Just in time for Hallowe’en-ish music – or any other music that could be conceived of as spooky – here’s a tip from Elissa Milne’s P Plate Piano beginner books via David McKay.
Depress the bottom few keys without sounding them and hold them down with a smartphone or something else (a CD case and heavy book seem to work). The dampers are lifted and will vibrate wonderfully when the piece is played. Every student I’ve done this with has looked at me in wide-eyed wonder at the sound. Try it.
Incidentally, this is also a good time to remind students who have only a keyboard at home that this will not work on the keyboard. You need a real piano for this.
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