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

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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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In piano music notation how are notes distributed between the staves?

I recently stumbled across a piece of music for the piano that confused me a little. The first image is how I found the score, the second is how I rearranged it myself. How I usually find ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Sibelius op .75 Number 5: is the composer a bit sloppy, is my edition a bit sloppy, or am I missing something

In my edition of this piece, there's very specific (Ped) (*) markings, which suggests to me that the composer is laying out all the pedalling. However, a bit after the Forte/fermata in the long ...
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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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Is playing blindfold a good practice method?

Is playing without being able to look at what you're doing a useful practice technique for instruments like guitar and piano? Learning to play without needing to look at your instrument is good of ...
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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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What are the pros and cons of the Suzuki method of the piano teaching vs. traditional piano teaching methods?

What is a best and most efficient way to start playing piano? Suzuki method or Traditional? I'm 21 years old.
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What does the arc under fingerings mean?

What does the arc under fingerings mean as seen in these two pictures? It seems like first image, the arc means to transition fingerings from thumb (left hand) to second finger, but on the second ...
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What are “Es”, “As”, etc. chords?

I cannot find these chords in my piano chord manual and think they may have alternative notations. What is an Es or As chord?
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Is there a color code for notes?

A few days ago, to learn to play music, I bought a keyboard (Yamaha, EZ-30). It has lighted keys and all light red. It somehow felt wrong that all keys light up red. If A lights up red, then C should ...
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Piano tuning just under the absolute pitch

The other day, the piano tuner came to the semi-annual tuning of my piano (a Blüthner baby grand). I was not at the house when he did the tuning. When I got home, the piano was tuned in respect to ...
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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 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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What is the best way to become super-accurate on the piano?

For an example of what I mean, look at Volodos or Marc-Andre Hamelin -- both well-known for their incredibly crisp and accurate technique. The answer is NOT to play more. There are some pieces I'm ...
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Are short fingers detrimental to becoming a pianist?

In this question, the OP asks about the problem of his wife's fingers being too short to cover the guitar's fretboard entirely. Similarly, my wife wants to start learning piano and her fingers are ...
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Jazz piano versus classical piano

What are the main differences between a jazz Pianist and a classical Pianist, If there are any. If I play mainly songs of pop artists (e.g: The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, etc.) does this count ...
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Adding accidentals that are already expressed by the key signature

I have been learning piano for almost two years now, making good progress. I have good knowledge of the different scales and their corresponding key signatures. When I learn a new piece, I usually ...
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Fingering for octaves on the piano

Another question about playing octaves (as in Schubert's Erlkonig, Chopin's A-flat Polonaise, etc.): I practice Hanon exercises, and Hanon recommends using the first and fifth finger on white keys ...
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What happens when I start to get music “down” to the point where I can play it fluently?

When I am learning a new piece on the piano, at first I struggle to get it together bar by bar. It depends on how tricky it is, but most of the time I start out real slow, trying to get it 'down'. At ...
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Piano fingering

I can't seem to find a comfortable fingering for the bass part of this. Everything I try feels weird. How can I transfer from the F# on the fourth line to the rest? I'm trying this: F# C# ...
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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, ...
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What do scale fingerings have to do with musicianship in the context of college auditions?

First off I am not a conventional musician. I have taken classical lessons in trumpet and some in piano, but have taught myself almost everything I know about music. I have a vast understanding of ...
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How to go learn through a book

This is not your average "which book to learn from" question. I'll post my research and background in as much detail as possible (since this could potentially help others with similar question). I've ...
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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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Pinky is raised uncontrollably when doing finger exercise

When I do finger exercises (e.g. Hanon's), my pinky finger is being raised after I play (press and release) a key with my fourth finger, and then is raised even more and is striated after the third ...
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What is actually involved in moving a piano?

I'm aware that when moving a piano, especially a good one, care must be taken and using a proper mover is strongly recommended. But what is actually involved in moving a piano (other than lifting the ...
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Do weighted keys on a keyboard lead to more expressive playing?

I use an acoustic piano to learn/play classical music. I use a midi keyboard to record/produce own music. My piano has weighted keys while my midi keyboard has a very light touch. I find that I am ...
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How does your brain learn to play the piano two-handed?

As a new piano player I find the entire concept of doing two separate things at once massively challenging. Even when both parts are incredibly simple and I can sight-read both lines mentally easily, ...
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Origin of the asymmetrical keyboard layout of a piano

The piano keyboard has white keys based on the C Diatonic scale plus black keys, which add the remaining notes used in western music. The asymmetrical way in which the black and white keys are placed ...
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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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Piano: Significantly right hand arrangement styles/composers

My mother would like to re-learn the piano. She has ability to use her left hand fingers 1-3, full ability with her right hand, the other left hand fingers 4-5 are very weak and come and go. Piano may ...
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Do I play all the F's as sharp or just the one with the sharp in the space?

I am trying to teach myself how to play piano and while I know what a key signature is, I don't have a firm grasp on it. I have sheet music in the key of G major. There aren't any F's on that line, ...
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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 ...
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Why does this note sound like it is not played?

I've been learning the second movement of Mozart's Piano Sonata 16 for a while. While I get most of the stuff memorized, some part of it just doesn't sound right comparing to recordings on YouTube ...
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Should I lift my finger before I hit a key when playing a piano?

I've noticed, that many people are hitting keys, instead of just pressing them. It kinda looks like that before they press the note, they lift the finger a little bit, same as if you tried to hit a ...
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Why is the left hand stave missing from the piano sheet music?

Normally, I have both the right and the left hand as here The left hand stave was always missing in that book of piano sheet music I saw yesterday, however it had letters above the stave for right ...
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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 ...
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Should I take piano class?

I had been playing keyboard for years. But I'm kind of interested to learn and practice in more proper way. As I had been self learning since the beginning. I know the basic of music theory and also ...
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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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Max acceptable key range in piano chords

I hope I don't confuse you. I learning how to play the piano by myself, using an electronic keyboard and a software called Synthesia along with some books and online resources. I am checking out ...
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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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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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How to practice endurance to be able to play boogie woogie pieces?

I'm practicing boogie woogie pieces like Pete Johnson's Dive Bomber. After some time my hands are getting stiff and tired while practicing. Especially the left hand. I can mitigate this by limiting ...
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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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Is there a special way to notate a repeat for the right (treble) hand but not the left (bass) hand?

I'm working with a section of music where the right hand (treble clef) plays the same thing twice, but the left hand (bass clef) differs the second time round. Usually I would just rewrite out the ...
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What should I do about composing 'soft' accents for piano?

When composing for the piano, I often find myself writing a lot of sudden soft notes. I need an accent mark that suddenly softens notes. From my knowledge (and searching the web), I can not find any ...
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Put a cup of water inside a piano?

I was told by someone that their piano tuner recommends placing a cup of water inside their upright piano (on the floor not inside the mechanism!) for some purpose to do with humidity. Is this a ...