The Application Of An Ergonomically Modified Keyboard To Reduce Piano-Related Pain

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Article discussing the application of an ergonomically modified keyboard to reduce piano-related pain.

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Creation Date: November 2009
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UNT College of Music
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Yoshimura, Eri

University of North Texas

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Chesky, Kris S.

University of North Texas

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Place of Publication: [Cincinnati, Ohio]
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  • Creation: November 2009
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Article discussing the application of an ergonomically modified keyboard to reduce piano-related pain.

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Abstract: The key width for the modern piano was established about 130 years ago. Before then, the key widths varied and were typically narrower than the modern piano as shown in Figure 1. During these early years it would have been normal for pianists to play and compose on different sizes of keyboards. In fact, technically challenging pieces written between 1750 and 1850 were probably composed using pianos with narrower keys underscoring Sakai's rationale as to why many modern pianists struggle with difficult piano techniques on a modern piano.1 Since the distance of an octave span became fixed around 1880, pianists have been dealing with the idea of a one-size-fits-all piano and the disappearance of optional key widths for the piano.

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7 p.

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Keyword(s): keyboards | pianos | music | piano-related pain
Source: Music Teachers National Association E-Journal, 2009, Cincinnati: Music Teachers National Association, pp. 2-13
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UNT College of Music
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UNT Scholarly Works
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  • ARK: ark:/67531/metadc84156
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Publication Title: Music Teachers National Association E-Journal
Page Start: 2
Page End: 13
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