strange request? Piano!

Hi all, My son is learning the piano, however at present he cannot read music, wondered if there was a way to keep him interested, thought perhaps trying to get my hands on music but in the form of G C B etc but don`t quite know what I am looking for? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks for reading!!

Question by ecokeera 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Homemade player piano

So I got two pianos for free, one in great condidtion other than being out of tune and having a stiff action, and the other, a player, having a badly cracked soundboard and pinblock.  I salvaged the player pneumatics and bellows from the player and managed to mount it upon the other piano.  On each note bellows there were rods that pushed on levers to trip the action of the player piano.  On this one, these levers are about a foot and a half above the bottom of the action, because it is a console piano (shorter).  I've tried linking the bellows to the keys with hooks (which didn't work, it just pulled the keys off the center pivot point) and directly to the action, on the bridle strap hook.  I've tried different strings and two different gauges of wire, but they always seems to stretch, untie or to come unhooked whenever a note is triggered with the player, or with the keys.  If anyone has ideas on how to link the player mechanism to the piano action, any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

Topic by SamDavisson 1 year ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

Piano Stairs/Floor

Hi all! Just saw the infamous "piano stairs" video by Mitsubishi (see below), and I couldn't help but think there would be a relatively easy way to do this yourself without a ridiculous budget. Any ideas on how this could be done? I thought some sort of infrared sensor would be cheaper than a pressure sensor like in the video, and could be connected to a computer or device with speakers, or maybe a speaker for every stair with a simple circuit. Then again, I haven't a clue about anything DIY. Any ideas? Thanks!

Topic by genericguy 9 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

how do I remove and replace piano hammers? Answered

Question by jackrobinson39 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Would it be better to learn how to play piano first or to learn how to read sheet music?

So like this is the third question i have submitted.I can play piano (but only by sound and not very good) but i dont know how to read sheet music. Would it be better to learn how to read the music first? or would it be better to learn how to play piano first?. Thanks for ur time... - Cherish P.S It would take approximately 65 seconds to read this entire entree....

Question by babieCherish 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Free Piano Sheet Music?

Does anyone know of a website that provides free printable sheet music. I'm interested in modern music. Alors on danse Stereolove Scars (Papa Roach) Don't stop believing  (Journey)    and others

Question by weasel999 7 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

do we find music sheets for playing the piano here like songs written for piano etc.?

Simple easy to play music for piano

Question by mpcross 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Any good songs to play on piano?

This is gonna be my last question for a while cuz i ask too many.... anyways i need a god song to learn on piano.  difficulty doesn't really matter as long as its not like twinkle twinkle little star or anything like that 

Question by andieXcandie 9 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

How does the electronic piano work ?

Hi everyone ..  I have done this circuit last week with my friends  but I still couldn't understand the concept of how it's work I just need a few and simple line to get it  because when I read some data sheet about it I got confused >_< please help me  this is the circuit what I've used

Question by CSE251 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How to make a graphite arduino piano?

Hey frnds! I got inspired by this project:      and a new project came in my mind which will use arduino but i'm not good at programming. As in the above mentioned project the graphite worked as a variable resistor. Is there a way to use this resistor with arduino to play different tones at different resistivity from the "pitches.h library". I know there can be. So plz if anyone know kindly give the program.

Question by 1101Snehil 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

DIY Mandolin Rail for Tack Piano effect?

I've seen several videos in YouTube for pianos that have Mandolin Rails. These devices are felt strips attached to a metal "rail" that can be swung in and out of place to give a normal sounding upright piano a ragtime sound. They look pretty simple to make, but I have not found any webpages with instructions on how to build one. Anybody have any input? Most of the materials look like they would be readily available, except for the 88 metal tabs that go at the end of each felt tab. I found a website that sells the tabs pretty cheap  Here are a couple of YouTube videos that show Mandolin Rails in action:;=player_detailpage

Topic by jim5150jvc 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Can someone please work out the piano chords/ melody for this song....... Please?

The song is called Cheer me up. It was originally recorded by Natasha Bedingfield, but I prefer Victoria Justice's version...... here is a link..... -That is the piano version but there is only 1 minute of it....  Here is  the studio version... Please  help me I am rubbish at working out songs and the chords are NO-WHERE!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx   :{)

Question by MajorMonogram12 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

how to play jazz chords?

 I'm  play the piano, and I want to improve my skills. I've mostly learned classical music, but I can play regular pop music too. I've taken piano lessons for 10 years so I know the technical stuff. But I'd really like to learn how to play jazz chords or at least learn some basics on how to play songs in a jazz style.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

more things to do with chords on the piano?

Question by peaceplus 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

what's 8r speaker in electronic piano ..?

