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

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What are some good, intermediate-level pieces for piano left hand?

One of my piano students broke two fingers of his right hand, so we will be working with his left hand only for a few weeks while he recovers. He is an intermediate player, and I am looking for some ...
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Is there a canonical piano grading system?

The Thompson's books are divided by grade (first grade, second grade, etc.) Aside from that I have encountered a pianist who says that he is considered to be an X grade pianist. what is this grading ...
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Trill in Chopin Nocturne

Chopin's nocturnes have always been some of my favorite pieces of music to play. However, I was working through No. 17 when I came across this particular complex couple of bars. Particularly, the ...
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Improvising “sparsely” on piano

I'm having trouble building my solos on piano - starting off calm, and then building it, in order to keep it interesting for longer periods of time. On other instruments (I play saxophone as well) I'd ...
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Acoustic considerations for positioning an upright piano against the wall?

I know that upright pianos are usually positioned against the wall for aesthetic reasons, but I was wondering whether there are any sound quality considerations. Searching the web it seemed like some ...
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Goldberg Variation 28, right hand 4/5 trills [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Learning 4/5 trills on the piano? At a fast tempo, the 32-notes in the right hand (all marked as 4/5 in my Henle edition), are the first time in the Variations where my ...
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What's a good book for learning how to play the piano?

I'm considering learning to play the piano by reading resources instead of taking up piano lessons. It would allow me to just a buy the piano and learn it by myself. What good books or other resources ...
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Playing Piano in a Big Band / Chordal Accompaniments

I play piano in a jazz band and I've been learning piano for about 8/10 years now. The type of music I'm talking about here is mainly swing music. What are some good techniques/practices for ...
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How would you train for Chopin's Étude no. 2 op. 10?

This Étude is really painful for the right hand. Difficulty comes from medius, ring and little playing chromatic scales while thumb and index punctuating. The thumb cannot be used as a pivot while ...
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Fingering indication for double glissando (Ravel, Alborada del Gracioso)

In this piece, from the five Images by Maurice Ravel, there are three “double glissandi”, ascending then descending, over white keys of the piano. One of them uses a fourth interval, the next one uses ...
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How to mic an upright piano to record singing and playing?

I have a pretty standard upright piano and I'd like to move some of my playing+singing from guitar to piano as a way to get more comfortable playing chords. I like to record myself - just for fun or ...
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Drummer looking to learn one-handed keyboard

I'm a drummer looking to supplement my playing with a keyboard (simultaneously) and also contribute a little more to the writing process. Likely, I'll be playing keys with my left hand, probably basic ...
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How is the mordent played in the given piece from Petzold

Here is an excerpt of Petzold's Menuett in G major and I stumbled upon a mordent which I don't know how to play. The fun fact is: The excerpt is from a beginner book where there is an explanation of ...
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Breakdown of Ray Charles' “swinganova” style?

In the liner notes to Ray Charles' collected country and western recordings, there is a section on how the popularity of bossa nova beats led him to come up with the more soul-accented version in his ...
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Suggestions for switching from piano to electronic keyboard?

I've been playing piano for more than 40 years -- started out with classical, but I've been playing in a praise band the last 10 years or so. We recently purchased a Kurzweil PC3X keyboard for the ...
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Are tools to help improve finger dexterity, strength and speed really useful?

I don't have access to a piano every day of the week, but want to keep my flexibility. Searching on the Internet, I found many kinds of contraptions and devices that claim that they help keep and ...
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Why don't pianos use multiples of 12 for the number of keys?

In one of the answers of this question, some pianos with 44, 61, 76, and 88 keys are introduced. I just don't get it. Why notes are not following any formula? I mean, a piano with 63 keys means that ...
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Why do F#6 and higher notes ring more than F6 and lower notes?

I learned Overworld Theme 2 from Super Mario Bros. 3 a few years ago, which features the nice bright high notes of A6, G6, and F6: I noticed on my 80 year old upright piano that the A and G rang ...
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Penciling in piano fingering

This question is related to a previously asked question of mine about adding accidentals. I often pencil in fingering in difficult places, but sometimes I even mark fingering on an entire piece (in ...
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Why do modern popular songs composed on piano sound different than songs composed on guitar?

Songs that I hear that are piano based - ie. composed and originally performed on piano, seem to have a different feel than those composed on guitar. The flow, the movement, the chords used - are ...
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Does a note/key/string struck on one piano cause the same note on another piano to resonate?

I need assistance please. Not possessing one (never mind two!) pianos myself, I wonder if someone could test this experiment for me? (Or has someone already noticed this phenomenon?) I am presently ...
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How to improvise over a C#, B, A chord progression?

I'm looking to improvise a piano solo in over a C# verse that has a C#, B, A chorus. I'm unsure of what scale to use for this, or unsure on how to determine why musically some notes work better than ...
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Causes of piano finger strain and ways to relieve it

After I practice for a few hours on the piano, I feel a strain in my hands (I don't know if strain is the right word, It doesn't hurt or anything. It actually feels good because I feel like I have ...
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the fingering intended by the composer

I'm trying to understand why Erik Satie put chords impossible to play with the right hand up in the treble clef. Why not put these chords in the bass clef so that it is obvious that they are played ...
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What is this common chord pattern, if that's the right term?

