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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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Understanding note stems as written in Mozart's K.331 Andante Grazioso

I have difficulties in interpreting two peculiar notes in Mozart's K.331 Andante Grazioso. I hope you can help in improving my performance. First question is about the D note evidenced with the arrow:...
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trying to learn more by myself

I've been practicing piano for 4 years. in all those years I had a master and I've been going to a class.I decided to leave my class and practice piano on my own.are there any tips that you could give ...
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Are these double note fingerings to avoid fingers 1 and 5 on black keys practical?

I know there is a standard double note fingering for consecutive thirds like this... 2345 345 1123 123 But I have been experimenting with other double note fingerings for larger intervals and for ...
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Is it bad practice to look at hands when practicing piano? How to break the habit?

I've been playing piano for over 13 years and mostly did this by learning the pieces by heart when studying, because when I play, I usually look at where my hands are going (especially for left handed ...
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What was Art Tatum's practice routine?

Did he do exercises, or just work on repertoire and improvisation? Are there any anecdotes that may shed light on Tatum's routine?
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In one note played on a piano, say C4, what can we say about the phases of the different frequencies heard?

Say C4 is played. There are the harmonics, and then other frequencies of lesser amplitude. Based on how a string vibrates, can we describe a pattern to the phases of these frequencies?
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Turn above an X symbol in Chopin’s prelude in E minor

I am a self-taught pianist and thought I would pick this piece up relatively easily and quickly, but being self-taught I often run into unknown signs, symbols, and other things like that, that give me ...
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Arpeggio Markings for Chord symbols

Is it common to denote a chord symbol with an arpeggio marking? How else would you indicate that the chord is to be played arpeggio?
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I need help figuring out the audio cable I need for roland juno ds61 [closed]

I need help figuring out the audio cable I need for roland juno ds61. Ie what kind of cables do i need to connect to a speaker.
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Scriabin Op.8, No.4: typo in measure #12?

From this score available on IMSLP, IMSLP69176-PMLP07375: Editor: Konstantin Igumnov (1873-1948), Yakov Milstein (1911-1981) Publisher Info: A.N. Skryabin: Polnoe sobranie sochinenii dlia fortepiano, ...
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Why does it sometimes sound good to play a grace note as a lead in to a note in a melody?

While playing around with some simple melodies on my piano i realized that tapping (like a single tone in a trill) the tone one half-tone below in a melody before playing the actual tone sometimes ...
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How do I name drop voicings

What is the name of this chord and what type of drop voicing is it? Left Hand: C and G Right Hand: Eb and G
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How do pianists reach extremely loud dynamics?

This question of mine started when I heard the piano score of Mars by Gustav Holst. Here is the piano score: How do the pianists even reach triple f? I myself have ...
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Key down weight for digital piano

I have a Yamaha Clavinova CLP-535. It feels heavy which is more noticeable when playing chord sequences. So I measured the key down weights using a technique for acoustic pianos. Around middle C the ...
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Why does this note have two stems? [duplicate]

I think this is a normal note but I'm not sure. Why is this note like this? Can you explain it please?
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What is the difference between Cm7 and Eb/C?

The other day I was looking at the song "On Green Dolphin Street". For the first line there have been the following chord-symbols: Cmaj9 - Eb/C - D/C - Db/C As far as I know, the slash-chords are ...
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Piano - What is the notation for two notes played simultaneously, where both notes are different lengths?

I was improvising on my piano, when I played a two notes simultaneously where one of the notes in it was longer than the other. I liked it, and wanted to implement it in the sheet music I write; The ...
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Digital keyboard key depression

When playing an acoustic piano it is bad to leave a key depressed as it can damage the piano in several ways. Is it the same with an electric/digital piano/keyboard? Whether they are on or off I’d ...
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Fingering in Unsquare Dance

I'm an intermediate piano player and learning to play Dave Brubeck's Unsquare Dance. I'm doing alright in terms of rhythm and coordinating my hands despite the unusual meter, but I'm really struggling ...
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How to name this and how to do this in Guitar pro?

Here is a picture of what I'm talking about: How should I call it and how can I create such thing in Guitar pro? The timing is 4/4.
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What are piano keys made of? [closed]

What are piano keys made of? Are they made of plastic (whites) and ebony (blacks)?
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

Yesterday I performed my favorite piano piece "Liebestraum no.3" by Franz Liszt in an audition. I forgot a lot of its musical notes although that I prepared it very well and I even played it a lot in ...
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Why are the extra notes on Bosendorfer's 92 / 97 key pianos black instead of white?

Bosendorfer has some pianos that have more notes than the standard piano range. However, these notes, all white and black notes, are all colored black, which means only the standard piano range, from ...
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Why did Stuart and Sons invent a 102-key piano?

