hand is easily filled" is a Dutch saying. Children can get
most things they want in their hands, they can even use both arms
or their whole body to be able to get hold of things.
When the legs aren't long enough to reach the pedals of their
bicycle, the seats and handlebars are adjustable.
In the old days in Holland people screwed blocks of wood on to
the pedals of the bicycles that were too big, so that the children
could reach them.
To get sounds from a piano, children use the same methods. They
put some thick directories on a chair, screw up a piano stool,
and use their fists or toys to torture the keyboard with gusto!
When they long for the right notes of "twinkle twinkle little
star" they might stand behind the piano and repeat the same song,
using one finger, until everybody goes crazy.
There could be a moment though, when someone notices the child
has a real talent for the piano and suggests music lessons for
the budding genius.
When a child starts the piano lessons, on the normal piano keyboard,
lots of distances between the keys are too big for children's
Especially the young talent will find a lot of intervals are bigger
than a sixth and there are other complicated chords to be reached!
For a young enthusiast the serious repertoire has huge limitations
on a normal keyboard. Still it's very important the young pianist
can study this kind of music!
on a normal keyboard can even be a bad influence to the virtuosity
of a young talented musician that spends long hours practising,
and can even cause damage!
A too big keyboard can lead to a forced way of movement, and will
hold back the development.
keyboard will solve these problems and can even influence the
development in a positive way! Piano dealer Andriessen
in Haarlem (The Netherlands) has, in cooperation with the Young
Pianist Foundation, produced a Children's keyboard.
12,5 or 20% smaller than an average keyboard and still reaches
On this special keyboard little hands can reach difficult chords
or even an octave! It is a system that grows with the child like
a 7/8 or a ¾ violin!
The original keyboard is stored in the inside of the piano and
can be reinstalled anytime by a piano technician
You can order a Yamaha U1 piano with this keyboard ready installed
at Andriessen's piano shop.
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