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"A Smaller Piano for Bigger Artistry" (7/8ths Keyboard)
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When pianist and UW-Madison professor Jessica Johnson sat down for the first time at a 7/8th-size keyboard, the experience was bittersweet.

“The ‘sweetness’ came from discovering how many more musical possibilities were available to me that previously I couldn’t consider,” said Johnson, who is also the university’s director of graduate studies in piano pedagogy.

“For example — different fingers, different positions, different ways of moving.”

The “bitter” came from realizing she had spent decades of her life playing an instrument that wasn’t scaled for her body. Although she has dedicated her life to performing and teaching piano, Johnson, 50, had always strained to reach some notes, and even avoided taking on music that required large chords and octaves.


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Interesting article.

Although it is nice to be able to acquire a scaled-down version of an 88 key piano, I think it is probably rarer than hen's teeth (as we say here in the south smile ).

Even small children adapt to a standard size piano keyboard.

However, since there are different size violins, (1/2, 3/4, full-size) maybe piano keyboards (with full 88 keys) should be more readily available in smaller sizes.

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Originally Posted by Rickster
Interesting article.

Although it is nice to be able to acquire a scaled-down version of an 88 key piano, I think it is probably rarer than hen's teeth (as we say here in the south smile ).


Actually, we are converting a Matchless Cunningham this Spring. It is not so rare, but it is custom work.


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