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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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What to do if there is a line through a tie in piano sheet music?

Hi there, I was just wondering how to play the notes that have a small dash going through the tie, for example, the first two beats of the second bar. For the left hand, do you play it slightly ...
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How to explain black and white keys on a piano keyboard

I was going over quite a lot of answers that are already posted and I've figured out that I could ask this question anew. My perspective is that I have melodies coming to my head and I record them ...
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Dampers in 19c fortepianos

I recently listened to performances at the 1st International Chopin Competition of Period Instruments, and I noticed that the chords in the fortepianos used there (manufactured in the early 19th ...
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What makes a Turkish March a Turkish March?

I can only find 2 pieces called Turkish March. There is the 5th movement of The Ruins of Athens by Beethoven. Then there is the infamous Rondo Alla Turka by Mozart. And when I search Turkish March ...
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Why is Debussy's Clair de Lune not considered a nocturne?

Leaving the title of the piece aside, it sounds evocative of the night, though compared to what I've listened to from Chopin's nocturnes for example, it sounds more descriptive than contemplative. Is ...
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What to teach after scales and chords

I’m teaching piano. So far all scales have been covered and soon all family chords will also be done. I’m not trained in reading sheet music and so can’t teach that. So what else to teach now...?
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Want to know the process to pursue diploma in piano

I am a grade 6 student in piano from LCM. I want to pursue a career in music. All I know so far is, after grade 8 I need to have a diploma. Can anyone elaborate on the career path? Is there a ...
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Beefier Pianos?

Today, I attended a performance of Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto. I noticed that the piano was mostly inaudible in the beginning of the first movement, the climax (before the March section), ...
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Piano Concertos: Why is Brahms 2 considered more mature than Rachmaninoff 3?

I'm not completely satisfied with the answers so far, so more answers please! There's a nice bounty to be had! These two titanic concertos are two of the most difficult often played concertos in ...
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Chords with different bass and non-diatonic chords inside a progression

I'm studying music by myself and I'm dealing with several doubts: one of these is, are there some criteria for using a chord with a different bass in a chord progression? And how should I use it? Also,...
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Playing piano an working on computer --> Exercises

Hello I'm workin on a compoute (8,5h) as software developer and start to playing piano, (5 weeks). From time to time a have a slight pull in the wrist. Should I do some gymnastic, or is this normal ...
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what is melodic contour?

How do I know my song doesn't have the same melody as an existing song, just in a different key? they sound pretty different even though the contour of the melodies are generally the same. the notes ...
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What's another name for the sostenuto pedal?

Every pedal except the sostenuto pedal also has an English name. Sostenuto means "sustained" in Italian, according to Wikipedia. Another reason for an English word to replace the word "sostenuto" is ...
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What sort of chords are these?

I have been listening to a lot of Asian film music, and notice that they all have a certain feel to it by using this sort of chord: What sort of chord is that? Is it an inversion of a suspended chord ...
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Are there exercises or techniques to improve sight reading?

Short story: The question is self-explanatory Long story: I play the piano and I know how to read scores, and I always struggle a little bit to learn new pieces of my level because my reading is very ...
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How do you count this?

This piece is in common time (4 4), but I'm having difficulty counting it. I think the whole lower staff (all the note groups) should have the triplet mark but it doesn't (is this an error of the ...
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When playing an ostinato bass on the piano, how to make it sound consistent yet not boring?

Again, I'm asking this as a non-performer wishing to humanize my midi files. The obvious way, the one that I can think of, is to modulate the dynamics in a sort of wave-like motion that doesn't ...
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How to “get in the zone” before performing a piano piece?

I am currently playing one of Brahms's intermezzos on the piano. Sometimes when I perform that piece, I feel "in the zone". The music seems to flow, I play with emotion, I tell a story, it just goes ...
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Comments of Chopin's contemporaries on his playing

I am researching about the kind of style Chopin himself would have had by drawing inferences from sources such as recordings of the 2nd generation pupils of Chopin and the comments of contemporaries ...
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Difference between baroque and classical keyboard concertos

I'm trying to compare a Baroque Harpsichord Concerto with a Classical Piano Concerto. But I'm just wondering in what aspects that the Baroque Concertos influenced the Classical Piano Concerto. I am ...
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What are some good guidelines for phrasing a melody?

I'm asking this in the rather specific context of me being a non-performer (due to physical disabilities) who wishes to "humanize" the midi files I create using software such as Finale and Logic Pro. ...
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How should I tackle playing a big chord like this f# a d a

How should I play the 2nd chord. I can just about reach it but it’s a bit uncomfortable to play.
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Similar tunes to “Soirée de Vienne”? [migrated]

EDIT: Thanks @guidot. Could someone please move this to MusicFans.SE? I’m learning this piano piece, “Soirée de Vienne” by Alfred Grünfeld. Halfway through the piece, there is this interesting ...
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Why are these notes written this way and how should it be played on the piano?

Self-taught player here with very rudimentary knowledge of theory so please go easy on me! The notes highlighted in yellow are confusing me a bit, as they are the same note, but one is a minim and the ...
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Should piano scales start and end on the same finger?

Is it usually a good idea to begin and end piano scales on the same finger? When I looked up "proper" fingering some people seem to recommend that and others didn't. Maybe there are pros and cons to ...
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What would make 1 key buzz or ring?

