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

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Piano getting out of tune and noisy after 6 weeks

I have a 30 year old upright piano withan iron frame. It had been neglected for probably 10 years. 6 months ago it has been repaired and tuned. The action had to be cleaned and pieces of felt and ...
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What are “Es”, “As”, etc. chords?

I cannot find these chords in my piano chord manual and think they may have alternative notations. What is an Es or As chord?
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How common is the complete circle of fifths progression? [on hold]

A complete circle of fifths progression would go (I)-IV-VII-III-VI-II-V-I, and it's taught that way in textbooks, but it seems to be rare in actual music. Could you give me any examples of songs that ...
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Audio interference in recording

I'm a youtuber pianist. Sometimes when I record my electric keyboard through audio in of ZOOM H2 mic, I can hear a low buzzing sound. This is really annoying because I have to redo all! Do you know ...
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Groovy piano/rhodes tunes

I am a beginner/intermidiate jazz player and recentry I have discovered a fabulous groovy world of funk. I was greatly inspired by compositions like those: ...
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Does 'just' or 'well' temperament center around the key of a given piece, or is it key-agnostic?

I'm going to be recording some piano music in the near future, and I'm interested in the (possibly crazy) idea of tuning the piano to a non-equal-tempered system for the recording. I am recording ...
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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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#iv dim leading to I (tonic)

i would expect a #iv dim chord (or vii dim/V) to resolve either to IV or V. But i have noticed a few instances where it leads to I major.(i could mention the song title if it is allowed). Is this ...
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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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I can hardly memorize piano notes

Or equivalently I am having trouble remembering the memorized ones. I know that if I work very very much on it, I can memorize a loong sonata. But I want to put the music in my mind in a plausible ...
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What is the standard location of piano pedals?

My digital piano has a separate pedal block that can be placed at any distance from the keyboard. However I think makes a lot of sense to position it in a standard way, how it is typically positioned. ...
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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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Put a cup of water inside a piano?

I was told by someone that their piano tuner recommends placing a cup of water inside their upright piano (on the floor not inside the mechanism!) for some purpose to do with humidity. Is this a ...
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How close to a radiator is too close?

While ideally a piano would be kept in some special room with controlled humidity and temperature, that's rarely possible. For many of us in small houses, finding Any space big enough is a challenge ...
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Soft pedal modified to act as practice pedal

I saw this on a 2-pedal upright piano. The owner showed me inside how a strip of material (felt) had been added so that the soft pedal had a much more pronounced effect, and explained his piano tuner ...
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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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What to look for when buying a digital piano for a beginner?

My wife has recently started learning to play the piano and needs something at home on which to practise. I'm inclined towards a digital piano as it is more practical (Mainly space but also no tuning ...
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What staff affected by a dynamic mark?

If I see in piano sheet music, say, "mp" mark between bass and treble staves, which staff should be played in "mp" dynamics? Reverse question: if I want to apply a dynamic mark to a specified staff, ...
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Multiple sets of notes on sheet music [closed]

I sometimes see two sets of notes on the right and left hand staves. E.g. If there are four beats in a section, I can see a whole note and two half notes. What does this mean?
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Can one become a concert pianist if they start learning at the age of 10? [closed]

I started Voice lessons when I was about 8 years old and Electronic Keyboard lessons when i was about 10 years. Currently I am pursuing an Undergraduate studies in Music and learning Piano for about ...
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What is actually involved in moving a piano?

I'm aware that when moving a piano, especially a good one, care must be taken and using a proper mover is strongly recommended. But what is actually involved in moving a piano (other than lifting the ...
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How cold is too cold to move a piano?

