Hello, I am Ingrid. I am a piano teacher and I am here for About.com at the Piano Workshop at Reigate. I would like to give you a very brief description of the history of the piano.The piano developed around 1740-1750 and was introduced by a person called Cristofori, an Italian, and that is basically when the piano became a percussion instrument with a hammer and string action. Anything you do on the piano you hit: you hit the keys with your fingers, hammers inside the mechanism hit strings. For in shape and size and form, the keyboard instruments before about 1740-1750 are very diverse and completely different.The dynamic range of the modern day pianos started becoming a lot bigger developing gradually through the ages as the insides of the pianos started to change from being more or less wooden framed instruments to the modern day grand pianos and upright pianos with cast iron frames on the inside. And basically, the bigger the instrument gets obviously the bigger its capacity for creating quite a sound.The first name of the piano was the fortepiano or piano forte, forte being the Italian word for loud and piano being the Italian word for quiet. So, the name says it, it is an instrument that can play loud and quiet. It is stuck with the name piano, but obviously, it is capable of much more than that. This is Ingrid and I am here for About.com at the Piano Workshop at Reigate telling you a little bit about the history of the piano.