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Has Debussy really recorded his own works?

I have heard some recordings on youtube which are attributed to Debussy himself playing between 1904 and 1913. However, the quality (even remastered) is exceptionally good, especially in high and low ...
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Descending thirds fingering (Zorba’s dance)

I found an arrangement of Zorba’s dance. But there is a passage I don’t like because I think there are thirds originally which sound much better. The arrangement is in the second picture. The thirds ...
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How can I adjust playing two keys an octave apart to something that I can reach with a spread of 8 keys?

I'm learning to play the piano and I'm loving it. I've just started learning to play some pieces with two hands, but I am unfortunately running into an issue with my left hand: I cannot spread my ...
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how should I play this notes?

In what order should I play this on piano? Where exactly metronome tick should appear? 4&1 - 3 - 2 begin with metronome tick 4 - 3 - 2&1 end with metronome tick 4 - 3 - 2 - 1 start or stop ...
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When you look at (piano) sheet music, how do you “think about” which notes are being referred to?

Trying to learn to read sheet music on my own; the best way to phrase my question is with a quick example: "Canon in D Major". I look at the sheet and I see the scale from this: I get the whole ...
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Where do I put this expression marking?

So in this passage (for piano) I have a pianissimo part in the right hand that follows the left hand. I want the pianist to treat the notes in the right hand 'like distant resonance' (or something ...
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Notating for the pianist to lift the pedal slowly?

So in various sections of a piece I want the pianist to lift the pedal slower than usual, achieving an interesting effects as the harmonics fade. In some areas the pedal lift might be slower or faster,...
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Piano Memorization Techniques

Please share your memorization techniques for piano music. I'm good enough at sight reading to have avoided learning how to memorize effectively, which is now holding me back on tougher pieces. For ...
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Theory: How to tell major, minor, melodi, harmonic, natural apart

I'm currently learning theory and need some help. I can't necessarily tell apart Major and Minor scales (from the key signature and the scales) nor can I tell the harmonic form. I remember my teacher ...
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Do melodies often use the same combination of intervals?

I've been a touch typist on the keyboard for a long time, and the reason is that I've internalized the shape of every word in my mind because I've typed the same words so many times throughout my life....
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Problems With Learning a Second Instrument

I’m trying learn jazz piano. For about ten years I played the violin; solo and in orchestras and quartets. I’ve also absolutely no trouble enjoying for instance Keith Jarrett’s more complex solo ...
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What is the 'proper ' way to learn? [closed]

I have been playing by ear, I enjoy ambient type of music where it's a simple melody. I can do these very well but if I try to learn a somewhat complicated song with mix of sharp keys and regular keys,...
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Proper way to record a digital piano

My equipment: Digital Piano - Yamaha p255 Audio Interface - Roland quad-capture I bought one 1/4 inch jack from a store near my house and connected my piano to the audio interface, and when I ...
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Is there any software that can detect notes from piano? [closed]

Is there a software than can detect the note from a piano, not keyboard. The note on the score follows when you're playing and so you don't need to turn the page. Also works with mac. I find piano ...
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Should I know the chord name and scale degree when I play by ear?

Just to give a bit of context; say I'm playing a song in a certain key, F major. and let's say I'm playing the I IV V chords. I'm playing a song I learned by ear, right now it happens to be bicycle ...
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Piano Fingering for Jazz

Nice party you got here at Stack Exchange. Let me join. My goal is to become a jazz pianist/improviser. I’m currently learning through Blake Neely’s How to Play from a Fake Book and I’m stuck at ...
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Are pieces for orchestra written mainly by pianists and keyboard players?

I'm just wondering if pieces for orchestra are/were mainly written on pianos or synthesizers. Is it just written on piano for all the instruments since on the piano it's easiest to play both harmony/...
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How much time should I spend learning a song on piano?

I am following the Alfred's adult course level 1 book and given that songs are very simple I have come across an issue when exactly do I know I'm ready to move on to the next lesson? I tend to go if i ...
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I'm having trouble memorizing [duplicate]

I don't know about you guys but I can only think of one thing at a time. okay say I memorize bach 2 part inventions. it's easy right? I can memorize one hand until I can sing the the line with the ...
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2 editions of Schirmer K 545, why the difference?

I'm a bit confused. The first and third movements in the 2 editions I have of the K 545 sonata have no difference at all. But the second movement has a difference in the development section. Both ...
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3-4-3-4 fingering in BMV994

I was recently looking through Bach sheet music to find something new for training and I found BMV994 which made me a bit confused: This does not look like any "modern" fingerings I have seen. I have ...
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Is my strategy a good strategy?

Overall history I have noticed over the years that complicated Beethoven pieces, especially those with sudden dynamic changes, pieces with lots of octaves, and super fast pieces tense up my hands, ...
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Thinking about buying a grand piano

I am looking at a older Knabe concert grand which was "totally rebuilt" about 20 years ago. My concern is it has not been tuned in 15 years and the seller is reluctant to have a tuner come in. I ...
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Do I need to memorize my exam pieces if I don't plan on sitting the exam?

