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Questions tagged [piano]

For questions about music written for piano, playing the piano, maintenance of a piano, or other general questions about pianos.

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How do I memorize a piece by heart? [duplicate]

how should I memorize sheet music by heart that I could start from anywhere I want and know the notes and fingerings? when I'm practicing sheet music i feel like im not making any progress, I just ...
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How would I play these triplets?

I’m finding it really hard to play these triplets. Also any tips on how to overall count these bars as I’m struggling to count it as a lot of the rhythm doesn’t fall on the beat and I get confused. It ...
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What are Ravel and Debussy if not impressionists?

Debussy and Ravel are often referred as impressionists. Yet they both fought this qualifier, Debussy even referring to those talking about impressionism for his work as "imbeciles". Both Debussy and ...
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Playing Guitar Tabs on Piano [duplicate]

I was wondering if anyone could possibly explain how I could somehow translate a guitar tab into notes on piano. Is there some sort of algorithm I can apply? ex: E|----------------------------------...
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Raising bench height

I have piano lessons in a room on my university campus and the bench provided is a little low for me. My teacher has helpfully suggested books or foam jigsaw mats. Before I buy the mats or carry ...
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Trouble feeling rhythm in section

The song is in 4/4 but this section is giving me a hard time feeling the rhythm. Clearly it can be divided into 16ths, but the pattern feels like triplets after the first note. For example after the ...
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Fingerings for Chromatic Third Scales on the Piano

Can someone enumerate the main fingerings for major (... → C-E → C♯-F → …) and minor (... → C-E♭ → C♯-E → …) chromatic third scales? I've heard that Czerny, Moszkowski, Chopin and Godowski each had ...
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Can you skip the first ten RCM grades?

I play piano, but I’ve never been actively involved in all of these "piano breeding systems", even though I want to be a part of them. So I put my eye on RCM. But I play at about an RCM 10/ ARCT level....
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Writing a cello sonata for the first time [on hold]

So, I thought of maybe writing a cello sonata. After all, the cello and the piano complement each other so well. The overtone spectrum is very similar. Out of all the piano + solo instrument ...
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Why isn't Klavarskribo used more often? [closed]

After learning about the existence of Klavarskribo, I've been wondering why it's not more widely used. I know practically every piano piece is written in standard notation, but that cannot be the ...
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what is this type of music? [migrated]

i have an url link of this video from cowboy bebop,i have seen it many times but i just interested and chill with the piano play at the soundtrack.Is Anyone know what is the genre of jazz or music ...
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Effects of regular rock climbing on instrument play

Related : Is it bad for a piano player to work out? Context : The SE question linked above actually reminded me of a story about a guitar teacher that used to rock climb regularly but quit as he ...
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Are there any historical facts about what specific piano exercises where taught by Fred Francois Chopin, Felix Mendelsohn and JS Bach?

Are there any historical facts about what specific piano exercises where taught by Fred Francois Chopin, Felix Mendelsohn and JS Bach (my favorite playing stars)? Have a book of good F Liszt exercises ...
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6/8 piano music with 4 dotted eighth notes

I have a song in 6/8 that has 4 dotted eighth notes in the treble clef with no rests. On what beat does each note play? I cannot figure this out for some reason.
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What does +- mean in piano music?

Attached is a picture of one of my piano students' Bach Inventions (BWV 785). What does the +- mean? I've never seen it used before. A precursory search online revealed nothing. Sometimes a + ...
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How do I play these two Ds? [duplicate]

I don’t know how to play this. How should I?
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Metric accents in time signature

In my Tonal Harmony book by Kostka and Payne, it says: when rhythms are notated, it is customary to use beams,ties and dots in such a way that the metric accent is emphasized rather than obscured. ...
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Why such a difference in balance adding 1 instrument?

I am writing a canon for piano quintet and I notice I'm getting a lot of balance issues. When it starts with 2 measures of piano solo, of course there are no such issues. I introduce new variations ...
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I am planning to learn piano songs using only guitar chords, what chords should I learn since there are so many of them?

I am a complete beginner in piano, can read notes at a very basic level; came across this method of learning to play popular songs by using guitar chords so plan to do that, the problem is I do not ...
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How to play forte-piano chord on piano?

In Beethoven's Pathetique, how do you play the fortepiano chords in the third movement (rondo)? I can easily do this on a wind instrument by changing wind speed, but on piano, I have no idea how to ...
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How to put notes on top of PDF sheet music document?

I have a lot of sheet music in PDF files, and I'd like to write notes* on top of them arbitrarily without printing them out. Such as placing numbers on top of musical-notes (for fingers) and just any ...
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What is the thought process behind constructing shell voicing inversions on piano?

I've been practicing 4 - 5 note shell voicings for a while and I feel pretty confident going through some changes. The thought process when constructing chords is mostly the same with R-7-3 or R-3-7 ...
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Is there a name for when two keys next to each-other on a keyboard are played at the same time?

For example, suppose you play an F and an F#, or a B and a C, from the same octave at the same time. It usually doesn't sound very good. I've looked a while but I can't seem to find a name for it. Is ...
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What are the most important chord types? [closed]

I've mainly been practicing triads (major/minor) and sevenths (major/minor/dominant) as I think those are the most important chords. If this is wrong, please let me know. I mainly play pop songs on ...
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do piano strings have diffrent string types

so I was wondering about the strings they use on pianos and was wondering if they used the same type of strings as any strung instrument do they have different types of strings like steel or Nickel....
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Voice exercises for pianists- Is it a prevalent practice?

