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

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Ornaments in J. S. Bach's 4th prelude

Inverted mordents and turns are frequently used in the prelude No.4 of J.S. Bach in C-sharp minor. In what follows I assume the key of the piece is known. My first question is related to the normal ...
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Flowers on a Piano

We just moved a baby grand into our new house. It's the Kawai I grew up with as a child. Very excited! My wife was excited too. It looked like a great surface to provide a little decoration on. ...
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Is it better to memorise each scale, or just memorise the patterns?

People seem to learn different scales, each as a separate piece of knowledge - maybe for a grade 1 exam you have to know C major and A minor, then for grade 2 add E major and G major. But isn't it ...
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What is a trill?

Years ago, my piano teacher taught me that a trill is when you play the note written and the note a half-step higher (for example, if the note was D, you would play E flat), alternating between them ...
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Piano: Beginner fingering question

Getting back to the piano after a thirty year hiatus... I have a question about the left hand fingering in the first bar here: I'm generally at a loss on the best way to go about it. I start with ...
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How to play these overly extended intervals on piano?

There are two images I have attached. In the first one it says, I guess, play the top note on the treble clef with your left hand (cross hands). But how on earth am I supposed then to play the chord ...
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How to improve my aural? [duplicate]

This year, I'm taking the ABRSM piano test, Grade 5. Every year, I ALWAYS seem to have trouble with the aural. Everything else is fine, but it's always the aural part that lowers my grade. Is there ...
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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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Blues improvisation building blocks

I was taking jazz piano lessons but had to stop. My teacher's approach to teach jazz improvisation was to break it down into a series of "building blocks" which are small motifs found frequently in ...
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Triplets don't seem to add up

I am starting to teach myself Piano and I have some background in music from school, but I don't remember much. I am working on a new song that has, what I believe to be, a triplet. From what I ...
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Riders on the storm fingering for piano

I'm talking about this little run: I can't think of a proper fingering of this, so it sounds very smooth. Its basically in the Dmajor scale starting on b. Can anyone help me getting the ...
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Pedals in Chopin's Nocturne in e minor

This might be a silly question so pardon me. Recently I have been practicing Chopin's Nocturne Op.72 No.1 in e minor.I have a question regarding how to use the pedals. I have been listening to ...
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Rest above a note in a piano piece

I am playing a piece and wondering, what the heck is the rest making there above the note? The piece is in 3/4 so I see no purpose of the 1/4 rest. I've been googling around but did not find any ...
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Schubert's Impromptu Opus 90 D899 No. 4

In Schubert's Impromptu Opus 90, No 4, D899, the middle section is marked as a trio. Why is the middle section a trio? I don't think there are three voices and as it is composed for the piano there ...
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How to play these trills on piano?

I'm having trouble playing the trills below, especially with the two sixteenth notes at the end. Basically, I'm wondering, if the trills notes were written in full, how would they look?
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Why does playing the piano give me a pain in the neck?

I have a keyboard set up with a proper stool so my arms are held straight out, with music at eye level - almost identical to how I set up my PC for good posture. But while I can use the PC all day ...
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Question on Hanon's Exercises for Piano

I am trying to improve my keyboard playing skills and was thinking to take up some Hanon's exercises. I do know a few of them, and I also practice many other exercises. However, I do not want to ...
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Left Handed piano pieces and recommendations?

I have an early intermediate piano student who has managed to pull a ligament in her right arm/wrist. Her and her mother would like her to still take lessons but, she has to take it easy on her right ...
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Will a 61-key keyboard severely restrict my piano repertoire?

I'm planning on trading my 88-key digital piano for a 61-key portable music workstation as I'm more inclined into rock keyboards as of late than classical music. However, I do enjoy playing classical ...
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When playing piano, how do you play fast successive notes between octaves using one hand?

I know this music is too hard for me, but I'd like to work up to it. The largest problem with it for me right now is the left hand 16th notes. I would like to know how I can effectively play the left ...
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Classical guitar pieces that were originally composed for the piano [closed]

I am looking for a style of Classical guitar that I'm not sure exists. Take this piece as an example, Rachmaninoff Prelude Op. 23 No. 5. I find that this piece, although created for the piano, sounds ...
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Best option to practice piano whilst away from home?

In a few weeks, I will be on a holiday that will last just over a month. Most of my hobbies can be bought with me, however I fear that this will not be the case with piano. This answer outlines some ...
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Teaching young kids (7-9) basic piano and music fundemetals.

I've been teaching a 9 year old kid piano for about 10 months and it has been going pretty well, but recently I was asked to teach a few more kids (one as young as 6) to play piano. Teaching the 9 ...
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Clementi Op. 42 Lesson 5 Arietta (ABRSM Grade 1, A1), use of crescendo and diminuendo

I'm new to piano (and music theory) and I'm a little confused by the notation used for what I understand to be crescendo and diminuendo for the Arietta A1 piece. The first bar starts off with a "p" ...
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How high from the ground should the keyboard from a piano be?