Piano pupils play exam pieces from memory which takes a lot of time. Is it necessary for me, an adult teaching myself, to memorize exam pieces when I don't intend to sit for the exams? As well as ...
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An Odd Question About Genre [migrated]

I am trying to identify the genre of music my grandpa used to play on the piano. He is no longer around and no one in my family knows. After a lot of looking I was able to find one example, 'This ...
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Best way to learn piano sheet music? [closed]

I've been playing piano for a little while for personal enjoyment. Due to my comfortable environment most of my knowledge of piano has come from what I've learned by ear and sight. Unfortunately, this ...
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Any tips on how to get nord piano 3 to sound better?

1 2 http://www.mediafire.com/file/l7oqhcb2yl2hbsb/2018-07-28_13-01-14.mp3/file using two ts cable, effects are turned off and it is raw non-edited recording. first ...
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What are these pieces teaching actually?

Wright Pianoforte Tutor - Around a year and half back, after I started my tentative steps towards learning piano at the ripe age of 50, My then tutor in Mumbai suggested this book to me. While it was ...
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fingers bending when playing the piano, what to do?

My piano teacher has told me that my fingers bend in an unnatural way and this will be detrimental to my long term piano success. What are some good excersizes from prevent the tips of my fingers from ...
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How can a metronome with a bell help with my practice?

I ordered a pretty standard mechanical Wittner metronome, the cheapest I could find plastic/no bell. But after I ordered it I realized there are metronomes that have a bell, so it got me thinking ...
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Help with repetitive style measure of Tokyo Ghoul's “Unravel”

I am having trouble playing these two sections because my muscles keep locking up and preventing me from playing it lightly as the arranger, Animenz, does. ( ) Right ...
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“Re-Learning” Theory and Technique [piano] [closed]

I play the piano casually in my spare time, and was given lessons from when I was 7 up until about 17. When I stopped lessons, I was playing at around RCM grade level 9, but due to school time ...
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How do I get higher recording quality for my Nord Piano 3?

this is the test recording I did but when I compare to like these videos, they all sound way better ...
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Why is sheet music for guitar different from piano [duplicate]

Why is middle C on guitar music played an octave lower in pitch on guitar than on piano? I can play guitar while reading from piano music on the grand staff with middle C at concert, and it's not any ...
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Able to play the right hand Presto on the first try?

Usually I have to perfect a piece at Allegro and then slowly get it to Presto starting with single beats, and then merging every 2 groups of beats until I can play the whole piece Presto nonstop. ...
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How to approach piano chords that require you to press high in the keys

I am currently learning a piece where at one point I need to play.. F# C E ..with my right hand. Not only that, but the chord itself is played on the lower side of the piano (3rd octave) which ...
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Dynamic techniques for left hand?

So I am practicing the first movement of the Pathetique Sonata. There are some things I find tricky about it(like a septuplet that comes right before the chromatic scale) but perhaps the trickiest of ...
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Quick question about fingering chords

I've done a search but couldn't find anything so here I go - is it nessesary for both hands to finger the chords the same way? I have small hands and can only reach an octave comftably and am ...
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D7 piano left hand fingering

What could be the most efficient left hand fingering for D7 chord when the previous stroke is 5-finger (left hand). I was told by a teacher it's not efficient to use 5-finger bass (l.h.) and then ...
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How do I understand chords without reading music?

I read music and that's the problem, I don't want to read, I want to be able play without. But, I need to know what chords go with the melody and I do know the chords for the scales but they don't ...
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Stretching and relaxing exercises before playing piano

Do you have any good exercises to relax before playing the piano. I'm interested specifically in relaxing the arms, shoulders and back.
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How to use chords and chord websites?

I just started learning how to play piano and only know how to play it note after note. So when I play a song I just play it by memorizing the notes, but not knowing what the chord is or understand ...
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Comping on a static chord

Currently I'm playing in a quartet and one of the pieces we are doing is Sister Sadie. At several times my music leaves me with a G7 for several bars with the instruction to comp - but I find it ...
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How to play these ornaments

How do you play these mordents with the sharp underneath them? Usually that would mean to play the lower note sharp, but in this case the mordent's going up. Right now I'm playing them like the ...
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Stronger piano fingers

I’ve been learning the piano for a year now but I’m still having trouble developing the strength and independence of the fourth finger. Can anyone suggest and useful exercises that will help me in ...
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Practising multiple pieces

I'm currently beginning to study repetoire in preparation for my DipAbrsm piano diploma. In total I will be playing 4 pieces (Bach E minor Toccata, Beethoven Moonlight Sonata, Schubert Impromptu No. 3,...
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Is it better to get a certificate from a graded music exam system if I want to apply for music graduate schools in USA?

I’m a graduate student whose current major is not music. I want to study piano as my major. There are graded music exam systems such as ABRSM, which have diploma or associate certificate degrees as ...
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What's the name of this rhythm technique at piano?

I remember my first piano teacher had an interesting technique to help at difficult parts of a piece. Instead of playing the actual rhythm, I would pretend it was (kind of) dotted 8th notes ...
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What notes in these mordents?

I can't work out which notes are actually played in these mordents, it seems (from the specified fingering) to include more notes than in a typical mordent?
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Help me understand the chord progression I just wrote?

I'm a guitarist who tends to write by ear but is trying to understand more theory. I came up with this progression I'm using for a song while noodling around with variations of the classic I-V-IV-V. ...