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Ergonomic Piano Keyboards

Rhonda Boyle
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 29 Number 4: Page 248 (December 2014)

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Abstract: I noted with interest your recent editorial (June 2014 issue) about keyboard instruments and fully support your comments. Thank you for mentioning the PASK website (Pianists for Access to Smaller Keyboards, www.paskpiano. org) which I maintain on behalf of pianists around the world who are keen to see change in the "one size fits all" approach to the piano keyboard that has prevailed since the 1880s. As you noted, piano key widths were narrower until that time, and it seems that the current size was settled on by the then-major manufacturers based on the needs of certain European male virtuosos who were closely involved in piano design and production. As a result, we now have a keyboard best suited to males with average to large hands.
https://doi.org/10.21091/mppa.2014.4050

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