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

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Bartok - Mikrokosmos - Book 1 - 10 “With alternate hands”: Thumb on a black key?

I have a question about the 10th exercise in Bartok's Mikrokosmos book 1 ("With alternate hands"): In the key signature the A's are indicated to be played flat. The left hand starts with it's fifth ...
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What is this electrical thing in my piano?

What is the bar with the red freehand circle? You can see it has a cord coming out to the right. I'm unable to try plugging it in and seeing what it does because it's an incompatible cord with my ...
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how do you play a double mortent on the piano

I am guessing the wavy line from one chord up to another chord is Double mortent. I looked online and this is the only term I could locate for this symbol. Can you tell me how it is played?
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How to relax my wrists?

I began learning the piano recently. When I begin playing, my hands form nice 70-80 degree curves with the wrists relaxed. I can maintain this for trivial pieces with no significant hand motion. But ...
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Is there a standard notation for piano fingering?

Ofcourse there is the notation 1 2 3 4 5 for each finger. But are there other (quasi-)standard symbols for indicating, for example, hand movements, stretching the hand, putting the thumb under, etc.? ...
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Playing a Melody While Singing

In general on piano do you play the melody of a song if you intend to sing? Is it the case that you play a much more basic version of a song if you intend to also sing? If I am looking at sheet ...
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Changing compound intervals into simple intervals to simplify a piano arrangement

I am learning to play "raindrop keep falling on my head". In the sheet I have there are in the base line there are tenth interval that I simplified into thirds: My questions are: Is it very ...
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Memorizing a random sequence of complex chords

I'm starting playing piano and have a trouble with memorizing sequences of complex chords. For example (this is beginning of "Turbine Womb" by Soap&Skin): When chords like simple triads ...
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I'm a musical novice. Can I start my child off on piano?

I'd like to help my six-year-old son try out starting on a piano. At this point, I'm not prepared to invest the money or scheduled time necessary for formal lessons. So, I'm interested in trying to ...
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How to play same note legato?

This question is about this arrangement for a beginner: http://makingmusicfun.net/htm/f_printit_free_printable_sheet_music/marriage-of-figaro-piano.htm There is one big slur over the first several ...
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How can I play Für Elise well?

I've always heard that Für Elise is an extremely difficult piece to play well, despite being relatively easy in a technical sense. An added challenge is that it's been extremely over-played (I'm just ...
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Notation for a turn with a half step

From what I've read, turns only seem to use the notes in the key, so if I'm in C Major, what would be the notation for a turn with G-A-G-F#-G ?
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Trill in Bach fugue WTC 1 BWV 851

In the second bar of the J.S. Bach d-minor Fugue in WTC 1 (BWV 851), we have How should this trill be played?
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Is there a general rule when to use a 9th, 11th, and 13th chord on piano

My question is mainly related to extended chord. Is there a general rule for using the 9th, 11th and 13th? I have seen in a II,V,I progression in the key of C this progression: Dm9,G13, C.
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Sweaty hands while playing piano

I'm very new to playing the piano and I only had 2 lessons so far. Everytime I practice my hands are sweating all over the keyboard, it's not so bad when I'm practicing on my own, but when I visit my ...
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How useful are learning aids in teaching oneself piano?

EDIT: The keyboard is lighted - as in the keys have lights (LEDs) embedded in them. I know there are weighted keyboards. But those are beyond my budget. Of course the weighted ones feel more authentic ...
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Any established exercise to ease finger movements while playing piano

I am a beginner in piano, and I am currently learning names of keys and some movements. While moving, my little fingers and almost all the other fingers are not very smooth at pressing keys, and ...
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Forgetting the piece when playing for the teacher [duplicate]

I am taking piano lessons that I have to prepare pieces for, and play them for the teacher. After learning a piece, I usually manage to play it when practising in private. However when I come to the ...
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How to play repeating notes quickly in the left hand on the piano

I've been working on Fur Elise, and I came to one section repeating a single note staccato in the bass. How do I play this? I've tried playing it normally, but I can't sustain it for more than a ...
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What can I do about my problems with piano scales which manifest in just one direction?

I've been practicing scales for some time now, and I found them mostly easy and fun to play. The problems begin when I have to play them faster, but oddly enough my problem manifests only when playing ...
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Scotland the Brave - advice for newbie painist

I recently bought a synthesizer and my dream is to play Scotland the Brave. What is the quickest way to achieve this goal? (e.g. should I just learn to play the keys and not the chords; is there a ...
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Exercises for quickly identifying intervals on the staff

In order to improve my piano sight-reading, I want to practice recognizing intervals on the staff faster. If possible I'd like to combine the interval-recognition with a training for my finger memory, ...
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Progressing from a C Minor 9th

If I am playing a C Minor 9th chord what are the next chords up that work with a C Minor 9th? Am I able to follow the C Minor scale and create a 9th from each note in the scale? A bit confused on ...
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Tied Db in Liszt's Consolation No. 3

In Liszt's Consolation No. 3, the Db in the bass (e.g. bars 3-7) is notated as a single tied whole note which lasts five bars. But in all performances of the piece I've heard, the performer repeats ...
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Exercises to integrate syncopation into improvisation

Recently, I kinda felt that my improvisation style is really lacking colorful rhythms (By improvisation, I mean pop music improvisation in piano soloing, not jazz or blues improvisation.) So, does ...
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Is Warsaw Concerto a piano concerto?

