The piano is often wrongly identified as a member of the string family – this is incorrect. As the sound from a piano is created by a hammer hitting the strings it is a percussion instrument (or chordophone, to give it its technical name).
The piano has a range of instrument-specific instructions. These include:
|una corda||Press the left pedal|
|tre corde||Release the left pedal|
|Press the right pedal|
|Release the right pedal|
|Press the right pedal at the letter ‘P’ and release the pedal at the end of the bracket|
|Spread the notes of a chord quickly, starting from the bottom, in order, to the top|