To begin, it’s best to know that harpsichord is an instrument with a flat string, but the wood is different. The wood used in the harpsichord varies from wood to wood. Wood from the heart, or the most dense and hard, is used in the harp, and the softer wood, used as the fretboard, is used in the mandolin. Harpsichord keys and finger-guitar keys are black, because that’s the wood of choice for the woodwind instruments to which they belong. But most other woodwind instruments don’t have this characteristic: a maple, for instance, is a more common wood than a rosewood.
Why are harpsichord keys dark?
The reason for the dark colors for harpsichord keys is to protect the wood, the harp parts.
The light of your eyes and your body is reflected in the water, as the sunlight bounces off the water. The light bounces back in the same light-diffraction directions that a tree produces light. So the wood is reflected in the harp, is reflected in the harp keys and in the guitar’s fingerboard. That means it’s reflected to the keys too, and the key is reflected to the fingerboard. The most vulnerable part of the instrument is right there in the middle — the back. The harpsichord, the most important thing to keep in tune, is actually very fragile. It is also made using a combination of maple, alder, and mahogany. And it’s made of wood that’s been treated to protect the wood, not just its beauty. But it is very easy to damage the wood by the same treatment that is applied to the back edge of the instrument.
Does the color of your harp key match the color of your guitar’s fretboard?
The key will match the color of the fretboard if you only pick the same color fingering as the key. For instance, when playing the blues, you can see the harpsichord keys. If you pick dark black, and you can see the dark black guitar fretboard in the middle of the instrument, then the harpsichord key will be the same color as the fretboard. For instance, pick a dark black key in the neck and you see white light reflections on the white key. If you also pick a white key, then you see white light reflections on the black key too. So you could also