How Well Do You Know Saloon Pianos?

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Whether tack piano or saloon piano, this type of piano is an altered version of an ordinary piano. In it, nails or tacks are placed on the felt-padded hammers where they hit the strings. This helps bring out a more percussive, tinny sound.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is another name for a saloon piano?

    • A.

      Bar Piano

    • B.

      Tack Piano

    • C.

      Honky-Tonk

    • D.

      Beer Piano

    Correct Answer
    B. Tack Piano
    Explanation
    A tack piano is another name for a saloon piano. A tack piano is a modified version of a regular piano, where tacks or small nails are placed on the hammers to create a distinct, honky-tonk sound. This modification was commonly used in saloons and bars during the early 20th century, hence the alternative name "saloon piano."

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  • 2. 

    The sound produced by a saloon piano is described as...

    • A.

      Honky-tonk

    • B.

      Metal

    • C.

      Organ

    • D.

      Soprano

    Correct Answer
    A. Honky-tonk
    Explanation
    The sound produced by a saloon piano is described as "honky-tonk". This term refers to a style of piano playing characterized by a lively and rhythmic sound, often associated with old-fashioned bars or saloons. The honky-tonk sound is achieved by playing the piano in a way that emphasizes the percussive qualities of the instrument, producing a distinctive and slightly twangy sound.

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  • 3. 

    A piano can be altered into a saloon piano using...

    • A.

      Saw

    • B.

      Piler

    • C.

      Nails

    • D.

      Clip

    Correct Answer
    C. Nails
    Explanation
    Nails can be used to alter a piano into a saloon piano by attaching various decorative elements such as tassels, fringes, or other embellishments to give it a more ornate and vintage look commonly associated with saloon pianos. The nails are used to secure these decorative elements onto the piano, transforming its appearance.

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  • 4. 

    Saloon pianos are commonly associated with_____pieces?

    • A.

      Subway

    • B.

      Chess

    • C.

      Bar

    • D.

      Ragtime

    Correct Answer
    D. Ragtime
    Explanation
    Saloon pianos are commonly associated with ragtime pieces. Ragtime is a genre of music that originated in African-American communities in the late 19th century. It was popular in saloons and bars, where pianists would entertain patrons with lively and syncopated tunes. Ragtime music is characterized by its distinctive syncopated rhythms and intricate melodies, making it a perfect fit for the lively atmosphere of saloons. The association between saloon pianos and ragtime pieces is well-known and widely recognized in the history of music.

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  • 5. 

    The term Honky-tonk originally referred to _____ in the West.

    • A.

      Romantic shows

    • B.

      Comedy shows

    • C.

      Bawdy shows

    • D.

      Street fights

    Correct Answer
    C. Bawdy shows
    Explanation
    The term Honky-tonk originally referred to bawdy shows in the West. Bawdy shows were known for their raucous and risqué entertainment, often featuring suggestive humor, dancing, and performances that pushed the boundaries of social norms. These shows were popular in the Western regions and were a form of entertainment that provided a release from the everyday hardships and challenges of life in those areas.

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  • 6. 

    In what other way can we convert an ordinary piano into a saloon piano?

    • A.

      Use of a lacquered hammer in pianos

    • B.

      Use of bolts in piano

    • C.

      Use of mallets in piano

    • D.

      Use of strings in piano

    Correct Answer
    A. Use of a lacquered hammer in pianos
    Explanation
    Using a lacquered hammer in pianos can convert an ordinary piano into a saloon piano. The lacquered hammer refers to a type of hammer that has been coated with lacquer, a protective and decorative finish. By using a lacquered hammer, the piano's sound can be altered to create a more vibrant and resonant tone, which is characteristic of a saloon piano. The lacquer coating on the hammer helps to enhance the hammer's contact with the strings, resulting in a richer and more distinct sound.

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  • 7. 

    Who popularized the Stein vertegrand piano?

    • A.

      Mr Jack

    • B.

      Mrs Mills

    • C.

      Mr Ian

    • D.

      Mrs Jones

    Correct Answer
    B. Mrs Mills
    Explanation
    Mrs Mills popularized the Stein vertegrand piano.

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  • 8. 

    Who amongst the following can be referred to as one of the earliest Honky-Tonk innovators?

    • A.

      Mark Twain

    • B.

      Kenny Rogers

    • C.

      Jimmie Rogers

    • D.

      Don Williams

    Correct Answer
    C. Jimmie Rogers
    Explanation
    Jimmie Rogers can be referred to as one of the earliest Honky-Tonk innovators because he was one of the pioneers of the Honky-Tonk style of country music. He was known for his unique blend of blues, jazz, and folk music, which laid the foundation for the Honky-Tonk sound. His songs often featured themes of heartbreak, loneliness, and the struggles of everyday life, which became characteristic of the Honky-Tonk genre. Jimmie Rogers' contributions to country music and his influence on future artists solidify his status as one of the earliest Honky-Tonk innovators.

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  • 9. 

    What hits the string in a piano to produce sounds?

    • A.

      Keys

    • B.

      Mallets

    • C.

      Hammer

    • D.

      Tacks

    Correct Answer
    C. Hammer
    Explanation
    In a piano, the hammer hits the string to produce sounds. When a key is pressed, it activates a mechanism that causes the hammer to strike the corresponding string. The force of the hammer hitting the string creates vibrations, which then resonate through the soundboard and produce the desired musical notes. The hammer is an essential component in the piano's mechanism for generating sound.

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  • 10. 

    In saloon piano, tacks are placed at the place where the...

    • A.

      Mallets hit the string

    • B.

      Keys hit the string

    • C.

      Nails hit the string

    • D.

      Hammer hits the string

    Correct Answer
    D. Hammer hits the string
    Explanation
    In a saloon piano, the tacks are placed at the place where the hammer hits the string. This is because when a key is pressed on the piano, it activates a mechanism that causes a hammer to strike the corresponding string. The tacks are used to hold the strings in place and provide a stable surface for the hammers to strike against. So, the correct answer is "Hammer hits the string".

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