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

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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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Is there any classical precursor to boogie woogie?

It is often been said (rather too simplistically in many cases) that jazz is a combination of European and African practices. I am interested particularly in classical piano techniques that have been ...
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Incorrect piano learning style?

I have about a year of piano lessons under my belt, except those were many many years ago. I recently picked up the piano again, because I watched some very inspiring pianists online. Thus, I have ...
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Hungarian Rhapsody no.12

So in the 2nd measure of the Hungarian Rhapsody no.12 has the word "trem" what does that mean? I don't understand it.
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Where does a “cresc. ” begin (end)?

I'm curious about the "cresc." sign . which one is getting louder , no.1 or no.2? and when does this cresc. end ? Does it end until the next sign come out ?
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Can someone help me with the counting of this piano piece please?

I am trying to learn this piece by Ludovico Einaudi but as I am a beginner on the piano the "count" is coming up all wrong :( Can someone with a little more understanding of music please write the ...
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Piano For a Tight Budget

I really want to learn to play the piano, but an actual piano is too expensive for me, plus I don't have enough space for one. What is the best replacement for a piano? I mean, what other instrument ...
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Teaching using the Piano Adventures series

I am currently teaching five young piano students using the Piano Adventures curriculum (which is the method I learned by) and so far I am really in love with those books! However, two of my students ...
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Playing arpeggio on black notes with white note third

I cannot figure out how I should play the left-hand arpeggio in beats 3-4 of this bar: (Nuvole bianche Bar 54) Currently I use this fingering for the first arpeggio: But I have no idea how to ...
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How to properly play with the metronome when practicing Hanon exercises and scales on the piano? [duplicate]

How to properly play with the metronome when practicing Hanon exercises and scales on the piano? Should it be a note per beat? A bar per beat? How? For example for Hanon, he states to set the ...
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Learning my first instrument

I’m 21 and about to finish college. Learning to play an instrument has always been a long standing lifelong dream of mine and pursuing it has finally started to look feasible in the foreseeable future....
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Advice on how to keep learning while away from a piano

Last year, at 35, I started learning to play the piano from absolute beginner level by attending private classes once per week. The teacher mixed practice with music theory and learning Solfeggio (I'...
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Compositions or songs written for black keys only

I was taught to do improvisation by practising playing random tunes using just the black keys on a piano, and although it had a very oriental sound, the tune was quite pleasant if you introduced ...
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Fast Chord Identification

How would someone go about identifying chords quickly and efficiently? While sight reading, I would often come up to some strange chord and try to decipher it. It normally takes me (what feels like) ...
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Penta scale. Fingering?

What is the most common fingering for the pentatonic scale? Minor and major. All of them. I don't know about standards; there are lots of different fingerings you could use. I would like to know what ...
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How to play the piano using less than ten fingers

In my younger days learning how to play the piano (unfortunately I was never one for spending too much time practising), whenever I struggled to move my hands along the keyboard or had trouble ...
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Why do modern popular songs composed on piano sound different than songs composed on guitar?

Songs that I hear that are piano based - ie. composed and originally performed on piano, seem to have a different feel than those composed on guitar. The flow, the movement, the chords used - are ...
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Whether to change a piano teacher

I am a piano adult learner and has been learning piano for five years. I have attained only grade 3 of practical piano and just completed my exams for Grade 5 theory today. I used to enjoy practicing ...
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How to know which fingers to use to play songs?

It's so hard to find a good tutorial these days. Everyone is just focusing on the sheets or sequence of ABCD's to go in sequence, but no one seems to teach which fingers to use to play the appropriate ...
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Chopin 2nd sonata 1st mvt: left hand fingering

Being a pretty experienced player, I admit I still wonder what fingering you can use for left hand for measures 17-22 ? For example, when making the huge transition A-F-A at measure 17-18, would you ...
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What is good fingering for these piano note sequence?

The notes are played with the left hand in the base clef. My current fingering is: (5,1)-5-2-1-2-1 The octave jump feels strange not matter what fingers I use. I'd appreciate the help. If the ...
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What does a grid with dots above the staves mean in a piano sheet music?

First I thought it was for some other musical instrument (guitar?) but both the title and the shopkeeper told me that the music sheet was for piano.
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Criteria when selecting keyboard for piano learning [duplicate]

I would like to start learning to play the piano, and since I do not have the space nor the funds for a complete piano, I would like to buy a keyboard instead. My questions: How many keys do I need ...
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How to play these slash chords (piano)?

So I'm trying to learn chords but I'm having trouble understanding these ones at the last bar. For left hand I play Bb/F - F-Bb-D OK! C-7/F (I think thats a 7 or 9) - Not sure how to play this? It'...
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Doubt about how to properly form piano Chords on left hand [duplicate]

Hi, I'm a beginner piano self-learner. I've been reading books about music theory and watching many (maaany) videos on youtube for a while to find my way to start learning independently because I have ...
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Is there a standard width for piano keys?

