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

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Becoming proficient at piano at age 30?

When I was 7 or 8 I took lessons and was not bad at piano. But my teacher and my dad was very strict and would smack me and shout at me when I got a note wrong or something. So, I became afraid of the ...
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Sitting position for 61 key piano

I was wondering if there is any specific guidance for sitting position for piano in terms of positioning your hands, left on bass keys and right on trible keys. I guess on a grand piano it will be ...
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Can I say all black keys are enharmonic equivalents?

I just started reading a piano book (Pinao Lessons by Mantius Cazaubon). In chapter 1 explaining about keys and notes in the sections of The Black Keys and The White Keys. It is very clear from first ...
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How to exercise my fingers in extreme bending when playing piano?

I am learning a song on piano which has the following notes played simultaneously with the right hand: C D# G C (my fingering: 1 2 3 5) If it was E instead of D# I could pull it off without a ...
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How do I spot original sheet music?

First off, I am a novice with piano; played until junior freshman years, then stopped. Now, twenty years later I'm picking it up again. I have always preferred to play popular or classic music as it ...
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Playing a classical piece at full speed

I can play a certain classical piece (specific tune is not important, I don't think) very well at a relaxed speed with proper fingering, even tempo, etc. It sounds just fine. However, when I listen to ...
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Swinging eighths on the piano

When I play jazz on the saxophone, I use a technique I was taught called "Jazz Articulation" (I'm sure that's not its only name) which is basically an articulation where you slur every other note with ...
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Recommended books for learning piano [duplicate]

To back up, I started learning the Piano when I was 14ish. I started with Beyer and Schmitt. I think I finished half of the Beyer. I had a teacher for one year. I played roughly more than 30 minutes a ...
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How to play single note trill on the piano with one hand?

My teacher told me that I have to play trills with 3 fingers (3-2-1). Is he right? Can I play trills with 4 fingers (4-3-2-1)? Notes:
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How do I play B# and C at the same time?

Several times now, a piece I'm playing has asked me to play B# and C or E# and F at the same time. I'm very confused at what's this supposed to mean? The key is G minor/B flat, or 2 flats. Can anyone ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What do 7th chords generally resolve/lead to?

Particularly Major 7th chords. I've been messing around in the key of E major and have decided to start of the bass line of this bit of experimenting with the Emaj7 chord and I'm trying to resolve to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Piano with two treble clefs and 8va on grand staff

How do you play the notes in the red square? On the upper staff, the lower chord is G but the note in the lower section is also G. Do you just ignore it?
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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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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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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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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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What is the correct posture to play the piano?

If I play the piano for extended periods(2 hours+) I get terrible back pain. What is the correct distance/height for the digital piano/chair and what should my posture look like?
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How long do you hold a fermata?

I am new to piano and just downloaded this book, it seems simple enough for a beginner like me but there is a symbol that I don't really understand, a fermata. Googling I see I am supposed to hold ...
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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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Couple of difficulties when trying to pick up piano again

To keep it brief, I have some background in piano. To illustrate what level I used to have, here are some of the works I used to play Some fugues from the Well Tempered Clavier (I did especially ...
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How to play a glissando without hurting your hand?

On the piano, a few pieces require me to play a gliss that can often run over a large range of notes, rather than a short range. For example, I am currently learning the piece Maple Leaf Rag. There ...
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How to indicate left hand for piano sheet music

The Chopin - Godowsky Revolutionary Etude No 12 is arranged for the left hand only, and we're only informed about this by a note under the title. Please see the excerpt below: I am currently ...
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How to use Piano pedals without using the foot?

I have a piano, I am disabled, wheelchair kinda disabled, I can move my feet but not use the pedals, that task is kinda complicated. Considered buying some kind of a car hand control, like this, not ...
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Is there a trick to learning sight read, i.e relate notes to piano keys

I am not asking for some unrealistic method by which a person can learn to site read over night. I know that practice cannot be replaced. I merely want to know if there are any methods that can help ...
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Piano (sheet music) curves on top and numbers in circles

I am new to Piano and sheet music in general so I downloaded a "simple version" of Fur Elise to play as I already know how the tune goes in my head. Presently, I only play it with my right hand. A ...
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Smooth Voicing Leading Explanation

I know what smooth voice leading is, but I'm writing an OS X app that teaches my piano students how to play chords in a gamified way. Just before they play the first level where they have to play ...
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Piano or violin for a guitarist? [duplicate]

I have been playing guitar for several years now and I feel that I'm ready to start another instrument a bit more classic, but I'm not able to decide between piano and violin. I know that I will learn ...
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How famous piano player differs from an average piano player?

Let's assume the following situation: The two piano players compete performing the same piece of moderate difficulty in front of public, who can do better. One of the them is really good, maybe ...
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Pain in both wrists

I'm currently preparing for ATCL exam, and I have been practising about one and a half hours a day. Recently I start to feel pain in both wrists when I am practising piano, and also when I am not. ...