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

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Locating a key on the keyboard

I'm trying to figure out what the correct technique is for locating a key on the piano keyboard. As far as I can tell, there are the following clues (names invented on the spot): "absolute ...
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What is this common chord pattern, if that's the right term?

I really commonly find that contemporary songs use an arpeggiated up-and-down progression over notes that are in this shape, here are some examples: C1, G1, C2 C#1, G#, C#2 E1, B, E2 A1, E, A2 Is ...
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How can I learn Cuban/AfroCuban and Latin Jazz piano?

I'm wondering if some people can point me towards some learning material that they may have enjoyed for learning Cuban style Latin Jazz. Ideally I'd like something I can learn on my own time -- ...
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Quick and effective ways to learn and read scores(piano)

I have no music background or whatsoever. I am interested in self-learning piano, how do I learn to read music notes?
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How long I need to practice piano in general before trying to learn playing blues?

Is playing blues understood as advanced skill or something that it is possible to start learning without significant background? I basically know which notes are which on the keyboard and can play ...
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Where to find practice tracks for jazz piano (specifically for the realbook)

When I was in high school I played piano in the jazz band. I was going through my stuff and found my realbook and it occurred to me that it would be awesome if I could play from it again. However, ...
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Should the key of a song composition be chosen based on the type of song? [duplicate]

I am beginner at playing the piano and I want to write my own songs. I know that a song should in some key. My question is - What key should be chosen when writing a particular type of song. What kind ...
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Advice on piano finger positions

Say, when one's practicing the first four keys in the C-major scale, how useful is to practice it with fingers 1-2-3-1 as opposed to 1-2-3-4? I could say to myself 'what ever you feel easy', but is ...
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Is there piano music for reduced number of keys (32)?

So, I was scammed into buying this (if you are wondering, a yamaha portasound ps-1) for 60€. 2 and a half octaves (32 keys). I learned a bit to play simple songs and about general music theory ...
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What chord is this and when is it the dominant?

For a song I've written I do a chromatic descending climb with the bass note in a Cm chord and end up with my fingers like this: First of all I'd like to know what chord this is, my guess is an A ...
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Very portable MIDI synth

I was planning to buy a very small MIDI keyboard (akai lpk25). Of course to make it produce sounds, I would need to connect it (via USB) to my laptop. Question: say one day I want to go to the park ...
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chord of C in four-part, close harmony

What tones would you use if told to strike the common chord of C in four-part, close harmony, using the root for the highest tone?
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How to learn piano improvisation

I am a self-taught piano player, played for about five years with shorter and longer breaks. I've never had any formal education, don't know chords or music theory. What should I do to learn piano ...
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How to improve agility when Transposing?

I'm a Big fan of C Major and enjoy improvising songs on C Major, even when the song is not in C, I Always "Transpose" the chord or arpeggio into C Major. Unfortunately, when accompany someone, or ...
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Which outputs to use on my mixer

I'm looking at doing some simple recording at home, and I'm looking to buy a Behringer 1202 12 mixer, or something of similar price or quality. The devices I'll need to record are as follows: A ...
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How does the piano middle pedal work? Is there a standard symbol for it?

What are the mechanics behind the middle piano pedal? I have been using the middle pedal for a variety of music, it is wonderful, but I can't figure out how it works (I mean the mechanical process). ...
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Software for virtual midi device?

I have software that supports input from a midi device (Plugging a keyboard into pc to record MIDI audio). I have recorded a few MIDI files on my keyboard, but I don't have the keyboard anymore. Is ...
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Tempo:Mendelssohn's Song without Words, op.53. No. 3

All the professional recordings of Mendelssohn's "Song without Words" op.53. No. 3 last below three minutes (look at this list). As a matter of fact, some recordings last just 2 minutes! What's the ...
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Low(est) level digital piano vs keyboard comparison

first of all, I have not touched a keyboard/piano in my life before. I am planning to pick it up as soon as next week. Normally if I knew that I'd stick with this new hobby, I would not limit myself ...
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Next step after learning piano chords

I've tried many times to learn piano, but get bored quickly and drop it. Until I found an easy method to get going quickly: learn to form major and minor chords look up song tab online use a ...
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What contributes to good piano posture?

I have to admit I can slouch when I'm not paying attention at the piano. So what makes for good piano posture? Extra: Are there any guides that are often used as standard? I've heard that the ...
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C in Treble or Bass Clef

I see a 'C' like sign in the beginning of the staff. What does it mean?
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How do you play a grace note tied to the same principal note?

I'm a bit confused as to how to play a particular series of grace notes in two pieces: Schubert's Moment Musicaux No. 3 and Debussy's Menuet. Here are the measures for reference: In both examples, ...
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Advice on writing a midi file from almost complete sheet music

I want to convert a song to a midi file. The sheet music I've found on the internet for this song is almost complete. It's missing a few notes that I can hear when I listen to the song. I can just ...
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What is the word for the panel on a piano that is in front of the keyboard?

Not the part of the piano that typically has the brand name on it, but the piece of wood that is under the keyboard and is in full view of the pianist.
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How should I inspect a used piano prior to purchase?

