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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What does Decorated Suspension, a type of nonchord tone, mean in this below explanation?

I'm learning about decorated suspension. But I don't understand the explanation below. Could you guys help me with this? P/s: I type the script of explanation below, so you guys with smartphone ...
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What are these “advanced or unknown” nonchord tones that I haven't found out on wiki or other sites?

Nonchord tone (Wikpedia) is one of sources I've learned it from. I'm analyzing nonchord tones on Charlie Puth's song, Attention, to get used to them. However, some of them, I call "unknown" nonchord ...
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How to start learning the piano again?

When I was a kid (10 to 14 years old) I was taught how to play the piano. Or that's what I thought until today. I haven't been playing piano for about 10 years so I am of course rusty, but what I ...
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Yamaha YDP 163 touch too hard

I have a 2 years old Yamaha YDP 163, and it is very hard to play on it. I did the coin test, and it was around 100g on middle C, around 80g in the higher range, and 120-150g in the lower range. ...
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How to play rapid 32nd notes

I've almost completed John Field's Nocturne in B♭ Major that I've worked with for around 3 weeks but I cant seem to get this passage done. I've intentionally skipped this part as I cannot figure ...
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How to perform quicker shifts? (Prokofiev Visions Fugitives #2)

The passage of interest: This is specifically pertaining to the right hand, and the tempo I am provided is quarter note = 60-66. The fingering I am using is, starting with the C: 3-5 3 2 1 3 1 | 3 2 ...
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Notating for the pianist to lift the pedal slowly?

So in various sections of a piece I want the pianist to lift the pedal slower than usual, achieving an interesting effects as the harmonics fade. In some areas the pedal lift might be slower or faster,...
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How to play fantasie impromptu by Chopin?

I can play Chopin's fantasie impromptu at low tempo bpm, but I'm having trouble in increasing it . My fingers don't move smoothly over 130 bpm and some notes get skipped automatically and sometimes my ...
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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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Pianist thinking about picking up xylophone or glockenspiel

I used to be a very good pianist (instructor-taught for many years; hours of practice every day. Put me in a room with a piano I just cannot leave it alone) but due to an accident and other ...
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Would an accidental in a mordant still be effective for the whole measure?

This is from Bach's Chromatic Fantasie and Fugue: This would obviously be played D, C#, D. Let's say that there was a C on the same octave later in that measure. Would the C be sharp?
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How common is the complete circle of fifths progression?

A complete circle of fifths progression would go (I)-IV-VII-III-VI-II-V-I, and it's taught that way in textbooks, but it seems to be rare in actual music. Could you give me any examples of songs that ...
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Typing vs. Pool Playing vs. Playing Piano

So, I have a great deal of ambidexterity that appears to be a result of being forced to be right handed when I was born naturally left. I golf left handed, eat left handed, etc. I also seem to have ...
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How can I get my left hand to sound legato when I'm leaping?

Now, this Nocturne in Eb is the very first Chopin piece I ever learned. I have gotten to rhythmic precision with this, even in the sections with polyrhythms just by playing it frequently. Piano ...
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Modal Cadence Options

I understand that when playing in a mode, the cadences are quite different from tonal cadences. For example, in the Phrygian mode a cadence would be IV - iii (or II - i if we're renumbering the chords)...
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What do you guys do when you practice and for how long? [closed]

The way I practice on my midi controller is essentially by improvising notes, up and down the scale in different intervals,sometimes writting leads I go for half an hour to an hour at a time,I feel ...
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Fantaisie Impromptu - Specific fingering issue

I've been practicing Chopin's Fantaisie Impromptu for several weeks now, and while I'm by no means perfect at it, there aren't any aspects or parts of the piece that I am not confident I'll be able to ...
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Need help understanding the double sharp turn in Chopin's prelude in e minor [duplicate]

I need help understanding why the notes in this turn are B-A#-Gx-A#. I don't understand how the double sharp affects the turn. I would assume that instead of A# being the "base note" (for lack of a ...
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How often is the Sostenuto pedal used in classical and modern Piano Music?

In most of the pianos that we see today, the Sostenuto pedal does not exist. Only the pianissimo (una corda) and the sustain (damper) pedals can be seen. Throughout the time that I've been studying ...
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Tracking down sheet music for “God Is” by James Cleveland

I am not sure where to ask this question, but the Stack Exchange sites have been a good resource for me for other interests that I have, so I am hoping that I drilled down to the right level here to ...
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Why this fingering is written for Ab minor blues scale?

Can somebody explain why Ab minor scale starts with 412? I would start with 414. Then the whole scale would be faster because of less space to shift fingers. Am I wrong?
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Relaxing muscles when playing piano

I have a problem with relaxing my shoulders when playing the piano. My shoulders become stiff and come up when I play. After practicing my shoulders ache. What could be wrong with my posture or ...
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What is the point of repeating the same dynamic mark?

See this video The audio is the orchestral version of Shosty 7, but the video shows a two piano arrangement, which is what the question is about. If you look at 1:06:...
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Is used Kawai CP185 a good piano for beginners? [closed]

Played a regular piano a little as a child. 50 years later, looking to learn to play all over again. Would a used Kawai CP185 be useful or overwhelming due to all the electronics? Just starting my ...
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How should I practice the piano piece Fantaisie-Impromptu?

