• The Action of The Thing
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At work today I wrote a tricky little song to help me remember how upright piano actions work. A few people wanted it so here’s a very quick recording. :) Hopefully it’ll be informative, or at least entertaining.

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You press down the key
which pushes up the capstan
which pushes up the whippen
which pushes up the jack spring
which moves the jack
which butts the butt and touches catch to back check
and also makes the hammer hit the string
and that’s the Action of the thing

The action of the thing, is simple to explain
but the pattern of it’s mechanism tricky to retain
so if you need a hint, rely on this refrain
I’ll show you how, repeat it now here once more and again.

You press down the key
which pushes up the capstan
which pushes up the whippen
which pushes up the jack spring
which moves the jack
which butts the butt and touches catch to back check
and also makes the hammer hit the string
and that’s the Action of the thing

The action of the thing, is simple to explain
but the pattern of it’s mechanism tricky to retain
so if you need a hint, rely on this refrain
I’ll show you how, repeat it now here once more and again.

You press down the key
which makes the capstan hit the whippen butt 
the whippen moves on whippen flange
It makes the jack spring move the jack (which moves on jack flange)
Hit the butt, which moves on butt flange
Move the catch to hit the back check
and it makes the hammer hit the string
(The damper acts, the bridal strap pulls back the catch right after that)
And that is the action of the thing.

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#TBT So I was walking through the #MetropolitanMuseumofArt in #NYC - and I found a room full of antique instruments! It’s so cool to see the many different versions of #pianos from the past. Any #musiclover should definitely check out this room at the MET. Here is just a few - ill be uploading more pictures to my Facebook page (link in bio) if you want to check them out! #musichistory #piano #MetropolitanMuseum #innov8music

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