Question by CSE251 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How can I connect USB (for computer keyboard) to MIDI piano so, say, the letter z plays the note C1?

 I want to assign the keys of the computer to the notes on a piano keyboard, MIDI or otherwise. How to do it? When I press a piano key, a chosen letter of the keyboard is activated. I have computer keys assigned to play musical notes. I want to drive that software with a piano keyboard.

Question by bzork1 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

"speaking piano" reciting the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court

A "speaking piano" reciting the Proclamation of the European Environmental Criminal Court at World Venice Forum 2009. Austrian composer Peter Ablinger transferred the frequency spectrom of the childs voice to his computer controlled mechanical piano. (translated from German) Peter Ablinger: I break down this phonography, meaning a recording of something the voice, in this case -, in individual pixels, one can say. And if I have the possibility of a rendering in a fairly high resolution (and that I only get with a mechanical piano), then I in fact restore some kind of continuity. Therefore, with a little practice, or help or subtitling, we actually can hear a human voice in a piano sound. link: youtube

Topic by mikeasaurus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Would mounting a TV inside a piano damage the TV?

We have an upright piano, and we don't have a good place to put our flatscreen. My thought is to put the flatscreen inside the piano. I have measured for clearance and it fits quite neatly. My only concern is if the vibrations from the piano will somehow damage the TV's electronics. On the one hand, the TV has speakers and generates a dynamic range of sound and volume and does just fine. The TV can get louder than we ever play the piano. On the other hand, the piano sounds are fuller and maybe vibrate more than the speakers in the TV do. More details: The vertical board behind and under the keyboard has a latch that is opened so that the board pivots down and forward.  The TV would go inside the space behind this board. It would make the TV close to the ground, but it would be more convenient than the current location. The space in the piano has a depth of about 6 inches. I would install a piece of 3/4 inch ply across the back to mount the TV to. It would be right in front and possibly touching  the sound board and the bass bridge. The TV is 4.5 inches deep at the deepest point. I am sure that the construction is feasible and well within my abilities. I am unsure of any danger to the TV from such a setup. Any insights, references or suggestions are well appreciated.  Thank you, Michael Moore

Topic by stuporglue 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

What to do with the cover and little front part of a vertical piano?... ANY IDEAS'????

Hi I tghought that to find an old vertical piano keyboard cover on on the streets of a big city, happens just once in your lifetime ( or never -more probbable-) . So I brought it to my place with the Idea of doing something... What??...that´s my question to you guys! .... Thanks in advance ! cheers. Martin

Question by martingudell 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

PIANO KEY TIE: How could i go about making a piano key tie that actually has keys that play?

So i'm trying to figure out how to make a "piano key tie" that has actual keys that i can play. I want to make this look like a tie so there wouldn't be a whole lot of keys and the keys would be different shapes/ lengths, etc. I want it to be thin and lightweight if possible. The end would be just fabric i'm assuming so it could still be worn around the neck. any ideas are helpful, thanks so much!

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

PIANO KEY TIE: How could i go about making a piano key tie that actually has keys that play?

So i'm trying to figure out how to make a "piano key tie" that has actual keys that i can play. Of course There wouldn't be a whole lot of keys and I want to make this look like a tie so the keys would be different shapes/lengths, etc. I want it to be thin and lightweight if possible. The end would be just fabric i'm assuming so it could still be worn around the neck. any ideas are helpful, thanks so much!

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

how do you play a piano song on the guitar?

If you listen old school hip hop and u heard of Boogie Down Productions their song called the bridge is over is played on the piano. i would like 2 learn how to play it on the guitar.

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Building a Small Giant Piano? Can i just wire switches to the key contacts on a electronic keyboard?

Im thinking a wooden frame with Lexan keys ...When stepped on Lexan flexs and depresses a switch underneath. Ive researched RasberryPI and other things of this nature ...but couldnt I just wire the switches into a keyboard... replacing what happens when you press a key? Its for an exhibit for kids.....this thing is going to get serious punishment! I need simple and reliable.

Question by Exhibits Guy 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Does any one know how to play &quot;Organ Donor&quot; on the piano by DJ Shadow?

i cant seem to find any sheet music for the song, but would love to play it! D:? i've got the main theme so far c# g# f# g# e# f# d# e# c# c# g# g# f# f# g# g# e# e# f# f# d# d# e# e#

Question by HaTOkaD 9 years ago

Song name?

What us the piano song when homer is having his flashback when he is falling off the bridge?

Question by XOIIO 9 years ago

My cat's favorite pianist ...

