Grade 4 – Piano

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
mano hand
Spread the notes of a chord quickly, starting from the bottom, in order, to the top