The tutor I had learnt briefly from a couple of years back used to occasionally ask me to sing (la-la, or aa-aa) along with him playing some scale like movements - probably major scales in chromatic ...
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How to master lengthy Tatum-style runs when I hit a wall?

I've been trying to master a certain pattern for my improv that I like to call the Tatum-style descending pentatonic scale. Jazz greats like Tatum would often break into this extremely rapid ...
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Making video with a clear audio [closed]

I have a Yamaha P-45 digital piano. Can anyone please suggest me how to make a video of playing piano with clear sound quality? Also I want the video to be trimmed from the starting and ending and ...
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Piano Learning book with fingering details

I wish to learn piano by myself. So I am looking for a comprehensive teaching book with lots of shertmusic with fingering details available. Book should cover big collection of music sheets with ...
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Trills and Mordents in BWV 926

I don't understand how to play the trills and mordents in Bach's BWV 926. I don't know how to play them in general. Could somebody please help me?
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Expanding hand reach on piano

My hand is decently small, and it's very difficult for me to play a series of octaves for a long time. The piece I'm playing has a bunch of octaves for a couple measures, and I'm wondering if there's ...
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Piano scales: Why bother with hands together?

During my first ten years studying classical piano, the scales that I played were hands together, parallel. But the only literature that actually has scales in both hands, for more than one bar per ...
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What note is this on the piano?

My daughter has to learn a song and she is stumped on a specific note: the D note (re) with a # sign before: Second note in the following picture: Which key should she play that note with?
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Fingering for long arpeggio

I seek fingering advice for the arpeggio in the image shown. It’s in A Major..
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How to practice sevenths?

I'm trying to figure out a good way to add sevenths to my practice. One thing I did with triads is I'd take a scale, and then starting from each note in the scale play the arpeggio for the ...
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Chord practise methods

Is there any books or methods on practising chords? I am not talking about knowing chords on their own but being able to practise them with other music items such as scales. I find I am a very good ...
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Problem with playing music by ear

When I was learning to play piano, I only learned how to read notes and all those rules so I can play a piece of music if I have sheet music, but I don't know the music theory at all... But I really ...
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Piano chords written on top of the treble clef don’t correspond to notes on the staffs

Why these three chords written on the top of the treble clef (Am7/G, D7/F# and G) don’t correspond to the notes on the partition ? Is it chords that can be played with the left hand instead of notes ...
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How to play notes over one and a half octaves/am I reading this music wrong?

I've been trying to play this piece: Focusing on the left hand for the highlighted bar, it looks like it doesn't fit in with the 9/8 time (7 beats in that bar I think). But if I try to play them ...
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Is using the practice pedal frequently damaging to the piano?

To practice at night, I used the practice pedal to mute the piano. Does practicing the piano with the mute pedal damage the piano in the long run? Would it affect the hammer or the string in a ...
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What is this small line between 2 notes? [duplicate]

Can someone please let me know what the small vertical line between the 2Es marked 5 and 3 in the treble clef is? What is the purpose of it? This is in one of my piano music sheets.
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When do I know when to tune my piano?

I haven't tuned my piano in a while, even though the seller said it would have to be tuned once a year. It is at least 5 years old. How do I know when the piano needs tuning? I use it very often (...
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Descending trill in Chopin's Military Polonaise?

I looked at the sheet music of the Military Polonaise by Chopin that I have. I saw something which looks more difficult than even the fast speed or the octaves. I saw a descending trill. I have never ...
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Should I use the sustain pedal when playing Bach fugues?

I'm Practicing Bach Prelude & Fugue in D . There is no pedal markings since it from Baroque eras , but i found in Youtube many Concert pianist Performing Fugue with Sustain Pedals. Am working for ...
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Is there any knowledge or theory used in piano arrangement? [closed]

I always have a hard time arranging for piano. I could compose a song with a main melody and chords like a lead sheet. But its always hard for me to arrange this.. is there any theory or any musical ...
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relation of piano string length to pitch?

I had erroneously believed that piano pitch was directly related to string length. What string length is necessary to create the lowest pitch on an 88-key piano (the low A)? With string lengths ...
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Left and right hand playing same note on piano, or can I ignore it? [duplicate]

I’m rather new to piano, and I happened to stumble upon this whilst searching up the music score for “Dance for me wallis” by Abel Korzeniowski. It appears to be a note, with two tails? Its the top ...
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What should be the curriculum for an adult piano lesson

I am an adult(37) learning piano with a teacher since 6 months. It is a 30 min lesson a week where each lesson, we go through a couple of pages of Nancy and Randall Faber's adult piano adventures. If ...
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What piano grade do you think is needed to enter a Conservatory? [closed]

I want to enter a conservatory to study (I'm 20 and living in Australia). I don't know where music could possibly take me in a career but I feel like music is the only thing I want to study.. ANYWAY, ...
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What is the proper piano fingering for playing scales in thirds?

I've been learning scales and I love to play them in this fashion. I can't seem to find a description anywhere of "proper" fingerings where there isn't a bunch of overlap. Proper is contained in ...