Pronunciation: pee-AH-noe

What is Piano?

Piano is a musical dynamic that indicates a direction on the loudness of a note. As a musical direction, piano means “soft,” or “quiet,” and this means to play a note or instrument in a soft or quiet way.

Key Takeaways

  1. Piano is a musical dynamic or direction that means to play or sing a note softly or quietly.
  2. Piano is indicated on the music chart with the lowercase letter “p.
  3. Piano has no standard or real value but a note is played softly relative to the overall loudness of a musical piece.

Understanding Piano

Piano is indicated on a musical scale as the lowercase letter “p.” It is considered to be one of the 2 basic dynamic indications in music, with the other being forte, meaning loud.

There is no absolute value to the piano, and it is played relative to the content of the music. You can play a note or instrument softly as compared to the overall loudness of the musical composition.

Related Terms

Dynamics Dynamics is the term that conveys the variation in loudness between notes or phrases in musical composition. more

Decrescendo Decrescendo is a type of dynamic change in a musical composition. more

Fortissimo Fortissimo is a type of musical dynamic that means “very loud.” more

Flautando Flautando is a directive in music reserved for string instruments such a the violin, viola, and cello. more

Fortepiano Fortepiano is a term in music dynamics that means to play a note loudly, then becoming very soft immediately after. more

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