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

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Tools to improve sight-reading of rhythms

So, there are a number of tools and strategies to learn to sight-read pitch. I mean, you just make flashcards and in a while you should be able to read comfortably all notes on all staves, right? ...
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Piano: Finger substitution vs spreading hand for different intervals

For the measures shown in the picture, I am able to reach the notes if I spread my hand but I'm not sure if this is good practice. I tried also to use finger substitution but I can make it work only ...
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How do pianos and keyboards differ?

Can you play all piano music on a keyboard? What other considerations are there?
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So I *need* the music but I don't actually read it - how bad is it?

I have recently started playing again after a 10-year-ish break. When I first learn a piece I consciusly read it note by note. Well, almost note by note, if I see an ascending scale starting from e....
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How to teach the staff to a teenager?

A friend of mine who is 18 has played guitar for practically his whole life, except he's only played by ear and tablature. He's been playing piano for a year and a half now, but he's never learned to ...
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How to record a piano with high quality?

I want to record myself playing the piano. I am a complete beginner when it comes to this, so I just want to ask the basic questions, so I can and make an informed decision, once I buy the equipment (...
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Arranging a piece for full Orchestra

I have recently finished writing an intermediate level piece for piano duet, and think it would sound pretty good when played by a full orchestra. Only problem is I don't know any one who can arrange ...
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Did baroque composers expect you to “bring out” the voices in their pieces, the way today's critics seem to enjoy in players?

So, I recently had a, sadly, way too short conversation with a pianist on the train. According to the guy, in the 17th and 18th century polyphonic keyboard works were not played in such a way that ...
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Small hand substitutions… any rules?

I'm a self-taught hobby pianist with small hands, which means that often I need to substitute notes to be able to play something comfortably (or at all). E.g. in Traumerei, there is a 10-note reach ...
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Virtual Piano black keys offset

This is quite off-topic to some extent but I think it's still the right place to ask. I am working on a new app and I want to implement an octave of piano keys in there. Unfortunately, in order to ...
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Double Sharp Confusion [duplicate]

I'm playing a piece at the moment and it is in the key of A Major. A few bars in we encounter an F double sharp (F## or Fx). Would that bring the note up to G like normal, or because the Key Signature ...
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How to evaluate the quality of sound of a piano?

While looking for a new piano I was wondering how to evaluate the quality of tone and sound of a piano as an instrument? What makes the difference between a good and an even better instrument? What ...
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Chopin op. 28 no. 4 - 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 correct?...
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So, what does this tenuto mark mean in Bernstein's piano music?

This is a bar from the fifth of Bernstein's Five Anniversaries, "For Susanna Kyle". It's a nice and easy tune that sounds vaguely like what Satie would have composed in his youth were he not wasted ...
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Improvising on the piano as a solo instrument: what octave range to cover?

When I'm playing piano, just mucking about over a chord sequence, I tend to have my left and right hand close together e.g my thumbs are only a tone or so apart. I think in a band that would be good ...
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What does this notation mean for the piano?

I saw this in Chopin's Op.25 No.12 etude and was bemused. On the next line, the asterisk reappears on its own. What is this called and what does it mean?
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How to practise, ear piano playing after years of sightreading only?

I am stuck in sheet music. I know theory, have average sight reading skill, know chords and their inversions, scales, accidentals... But if someone took the notes away I couldn't play even familiar ...
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In Bach's Prelude in A Minor, what chord is B D G# and what's its function?

A Piano Beginner: I am playing A Bach Prelude in A Minor: Bar 1 A C E, Bar 2 A D F, Bar 3 B D G# Bar 4 C E A. The G# chord has been described as a VII dim (G# dim) and a ii dim 7 (B dim7) giving ...
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Where do I release the soft pedal in Ravel's Jeux d'Eau?

I've been working on Ravel's Jeux d'Eau, and the intended use of the soft pedal in the piece is not always clear to me. There are several spots where he indicates to use the soft pedal, but there isn'...
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Damper pedal for Requiem for a Dream

This has been bothering me for some time. I have been playing the piano for 3 years so far, and despite all my efforts I am unable to find an answer. It's a bit of a difficult question to phrase, so ...
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Is it orthodox to use the pedal when playing Bach on the piano?

It is my understanding that Bach's keyboard works were written for the harpsichord, and thus no (damper) pedal is used while playing Bach on the harpsichord. On the piano however, I have heard ...
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How are fingerings on ornamented notes to be interpreted?

Do fingerings refer to the "main" note or the first note of the ornament realization? Suppose I have a trilled B over which the editor has put a 3. Does it mean that I play it 3-2, the C with the 3 ...
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How to (re)gain relaxation and muscular control? Any excercises, methods?

So, I started playing piano again after a long (~10 year?) break. I get very fatigued, very fast playing simple stuff. Not pain, just fatigue, as if I were doing a lot of pushups. The fact that my ...
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Why would a teacher ban the metronome altogether?

So when I was a kid I had this piano teacher who was completely against even owning a metronome. He was adamant that using a metronome to practice was a bad habit and insisted that pupils always ...
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Is there a canonical piano grading system?

The Thompson's books are divided by grade (first grade, second grade, etc.) Aside from that I have encountered a pianist who says that he is considered to be an X grade pianist. what is this grading ...
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Should I fix my piano or buy a digital one?

