The piano is a large stringed instrument that produces sound when small wooden hammers strike a series of strings contained within the piano cabinet. The cabinet or exterior of a piano is made of hardwood and this makes up the main structure of the piano. The mechanical part of the piano is made up of the keys, hammers and strings that exist within the piano itself. When a key is pressed on the piano keyboard, a small hammer hits a string that vibrates and sound is produced by the soundboard.
A piano can become out of tune when a string stretches overtime and no longer produces the correct note. The weather and relative humidity impact how quickly a piano becomes out of tune. Modern pianos usually need to be tuned 2-3 times per year. One great advantage of Virtual Piano, is that the notes are never out of tune!
The modern piano was invented in the early 18th Century by Bartolomeo Cristofori, an Italian harpsichord maker from Florence. The instruments were first known as a 'fortepiano.' The name highlighted their ability to be played at differing volumes, as 'piano' means soft and 'forte' means loud in Italian. This was a new and exciting quality as the piano's predecessor, the Harpsichord could only be played at one volume.
Most modern pianos have 88 keys. These are made up of 52 white keys (C, D, E, F, G, A and B) and 36 black keys. Pianos of all kinds regularly feature a soft pedal and a sustain pedal. The sustain pedal or damper pedal raises the piano dampers from the keys, making each note sound longer. The soften pedal changes the way the hammer strikes the string and decreases the depth of sound or softens it. Virtual Piano has a sustain function that can be decreased down to a maximum of -10. In an extension of the tradition of 'Player Pianos' Virtual Piano has a self playing mode that does not require the user to play it themselves. The first Player Pianos were introduced to the market in the late 19th century as entertainment pieces for the home.
Learn to play the piano in less than one minute, anywhere, anytime. You can use your computer, tablet or even mobile device.
Anyone can experience the Classical Piano through Virtual Piano. You don’t need to be able to read music or to have played the Piano before. Virtual Piano music sheets contain letters that correspond to the keys from a QWERTY keyboard. So it’s quick and simple to pick up. You can enjoy playing the piano instantly - anywhere, anytime.