What is a Grand Piano, you ask?
Basically, it’s bigger than a baby grand piano. It provides more sound and more volume because it will measure up to at least six feet and as I mentioned earlier, it has better tone and more projection. So the Grand Piano displays well in a very large room.
In upright pianos the strings run vertically (up and down) and are shorter than on grand pianos. They sound softer and are not as big: almost 5 feet wide and between 3 and 5 feet tall.
I can take mine apart and see the action of the hammers flying by horizontally to hit a string. Uprights are designed to fit up against the wall thus creating an indirect sound.
The difference between an upright and grand is mainly due to the action. Uprights have a horizontal action, while Grand pianos have a vertical action.
Cristofori built an early piano in 1726 called pianoforte, later to be named the “piano.” It may be noted that I wrote about him in an earlier intel. Indeed, he was a good guy in music history.
It’s true that pianos are placed into 4 groups or classifications according to their size:
An interesting side note is that many shapes and sizes of pianos are no longer made today. But an early type of upright piano was called a “birdcage piano”, suggesting that its dampers were like a birdcage.
As you have read in the news lately, a piano played by the Beatles, Pink Floyd and other popular bands sold for 150,000 pounds ($29,000.00) in an auction in Britain.
They say the piano had been used and abused, covered with coffee stains and cigarette burns. But the Beatles did regularly use the piano and recorded certain songs like Paperback Writer and Tomorrow Never Knows using this piano. It still plays well and sounds great.
I’ll admit that I haven’t seen a piano decorated with a water theme but you’ll find one at Fitton Center for creative arts in Hamilton, Ohio.
It is really no surprise that many pianos are decorated in honor of Liberace.
If you are planning to go to NYC, you might see brightly painted upright pianos on the street of NYC in the summertime.
You can add a personal touch to any room in your home that houses any type of piano or you can literally paint, stain or just leave your piano alone in its original condition.
Adding a mirror adds a certain amount of class to any room. Placing one above a spinet or an upright piano adds an elegant touch and makes the room seem a bit larger.
Another idea to consider is using several sconces directly over your piano on a small wall for added height and great detail.
Of course having framed music and your favorite wall art is a classic decorative element, too. It is one that I have used many times and have changed on numerous occasions in my music studio.
I like to think that no matter the size or look of ones magnificent musical instrument, the piano will look great in any room. I have no doubt that the piano will be played for many years for your own enjoyment, especially around holiday time, everyone loves to hear the piano.
Tomorrow Never Knows
This is a song from the Album Revolver by the Beatles. The composers of this song are Lennon & Paul McCartney.
C Turn off your mind relax and float downstream Bb C It is not dying It is not dying Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void Bb C It is shining It is shining That you may see the meaning of within Bb C It is being It is being That love is all and love is everyone Bb C It is knowing It is knowing That ignorance and haste may mourn the dead Bb C It is believing It is believing But listen to the colour of your dream Bb C It is not living It is not living Or play the game of existence to the end Bb C Bb C Of the beginning Of the beginning Of the beginning Of the beginning
The Beatles--Paperback Writer N/C Pa - per - back wri - ter, pa - per - back wri - ter, G7 Dear Sir or Mad-am will you read my book? G7 It took me years to write will you take a look? G7 It's based on a nov-el by a man named Lear G7 C and I need a job so I want to be a pa-per-back writ - er G7 pa - per - back writ - er. G7 It's the dir-ty sto-ry of a dirt-y man and his cling-ing wife G7 does-n't un-der-stand. His son is work - ing for the dai-ly Mail G7 C It's a stead-y job but he wants to be a pa-per-back writ-er G7 pa - per-back writ - er. G7 It's a thousand pag-es give or take a few, I'll be writ-ing more G7 in a week or two. I can make long-er if you like the style, G7 C I can change it round and I want to be a pa-per-back writ - er G7 pa - per-back writ - er. G7 If you real - ly like it you can have the rights, G7 it could make a mil - lion for you o-ver-night. G7 If you must re - turn it you can send it here, G7 C But I need a break and I want to be a pa-per-back writ - er G7 pa - per-back writ - er. N/C --------------------------------| Pa - per-back writ - er pa-per-back writ - er G7-----Repeat and fade---------| Pa - per- back writ - er
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