#60 Horse String

If the name didn't give it away, a horse is the trigger of finger 60, created by the inventive children of Rookery School.

Sara-Rebecca’s drawing shows the player pulling a horse’s tail (we decided not to use a real horse, so as not to hurt it!). The horse slides backwards, and through a string that it holds in it’s mouth (a little like reins), a ball moves forwards to play the note.  We attached the horse to a slider to stop it falling over – which makes it look like it’s standing by a fence.  We also had to think about balancing the ball: we were worried that if the ball fell too fast, it might damage the piano.  We therefore made sure that the ball is balanced (by a larger ball nearer to the pivot) so that it will only move when the horse moves, and so won’t go too fast.