Stuart and Sons have invented a huge 102-key grand piano. What is the reason behind this?
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Are there open source source, good quality no-sampling piano synths? [closed]

Similar to Pianoteq(.com). The only code I can find is very simple with low quality sound. I'm looking for code to use as inspiration for synthesis software I'm working on. Any and all examples ...
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Questions on the harmonic analysis of Pixar's Up Main Theme

First time doing harmonic analysis. This is the piece https://musescore.com/user/1596896/scores/715646 The key signature indicates F major, but I feel like the composer plays around with the ...
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Bartok - Syncopation (1): Meaning of notes in between Grand Staff

Bartok - Mikrokosmos Book 1 - 91)* Syncopation(1) What's the meaning of the notes in between the Grand Staff?
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What's the best way to learn piano without a teacher? (previous music experience) [duplicate]

I have been wanting to learn how to play the piano for some time now, but can't get a teacher for lots of different reasons. I have lots of music experience, playing the oboe and flute for 4 years, ...
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How to train the left hand (Piano)

So, how can I go about working on my left hand on the piano? I can play relatively fast passages with it, but the hand feels weak even if the overall thing sounds fine, also, if one of my two hands ...
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How accurate is the von Bulow edition of the Beethoven piano sonatas?

I'm wondering whether or not the Hans von Bulow edition is scholarly and accurate or not.I'm aware that Liszt favored it as his students recollect that he only used that edition when teaching the ...
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How to Learn Classical Piano pieces by ear without the sheet music

Yesterday, I was reading about how the famous jazz pianists would play music by ear from recordings and I was appalled to find that I had never tried myself. I have a perfect pitch and so so relative ...
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What is it called when the first/last note of a three-/four-note chord is moved one half-step up/down? [closed]

Is there a term for the chord or the act of moving the note? There are a few songs I know of that do this, e.g., the last chord of The Platters’ Only You and Stranger Things’ theme.
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Arm pain and endurance when playing Revolution by Chopin on piano

I know this piece is mostly meant as a technical exercise for the left hand, but every time I practice it my arm gets too tired to continue after the first page. I've been practicing it regularly (30 ...
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Correct hand position at piano with nails

I am trying to give my modest advice to a friend that is looking to start piano playing. When I learnt to play, my instructor was very careful about teaching me the right hand position (and saved me ...
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How Often Should I Practice Easy Parts of Songs on Piano?

I know that harder parts of songs on the piano have to be practiced far more than the easy parts. I sometimes spend longer than thirty minutes on just a couple of measures because they are ...
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Why is it that I can sometimes guess the next note?

For some songs and musical pieces that I am listening to for the first time, why is it that I can occasionally guess what the next note will be? I imagine the next note in my head and sometimes it is ...
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Why do very old pianos have only 85 keys?

Some extremely old pianos have only 85 keys, ranging from A0 to A7. These pianos are no longer existent today. What's the reason?
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Which notes are skeletal?

I have been told to figure out which notes in Mozart's theme are skeletal and which ones are just embellishments before I develop my Theme and Variations. But I don't know how to tell if a note is ...
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Staccato with slur [duplicate]

How to play (on piano) the staccato notes with slur i.e. notes A and F as the picture shown? Thanks!
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Is there a way to play vibrato on the piano?

I know this is a silly question, but I couldn't help but wonder it. Is there a way to play vibrato on the piano? If not are there pianos out there with this feature?
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Piano - Playing scales efficiently

I have just started playing the piano, enjoy playing scales on it. When I play a scale one handed (C major for example), after I finish playing the note with my pinky finger, I have to lift my hand up ...
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Does Doodling or Improvising on the Piano Have Any Benefits?

I have a friend who recently spent around seven hours of his day playing on the piano by himself. While around three hours was spent actually practicing, the other four were spent doodling or ...
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Piano beginner, index finger raising when using ring and pinky

I am 49 year old and I started to learn piano five years ago, got for two years and half to a music school aimed mainly at childrens, they also have painting school and the like. Got two piano ...
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Why does a 97 / 92 key piano exist by Bösendorfer?

Pianos normally have 88 keys, ranging from A0 to C8. One of Bösendorfer's pianos go down to F below the low A. The other model goes down to C. How did this happen?
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Are apps for piano tuning reliable?

Just for fun I downloaded an app for piano tuning (Pano Tuner), since I do not have a good ear I used it with a piano. It looked like the piano was out of tune, all keys where a half tone away. This ...
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Root notes different on bass [closed]

I'm a beginner on both piano and bass and having some weird issue when trying to play scales. I was playing A flat major pentatonic on the piano but when I tried that on the bass it sounds wrong but E ...
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Right piano pedal is bright

The piano at my home has three pedals, and the one at the right is brighter and shinier than the other two. What has happened? Is it normal?
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How to get a satisfactory ending to a Theme and Variations?

I have always wanted to compose a Theme and Variations. I got the idea yesterday of taking a Mozart theme and varying it. Now I have gotten even more specific. Even though the Turkish March is not my ...
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Could this Scherzo by Beethoven be considered to be a fugue?

I have listened to the scherzo of Beethoven's Piano Sonata op. 2 no. 3 and it is very fugal in nature. It even has a fugal exposition(though it is dominant, dominant, dominant, dominant of dominant, ...
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How can I practice/utilize bigger and more emotional hand movements when playing the piano?

Whenever I watch a good piano player, I notice their arms and hands move a lot and it looks very smooth and emotional. Then when I record myself playing, I notice my hands often look stiff and they ...