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#beginquote# von_runkel: Last night we had an (silly) argument about this two-side nature of the piano (grand or whatever), the techniques to make the srings vibrate - is it a percussion instrument or is it a string instrument? In my opinion it is definevily a percussion instrument. Remember where the grand piano is placed during a "non piano solo concert" (if you see what I mean.)Isn't the piano placed rather closed to the rythm section?, I have never seen a comp-pianist during a serious concert sitting in the lap of the strings (either at the bass, violins, cellos or violas. Only because it is wired with steel? string it doues's make it as a candidate for beeing a string instrumment. Its the hammer thar sets the string in vibration, and the hammer in the percussionivist part of the sound. If you take, for example, a marimba.Is it a percussion instrument. Yes, we say, but what happens when the marinba woodblocks eventually worn out and you replace them with heavy duty steel (to get the correct sound and tension. Sooner or later we end up with a steel marimba, which works like a piano but instead of pushing buttons, you hit the steelgrid with your padded sticks. What's the difference, is a grand piano considered as a percussive or string instrument? Well I can agree with you here somewhat: ell, the sound is made by a hammer thing striking the strings. It can be considered a string instrument because it has strings. But it's more widely classified as percussion because of the striking. Percussion is classified as anything being striken. >So, that's why it can be both. Sorry I disagree, cause if an instrument have strings on (in) it - is it per automatic an string instrument?? #endquote#
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