I am considering finding a used grand (or baby grand) piano to purchase. This will be a standard acoustic piano, not an electronic version that "looks like" a grand piano. I am an experienced ...
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Piano--Sight Read vs Memorising

Any correlations and meanings here? I find that people who are good at sight reading are bad at memorising, and people who are bad at sight reading are good at memorising. I also find that some ...
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Is this piece supposed to be played by one person?

Up until the 25th second of this video, player's left hand goes over a great distance on the keyboard. The right hand's keys are placed much closer to each other, and I don't have a problem playing ...
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How to play left handed chords in piano and keyboard?

While playing songs from a fake book, I use the left hand bass octave with chord voicing on the right hand if I am playing in piano. However in keyboard, I can't play the bass octave along with ...
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What happens technically when you accentuate on a time-signature?

When you have a 4/4 time signature you typically accentuate beats "1" and (minorly) "3" for every measure. On a piano, what does that mean technically? Is beat "1" just louder or is it also a (little) ...
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Yamaha YPG: 235 : shifting octaves

I want to practice Beethovens moonlight sonata, but the sonata needs keys lower than what I have in my 76-keyboard. Is it possible to shift keys one octave down?
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Rapid chromatic scales

What is a good fingering to use to be able to play through chromatic scales of a run-like-nature on the piano? For instance, I find that using the usual 1-2-3-1-3-1-3 fingering (assuming I'm using my ...
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What is the difference between dolce and cantabile techniques on the piano?

I find it difficult to make dolce (sweetly) and cantabile (singing/songlike) sound different when I'm playing the piano. How should my technique differ from one to the other?
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How often is the soft pedal used in piano scores?

I've been playing the piano for a long time, but I don't ever recall seeing any piece of music call explicitly for the soft pedal. Some digital pianos and keyboards don't even have one. I know there ...
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Why we use fourth finger of left hand to start b major?

I am just curious about this thing because recently i have started learning music.
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Is there a specific finger for playing a specific key on piano?

I'm new to piano, I can play some stuff following the sheet music, but i'm always wondering if my fingers are on the right position, so, I'd like to know if there's like a map or a way to determine ...
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How to play chords that overlap melody

What do you do when notes from a chord in the left hand overlap with notes from a melody in the right hand? Do you drop notes? Do you change notes in the chord? This is my biggest frustration right ...
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How is this piano chord fingered in “Graceful Ghost”?

From the first page of the sheet music for "Graceful Ghost" (preview available from Sheet Music Plus), you can see that in the third measure (the first chord the right hand plays after the repeat ...
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How can I improve my playing of faster finger runs?

I am just preparing for my grade 8 piano exam. I'm struggling with quick runs in the 3rd movement of Beethoven's Sonate Pathetique. It really doesn't sound right. When I play I can't do it smothly and ...
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How to know whether a note is to be played with the left hand or the right hand?

I stumbled upon this notation on the first page of the 3rd movement of the Beethoven Moonlight Sonata: Does the position of the note mean that it is to be played with the right hand? I can see no ...
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Cziffra's cadenza in Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6

I've been recently listening to this interpretation of Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody #6 by György Cziffra. Between 1:40 and 1:50, he improvises a custom cadenza which I couldn't find in any tabs. Would ...
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How are Band Scores and Piano Scores Similar or Different?

There are two sites I'm looking at that for a the same music book (same ISBN), one lists it as a 'band score' and the other a 'piano score'. I want to buy music for the piano, so if it's really a ...
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Is this a modal song?

I just want to check, is this song, Magic Power by Triumph, an example of D Mixolydian (major, dropped 7th)? ...
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My fingers are huge; how do I adjust on a piano?

I'm a big guy and my fingers are proportionately big. I've been a student of piano for a few months now. I'm told regularly that I should play "into the keyboard" so that my fingers are closer to the ...
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practice of omitting notes in jazz piano

I'm trying to find a name for the practice of omitting notes in jazz piano. There was an American jazz pianist (black I think) who was famous for it. His show piece was to start playing "Mac The ...
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Understanding the elements of harmony in “honky-tonk” or ragtime style piano

I enjoy improvising piano in what I call (perhaps incorrectly) a "honky-tonk" or "ragtime" style, usually involving a steady stride or two-step in the left hand, and playing over that with lots of ...
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What is the best way to break using the pedal too frequently?

I have been playing piano on an 88-key electric piano a fair bit recently. I have developed what I believe to be a very bad habit, in that I use the sustain pedal very often. While I don't think this ...
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How can I make my hammond chord organ sound like a keyboard or piano?

I have a Hammond organ and really want to play invisibly shaken by Rodney Atkins and can't seem to find the right tone. In the song the music sounds like it is coming from a keyboard or piano. How can ...
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Is it easier to play “softly” on a grand piano?

As I live in an apartment complex, I'm limited to playing on digital pianos; something I can plug headphones into so I don't disturb my neighbors. I recently purchased a Yamaha P95 and have been blown ...
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How are method books for instruments created and why do they work?

This is an odd question. But I think I can use some wisdom from teachers and other experienced individuals. Now, most of the instruments have method books, and many teachers follow them as well. My ...