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 to start learning the piano again?

When I was a kid (10 to 14 years old) I was taught how to play the piano. Or that's what I thought until today. I haven't been playing piano for about 10 years so I am of course rusty, but what I ...
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How to play fantasie impromptu by Chopin?

I can play Chopin's fantasie impromptu at low tempo bpm, but I'm having trouble in increasing it . My fingers don't move smoothly over 130 bpm and some notes get skipped automatically and sometimes my ...
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Pianist thinking about picking up xylophone or glockenspiel

I used to be a very good pianist (instructor-taught for many years; hours of practice every day. Put me in a room with a piano I just cannot leave it alone) but due to an accident and other ...
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Would an accidental in a mordant still be effective for the whole measure?

This is from Bach's Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue: This would obviously be played D, C#, D. Let's say that there was a C on the same octave later in that measure. Would the C be sharp?
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How can I get my left hand to sound legato when I'm leaping?

Now, this Nocturne in Eb is the very first Chopin piece I ever learned. I have gotten to rhythmic precision with this, even in the sections with polyrhythms just by playing it frequently. Piano ...
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What do you guys do when you practice and for how long? [closed]

The way I practice on my midi controller is essentially by improvising notes, up and down the scale in different intervals,sometimes writting leads I go for half an hour to an hour at a time,I feel ...
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Fantaisie Impromptu - Specific fingering issue

I've been practicing Chopin's Fantaisie Impromptu for several weeks now, and while I'm by no means perfect at it, there aren't any aspects or parts of the piece that I am not confident I'll be able to ...
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Need help understanding the double sharp turn in Chopin's prelude in e minor [duplicate]

I need help understanding why the notes in this turn are B-A#-Gx-A#. I don't understand how the double sharp affects the turn. I would assume that instead of A# being the "base note" (for lack of a ...
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Is used Kawai CP185 a good piano for beginners? [closed]

Played a regular piano a little as a child. 50 years later, looking to learn to play all over again. Would a used Kawai CP185 be useful or overwhelming due to all the electronics? Just starting my ...
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Relaxing muscles when playing piano

I have a problem with relaxing my shoulders when playing the piano. My shoulders become stiff and come up when I play. After practicing my shoulders ache. What could be wrong with my posture or ...
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What is the point of repeating the same dynamic mark?

See this video The audio is the orchestral version of Shosty 7, but the video shows a two piano arrangement, which is what the question is about. If you look at 1:06:...
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Why this fingering is written for Ab minor blues scale?

Can somebody explain why Ab minor scale starts with 412? I would start with 414. Then the whole scale would be faster because of less space to shift fingers. Am I wrong?
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Notation for strumming piano strings

At this piece of mine, I have the pianist (at an upright piano, with the front lid removed) at a certain point holding down a chord with his left hand and with his right hand strumming the strings of ...
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Is horseback riding affecting my piano technique?

After horseback riding my fingers feel stiff, lazy and i feel like my technique has degraded. I think it's because the pulling on my hands. I know sport is a very common topic in piano forums, but I ...
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Debussy's piano etudes include studies in consecutive 3ds, 4ths, 6ths, and octaves… why not 5ths or 7ths?

Traditionally double note scales or consecutive 3rds, 4ths, and 6ths are part of piano training. But, Debussy wan't a traditionalist! Certainly he used consecutive intervals of all types. Why didn't ...
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Keeping track of theme when improvising

Improvisations in jazz is done over the song itself, typically. However, I don’t hear the theme in plenty of recordings, the harmonies and solo are so far away that I can’t see the connection to the ...
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Playing a trill with grace note ending

In measure 36 of the Presto Agitato from Beethoven's Piano Sonata 14 Op 27, No. 2 (Moonlight), a trill is set against semiquavers. The ending of the trill is explicitly marked with semiquaver grace ...
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Piano: good exercises for runs and navigation [closed]

I'm an aspiring jazz pianists but my right hand falls short in navigation and attempting runs. I need to buy etudes and exercises for fingering. That is, fingering for the various scales (I don't know ...
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Jazz: Getting a feel for chords/harmonies

I have played the violin for several years so I have fundamental knowledge in some areas, however chords are currently opaque. For instance, I can play the melody line for any jazz standard by ear ...
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Jazz piano: accompanying oneself

My goal is to be able to by ear play a jazz standard, with improv sections. When keeping an accompaniment in my left hand (say, a walking base or similar) while soloing with my right, then I stall. ...
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Piano Pedal Notation P, Pw, with and without *

I'm transcribing a piano reduction of Suppé's Light Cavalry into MuseScore. This particular score has pedal notation P. *, Pw. *, and then some parts where there's no *. I'm assuming (perhaps ...
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Piano fingering for chromatic fifths, is a fifth too wide for fingering 2-4?

I'm trying a fingering that basically limits white keys to fingers 1 & 5 and black keys to 2 & 4. This fingering seems good for non-legato for medium size intervals perfect fourths and ...
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What is the correct technique to press single notes with left hand

What is the technique when it comes to pressing single notes with the left hand? (See piano sheets) In this case should I move my left hamd fingers as if I were playing a fast arpeggio (chicken ...
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Playing piano and studying medicine at the same time [closed]

I'm a third year medical student and I started going to piano classes few months ago. It's so hard for me to manage my time... I want to study medicine very well cause I wanna make a good doctor... my ...
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Piano: How to learn this boogie pattern?

I like boogies playing on the piano. Now I am trying to learn this left hand pattern and get crazy: My goal is to play this pattern without concentrating on the left hand. What makes me grazy is the ...
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Reading two lines in piano

I started playing piano few months ago. I find it really difficult to read two lines(right and left) at the same time . Actually I only can read and play the right hand. When I try to read the left ...
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Best way to spend practice sessions in order to play by ear?

