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It sounds to me like you are using the metronome in an effective manner. Your teacher might have been concerned that you, as a young student, would have seen playing in perfect time as an artistic objective. Of course it is rarely such. The musical artist is expressing emotion and other aesthetic insights. Variety of all kinds should be deployed for that ...


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It's actually Ped, and just instructs the pianist to use the sustain pedal, in this section.


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The melody of a song, that is being played on top of a chord, can be any of the notes of the chord (but is not limited to those1 !). The part you mentioned has G as a chord. The notes that consist the G chord are G,B,D; you can play any of those notes in the melody and they will sound nice. Τhe order in which they are played doesn't affect the harmony in ...


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It means to use hold down the damper pedal until the end of the dash. The effect is that every note you play while the pedal is held down is sustained. There are actually a few variations of this notation with another popular form of it shown here. The idea behind the other common form is to show where you press the pedal (the PED) and where you release the ...


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While it is possible that your metronome banning teacher was just a bad teacher (Such a thing is clearly possible), because as a rule metronomes are good, I often save metronome work for intermediate and advanced students. This is primarily because in the beginning it can be frustrating to achieve music on an instrument. Metronome work can compound that ...


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I think I can understand what your teacher was trying to say. He wanted to make you feel the music. Music needs to breathe. If a computer and a human play the same song, it will sound different; the human version will be more natural; the computer version will be more mathematically correct. Your teacher might be worried that if you kept practicing with a ...


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The theme only looks easy. The hard part is fitting in all the ornaments and getting the result to sound like you were just making it up as you go, but not turning into an incoherent mess. Var 13 and 25 is another two where the notes are easy enough, but it's hard to stop it sounding like a rather boring technical exercise. The variations that are scariest ...


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Make or buy yourself some flash cards for bass clef notes. Begin with a very small subset of cards -- choose several that you can identify reliably, such as middle C. If you have, say, 3 easy cards and 2 slightly harder cards, that's a good combination. On the back of the card, write the name of the note. Now shuffle and quiz yourself. Say the names of ...


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Chances are you took lessons on oboe and flute. Assuming you did, and the teachers were good, you would have appreciated their input. If not, you'll never know! Included in lots of the answers on this site is the phrase 'get yourself a teacher!'. And not always written by teachers!! Your worry about picking up bad habits will be allayed by having a ...


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I doubt that what you are attempting could be possible in the amount of time you have. You should start calling up every piano teacher you can find, and keep going despite their rejections and see if you can find one teacher willing to teach you. Very few if any teachers will be willing to take on a student to learn to play "just one song", considering ...


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The fact that your question already begins by calling the ideas "dogma," makes me doubt that you'll be very amenable to discussion, but in case other people reading this are curious: 1) In comments you claim to have learned this dogma from "the texts." "The texts" say no such thing; in fact, they say no single thing at all. There is a vast collection of ...


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I believe that when J. Rudess is referring to "pattern based" he is talking about describing musical phrases as a series of relative intervals, and then repeating those series of intervals from different starting pitches. On a guitar this is straight forward to do by moving up and down the neck: play a particular passage, and then play the same ...


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I little history lesson might be relevant here. Czerny used the fact that he was a pupil of Beethoven, and recording Beethoven's interpretation of Bach for posterity, as a major selling point. Beethoven certainly saw a few copies of Bach's music that had survived in the Imperial Court Library, but at that time, Bach's entire musical output was unknown and ...


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Having just done an acid test, for me, trills using a proper piano action are easier to execute than doing them on an 'organ' type 'board. This may be because I play a lot more on pianos than keyboards, though. The bounce back seems to help the control. Having said that, there are lots of trill type bits in Bach's organ works, so it is quite possible to do ...


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There is the brainstorm tool in Div's MIDI Utilities: This command line utility functions as a dictation machine for MIDI. It listens for incoming MIDI events and saves them to a new MIDI file every time you pause in your playing for a few seconds. The filenames are generated automatically based on the current time, so it requires no interaction.


