THE WOODEN PIANO WITH AN OCTAVE

Fun activities are not limited to visiting the zoo or museums flying a kite on a windy day. Sometimes, focusing on a particular project till it’s complete promises more fun while building tenacity. One of such art which draws inspiration from the creative center of the mind is making and painting a wooden piano.

Children are attracted to things that can produce sounds. Most times, they are not particular about harmony – or at least, what seems like harmonious chords to them may be noise to a trained ear. One of such wonderful musical instrument which kids are attracted to is the piano. Apart from the musical sounds which a piano produces, it can also serve as an attractive destination for the home. It is on the latter purpose that I bring you this good news – with a few materials, your kids can have their own wooden piano which serves decorative purposes!

You don’t have to be an expert to paint a piano. With a few white and black strokes at the right places, you can give something with the semblance of a keyboard. However, a little knowledge about musical octaves will serve as a needed guide in rightly positioning the white and black keys of the keyboard. Alternatively, you can just decide to paint a keyboard by replicating any before you. To make a wooden keyboard, you need the following: A flat smooth plank from a furniture store, white and black paint, paintbrushes, a calibrated ruler and a sharp marker to demarcate your measurement. Here are the steps to follow – Enjoy!!!

Step 1: Understanding Octaves

Different pianos are constructed with different number of octaves in mind. The number of octaves on pianos vary according to the manufacturer models. The construction a piano with just an octave would be described here, but you can construct more octaves on your plank. An octave consists of 8 white keys with seven black keys in between.

Step 2: Making Measurements

To get a very attractive piano, uniformity in the size of the keys is important. Use a measuring ruler to divide the plank into eight equal rectangular sections of 2 – 4 cm in width depending on how large your plank is and mark these points with the marker.

Step 3: Painting the Whites

Each rectangular section should first be painted with white paint. Ensure that all the sections are well demarcated by the marker such that even when all they are painted, each section is still distinguishable.

Step 4: Carve out the Blacks

Now it’s time to carve out the blacks. The black keys between the white keys are not evenly distributed. They are absent between the third and fourth keys and the seventh and eighth keys. So with your ruler, measure out the spaces for the black keys in between the rest of the keys. Ensure your measurement are all equal and do not reach the end of the plank.

Step 4: Painting the Blacks

Paint the black keys and allow it to dry. You now have your wooden piano with an octave!