Get to know your piano!

-The piano was invented in 1698 in Italy by Bartolomeo Cristofori.

-There are over 12,000 parts in a piano, 10,000 of which are moving!

-There are 230 strings inside a typical piano.  18 tons of pressure are being exerted by the stretched steel piano strings.

-The right pedal is the sustaining or damper pedal.  It raises all of the dampers at once allowing the notes to continue sounding after the keys are released.

-The left pedal is a soft pedal, usually known as an una corda pedal.  This pedal shifts the key action sideways causing treble hammers to hit only two strings instead of three.

-The middle pedal is known as the sostenuto pedal.  It sustains only those notes which are depressed prior to and while holding the pedal down.

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