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Yes, that's a "play both notes". See http://musescore.org/node/14449 for a note on the standard from the US Music Publisher's Association.


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Fingerings. A number is assigned to each finger. The numbers suggest you which fingers to use to play the note or chord.


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A little sharp below the turn sign.


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The main note to emphasise on each mode has to be the 'key note'.As in, for example, D Dorian, the D; in G# Mixolydian, the G#. Those are the 'key centres' for the modes, and everything will gravitate towards that note. The V will not necessarily be a V,as we normally see it. In Locrian, it's going to actually be a flat five, although all the other 6 modes ...


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Virtually everything about piano playing is slightly less obvious than you would at first think. You just press down the appropriate keys, right? Almost certainly you already know that there's more to it than that. At the most basic level, which fingers to set where is a question that opens a whole world of possibilities. A good teacher knows this world ...


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If you apply the four stages of competence, there will probably be certain techniques on piano that fall into each of the following categories: You're not doing it right, and you aren't aware of it. ("unconscious incompetence") You're not doing it right, but you're aware of it. ("conscious incompetence") You are doing it right, but it takes concentration ...


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I would say that conservatories are very strict on their standards, usually trying to incubate the 'worlds best' and working in a very closed and inward-looking community of classical performers. It seems to me that it's very much possible to make a living as a teacher and accompanist, or indeed as a performer, without re-admitting yourself to a ...


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A book I've always liked for a no-nonsense introduction to playing keyboards is "How to play the piano despite years of lessons" by Ward Cannel and Fred Marx. In a very short period of time you can start playing chords to lead sheets and start reharmonizing.


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I'm in a similar situation. I was classically trained for 13 years, and 6-7 years ago I started playing pop styles. I'm still not excellent at it, but I've come a long way and am generally competent. The biggest difference, as I'm sure you've discovered, is that you can't just play what's on the page (if there even is a page!) and have that be enough, ...


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I'm not an advanced pianist by any means, but one difference I've noticed is that classical music is more voice-oriented than pop music. That is, it concerns itself largely with horizontal relations between notes to create multiple independent melody lines, each following voice leading. In pop music, these seem to be much less important relative to the ...


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I don't really know much about piano but what I do on the guitar is to listen to a drum beat (usually latin or jazz for complexity) and then I replicate the beat in my strum or by playing single notes. When I get good and clean at it, I look for another beat and work on that. I have found that it helps me a lot when it comes time to improvise. I have a ...


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I don't have a better answer than the first two, but based on your edit I can elaborate a bit on your options. It's possible we are still misunderstanding exactly what you are asking. The algorithm you described still works on guitar, but only once you have memorized where every note on the neck is. On piano its easier because a "C" always looks like a "C" ...


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Let me add some perspective here from a completely different angle: climbing. Climbing is obviously a sport where people train a lot, and people "working out" in the sense of "sculpting an impressive body" tend to be amusingly bad (from the perspective of climbers not overly impressive to chicks while they keep their shirt on) at it. That's because ...


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Speak with the stage manager beforehand and ask him or her to have a stagehand check the condition of the keys after each person's performance and clean them off if necessary -- or, better yet, clean them off after EVERY person's performance so as not to make it look like one particular player was at fault. You, the performer, should not be cleaning the ...


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Those are recommendations for fingering the chords. The fingers are numbered with 1 being the thumb and 5 being the pinky. So in the first chord, labeled 1245, you use all fingers except your middle finger to play the chord, and in the second chord, labeled 125, you only use your thumb, index, and pinky fingers.


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It's the fingering for the notes. I am pretty sure you know that your five fingers can be represented by the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, 1 being your thumb and 5 being your pinky. When it is stacked like that, it means to play the chord using those fingers. For the first set of stacked numbers on the left, You use every finger but the middle(3) finger to play ...


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I’m mostly self taught, but I also take lessons occasionally when time and money allows. A good teacher can help you with technique, can give you direction, and can overall help you progress faster. They can help with simple things, like how to sit and play to avoid injuring yourself, with things like how to finger pieces, and how to figure out how to ...


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Pop music is very different indeed. (Fill in black music/white music stereotype here.) Things usually done wrong by classical players: In the beginning, there was groove. If everything else fails, the groove must survive! You can't play the wrong note, only at the wrong time. Don't relax, keep the tension. There's a trap door under your chair: lose the ...


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There are certain generally accepted rules how fingers should be used. If you learn self dependently without taking this into consideration, even if your music is correct by sound, any person competent in piano will see you are not professional. My child keeps correcting me because I am self-learned myself but hire teacher for her. Depending on the goals of ...


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I'll address the B F G question first... the simplest way to put these notes into a "common practice" chord is to arrange them with G as the root, i.e. G B (D) F == G7. Try spelling the chord with B or F as the root for comparison! Yuck. Also, it is quite common, when voicing a dominant 7 chord with only three voices, to eliminate the fifth (D in this ...


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The first one can be E6/9. The instrument it's played on is inconsequential.More to follow.


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Not every group of notes has a name, but with most you can put together some name. Your first unknown E, F#, and G# can be looked at an Eadd9 (thanks Charles). Odd chord, but nameable. Your last example B, C#, and F# is just a Bsus2. I'll explain the idea and theory a little more later it's hard to reply on the app.


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It would probably be better to just write out exactly what you want instead of using a turn. The purpose of ornaments is to quickly notate common patterns to "ornament" the melody. Deviating from the standard can lead to confusion especially if the alteration isn't very well known. This shows how a turn would be notated without actually using the turn ...


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It's quite subjective, regarding a given piece but also the individual who's learning that piece. Yes, read the score through, spotting the awkward parts, the bits that repeat (and are still fully written out), highlighting certain important tricky bits. Playing verbatim is for good readers, who may not even have to learn the piece ! Unless that's you, ...


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Repeating what my piano teacher told me. should I read the score without even touching the piano? Most definitely. Read the score thoroughly, identify tricky parts, memorize all repeats/stops and tonality/rhythm changes, create a mental mapping between how you know it sounds and the actual notes on paper. Only after you do all that put your hands on ...


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Metrically, I'd start breaking each three of the 6/8 into two dotted 8th notes, increasingly emphasizing the new rhythm. You could do this either in the melody first (I'm presuming that to be in the right hand), or you could continue with the melody or chords in the right hand while shifting the left hand's rhythm in this way beneath it. Eventually, the ...


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Something that makes your question difficult to answer is that you talk of "pop music" as if it's one genre. In fact if you pick two pop keyboard parts at random, you're likely to find that they're using completely different techniques. One pop song might be backed by long chords of synth strings. Another might have a showboating solo on a monophonic synth. ...


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This is all great advice, but it treats you like a total beginner who doesn't know what to do. You have a huge advantage from your classical training, which is the ability to read. I would look for the most detailed transcriptions of the type of pop music you want to play -- for instance, if you like the Beatles, see the Complete Transcriptions which capture ...


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If you are video conferencing with an attorney in a suit and would be asked afterwards to make a sketch of the attorney, it would not make sense to draw the attorney without any pants on even if the recording did not actually show whether the attorney might have had a clothing accidental. In the context of G major, nothing but an F# makes harmonic sense, ...


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Of course, with problems of matching instrument and player anatomy there is always the last resort of changing the instrument to something comparable but better-suited. With the piano, the standard concert instrument is the grand piano, and the grand piano very much has a standardized key width. So unless you are playing at a level where you are expected ...



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