I'm having a piano moved by professionals to my house tomorrow morning when its supposed to be between 40-45 degrees F and 65% humidity. I've asked them to cover it during the move. It should take ...
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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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How to improve piano accompaniment for singing

I am an intermediate level piano player. I am able to figure out the chords for all the songs I am interested to play, but it always sounds plain to me. I usually play the chords like a rhythm or like ...
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Numbers under a note [duplicate]

I have recently got a new piece of sheet music for the piano. I play the clarinet in band so I have never really had to learn bass clef. I thought I would surprise my boyfriend by playing our song for ...
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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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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 playing blindfold a good practice method?

Is playing without being able to look at what you're doing a useful practice technique for instruments like guitar and piano? Learning to play without needing to look at your instrument is good of ...
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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 ...
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Audio level on recording a piano

I've trying to record a piano either using a portable recorder as Tascam DR-07MK2 or a B2-Pro but every time I get confused about what would be the correct audio level for the input audio. If the ...
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What are the characteristics of a Sarabande?

I am playing Bach's English Suite in a minor, and am currently working on the Sarabande. I know it is a slow dance of Spanish origin, but not much else. What are some characteristics of the Sarabande? ...
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How to start playing by ear/improvising?

Up till now I've been playing music from the sheet, and eventually I've grown frustrated how after 3 years of playing I can't even play Jingle Bells if I'm asked to without figuring it out from a ...
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How do I write music down from a recording?

I am a beginning piano student. I bought some sheet music to play Make Someone Happy, written by Jule Styne, and made famous by Jimmy Durante. The problem is that the sheet music starts with the ...
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Systematic ways to study the piano?

Let me explain: When I began to learn the piano (the classical piano), it was in a "rough" way: I wasn't aware of interpretation, technique, etc. I thought I just needed to play the correct notes. A ...
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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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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 ...
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What does the arc under fingerings mean?

What does the arc under fingerings mean as seen in these two pictures? It seems like first image, the arc means to transition fingerings from thumb (left hand) to second finger, but on the second ...
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How to play bass part in Yann Tiersen's “Comptine d'ete no. 2”?

How to play bass part (left hand) in Yann Tiersen's "Comptine d'ete no. 2" piano piece? Here the two sample bars (other bars has similar bass part): I'm confused in strange notation, look at ...
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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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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 ...
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Debussy: Reflets dans l'eau: Rhythm Ambiguity

I'm having some trouble understanding my edition, particularly measures 23-30. For reference, use First Edition, Paris: Durand & Fils, 1905 [1]. I'll also refer to Leipzig: Edition Peters, 1970 ...
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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 ...
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How to learn the piano, if I can already play the piano accordion?

I can already play the piano accordion quite well (I had lessons for many years) and now I would like to learn playing the piano. My right hand is - I assume - quite well prepared, however there are ...
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61 keys +better piano sound or 76 keys + relatively low piano sound [closed]

I have a limited budget, and have only found two models within it, the Casio WK 240(76 keys) and Yamaha PSR E-343(61 keys) (both in the $150-$200 range) I mainly want to play piano pieces.. So I ...
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Moving to guitar from piano

I play the piano, and also the guitar. My piano playing is free and loose, and I can effortlessly string together melodies and harmonies, melting chords and melody lines into a polyphonic piece of ...
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Is my digital piano suitable for learning to play?

So here's a quick introduction: I started playing trumpet in school when I was in 5th grade, moved on to baritone/euphonium in 7th grade, taught myself acoustic guitar in 8th grade, and now I'm ...
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Proper warm-up before playing piano for little finger and ring finger?

I have been diagnosed with Ulnar claw here due to tennis: I did not have any symptoms of it anymore until I started to play piano again. When I presently played piano hours, I realized next morning ...
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How to test all three piano pedals

How to demonstrate easily and clearly that all three pedals on a piano are working as expected? It is a digital piano but probably the pedal action should be identical or similar. I am new with ...
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Where do I release the soft pedal in Ravel's Jeux d'Eau?

I've been working on Ravel's Jeux d'Eau, and the intended use of the soft pedal in the piece is not always clear to me. There are several spots where he indicates to use the soft pedal, but there ...
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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 ...