The other day, my cat, Comedy, discovered the cursor on my screen ... She found it quite amusing.Today, as she wanted to sit on my keyboard to have a better view of this moving white thing, I got the idea to show her some pictures of cats.She probably did not even recognize a cat ... instead, she was focusing on a little flash animation, on the same page.So, I got the idea to show her some videos. She found it interesting, but not that much.Then, I shown her Nora's video.In case you don't know who's Nora : she is a cat that plays piano. has never been so captivated !I think she recognized it was a cat, because she was slowly approaching like for hunting, and she was waving her tail.Then, when the video ended, she started to look behind the screen ...Finally, she watched the second video with a lot of attention, like wondering what was doing this other cat, and she ended on my keyboard (again) trying to enter into the screen to join the pianist cat ...

Topic by chooseausername 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago

does someone have the music from halo 3 for piano and guitar?

I would like the music from halo 3 for my brother and I. he plays guitar and i will be playing piano

Question by sev17 9 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

VU LED Rhodes Piano Project

Hello all, I have a Rhodes Stage Piano (see pic), a classic 1973 workhorse. Like a guitar, the output is driven by pick-ups, and is not amplified. I would like to attach an LED VU display like you'd find on a home stereo or casstte deck. The output is controled by a potentiometer. What I'd like to do is embed LED's in plexiglass, or some other material, and have them stretch across the back of the Rhodes. (See very crude example I dummied up). The idea is that the LED's respond to the output of the piano, the loudest triggering the red LED's, which can be absoutely meaningless in real-world terms, just a visual. They also don't have to be those exact colors, but it would be nice. Can I use the LED Kit, cut the leads, add more lights and run little wires to the rear, or should I start over? I have loads of 12 volt DC transformers I can use. I also have some analog dial (needle) VU's that would be cool to add to each end, also. The Rhodes is Mono, and I believe they sell a Mono kit, too. This is the toy store.....nothing serious, just a thought. I don't mind admitting that: 1. I'm a total noob 2. I am almost clueless when it comes to electronics, but I can use a soldering iron and follow directions. All comments and suggestions welcome. I've already admitted to being not so bright so............ Thank you, rhodesdude

Topic by rhodesdude 11 years ago

Flexible PCB rewiring

Hi,     I'm working on a project where I want to strip a 'roll up piano' down and take the rubber keyboard innards which feed into the electronic sound unit and get rid of the floppy rubber roll up piano keyboard and replace it with a standard PC qwerty keyboad. I got used to using a qwerty keyboard for playing tunes already and want tomake one that is stand alone that I don't need to connect to the PC to play music with. That means I need to take all the connections that you can see in the photos I uploaded and re connected each one to a key on the keyboard.  First of all, I don't know if pressing the rubber key on the roll up keyboad 'completes a circuit' and therefore prompts the electronic unit at the end of it to play the sound or if it 'breaks the circuit'. These units have two flexible pcb sheets as you an see in the second photo so when the rubber key is pressed they touch (although they all seem to be pretty much touching anyway). In an old casio solid keyboard I have there is a hard pcb and the piano keys touch a small rubber disk (much like is what under qwerty keys) to the pcb.   would it be better for me to take a razor and painstakingly slice up the flexible plastic which the pcb is printed on then lead them to the innards of the qwerty keyboard I'm going to modify or would it be better for me to just chop the flexible pcb off and use some kind of very thin coppe wire to feed dirctly into the unit and to the underside of the qwerty keys?   Any guidence would be appreciated.    

Topic by poita 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

We need a music contest!!!

I think that we need some kind of contest involving music! Instructables has had contests for photography, robotics, baking, biking, yo-yoing, and many others... so why hasn't there been one about music? There are many aspiring musicians here of Instructables and I think that we need our time to shine. That's my two cents.

Topic by sk8bordgeek 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

How do I make a piano like the one in "Big" and can I also make it light up?

 Building it for a musical

Question by michaelholl 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Detect finger movements while playing a piano?

I'm planning on generating the sheet music automatically while playing  a piano. However i need to first find a method to differentiate the notes played by the left hand from the right hand. My lecturer suggested i find out the points in the wrist where pressure is exerted when each finger is flexed (left hand). Is there a way to do this simply? Or are there any products, such as wristbands with in-built sensors to sense when a finger is flexed? I only need to know how many fingers of my left hand are used at a particular moment while playing.

Question by MissyJJ 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

Music - Mr Pitiful

HELP I really wanna learn how to play Mr Pitiful by Matt Costa on piano but I cant find the score online and I cant work it out. can people plz post links to the score or sumthing thanks

Topic by ti112 11 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Vocoder on the Behringer virtualizer pro?

