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

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How to advance to grade 1 after completing “easiest piano course”

By teaching myself piano from scratch using John Thompson's easiest piano course, how many books do I need to get through to be grade 1 standard? I am currently half way through book 2. Thank you.
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Why are grand pianos usually black?

Upright pianos are often covered with transparent lacquer, revealing their natural brown wood colour. This is similar to violins, guitars and other classical instruments, where wood structure is ...
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fast staccato on same note for piano

A few years back I found this dual piano arrangement for Imperial March. ! I noticed that in the original composition there are a lot of staccato triplets on the same ...
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Piano progress plan for adults

I've read all over this site that, despite being a family man with children, a job, and being around 40 years old, I am not hopeless in learning the piano. So, I've started by myself. I know I should ...
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Piano no damping after transport?

I recently received a 100 years old baby grand piano, which does not have any damping, that is, the dampers don't touch the strings even with no pedal being pressed and when I play a tone it just ...
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How can I learn to read bass clef score more naturally?

I hadn't read music for about 20 years, after doing a little classical guitar as a young child, and recently started learning piano. I was pleasantly surprised to find that reading music on the treble ...
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Why did Liszt change/add so much to his piano transcription of Danse Macabre?

I'm interested to hear if anything is known about the reasons why Liszt decided to introduce some pretty significant changes/additions to the piano transcription of Danse Macabre by Camille Saint-...
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Need to listen to iTunes track and piano for learning

I am learning piano and thought that if I play the lesson track into my headphones at the same time as the piano output I could practice timing better and for the pieces I need to learn for the exam ...
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What is this chord progression? (YouTube link) [on hold]

I'm looking for any help whatsoever on how to play this version of Friday on piano. If you know the chords (in this version, which I'm almost certain is different to the original) or can provide ...
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Learn piano one hand at a time or simultaneously?

I've started to teach myself how to play the piano, and one of the difficulties I've found is trying to get both hands to do things at once. I either forget one hand entirely, or have one hand trying ...
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Learn to play to piano notes

I am playing piano for almost 4 years. But I never played with notes. Now I want to play to notes. I can read them, but I have no idea how I can learn to play to them so fast, that I don't need to ...
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How can I significantly improve my hand independence on piano?

I started taking piano lessons about 7 years ago, and stopped about 2 years ago when my teacher (the one and only piano teacher I've had) quit. In all honesty, my piano has been severely neglected ...
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Can people really sight-read advanced pieces?

I find it hard to read a staff and play it on the keyboard fluently. The most common scene for me is that I read one note on the paper and then lower my head and find out the location of that note ...
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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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Getting Chopin Etude Op 10 no 1 up to tempo

I am trying to learn Chopin Etude Op 10 no 1, and since it is the summer I am without a teacher. I've got the notes and the fingering down pat, but I am stuck on a tempo of about 130 bpm, when I ...
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What is this music symbol and how to play it?

I've attached a picture of the music sheet I am learning that has a music notation that I do not know and would like to get some help to understand what it means. The music notation is on the first ...
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Are these C notes a slur or a tie?

On the bass clef, there are 2 C notes. I think it is a tie (wiki) and they should be played once for 6 beats. Am I correct? Or do I have to play the C twice, 3 beats each?
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Tricks to unlearn chords learned by shape on the piano

As a child, I took organ lessons during which my teacher taught most of the chords by their inversions to minimize the amount of travelling on the keyboard required by the left hand. For example, A ...
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Determining fingering for complex arpeggiations

I've been drafting some composition work and created some arpeggiations in the LH to accompany the RH, but I don't want to start guessing the fingering, ironing in bad habits before asking about it, ...
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Good jazz pianists to transcribe for a beginner [closed]

I'm want to transcribe some jazz piano, but I can't find any easy pianists to transcribe. For saxophone, people like Stan Getz and Lester Young play quite slowly most of the time, so I can transcribe ...
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Practice chord progressions along with scales?

The Question Are there any standard exercises where you play a chord progression with one hand while playing a scale with the other hand? I'm adding the usual I–IV–I–V–I at the end of each scale (...
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Should I warmup for every small session I play?

I've had this on my mind for a long time and it's regarding whether I should properly warm-up for every small practice sessions I play (30-45 minutes) or if I should just warm-up the on my first ...
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Acoustic piano vs digital piano: is there any solid evidence for one being better than the other?

As someone who'll have to buy a piano soon, I'm at the old question of acoustic vs digital. I've done a fair deal of research on the internet, as well as heard the opinion of a piano teacher, and ...
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Understanding the notes in the 4th measure of Moonlight Sonata [duplicate]

I'm working on playing Moonlight Sonata on the Piano and I'm having trouble relating what I'm reading on the sheet music to what I'm finding around the web on how to play it. Here's a picture of the ...
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How do you choose which acoustic piano to buy?

