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

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Learn piano one hand at a time or simultaneously?

I've started to teach myself how to play the piano, and one of the difficulties I've found is trying to get both hands to do things at once. I either forget one hand entirely, or have one hand trying ...
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Is this an error in Guaraldi's Christmas Time is Here?

In the following fragment of Christmas Time is Here in Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas, which is in the key of F, there's a chord that is notated D♭9 but is written with a natural A giving it a ...
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composing a piano piece using specific scale

Hi I was wondering how I would go about composing a piano piece using the tonality of a Hungarian minor scale and what chords I could use that would fit with this. Thanks
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Grand piano make by music style

Is there a tendency or custom or preference to use certain makes of grand pianos for certain types/styles of music? If so, what is the preference and what could be the reason?
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Short way to indicate pedaling every bar

I am writing a piano score in Sibelius, and I need to hold and lift the pedal every bar. But writing it explicitly makes the score heavy so I need a quick notation that means the same thing. Here I ...
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Bass clef changed to treble clef in the middle of the music sheet [duplicate]

If the bass clef changes to treble clef in the music sheet, would you read the bottom treble clef as the bass clef notes or treble clef notes?
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Can someone explain what a voice is in piano?

So as I was browsing the forum, I saw many posts about voices in piano, and how you should play them all at the same time. I really don't get when a voice exists in a song, and how I should I play it. ...
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Song recommendations for a self-taught pianist

So as you could see from the title, I learn the piano by myself? Why? A teacher is much more effective, right? Well, that is true, however; I do not have the money for a teacher, and this way, it is ...
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Piano - Hand position when playing “double octaves”

While looking online for some fun pieces to play I came upon this section of music from This will be the day [RWBY] (https://musescore.com/user/3321186/scores/1094386). In this music there is a common ...
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How long does it take to be able to sight read piano sheet music fluently [closed]

I am learning piano(2 months), and I would like to know how long does it take to be able to sight read piano sheet music fluently aproximatelly (in your opinion and experience) I mean, sight read a ...
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Guidelines for Easy Piano Blues, but not boring

Consider the following scenario: you already have the basic chord progression (I-IV-V) you already have the basic melody of a slow (and sad) blues song the music is played only on the piano and by ...
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Black keys issues on keyboard

New here.I am a keyboard player (wanted to be a pianist but couldn't afford it). I use yamaha PSR-E403, which has non-weighted keys.Suppose, I am improvising over F# Major pentatonic scale, which has ...
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Switching from keyboard to hammered-key digital piano

Ι've been playing 61 keys non-weighted keyboard for 3 years with the sole purpose of learning piano. But as Ι improved, I wanted to learn more and more difficult tracks which included 0th and 6th ...
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Is there a lightweight keyboard piano that doesn't require any energy supply?

Is there a type of keyboard that doesn't require batteries or any electricity of any kind? also one that is extremely portable like a guitar? It should also sound like a normal piano without any ...
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What is the best way to learn a repetitive part in a piece?

I tried to just bang it out and keep playing over and over to get the muscle memory but it feels like its not coming along and its just hurting my hand to spam it out. I've only been playing for 5 min ...
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Is it essential to learn music theory in order to play an electronic keyboard as a piano for fun?

I have been learning musictheory.net. It seems adequate for reading notes. But, I don't know how much I want to learn about music theory if I want to play an electronic keyboard well enough to enjoy ...
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Piano problem specifically with how I should place my hand

When I am learning a song I try to find a way to play a measure using a hand without having to move the hand. I watched a video where some guy was playing the same song as me but he moved the hand ...
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How do I play a run of keys or a certain pattern of ascending or descending notes, fast?

Say I have to play from C to C by pressing every key,not a glissando. How do I practice doing this? I think I've seen sheets where there are parts that go from C to B(of the other octave). If they ...
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How many sounds should be played for this (tr) market note?

I used to play the top left note (see below) with a single C# key press of the assumed duration. Some listeners told me that the (tr) notation above indicates that a short sequence of sounds should be ...
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Triplet question

I'm practicing the hardest thing I have ever practiced and I'm now little confused how to play specific two bars (in the video they begin roughly at 12:35) This is the first bar - it's in D major in ...
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Piano Half-Pedal Duration

Before I go and try to capture some data, has anyone collected statistics on how long it takes a pianist to half-pedal the sustain pedal? That is, with the pedal down, what would be a reasonable ...
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What is this straight line at the beginning of the measure?

Could this just be a error on the editors part? Is it possible that i could also be a ghost note of some sort?
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Learning piano after nine years of playing guitar

I've been playing all sorts of styles of guitar for nine years now, and I have a good understanding of theory. I recently started playing the piano as well - specifically more towards the jazz side of ...
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Confusion about various editions of Bach's Musette

I have several different versions of the Musette from Bach's Anna Magdalena Notebook, and there seems to be a difference of opinion about the left-hand notes in bar 18. Some of my copies indicate an ...
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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 ...