What are the white keys on a synthesizer?
But what is a melody or melody line on a piano? How does a melody line come to be? What are the essential concepts of melody?
I’ll walk you through these topics one at a time.
What a keyboard is
A keyboard is a piece of instrumentation, typically made of a combination of a piano, keyboard (aka, keyboard machine), and an instrument’s keys.
In a live setting a piano is often placed with the instrument’s keys facing outwards like a harp or a saxophone.
So how does a piano come into being?
The piano was created for the purpose of making music — to play the notes that came out of a particular piano — and it eventually became a instrument.
Now there are different methods of making a piano and they all contain the same ingredients:
A piece of wooden and/or metal and/or plastic that has been cut in various configurations
A series of small keys that are attached to the keyboard or instrument
A large number of small keys that are attached to the keyboard or instrument (called “keys” in the technical sense)
All of this makes a piano.
How a piano is made
One of the main types of piano factories is the hand-built piano. In such a factory there are pieces of wood assembled by hand for each key that is to be played. In each case, the keys are then glued together with a thin layer of glue made of cement, wood glue, and/or paint. You can also purchase these custom key kits (from Piano Central). The kit generally includes the piano itself and a key-board that allows the player to switch between the two.
The wood is typically pre-shaped and then cut and shaped.
How keys are made
Keys are cut out by a lathe onto a piano’s keyboard in order to create the key shape. The key is then nailed onto the keyboard to be used as the key.
You may be curious what the difference is between the wood and the key shape, or how the wood and the key are joined. The wood used is usually treated with a wood filler so any glue or paint added to the wood won’t work! As a result, the wood becomes flexible. Thus, a piece of wood that’s been heated and then cooled to about 55 °C will still feel pretty much