Which things should one keep in mind when thinking about buying an acoustic piano? Age, wood, brand? What things are high quality or bad quality? What to watch out for?
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Suggestions for transition from 6/8 to 4/4 (Piano accompaniment)

I am playing an accompaniment for a choir on piano with one song in 6/8 and another in 4/4. The choir insists that I shouldn't leave a gap between the two songs and I should try to play continuously. ...
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How can I improve my piano accompaniments?

When I play piano or keyboards, I've noticed that I keep slipping into playing the same chords (and variations thereof, such as very simple bass lines) with my left hand while I use my right hand to ...
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What is this and how do you play this?

What is this and how do you play this?
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Piano Technique when coming from an organ

I've been playing the organ for over 10 years, and for the past year I've started learning piano. The fact I came with a background made it much easier for me, since I didn't need to start from ...
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Pedaling in La fille aux cheveux de lin

Throughout this piece, Debussy writes that certain notes are to be extended from measure to measure, e.g., but there's a problem here. Note that I'm a beginner on piano. My hands aren't insanely ...
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Stationary MIDI controllers most resembling piano [closed]

What MIDI controller would be the best replacement to learn playing piano? From this answer, I guess it should be like: 88 full-size, semi-weighted (weighted?) keys Keys have piano-like feel No ...
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Fingering on Fantaisie-Impromptu

What fingering is more appropriate to use at Chopin Fantaisie Impromptu op. 66 at the second F# in right hand ? In most editions I've read (like this one) I saw 5fth finger. I know that fingerings ...
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How to play the same note on piano? [duplicate]

Please explain how to play the same note A with both hands in this measure.
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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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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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Getting good tone on piano with guitar calloused fingertips

I am playing the piano and I have started to learn guitar. I had asked a similar question asked from the guitar perspective on this site. Do calloused fingertips (due to playing guitar fretboard ...
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Grand staff with 2 bass clefs

I am trying to play a tune in my keyboard textbook and I am having trouble figuring out what the notes are for the lower clef and what octave they are in. Can someone help me with this please? Also ...
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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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How difficult is it to play Beethoven's (Emperor) Piano Concerto No. 5?

At what ABRSM grade would it be sensible to attempt the piano component of this sublime piece of music?
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ABRSM exams for adult beginners

I have been playing piano for five years as an adult beginner, and recently passed my ABRSM grade 5. I am determined to pass all eight grades but I realize that the higher the grades the more ...
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How many keys should I require for a keyboard for ABRSM piano exams?

I looked at some related questions about piano key numbers but I was wondering how many keys would be required specifically for piano exams. I have previously trained to grade 4 in ABRSM but that was ...
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Left and right hand playing same note on piano?

Occasionally I run across sheet music that has the left and right hand playing the same note at the same time. Is this on purpose? If so... Why? And how do I play it? For example, see the first ...
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Is it right to play a triad left hand chord with fingers 4-2-1 on a piano?

I used to play all triads of the left hand with fingers 2-4-5 instead of 1-3-5 Is this acceptable or do I have to practice 1-3-5?
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Regaining piano skills

I used to play the piano for 6 years between ages 7 and 13. I practised 3 hours a week and had a weekly one hour lesson with a teacher. I played pieces like Beethoven's Fur Elise, Bach's Inventions no....
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Parallel thirds (e minor) on piano

I'm a bit of a novice on piano. In a piece I've written, I have the following passage (right hand), at about an Andante (q = 85, perhaps). The fingerings above are what I've done. I'm ...
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How to Write A Ragtime Piano Piece?

I tried writing a ragtime piece several months ago and wasn't successful. What defines the ragtime style? Are there known go-to theoretical resources that discuss how to compose ragtime music? My ...
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How do you practice trills on piano?

The title says it all: my trills on piano are really terrible, unless they are 1-2 or 2-3. Anything involving the 5th finger is especially awful. I have the same feeling of frustration of when I ...
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Why crescendo or decrescendo over one long note in piano music?

That C-chord on measure 6 of the system, from Grieg Piano Sonata, Op. 7, IV. Finale - Molto Allegro: Why couldn't they just mark that D7 chord with a p? That G chord is marked pp. Once you press a ...
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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 ...
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7 sharps on a piano music sheet

I am self taught on piano. There are some notes and symbols that I am trying to learn. I have come across a music sheet that starts with Cmajor and then along the piece it changes to 7 sharps. How do ...