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How to invert Em7 to A7+5 on the piano without a muddled sound

I'm learning to play Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Jobim) on the piano. On the 11th and 12th measure the left hand plays a chord progression of Em7 to A7+5. If those were not inverted, I would be ...
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Writing music for tenor sax from piano

I have a famous song written for piano that I want to transpose for tenor sax. Is that the correct term? It will be put on a piece of art as a gift so its very important I do this correctly. I am very ...
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Bach BWV 812 Allemande: Fingering for this semiquaver passage over held note

Bach BWV 812 Allemande : bar 3 - any suggested fingerings to play the descending D6 - A5 while holding G5 - starting from the 2nd beat The suggested fingering with 4 on D6 suggests to shorten the full ...
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Piano Unreachable Notes in Music Sheet [duplicate]

Pardon my novelty, I'm new to reading music sheet, but now after some time I can basically read notes. This question is for piano. From this music sheet https://musescore.com/user/30710562/scores/...
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Was Cortot right about Etude op. 10 no. 1?

I was reading through Cortot's edition of Chopin's op. 10 no. 1 etude "Waterfall" (link) and on bar 25 (page 10) he gives this note: referring to these bars: I was shocked to see this ...
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Bass Clef Changed to Treble Clef in the Middle of the Music Sheet (Are The Clefs Notes in Same Octave?) [duplicate]

Halo, it may be duplicate of other questions with the same titles. But I don't find answers I'm looking for in those... I'm quite new to music sheet, but I can basically read notes already after some ...
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I would like to record playing the piano for ABRSM exams. In the past, I have set up the iPad on a stand. How can I get better recordings? [closed]

In the past I have recorded for ABRSM piano exams on a digital piano on my iPad. I would like to know what I could do to improve the sound quality in digital recordings in the future. Could you please ...
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When should I use polyphonic voicing for the upper piano staff?

I am learning to use some notation software, but I am unsure if what I have so far is the best way to notate this piano piece. The ties kind of bug me, and I am not sure if I should have polyphonic ...
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Sideways Z shaped dynamics in sheet music [duplicate]

I have come across these Z shaped dynamics (?)… accessories? In my piano sheet music and wondered what they mean. I have circled them in red in this photo. Thanks
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That middle pedal on piano

Given that the middle pedal, when there is a middle one, has a very different use on each side of the Atlantic - sustain on the left, practice on the right- and it features in some answers on this ...
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Should the notes be *kept* or *replayed* in this score of Moldau?

In this score of Moldau (called also Vltava), by Smetana, arranged for piano by Lothar Lechner (edition Schott), should the notes circled in blue be kept or replayed at each measure ?
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Best mic position for micing upright piano?

Recently played a gig where I didn't need my own electric piano, as there was a good quality (in tune!) acoustic upright. Had all sorts of problems micing it to compete with guitar/bass amps and drums,...
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Where Should I start in regards to making music? [closed]

I have been studying music theory on and off for 2 years. I am 21 now and I have always had a love for music and was involved in school activities for music up until 6th grade. I unfortunately had to ...
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Philip Glass Etude 16 fingering

Fellow pianists, what’s your way of playing motifs from the 16th etude by Philip Glass? I mean the d-e flat-d-c sharp-double d; and d-e flat-d-c-double b flat? M1 M2 Sorry it is typeset across the ...
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is there error on Moldau (=Vltava) arranged for piano by Lechner on measure 59 ? What is the fix?

In this score of Moldau (called also Vltava), by Smetana, arranged for piano by Lothar Lechner (edition Schott), is the last note of left hand of measure 59 correct ? Should it be a C instead of a B ?
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Right hand descending scale F# key finger 3 vs. 4

When playing the descending scale in the images shown, I always use finger 3 (orange) on the black F# key (3214321) because it's easier than finger 4 (printed) as it's far from the center and the hand ...
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How do I play these chords on a piano? [closed]

These are Guitar Tabs. I wish for them to be converted to Piano notes. Thank you.
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Midi controlled metronome?

For piano practice (Roland RD 88), I would like a metronome I can control with MIDI foot pedal/ switches (Roland FC-300). It's most important to me to adjust the tempo with an expression pedal CC, and ...
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Basic principles of piano fingering for simple right hand melody

I play various instruments already but am teaching myself piano. I want to play simple melodies like the one shown below. It seems a general principle regarding fingering is to allocate one finger to ...
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Piano scale fingering difference between one and multiple octave target

I'm a piano beginner and trying to practice scales correctly. What confuses me is that all guides mention how important it is to practice scales, but none are explaining the difference in fingering ...
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Are there popular microtonal scales for violins? Or any instrument that can easily get microtones?

I'm interested in popular or used microtonal scales. I don't need a list of all possible ones, just those that are used. If you could also please give the uses of such microtonalities to hear not just ...
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Jazz Piano: Progressing to hand independence

I can improvise relatively freely over standards when using a moderate variety of voicings in the left hand. I can improvise basslines reasonably well over right hand voicings. Given I'm a ...
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Can I play triads with fingers 1-2-4, leaving my pinky free to enhance the chord or play melodic riffs?

From playing the guitar (for fun), I would always try to make a chord leaving my pinky free to either add flavor to the chord or play other melodic "riff" notes. Question - Would I be doing ...
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Mazeppa: meaning of cadenza ad libitum

In Mazeppa, 4th étude of Liszt, there is cadenza ad libitum: does this mean I can compose my own cadenza, as in Mozart etc ? or that I can play those scales as many times as I want ? In Liszt's ...
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Do pianos have a generally recognized "bass register"?

