Is piano also percussion?

Discussion in 'Percussion' started by edevries, Nov 17, 2002.

  1. edevries

    edevries New Member

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    Hi, is the piano also considered a percussion instrument here?
    I don't see anything dedicated to the piano (well maybe keyboards could be allowed too ;) ) around here...
  2. Gator

    Gator New Member

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    I vote that piano is a percussion instrument since the sound is produced by striking the instrument. Granted the sound is produced indirectly, but I still think it fits the same as xylophones and marimbas.
  3. BOOsTER

    BOOsTER New Member

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    Yea I agree that Piano is also percussion, but mostly people speak here about drum setups and so on...

    but anyway I vote that Piano is also percussion...
  4. ct99z

    ct99z New Member

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    yes it is
  5. keyboard_player

    keyboard_player New Member

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    i think it is, you have to hit the keys to create music. So, yes :D
  6. st975

    st975 New Member

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    I don't think it is - it has strings, so technically it's a string instrument. There are some pieces written which require you to hit the thing on the leg or top, which would then put it into the category of percussion.
  7. DruMajor

    DruMajor New Member

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    The webster's dictionary referes to the piano as a purcussion instrument. It is the striking of an object that results in a sound that makes it that of a purcussion instrument.

    .. so now you're a purcussionist!
  8. mark86w

    mark86w New Member

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    i dont play piano
  9. wdbnndhshd

    wdbnndhshd New Member

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    I think piano is mostly considered as strings...
  10. ds-south

    ds-south New Member

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    IE.. a grand piano does fall into the strings / percussion category... but a keyboard is nither... why? because percussion intrumentsd are considered to be non electric instruments. and electric guitar is not percussion nor is electric drums....

    here are some categories:
    Brass
    Strings
    Percussion

    Dont know if bass is one?
  11. Zandro

    Zandro New Member

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    Here are the categories used in MIDI:
    Code:
    1-8 Piano 
    9-16 Chromatic Percussion 
    17-24 Organ 
    25-32 Guitar 
    33-40 Bass 
    41-48 Strings 
    49-56 Ensemble 
    57-64 Brass 
    65-72 Reed 
    73-80 Pipe 
    81-88 Synth Lead 
    89-96 Synth Pad 
    97-104 Synth Effects 
    105-112 Ethnic 
    113-120 Percussive 
    121-128 Sound Effects
    
  12. Grafteran

    Grafteran New Member

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    I agree: the piano is a percussion instrument. Have you ever tried to do more with the piano than just 'play' it? I'm currently 'using' the piano to accompany a impro-theater group, and can get all kinds of sounds out of it!
  13. axhawk

    axhawk New Member

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    the RMPA(rocky mountain percussion association) that runs the winter drumline competitions in colorado considers it percussive. The RMPA allows only perussive instrumentation in winter drumline competitions, and piano is an allowed instrument. I agree with them and gator that since the sound is produce by striking the string with the hammer, it should be considered percussive.
  14. prax

    prax New Member

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    yea, i would say piano is percussion.
  15. Graeme

    Graeme New Member

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    Technically, the piano belongs to the family of 'tuned percussion' instruments - along with the xylophone, vibraphone, etc.
  16. Nemmy700

    Nemmy700 New Member

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    i used to think so, but now i consider piano an keyboard instrument... that description seems more fitting
  17. Black_Kat

    Black_Kat Horny Hornist

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    Yes...you hit it and can create a rhythm as well as a melody... At least I think so... My life really is a lie, isn't it!?!?
  18. apricots

    apricots New Member

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    well,i'll say piano is not percussion .... I say it string..well not sure..lol ...
  19. OzWTF

    OzWTF New Member

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    I'd have thought that a piano was more of a cross between strings (note the similarity of a grand piano shape to a harp) and a percussion instrument
  20. Wantless

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    The piano is in the category of percussion because it strikes something in order to make a sound. Upright or grand, it doesn't matter. Electric Keyboards, electric drums, etc. are in the electronics category. There are now 5 categories of instruments:

    Strings
    Woodwinds
    Brass
    Percussion
    Electronic

    Electronic was added recently because of the rise in electronic instruments.

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