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

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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?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to improve/train my memory while playing long pieces on the piano?

This question might result too broad and subjective to answer, so apologize first, but I'll try to make it as specific as possible. Recently I had a piano exam, consisting in three pieces: Partita No....
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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 ...
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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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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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Practice advice: Struggling with alternating 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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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?
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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 ...
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How can I make my keyboard sound like a Hammond organ?

I have a keyboard. It can play the basic MIDI sounds. I would like it to have a Hammond organ sound. Since I'm not sure if I can upload new sounds to its MIDI bank, I'm looking for a way to 'effect' ...
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Piano performance: slippery keys due to sweat of previous players

What do pianists do when they need to perform after many performers who sweat all over the keys and made it slippery. I was thinking of using a personal cloth to wipe the keys, but would that be ...
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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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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 ...
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How do pianos and keyboards differ?

Can you play all piano music on a keyboard? What other considerations are there?
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Do the hands' sizes affect piano learning/performance?

I don't really know anything about pianos, but since I just got a digital one I guess I should give it a go. The first thing I noticed is that it is difficult for me to press multiple keys that are a ...
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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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Do pianos really need to rest before tuning, after being moved?

I'm new to real pianos and just having bought an old 2nd-hand one, it's obviously gone out of tune being moved to my house. I've heard from a few people, including one tuner, that they need to 'rest' ...
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Which is more economical for a casual/learning player - real piano or electronic?

note: I'm deliberately asking only about the cost issues because "which is better" is far too subjective and would be closed! I would like to get a piano for my home, to learn on and play for my own ...
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Right hand wrist & forearm soreness

I’m new to piano and experiencing soreness in the wrist and forearm of my right hand when I play. I can’t tell whether this is “building new muscles” pain or “doing something wrong” pain. I’m ...
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strange fingering in moonlight sonata

This is an except of bars 47-50 moonlight sonata from Henle In bar 49 in the middle of the second triplet there is a fingering of 21 (pressing with the 2 finger and switching to 1 while pressing), ...
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Grace notes in Minuet by Boccherini

This is an excerpt from Minuet by Boccherini from John Thompson's Grade 3: Is the grace note in the 3rd measure played concurrently with the E on the bass line, or just before it?
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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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Playing a Melody While Singing

In general on piano do you play the melody of a song if you intend to sing? Is it the case that you play a much more basic version of a song if you intend to also sing? If I am looking at sheet ...
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What do the letters above the piano staff represent?

I am a beginner trying to understand the music notation for a song I want to try. Can someone kindly tell me what are the letters above the treble clef in the following figure: I've read that they ...
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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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Should I be grabbing piano key?

When I hit a piano key should I be grabbing the piano key with a slight inward tug kind of like a brushing motion? Or should I be pressing down with no inward motion?
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Does weight lifting affect finger dexterity?

I play the piano for around 8 years now but I also work out 3-4 times a week. Does this affect my finger dexterity since I see people playing for 2 years only and they are more virtuosso than me. Or ...
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What is this chord (spelled 2nd, 4th, 5th) and how is it used?

For the piano/composers: I compose music for the piano in my spare time, and one particular chord that has caught my attention (as one that I like a lot) is the D-F-G chord in C Major. I have seen ...
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Have a note outstand in a pianissimo chord (piano)

This is the last chord of Francis Poulenc's Mélancolie for piano. It occurs while a piano D♭ major chord is still resonating in the bass. How would you have the B♭♭ be perceptible, surprising, and ...
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Extreme difficulty matching a piece to the metronome (piano)

I'm having extreme difficulty following a rhythm using a metronome. Granted, I can't sightread yet so that may be the problem. Trying to play a piece I know very well by ear and matching it with the ...
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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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Looking for an app that can record piano and visually represent what was played

My son is learning piano, he is good at playing the correct note but struggles with the timing. We have an iPad and I sometimes record him and look at the waveform to try and show when his timing is ...
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What does this notation mean for the piano?

I saw this in Chopin's Op.25 No.12 etude and was bemused. On the next line, the asterisk reappears on its own. What is this called and what does it mean?
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Minor major seventh flat five chords: do they exist, and if so, how should they be used?

When randomly playing chords, my husband and I stumbled upon an interesting four-note combination of C, Eb, Gb and B natural, which sounded pretty nice to us despite the dissonance. This looks like a ...
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How many songs to practice at a time?

I'm coming back to piano after years and years away, so I'm back at beginner level again. I know I can get a bunch of etudes together and do technical exercises, but of course, the main thing is ...
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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 are Band Scores and Piano Scores Similar or Different?

There are two sites I'm looking at that for a the same music book (same ISBN), one lists it as a 'band score' and the other a 'piano score'. I want to buy music for the piano, so if it's really a ...
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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 ...
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Is this a modal song?

I just want to check, is this song, Magic Power by Triumph, an example of D Mixolydian (major, dropped 7th)? http://chordify.net/chords/triumph-magic-power-...
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Developing a good practice routine for piano improvisation with a band

I have been playing the piano for 2 years now and I can play some of my favorite pieces through sheet music and a lot of time. I have also been singing in a band for quite some years and want to ...
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Is there any algorithmic way to split a piano MIDI into left and right hand parts?

Equivalently, how can I split notes across a staff in the most "correct" way? Something simple would be to just split the parts across a particular note (i.e., middle C), but this would be much less ...
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How could I create a musical vocabulary based on a group of similar classical pieces?

Sometimes I'll be working on a group of pieces and realize that I'd like to experiment with abstracting some of the musical ideas (rhythms, harmonies, etc) into a musical vocabulary that I could use ...
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Piano accompaniment with left or right hand

On this website, it says, In elementary piano, the left hand (lower notes) typically plays chords, while the right hand plays the melody. If you're playing pop or rock and singing, you might want ...
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Need help leaning to feel and play the upbeat centric soul/gospel/funk groove

I'm a pianist for a contemporary church also. I've been playing for my church for 30 years but I'm trying to improve my playing. My problem is that I really don't know that much about music theory ...
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How does achieve a “distant” effect on piano?

I'm trying to teach myself some piano pieces by Joaquín Turina and he marks certain passages as "lointains" (French for "distant"). It occurred to me that I have no idea what this means in terms of ...
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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 ...