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No sharps!
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What a strange thing! Looks like a modified Steinway. What is the point, one wonders.....

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Anyway, thanks for the link, Nick. I've now included this in the "Pianoddities" page of my website http://www.davidboyce.co.uk/pianoddities.php

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"you can literally only play in C major"

Pretty useless if you want to play piano


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Originally Posted by wouter79
"you can literally only play in C major"

Pretty useless if you want to play piano

One of my clients is a pop musician, tours widely etc. He plays keyboards in the band. Everything in C as he has a transpose button! What a cheat!!!
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This would be difficult to play, especially pieces that have lines that traverse more than an octave. There are no sharps to serve as a point of reference.

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Originally Posted by N W
Originally Posted by wouter79
"you can literally only play in C major"

Pretty useless if you want to play piano

One of my clients is a pop musician, tours widely etc. He plays keyboards in the band. Everything in C as he has a transpose button! What a cheat!!!
Nick

Irving Berlin had a transposing piano, I believe. He did OK out of it!

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Originally Posted by wouter79
"you can literally only play in C major"

Pretty useless if you want to play piano

Well, you can also play in its relative, A Minor.


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You can play in any key as long as you don't use all the notes of the scale. For instance, in C# Major, you can play B# and E#.


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Which pieces have no modulations at all.Perhaps something in John Thompson beginner books.

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Originally Posted by Loren D
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"you can literally only play in C major"

Pretty useless if you want to play piano

Well, you can also play in its relative, A Minor.

I was quoting the website.

But it can be argued that to play a melody in a minor you need a g#


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Originally Posted by wouter79
"you can literally only play in C major"

Pretty useless if you want to play piano

One of my clients is a pop musician, tours widely etc. He plays keyboards in the band. Everything in C as he has a transpose button! What a cheat!!!
Nick

Irving Berlin had a transposing piano, I believe. He did OK out of it!

Excellent.


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At first I thought they had simply reworked the black keys ... and made them white, and not raised.
But seeing that all the keys were "straight" with no black key "cut outs" it was clear that it's NOT black-keys-made-white.
So what good is it? It's like a nice boat ... with a big hole in the keel. frown

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Well that's what I asked back at the beginning of this thread - what's it FOR? It seems an awful lot of trouble to go to, for something of very limited practical value!


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