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How do I fit a complex melody in a measure? [closed]

I’m a classical pianist who plays/listen to mostly romantic music. And I’ve developed some complex melodies in my head that I would like to write down. Problem is I can never get everything to fit ...
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What are those letter above Staff/Stave? [duplicate]

As title, What are those letters above Staff/Stave? (below image) What is the term/ keyword / document to know, understand their meaning, their use, and their influence to the sheet music... I saw ...
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Piano piece identification [closed]

I am having trouble tracking the author and name of the following score for piano (N. 3, Moderato). Any idea will be welcome.
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“No roots” (Alice Mergon/Nicolas Rebscher) - How to achieve hand independence?

I'm trying to play "No Roots" by Alice Merton and Nicolas Rebscher in an intermediate rendition. Left and right hand definitely doable on their own and I can also play them together as far ...
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Curved line that connects treble staff and bass staff [duplicate]

I'm new to piano and have stumbled across a bent line that connects notes on the treble staff and bass staff. What does it mean?
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What is the best fingering for this passage of “fluttering intervals”?

What is the best fingering to use for the following passage from "La Plage" by Yann Tiersen (section "B", mm. 7–12)? It seems to me that the first measure should alternate 14-25, ...
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What are these overlapping notes with different rhythms called in Music Theory?

On piano, when playing a long note followed by an overlapping shorter note or vice versa, what is this called? I know this is an extremely common thing in piano music, but I don't know what it's ...
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Piano sight-reading confusion [duplicate]

everyone. I am a beginner pianist and I am to improve my technical and sight-reading skills. I have been sight-reading Primavera - Ludovico Einaudi for the past week and I came across something odd. ...
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how to deal with registration bank changes without interrupting the flow of the music? [closed]

I have been practicing keyboard for a year now and I can play scales, Chords and some songs nicely with right hand, with left hand I play with a 50% speed as that of right hand. I am trying to ...
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Is there a way to get around using quarter notes/rests?

I'm currently trying to compose a song in a game. Being as it is pretty much a children's game, it is rather limited in its abilities (2). I've been able to get around other limitations, such as the ...
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Reduce pedal noise when recording

When recording my upright piano with a zoom recorder and a dynamic microphone, I find that the noise from the sustain pedal is quite noticeable. I usually don't think of it while playing. Is there a ...
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Do I need ear protection to practice piano? [duplicate]

I once stumbled on a question on which someone suggested to consider buying ear protection for the child who was learning violin, because on the long run, playing violin can damage the child's ears. I ...
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Why can't the piano play middle eastern music?

I'm a beginner pianist, and I asked my teacher about the possibility of playing some Persian music on the piano. He told me it's typically not possible, but didn't really elaborate on why. So why is ...
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Piano - Triplets turn into sixteenths

I am having trouble with playing triplets at higher speeds (such as at the end of the Pathetique Sonata, 3rd movement). I find that when I speed things up to tempo that the triplets always turn into ...
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What are letters in parentheses (no chords)?

I have piano sheet music (~100 measures). At two bars, there's a letter in parentheses added - (a) and (e). Due to the context, I don't think it's chord symbols. My first guess was, it's additional ...
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What does “quiet chord, a wide blue one” mean?

She heard him out in the kitchen when the music stopped. She heard him go to the piano and plink with two fingers a tune whose name she did not know but which she had surely heard from the radio in ...
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Randomly and Programmatically generate a “good” next chord?

I am a Software Developer/Musician who has free time before summer classes start up. I wanted to sharpen my chord reading and improvising skills. What I would like to do is generate a phrase of ...
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8 below note played as octave or singular note?

I'm working on the piano solo version of Rhapsody in Blue, and I'm unsure - when there is an 8 underneath this E, is it meant to be played as just the lower E, or as a full octave (as in the measure ...
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Bossa Nova Arrangement

I'm preparing a Bossa Nova Tune and it will feature a Singer, Guitarist, Pianist(me) and some percussion. Now i want the guitar to play the typical Bossa Nova rhythm but I don't know what do play with ...
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Should we play the A right hand during full measure, or should we stop playing it in the rest of the measure once the left hand is playing it?

Here is an extract from Passacaglia by Handel/Halvorsen (inspired from Handel) The score is here just in case : https://sheets-piano.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Handel-Halvorsen-Passacaglia.pdf At ...
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Moonlight Sonata 3rd movement bar 20-23 left-hand technique

My question is what technique should I focus on. In bar 20, I am using the tremolo, but in the passage of the chord there are 2 doubts: do I need to keep finger 1 pressed D # while I bring the other ...
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What scale does contain these notes?? E, F#,G,A,B,C,D [closed]

As I was going to compose a song I wanted to know what scale contains these notes? E,F#,G,A,B,C,D.
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Bach Invention 1 BWV 772 Bar 13 same note simultaneously in both staves, play only one? [duplicate]

I'm learning Bach's Invention 1 BWV 772. Bar 13 has the same note E in both staves simultaneously. Should I only use right hand to play it? (I saw some past questions about both staves having the same ...
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What mode does this melody use? [closed]

Would this be considered E Phrygian?
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B flat major triad - music theory

I'm absolutely new to music theory and really wanna learn piano myself at home without teacher. I've got a new sheet for a song and trying to figure out why B flat major chord can have different notes....
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Can İ learn playing piano like professional after the age of 20? [duplicate]

I am now 20 years old. But untill this moment I could not learn playing any instrument because of the circumstances I was under.But music was always part of my life. During my childhood, I just ...
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Writing error in Beethoven's autograph of “moonlight” sonata?

