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Is 48 polyphony in a digital piano enough for playing most classical music pieces? [duplicate]

I have bought a CASIO CDP-130 digital piano - unfortunately it has only 48 polyphony. I only love classical music and that´s what I want to play. Will it be enough for playing most classical pieces as ...
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Is this a Waltz music?

I am starting to playing a piano and I am new to a aclassical dance. I was googling some Waltz songs, that I could play on a piano. I found Beuty and the Beast song, that was marked as a Waltz. But I ...
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Upright piano's keys feel heavier than they did when tested in the showroom

I bought a refurbished upright piano (Yamaha U1D). The keys feel a bit stiff, and sometimes if I hit a key softly it doesn't make any sound at all. It didn't have this problem when I tested it in ...
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What is the difference between a chord and a triad on a piano -( or any instrument capable of playing multiple notes simultaneously)?

I do not understand the difference between a chord and a triad. Are they the same thing or do they have differences? (i.e. Cmaj. chord v.s. Cmaj. triad)
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What does a suspended chord mean on piano?

My friend tells me a suspended chord means you hold down the sustain pedal but that doesn't sound right... Can someone help?
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What does a line between staves indicate for piano? [duplicate]

What is the score indicating here? This is Norton's Misty Day - it's a pretty straightforward piano score, then on the measure before this, the treble clef switches to bass clef and this measure is ...
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What makes 'Drop 2, Drop 3' in chord nomenclature?

Occasionally, 'Drop x' is used to clarify chord voicing. I guess it's a more focussed way of explaining how notes of a chord are voiced. Certainly more specific than 'inversions', which only specify ...
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How to prevent middle back pain when playing piano? (New problem after 40+ years)

There was some advice for a beginner given here: Back hurts after playing piano, but I'm looking for something a little different: I am now 52 and I have been playing since childhood (informally ...
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How to unlearn incorrect muscle memory

So I've been learning to play piano for a few months now. And there's this one, very easy piece, which I have absolutely no difficulties playing, except for. one. freaking. transition. which I somehow ...
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Slurs and Finger Substitution

In ABRSM "The AB Guide to Music Theory, Part I, Ch 11.2" on "The Slur": they show the following example (Bartok, For Children, Vol. 1 No. 3) And they say that the end of a slur ...
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Are the higher octave notes required in the chords for Hilda's theme song?

I'm trying to teach myself the theme song for the Netflix original show, Hilda: With that, I used Chordify to confirm and deny my suspicions for the chords involved: ...
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Casio CT-X8000IN not working blank blue screen

I have a Casio CT-X8000IN which I bought from India. It was working good for 6-7 months, but then I realized it has a lot of dust in it. I opened it and found out there was a lot of a dust, I cleared ...
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Notes of identical pitch on the same beat [duplicate]

In this measure of music from a piano accompaniment for Les Mis, This measure confuses me: On the third beat, There is an F played with two rhythms, a dotted eighth note as well as a sixteenth note, I ...
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What is the expected progression from being able to "play a piece" and "perfecting a piece"?

I've played the piano as a hobby on and off for over 20 years. While I did take lessons for several years as a child/young-teen, it was always quite casual. Now, as an adult, I realize that I've never ...
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In the "Puff the magic dragon" piano sheet music is the slur being applied to both staves?

In the image below, concerning the third slur, I am trying to figure out if I should be playing both hands legato? Two reasons for that: The melody is traveling between the two staves. The first few ...
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Sustain Pedal connecting Slurs

In this simplified Chopin's Prelude Op. 28 No. 20, the sustain pedal connects notes belonging to two separate slurs in the first and second measures. Should the sustain pedal be left off for a moment ...
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Double thirds, fourths, fifths and sixths piano fingering?

I have absolutely no idea how to finger things like this. I don't really know what sort of guidelines to follow or what books to practice that combine double thirds, fourths and fifths consecutively ...
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How to self teach myself sheet music reading (for piano)?

I am a self taught pianist, I play mainly by ear and I look for tutorials or synthesia on YouTube. However, sometimes some pieces do not have a synthesia and are really subtle to play by ear (ex. ...
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How to synchronize fingers/notes in piano chords

I'm getting back into piano (background: trained in classical from age 4 to 14; finished RCM 7) and am having some trouble synchronizing my solid chords, particularly with sharps/flats using my pinky. ...
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Equal Temperament as a Stack of Just Intervals

Recently I came up with interesting discovery how to get equally tempered tones by using a stack of just intervals 3/2 and 5/4. Since they are a part of most harmonic cord, major triad, should be ...
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Can you get tennis elbow from practicing repeated notes on the piano? [closed]

Yesterday I noticed a sharp pain in the tip of my left elbow (I am right-handed) along with some swelling and I am trying to narrow down the cause. I spent several hours working on my computer ...
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How to avoid stopping when I play a wrong note on the piano

When I play any sheet music by memory, if I realize (by ear) that I play one wrong note, I always stop/get stuck and cannot continue playing. This is very bad in case I need to perform. So how to play ...
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how do you arrange a drum part for piano?

I'm currently trying to transcribe Come As You Are by Nirvana, for piano. I've got the melody right, but I'm struggling with the drum part, and without the beginning sounds it's really boring. Any ...
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arpeggiated chord and half bracket symbol - what does it mean? (piano)

I have a piano piece with arpeggiated chords and at first glance, I thought I would have to leave out the bottom note on one of them because my hands aren't long enough. Then I looked closer at the ...
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What is the difference between two connected slurs and one big slur?