I've been doing a lot of research, but first here's my background. I live in a Beach City, near Sao Paulo, Brazil. My grandfather has bought me a piano years ago, at an auction for R$ 900 (in today's ...
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What are the practical advantages of keyboards with non-weighted keys vs. weighted hammer action?

This is not a question about what type toy keyboard a beginning piano student should learn on if a real piano is not an option. I am talking about professional quality keyboards in the above (to well ...
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Piano blues - What is being played on this guys left hand [closed]

I am working on trying to improvise some blues and found this video here I want to try and take his advice, by starting off by just using a few notes, and then try ...
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Is it normal for most people to play root or inverted chords?

I play mostly inverted chords. I find it much easier, as it allows me to stay centered around middle C. I can feel my way around, and don't have to look at the keys. Is this normal? Do most people ...
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How to record MIDI automatically?

I have a Yamaha Disklavier, an acoustic piano with MIDI output. My son improvises on it when he is in the mood, which is quite frequently. It's good stuff and I'd like to capture the MIDI output of ...
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How much dynamics, tempo fluctuation is acceptable in Baroque music on piano? How to achieve expressivity?

I'm not talking about exaggerated rubato and a deliberate Liberace-style soup of genres, but is it acceptable to add some dynamics and some tiny tempo fluctuations when playing Baroque on piano to ...
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Time Signature Count

I have extracted the measure in question that I'm struggling to understand how the notes line up to the existing (4 4) time signature. As I understand, the bass has 16, 1/16th counts, but the ...
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How much practicing time per week is enough to progress with piano for beginner?

My 11 year old child starts learning piano from scratch, taking 30 min weekly lessons with the teacher. How many additional practicing time per week it is reasonable and clever to allocate for the ...
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Is “pattern-based” playing specific to instruments or tradition?

In the following video, Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater is reviewing the Axis-64 by C-thru-music. It's a keyboard/MIDI controller that uses a geometric harmonic table rather than a traditional ...
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Teaching yourself piano as a support instrument only?

What is the best way to learn piano if I only want to use it to support my singing, and to aid in transcription and composition? All self-teaching courses I've come across seem to focus on self-...
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Voiceleading and piano

I have for a long time been very confused about how the principles of voice leading taught in 4 part Harmony writing relate to music in general. The dogma seems to be that virtually all tonal music is ...
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Minor major seventh flat five chords: do they exist, and if so, how should they be used?

When randomly playing chords, my husband and I stumbled upon an interesting four-note combination of C, Eb, Gb and B natural, which sounded pretty nice to us despite the dissonance. This looks like a ...
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How can I learn to sing and play an instrument (like Piano) at the same time?

I find this a very difficult thing to do, and also not easy to put as much energy into singing, while playing piano. I have started off by just trying the chords on the piano, though it is still ...
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I want to learn to play a specific song on the piano

My Dad recently passed away and I want to learn to play "Alfie" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David (1966) on the piano. I have no experience to play the piano, but would like advice on the best way I can ...
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Can acceptable trills be played on an old M1 with unweighted synth action?

So I have a Korg T3 (basically an M1 with some extra ROM samples). I am deeply deeply unsatisfied with my trills because they just don't have that smooth, singing, "trilly" quality. They are on time ...
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Do I need piano lessons?

So I've been playing flute for 6 years and oboe for 3 years, I know both bass and treble clef, I know what all the keys on a piano are (middle c ect.), and I know how to read sheet music. I've even ...
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Simple chord progression question

I am learning the piano online. I am trying to learn chord progressions. In this simple example the chord progression is supposed to be C F G C (I, IV, V, I). However, in the third part (G) the ...
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Hanon and Self-Taught Bad Technique

I was looking at the question about the benefits of working from Hanon to improve on piano and there was a lot of talk about the dangers of Hanon reinforcing bad technique. If I am a self-teaching ...
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Which keyboard works - beside Bach's - are part of the study curriculum *and* regularly performed in public?

Bach has written a huge body of keyboard music that ranges from "easy peasy" (Anna Magdalena) to "inhuman" (the ol' prelude & fugue). A significant part of it is both popular with public ...
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Can someone learn practicing piano with a MIDI keyboard?

I would like to learn playing piano. I am self-learning music theory, which I understand, but I don't practice at all. Pianos being too expensive, can I get the same experience with a MIDI keyboard? I ...
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Alternate keyboard input methods for a digital touchscreen piano?

Typical digital touchscreen pianos I've seen mimic a physical keyboard, i.e. a series of vertical keys rising in pitch from left to right. My question is: are there alternative digital touchscreen ...
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BPM marking doesn't check out or am I just reading it wrong?

So, Czerny, in his edition of Bach's two part inventions, says 138 BPM (crotchets per minute) is appropriate for the first invention: http://javanese.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/7/72/IMSLP63611-...
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Me and the grand staff: how to achieve pacific coexistence

Damn grand staff. So I have recently started playing again after a 10-year break. I can still read and play okay off a single staff in treble clef, but the grand staff? Nope. My eyes keep jumping ...
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How much time are you supposed to spend on a piece approximately at your difficulty level?

So, often piano pieces are graded by difficulty. Like, for example here: http://www.henle.com/us/detail/index.html?Title=Two+Part+Inventions+BWV+772-786_169 The editor has to say: While ...
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What does this indication mean?

On the Jazz Theory Book, there is this example to be played on the piano: I've never had any piano training/lessons, so I don't really know the indications. What does 'Led' (or is it 'Σed') mean?