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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

6
votes
1answer
153 views

How do you play a glissando with two notes?

Here are a few snapshots from the song "Alborada del Gracioso" by Maurice Ravel. How do you play two notes at the same time while doing a glissando (and only using one hand?) To my understanding, one ...
6
votes
3answers
2k views

Numbers above notes in piano sheet music?

What do vertical numbers above chords mean in a sheet music for the piano? Never seen this before: What do the numbers mean? How do I play it? Thanks!
6
votes
1answer
183 views

How to play large chord?

I am playing Scriabin's Prelude Op. 11 No. 11. (see IMSLP ) I can reach 10ths fairly comfortably, but I am wondering what to do with chords such as those that appear in Mm. 14 (C4-B5-G5). Do I play a ...
6
votes
4answers
504 views

Top-down music learning

Most musical schools start with a bottom-up teaching eg. Czerny etudes for the dexterity and the velocity of fingers. However, teachers usually go through all the etudes before moving on towards real ...
6
votes
2answers
756 views

How do I improve the rate at which I learn arpeggios?

I'm referring specifically to this sort of structure, where the notes cascade upwards or downwards but most often up and then back down. Many of the pieces I play (on piano) involve this rather ...
6
votes
4answers
2k views

Should pedals be used when playing classical piano music?

I recently did some reading on the historical evolution of the piano. From my understanding, classical-era pianos did not have foot pedals. By classical-era I refer to the narrower meaning of ...
6
votes
4answers
16k views

How to memorize seventh chords and inversions on piano?

These past few months I've been teaching myself how to play piano, using my background in guitar and a basic knowledge of music theory I've picked up from that. I am having difficulty "memorizing" ...
6
votes
2answers
482 views

How do I describe the difficulty of my song?

As part of my practice and for my mini-concerts I compose arrangements to songs. Most of them so far are Simon & Garfunkel songs. I also have started giving away some sheet music to some friends ...
6
votes
1answer
304 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
192 views

Is playing with two hand really necessary in this passage?

This is an except from Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 by Liszt from John Thompson's Grade 3 (The key signature of this section is F Major): Is playing this passage with two hand really necessary? or is ...
6
votes
3answers
686 views

Looking for a piano sight reading app that listens to your instrument

I've been looking around for a sight reading app. I found this rather excellent iPad app and it has helped a lot. I'd really like an app that allows me to practice using my instrument instead of an ...
6
votes
1answer
414 views

Guidelines for piano composition/transcription

I'm a classical guitar student but I always loved the piano. Though I never owned one, most of my musical ideas come to me as harmonies on the keyboard so I often have to translate that into something ...
6
votes
1answer
699 views

Which Bach toccata is more difficult- BWV910 or BWV911?

Which Bach toccata is more technically challenging? The Toccata in c minor (BWV 911) or the Toccata in f# minor (BWV 910)? I've heard that the c minor toccata is a monster but I can't find anything on ...
6
votes
5answers
3k views

What is the foundational book of Czerny finger exercises for piano?

I've recently started teaching myself piano (via Bartok's Mikrokosmos) and feel it would be helpful to supplement the pieces with some standard exercises. Everyone I speak with suggests Czerny, but ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

My fingers are huge; how do I adjust on a piano?

I'm a big guy and my fingers are proportionately big. I've been a student of piano for a few months now. I'm told regularly that I should play "into the keyboard" so that my fingers are closer to the ...
6
votes
2answers
156 views

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 ...
6
votes
3answers
918 views

Same note in two staves [duplicate]

I have only just started to learn (on my own) to read music and play the piano at the grand old age of 64! Please can someone tell me how to play the same note on two staves? I keep being asked to ...
6
votes
1answer
774 views

Piano mordent with two notes

I'm trying to play Brahms' Hungarian dance №11 and there is a technical question. How do I play a mordent from the 4th measure? Whether both notes should be played with mordent or just the upper one? ...
6
votes
1answer
60 views

Playing overlapping notes

I am reading a piece of music (Aurora's Theme transcribed by Tigero) for the piano and a part of the music sheet has me completely stumped: It appears that the B and E (surrounding the middle C) ...
6
votes
2answers
2k views

What is the proper technique for a glissando on piano?

What is the proper technique to perform an upward and downward glissando on piano? In particular, how should you position your hand, and is it important which finger(s) you use?
6
votes
1answer
150 views

Importance of placement of accents for chords (Chopin mazurka, op 59, no 3)

Consider the placement of accents for chords that are split between the bass and treble (Chopin Mazurka op. 59, no 3, bar 34) : and bar 101: I suddenly became unsure if the accent for the second ...
6
votes
1answer
87 views

Small hand substitutions… any rules?

I'm a self-taught hobby pianist with small hands, which means that often I need to substitute notes to be able to play something comfortably (or at all). E.g. in Traumerei, there is a 10-note reach ...
6
votes
2answers
146 views

Name for pedal markings

Is there any name for the inverted V (∧) in pedal markings? Or are they just known as part of pedal markings?
6
votes
1answer
130 views

Is there a name or common usage of this piano damper pedal effect?

I've noticed an effect that I use when playing acoustic piano. Play a note or chord staccato, and quite quickly after playing it, press the damper pedal. The effect is rather like an echo which ...
5
votes
7answers
1k views

Are there any compositions for piano that are impossible to play without a full-range keyboard?

