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ERIC Number: ED538615
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 37
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Why There Are 88 Keys on the Piano: "88 Logic-The Mackay Method for Piano." Volume 1
Mackay, Stephen R.
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Background: After trying to define the reason why the piano ended up with 88 keys, I found patterns to explain ways of playing the piano with an 8:8 ratio which gives purpose to why the piano has 88 keys on it. Purpose: The first purpose is to enable piano teachers and music students to benefit from understanding how to play piano and be familiar with the octave patterns. The second benefit is to understand how the chords work together to define options in song writing based on the 8:8 ratio pattern defined by this paper. Setting: I developed a DVD on this theory first and used a 2-D imaging piano keyboard design to show the patterns and methodology. I then developed the theories using illustrator to draw the keyboard. I also had Yamaha Music Corporation sponsor the filmed DVD and it won a cinematography award in Australia. Study Sample: I have attached the first volume draft of the completed research paper. Intervention: This paper is different to any other piano playing material currently available as it refers to drawings of the keys and the function of the patterns which give the piano a reason to exist in the 88 keyed format. Research Design: Descriptive;Correlational;Experimental;Narrative Synthesis; Control or Comparison Condition: From the study group, I have been given acclaim as to the methodology working as far as to give the best reasons for the 88 keys on the piano and also a solid methodology for learners. The study group consisted of students from 5 years to 73 years of age. Data Collection and Analysis: A piano with 88 keys was used. Findings: That the reason that the piano has 88 keys and is set out in the way it does is to give chord barrier patterns which allows the player options to define structure in playing. The 88 logic--Mackay Method for piano defines how major and minor chords are part of the pattern process and understanding the "true flow" of the piano. Conclusion: The conclusion of this paper and DVD is that 88 logic--The Mackay Method should be the first product used to train piano students Citation: Stephen R Mackay - references to when this paper was drafted is in the first several pages
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Language: English
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