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For ABRSM, the syllabus lays out these rules quite clearly. Minor scales in the lower grades may be played harmonic or melodic or natural minor by the candidate's choice (do check carefully as you take higher grades when this changes!) Pieces are normally played without repeats. The syllabus will say if a given piece on it should be played with repeats, so ...


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I assume he partly means that it's not Isomorphic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isomorphic_keyboard). The guitar is not fully isomorphic either when tuned in a standard way due to the G-B interval being different to all the others, though you can use a different tuning with consistent string intervals. I also think he may be noticing that the Axis and ...


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The main problem with tempo and dynamic variations in baroque music is that baroque music tends to be polyphonic with independent voices and skewed themes. Volume changes cannot be done independently without having the transparency of the polyphony suffering, and tempo changes in mid-strife tend to hit different themes in the voices in different state of ...


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The Goldberg Variations are considered infamous / demanding for a few reasons, which I will outline briefly below. Firstly, the reasons why the work is infamous: The work is a theme and variations, and to my knowledge there are no other JS Bach pieces that follow suit. The work represents the highest model of Baroque theme and variations. Many of JS ...


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Could you read from the grand staff before you took the 10-year break? if the answer is yes, it's just possible you have developed a problem with your vision that is restricting your field of view, but isn't severe enough to limit other visual activities. Getting an eye test might help. If you have never been able to read the grand staff, I would guess the ...


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It's certainly how we recognise words,we look at shapes rather than sound each bit. That's for kids learning to read their first words.A lot of what we see is perceived in that same sort of way. When we speak, we don't necessarily plan each and every word and phrase. As far as KNOWING each note - If you stopped a brilliant player in mid flow and asked what ...


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Sounds like a natural and good thing which should not be worked against. Similar to recognizing words instead of putting them together letter by letter (like one does when learning to read), it's good to recognize phrases instead of individual notes.


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Your preeducation will mean that you can work with a teacher much more effectively since you'll be focusing mostly on piano playing mechanics rather than general music. After a few lessons, you might be able to cut down the frequency and still get frequent enough input to make a decisive difference. So in effect, you get quite better value out of a (good) ...


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First of all I want to say that I am very sorry about the loss of your Dad. And your ambition to learn to play this song in honor of your Dad is very noble indeed and I truly admire and respect what you are hoping to accomplish. I know he would be honored to know you were willing to even think about learning to do this for him. The piano teachers will ...


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Try asking at churches etc. to find who looks after their pianos. An acoustic pianos will tend to feel more responsive, if that's the term, than keyboard types, unless you pay thousands. Yours appears to be not a bad one, the broken pedal should be an easy fix - it looks like it's the one that operates the practice mode - very quiet - which could be ...


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The examiner will play you a short (~10 seconds) line of music. You need to 'clap back' the rhythm he just played - so in the terms you used above, 'memorizing', not 'clapping the strong beat'. This is based on my own exams which were 5-10 years ago now, but I doubt it will have changed. From the specification on ABRSM's website: To clap the rhythm of ...


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Czerny has an exercise for right hand trills on all finger pairs: Exercise #36 in "125 Exercises in Passage Playing, Opus 261, Book 1". It's short just musical enough to not be overly boring. A little Czerny every day has really helped my technique.


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I've played both piano and bass guitar, and what helps me is a bit of transposition. Find a tune that you can play on your right hand, in treble clef, well. Make sure it's something you could stand to listen to like 100 more times. Using a blank staff (lines on a piece of notebook paper work fine), transpose that line into bass clef. A G in treble clef ...


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Yes, indeed, I saw one once, and I played it. I saw a company demonstrating a MIDI controller keyboard laid out exactly as you are describing at a Summer NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants in the USA) convention several years ago. Unfortunately I don't recall which year's show it was (it may have been about 20 years ago), and I don't recall the ...


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There are lots of grid-style controllers that have identical spacing and keys for all notes laid out chromatically.. The closest contender might be the Linnstrument. There's Ableton Push, Novation Launchpad, and Animoog might be the exactly it except it's an iPad app, but the on-screen keyboard is very customizable. Regarding Ableton Push: in chromatic ...



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