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When given a wide passage such as the left-hand part in bars 20-21 - should my fingering seek to avoid the thumb on black keys?

Backstory Self teaching myself the piano No warmup routine as of yet Asked if I could just use the pieces I am working on for warmup Was told yes; just choose the most difficult passage and focus on ...
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Schumann / Scenes from Childhood

In the first piece of Schumann's Scenes from Childhood (titled "About Strange Lands and People") the first measure, in the bass clef, has two 1/8 rests. However, the first measure of the ...
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Why do the Fourier components of a piano note shift away from the harmonic series?

This comes from me answering a question about functionally modeling a piano playing a middle C note in Mathematica. I figured the note would consist of the fundamental frequency f0 ~ 440 × 2−9/12 Hz ...
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Arms, hands and posture at the piano

I am a beginner, started taking classed with this teacher about 3 weeks now. The reason I wanted to take classes is for the teacher to help me get rid of the pain in my upper back and shoulder blades ...
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How to listen for two cents when Tuning for equal temperament?

One difficulty when tuning a piano is to sense the difference between equal temperament and just intonation. Let's consider A=440Hz and E=(660Hz in just temperament), a perfect 5th above A. After ...
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Chopin Nocturne Op. 55 No. 1 chord toward end requiring large left hand

Chopin Op.55 No. 1, m.89~97, the nine measures before the final two measures, left hand chord is A3-C3-F2, how to best do it with small hands unable to cover 10 keys? Should I just hold the C3-F2 and ...
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Mystery about piano songs [duplicate]

I have a 2003 Readers Digest Merry Christmas song book. Every song is written with smaller notes to the right of the larger notes. What is this called?
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How soon should you apply and unapply the sustain pedal after markings?

If the beginning of a bar starts with the 'P' symbol for sustain pedal, are you suppose to apply the pedal before you play the first note of the bar, after you have struck the note, or at the same ...
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Should a note be played by the right or the left hand if the bar extends between the F and G clefs in piano? [duplicate]

Are the 2 (eighth notes) quavers to be played by the left or right or is it up to the player to decide? I though there would have been rests in the G clef for the right hand but I don't see any. I got ...
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How does one learn piano as a non-Western?

I can memorise my regional songs by using Synthesia, play arpeggios and stuff, and impress others, but I think I will never learn piano properly this way. I tried taking Udemy courses but the songs I ...
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What does this symbol (circled in red) mean?

I've recently got this sheet music from my teacher and there was no explanation on how to play this. I can't seem to find anyone talking about it so I've asked here. If you got some idea, thanks. ...
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Unable to connect Yamaha P-35B to iPad?

I bought one of these dongles https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08D6YG8GH?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details in order to connect my Yamaha P-35B (no computer port, only has the 5-pin MIDI ports) to ...
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How much time per day do international concertists typically spend on the *exercices* part only [duplicate]

How much time per day do international concertists typically spend on the exercices part only (so not counting pieces, and not counting exercices dedicated to a specific piece) : so counting only &...
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Seeking a classification of Bach's preludes (WTC, "little", "great", ...)

I know JS Bach's Well-Tempered Claviers (Books I & II) very well — on account of obsessively listening to one song at a time for hours on end. (See picture below.) Lately I've noticed that (JS) ...
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What does this "crossed wave" symbol mean? [duplicate]

What is this symbol? I'm not a piano player, although I know a couple of accents (marcato, tenuto, staccato, staccatissimo), and this is not one of them.
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How to get more accurate performances with difficult passages (eg. the end of Chopin Nocturne in C# minor)

I am playing piano as a hobby, but I am putting a lot of effort into perfecting the pieces I like. Specifically, I am playing Chopin nocturne in c sharp minor and although I am playing it for a while, ...
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What are these rectangular notes? [duplicate]

I was reading a piano sheet and noticed what seem to be rectangular dotted quarter notes and half notes during some glissandi: In contrast, there are other glissandi in the sheet that use typical ...
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How to practice playing "not matching" rhythms in both hands?

I'm not sure if what I mean has an actual name, but I'm currently playing a piece (Chopin's Op. 20, Nocturne in C-sharp minor) which has several sections analogous to this: That is, some tuplet in ...
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Difference between a grand piano and a MIDI keyboard

What's the main difference in feel and operation between a grand piano and a MIDI keyboard? I have an Intern INT-KB-6101 61 key keyboard. I usually use headphones to play it. But say I utilize a ...
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Harmonic minor 'A'. How is left hand (bass staff) affected?

I'm following along Alfred's basic adult piano course book. They've introduced a harmonic minor scale, but I'm confused about what happens to the bass staff. In the book it says "The 7th tone (G) ...
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Question about sequence of Thirty-Second notes [duplicate]

I have this section of piano sheet music that I am really confused with. It contains a sequence of thirty-second notes that maybe have a tremolo. I don't understand what the line under the G on the ...
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Chopin Op. 9 No. 3 m. 27

From Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 3 in B Major. Is the phrase in red an unmarked 21-tuple? I can’t figure out how it would be correctly read as 32nd notes, so I assume so—just want to make sure.
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How to convert notes into chords?

My level: beginner. I am learning with the easiest version of song, which consists only of single notes. I thought I convert LH notes into chords, treating the given notes as root notes of the chords ...
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Piano sheet music: how to play this notation (pedals)?

