01. Little piano [東和音樂體驗館 小鋼琴]

This is my little piano. It's cute, isn't it? It's got even a chair. You wanna have a little piano for yourself? Go to Music 4 fun then. I truly love this piano factory because it helps me get to know more about pianos, how to tell a good piano is, how maintain a piano, and make your own musical instruments (pianos, harmonicas and recorders).

去哪可以買到這個裝飾用的小鋼琴呀? 而且還有鋼琴椅耶。超可愛的,你說是不是呀? 想要自己組裝一台嗎? 去桃園大溪的東和音樂體驗館就可以找得到材料啦! 我超愛這個鋼琴工廠,它不僅幫助我認識鋼琴,也讓我知道如何判斷鋼琴的好壞、如何保養鋼琴,還可以自己做專屬樂器 (有小鋼琴、真的口琴跟真的直笛可以選喔!)

 

02. Music 4 fun [東和音樂體驗館]

So here we are - "Music 4 Fun", somewhere to get familiar with sounds, how pianos are made and how to tell what a good piano is.

這就是東和音樂體驗館的正門。我們在這裡可以熟悉聲音,接著去鋼琴工廠深入了解鋼琴。

 

03. Music 4 fun [東和音樂體驗館]

Have you noticed that even the zebra crossing look like notes?

是否注意到斑馬線都變成琴鍵的樣子?

 

04. Getting to know different sounds [東和音樂體驗館 聲音工廠]

We first looked at "the sound factory". Most things here are not music instruments. Instead, they are pieces of metals and even junk. Before we got into the sound factory, we could hear music.

我們先到聲音工廠來感受一下各式各樣的聲音。進去之前我們還可聽見音樂呢! 連結在

The first picture in the collage above shows you how to play the sounds in Chinese music through some ... junk- there are no F (fa) and B (si) sounds in traditional Chinese music.

在這張拼貼中,你可以看到第一張圖片 (我已經用阿拉伯數字標示了): 每個鐵板會發出不同的聲音,但是這些鐵板只有中國5聲,沒有fa跟si。

The second picture in the collage above is a little cute band. 第2張圖是用破銅爛鐵製成的小樂團。

The third picture in the collage above is to show you the wave of sound. 第3圖是讓你看見音波的樣子。連結在

The forth picture in the collage above is to hear scratching sounds. 第4張圖則是刮刮生鏽的管子所發出來的摩擦聲。

The fifth picture in the collage above is to play drums. 第5張圖則是讓你知道這些桶子可以當作鼓來敲喔! 連結在

And the sixth picture in the collage above is to play music within an octatonic scale. 第6張圖片,其實這些板子都背面都有聲音機制,只要8度音以下的音樂,都可敲打這些板子來製作音樂喔!

 

05. Piano factory @ Music 4 fun [東和音樂體驗館 整調課]

Then we looked at a piano factory. You can lots of pianos. 這就是河合鋼琴工廠啦。很多半成品都在此。

 

06. Music 4 fun [東和音樂體驗館 鋼琴響板用雲杉做的喔]

This is the piano soundboard of a upright piano, and you can see that the back is made of spruce. The piano makers choose spruce because it's a tone wood, "a type of wood recognized for its acoustical properties". Spruce is light and it delivers good quality of sounds.

鋼琴的好壞可以從鋼琴的背面端看。鋼琴背面的木板是用雲杉做的,這種材質輕且音效佳。

According to George Kolasis's website, "This is the 'heart' of the instrument, responsible for amplifying the sound created by the hammer hitting the string." 根據某鋼琴技匠的說法,這琴板可是鋼琴的心臟,琴音美不美妙,都得靠這木板傳達。

If you want to know whether it is a good piano or not, one thing you can't miss out is to look at the piano soundboard. If the wood grain is tight/straight, the sounds will be good. (In fact, rain can affect wood grain.)

想知道一台好的(直立)鋼琴好壞,就得從它背面的琴板來看。年輪越密且整齊,表示這棵雲杉生長過程氣候良好,雨量也平均,這樣的雲杉材質就能製造出音質佳的鋼琴。另外,你是否發現這琴板的放置方式都是45度角呢? 這是因為要善用木材,斜角度才能讓直線用到最長的地步。還有,你可能會好奇,鋼琴可以用多久呢? 其實鋼琴如果保養好,可以用好幾代呢! 貴的不是鋼琴,是鋼琴課。

 

08. Music 4 fun [東和音樂體驗館 大小鋼琴只差音箱]

This is the difference between a big upright piano and a smal one. Do you see the difference?

這兩台都是直立鋼琴。你看得出來差異在哪嗎?

The big one has got something like a speaker. It creates louder sounds.大的直立鋼琴有音箱,小的沒有,看出來了嗎?

The tour guide of "Music 4 fun" told us that if your house is big, buy a big piano. If not, get a small one instead. Both types of upright pianos are good.

