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I play the violin and have a similar problem. I personally like this music game for android. It asks you to play notes on your instrument and gives you feedback to tell you when you are doing it correctly. I would highly recommend it to anyone trying to learn to read sheet music or trying to improve there reading abilities. The game isn't perfect I have ...


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The difference can come from different editions of music score used, where most changes are due to editor thinking that their changes are more appropriate, or better to reflect composer's original intention, or even simply oversight. In rarer situations, even performers themselves may choose to differentiate from published editions at their discretion. For ...


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Here's my speculation: Liszt was a great fan of the sostenuto pedal. He probably intended to capture the bass Dd with it right at the beginning and then have it kept going via resonance from all the Db major notes that the left hand plays above it in the next bars. That way you get a subdued, but long-lasting bass sound that doesn't seem out of place with ...


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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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I may have worked out a solution to this question by myself: This only worked for white keys since using Shift to play black keys is not very viable. When I say use hand here it always excludes thumb. When I use '&' in the following list it does not refer to the keyboard key. - Use left hand for keys 1-4&5 using index finger for both 4&5 - Use ...


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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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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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Playing a piano by only using white keys is rather like having a guitar and learning after taking some of the strings off! They are an intrinsic part of a piano ! If that particular virtual piano has awkward to play black notes, sorry, it's not that good.Find a better one.Yes, most people learn on the white notes first, partly because they're all in a nice ...


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look for the key of the song if it is in C major then the cdefgabc are in it that's ignoring if the song has a blues note or any other form of playing outside the scale. Strictly major scale! not harmonic minor or anything else. edit: or the A minor scale


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I teach jazz piano, so this involves a lot of improvisation. I notice my students using the sustain pedal just as a 'comfort aid' rather than in a musical way and I usually encourage them to lay off the pedal unless they are playing a slow piece. Anything mid tempo or faster tends to blur the harmony when the sustain is used badly. Sometimes they think they ...


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You are correct-- pianos in Beethoven's time are definitely different than pianos now. Thus, Beethoven's pedaling (and others in the Romantic era) should be treated more like a guide rather than a definitive roadmap. Not sure you have access to a music library, but there are many, many score editions for Beethoven like Schnabel, Schenker, Ward/Cooper that ...


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If you experience soreness and pain in your wrists while playing the piano, it is ALWAYS "doing something something wrong" pain. My best guess is that you are unnecessarily tensing up your wrists and holding your hands very rigidly to fit the "chord" shapes. Hold your hand above your lap and drop it like you can't control it and gravity is the only force ...


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Generally, being aware of phrases and when the harmony changes is key to playing the sustain pedal well. After you know where the phrase or harmony ends, you should change pedal. Typically you will play the note, and then release the pedal and press down again (before the next note)-- this is called delayed pedaling, which is probably the most commonly used ...


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As someone who has been playing piano for over 17 years as of now, I increasingly find that pieces I thought were "simple" in the beginning are actually much harder to play well, now that I actively know a lot more about the composers and more about the thought process they went through and how it should sound. So, I think there is a lot to be said about ...


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To improve your phrasing, I would suggest you get yourself a book called "The Blues Scales: Essential Tools for Improvisation" by Dan Greenblatt and do the exercises in this book. This book teaches and shows you how to develop good phrasing. That's pretty much the thrust of the book and it's written in such a way as to be a good way to teach it to you. As ...


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In pop music, a tune often starts on the tonic chord but in jazz this is usually the reverse. So when soloing we are heading towards the tonic, where the phrase often ends. Take this sequence: VImin7 - IImin7 - V7 - Imaj7 These are the opening chords of All The Things You Are and Fly Me To The Moon. In the key of Eb they are Cmin7 - Fmin7 - Bb7 - Ebmaj7 ...


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With any improv, you want to tell a story. The licks, riffs and grooves are your words. Each phrase you play is a sentence. So a phrase should be no longer than what you take to say a sentence. Where the phrase should resolve to depends on whether it's contributing to rising or falling action (more later.) So the first thing is your voice. You should ...


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Start slow, gently with lots of feelings that your hands and feelings can muster; then limber up as you repeat; and finally go for the real performance with a gusto once your limbs and body are tuned to it!


