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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Yoshimura, Eri & Chesky, Kris S. November 2009.

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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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  • Music Teachers National Association E-Journal, 2009, Cincinnati: Music Teachers National Association, pp. 2-13

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  • Publication Title: Music Teachers National Association E-Journal
  • Page Start: 2
  • Page End: 13
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Yoshimura, Eri & Chesky, Kris S. The Application Of An Ergonomically Modified Keyboard To Reduce Piano-Related Pain, article, November 2009; [Cincinnati, Ohio]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc84156/: accessed August 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT College of Music.