Is there a standard width for piano keys? If not, how much variation is there? Do other keyboard instruments have significantly different widths of keys?
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Best Way to “Learn” Jazz Piano

Let me preface the question with a bit of background because I'm not even sure if I classify as "beginner" or "intermediate" or anything like that. I took your run of the mill piano lessons for 8 ...
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Mastering simple songs vs trying harder ones when learning to play the piano as a total beginner

I've had this question in my head for ages. Recently I got myself to start playing piano again after about 5 years, but I'm still total beginner. Is it better if I stick with really simple songs and ...
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Is there such thing as a piano-like keyboard with all whole tones between two adjacent white keys?

Just a quick question, which came to my mind several days ago. I thought that it would be much easier to learn to play a piano (or a keyboard), which has a consistent structure - a black key (halfstep)...
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Daughter tends to raise index and middle finger whenever she plays the remaining fingers on piano

My daughter tends to automatically raise her index and sometimes middle finger whenever she plays the ring or pinky on the piano. It's almost like she is trying to use it to balance her hand/fingers. ...
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how to add chords for a melody i have composed? [duplicate]

i am intermediate level guitar player and have learned to play melody by ear rather than the conventional way of learning first chords on guitar.I have now learned chords also.I compose many new ...
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How to identify a key given a certain chord progression

At the age of 53 I'm new to music theory and in particular to chord progressions. While playing around with the piano, I've noticed that I like the sound of this progression Cm Gm AM Dm I have ...
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Fingering convention

Apologies for the ambiguous title. In my sheet music the fingering number is either below or above the note - is this supposed to indicate which hand to play it with? i.e. above the note for right ...
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Modulating from key Gm to key Bbm

I'm trying to modulate from the song 7 Years (Gm) to the song Hometown Glory (Bbm). How do I write a something that joins the two?
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What is the chord: B F# A

So I was analyzing a song on the piano and saw a broken chord with notes B, F# and A (all ascending). Now it looks like root note, perfect fifth and minor seventh. If you add minor third, it becomes ...
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How should I put my fingers on a piano / electronic keyboard?

Should the fingers be curved/bent or straight? Should I press the key actively or let my finger fall by "using gravity"?
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Piano performance: slippery keys due to sweat of previous players

What do pianists do when they need to perform after many performers who sweat all over the keys and made it slippery. I was thinking of using a personal cloth to wipe the keys, but would that be ...
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Finger issues right before exam

I am beginning to experience a pain just underneath the nail of my 3rd finger, it's my exam in 2 days. I have no idea how I managed to do this, but its making it very difficult to play the piano. The ...
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Digital touch sensitive keyboard just for learning new music

I have a Steinway baby grand which I practice on at home but there are times I cannot use it because of other people in the house. I only play classical music. I'm thinking of buying a touch ...
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How to start playing by ear/improvising?

Up till now I've been playing music from the sheet, and eventually I've grown frustrated how after 3 years of playing I can't even play Jingle Bells if I'm asked to without figuring it out from a ...
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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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What does a straight line connecting notes on different clefs mean?

What is the meaning of the straight lines between notes in opposite staves, as shown in the picture? I keep seeing it, but Google and Wikipedia are not helping me.
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What is the best way to indicate the splitting up of chords on one staff between both hands?

In piano music, if there is a chord on the treble clef, and some the notes are to be played with the left hand(because it would be hard/impossible to play with one hand alone), how would one go about ...
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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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is my sight reading approach correct

I practice sight reading for an hour everyday from the Paul Harris Piano series and I currently am at Level 1 of sight reading. I find it hard to recognize notes, so I pause till I get the note right ...
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half note and eighth note stems for voice parts

With voice parts for piano the stems usually go on opposite directions, when they're on the same staff. But I have a book where a half note and an eighth note are one semitone apart but together like ...
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Representing the snapping of the damper pedal to create an ambient tone in sheet music

The other day I was sitting down at my piano while composing when I encountered something that I had noticed a few times in the past. Here is what happened: I pressed the down the damper pedal ...
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How much being a touch-typist can help learning the piano faster?

I'm a touch-typist, and I want to learn piano. Does my touch-typing help me learn it faster? I have a good amount of control over my left hand, and my palms are curved as if I hold an small orange. My ...
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Fingering for some arpeggios on piano (Final Fantasy prelude)

So I came across this video and decided to learn this arrangement to improve my technique (of course not as fast as in the video). I'm not too sure what the best fingering is (for the left hand) ...
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Is stomping on the soft pedal of an upright piano bad for the piano?

If you stomp with a bit of force, the hammers of keys all across the keyboard strike the strings and make a silly noise. Children love to do it, and in my experience, are then scolded because "it's ...