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

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Piano rhythm patterns

What written resources can be recommended to an advanced classically trained piano player looking to learn rhythm patterns for piano chords to accompany jazz/latin/popular music?
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How to identify the root note of a chord

I struggle with chords on the staff because I'm not sure which note is the root note. Is it the top note with the rest of the notes falling below it? E.g., if the top note is C, and bundled below it ...
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Piano vs Guitar Strings? Tension vs length?

Why do pianos have different length strings, while guitars have the same length strings? According to the guitar, it would seem that the pitch of a string is determined based solely off of tension, ...
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Piano fingering: B flat dominant 7th arpeggio

I am having trouble playing this arpeggio: B♭ - D - F - A♭ - B♭ - D... For the right hand I have tried this fingering: B♭ - D - F - A♭ - B♭ - D 2 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 1 But on the way down, I am ...
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Alternative to Cooke's Piano Fingerings for F# Major Arpeggios

I've been using Cooke's piano fingering for F# major scales and arpeggios. Playing in F# major arpeggios seems really tough. I've tried alternate fingerings from Cooke's, but nothing seemed to "fit" ...
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Why is this minor subdominant chord being used in a major key? [closed]

On a nostalgic whim, I was playing around learning this piece of music from Final Fantasy 7, as I was interested in the chord changes that happen (specifically, the first two chords in the tune). ...
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Why is the lowest note on the piano an A?

I've always wondered why almost every piano's lowest note is an A. In fact, I've never seen a piano whose lowest note is not an A, and I have also noticed that this pattern only occurs in pianos; most ...
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Could you please advise some piano scores and exercises for extreme finger stretch for a middle-size hand?

Could you advise some piano scores and exercises for extreme finger stretch for a middle-size narrow (8,3 cm) hand? I found Brahms and Godowsky exercises and playing first page of the Chopin`s Etude ...
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Looking for best piano tones alternative if keyboard does not have it [closed]

I have a keyboard which is good but Piano Tones are not so realistic. Is there any software which can offer realistic tones in computer but still I should be able to play keyboard and connect ...
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Perfecting accents in Chopin's Impromptu

I'm having a little difficulty in perfecting the following accents in Chopin's Impromptu. (Here's the sheet music I'm referencing for those interested. ) If you look at the following picture, you'...
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Piano: grand staff with two treble clefs. Where to place hands?

I'm very new at playing the piano and would love to play an easy version of Clair de lune. Please see the sheet below. I get stuck right at the very beginning. I think I have figured out that '...
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What's the name for the style of jazz piano with slow rhythmic chords in the left hand

I absolutely love the style of piano where the pianist is alternating low chord, high chord, low chord, high chord in a slow but decidedly rhythmic way. A prime example would be Bobby Floyd in his ...
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How can I learn to play the chords by listening to the song (like I do with notes)?

I have started learning to play piano (I am from a poor family and can't afford a teacher). So,I've learned some popular songs and the notes from the internet. From there I started listening to songs ...
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Recommended fingering for Hometown Glory

Ironically, I find the intro to Adele's Hometown Glory easier to play than the main song; what sounds like a standard 'indie' vamp is deceptively difficult for me (reminds me a Carl Czerny study), and ...
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Stage presence for a keyboard player

There's a similar topic for guitar players here that has a lot of good general suggestions for everyone. However, being a keyboard player, I'm pretty limited on movement vs. guitar players or singers ...
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What are the most common ways to “decorate” a melody?

Yes, I know, there are way too many possibilities and it depends on the style of the music... I would be happy with an incomplete list for beginners (like me). Here is what I have so far: ...
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Why D sharp not E flat in Turkish March

I'm analyzing Mozart's Turkish March piece for the piano. As I see in measure 18 the harmony is F7 (fourth) with minor seven. Assuming it is a minor seven because the harmony is F7 why they thought ...
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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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Jazz playing chords in lead sheets

I am a somewhat beginner jazz piano looking to start reading lots of lead sheets to assimilate tunes. I know the general idea is to sight read the melody and play the chord voicing in left hand (...
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Liszt's B minor sonata crescendo

In the last few bars of Liszt's masterpiece, Liszt actually wrote a crescendo which can't possibly be played on the piano. I don't know how to interpret it. How do you approach it? Is that more of a ...
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On the piano, how should you play staccato with the pedal?

In some pieces, there is a pedal designation along with staccato. How should this be played?
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Piano chord made of 2 notes an octave apart

How can one build a chord made of 2 notes an octave apart from more basic chords, inversions, and deletions? E.g: a chord made of C-C. For example, one can smoothen a V7 chord by omitting the 5th and ...
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How to learn chords for piano?

I am starting to learn some music theory and improving other things in my piano playing, and I've decided I will begin by learning chords. I've read a bit about them and I know, more or less, how they ...
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Fixing an old piano

I have the opportunity to get a very old piano (~100 years old!) for free. I have been told that the higher keys are not working, so they need to be replaced. It seems I need to clean it up internally,...
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How useful is a metronome for playing the piano?