I want to play this piece. This is the third lesson from the Bergmüller Opus 100 book and the piece name is 'La Pastorale'. There is a slur for these notes: G,B,C,D and another slur for these notes: ...
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Can I skip learning minor scales if I learned major ones?

I learned the basics of the piano mostly from YouTube, intervals, various chords formulas including sevenths, diminished but I try to very closely follow the best practices. I learn inversions and ...
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Jazz piano, chords: planning ahead

I’m an aspiring jazz pianist, playing tunes without sight reading of any kind (once I’ve learned it), in ensembles and solo. I have for long had the problem that my chords are staggering. Once I’ve ...
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Recently bought upright piano has at least one key ever so slightly deeper than the others. Is it detrimental to learning?

So, I bought my very first upright piano nearly 3 months ago after the numerous helpful replies I received to my questions here. I've been playing it a bit now and then. Sometimes, while I was slowly ...
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What to do with my left hand when jamming with other musicians?

So I'm an intermediate-ish keyboard player who's been playing very irregularly for the past three years, all self taught. I have recently started taking it more seriously and found a group of people I ...
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Do the music examination bodies like trinity mandate playing the triads with with only (5-3-1) in Left Hand and (1-3-5) in Right Hand?

My music teacher has always told me to use only pinky, middle finger and thumb (5-3-1) while practicing the triad chords. Though I am trying to use it, it becomes difficult on the black keys. ...
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Is it technically possible to play Chopin`s op. 10 No 1 etude at 176 bpm on Casio PX-160 piano?

Is it technically possible to play Chopin`s op. 10 No 1 etude at 176 bpm on Casio PX-160 piano?
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"Impossible" piano fingering in Sondheim

Here is a bit from the standard piano arrangement of Sondheim's "Loving You" (from the Musical "PASSION"). This is near the start of the song (measure 9). The key is D-flat major (...
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What does one need to know to learn to improvise with other musicians?

I came across the following video on YouTube in which two random people play the same piano together and to me it sounds really amazing. It's something that I couldn't do myself if someone started ...
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Out-of-practice pianist wants suggestions for getting back into it [closed]

So long story short I was an active concert pianist who had to give it up due to repetitive strain injuries in the wrists/forearms. I took up a PhD in a fall-back field and I feel like my injuries are ...
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What type of piano was used in the intro of this song? [closed]

I'm listening to this music for about a couple of months. But I can't find a piano with similar texture and fullness. It will be better if some can tell me where can I find a VST piano which sounds ...
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Can non-voice instruments produce the sounds of vocal lyrics?

How can an instrument like the guitar or the piano be made to sound as though it's speaking real words, without any use of a human voice?
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Do the touch, feel and weight of the keys matter to play classical music?

My question is really about the importance of quality of piano keys in perspective of playing hardcore classical pieces (i.e.- gaspard de la nuit) like how much it matters - the touch sensitivity, ...
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Are slurs on a score for piano as well?

With piano I dont really see/hear the point yet of having slurs because of its sound. I find it difficult to play more legato than is normal. Please can someone enlighten me. Are slurs for piano ...
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How to guess notes of the song once I have the chords? [duplicate]

I am new to Piano / Keyboard. Recently, I came across this app called Chord AI, and it beautifully recognises chord of any song ! Now, I have the chords available. But, it is not enough right ? I have ...
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Where should I put the accent on the right hand of this first bar?

Let's consider for example the first 3 bars of G-Minor by Luo Ni, and let's focus on the right hand. *Where should I put the accent : -on the note number 1 (note "B"), the number 5 (note &...
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How Do I Play and Understand the Note Structure in Jimbo's Lullaby, Debussy (Bar 9 Piano)

How Do I Play This Section of Jimbo's Lullaby (Piano)? Novice (Self Studying) Music Theory and Piano In the segment of the piece shown below (measures 9–13), which notes and dyads do I play on which ...
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The "TADA!" sound effect sounds wrong when I play it

It's obviously very much a beginner's question. While attempting to play this "TADA" sound effect, I noticed that on the website it's written just C. But when I press C twice it does not ...
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What is the notation for repeating 3 times in keyboard sheet music? [duplicate]

In sheet music how do you notate repetition of a measure 3 times? Do you put 3 above the repeat sign? For example:
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Piano: getting chords up to speed

I practice a transcription that involves more elaborate jazz chords, modal sus9 and 13-chords, those kind of things, occupying many or all of the hands' fingers. I've played such things before (for ...
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Are these chords tied (not played again) or is only the top note tied?

In the recording it sounds like the chords are simply tied... I've been playing piano for 20 years and this seemingly simple question is escaping me. Any help would be appreciated! The piece is "...
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How do you play a tremolo attached to a stack of notes on a piano?

How do you play a tremolo attached to a stack of notes on a piano? (Is that the right wording?) I put an example below. I've seen this sort of pattern several times in piano arrangements of popular ...
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playing boogie woogie triplets with 8th notes. timing

If the 8ths are swing, would not 2 8ths on the left hand be played at the exact time as triplets on the right hand?
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How broad arpeggiated chords are reasonable?

I am one in a long line of presumptuous amateurs who makes music that they themselves cannot play, so I must ask around to know whether my music is what you might call "reasonable" to be ...
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What would be the octave/octaves to start playing on with piano sheet music if not told where to start? (without 8va or 15ma) [closed]

So, I am rereading the past things I did in a book that is for learning piano, it gives you an explanation for something or just something new and then it applies it with some sheet music for some ...
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Can I use midi without external speakers? [closed]

I bought the Thomann DP-26 and wanted to use a different sound. I can use a Midi output but can I play the midi sound on the speakers of the piano again, so i dont have to jse external speaker?

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