Hey i have the Virtualizer Pro by Behringer and it says it has vocoder and i just can't figure out how that there any setup or anything to get it to work? i know what a vocoder is and how it works but this is just plain not working? thank you.

Question by ski4jesus 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

What do these symbols mean on the music staff? Answered

I am wondering what the five flat signs mean, I think it means b-flat minor, but i don't know what to do. Gratias agimus tibi, josh1324

Question by josh1324 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Transcribing songs

Can I enter something liketaking an existing song and transcribing it for another instrument (eg, piano)?

Topic by DuctTapeRules! 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Anyone made an Mbira?

I've been wanting some advice on how to go about making my own Mbira. Any ideas?

Question by telecaster86 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How difficult would it be for a former piano player to learn pedal steel guitar? Answered

I don't live in that 'neck of the woods' where pedal steel guitars are popular, but have always loved the sound, country western in particular. I've played some rhythm guitar years ago. How difficult is it to learn pedal steel guitar? I'm looking for a 'for instance' here as it's a personal commitment & takes practice, but that's no problem for me. Thank you.

Question by atcz 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Anyone else want to deconstruct songs into layers they can mix and mash?

With all the technologies available today does anyone know of an all encompassing program that can break down songs into layers? Like the layers used to make the master recording. So you can create your own mash ups? Say I want the guitar riff from AC/DC and a trumpet "layer" from Dizzy Gillespie. Thanks-  Yellowshades

Question by yellowshades 6 years ago

what is this electronical component i have found?

I've found a blue thing in an old electric piano it has two legs written on it 10nJ+   -100V

Question by top.boy 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

What is your favorite album cover?

For me there is no question,  REO Speedwagon  "You can tune a piano but you can't Tuna Fish" 

Topic by onrust 7 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Calculating notes of twanged strips Answered

Consider a twanged metal ruler, or the "keys" of a thumb piano (kalimba)... I'm in the middle of designing A Thing, and I am sure that there ought to be a way of calculating the note produced when you twang the end of a strip of metal. Assuming I know the Young's modulus, length, width & thickness of a strip of metal (rectangular cross-section), is there a formula into which I can plug these numbers and predict the note produced? Or are there other properties I need to know?

Question by Kiteman 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

What type of metal would work best to make the piano (piano?) in music boxes? Answered

 I have been wanting to make a music box in large scale.  The music box I am referring to is a mechanism that when a crank is turned, a metal cylinder attached to the crank revolves.  Attached to the cylinder are metal teeth, which pluck a piece of slotted metal, like in the picture below (which I will be referring to as the piano, because I have no idea what term is actually used to describe it).  Usually these can be found in bookshops, and commonly play "somewhere over the rainbow".   As I mentioned, I want to construct one on a larger scale.  The problem is, I do not know what to make the "piano" with.  I tried an old tin lacquer can, but the metal proved to be too flimsy to produce the sound required.  Then again, I don't want something too hard to where it cannot be plucked.  Which type of metal would be best suited? In my previous attempt, I just scaled the image below, traced and cut it out.  Is there something that I'm missing, or is it just the metal? I have been running dry on Google, and can barely produce any images of the item I am looking for.

Question by Doctor What 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Laser keyboard

A scanning laser can be mounted on a pad together with a low resolution camera.  With these, an image of different types of keyboard for typing, piano playing, gaming, finger writing can be programmed for user interaction.

Topic by oobi07 8 years ago

power supply for amp? Answered

Hello!! i built a LM386 amp recently, and i am attempting to build a power supply for it...which is a challenge. so do i have to use a regulator or what? im new to voltage from the wall, i usually build them with batteries, so im new to it. do you think you could post a setup for amps like that that? thank you for your time)) 

Question by ski4jesus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

CTK-4000 and computer?

I have a computer with really soft speakers that are up all the way and i want to play all of the sound from my computer out of my ctk-5000 keyboard, how could i do so?

Question by smattman22 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Synthesizer mod? Answered

My current Synthesizer has a very jumpy volume control, it has buttons, so it is either very loud or very quiet, And i need a smooth volume control. during one of my youth groups worship session, i was on synth and it went from quiet to loud WAY too quickly. so i would like to build a volume pot to output...but i dont know what the perfect requirements and setups are....any help on this?

Question by ski4jesus 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How do I determine the scan matrix of my piano keyboard?

Hi, I am trying to convert my old shitty keyboard into a midi controller by following the instructable by Evan Kale; but when connecting two wires of the ribbon to my multimeter, which is set to continuity mode (as seen at 1:30 of the video in link above), there is no response from the multimeter when pressing the keys in order to determine the scan matrix. Am I doing something wrong? Please help!!!

Question by hbade 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago