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"I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong."

-- Bertrand Russell


Mar
24
comment What exactly does a 3 mean over a quarter note and an 8th note?
That's right. A way to train it is to subdivide the time in 6 parts. The triplet notes take 2 beats each, the ordinary eight notes take 3 each.
Feb
24
comment Lead sheets / fake sheets without score
I'm sure lilypond could be tweaked sufficiently to get this kind of chord charts.
Oct
28
comment Why is it so hard to count beats and play at the same time?
Have you tried slowing down the pace extremely? It's pretty normal that you are having trouble as a beginner. I had a lot of trouble myself. I remember the teacher asking me why I was fighting with the metronome. :D The only trick is to play really slowly. Hands separate first. Make sure you know both hands separately. You should be able to play them blindfolded even.
Sep
21
comment How to select a key-signature for a song
I think reading 6 sharps is pretty easy, think about it this way: only one note does not have a sharp. It's precisely the keys which have 3 or 4 sharps/flats I find most difficult. Especially minor keys which get extra alterations. Also agreed with Matthew about E Major being relatively easy to play on the keyboard as compared to C Major for instance. Though that would also depend on the intrinsic difficulty of the piece.
Sep
9
comment How high from the ground should the keyboard from a piano be?
So if I put the piano on a table and just heighten my seat so that my arms are parallel to the floor, it should be OK then?
Aug
26
comment I'm looking to build a basic repertoire of Brazilian music. Which songs would you recommend I start with?
Add to the mix another tune: Aquarela do Brasil by Ary Barroso.
Aug
25
comment What's the term for the intervals between notes within a scale that produces a chord
@Monica: A tritone consists of three tones, which would be about two minor thirds (except for comma's). Two major thirds amounts to an augmented fifth or a minor sixth.
Aug
23
comment Are there References on Whistling Technique?
Here's another one for your enjoyment. But I'm also curious to know if there is some training for it.
Aug
23
comment Are there References on Whistling Technique?
@NReilingh: There are whistling championships.
Jun
26
comment What to look for when buying a digital piano for a beginner?
For the number of keys, definitely go for 88 keys. This way, you are certain to be able to play the entire classical repertoire, except maybe for a couple of pieces composed for the rare 88+ keyboard.
Jun
25
comment Is it normal, when playing scales on the piano, to occasionally rub neighboring fingers against each other?
I don't have this problem, I don't think you should either.
Jun
23
comment Is there any open source notation software for indian shrutis?
Is this going in the right direction? Seems to be a work in progress though.
Jun
17
comment How can I significantly improve my hand independence on piano?
I'm afraid there's no quick fix to this problem. It only comes through hard training. But there are of course certain things you should pay attention to. Also, if you think that just having independence of the hands is enough, think again, you should aim at having independence of every single finger.
May
28
comment How do I find the accompaigning low-pitch note when playing fingerstyle?
You mean you want to learn harmony?
May
26
comment Is reading notes without an instrument a good way to practice?
Ideally, you should also imagine yourself hitting the correct keys on the piano and hear what it sounds like in your head without your piano. Of course, this can only be achieved after much practice.
May
26
comment What's so special about minor and major scales?
The problem with this is that the modal system predates the tonal system. So, at some point in history, modal systems were considered more natural than tonal ones. When you go to other societies where music developed in a different way from the West, you'll see that they also lean towards modal systems. The key I think is the development in the West of polyphony. Polyphony is the main reason why the tonal system imposed itself in the West, although I don't know all the details.
May
22
comment How do you get into “deep practice” mode?
And this Daniel Coyle guy doesn't explain it in his book? So what is he talking about really?
May
18
comment Looking for a 'Danse Macabre' baroque antecedent
There's a new feature on IMSLP allowing searches by melody.
May
18
comment Capitalization of key names (C Minor vs. c minor)
I thought the point of using C and c was to let go of the description Major/minor altogether. But it seems not.
May
17
comment Prokofiev's style
Hello @Rein Henrichs, I think you better change the link to this one, for the one you have given only contains the introduction and first chapter. And maybe you want to add a link to this as well, which contains an analysis of Prokofiev's piano pieces.