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I think a lot depends on the type of music that you want to play. $600 can get you quite a good digital piano especially if you buy second hand, but at this price point the sound will only really be good for more up tempo classical music, rock music, or as accompaniment for pop songs. For these types of music the digital piano is probably preferable. Where ...


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I agree with Max. Listen and listen. I especially appreciated his reference to Shoenberg and Webern. When first introduced to them in college, I almost walked out of the room. Having professor who studied with Varesse (xcuse sp if wrong) certainly helped. It took a while for me to appreciate this 'new' type of music. Ironically, both these composers were ...


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It may just be different metrics. Bach is a master of giving self-sufficient parts to each instrument while maintaining a harmonic framework and keeping much more rules of composing practice than he breaks. Now a self-sufficient part means melodic material, and melodic material is at its heart composed of scales. So what you hear is, indeed, just ...


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Basically, I think my question is, how do I get that much sustain? Well, you don't really. It depends on the piano, but since it is not a sustained instrument, such as winds or strings, the sound will die away. The only thing you can act on is the timing, which brings me to a point which seems greatly overlooked in the other answers, that is of the ...


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You hold a fermata until it stops crying. Or rather, until you have the attention of the audience and before you lose it again. In a room with reverbation, you stop until the onset of a p will overcome the remaining reverb of an ff. There is a fresh start after a fermata, and you should make it appear like that. With a sustaining instrument like an ...


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To answer the parts of your question specific to the piano, it's entirely acceptable to allow the sound to die away. Silence is a part of music too, or we wouldn't have rests. One way to get more sustain, though, is to use a concert grand piano. (I'm being a bit facetious, of course--I don't have $50,000+ kicking around and you probably don't either--but ...


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Fermatas do not have a specific length. You would just hold the note longer than the value for effect typically at the discretion of the performer or conductor based on what kind of effect you want. For this specific piece, the tempo is pretty fast so any piano should be able to sustain it easily and the piece is well known enough that you can listen to ...


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First of all, it should be noted that the edition you have picked is no paragon of typesetting. All of the notes are there, but... The time signature has been changed from 3/8 to 3/4, with all note values doubled. This is probably to avoid scaring beginners with intimidating-looking notes that look short or fast. The eighth notes are beamed in pairs, ...


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Theres that big curved line, I think its a slur, right on top from bar 1-4... does that mean I hold the sustain pedal down for that whole bit? That is called a legato phrasing mark. In bar 9 and 10 there is a "1 block" and a "2 block", I googled it and (correct me if I am wrong) but that means when it repeats play the "1" the first time and ...


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the numbers are indeed fingerings. The circle indicates that the hand position is changing. The long curved lines are not sostenuto pedal markings, they're "legato" markings. Legato means that you play the marked phrase smoothly note into note, without spaces or rests between the notes. You're correct that the numbered measures near the repeat sign are ...


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Can't think why some numbers are in circles - they refer to fingerings - 1= thumb, r.h. in the treble clef. Yes, it's a phrase rather than a slur, so no pedal as the harmony changes. It is a repeat sign. Play the first part again, and second time around, don't play 'bar 1'. Poco moto is a way to say push it along a bit, rather than just keep a tempo going. ...


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In the case of a catastrophic fall from 20 feet in height, A mother's body will protect the unborn child from harm. The mother might not survive, but the baby likely will. Given that, I find it impossible to imagine how playing classical guitar could harm the baby. When my wife was pregnant, she used to sit on my bass amplifier as I was playing, which ...


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"Don't put your arms on the guitar table" is a tongue-in-cheek way of telling you to fix your posture, it references the age-old lament of parents everywhere trying to instill dinner-table etiquette into their teenagers: "get yer darned elbows OFF THE TABLE..." :)


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The top of an acoustic guitar (steel-string or classical) is also referred to as the table. This is the flat piece of wood making up the front of the guitar's body when in playing position (which is a bit confusing!) It is the flat piece of wood which has the sound-hole in it, and which has the bridge stuck to it. This part of the guitar is also called the ...



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