When installing a digital piano, I have the freedom of vertically placing the entire piano at any height I want. But, I want to know what the ideal (preferred) height is. Is there a standard height? ...
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How to press several piano keys with one hand simultaneously?

I'm learning piano, and I have a hard time to use two or more fingers together on one hand at the same time - there is a slight interval, e.g. when I play the first and third finger, there is a slight ...
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In what order should I learn all the theoretical concepts for piano?

I can do major scales with every key. I am now start minor scales. In what order should I learn all the concepts and theories? For example chords, chord progressions, lots of other stuff etc.. I ...
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Why does a piano have only one or two strings per note in the bass register, but three for other registers?

Does it have something to do with keeping it in tune, since the smaller strings might be more prone to be stretched? (And therefore they spread out the impact to more than one string). Or maybe just ...
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Left Right Hand Co-ordination on Piano [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I significantly improve my hand independence on piano? I'm a intermediate piano student (I can play almost without a break if you give me notes but am still poor ...
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Why do pianos have piano hinges?

The long continuous hinge on the lid of a piano is so characteristic that it's even named a "piano hinge" after this use. But why do pianos have such hinges, when a set of separate hinges, such as ...
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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 can I improve my piano sight reading?

I am 25 years old, and I started learning piano about 6 months ago. I really want to play the piano well, but it takes me so long to be able to play any piece of music. In the meantime, I'm using a ...
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Piano Vocal Guitar sheet music?

I am buying some new sheet music online but the the music I am buying includes Piano/Vocal/Guitar. I assumed that you could play all three individually (without the others) but when I look at the ...
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Improvisation on Piano

I've been playing the piano for around 7 years now. I took some lessons when I first started, but other than that I haven't had any lessons. In other words I'm pretty much self-taught. I have a good ...
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Do pianos really need to rest before tuning, after being moved?

I'm new to real pianos and just having bought an old 2nd-hand one, it's obviously gone out of tune being moved to my house. I've heard from a few people, including one tuner, that they need to 'rest' ...
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How can I improve my piano accompaniments?

When I play piano or keyboards, I've noticed that I keep slipping into playing the same chords (and variations thereof, such as very simple bass lines) with my left hand while I use my right hand to ...
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Same note to be played with both hands?

Why some notes in the piano are written the same for the left and right hand ? What is the purpose of this ? And how do we play them ? Do we just choose one hand to play them or do we play them ...
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What fingering should be used for a chromatic scale separated by thirds on piano?

I started learning Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor Op 16, and I came across a part of the music that requires my right hand to do the chromatic scale twice at the same time, separated by ...
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How to play moonlight sonata with pedal

Here is tact #20 of Moonlight Sonata: My right hand position (B + B - C# - G#): The hand is definitely overstressed. Plus I am inadvertently pressing the G key in order to press G#. I watched ...
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What is this music symbol and how to play it?

I've attached a picture of the music sheet I am learning that has a music notation that I do not know and would like to get some help to understand what it means. The music notation is on the first ...
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How do you play loud notes on the piano without slapping the keys?

How do you play loud notes on the piano without generating a harsh, slapping, or percussive sound? I read about pressing down from the surface of the keys rather than from above. And my piano teacher ...
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Wondering about taking up violin as a third instrument [closed]

Ok, so I was wondering if it is a bad idea for me to take up the violin. I am 16 now. Bit of background on my other instruments; I played clarinet for 5 years (10-15), getting to grade 6, but gave it ...
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How do I make piano sound kind of like it is in a room and sad?

Like the beginning of this video: and this video: I learned these two pieces, but they don't really sound like this. I mean I know ...
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Piano sounds “wobbly”. Old jazz recordings

Here's an example of what I mean. I think it sounds really cool. I've tried to research on this and found what's called the 'tack piano', but that doesn't sound the ...
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Liszt's Eglogue - the first few bars

Liszt's Églogue, from the first part of Anées de Pèlerinage, contains several instances of a theme, first occurring between bars 3 and 6, in which a melody is played over a (much lower) bass note. The ...
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Piano keys stiffening on repeated pressing

I have a baby grand piano and the middle D key has been getting seemingly 'clogged/stiff', when I press it once after first sitting down it usually works fine but then will become stiff and not sound, ...
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What is the fingering for the measure (or bar) 65 of this version of Memories of Lightwaves?

I have been working on this song and I've got to a point where I am stuck. On the beginning of measure (bar) 65 on the treble clef there are two notes that are super far apart. Someone can point out ...
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Why does the right hand/high instrument usually play the melody? [duplicate]

I've been playing piano for 10 years, and I've never really thought of it until now, but it seems as if the right hand almost always plays the melody, and the left hand plays the accompaniment. ...
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Is hitting the more right-handed keys on the piano necessary to gain the same volume?

I'm just getting to the point that I can play some tunes by Classical composers and, on one piece by Haydn, which plays both hands somewhat to the right of middle-C, it seems that I need to hit the ...
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Detect piano notes and chords

What is a reasonably good way to detect chords in solo piano music? Not the MIDI ones, but music generated by real piano/electronic keyboard. I am trying to play a piano piece and check out its ...