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Uploaded: September 24, 2008
Artist: Dawn
Difficulty: Advanced  Advanced Skill Level
Steps: 6
Updated: September 24, 2008
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I am really excited about this next tutorial because it is going to be on another musical instrument. Today you will learn how to draw a piano. But before I show you how to tackle this drawing tutorial, let’s talk about the history of this beautiful sounding piece. First off the piano was created and invented by an Italian fellow named Bartolomeo Cristofori from Florence Italy. The very first piano’s birth date is not quite clear, but it is believed to be somewhere in the mid 1600’s. The name he gave his invention was called the “arcicembal che fa il piano e il forte” which was a harpsichord based invention called the pianoforte short for piano. A harpsichord was a musical instrument that was played with a keyboard very much like the piano. Bartolomeo Cristofori was a harpsichord maker and from that, he wanted to build something that carried a sweet harmonious melody with either a hard tone or a gentle tone. Before death, he was able to finish 20 versions of the pianoforte. Cristofori died in 1731 at the age of 75. Before he died his main goal was to modify the harpsichord while keeping the basic body design. What he was going for was to have the hammers strike the string and bounce back instead of bouncing violently, and lastly it must be possible to keep playing a note consistently while playing to carry a fast paced tune. From Bartolomeo Cristofori invention of the pianoforte later attracted other inventers that took the concept of what he created and made it better over the years. It was an article that was written and published by Scipione Maffei about the new invention that Cristofori built that got other inventers excited about this new musical concept. A fellow named Gottfried Silbermann who was an organ builder, took Cristofori’s design and created the forerunner of the damper pedal. What this did was allow the dampers to be lifted at once from all the strings. It was the organ builder that ran the improvement by Johann Sebastian Bach but unfortunately he did not approve of the modification until some time after. When the late 1800’s hit, piano making became more popular. Two women by the name of Nannette Stein and Johann Andreas Stein joined with a fellow named Anton Walter to build the first Viennese style piano. These types of pianos were built from wooden frames; two strings a note, and leather-covered hammers. The piano has produced beautiful music played and created by talented artist and musicians like Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig van Beethoven. This tutorial is going to show you how to draw a piano step by step. I hope that you enjoyed this brief description on the piano and I also hope that you enjoy this drawing tutorial on one of the world’s most important musical inventions ever created.

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