My brother is entering a competition, which the final round requires a performance of a Piano Concerto of any era. My brother is looking for an emotional and powerful piece. I recommended a late ...
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Fingering Advice for Bach Invention 13

I was hoping to get some feedback about my choice of fingering shown in the picture below.
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Acoustic Yamaha U1: One key sounds too loud

I recently got a Yamaha U1 acoustic piano. It sounds great except the E below middle C (E3) is much too loud. Whenever I play a chord with that key it really stands out and dominates the sound. No ...
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How important is to reach the bottom limit of the key when pressed?

When practicing, I noticed that in forte scale runs I always reach the bottom limit of every key I press, but when playing the same run piano or pianissimo I don't always reach the bottom limit. So, ...
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How accurate are the pedal indications of Bach - Busoni, solo piano works?

On the massive edition of Bach's solo piano works by Ferruccio Busoni with the complete name of Busoni-Ausgabe (Klavierwerke) in 25 volumes (Joh. Seb. Bach. Klavierwerke unter Mitwirkung von Egon ...
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How to play a quarter note after a half note when they're the same note?

Sorry for the noob question, but I'm not sure where else to look for this one. I'm trying to learn "Can't take my eyes off you" on piano, but the sheet music is confusing me. Here's a link to the ...
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Numbers above notes in piano sheet music?

What do vertical numbers above chords mean in a sheet music for the piano? Never seen this before: What do the numbers mean? How do I play it? Thanks!
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Pianist at 22 years old

I'm a 22 years old guy who is studying physics but wants to return to music(piano). do you think I have any chance of getting accepted into a conservatory at 23-24 years old? I studied in a ...
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What would be a good method to learn a new piano piece?

I am a cello player since 30 years and have played for a decade in a string quartet, taken numerous masterclasses with great teachers. I know what the methods are and what works for me when practicing ...
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What does this split stem notation mean?

Here's sheet music for chopin's 2nd ballade. On page 6, in the 2nd measure in the 4th line of music, there's a D# and a D natural, with two lines coming out of them and connecting to the double bar ...
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Finger Exercises for Piano when not playing

Are there any finger exercises I can perform even when I am not near a piano to improve my dexterity and strength of my fingers?
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What do you call a chord that is not complete?

What do you call a chord that is not complete or how can you tell what chord a group of notes are? Is it by looking at the root note? For example: C# E G# B F# => C# Maj 11 E F# G# ...
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How do I begin finally making music on the piano?

It's been almost 4 years since I had too much time on my hands while living in student dorms so I decided to learn to play the piano. I always loved listening to classical and suddenly listening ...
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Practicing modes on the piano

This has probably been asked a lot here but I can't seem to find the question, sorry if I'm repeating it. I know the definitions of the different modes I just want to incorporate them, being able to ...
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Why is there a key signature if I never play those notes?

I'm just getting back to playing on keyboard. I'm trying to play "Ode to Joy" from the piano sheet but I have a basic question. At the beginning of some staffs, on the right of the treble clef I can ...
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Why does a grand piano nearly always sound better than an upright piano? [duplicate]

I can't help but notice that nearly all grand pianos sound better than upright pianos. Is there a reason for this? I was thinking of the shapes but I think there should be more to it.
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Unknown Notation - Thick Horizontal Bars Between Notes

I haven't the faintest idea of what these could mean. Some sort of run perhaps? How do you effect the dynamics/notes these bars are referring to? EDIT: For reference, this specific example is ...
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Drummer looking to learn one-handed keyboard

I'm a drummer looking to supplement my playing with a keyboard (simultaneously) and also contribute a little more to the writing process. Likely, I'll be playing keys with my left hand, probably basic ...
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Is it bad for a piano player to work out?

I'm not sure if this is a myth, but is it bad for a pianist to work out (e.g. lift weights)? I've heard that building strength this way will reduce fine muscle control.
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Just bought a digital piano - have some 'newbie' computer music questions

I am a beginning pianist (playing for 2 years), accustomed to practicing on very high-end acoustic pianos (Steinway, Yamaha and Fazioli concert grands), which I have access to, but obviously do not ...
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Good non-Henle urtext edition of Bach?

I am looking to buy a copy of the English Suites, and need an urtext edition. Normally I'd just go to the music store and buy the book; however, they only have the Henle edition, and being a student, ...
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Why don't pianos use multiples of 12 for the number of keys?

In one of the answers of this question, some pianos with 44, 61, 76, and 88 keys are introduced. I just don't get it. Why notes are not following any formula? I mean, a piano with 63 keys means that ...
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Different types of grace notes

This is a definition of a grace note from a Thompson piano course book: But if they don't have any time value, why do I see grace note of different time values? In this picture there is an eighth ...
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Guidelines for piano composition/transcription

I'm a classical guitar student but I always loved the piano. Though I never owned one, most of my musical ideas come to me as harmonies on the keyboard so I often have to translate that into something ...
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Really Silent Piano

Does anyone have experience with "silent" pianos and knows whether or not there is a properly silent, i.e. neighbor-friendly, piano on the market? Background: for practicing without disturbing the ...