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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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Forearm pain - practicing piano

I have started recently and want to become good at piano, but what is hindering me is the pain that follows up, when I play piano. I think it's frustrating. I don't know if it is technique or posture. ...
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Learning Piano in one key

Hi guys I dont know how to play piano so I wanted to know, Can I be play without restrictions if I only learn to play in one key, and use the transpose if I have to. Would I be able to play like ...
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Mallet percussion instruments (xylophone, marimba) versus keyboard instruments (piano)

Just wondering what are the objective limitations, if any, of a mallet percussion instrument (glockenspiel, marimba, xylophone, etc) compared to a keyboard instrument (piano, synth). I'm just talking ...
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Is there a name to this piano element from Country Music?

There is a certain piano element I hear in certain classic country songs, where the piano seems to play backup to the vocals for the extent of one verse. It has a feel that the person is sitting ...
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How to avoid dissonance when moving from Maj7 to Dom7 chord if pedal is needed to be played

I am trying to play the part where Emaj7 is followed by E7-9. The piece is Poverty "Once upon a time in America". The right hand plays the highest G# and the left hand plays E (bass), then the left ...
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Why can I play a melody starting with any key, or even change the key in the middle of the melody?

I just realized that I can play any melody starting with any key on a piano, and it sounds weird only for the first key I press, and afterwards I have trouble remembering what the original sounded ...
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How to suggest on a score that the dynamics are meant to be inconsistent?

I'm trying to get a drone-like sound on the bass that relies on relatively inconsistent dynamics for effect. I added "a resilient and ominous drone" to suggest that it's meant to appear to reduce ...
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How to remember and see each major scale degrees when playing a scale not in order?

So I'm piano beginner learning all major scales and their fingering. I already know all 12 major scales and how to play them from 1st to 8th note ascending and back descending in quite good speed and ...
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Should I practice some J.S. Bach for piano technique and where should I start?

I want to know if playing J.S. Bach would improve my overall piano technique. I look for pieces that help me to become better. I usually play romantic composers. I have played pieces such as Chopin'...
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Bach's invention no.8 in F Major

Is there any way to watch(+hear!) each hand playing separately, thru to the end? (a video or an App? showing one hand at a time?) & really slowly! I'd LOVE that! There's one on you tube (...
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Music for Piano, Frangis Ali-Sade

What should I know about the music tradition behind Music for Piano, I believe mugham? From what I gather, the notation is more of you'd call a guideline. I have the 1998 Musikverlag Hans Sikorski ...
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Glass beads for prepared piano

Music for Piano (Frangis Ali-Sade) notes: Prepare the piano by laying a glass-bead necklace tautly along the strings between the above mentioned notes [C#-G#: 9.5 whole steps]. What type of ...
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How can I help a piano student who doesn't slow down to read the notes

I have a student who, when he tries, can figure out what notes he's looking at on the score at a decent pace. He couldn't sit down and sight-read something fluidly, but the foundation is there. The ...
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Playing Piano By Rote

Despite playing keyboard / piano for many years, I don't think I could play a single piece from memory. In one of my earliest lessons, my teacher specifically told me not to learn the music by rote. I ...
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Piano fingering for basic triads in B flat major

I'm trying to re-train my hand to use better fingerings. Recently I looked at my fingering for something very basic: primary triads. I want to adapt the fingering for all 24 keys and both hands. I ...
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Studying artists like Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson, Monk - how can I improve in this style

I am currently taking jazz piano lessons from a jazz pianist. I am very fascinated by this music style, and listen to it a lot. I found out that I really like the traditional kind of jazz piano, ...
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Would it benefit a beginner pianist to start by learning Bach's Prelude in C?

I'm asking for objective reasons why this piece can be quite useful for beginners, specifically those who cannot yet read music. I'm not asking for meanings or arguments as a discussion but for ...
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How many notes in a trill?

I’m playing a sonata by Beethoven (op. 78. No. 24 in F# major) and there are two of these trills (see the picture I’ve attached) in the left hand. My question is, how many notes should be in this ...
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Isn't a tenuto marking redundant?

If a tenuto mark means to "hold for the entire value of the note" as it's often defined, isn't this redundant? Aren't we expected to hold notes for their entire value anyway? So what is a tenuto ...
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Bass clef looking like “double middle C” [duplicate]

I have a question about a note on a piano sheet (picture below). How would I play the note highlighted by the golden circle? I thought only middle C would be marked by a horizontal line crossing it. ...
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Can piano studies be played as a performance piece?

I've learned that Etudes are performance pieces, but what about piano studies like Hanon and Czerny?
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Learning piano by song tutorials

I started learning piano few years ago. I did not spend too much time on theory as it seemed straightforward to me, but easy to forget. I However practiced a couple of songs over and over. I looked at ...
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How to avoid being pianocentric in my compositions?

I have heard of 1 thing to do to make your music less pianocentric. That is to play other instruments. Thing is my commitment to guitar has always been on and off and while with an acoustic I don't ...
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Music Education in the UK: skipping all grades?

I live and work in the UK as an engineer. In the past, aroudn 10 years ago, I got a diploma in piano with 10/10 cum laude in an Italian Conservatory. After a hiatus of several years, I started playing ...
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Liszt's 1st and Beethoven's 5th

I don't even qualify as an amateur when it comes to music analysis, but I do sometimes hear similar contours across pieces. This is such a case. Is there any criticism that suggests an allusion in the ...
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Tying accidental natural with same note that has # from key signature [duplicate]

If I have F# in key signature and I put natural sign in front of this note and I am tying it across the bar line with same F natural do I have to put natural sign on note across the bar too?
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How to use a MIDI keyboard on a laptop?

