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In many ways, everything about playing the piano is about creating illusions. The minute you play a note it begins to decay, yet we find ways of creating the illusion of phrasing. The instrument is percussive, yet we find ways to make it seem more vocal or orchestral. Playing a group of legato notes that don't change pitch is also an illusion and we have to ...


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It really depends on the genre you are playing. I'll go through two with you. "Classical": In many books the pedal points are notated. If they are not notated then it depends on the period that the song was written in. I titled this section "classical" because that's what people usually think when they hear Bach and Beethoven. The proper term is "Western ...


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Good quality Urtexts tend to be expensive... A quick check suggests that Henle, Vienna and Bärenreiter are all similarly priced while Peters is a little cheaper. The Bach-Gesellschaft Ausgabe is an old Urtext whose quality, they say, varies a lot. According to Wikipedia the parts edited by W. Rust should be of good quality and it just happens that the ...


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Imagine learning to drive in a simulator and never getting in a car. (Would you call yourself a "driver"?) There are many physical aspects of piano playing that are impossible to reproduce without actually using your finger to accelerate a wood and fabric assembly. In contrast to the other answers so far, weighted digital keys feel very different to me. For ...


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If you truly mean "as if I were practicing on a true piano" (as in an acoustic one)... A decent weighted digital piano (which is actually a true synthesizer) will usually run $400-ish. I'd recommend a Yamaha DGX/YPG or Casio Privia if you don't mind some "clacking keys". Or a slightly better Yamaha Digital Piano to silence the "clack" of keys hitting the ...


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You need to hire a professional piano tuner and repair person. I takes an expert with special tools and parts to fix a problem such as this correctly.


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Try Pianoteq Stage for Mac or Windows. It is exactly what you want. It costs €99 or US $129. Using a physical-modeling synthesizer, not samples, it really sounds like a grand piano -- in fact, you can choose between several different kinds of grand pianos. You can download a free trial version. If you buy the more expensive Pianoteq Standard or Pianoteq ...


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There are several ways to repeat a note legato. The easiest and probably most used is to use the sustaining pedal. Just make sure the pedal is down before the key starts going up and there you have it, basically. Without trying I would guess that the best result in this piece (without doing anything fancy) is achieved by using the pedal for each measure; ...


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A slur of that length tends to be a "phrasing slur" rather than a "legato slur", meaning to play the indicated notes as one consistent and connected unit. When you need to play the same note twice in a phrase, you want the result to be similar to playing two different notes as legato. That implies connecting the other notes not more than you can hope to ...


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I am a pianist and have both a baby grand Koehler and Campbell and a Casio Privia for traveling/notating music on a computer. I don't mind practicing on the keyboard but I notice there are two major differences: Note Reaction: While the weighted keys do feel the same going down, they are nowhere near the same coming back up. The action in a piano is ...


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If you reduce the amount of notes you need slightly further, you will be able to avoid the monotony of playing in C Major, for every single piece you play. Many well known melodies (particularly in various types of folk music) only use Pentatonic scales, which have only five pitches. The C Major scale ("white-notes" on the piano), C D E F G A B, actually ...


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If you're sure you want to use virtual piano there are some example songs that you can pull up within the software. If you already know the tune you don't have to worry about rhythm and it will help your muscle memory to remember certain patterns of notes. A better idea is probably to purchase a really cheap piano keyboard. A quick amazon search for me ...


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It looks like nowadays the Yamaha Silent Pianos actually hits a sensor instead of a barrier that runs to some kind of digital piano embedded in the system, which plays through headphones. The rod connecting the hammer to the action is stopped by a padded knob. Sounds like it would be "more silent" than the original. I'd still give it a try in a store if you ...


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All pianos need tone regulation ("voicing") and action regulation from time to time, because of wear on the hammers and other parts. In your case, it's time.


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The tempo you play or practice in is key!! Always start at the lowest comfortable tempo!! That way your fingers will get used to your piano. Then you can gradually increase the tempo based on your comfort level. I'm SURE you will notice a difference if you practice like this! And one thing you should know is it's VERY normal for beginners!! This happens ...