I’m wondering if there is a piano composition that uses notes from subcontra octave (C0) and five-lined octave (C8) at the same time? In other words, is there any song there is no way to play without ...
5
votes
7answers
8k views

Is Hanon's “Virtuoso Pianist” good for self-taught musician?

I am a self-taught painist (or keyboardist, whatever you prefer). Some time ago I came across The Virtuoso Pianist but, because I never played under an eye of a professional, I was turned away by the ...
5
votes
8answers
11k views

Digital Pianos vs Old Upright Pianos for classical music

What should I take in consideration to make my final decision on selecting a $500-600 price range digital piano or old upright piano for classical music (practicing at home). Some part of me tells me ...
5
votes
4answers
340 views

What contributes to good piano posture?

I have to admit I can slouch when I'm not paying attention at the piano. So what makes for good piano posture? Extra: Are there any guides that are often used as standard? I've heard that the ...
5
votes
7answers
5k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
353 views

Is it a typo or how do I play it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: The same note on two staves I have put red arrows where I am in trouble. As I understand this, I should hit D but it is already pressed down. Do I misunderstand ...
5
votes
2answers
9k views

What notes on the piano do the Ukulele strings equate to?

If you highlighted the 4 strings of the Ukulele (default tuning) to notes on the piano, where would they come in relation to middle C?
5
votes
2answers
5k views

What exactly does a 3 mean over a quarter note and an 8th note?

There is an eighth note followed by a quarter note, and above them is a little overarching bracket with a little 3 in it. I know this has something to do with the timing, but I have no idea what. ...
5
votes
4answers
675 views

I am a beginner piano player, have no idea how to emphasize a downbeat

But how do I put an emphasis on a beat? Do I play it louder? Do I play it longer?
5
votes
2answers
608 views

How to tell which C or E note you are to draw on a blank staff

I am beginning to learn how to play the piano. The book I am using is called "Teach Yourself To Play Piano: A Quick and Easy Introduction for Beginners". One of the lessons in the book is a blank ...
5
votes
3answers
3k views

Why is it so hard to count beats and play at the same time?

I am just beginning to learn to play the piano on my own. I seem to have much difficulties keeping the beats and play the notes at the same time. For example, I have been practicing on this same ...
5
votes
3answers
667 views

Is there piano notation for finger sustained notes (as opposed to pedal sustain)?

In piano music how does one indicate that sequential notes in the bass clef are to be sustained with the fingers, not using the sustain pedal? For example, suppose I have the three sequential quarter ...
5
votes
4answers
302 views

What chord is this and when is it the dominant?

For a song I've written I do a chromatic descending climb with the bass note in a Cm chord and end up with my fingers like this: First of all I'd like to know what chord this is, my guess is an A ...
5
votes
4answers
25k views

Yamaha vs Casio digital piano - is there an objective comparison?

I am looking to buy an entry-level digital piano for playing at home, and it seems that of the brands available locally, Yamaha and Casio provide an entry level range that suits me price-wise. ...
5
votes
3answers
184 views

How to tell if an old piano can be restored?

A friend is looking to get rid of a piano and I think I'd like to take it for my house when friends, who can play, come over. Personally, I don't play it but may take lessons in the future. It would ...
5
votes
6answers
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
551 views

When we talk about an 88/76/etc Key piano, does that include all keys or just white notes?

I have an old cheap keyboard which spans 5 octaves plus one extra C, so it goes from C2-C7 (I think). Does that make this a 41 (5 x 8 +1) key or a 61 (5 x 12 + 1) keyboard? When we talk about a ...
5
votes
3answers
9k views

Piano music with two treble clefs, and notes between staves

I do not understand why there are two treble cleff staves and why there are music notes in the middle of the two staves. Which hand should I play those notes with and why are there two treble cleff ...
5
votes
2answers
557 views

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.
5
votes
4answers
286 views

Switching from piano to harpsichord

I have been playing the piano for the most part of my life, but I am becoming increasingly interested in the harpsichord. Has anyone made this "transition" before? Are there some pitfalls which one ...
5
votes
1answer
642 views

Meaning of 1/1 and 1/2 beneath pedaling marking

Today I saw 1/1 and 1/2 written in one of my pieces beneath the pedal markings. Do these have a meaning or is it a misprint?
5
votes
2answers
204 views

Accessible Instruments While Away From Home

I am a musician spending a few months away my home. I fear that I may lose a good chunk of skill if I am unable to practice my instrument during this time. It is completely unfeasible for me to buy ...
5
votes
6answers
6k views

How to learn piano improvisation

I am a self-taught piano player, played for about five years with shorter and longer breaks. I've never had any formal education, don't know chords or music theory. What should I do to learn piano ...
5
votes
2answers
898 views

How to play chords that overlap melody

What do you do when notes from a chord in the left hand overlap with notes from a melody in the right hand? Do you drop notes? Do you change notes in the chord? This is my biggest frustration right ...
5
votes
4answers
796 views

How do pianos and keyboards differ?

Can you play all piano music on a keyboard? What other considerations are there?
5
votes
2answers
331 views

Is “pattern-based” playing specific to instruments or tradition?

In the following video, Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater is reviewing the Axis-64 by C-thru-music. It's a keyboard/MIDI controller that uses a geometric harmonic table rather than a traditional ...