Playing the piano, I've noticed the notes under a certain note seem to be voiced more for heavy chords instead of melodies/countermelodies. If you try to play complicated lines under that note, They ...
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Tips for Animenz Unravel (piano)

I am having some issues in playing certain parts of Unravel by Animenz. The main issue is with the right hand, I can’t keep up with the tempo and make mistakes again and again. I have practiced this ...
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What's the highest note on a piano that uses 1 string?

What's the highest note on a piano that uses one string? (The note where the scale design crosses over from using 1 to 2 strings.)
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Piano chords with an octave in them

I rarely see people playing chords on the piano the way I learned in school, but they more often play chords with an octave in them. For example, instead of playing C major as C E G, they play it ...
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Does anyone know what the fingerings are for Bluebird by Alexis Ffrench? [closed]

I am just learning to play this song, and it would help if I had a general idea of what the fingerings were for the song. It would also be helpful if you could send a video on if there are some ...
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What is this type of piano sound and playing style? [closed]

I can't find out what is the name of this type of piano playing, it sounds really great and seems popular. Thanks, and I appreciate it!
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Legato and silence? [duplicate]

Debussy at the end of La fille aux cheveux de lin How do you play that? Is the middle pedal of a Piano playing a role there? If yes, how? Thanks! Eduardo Duarte
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Are these 2 clef-change notations equivalent in meaning and result?

I've been copying over my purchased PDF of John Adams's score for "China Gates" into a new MuseScore copy for my personal use. There are frequent clef changes which he notates in this manner ...
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Broken 7th chords fingering

I'm learning piano and came across an exercise called broken chords, when you play arpeggios for every inversion of a particular 7th chord. The problem is that different sources use two types of ...
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Piano fingering for fast right hand arpeggio (B-A#-F#-C# in 3 octaves)

What would be the recommended fingering for this descending arpeggio? (I'm currently using 5-4-2-1 but it's tricky to shift between positions.) The tempo is somewhere around 1/4 @ 135 bpm.
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Mood instruction to play a section messily, asynchronously

Another question for my amateur Shostakovich Symphony 11 arrangement for solo piano. The part I am asking about is 29:36 to 29:56 in this video, or rehearsal marks 80 to 82 in the original score. I'm ...
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What is this key signature used in Gymnopedie 1 - F major or D major?

I'm learning Gymnopedie no 1 from the Faber-music Piano Anthology but I'm confused about the key signature of B-flat. All of the B-flats within the piece are written as a natural and there's an ...
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Why does my Alesia Melody 61 Keyboard keys replay itself after I release the key?

I press down on my keyboard key and it repeats the sound. I press it, it makes the sound, but then when I release it and lift my finger off of it it plays the sound again. I don’t know what’s wrong ...
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Is there a reason why Clementi didn't suggest a change of finger for repeating notes? (Sonatina Op. 36 No. 2)

I just began to learn Clementi Sonatina Op. 36 No. 2. The edition I have (ed. by W. Palmer) shows Clementi's original fingering suggestions. For many repeating notes there was no change of finger (see ...
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Provenance of upright piano labelled Joint Stock

I have come to own this upright piano labelled "Joint Stock". No other label or mark visible. I am unable to find out anything about its provenance. Any ideas?
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Does the key a piece is written in affect playability for piano?

Key signatures and reading sheet music aside, does the key a piece is written in affect the ease with which it can be played on piano? For example, are any keys known for more difficult or awkward ...
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What is the best way to notate/convey this ornament?

I'm currently writing a piece of music (solo piano) which has a certain ornament. This is the way that I want it to be played: It would be really nice if I could notate it something like the ...
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Solo piano: Why not compose everything in or including the keys C major and A minor? [duplicate]

This is a follow-up question to What's the point of keys other than C and Am? After going through that question, I wrote down the key general facts: The C major and A minor keys have the simplest ...
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Why is there different Pedaling in different editions of Chopin's op 57?

In seeking the score for this piece, I came across 2 frequent editions: one that shows to use the pedal for half the bar, the other to use 2 bursts of pedal ...
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Do the notes of triads created from key signatures stay within that signature

F sharp minor has F# G# A B C# D E and finally ending on F# again I know chord progressions follow as Major minor minor major major minor diminished But my g# minor triad goes G# B D# but D sharp ...
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What does this natural cancel?

What does the natural in the last C in the second line cancel? This is from Schumann's Album für die Jugend. Since the natural is immediately followed by a sharp, which is in the key, it does not ...
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Fingering first measure Funeral March

Is the 5 5 fingering for the left hand, first measure, correct? I ask it because it is for me as a beginner difficult to reposition my left pink quickly on the right place. Is there a good alternative?...
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Does practicing set pieces on the piano lead to the ability to improvise or play accompaniment?

I am thinking of somebody whose entire musical training consists of playing from sheet music. He goes though all Bach, Beethoven, etc. and eventually becomes good enough for Carnegie Hall. He is ...
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Is Moonlight (first movement) suitable for grade 7?

Can I play Sonata No. 14 “Moonlight” (first movement) by L. Van Beethoven for ABRSM digital Performance Grade 7 for piano as my own choice? As per Performance Grades - FAQs: For the exam candidates ...
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In Chopin Marche funèbre, measure 19, on right hand, is the A flat played once or three times?

In Chopin Marche funèbre, measure 19, on right hand, is the "A bemol" played once or three times ? Is the "C" played three times ? Adding also Gymnopédie 1 from Satie : It seems ...
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Chopin's Etude op. 10 No.1 - why the D sharp in bar 8?

In Chopin's Etude op. 10, No.1, bar 8, why does Chopin choose to have D sharp (D♯) in the purple square quoted below? Why not choose the more natural D there? Is there logic, a good reason, and ...
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