The Piano is an acoustic, stringed musical instrument invented around the year 1700 (the exact year is uncertain), in which the strings are struck by hammers. It is played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys (small levers) that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands to cause the hammers to strike the strings. The word piano is a shortened form of pianoforte, the Italian term for the early 1700s versions of the instrument, which in turn derives from gravicembalo col piano e forte and fortepiano. The Italian musical terms piano and forte indicate "soft" and "loud" respectively, in this context referring to the variations in volume (i.e., loudness) produced in response to a pianist's touch or pressure on the keys: the greater the velocity of a key press, the greater the force of the hammer hitting the strings, and the louder the sound of the note produced and the stronger the attack. The first fortepianos in the 1700s had a quieter sound and smaller dynamic range.
List of Avenged Sevenfold Piano Players
When the band was formed back in 1999, in addition to lead vocals and playing an additional guitar, M. Shadows also played the Piano. However, he stopped in 2001 and Synyster Gates took over.
From 2001 to 2007, in addition to playing the lead guitar, Synyster Gates also played the Piano on some songs. He stopped in 2007, and was briefly replaced by The Rev.
In 2007, The Rev briefly played the Piano on some songs.