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Offline chauncey

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What type of musical instrument?
« on: May 02, 2012, 01:43:34 AM »
Ok, so I'm sure this has been asked a 1000 times, but I want to make it 1001 :P. What type of classification do you think the piano fall under? Nearly everyone say percussion, some say it has it's own classification, some say stringed. I personally think of it as a type of stringed instrument. Here is my reasoning

1) It's a chordophone.
2) Without the hammers you can still make a sound (pluck, bow, whatever). But without the strings, you cant make a sound at all. Because of the strings playing a major part to the instrument, it tends to lean a bit more on the string side.. But that's just what I think.
I usually just say it has its own type of classification in order to prevent argumentation when I talk to people about the piano.

So what do you think?

Offline j_menz

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Re: What type of musical instrument?
«Reply #1 on: May 02, 2012, 02:01:04 AM »
Using the Hornbostel–Sachs system, it's a simple chordaphone (aka zither) further classified as a true board zither with resonator box (314.122).  Not a great fan of their classification system, but widely used.
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