This education blog shares various horizons of music in order to promote sustainable development of music education. Being devoted to music education for 17 years, Carol Ng has established her private studio at Sandy Bay, Tasmania with an examination-standard Yamaha grand piano. In addition, Carol is keen on enlightening the next generation and advocating continuous advancement of music industry.
How many different types of pianos are there? There are many piano types, but the two basic ones are: horizontal(grand pianos) and vertical(upright pianos).
Horizontal pianos are called like that because of the way the strings are arranged in the piano – simply, in a horizontal position. Horizontal pianos can also be called grand pianos which is more familiar term for everyone.
There are six horizontal or grand types of pianos:
Petite Grand – Are called Petite Grand because they are the smallest horizontal pianos and their size is from 4′ 5″ to 4′ 11″.
Baby Grand – These types of pianos are the best from the horizontal pianos because they are the perfect fit for your living room and your pocket. The size is from 5′ 0 – 5′ 6″.
Medium Grand – These types of pianos are pretty much the same as the Baby Grand pianos only a bit larger. The size is about 5′ 7″.
Parlor Grand – These types of pianos are very similar to Concert Grand only 3/4 from their size. The size is from 5′ 9″ to 6′ 1″.
Semi-Concert Pianos – a.k.a. ballroom pianos. The size is from 6′ 5″ to 7′ 5″.
Concert Grand – It’s the largest type of piano. Its size is from 7′ 6″ to 9′ 6″.
Vertical pianos are also called like that because of the way the strings are arranged in the piano – simply, in a vertical position, also known as upright pianos. These pianos are not as big as the horizontal ones, that is why they can be found more in homes, schools etc.
There are also six vertical piano types:
Spinet – the smallest vertical piano, can be great if the room where you want to put it is small. Its size is from 35″ to 37″.
Consolette – Its size is from 38″ to 39″.
Console – It’s size is from 40″ to 43″.
Studio – It’s size if from 44″ to 47″.
Professional – It’s size is from 48″ to 60″
Honkey Tonk – It’s size is from 36″ to 60″. Mostly used in country music.