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Chopin Ballades' difficulty range

Welcome to my first post! I recently discovered Chopin's four Ballades and I am particularly drawn to the first. I am currently not at the level to play it, but I would love to play it in the future. ...
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Keyboard fingering: jumps vs spread fingers

In short and in general, my question is: When choosing the best fingering, is it better to add more jumps to avoid fingers spreading, or spread fingers to reduce amount of jumps? There are particular ...
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Why doesn't a piano have dampers in the upper register? [duplicate]

An acoustic piano has dampers that mute the strings when a pressed key is released. Pressing (and holding) the sustain pedal lifts the dampers, allowing the strings to continue ringing after keys are ...
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What is this syncopated jazzy style of harmony on the piano referred to as? [closed]

I'm want to know what this jazzy syncopated harmony is referred to as. Whether it's a genre, or anything else in particular. Two examples: Beastars OP1: https://www.youtube.com/embed/bgo9dJB_icw?...
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What is the difference between a bass clef and a question mark? [closed]

I am currently in 9th grade learning chords in music theory, but I have trouble distinguishing between a bass clef and a question mark, because a bass clef and a question mark look the exact same.
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Am I right in playing this notes?

I am a piano learner without a teacher. I learn by practice and think. I came across a difficult note and don’t know how to play. I have attached the photos.
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Is there any book that summarize the chords progression and how it make you feel? [closed]

I am making some Hip Hop beats, but I found difficult to bring some catching chord progressions that represents the feeling that I want them to have. Is there any books that summarize the chords ...
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How can I avoid a C Ionian theme when I am playing in Aeolian?

I am a beginner in music theory and want to compose something in A Aeolian, but I just noticed that the same notes are used for C Ionian. A Aeolian is supposed to be melancholic while C Ionian is ...
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Why do many acoustic pianos have a wooden block to the left of the keys?

I have no idea what it's called but I'm curious why most pianos have a flat section to the left of the keys, and what it's called. It almost looks perfect for resting a cup of tea on which sounds like ...
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Should the blue marked right hand note played after, before, or simultaneously to the left hand blue marked note?

In this extract of Ave Maria, from Schubert, adapted for Piano, Should the blue marked right hand note played after, before, or simultaneously to the left hand blue marked note ?
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Suggestions on fitting an Em and an A together

Verse: Em and A Chorus: Em G D A Seemed like with everything starting on Em, it might be the tonic but that would suggest an Am which doesn't sound right for me. So the other options would be: D ...
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Godowski's touch

There was a book on learning piano playing that I must have seen near 50 years ago. In there there was a detailed description of some all-time great -- I think Godowski. The story as I remember it ran ...
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Techniques for improving how I learn a piece

I'm a grade 2-3, and last week my piano teacher gave me "To a Wild Rose" (Edward MacDowell) to learn - page 1 for now anyway. At first glance it seems quite straightforward, but 5 days on ...
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Do all voices deserve rests, or can I tactically omit rests?

The voice 3 (magenta) plays for just two semiquavers at the end of the bar: should I add a series of rests for that voice? it's hard to understand which rests belong to which voice when rendered in ...
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Duration of articulations (e.g. staccato, tenuto) for piano

QUESTION Staccatissimo, staccato, mezzo-staccato, portato, non-legato, tenuto, legato.* For piano, what would be a (rough) numerical representation of these articulations' gap duration for note ...
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Can someone help me find this audio? [closed]

I found this really cool song but I’m unable to find it anywhere and Shazam is giving me the wrong result. I was hoping someone may recognize it. This is the link to the video since it’s on Instagram: ...
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Can someone explain what those numbers mean? [duplicate]

Beginning of bar 2 Why are there numbers above and below the notes? Are those two different fingerings? What does the 14 under the half note mean? Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (First two bars):
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How can I make a keyboard piano vibrate its sound?

How can I do this "vibrato" sound on a keyboard piano like at the start of "Minor" by Gracie Abrams?
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How to check piano tuner's work?

We haven't had our piano† tuned in a a few years (since before the pandemic began), and I have a tuning scheduled soon. One thing I have wondered about when having the piano tuned in the past is how ...
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As a pianist, am I a philistine for secretly hating Chopin? [closed]

I am a pianist – not a terribly good one; I got ABSRM Grade 8 as a teenager and now (~20 years later) have moved mostly onto voice but I continue to play the piano both for fun and occasionally for ...
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Resources to get started on music theory and arrangement [closed]

Sorry if this is a bad title. I have been playing the piano for years, mostly classical music, but I would like to focus on other genres now. I am satisfied with my level of skill if we talk about my ...
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Anyone know the meaning of a cross on piano sheet music? [duplicate]

I would be grateful if anyone can tell me what a cross in front of each of a pair of notes on the bass clef mean? Does it mean you don't actually play that note (the same pair precede the pair with ...
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Wants to play piano but hands hurt [closed]

Is it possible to relax your hands (wrists) for playing piano at 26yo or is it too late? I am a male, a programmer by trade, so my wrists are already a problem. I used to do gymnastics for many years ...
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Piano fingering for left hand figure

What would be the generally recommended fingering for the following left hand figure? (5-2-1-3-2-3-1-2 works nicely starting on a white key, but not so much on a black key.) Thanks!
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To which voice does this note belong? The one above or below? thanks [duplicate]

Which voice does this note belong to? The one above or below? thanks.
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Getting lost in music while performing [duplicate]

When I am practicing alone (or in front of my parents), I always get lost in my music and in my own world (I play piano). However, when I practice in front of people I am uncomfortable with, I ...
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Two Time Signatures: Bach Prelude in D Major BWV 874 [duplicate]

I'm currently learning Bach's Prelude and Fugue in D Major, No. 5 WTC 2, BWV 874. At the beginning of the prelude, there are two time signatures given - cut time (2/2) and a 12/8 time signature. I ...
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Can we play any song in any key on the piano and by what principle is that?