So I recently found a Suzuki SPW-49 MIDI keyboard in my home and want to play it. I know a computer is needed to play any sounds using the keyboard, but every time I seem to plug it into my computer ...
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How do you play a 3 note jazz voicing for a slash chord?

Please answer for piano specifically. So classic 3 note jazz voicing to my understanding is Root in the left hand and the 3 and 7 in the right. But what if you have an inversion with 3 or 7 in the ...
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Chord stretched across treble clef and bass clef

I'm a beginner at piano, and struggling to understand what I'm looking at here, and how to play it. I've bought and downloaded some piano sheet music from musicnotes.com. It's in 12/8 time, and part ...
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Kruger Andante - What am I missing on how to play this dotted half note?

I'm in the process of learning to play the Piano and have some trouble figuring out how the part highlighted below in gray is supposed to be played (that is a Flowplay screenshot of this song: As far ...
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Workarounds for 10th intervals or larger when arranging for piano

So I figured that The Four Seasons might be easier to transcribe than The Nutcracker Suite (fewer lines, only real difficulty reading it is I have to translate between alto clef and treble clef ...
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How to create nested tuplets in MuseScore

When I created nested tuplets in Musescore, there was always a connected line between notes that I couldn't delete. How can I do to remove them. (Redundant lines are underlined in red in the detached ...
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How to fix Sostenuto (Middle) pedal?

my sostenuto pedal is not working properly... When I press it down, the felt gets down so the hammers doesn't hit the string directly but when I release it the felt doesn't rise back completely so the ...
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How to apply Tuplets properly?

1. About Quadruplet. A quadruplet is a note-grouping of 4, played in the length of 3 of its note-type (4:3). But I'm wondering can we use the quadruplets spanning less and more than 3 notes (ratios ...
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Transcribing Nutcracker suite, running into difficulties

Obviously, going from an orchestral score to a piano duet score is hard in general. But I am running into some difficulties with transposition. 2 instruments I am transposing are Bb clarinet and A ...
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Unplayable turn in Beethoven sonata

Beethoven's piano sonata Op. 2 No. 3, first movement, bars 179-180 (Henle edition). The turn decorating each eighth note can be played literally. Except for the one on bar 179's A sharp, because ...
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Fingered glissando, how to do it?

Basically what I mean is scales that are so fast, they sound like glissandos. Generally speaking, I hit the wall at 32nd notes at 120 bpm and it feels like my fingers can't get any faster. That is ...
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How can I turn flats into sharps? [on hold]

Hey im playing a song that has 4 flats. I know that there is a way that you can change them into sharps and have it sound the same. Does anyone know how that's done? My flats are A, E, B, and D.
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How to understand the keyboard of a piano (or any such instrument)? [closed]

I would like to ask about something like theoretical foundations or fundamentals of an 88 piano keyboard. My thinking is a) there is a range of pitch a human can hear (lets assume that there is no ...
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Should I practice on developing Hand Independence from the start?

So I started learning Piano a month ago, and it was hard getting my left hand involved in the beginning. Eventually I figured out that its more manageable if I just map both my hands to the beat ...
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How to tell major, minor, augmented, dominant and diminished chords apart?

I am currently learning level 8 Royal Conservatory of Music piano syllabus. I am not sure how to tell major, minor and augmented triads apart, as well as dominant and diminished 7th chords. Are ...
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Developing Hand independence and Finger independence

Are there good exercises for hand and finger independence for beginners. I am a beginner, and am having difficulty with the bar pasted below. There is a triplet subdivision in the bass notes, and ...
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Trying to figure out the scale of a piece I am writing

I am writing something and am unsure of how I can work out exactly what key it is in, not that it really matters but I'm interested. I think I have narrowed it down to C or G minor, as the notes in ...
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Note sounds off - Beginning-Intermediate Piano player

I started teaching myself piano and am currently trying to learn "Carlos Gardell - Por Una Cabeza" (https://www.8notes.com/scores/18093.asp). I'm advancing fine, however there are two notes in the ...
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Playing matching chords to melody by ear

I'm a beginner on piano who plays be ear using pentatonic scale and I'm having hard time accompanying the melody with a chord with the left hand. I can easily play the melody to any song but if I want ...
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I've picked up the piano again after several years

27 years ago or so when I was a child I took piano lessons and got to grade 3; since then I've not played. I've decided that I want to start again and have bought myself an electric piano. In the ...
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What to do if there is a line through a tie in piano sheet music?

Hi there, I was just wondering how to play the notes that have a small dash going through the tie, for example, the first two beats of the second bar. For the left hand, do you play it slightly ...
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How to explain black and white keys on a piano keyboard

I was going over quite a lot of answers that are already posted and I've figured out that I could ask this question anew. My perspective is that I have melodies coming to my head and I record them ...
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Dampers in 19c fortepianos

I recently listened to performances at the 1st International Chopin Competition of Period Instruments, and I noticed that the chords in the fortepianos used there (manufactured in the early 19th ...
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What makes a Turkish March a Turkish March?

I can only find 2 pieces called Turkish March. There is the 5th movement of The Ruins of Athens by Beethoven. Then there is the infamous Rondo Alla Turka by Mozart. And when I search Turkish March ...