How does a piano work?

A piano is a beautiful but complex instrument, I am talking about the weighted key type, not the plastic keys. meaning the sounds are not computer generated, as modern piano’s do have plastic type keys on timber frames here are a few videos that might help you to understand the intricate workings of them.

The complicated workings of a piano.

So as we can see, that beautiful instrument you like to sit at and play is indeed superbly intricate instrument.

Learning to play a piano

There are two different type of piano I refer too, the acoustic one, which has the strings in it on a massive metal board, which are struck by the hammer, or the electronic keyboard type, which fits into a smaller space, and delivers it sound via a speaker, and is computerized.

Here is the acoustic type which we are all familiar with.

Acoustic Piano

The acoustic piano has weighted keys, and a mechanism which moves a hammer and strikes the string. the strings which are wire, similar to a guitar, are tension-ed over a metal frame, and resonate, when the hammer strikes the string.

These types of piano’s are usually miked to get the sound out to a bigger audience.

Then we have the electronic variety, they can be weighted keys, for the feel, as they are electronic, and produce their sounds via various methods, including synthesizer, or actual memory banks which have the recorded sounds on chips

You will hear their sound via a built in speaker, or patch cable, to an external amplifier, or through a mixer.

Electronic keyboard.