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If one wants to use staff association as a strong hand indication while retaining rhythmically helpful grouping, one can use notation like the following:


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The ear training is important. Additionally, one thing nobody mentions which is very important, is to learn how harmonize and reharmonize those passages - how to fit chords and substitute chords to the melody - and then to improvise using those chord tones. There is also such a thing in music known as avoid tones, which is a fancy way of saying "tones that ...


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Different people think in different ways, and what works for you may not work for other people. So you need to do some exploring, to find out how your own mind works. Some alternatives to thinking in terms of intervals for each step: Concentrate on how it sounds For some people, it helps to have an idea in your head of what the scale will sound like, then ...


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If you're learning scales for guitar, then a powerful way to practice scales is to play the arpeggiated harmonized scale. Take for example C major. C D E F G A B The harmonized scale are the diatonic chords that use each note in the scale as the root. C Dm Em F G Am Bdim The harmonized arpeggiated scale would be: C E G D F A E G B F A ...


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The way I memorized modes and scales was playing some jazz. I would analyze the piece and think about which scales could sound good over each chord. Playing at a slow tempo, very slow usually, I'd go through the piece trying to come up with ideas using the scales. This is a very lame way of playing jazz, but you'll sometimes be surprised at the things you ...


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One option is mental practice, in which you basically are imagining, in as much detail as you can, what you would be practicing. You do this in terms of feel, movement, and the sound your movement would produce. I play violin, and find that when I’m spending half an hour in the evening or morning doing this, my playing improves more than when I only play. ...


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I would venture that you're doing it correctly, and that it takes awhile. I was still reaching new levels of mastery over the same basic scales for many years after I began. One thing that accelerated the process, beyond what you described, was practicing the scales in two ways: Imagine "C" is the scale of choice. Imagine its notes C D E F G A B are ...


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This is another example where it's a culmination of finding a technique that works for you, and then sticking to a practice regime when you find one that works. One way I have found particularly useful, was using the circle of fifths as you said, and going one way round (i.e through the sharps) and then back the other way. Once I had this, I started doing it ...


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I had no idea roll-up pianos existed! Checking out their reviews, even for the expensive ones that come with foot pedals, I would suggest they're fun unless you're used to the real thing, in which case you'll find they're unplayable, that's how it seems. As they're not played in the same way, I would say they're not sufficient to practice with. There ...


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If you find that sometimes the notes don't sound when not hitting the bottom, then it's important to hit the bottom. If this isn't the case, then it doesn't matter - unless you're interested in playing unfamiliar pianos regularly. The way to play softly is with a slower action, or with the soft pedal, or both. Different pieces may require different ...


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I'm not a guitar player myself, but I met one once who used a type of finger pick that basically worked by extending the fingernail, rather than like a traditional fingerpick, that puts a substitute nail somewhere near your fingertip. He loved it, and a lot of other guitar players at the gathering decided to order their own. Since I play violin, I couldn't ...


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An interesting thought !On all of my acoustic pianos, so it's not just one, a key can be pressed down less than a quarter of the way to make the note sound.HOWEVER, if that key is pressed in the conventional way, straight downwards, it may or may not make a sound.Pressed all the way gently, no sound. Pressed with more force, sound. Mostly with volume ...


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The let-off on an acoustic piano is adjustable. Your tuner can show you how to do it. It determines how softly you can play. The answer to your question is: it depends on how the let-off is adjusted.


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A good way to begin learning proper pedal is to release the pedal after every time the line changes (marked by slurs), when the chord changes, every other beat, and every beat. Listen to each of these and try hear the difference. Depending on the music, some of these will sound better than others and you will learn what fits and what does not. Typically, ...


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For learning melodies by ear, you've just gotta find a starting pitch, believe in yourself, and practice, practice practice, but it helps to try to match it to the audio file. For improvising, for the longest time I thought, "How do people do that?" It's actually very simple. You learn a scale, play notes from it (using the first note a lot, and using a ...


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A lot of the time, you won't be pressing the sustain pedal anyway. Yes, it sounds 'good', but you're already tiring of the novelty. Timing is all. Press the pedal AFTER you play a note/chord, and release your hand while the pedal's still down. When the next note is ready to be played, press that note, let pedal go, and press pedal again before lifting ...



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