I have an old Kimball Consolette .The middle e makes an annoying buzz/ring sound.I can’t see anything mechanically different about it.Could the strings be unevenly stretched?The e flat sounds slightly ...
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Yamaha P125 to Mixer - no sound in speakers

I tried using the Yamaha P125 in the studio for rehearsals . For whatever reason whenever I used the Aux out (either mono or L+R) there is no sound in the from the mixer to the speakers..also the ...
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Cross Dominance - does it effect piano playing ability?

I am quite cross-dominant - in some areas more than others. For instance, I consider myself right-handed, I write right-handed, I'd kick a football with my right-foot, but I play snooker/pool left ...
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How is speed change notated

This is a very beginner question as I am a complete beginner. How is change in speed during a song notated in standard notation? Is it done by changing the time signature for each measure that has a ...
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Where do you place your fingers (y-axis) on keys when your thumb or pinky is on a black key or white key?

I'd like some feedback on some keyboard diagrams I'm making. I'd like to indicate where you would put your fingertip (fingers 1-5) on the y-axis if you were to play certain chords depending on if the ...
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How to read and count this rhythm ?

http://www.sheetmusic1.com/winston/Thanksgiving.pdf In bar 7 how would I count and when would I play those first two notes in the treble clef, the E and B? Also why is there a treble clef placed in ...
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Attachable Piano Stand

I have a Yamaha P45 keyboard and it has screw holes at the bottom. But I can't seem to find a piano stand that will attach to it. The Yamaha L3C doesn't specify my type of piano and I don't think it ...
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Is it feasible to learn violin (mostly) by oneself?

First of, I know there are lots of similar questions here in Music Stack Exchange. My point here is not abstractly ask whether it is possible at all to learn violin by self study and get a "absolutely ...
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A pianist that used a wooden spacer/tool to artificially increase the length of their fingers

I've once heard a story about a pianist of the past who wrote a music piece that critics told him was impossible to play - the length of any person's fingers wouldn't be sufficient. But he used some ...
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Question about a song I’m trying to learn how to play

I’m a beginner in learning how to play piano to write music. The song I’m trying to learn how to play is by Christina Aguilera. The song is called "I Will Be." So, for instance it says play RH c# but ...
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How can I learn piano without a teacher? [duplicate]

I've been obsessed with piano for as long as I can remember. I've always wanted to play but it cost too much money and I can't afford to pay for lessons. I have a keyboard and I know the basics in ...
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Left hand Fingering for G Root Position Dominant 7th Chord?

I notice that a lot of people recommend playing a G root position dominant 7th chord in the left hand with the fingers 5, 3, 2, 1. But to me, 5, 4, 2, 1 is more comfortable. Is it considered "bad" ...
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How should I learn piano being a long-time guitarist?

I'm a guitarist and know a good lot about music theory (don't know sheet reading tho, 'cause I'm lazy lol). I don't have THAT much free time and I know that learning a new instrument requires a lot of ...
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Piano fourth finger lies too low on the keyboard

Fourth finger lies too low so very often 'plays' along with another correct note being played. What might be a good solution?
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What are these things [duplicate]

I've been trying to understand the occurance in various scores of two instance of the same note with different durations, and I've tried looking up various things to see if I can find out what I am ...
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Sight reading chords—pay attention to bass, treble, or none of the above?

I am currently a very novice piano player trying to get by with Czerny's Op. 599 Practical Exercises for Beginners. As suggested, I'm playing the exercises by sight reading the notation, minimizing ...
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Walking bass line or counterpoint?

I was watching this video where a guy plays Super Mario Bros 2 Overworld theme. I was wondering if at 0:17s is this a walking bass line or is this counterpoint? and how do you know?
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When playing high notes on piano (above F6) lower notes can be heard. Why is this?

I can only hear this effect on F6 or above, but if I use the sustain pedal, i can hear it from G5. The higher the note the easier it is to hear the low notes.
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What's this L symbol in piano notation called?

There's a symbol used in piano manuscript notation that means "play this in the other hand, even though it's written in this one". It looks like a capital L shape. As you can (maybe) see in my bad ...
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How to learn piano to a high level without any money or piano at home?

By the end of 2019, I want to learn piano at a level where I can play proficiently. I have no money that I can spend to get a teacher or get practice books. I do not own a piano, but I still can play ...
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How can I know if a piano is worth saving? I am a repurposer of old woods

I am a certified master repurposer, and I want to disassemble old pianos in order to repurpose the beautiful woods and workings, but I don't want to take apart a piano that still has a musical future. ...
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Bass line or chord progressions as a basis for improvisation?

I was reading how the Baroque period made bass lines as the basis for their improvisation. This is in contrast with today's chord progressions that are the basis of jazz improvisation. I'm wondering ...
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Three Treble Clefs

What does it mean when there is a layout like this, and each has a treble clef. There is no bass clef. How is this played?
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Piano practice routine [closed]

I wonder what practice routine would be the best, if I want to be a good pianist. One that plays in a band for example. How much time each day is expected? Which books should be played?! Or what is ...
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Why are page turners only for pianists?

This might be a silly question, but why is it that pianists (sometimes) get a page turner, whereas violinists, cellists etc. turn their pages by themselves? A violinist too can have both hands busy, ...