In Beethoven's op. 27/2 in the autograph, bar 20, in the left hand on musical beat 1, the lower tone seems to be d sharp ("dis"). https://www.beethoven.de/en/media/view/6442239777570816/scan/...
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What do the numbers mean in thematic overview

In some printings of Beethoven's complete piano sonatas there are thematic overviews, i. e. a page with the first beats. There are also numbers, e. g. besides op. 2, no. 1 it reads "10", ...
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What can I do to identify the bass note that's not on guitar?

I am practicing finding the chord of songs by my ears and I only play guitar. However, I see some pop songs(where uses pianos) have low C chords which the guitar doesn't have (The guitar can't go as ...
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Is there a legitimate reason why a C-Clef could ever be used in piano music?

I'm working on a composition that I can't help but to use the C-Clef because it renders neater on paper. This one switched to treble clef twice. But this would be a mess with bass clef and treble clef ...
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What does ( ) = D.S.x mean?

As shown in the second bar of the third complete system (fourth system on the page), I guess it tells me to play like this on first/second time or something. What is the name of notation? I searched ...
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How to imitate the sound of other instruments with piano

Playing classical music on an acoustic piano, one is often required to imitate the sound of other instruments in order to create different atmospheres. This is especially the case in the music of ...
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Where should I press white keys - between black keys or below them?

I've been learning to play piano for couple of weeks, and I've faced a question that has some controversial answers on the internet: What is the correct position of 2-3-4 fingers on white keys (WK) ...
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How to record/stream digital piano and microphone audio at the same time

I was trying my best (with my limited knowledge of audio equipment) but couldn't seem to find an answer for my specific goals! Here are the points I want to achieve: I want both my voice and my ...
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How to fix the false beats of piano

I have tuned my old piano several times. Now the only problem I have is that there are few keys that have false beats. I looked for solutions from YouTube. The answer I got was using CA glue on the ...
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Are there “left-hand” pianists that keep time with their right hand?

Typically keeping rhythm is a low-end job: bassists in a guitar band, and the left hand in playing the piano. Admittedly I know nearly nothing about playing the piano. But I thought I would ask: Are ...
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Piano fingering question

What is the best fingering for the attached sheet music marked in blue (right hand part)?
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How do you know which order to play stacked notes in

I’m learning how to read sheet music and I learned Sign of the Times by Harry Styles using one of those yt vids where it tells you the name of the note to play. I know the first notes on the bass clef ...
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What is this weird two-notes-in-one-note notation? Scriabin Piano Sonata [duplicate]

I was looking at sheet music for Scriabin's Sonata No.2 in G-sharp Minor, and came across this interesting notation I'd never seen before. The piece is written in three-halves time signature. I was ...
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How long can musicians perform before they get tired? [closed]

I'm conceiving a story where this might come up. How long can musicians perform before performance drops? There are hard limits imposed by biological needs (e.g. having to go to the toilet), but I'm ...
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Is there an error in the score of Luo Ni's “G Minor Bach”?

In this score of "G Minor Bach" by Luo Ni (which is a kind of remix of Bach) in the note that I circle in red, the sound is very strange. Is it correct? Do you also hear a strange sound when ...
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Why does the ii-V-i-IV progression in this video have chords from a different key?

I've been learning about chord progressions and found myself with the one shown in the video embedded at the end of this post. At 2:25, the narrator selects a software-built-in chord progression: ii-V-...
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How can I play triplets along with quavers? [duplicate]

I have these measures that I want to play, I can play the left and right hands separately with a metronomme at crotchet=75. My usual method is to play each parts slowly starting at 30 and increasing ...
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Why are there 8/4 notes in a 4/4 time signature?

I fought also link so you can see in proper quality This is the sheet! I posted above photo of first page only https://musescore.com/user/24625996/scores/4544086 The time signature is 4/4, but if I ...
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What is this circle?

Can someone tell me what this circle below a measure is?
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Can someone tell me what this is?

So a couple of things: first is how, at the start of the measure, after the third note, like what beat is it? Is it 16, 8, ( triplet ) 16, 16, 16? And what is the line below the top measure?
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What is the meaning of an 8 followed by a dotted line? [duplicate]

There is a 8 and a bunch of dots going over the notes. it doesn't look like octave lines, though.
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Piano - Reaching arpeggios in Beethoven's Pathetique 3rd movement measure 107

If I start the piece from a neutral position in relation to my left hand I find that when I get to the arpeggios in measure 107 I can't comfortably reach them with my right hand. If I start the piece ...
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Hear Yamaha P45 with headphones connected to a computer

I've seen posts about recording with a computer, don't know much about music so i prefered asking the question myself. Can i plug a P45 to my computer, and then use headphones (connected to the ...
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Where is the most “realistic” CDP-S100's volume level that is closest to real acoustic piano?

As a very beginner I've bought the CDP-S100. It seems enough at least for first year of leisurely learning. But while practicing, I noticed that I apply different force to keys depending on volume ...

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