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Re: Is piano one of the most difficult instruments to master? [Re: MrHazelton] #1524798
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Because most of the time they sound horrible, just like Harpsichords laugh


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Re: Is piano one of the most difficult instruments to master? [Re: MrHazelton] #1524889
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I didn't think we were comparing difficulty of organ/harpisichord/clavichord/synth, etc. to piano as they are keyboard instruments that have more similarities than differences. I think the op was talking flute, oboe, violin, trumpet, guitar....


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Re: Is piano one of the most difficult instruments to master? [Re: MrHazelton] #1524911
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All instruments are more or less equally difficult to master. This is because if there were an instrument that was easier to master than others then virtuosos of that instrument would create music that requires that much more technique/musical development to play. This is analogous to the concept that computer programs will grow to fill available memory.

Re: Is piano one of the most difficult instruments to master? [Re: MrHazelton] #1524917
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I think the following video says it all ...

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Re: Is piano one of the most difficult instruments to master? [Re: the nosy ape] #1524954
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Originally Posted by the nosy ape
All instruments are more or less equally difficult to master. This is because if there were an instrument that was easier to master than others then virtuosos of that instrument would create music that requires that much more technique/musical development to play. This is analogous to the concept that computer programs will grow to fill available memory.


Mr. Ape has it right--the best musicians play their instruments to the limit of human capability. To put it another way, composers want the maximum capability out of all instruments so they can express their musical ideas. That which limits what composers write for any particular instrument is the ability of the best musicians to play it.

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