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Bill Evans was the king of sparse playing in a trio context. Five Ways to Play like Bill Evans Left-Hand Rootless Voicings: His four-note, rootless chord voicings consist of guide tones (thirds and sevenths), along with chord tones, color tones, extensions, and/or alterations. These compact voicings also have inherently smooth voice leading. Right-Hand ...


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Here is a quote from Wikipedia (the second version of the Consolations were completed in 1850): In 1883, years after composing the Consolation, Liszt received a Grand piano from the Steinway Company with a design that included a sostenuto pedal. Liszt began transcribing this Consolation [no. 3] for the new sostenuto pedal and in a letter to Steinway he ...


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The keyboard layout used on that VP is appalling. Compared to http://www.onlinepianist.com/virtual_piano/ or http://www.multiplayerpiano.com or http://method-behind-the-music.com/piano, for example. The layout there is far more logical. It's the type of layout used by a lot of music authoring software too (good authoring software would have configurable ...


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The problem with using a midi keyboard is that it lacks the touch and tone of a real piano. I understand the costs of buying a real piano, but if you are to pursue piano seriously, you should save up. :) If you have a midi keyboard, you can learn basic things like notes and rhythms. Also, if you do compose, midi keyboards are great. However, having no ...


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I found another one (Sheet Music Trainer). This one is for android. It appears to work with most instruments. There is a full list on there website.


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You can use a regular midi keyboard but a lot of them are only 61 keys rather than 88 and as Kevin said, you'll never get the feel for the piano if you don't have weighted keys. I taught myself to play keyboards and decided to get some formal piano lessons and it's totally different, you need more muscle strength to be able to strike they keys. So bottom ...


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It depends on what kind of MIDI keyboard we're talking about. There are always caveats, but more so with some than with others. If you're talking about something like the Alesis QS-7, with semi-weighted keys, then I'd say yeah, absolutely you can learn. But if you're talking about something like the Korg NanoKey, I'd say, no, that's not really for playing ...


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To answer your question, yes. You can learn how to play piano by practicing on a midi keyboard. If possible I would suggest that you procure an 88 key midi keyboard that has hammer weighted keys. Make no mistake, even with hammer weighted keys the difference between a midi keyboard and a grand piano or even upright piano is pretty substantial. I learned ...


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Here's Nabokov's translation: Human tears. O the tears! you that flow when life is begun - or half-gone, tears unseen, tears unknown, you that none can number or drain, you that run like the streamlets of rain from the low clowds of Autumn, long before dawn... It's available in "Verses and Versions: Three Centuries of Russian Poetry," edited by ...


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I'm not sure what level you're at, and so what difficulty of sight reading you want to practise, but I use this iPad/iPhone app with some of my guitar pupils (they find it great fun!): https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/my-note-games/id470503027?mt=8 It's quite clever, as it is like a combination of a sight reading app and a tuner, as it listens to you ...


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Try to work out what is transmitting the clatter of your keys to your neighbour's apartment. It's unlikely that sounds that quiet would transmit through the air, then through a floor, to be loud enough to disturb -- otherwise you wouldn't be able to have a private conversation in your own home. More likely, the clattering is being carried through the body ...


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One of the main reasons that a whole-tone scale works so well to indicate dreaming and rootlessness is that it's a symmetrical structure that divides the octave into equal parts. Multiple notes can therefore work equally well as a "tonic" which kind of means that they're also equally bad at being tonic. A symmetrical structure makes it much easier to avoid ...


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It doesn't make much sense to me to perform something for your teacher what you haven't practiced. So if you haven't started using the pedal for a particular piece yet (for whatever reason), tell him so and ask to perform without pedal. If you teacher suggests you practice without pedal (at all / most of the time / only when starting a new piece / until you ...


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With music, as a lot of things, the theory is just that - theory. The only way to understand it properly is to play an instrument. How many books on brain surgery does one need to read in order to perform their first operation? Any keyboard will help you understand how music works - although there's lots of it that doesn't adhere to the rules - which are ...


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Wheat's answer (Pianoteq) is certainly the best in terms of a high-quality commercial solution. I've known people to tweak parameters in that (seemingly endlessly!) to get exactly the piano sound they want. As an alternative, I tend to worry less about quality, and just use free soundfonts, which are sample-based. I have several, but the only one whose name ...



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