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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

17
votes
3answers
1k views

Why does a piano have only one or two strings per note in the bass register, but three for other registers?

Does it have something to do with keeping it in tune, since the smaller strings might be more prone to be stretched? (And therefore they spread out the impact to more than one string). Or maybe just ...
6
votes
3answers
151 views

Piano Maintenance

What should be done to maintain an upright piano? I am not asking about tuning it, but what can be done so it does not have to be tuned as often? I heard someone once say about a particular piano ...
5
votes
4answers
1k views

Acoustic considerations for positioning an upright piano against the wall?

I know that upright pianos are usually positioned against the wall for aesthetic reasons, but I was wondering whether there are any sound quality considerations. Searching the web it seemed like some ...
5
votes
2answers
443 views

strange fingering in moonlight sonata

This is an except of bars 47-50 moonlight sonata from Henle In bar 49 in the middle of the second triplet there is a fingering of 21 (pressing with the 2 finger and switching to 1 while pressing), ...
6
votes
2answers
681 views

How do I improve the rate at which I learn arpeggios?

I'm referring specifically to this sort of structure, where the notes cascade upwards or downwards but most often up and then back down. Many of the pieces I play (on piano) involve this rather ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Is there a way to repair key on a digital piano?

We have a Kurzwell digital piano and one of the keys sounds louder than the others. Any way to fix this?
1
vote
3answers
452 views

Tension in hand while playing tetrads (4 notes chords)

I have been playing piano for 2.5 years now, and recently I started playing an arrangement for piano of "The Sugar Plum Fairy" from The Nutcracker. Below is an excerpt from this arrangement. There ...
1
vote
1answer
262 views

piano finger spread

I'm a self-taught piano novice, can play easier two handed pieces (e.g. Minuet in G maj), struggling with chords. My favourite piano listening piece is BWV582, Bach's Passacaglia/Fuga from an Angela ...
12
votes
4answers
7k views

Playing Guitar Tabs on Piano?

I was wondering if anyone could possibly explain how I could somehow translate a guitar tab into notes on piano. Is there some sort of algorithm I can apply? ex: ...
4
votes
2answers
283 views

Bars 32-37 in Moonlight sonata first movement

I am having trouble playing and memorizing the broken chords sequence: Should I try and practice on each triplet individually? because when I try to think on it as a broken chord I often can not ...
6
votes
2answers
447 views

How do I describe the difficulty of my song?

As part of my practice and for my mini-concerts I compose arrangements to songs. Most of them so far are Simon & Garfunkel songs. I also have started giving away some sheet music to some friends ...
15
votes
4answers
2k views

Fast octaves on the piano

I'm working on the piano accompaniment to Schubert's "Trockne Blumen" variations for flute and piano. Variation 2 is all sixteenth-note octaves in the left hand. I began by practicing very slowly ...
9
votes
2answers
1k views

Is it easier to play on a Grand Piano than an Upright Piano?

I was just wondering if it's easier to play on a Grand Piano comparing to an upright ? Like can someone play well on a grand if he's used to an upright... I also wanted to know if the keys weight on ...
12
votes
2answers
807 views

Trill measure 29 3rd movement moonlight sonata

How do you play the trill in measure 29 of Beethoven's moonlight sonata?
7
votes
6answers
964 views

Assess child's ability or interest in music and piano

I've played the piano a while ago (24 years to be exact!), then had to stop for a number of reasons. Now I'm 37. I want to start playing again, not just for myself, but to get my 5-year old daughter ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

What is the proper technique for a glissando on piano?

What is the proper technique to perform an upward and downward glissando on piano? In particular, how should you position your hand, and is it important which finger(s) you use?
3
votes
1answer
111 views

Notation on Schubert's Op.94, D760, piece 6

I was practicing the 6th moment musicaux of Schubert's Op. 94 using a Henle edition (which is in public domain in imslp, Here) and I encountered something I have never seen before. Over the bars 30, ...
3
votes
1answer
697 views

Transcribing Piano Chords for Guitar

I've recently started playing rhythm guitar in my church's worship service. The more contemporary songs I don't really have a problem with. It's the traditional songs that are giving me some pain ...
2
votes
1answer
275 views

Is this note in Für Elise an E or a D?

