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This is a really broad question, so I'll touch on all the parts only briefly. The assumptions I'm making are: by complete beginner, you mean a beginner at recording, not playing piano you want to make a high quality recording of an acoustic piano performance you want the recording to be digital The minimum components you need to do this well are: a ...


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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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trw gave you the professional version, so here's my amateur version: Most of the arts - music, photography, etc. - have a tendency towards diminishing returns. You can spend a little bit of money and get something decent, or you can spend a lot of money and get something slightly better, or you can sell your house and get something that is almost ...


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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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My answer is ultimately similar to Bob Broadley's, but has one difference that can make for much more readable scores in slightly more complex situations. This is the standard notation for broken held chords like the one you describe, as recommended by Kurt Stone and Gardner Read: The difference here is that you don't rewrite any of the held notes until ...


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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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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 was accepted at 48 years old into the UMASS-Lowell music program as a piano performance major, so don't give up on yourself just yet. But... get yourself a teacher who can guide you through the audition process and use this as a way to brush up on your technique and musicality, and memorization. Your teacher will know which works are appropriate for the ...


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Sometimes it will be obvious to a performer that you need to sustain notes that together outline one particular harmony (a single triad, for instance). If you want to make this explicit, though, you could use notation such as the following: I'm not sure that this is used that much in piano music, probably because the pedal will produce the required effect ...


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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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Scotland the Brave is relatively simple, but if you find it tricky to play both hands, starting with simpler music is a good idea. Generally you would start with single hand practice, left and right, learning simple scales individually, then together, and working up to more complex figures. Once you have note placement, chords can come later. This is best ...


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The best software that I've heard of is Melodyne. It's capabilities are truly amazing and I think it will do what you want very well. Take a look. It's not cheap though but I think it has a free trial! http://www.celemony.com/en/melodyne/what-is-melodyne


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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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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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What it sounds like is you are suffering from tension and poor hand and arm position. Hopefully you have a piano teacher as they can help you. You are bit too early on the piano technique exercises. After you've advanced a bit more, there are some books you can purchase that have a multitude of exercises in them. Recommending them now is a bit too early as ...


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Your fingering isn't bad. I compared it to an ancient Willis Edition I have that my dad got me way back when... (It cost $1.75 oh so many years ago!) and you are pretty close to that in most places, however, I'd like to point out some things you might find helpful. Keep in mind that this fingering works for me, and it may not work for you. Also keep in mind ...


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Distortion cannot be fixed after recording, you want to keep safely below it. Recording with too low volume will mean that the "noise floor" is amplified along with the useful data. Recording devices tend to have less than 16bit of usable data above the noise floor, so basically you have to juggle between an annoying level of noise and the risk of ...


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I have a baby grand at home, and here's how I used to record it. Hardware: Windows Laptop Tascam US-122 $200 MXL 990/993 $100 Panasonic (monitor) Headphones Software: Windows Cakewalk Sonar 6 Producer Ed Tascam connects to a laptop with USB 2, then it has a two standard mic inputs. You plug the mics straight into the board. Windows and Sonar would ...


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Some things to think about. 1) Get your piano tuned. It doesn't matter whether it's an upright or a grand since an out of tune piano will sound bad. 2) Yes, a grand piano is better, but a well placed audio device, with the lid opened on the upright can sound okay. 3) Invest in something like this: http://www.zoom.co.jp/products/ I have one of the ...


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I've been playing with notes for quite a while and in my opinion, the easiest thing to do is to put your sheets into a binder or a folder. You could also use a foil for every sheet to make them heavier; the pages will be easier to flip then and you won't damage the paper either. There is no "right way" to do it, just use a folder that isn't too big, so the ...


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It is a piano concerto. A piano concerto is often defined as a piece written for piano and orchestra, where the piano plays an important role. In addition, the Wikipedia article you linked states: It initiated a trend for similar short piano concertos in the Romantic style, which have been dubbed "tabloid concertos". The word "similar" here would imply ...


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Learn the scales, backwards & forward, & practice all of them daily. Move at the speed you're comfortable with; as time progresses, you'll notice you're picking up speed. Take care to be precise & do not allow yourself to get sloppy with this.


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Is this a one-off event, and you wish to re-use the equipment elsewhere, or do you want to do this almost daily in a room that isn't well isolated from outside noise? For the one-off, get decent microphones. Shure mics are nearly indestructible - we used to annoy the music department by carrying 6 in one hand and deliberately dropping them. AKG breaks ...


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By definition all chords are "complete" if they have 3 or more notes performed at the same time. But depending on how it is used (ie is there a pedal, chords/melody coming from and progressing to etc...) will help you understand its function and therefore can help you in naming it. Function can be thought of as chords that sound at rest or chords that sound ...


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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). Your last example B, C#, and F# is just a Bsus2. A chord is technically any set of 3 or more notes so technically any group of 3 or more notes is a chord regardless if it seems to be missing ...


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Playing to the bottom of the keys no matter how loud or soft makes for a solid and consistently even tone that you can control much better than one created by haphazardly pressing notes at various pressure levels. When playing it's important to use more than just your fingers to produce the tone, and this is done by putting some force behind the moving ...


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Ableton Live has a feature built in called "Harmony-to-MIDI" where it analyzes an audio track (could be piano, guitar, whole song.. anything) and it outputs a MIDI sequence replicating the chords played in the piece. It even chooses the closest sounding synth patch to match the source. Also available is Melody-to-MIDI and Rhythm-to-MIDI. I'm not much of a ...


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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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