I really commonly find that contemporary songs use an arpeggiated up-and-down progression over notes that are in this shape, here are some examples: C1, G1, C2 C#1, G#, C#2 E1, B, E2 A1, E, A2 Is ...
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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 ...
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Turning music on piano so it doesn't fold

My piano teacher lent me some books that are very old and expensive. My piano has a little dip down that holds the music, but when I turn the page, the bottom of the page drags along the top of the ...
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Piano Exercices to go beyond John Thompson's Modern Course?

I've been playing the piano long enough now that I thought it might be helpful to learn a few exercises for improving dexterity and/or "warming up" when one first sits down at the piano. My level is ...
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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!
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How much pedal should be used in practice?

Often my teacher tells me to avoid practicing with pedaling so that my melodies/slurred passages will truly be legato. When I perform for him though, he asks me to use the pedal, which I'm usually ...
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Ten minute piano practice techniques?

It seems quite simple to allocate 10 - 15 minutes in the morning for a piano. At least much easier than to find later time for a longer session during the day. There is a similar (and very good) "ten ...
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What happens technically when you accentuate on a time-signature?

When you have a 4/4 time signature you typically accentuate beats "1" and (minorly) "3" for every measure. On a piano, what does that mean technically? Is beat "1" just louder or is it also a (little) ...
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Starting piano - which instrument to choose?

I've been playing guitar for a couple of years now, and I want to try my hand at piano - so to speak. I'm a little stumped as to what the best instrument for me to choose is, as I've been looking at ...
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Piano sustains when pedal not pressed

I noticed this on a piano I played recently - a small amount of sustain with no pedal and much more with it pressed. It wasn't unpleasant, actually, but is it likely to be: A feature of the piano A ...
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Practice advice: Struggling with alternative left hand and off beat right hand melody

It comes up a lot but it is a massive weakness for me, and I wonder if I am just lacking aptitude, or if I'm practicing wrong. My problem is when I have an alternating bass with the left hand, e.g. ...
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Bars 32-37 in Moonlight sonata first movement

I am having trouble playing and memorizing the broken chords sequence: Should I try and practice on each triplet individually? because when I try to think on it as a broken chord I often can not ...
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What methods can I use to work out the notes in an audio clip?

I would like to know how to work out the notes of an audio clip. Two examples: This seems a basic melody in which notes are played one after the other: https://soundcloud.com/mjohnson52/piano-1 This ...
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Locating a key on the keyboard

I'm trying to figure out what the correct technique is for locating a key on the piano keyboard. As far as I can tell, there are the following clues (names invented on the spot): "absolute ...
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Is there a specific finger for playing a specific key on piano?

I'm new to piano, I can play some stuff following the sheet music, but i'm always wondering if my fingers are on the right position, so, I'd like to know if there's like a map or a way to determine ...
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Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (Piano Solo) - Measure 306

In the picture below, there is a significant stretch where the melody in the upper staff is at a lower pitch than the accompaniment in the lower staff. Does Liszt intend for me to cross my ...
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Are Tersun Piano Technique books any good?

I'm a piano newbie studying online. My teacher recommends Hanon for learning piano technique which I am doing and I have to say it's helping. Although I know it's not smart to question your teacher, I ...
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Where to find practice tracks for jazz piano (specifically for the realbook)

When I was in high school I played piano in the jazz band. I was going through my stuff and found my realbook and it occurred to me that it would be awesome if I could play from it again. However, ...
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How often is the soft pedal used in piano scores?

I've been playing the piano for a long time, but I don't ever recall seeing any piece of music call explicitly for the soft pedal. Some digital pianos and keyboards don't even have one. I know there ...
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How do I play these broken chords on a piano?

I have attached the starting of a waltz (A Flat Major Op. 39 No. 15) by Brahms. As you can see, the left hand plays broken chords while the right hand plays the chords normally. There are two ...
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Realistic Virtual Piano

I recently started playing around with my MIDI keyboard and Garageband. However, I noticed the default "Grand Piano" etc. in Garageband have very poor sound and expression capability. Is there a free ...
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Piano question (walk-ups and downs)

Well I'm trying to write a song and the chord progression is D, Bm, G, A. What I'm not sure about is that I'm trying to do a walk down from B to G with A and G#, but G# isn't in the D scale, so I'm ...
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What do you call a chord that is not complete?

What do you call a chord that is not complete or how can you tell what chord a group of notes are? Is it by looking at the root note? For example: C# E G# B F# => C# Maj 11 E F# G# ...
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Finger hitting multiple keys

I have been playing piano for 5 months now and I have a problem where my fingers seem to land on multiple keys at once. This is really annoying and causes the music the sound as if I'm playing with my ...
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What is the flash midi player used by musipedia?

Musipedia.org has a flash piano midi player on its site. What is the origin of this player? Is this something they created themselves or is a standard player available from elsewhere? I ask because ...
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Learning the piano strictly by learning chords…and saving scales and complex fingerings for later…

I studied piano for a couple years as a young adult. I enjoyed it, but got busy with school/activities/other instruments and it fell by the wayside. I've been interested in picking it up again and ...