, especially being the most integral part of a symphony orchestra. The Violin is the highest pitched instrument of the chordophone family of instruments, i.e. the strings are either plucked or played with the bow.
The modern Violin has gone through a lot of modification since, 400 AD. Famous Violin makers, the Amati family were pivotal in establishing the basic proportions of the Violin in comparing to viola, cello and the double bass. The true mission of the Violin is to imitate the accents of the human voice, with its aesthetic and captivating sound, that has earned for the Violin the glory of being the Queen of instruments.