This is a newbie question: I have seen some songs being played in F major or E major or C or D on the piano, and they correspond to different levels of difficulties. For example, E major could be the ...
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How to learn to play a song on which left hand key presses are not related with right hand part?

I'm not sure how to better word the title of this question. I'm trying to learn the following song: In here the arpeggio (left hand) seems to be more like a rhythm ...
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Surface pressure piano notes: what is that long line? [closed]

I have questions about these notes I found. Especially the jolly middle. There is a line spanning 1/3 of the page. All questionable areas have been marked with yellow. I hope someone can help me ...
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Unusual Pedal(?) Marking, Hungarian Dance No.5 Arr. Merle J Isaac

Not too sure what the markings from 77-81 and 83-87 are asking for, my instructor thought some sort of pedal marking but we weren’t really sure what it was specifically asking for, and we don’t have a ...
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What is the (tr) sign in sheet music and how to play it in the following example? [duplicate]

What is the (tr) sign in sheet music and how to play that in the following example: https://ibb.co/GPmmNqw
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Inversion and alternative bass note

On the Am/G: Is this an Am with 2nd inversion and an alternative bass note G? On the C/G: Is this a C with an alternative bass note G?
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To add chords to a song, is playing the chord that carries the melody equivalent to playing the melodic note as note 1, 3 or 5 of the chord?

When I was learning how to play songs on piano by ear, I didn't know how to add chords to a song melody. What I found on videos and on the Web was that you select a chord that carries the melodic ...
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Creating trill staff in lilypond

I'm learning BWV775 (Bach Invention IV - D Minor) and the score I'm working from has a small extra staff for a trill in measure 17 The treble & bass staves are easy enough in Lilypond, and for ...
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Should I hold down Arpeggios for their duration?

Their are 2 Arpeggios on this picture: I know I should play their notes from the bottom to top very quickly BUT should I hold each note pressed down for their duration (dotted half note) OR should I ...
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Finding the Perfect Keyboard [closed]

I accompany high school and middle school choirs, and do rehearsal piano and pit keyboards for school musicals. I often have to haul my own gear around, and I have been on a multi-year quest to find ...
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Playing multiple notes with different duration on the same key simultaneously? [duplicate]

My son wanted to learn the Wellerman song on piano, so I looked up a sheet on MuseScore which I thought he could do, but is still a bit of a challenge. Now I have some trouble understanding it myself. ...
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What does ABRSM mean by Musical Shape and Musical Tone?

The marking criteria for ABRSM Performance exams comprises Pitch, Rhythm, Tone, Shape and Performance. What is (Musical) Shape? What is (Musical) Tone? For context, I'm learning to play piano, ...
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Converting music played on piano or keyboard into notation

I would like to be able to play a piano or keyboard and have what I play stored and reproduced as musical notation. Is that possible?
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Beamed half note [duplicate]

How can I play this sheet? What that beamed half note means?
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How long would it take for a beginning piano player to learn to play Bach Badinerie [closed]

Would it be possible for a beginning piano player (in their late twenties) to learn to play the song (see video) exactly as it's played there, within a year of practice (practicing 30 minutes to an ...
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How to search for melody? [closed]

I have a (likely well-known) melody in my head, and I'd like to know what song it is and where it is from. In this situation I normally use www.musipedia.org. While I have vague memories of having ...
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Lowest note on piano : A0 or A-1? [duplicate]

I am confused. I have bought a digital piano (a Yamaha Clavinova CLP-735) and I saw this : So they say the lowest note on the piano is A-1. However, on the musical apps that I use on my phone, they ...
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Meaning of left parenthesis notation on chords

As an example, in the Joseffy edition of the Chopin Nocturne op.62 no.1, there are many instances where a "left parenthesis" is used in front of a chord. I have always assumed this means a ...
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How to combine Split mode with Octave Piano instrument on Yamaha keyboards?

I am trying to combine the Split feature with the Octave Piano instrument on my Yamaha PSR-E363*. I want to press a single key with my left hand to play an octave chord while my right hand operates as ...
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Should I always use right hand for notes in Treble clef?

I'm trying to figure out which hand(especially which finger) I should use for notes in some measure in sheet music that I'm currently practicing. I attached a screenshot below. As you can see, There ...
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Inconsistent notation of BWV 565 mm. 39–40 makes it unclear whether to play C or C# [duplicate]

In the passage shown below (from Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, mm. 39–40), the C#s and C-natural in the right hand are all explicitly notated, but in the left hand, no indication is ...
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Choosing Excerpts for Concerto Audition

I have been practicing Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 and I have an audition coming up. It requires me to choose a 15-minute excerpt, covering all three movements. As this is my first time auditioning ...
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What are some common patterns used when playing the piano/keyboard in a pop/rock band setting?

I've been trying to learn to play the keyboard for a few years now and think it would be cool to eventually get to the point where am able to play as part of a group. The problem is that I really ...
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