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Jan
5
comment Could you please advise some piano scores and exercises for extreme finger stretch for a middle-size hand?
Chopin f minor etude op. 10 nr. 9? javanese.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/3/30/…
Jan
5
comment Did Bach intend his two volumes known as the “Well-Tempered Clavier” to be a single work?
@user209347 Yes, "24 Preludes and Fugues" (in archaic German - probably something like "24 Präludien und Fugen").
Jan
3
comment Why is piano the instrument all music students are expected to have some competency in?
Thank you for this useful distinction, I had't considered it. I agree that the horizontal aspect of harmony is not directly helped by playing the piano, yet I think the vertical understanding is a prerequisite for the horizontal, gained by harmony lessons (and playing Chopin :)). @JenB
Jan
3
answered Why is piano the instrument all music students are expected to have some competency in?
Dec
28
comment Short way to indicate pedaling every bar
@Patrx2 That seems to be an answer rather than a comment and not just any answer, but the accepted answer. Could you maybe make it an actual answer?
Dec
28
comment How deep should the fingers sit when pressing piano keys?
Of course, sometimes (quite often) you need to reach and then you need to deviate from the ideal hand position, which is the position described in every beginners handbook (pun intended): pretend you're holding a soap bubble/large egg/(in some cases I've even heard suggested a small bird) so that it doesn't fall yet doesn't break (or in case of the bird; doesn't fly away). You need considerable strength in your fingers to be able to do this comfortably, though. (I wonder why it's in beginner's books.)
Dec
28
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Dec
18
comment Black keys issues on keyboard
Ah, yeah. Pentatonic is nasty.
Dec
18
comment Black keys issues on keyboard
What about not using your thumb on black keys when playing in E flat minor? You can thumb-over to the f and/or c-flat (in fact, you'd do both in the standard fingering for an E flat minor scale, starting with a 2 on the E flat). Also, the D flat is raised quite often for obvious reasons, providing an extra "thumb point".
Nov
10
comment Dominant 7th chord fingerings for piano
Are you talking about arpeggiated chords?
Nov
9
comment How many sounds should be played for this (tr) market note?
Do you have a source for the trill not being around for the harpsichord? Also, the (admittedly tiny) fragment the OP posted seems to be composed in a not so modern era (appoggiatura and consonant V-I cadence), so I suspect one should play this trill starting with the D. Also, someone put markings in the score indicating the As should not be played legato, something rather baroque or classical, both calling for a trill from the upper note.
Nov
9
comment Is there a name for this trope in music writing
Your piano example does not really include changing the changing harmonies described by the OP. Otherwise, nice find of the term "ostinato".
Nov
9
answered Is there a name for this trope in music writing
Nov
7
comment Triplet question
"In musique later than that" do you consider Schubert baroque? :) This kind of lenient notation continued for a long time; I have yet to see an incomplete triplet (a quarter plus an eighth instead of three eighths for example) in a classical piece and even in Schubert it is often unclear how this kind of rhythm should be played.
Aug
17
comment Piano (sheet music) curves on top and numbers in circles
No, of course it wouldn't. But at least as I read it that is what point 4 says. Furthermore, what you describe in point 4 according to your last comment is some kind of rubato, which has little to do with the "con moto". As I see it, the "con moto" signals the "spirit of the piece" (from Neil Meyer's answer - he put this better than I did).
Aug
17
comment Piano (sheet music) curves on top and numbers in circles
Are you suggesting in point 4 to play the piece as if there is an accelerando from beginning to end?
Jul
26
comment Why isn't there a key signature with F flat?
I would just like to add that in my experience, A flat minor (parallel of C flat major) is quite common in the classical literature. Apart from that, +1; well put & complete answer.
Jul
20
comment Collective word for sharps and flats in the key signature
Ah, the musician's worst enemy: the editor. Good point. Indeed, only C Major requires it, because otherwise you wouldn't see the key change. Thank you.
Jul
20
comment Collective word for sharps and flats in the key signature
"Naturals will only be used (...) to "reset" to C major." This is only partially true. Modulating to any key which has fewer [insert sought term here in plural] requires naturals at the key.
Jul
19
comment Collective word for sharps and flats in the key signature
@user7290 That doesn't hold up in pieces in, for example, C sharp major, which has a B sharp and an E sharp. Neither of those is a black key, yet there is a corresponding sharp at the start of the line. Also, this is a very piano-centred term. For instrumentalists who don't play the piano, harpsichord, organ or similar keyboard instruments, this is a useless naming convention.