A keyboard instrument which uses felt-tipped hammers to strike at strings.

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What is the correct posture to play the piano?

If I play the piano for extended periods(2 hours+) I get terrible back pain. What is the correct distance/height for the digital piano/chair and what should my posture look like?
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How long do you hold a fermata?

I am new to piano and just downloaded this book, it seems simple enough for a beginner like me but there is a symbol that I don't really understand, a fermata. Googling I see I am supposed to hold ...
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Blues improvisation building blocks

I was taking jazz piano lessons but had to stop. My teacher's approach to teach jazz improv was to break it down into a series of "building blocks" which are small motifs found frequently in the ...
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Couple of difficulties when trying to pick up piano again

To keep it brief, I have some background in piano. To illustrate what level I used to have, here are some of the works I used to play Some fugues from the Well Tempered Clavier (I did especially ...
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How to play a glissando without hurting your hand?

On the piano, a few pieces require me to play a gliss that can often run over a large range of notes, rather than a short range. For example, I am currently learning the piece Maple Leaf Rag. There ...
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How to indicate left hand for piano sheet music

The Chopin - Godowsky Revolutionary Etude No 12 is arranged for the left hand only, and we're only informed about this by a note under the title. Please see the excerpt below: I am currently ...
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How to use Piano pedals without using the foot?

I have a piano, I am disabled, wheelchair kinda disabled, I can move my feet but not use the pedals, that task is kinda complicated. Considered buying some kind of a car hand control, like this, not ...
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Is there a trick to learning sight read, i.e relate notes to piano keys

I am not asking for some unrealistic method by which a person can learn to site read over night. I know that practice cannot be replaced. I merely want to know if there are any methods that can help ...
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Piano (sheet music) curves on top and numbers in circles

I am new to Piano and sheet music in general so I downloaded a "simple version" of Fur Elise to play as I already know how the tune goes in my head. Presently, I only play it with my right hand. A ...
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Smooth Voicing Leading Explanation

I know what smooth voice leading is, but I'm writing an OS X app that teaches my piano students how to play chords in a gamified way. Just before they play the first level where they have to play ...
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Piano or violin for a guitarist? [duplicate]

I have been playing guitar for several years now and I feel that I'm ready to start another instrument a bit more classic, but I'm not able to decide between piano and violin. I know that I will learn ...
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How famous piano player differs from an average piano player?

Let's assume the following situation: The two piano players compete performing the same piece of moderate difficulty in front of public, who can do better. One of the them is really good, maybe ...
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Pain in both wrists

I'm currently preparing for ATCL exam, and I have been practising about one and a half hours a day. Recently I start to feel pain in both wrists when I am practising piano, and also when I am not. ...
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Should i keep my pinkie stretched while i play this part of tahitian sunset on piano?

I'm learning "Tahitian Sunset" by Martha Mier, but i'm not sure how to play this part: To be more specific, i don't understand the G on the upper part. Should i keep my pinkie on the G for all the ...
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Correct octave technique

I am an amateur pianist (of about 17 years) and I'm not sure if I ever learned correct octave technique. I just "finished" Chopin's first ballad and there are several sections which require some ...
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Connect digital piano to interface

I have a Roland RD-300SX digital piano and it is connected with the Roland quad-capture interface. I connected it with a 1/4" jack. I want to use the sound of the piano itself. The problem is that ...
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Two silence notes and a note that isn't played? misunderstanding ties

I've been teaching myself Piano (it's just for fun, I can't take classes at the moment so don't start with that) and reading music. I'm practicing a piece from J.S. Bach called Prelude in C major ...
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Longevity of electronic pianos

It seems to me that an acoustic piano is something that (with suitable care and maintenance) should last for generations. If anything breaks, it can be repaired. With electronic pianos, I can ...
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What finger is used to hit a piano keys?

I just recently started watching Online Piano and Violin Tutorials on Youtube. In one of her lessons, she said using the right hand, you should play a C scale by 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. My question ...
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UNUSUAL problem with ring finger [closed]

I have an unusual problem with ring finger. I've read all about the weakness in ring finger and pinky, and similar things, but I really don't think that's my problem. I've been trying to make it ...
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Stretching for this right hand piano chord: B3 D4 G4 B4

I've got this G chord in a piece I'm trying to play but stretching for it is difficult. I'm fingering this 1/2/4/5, but it's still quite a stretch. Is this a pretty common shape that I should be ...
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How to play the tremolos in Mussorgsky's Con mortuis

I'm studying Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, the original suite for piano solo. I'm wondering how to execute the tremolos in the Con mortuis section. Can you help? score
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How to practice dynamics in this piano song?

What's the best way to practice dynamics in the music sheet below? I can play this part with both hands but as soon as I try to add dynamics it falls apart - I either stop playing one hand, or one ...
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Beginning of Chopin nocturne no.20: slur and tie confusion

In the opening bars of this c-sharp minor nocturne, we have the famous descending scales that are played twice, first in piano then in pianissimo. Here's a snapshot (source) of the part in question: ...
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Name for same-note legato without the pedal

I am drawing a complete blank for the name of a particular technique for piano I learned a while ago, and I haven't the time to dig through my books to find it... A connecting technique for playing ...
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What does this note have a stem pointing up and another pointing down?