I've been learning to play the piano for over a year and a half now, and have never used a metronome to date. My rythm and tempo are usually decent, at least after playing the piece properly a few ...
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Need help figuring out the key of this melody [closed]

I figured this out on the piano but I'm not sure what key this would be in. Once I figure out the key I feel I can start to write more of it. I notated it in C Major with accidentals because I don't ...
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Grace notes different to normal notes under sustain pedal

I play a song, which ends with: Does this technically sound any different to: The only reason I would think it sounds the same is that the sustain pedal should sustain the grace note for just as ...
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Crossing fourth over fifth finger

I am not sure what the most convenient fingering is for the first three notes (D-E-A) in the above measure. The shown fingering (5-4-5) is the only one I have found that makes the legato on top ...
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How do I play these notes from Ólafur Arnalds' Romance?

I'm studying this Ólafur Arnalds piece called Romance. I wonder how do I play the following notes. First, on this measure, the two F's are supposed to be the same. What should I do? Raise the ...
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Is a digital or acoustic piano a better option for a beginner (sound and feel)?

I just started learning piano, and I want to buy a piano for recreational purposes and practicing. I am torn between digital and acoustic. I love the feel and sound of an acoustic, but I cannot afford ...
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Is my fingering correct for F major scale?

I just started taking piano lessons. In the first class, I was taught about the different scales (C through B). But I was instructed to use the same fingering for all the scales (major and minor). RH:...
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How to play piano with both hands? [duplicate]

I took piano lessons since fifth grade and stopped in eighth grade. I have been taught to play with hands seperate instead of playing with both hands. I have attempted this but I keep messing up.It's ...
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I've played piano for three years and have never seen this symbol above a note, what is it?

Really freaked me out when I saw something this uncommon in a beginner song. It's piano solo music if you need that info.
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What is the style of song in this video and where can I find the entire version? [closed]

Maybe someone knows where can I find the entire song played in this video from 3:55. As I was looking for it, I unterstood that it is not realeased or something. I hope I'm wrong. ...
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Why is piano the instrument all music students are expected to have some competency in?

Mostly, it's why is the piano the accepted common instrument that all music students are expected to know, as opposed to any other instrument? Most music programs have some requirement that if you're ...
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Casio CTK-1300 or Yamaha PSR-F50 [closed]

Alright, so as I have a pretty low budget I'm stuck on these two. Casio CTK-1300 is pretty cool and also has beginner guide built in system. Also a midi USB socket Yamaha PSR-F50 is nice but doesn't ...
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How to play the sustain pedal and rests (piano)

I have few questions in regards to playing the sustain pedal. There is two things that I am wondering: Is the sustain pedal based on the bass clef or treble clef? Or is it both? Does one take ...
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Complex Versus Simple Time Signatures

How to distinguish complex and simple time signatures? Are the complex ones divisible by three? (9 would be three beats per measure)
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Keyboard or piano or guitar which could be the best instrument to sturdy [closed]

I love music.I am thinking to learn or practice a music instrument in my spare time.I already have some knowledge about "organ" .But it is just an elementary level. I love piano ,keyboard and guitar.I ...
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It is ok to correct wrong notes when playing piano?

I am learning to play the piano on my own. When I play and I hear a mistake, I go back and play the correct note. Hearing the right note helps me find the next one. But I heard that you should ignore ...
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61, 72, 88 keys for music covers and some classics? Suggestions for a traveler?

Alright, so I'm a really beginner. Looking forward to practice and play piano. I'd like to play mostly pop songs covers for example: "Let it go, Boom clap" and stuff like that also kpop. And some ...
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My left hand doesn't keep the tempo

Hi Guys Im new to piano and I love jazz so muchhhhh. I was learning the basic of basics of the song, The Girl From Ipanema. I bought the sheet from Antoine Hervé along with the tutorials and tips. ...
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Piano technique - arms/hands/fingers

I've been away from the piano for about 4 years and am just now able to start playing again. Prior to the hiatus I was majoring in music with piano as my primary instrument. One of the things I had ...
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How do I identify the first 4 notes in this song?

I'm trying to identify the first 4 notes of a song so I can play it on my piano but I just can't seem to find the right notes... The song is at Youtube at and I'm ...
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How do I go about playing Jazz Standards?

When looking at Jazz Standards as sheet music, do you play them as is or are you supposed to improvise off of them (or just add some flavor)? I've been looking at these sheets for Autumn Leaves (...
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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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When do you play major or minor keys? [closed]

I'm confused about major and minor keys when reading sheet music. Major and minor keys are when you play multiple keys at once, but can you give me an example of when you'd do this while reading sheet ...
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How to play these (following) notes on a piano?

How do you play the very 4 first green notes on the right-handed side? They are not simultaneously played, but the time difference between two notes is kinda very short. I had no formal piano ...
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Non-playing fingers on piano– where should they rest?

When practising, I constantly reshape my non-playing fingers in the key/scale of the song I am learning. Is this okay, or should I position them in the place which is most comfortable? The latter ...
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Are there chords that cannot be realistically played by humans?

A very plain definition of chords would be, three or more notes played together and which sound musical right. So could there be chords that have so many notes in them (>10) that they cannot be played ...