I'm 23 years old, I've been self-learning to play the piano for 2 years. Im super dedicated and seeking improvement- investing almost 2 hours daily which is most of my free time. My practice sessions ...
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Chopin: marche funèbre bar 15 impossible place

Chopin sonata #2 Opus 35: Look at the left hand: Db from small octave and F from 1-st octave. Neither I, nor anybody of my acquaintances can stretch the hand so far. My idea was to replace F 1-t ...
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Fingering for Eb Major in double thirds (piano)

I have seen a fingering for the Eb Major scale in double thirds where, in the RH, 35 is used for Ab,C is followed by 24 for Bb,D, but only when going upwards. At first it seems better than using 13 ...
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7th chords with black key at the bottom fingering

I want to ask why nobody plays for example, F# half diminished chord on piano with 2145 fingering on right hand. Everybody plays 1235 or 1245. I think better to use 2 at the bottom because you can ...
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What do different value notes on the same line mean?

I'm learning music theory on my own and thus, I encounter some difficulties in understanding them.This is one of those difficulties.What do those notes (circled in red) mean as each of them has ...
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How to perform quicker shifts? (Prokofiev Visions Fugitives #2)

The passage of interest: This is specifically pertaining to the right hand, and the tempo I am provided is quarter note = 60-66. The fingering I am using is, starting with the C: 3-5 3 2 1 3 1 | 3 2 ...
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Yamaha YDP 163 touch too hard

I have a 2 years old Yamaha YDP 163, and it is very hard to play on it. I did the coin test, and it was around 100g on middle C, around 80g in the higher range, and 120-150g in the lower range. ...
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Octave Technique and hand height - (of Vincenzo Maltempo on piano)

I'm always interested in the different kinematics employed by pianists who get similar results. I've been listening to Vincenzo Maltempo play the Alkan Etudes and I'm curious about his octave ...
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Why does the key change happen where it does here?

In the image below, the key is initially G, then changes to E (right?) for the rest of the song. However, that entire bar uses sharps from E, and the key never changes back. Why wouldn't the key ...
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Part of the notes sound off (Scott Joplin - The Entertainer sheet music for Piano)

I am practicing Scott Joplin - The Entertainer, based on this score from 8notes.com. It all sounds fine, except for this segment: The red marked segment sounds off when I play it. It sounds nothing ...
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On a piano, are the effects of holding notes and the sustain pedal the same for a single chord?

Building from this question, I learned that it is possible to notate a tie that is held by the pedal and not the hands. To me that's a bit strange - if the pedal were not held down in that passage, ...
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How do you play the middle D and F in this passage?

This is from a piano song called "Jane's Song" by Christopher Norton. There are two whole notes that are held for the entire measure, but the left hand is also holding a note way into the bass and ...
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Fingering for right hand thirds in Bluebird by Alexis Ffrench

Hi, I'm trying to figure out how to play this part of the song (Bluebird by Alexis Ffrench). It seems impossible (for an amateur) to play it with proper rhythm. Could anyone please show me the ...
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Tips on playing arpeggios fast ([eg. c arpeggio] c, e, g, (now octave higher) c, e, g)

I have trouble making the c major arpeggio sound smooth. Whenever I attempt to play it smooth, it sounds like groups of 3, perhaps because I press each note too hard. What are some tips on playing ...
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Getting used to new key signatures on the piano?

Does anyone have this similar issue? For the last 3 moths or so I’ve been working on 3 pieces that all had flat key signatures. Overtime I was able to adjust to the signatures and read pretty quickly ...
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Beginner Pianist Hand Pain?

I'm an 18 year old adult beginner pianist and I've just started playing this month of May. I go to piano lessons but it's just from a local music shop. I've been having this muscle pain with both of ...
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Pedalled sounds disappear if many are played

I'm using macbook pro, logic pro x as DAW and kawai VPC1 as a midi keyboard (no external sound card). When there are a lot of sounds stacked on top of each other, some of them start disappearing. ...
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“Scale in thirds” vs “scales a third apart” - what is the difference?

I was just browsing through ABRSM syllabus and found two different things, as mentioned in the title. What is the difference? The syllabus is here: https://in.abrsm.org/fileadmin/user_upload/PDFs/...
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Is it common to combine multiple voices in one piano staff, even if they don't fit the time signature?

I'm a beginner/intermediate sheet reader and struggling a bit with a current piano piece ("He sleeps" from Pretty Woman). The only arrangement I could find uses a notation which makes it hard to ...
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Understanding ties

I'm rather new to playing the piano and reading sheet music. Because of this fact I want make sure that I understand this correctly and have been doing it right. Does the tie in the second measure ...
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What are these “advanced or unknown” nonchord tones that I haven't found out on wiki or other sites?

Nonchord tone (Wikpedia) is one of sources I've learned it from. I'm analyzing nonchord tones on Charlie Puth's song, Attention, to get used to them. However, some of them, I call "unknown" nonchord ...
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Piano: quaver triplets in RH v dotted quaver and semiquaver in LH

Towards the end of the first movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op 27 No 2 (Moonlight) the right hand is playing triplet quavers while the left has a dotted quaver and semiquaver. If we are ...
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What does Decorated Suspension, a type of nonchord tone, mean in this below explanation?

I'm learning about decorated suspension. But I don't understand the explanation below. Could you guys help me with this? P/s: I type the script of explanation below, so you guys with smartphone ...
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BWV 825 Bach Partita: how do you play this Gigue?

coming from answering the question: How do I determine the time signature of a song? I ask you to give some answers for beginners: -how do you play the first bar? what time is this? 4/4? (we count ...