What does the first note below mean? Does it need to pressed down while playing the second notes? If not, why is there two stems, one pointing up, and one pointing down?
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What does the staff notation half-moon symbol on top of the last note indicate? [duplicate]

What is the name and utility of the half-moon symbol on top of the last note?
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Half notes with slashed stem

How should I play the half bass notes with the slashed stem? See please the attached image:
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What to choose? Violin or piano?

First of all. I am 26 years old. I have no musical background or whatsoever. I don't know how to play any instrument. I can't even read musical notes. But I want to learn an instrument. About my time. ...
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How can I find a chord to go to after any other chord played on the piano?

For example if I played a Dm triad, how would I find a/the chord this one would resolve to?
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Is classical singing with self-accompaniment ok?

My child (12) takes both piano and classical singing lessons, independently. I have noticed that her song sheets sometimes also contain the accompaniment line, which she may be capable of playing. The ...
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Notes being played by the right hand within a chord being played by the left

I recently began playing a piece when I came across this: Any ideas on how to go about playing this? Sneaking my right hand in between my left's fingers is quite comfortable and playing eight notes ...
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Sight reading traning midi files for Piano Booster

I've discovered the free Piano Booster software that let's you practice piano sight reading using midi-files and an attached midi keyboard / digital piano: http://pianobooster.sourceforge.net/. While ...
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What does it mean when we say that this musical instrument is n octaves?

When we say that this Piano/Keyboard is 5 octaves,Does it mean that 5 complete octaves (CDEFGAB CDEFGAB CDEFGAB CDEFGAB CDEFGAB) or 4 complete octaves plus C in octave 5 (CDEFGAB CDEFGAB CDEFGAB ...
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Squiggly Line Above Note

I just found a Bach score, and there is this squiggly line above the A eighth note in the first measure (and a few other places). This is the score. What does it mean?
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Games for the young piano student?

I've been teaching violin and piano to beginners for a couple years now, and I'm starting to notice that piano tends to be a little less fun for my younger students. In violin I have several fun and ...
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Looking for an app that can record piano and visually represent what was played

My son is learning piano, he is good at playing the correct note but struggles with the timing. We have an iPad and I sometimes record him and look at the waveform to try and show when his timing is ...
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Bartok Mikrokosmos Book 3, no. 70

I have recently been trying to master this piece from Bartok's Mikrokosmos, and at first sight, it appeared daunting due to the fact that the right-hand part is in B major and the left-hand part is in ...
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Playing overlapping notes

I am reading a piece of music (Aurora's Theme transcribed by Tigero) for the piano and a part of the music sheet has me completely stumped: It appears that the B and E (surrounding the middle C) ...
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Bass clef changed to treble clef in the middle of the sheet music

The bass clef changed to treble clef in the middle of the music sheet. Do both hands play above the middle c?
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Piano in all RH chords

How would I play a song in all righthand chords? Would i just play all the melody notes as chords? (My instructor used to do it, he would say it leaves the LH free to do other things)
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Filling in a chord with your right hand

I am learning RH chords, playing them along with LH chords. So right now, I'm playing 2 note RH chords. Suppose the measure calls for a C chord, and the melody note is an E note. When playing below ...
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Why are grand pianos usually black?

Upright pianos are often covered with transparent lacquer, revealing their natural brown wood colour. This is similar to violins, guitars and other classical instruments, where wood structure is ...
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Converting guitar tabs to piano chords, song doesn't sound the same?

I play the piano, and I'm still a noob at it. There's this song I really want to learn, but when I convert the guitar tabs into piano chords, the chords are hard to switch and doesn't really sound the ...
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Piano accompaniment with left or right hand

On this website, it says, In elementary piano, the left hand (lower notes) typically plays chords, while the right hand plays the melody. If you're playing pop or rock and singing, you might want ...
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Cool down exercises for piano?

I recently started a new piece on the piano that's fairly above my skill level, but I've been making progress, albeit very slowly. I'm most struggling with large intervals over a long period of time. ...
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How to play fast and very quietly on piano

So at the moment I'm learning the first movement of the Pathétique Sonata by Beethoven. The main problem I'm having is with the left-hand accompaniment which is similar throughout much of the piece, ...
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Why does the scale have seven (or five) notes? Why not six?

I'm a programmer by trade, and I have always felt that music was arbitrarily difficult. Please forgive my inexperience with musical notation. I had a little thought experiment with my wife today, and ...
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Normal chords are boring, I want more!

Playing for example, pop songs can be boring, max 6 chords are used. When I listen to pro players, they add more weird, dissonant chords while transiting from one of that 6 chords to another. Now, ...
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Same note to be played with both hands?

Why some notes in the piano are written the same for the left and right hand ? What is the purpose of this ? And how do we play them ? Do we just choose one hand to play them or do we play them ...