The best instrument in the world. Best played with Chopin or Grieg. Most fun to play with candles burning while it's storming outside.
The girl practiced piano for hours on end for fun.
by Alex September 2, 2003
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A musical instrument that can be classified as both a percussion and string instrument. Has its roots in the middle ages, and many of the most famous songs ever written are either played solely upon this instrument, or feature it among others. Played by a skillful musician, it creates some of the most beautiful music in existence. Like almost all string instruments, it is difficult to learn to play well, and played incorrectly it is one of the most excruciating musical experiences available (although thankfully not as bad as a poorly played violin). Probably the most popular string instrument next to the guitar.
Playing guitar well gets you laid. Playing piano well (especially grand piano) gets you furious sex on top of it. And in every other room of your residence.
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1. Latin for soft
2. A musical instrument
2. Full name for the musical instrument the Piano is Piano Forté, directly meaning Soft Strong as a Piano plays both tones.
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The only musical instrument that can be sorted into the strings or percussion group.
And also the reason why I can't play in an orchestra (unless by invitation). They can't decide whether to put this damn thing into the strings or the percussion.
by Cyndane January 15, 2005
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A piano is a musical instruments which uses felt hammers to strike the steel strings then immediately rebound allowing the strings to rebound.

It has a damper pedal which lifts up little mechanisms that allow the strings to vibrate longer, if the mechanisms are let down again. it stops the vibrations half way down the string giving a shorter tone.
The piano is widely used in Western music for solo performance, ensemble use, chamber music, and accompaniment. It is also very popular as an aid to composing and rehearsal. Although not portable and often expensive, the piano's versatility and ubiquity have made it one of the most familiar musical instruments. It is sometimes classified as both a percussion and a stringed instrument. According to the Hornbostel-Sachs method of music classification, it is grouped with Chordophones.

The word piano is a shortened form of the word pianoforte, which is seldom used except in formal language and derived from the original Italian name for the instrument, clavicembalo or gravicembalo col piano e forte (literally harpsichord with soft and loud). This refers to the instrument's responsiveness to keyboard touch, which allows the pianist to produce notes at different dynamic levels by controlling the speed with which the hammers hit the strings.

The early version of the piano was a harpsichord which uses white keys for sharps and flats, and black keys for the white keys.

Concert pianists require lots of training but once they are ready. They can play any piece of music put in front of him/her

I am a grade 5 pianist and it took some time to achieve this grade.
Fryderyk Chopin and Scott Joplin are great pianists in which made some incredibly fast pieces of music for the piano!

Scott- The Entertainer Rag
Chopin- Op166
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1. a percussion instrument which consists of keys that hammer onto the internatl string to produce a sound. The keys are usually balck and white.

2. an instument i compose on and make music.
1. Rachmaninov is probably the greatest pianist ever.

2. I have fun performing on the piano for others.
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