I've seen two notations for the note progression of Für Elise that goes "E.-C-B-A" at the end. One is "E.-C-B-A", which was the one I heard first, and the other is "D.-C-B-A", which appeared in an RCM ...
5
votes
3answers
199 views

Should I be grabbing piano key?

When I hit a piano key should I be grabbing the piano key with a slight inward tug kind of like a brushing motion? Or should I be pressing down with no inward motion?
0
votes
0answers
44 views

Good book/method for a piano beginner [duplicate]

I've been playing guitar for the last 20 years, but I never learned to read notes. Now I decided to learn to read notes and I decided to do it with a piano. I have a good book to learn the notes, but ...
5
votes
4answers
24k views

Yamaha vs Casio digital piano - is there an objective comparison?

I am looking to buy an entry-level digital piano for playing at home, and it seems that of the brands available locally, Yamaha and Casio provide an entry level range that suits me price-wise. ...
2
votes
4answers
2k views

How many keys should I require for a keyboard for ABRSM piano exams?

I looked at some related questions about piano key numbers but I was wondering how many keys would be required specifically for piano exams. I have previously trained to grade 4 in ABRSM but that was ...
8
votes
4answers
245 views

Is there a program that can show a score bar by bar in realtime playing?

I am trying to improve my sight reading and a good exercise is to play a music score seeing only the next bar. I do this with my teacher covering the bar that I'm playing, but I can't do it at home, ...
0
votes
1answer
200 views

How do I play harp-like licks on a piano?

Many R&B songs I listen to have a similar sort of sequence of notes which flow in a manner similar to that of a harp. A good example is Beni's song 'Last Lie', in which the first chord is done in ...
1
vote
5answers
114 views

Did any player pianos use card decks?

Wikipedia doesn't mention any. But since Jacquard cards developed from Bouchon tapes in the eighteenth century; and then Hollerith cards evolved back into tapes and then into magnetic tapes (merging ...
4
votes
4answers
2k views

Why do F#6 and higher notes ring more than F6 and lower notes?

I learned Overworld Theme 2 from Super Mario Bros. 3 a few years ago, which features the nice bright high notes of A6, G6, and F6: I noticed on my 80 year old upright piano that the A and G rang ...
3
votes
1answer
169 views

Is there any repertoire that makes explicit use of the Sostenuto pedal?

Often when I've used the sostenuto pedal (in fact, whenever I've used it thus far) it's as a "helping hand" to sustain various notes individually that would be much more difficult to hold otherwise. ...
3
votes
1answer
175 views

Whose idea was it to put three pedals on a piano?

Who ever decided to put foot pedals on a piano? Do we know who did it, or do we only know the general period that this happened? I would like to know who did this and when did it happen?
4
votes
3answers
3k views

Starting piano - which instrument to choose?

I've been playing guitar for a couple of years now, and I want to try my hand at piano - so to speak. I'm a little stumped as to what the best instrument for me to choose is, as I've been looking at ...
2
votes
1answer
281 views

How do I go about practicing this arpeggio?

I'm an experienced guitar player, and I'm finally getting around to spending some time self-studying the piano. I've been learning a few songs by ear, and I'm wondering how to go about properly ...
1
vote
0answers
33 views

Getting back to the piano after 5 years - restart with lessons or just play? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Get back into piano after long break? How to get back on track after long absence Before I went to university I spent quite some time playing the piano after several ...
2
votes
3answers
228 views

Zedd - Spectrum arpeggio fingering help?

I am having real trouble working out the optimal fingering for an arpeggio in this piano piece: (Note that lower G should be on the right hand stave. The piece is 104 bpm) I have tried a few ...
3
votes
4answers
3k views

How Can I Replicate The Sound Of An Instrument?