Hello dear music community! Since the beginning of the year, I am learning how to play the piano. I have a digital piano with 88 keys and a sustain pedal. The piece I'm currently learning includes ...
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Chopin Nocturne in F minor Op. 55 No. 1 m.71 accidental and fingering

I have the Jan Ekier National Edition of Chopin's Nocturne Op.55 No.1 (first image). The second image is from a video (said to be from IMSLP). I have two questions: The Ab and the G# in Measure 71 (...
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Piano Sheet Music: Two Voices - Same Note

In this measure, two voices play the same note (one head, 2 stems). Is it just for style or should I play the note louder to imitate 2 notes being played?
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Building muscle memory for playing chords by ear, with piano chord inversions

I've started to practice ear training in order to be able to play chords by ear... while playing melody by ear is pretty easy for me, playing chords is harder. I started with the simple I-IV-V chord ...
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BWV 851 (WTC 1 prelude in D Minor) - Different versions

I am learning the D minor prelude from book 1 of the well-tempered clavier. I had been following the Henle Verlag Urtext edition, but lost access to it and fell back to this Ricordi edition from IMSLP....
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What exactly does a rest mean?

Let's consider this example (Shostakovitch, Waltz) As we see, there are two rests in the left hand, after the sustain pedal. Due to the sustain pedal, the left hand C note will be longer than a ...
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Can I safely customize fingering of arpeggios?

I am beginner and by "safely" I mean no surprise, that I learn arpeggios my way, and after N months/years I discover there is some technique based on arpeggios which would require standard ...
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What does Pedale ad lib mean?

I want to know what Pedale ad lib means. I have tried many ways to find out, but I still don’t understand what it means. Can anyone help me please?
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Piano voice guitar sheet music [duplicate]

Got a chord in music b c e b with square shaped bracket next to it. I tried playing it but finger can’t stretch to other b octave higher. It is on a P V G sheet music from Sound of Music.
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Ballade Pour Adeline: How to understand the dyads?

I am listening to Ballade pour Adeline for piano and specifically to this version on YouTube. After the quick introductory arpeggio, the main part starts with a dyad of G and E played with the right ...
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How do I play this note? (Drakengard 3 Kuroi Uta)

Is this C# and D# played together? It sounds weird/out of key, so wasn't sure. Edit:
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What does this line above this note mean?

Above the note C5 at rehearsal mark (3rd measure below): is the line a part of the number 4 or part of the articulation (the dot on top of the note)?
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97-keys piano in Finale

How can I obtain a 97-keys piano in Finale26 MakeMusic? I'm using the Steinway D Concert Grand Piano: for GPO5. On this site I found the instructions to solve my problem, but I haven't managed to find ...
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Interpreting staccato and legato marking in Schubert's D780 no 4

At the start of this piece the word staccato is written beneath the lower stave and the word legato is written in between the staves. When are you suppose to stop playing the lower-stave notes with ...
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Piano fingering for left hand

What's in your opinion the best fingering for left hand: Tempo: 180 This is m. 12 of Attack On Titan Opening 1 - "Guren No Yumiya", from MuseScore.
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Why are these 2 sharps ignored?

I am trying to learn Via Purifico (浄罪の路) on piano from Nobuo Uematsu, but there is a specific part that doesn't sound right to me - albeit I'm not mastering it yet. Upon checking online, I found some ...
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Notate whole note right hand and eighth notes left hand

I've read a bunch of questions on how to play something like this, but I'm not sure how best to notate it. It seems to me there must be a more elegant way, e.g. if the whole note had a dropped stem or ...
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How do I play this chord? [duplicate]

How would one play this chord? I am 6'2" and have medium to large hands but there is no way I can reach from the E to G#. Is there a trick to it?
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Are these groups of notes played together?

From the sheet, the notes circled in red appears to be separate (1 chord + 1 note), and I have always played them separately. However, after listening to a few recordings, apparently they are to be ...
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Chopin Nocturne in C sharp minor Scales RH and LF correspondence, does one choice make more sense musically than another?

Take the longest scale (measure 56--in this previous discussion some alternatives were given but it does not address my question): The Henle edition I have (shown here) seems to group rather evenly (...
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Forearm soreness playing constant octaves

I have been playing piano approximately one year. The music genre that I play (merengue) has the right hand almost exclusively playing in the octave position. Below is a short clip of me playing along ...
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What are these numbers like "6 5" that are stacked on each other below the bass staff in a sheet of music?

This is for piano. What are the '6' and '5' that are stacked on each other at the bottom?
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Playing the notes on the right side of piano with the left hand [duplicate]

I'm currently learning the "Fur Elise" on the piano from youtube. In the tutorial, at this timestamp, the teacher plays some notes on the right side keys with her left hand, which seems ...
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Problem with finger jump in piano

I was practicing the Fur Elise piece on the piano, Since I'm trying to improve my piano playing skills, I'm practicing to play it without looking at the keyboard. I've practiced the first two lines ...
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Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp minor rest symbols in m. 33-41 seem to be unnecessary?

The rests in these measures (see arrows) seem to be unnecessary? Whenever there is a quarter rest for this "voice", there is a quarter note in the "main" voice of LH. And whenever ...
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Term for notation with right-hand-chords and melody simultaneously

I found a kind of notation in a solo piano book I'm not familiar with (see image below). As I understand it, I’m supposed to play every note and the ones in between the brackets only if possible. Is ...
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Chopin Nocturne in C# minor Pedaling (Henle Verlag ed. with very few pedal markings)

I saw another question related to pedaling for this piece, but that one uses a different edition (not sure what edition). My Henle edition (cover picture here) has no pedal in the intro part, and only ...
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