Q: What’s the learning curve like for the Thumbdrop Keyboard?

  A: It’s not instantaneous but not overwhelming either. You’re really just adding new choices to the way you already play, and then only for the left hand thumb. An accomplished pianist should be able integrate the Thumbdrop up to a basic fluency in 2 or 3...

Q: Why only 14 keys? And why in the upper bass?

A: That’s the traditional range for left hand 10ths in jazz and gospel and the similar styles. Too low into the bass register and the sound of the 10th gets murky, too high into the treble and you’re encroaching on right hand territory. We may look at expanding from...

Q: Will we see the Thumbdrop adapted for both hands?

A: It’s already in development. Stylistically, the left hand 10ths are probably more important but you do sometimes see 10ths in the right hand with some jazzers – even occasionally, in classical. Solid 10th and beyond in both hands would be the ultimate...

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