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Aug
10
answered Prokofiev's style
Aug
8
answered Why is the piano such a commonly used instrument?
Aug
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Aug
6
comment Should pedals be used when playing classical piano music?
Look at the Moonlight and Waldstein sonatas for example. The first movement of the Moonlight says: Si deve suonare tutto questo pezzo delicatissimamente e senza sordini. (This entire piece must be played most delicately and with no dampers.)
Aug
5
answered Should pedals be used when playing classical piano music?
Jul
29
answered Is it possible to write a song without a key?
Jul
27
comment My fingers are huge; how do I adjust on a piano?
If it's any consolation, Fats Waller also had big fat fingers. George Shearing said that shaking hands with Fats felt like grabbing a bunch of bananas.
Jul
24
answered Does it really make difference to play a song in a different key?
Jul
24
comment What is the importance of tempo and time-signatures?
Interesting thing about waltzes: sometimes they go ONE two three ONE two three ONE two THREE one TWO three. Waltzes play around with the beat more than most other dances do. Sometimes the time signature is just a scaffolding to hang the real rhythm on. Just as in poetry where the phrases don't match the actual line ends: "To die, to sleep, / No more, and by a sleep to say we end / The heart-ache, and the thousand natural shocks / That flesh is heir to; 'tis a consummation / Devoutly to be wished."
Jul
21
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Jul
21
revised Guitar practice: more often but less time or once in a few days but for a few hours?
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Jul
21
answered Guitar practice: more often but less time or once in a few days but for a few hours?
Jul
18
answered recognizing the motif
Jul
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comment What tempo is Agitato?
I wonder if any composition was ever marked with the Italian for "at the wrong speed", whatever that is. (P.D.Q. Bach used "presto changio", "andante senza moto" and "allegro troppo".)
Jun
27
answered What tempo is Agitato?
Jun
7
comment What's so special about minor and major scales?
Major and Minor are most common, but some composers don't state the mode, sometimes because the mode changes or the piece ends on a C - E - Eflat - G chord. The first movement of Joseph Jongen's Symphonie Concertante is an example of a piece written in Dorian mode.
May
31
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May
31
comment Alternative Numerical Representation of Pitch
A better approach would be to abstract pitch class, tuning and enharmonic variations as three separate dimensions. Traditional notation has separate "dimensions" for diatonic pitch (vertical position on staff), accidental pitch modification (sharps and flats), note duration (note shape), position in time (note shape, rests, and horizontal position), overall loudness, single-note loudness (accents), musical phrasing, ornamentation, and separation of multiple parts (separate staves, or note stems up or down on one staff). (But it doesn't answer your question.)
May
31
comment Is Beethoven's 9th symphony the first piece that combined a chorus with an orchestra?
Find one done by a pianist you like and you can't go wrong.
May
31
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