東和音樂體驗館的解說員告訴我們,如果你家夠大,那就買大一點的直立鋼琴。如果你家很小,那就買小台的直立鋼琴。畢竟家裡小小的,你也不需要太大的音量啊! 有音箱只是讓音量更大聲而已。

 

 

09. Music 4 fun [東和音樂體驗館 中間那材質一定是made in Japan]

I tried to google what it's called in English. Not sure if I am correct, but I guess that this steel thing is called "damper". The damper of Kawai piano is made in Japan. The headquarter of Kawai requests the Taiwanese branch to send 2 pianos to Japan to make sure that the dampers are from Japan.

其實這鋼管是什麼,我在東和音樂體驗館也沒聽清楚。我感覺這比較像阻音器,但是我不確定是不是阻音器。聽解說員說,這鋼管可都是日本製造的喔! 位於日本的河合鋼琴總公司每年都會要求台灣的河合公司隨機寄兩台鋼琴到日本,他們要檢查這些鋼管是否確實made in Japan的。品管之嚴格,由此可看出。你們若去東和音樂體驗館,可以跟解說員確認這鋼管正確名稱為何

 

10. Music 4 fun [音槌都是用羊毛氈包起來喔]

This is called hammer. Something to cover the hammer is called "felt". You may dry the felt with your dryer, but do not get too close to the felt. Otherwise the felt will become curly.

這是音槌喔! 將音槌包起來的是羊毛氈。解說員說偶爾可以打開琴蓋,用吹風機將羊毛氈吹一吹,但是不要靠太近,因為羊毛氈遇熱會捲起來。

 

11. 印象中解說員說如果想讓琴音變明亮,用這款針插幾下羊毛氈就好...

I don't quite remember this part, but I think that if you want to make the piano sound pitchy, use this type of needle (see the picture above) to pitch the felt.

大家都知道Yamaha鋼琴音質明亮偏高音,而河合鋼琴琴音則較柔和。如果沒記錯,解說員說想要讓音色明亮,用這種特製的針去戳羊毛氈即可。但是我真的不確定我記的是否正確。請去東和音樂體驗館一探究竟吧!

 

12. 鋼琴內部構造看一下

 Piano Bridge. 這應該是平面鋼琴 (又稱演奏琴、三角琴)的構造吧。

 

 

13. 來自河合的日本鋼琴一定是標示K.Kawai

Kawai pianos from Japan are marked as "K. Kawai". 如果是真正來自日本的河合鋼琴,鋼琴上會刻著"K. Kawai"喔!

 

14. Music 4 fun [東和音樂體驗館 觀光工廠]

Now let's get into their gift shop. This is where I made my little piano.

好啦,終於要來觀光工廠製作專屬小樂器啦! 這是我組裝小鋼琴的地方喔!

 

15. Music 4 fun [東和音樂體驗館 觀光工廠]

Have a look at the gift shop. 東和音樂體驗館觀光工廠的內部。有很多音樂相關的小物品喔!

 

16. Make your own little piano [在東和音樂體驗館 自行拼裝玩具小鋼琴]

This little piano costs NT$80, and it's included in the fee for the tour of "Music 4 Fun". 這就是小鋼琴。一份材料才新台幣80元,送人自用兩相宜。如果去東和音樂體驗館參觀,這費用好像包在參觀費裡耶。不過你可能會覺得當初組裝口琴比較划算,畢竟口琴費用約200-230元左右。

 

17. Make your own harmonica [自己嘗試組裝口琴]

Make your own harmonica. 自己學著組裝口琴,之後你吹完口琴後,才知道如何拆口琴,清潔完畢後再組裝回去。東和音樂體驗館解說員說口琴分3種,且她也很詳盡說明清潔口琴的方式喔。我沒做筆記,所以如果你想知道的話,可以上網查,或者去東和音樂體驗館參觀時仔細聽解說員說明喔!

 

18. This piano is said to be more than 100 years old [超過100年的象牙琴鍵鋼琴]

This is said that this piano is more than 100 years old. The keys are made of ivory. The tour guide asked us why the keys turned yellow. Someone answered, "Because no one brushed its keys." The tour guide said, "Bingo!"

聽說這台鋼琴超過100年咧。琴鍵還是用象牙做的喔! 解說員問大家為何琴鍵會變黃,有人回答因為沒刷牙,解說員說:「答對了!」

 

19. Loos and bins @ Music 4 fun [東和音樂體驗館化妝室]  

And this is the loos... Have you noticed the bin? It's a shape of a grand piano!

這是東和音樂體驗館的廁所,有小童尿尿的雕像喔。最讓人訝異的是,它竟然連垃圾桶都做成演奏琴的樣子,太可愛了啦!

 

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Tour the Steinway & Sons Piano Factory
http://queens.about.com/od/thingtodo/a/Steinway-Factory-Tour.htm

The Construction of the Piano
http://www.piano.christophersmit.com/playingMech.html

Upright piano action
http://www.teresawong.hk/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/025-Upright-piano-action.jpg

George Kolasis
http://www.georgekolasis.com/about.html

Buying The Right Used Piano
http://www.houstonpianocompany.com/brodmann-grand-piano-features-pictures/sony-dsc-81/

 

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