I have experience of basic music theory, guitar and piano. My current project involves creating a computer program that can replicate the sounds of any given instrument (starting with piano). I can ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

Do the hands' sizes affect piano learning/performance?

I don't really know anything about pianos, but since I just got a digital one I guess I should give it a go. The first thing I noticed is that it is difficult for me to press multiple keys that are a ...
5
votes
2answers
368 views

Chopin op. 28 no. 2 - bar 16 symbols

There are two symbols I do not recognise below the stretto in this excerpt: What are these symbols? And also, form what I read the stretto here should be interpreted as an accelerando, am I ...
6
votes
1answer
695 views

Piano mordent with two notes

I'm trying to play Brahms' Hungarian dance №11 and there is a technical question. How do I play a mordent from the 4th measure? Whether both notes should be played with mordent or just the upper one? ...
5
votes
2answers
249 views

Goldberg Variation 28, right hand 4/5 trills [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Learning 4/5 trills on the piano? At a fast tempo, the 32-notes in the right hand (all marked as 4/5 in my Henle edition), are the first time in the Variations where my ...
1
vote
3answers
579 views

Piano Concerto Evolution

So I'm currently studying piano concerti, and I'm kind of stuck on a certain aspect of it. How has the piano CONCERTO evolved from the classical period to the romantic period? I always find ...
15
votes
4answers
7k views

Is it possible to find the correct chords from melody notes alone?

I'm caught up in this thought. My friend gave me just the melody notes of a song. Here it is, So, Here is the problem: "without having the chords supplied, there is no way of knowing what the chords ...
5
votes
1answer
493 views

Is there any algorithmic way to split a piano MIDI into left and right hand parts?

Equivalently, how can I split notes across a staff in the most "correct" way? Something simple would be to just split the parts across a particular note (i.e., middle C), but this would be much less ...
5
votes
5answers
4k views

Technique for octaves on piano without pain?

So I'm a decently experienced pianist, but I never had formal training. And now I've got this absolutely amazing arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody, and it's killing me. The first two parts were so ...
7
votes
2answers
2k views

Learning 4/5 trills on the piano?

This has got to be one of the hardest technical things to teach your hands. I'm looking for advice from someone who's already surmounted this particular obstacle. To be clear, I'm talking about ...
10
votes
3answers
453 views

Why are some measures separated by double lines?

I play piano. Sometimes, measures in pieces are separated by a double vertical line instead of a single one. What does this signify?
5
votes
1answer
641 views

Does weight lifting affect finger dexterity?

I play the piano for around 8 years now but I also work out 3-4 times a week. Does this affect my finger dexterity since I see people playing for 2 years only and they are more virtuosso than me. Or ...
4
votes
2answers
848 views

Software for practicing the reading of jazz chord changes?

There are now a lot of good programs out for sight-reading, simple chord progression recognition, and for jazz, even some backing track creators. But is there a program that generates chord changes ...
4
votes
5answers
6k views

Realistic Virtual Piano

I recently started playing around with my MIDI keyboard and Garageband. However, I noticed the default "Grand Piano" etc. in Garageband have very poor sound and expression capability. Is there a free ...
3
votes
2answers
1k views

Recommended seating in a concert hall during Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2

I want to book a ticket to Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. Where in the concert hall should I prefer to sit? The concert hall is structured as many others: A relatively large seating area in ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

How can I adjust the sensitivity of my keyboard sustain pedal?

The pedal comes by itself without instructions. When I play, the pedal is quite abrupt. As soon as I'm done holding sustain and want to release, it releases abruptly which doesn't sound great. I'd ...
3
votes
1answer
1k views

How to distinguish between piano music by Beethoven and Chopin?

What are some musical characteristics that can be analyzed to tell if a piece of music was written by Ludwig van Beethoven or Frédéric Chopin? Both are unmistakably present in the concert repertoire ...