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Is the piano a percussion or strings instrument?

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2016-07-08 16:40:08
2016-07-08 16:40:08

The piano is a hybrid instrument, i.e. it is a combination of string and percussion.

It's a string instrument in that musical tones originate in the strings, and it is a percussion instrument, because the strings are set into vibration by being struck with hammers rather than plucked by plectra, which was used to set into vibration the strings on the harpsichord.


Source: Music historian, researcher and musician with MA in Music, Musicology and Ethnomusicology

Sorry, but by that logic a cymbal is a brass instrument.


Obviously, this person knows nothing about music or they would have supported their argument with evidence of why it is not hybrid. Of course, a piano can be classified as a hybrid instrument A) it has strings B) it has hammers, which strike the string and not pluck them, unlike the harpsichord, which would be classified as a string instrument. Therefore, the piano is hybrid as it cannot be easily classified as string or percussion, but is composed of both.

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