It has always been a childhood dream of mine to play well the piano piece Fantaisie-Impromptu. Unfortunately, I was not able to learn the piece with my piano teacher while I was learning the piano. ...
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Notation for strumming piano strings

At this piece of mine, I have the pianist (at an upright piano, with the front lid removed) at a certain point holding down a chord with his left hand and with his right hand strumming the strings of ...
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Is horseback riding affecting my piano technique?

After horseback riding my fingers feel stiff, lazy and i feel like my technique has degraded. I think it's because the pulling on my hands. I know sport is a very common topic in piano forums, but I ...
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Debussy's piano etudes include studies in consecutive 3ds, 4ths, 6ths, and octaves… why not 5ths or 7ths?

Traditionally double note scales or consecutive 3rds, 4ths, and 6ths are part of piano training. But, Debussy wan't a traditionalist! Certainly he used consecutive intervals of all types. Why didn't ...
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Keeping track of theme when improvising

Improvisations in jazz is done over the song itself, typically. However, I don’t hear the theme in plenty of recordings, the harmonies and solo are so far away that I can’t see the connection to the ...
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Playing a trill with grace note ending

In measure 36 of the Presto Agitato from Beethoven's Piano Sonata 14 Op 27, No. 2 (Moonlight), a trill is set against semiquavers. The ending of the trill is explicitly marked with semiquaver grace ...
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Piano: good exercises for runs and navigation [closed]

I'm an aspiring jazz pianists but my right hand falls short in navigation and attempting runs. I need to buy etudes and exercises for fingering. That is, fingering for the various scales (I don't know ...
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Jazz piano: accompanying oneself

My goal is to be able to by ear play a jazz standard, with improv sections. When keeping an accompaniment in my left hand (say, a walking base or similar) while soloing with my right, then I stall. ...
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What would be a good method to learn a new piano piece?

I am a cello player since 30 years and have played for a decade in a string quartet, taken numerous masterclasses with great teachers. I know what the methods are and what works for me when practicing ...
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Jazz: Getting a feel for chords/harmonies

I have played the violin for several years so I have fundamental knowledge in some areas, however chords are currently opaque. For instance, I can play the melody line for any jazz standard by ear ...
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Piano Technique when coming from an organ

I've been playing the organ for over 10 years, and for the past year I've started learning piano. The fact I came with a background made it much easier for me, since I didn't need to start from ...
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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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Piano Pedal Notation P, Pw, with and without *

I'm transcribing a piano reduction of Suppé's Light Cavalry into MuseScore. This particular score has pedal notation P. *, Pw. *, and then some parts where there's no *. I'm assuming (perhaps ...
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Piano fingering for chromatic fifths, is a fifth too wide for fingering 2-4?

I'm trying a fingering that basically limits white keys to fingers 1 & 5 and black keys to 2 & 4. This fingering seems good for non-legato for medium size intervals perfect fourths and ...
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Fingering for Eb Major in double thirds (piano)

I have seen a fingering for the Eb Major scale in double thirds where, in the RH, 35 is used for Ab,C is followed by 24 for Bb,D, but only when going upwards. At first it seems better than using 13 ...
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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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What is the correct technique to press single notes with left hand

What is the technique when it comes to pressing single notes with the left hand? (See piano sheets) In this case should I move my left hamd fingers as if I were playing a fast arpeggio (chicken ...
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Playing piano and studying medicine at the same time [closed]

I'm a third year medical student and I started going to piano classes few months ago. It's so hard for me to manage my time... I want to study medicine very well cause I wanna make a good doctor... my ...
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Odd symbol in Béla Bartók's Mikrokosmos Book 1

Today I came across an odd symbol in Béla Bartók's Microkosmos. The symbol occurs in Book 1, Score 21, Measure 8, at the end of a phrasing slur. It looks like a vertical bar that crosses only the ...
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Is there a lightweight keyboard piano that doesn't require any energy supply?

Is there a type of keyboard that doesn't require batteries or any electricity of any kind? also one that is extremely portable like a guitar? It should also sound like a normal piano without any ...
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Piano: How to learn this boogie pattern?

I like boogies playing on the piano. Now I am trying to learn this left hand pattern and get crazy: My goal is to play this pattern without concentrating on the left hand. What makes me grazy is the ...
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How can I make my keyboard sound like a Hammond organ?

I have a keyboard. It can play the basic MIDI sounds. I would like it to have a Hammond organ sound. Since I'm not sure if I can upload new sounds to its MIDI bank, I'm looking for a way to 'effect' ...
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Reading two lines in piano

I started playing piano few months ago. I find it really difficult to read two lines(right and left) at the same time . Actually I only can read and play the right hand. When I try to read the left ...
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Best way to spend practice sessions in order to play by ear?

I'm 23 years old, I've been self-learning to play the piano for 2 years. Im super dedicated and seeking improvement- investing almost 2 hours daily which is most of my free time. My practice sessions ...
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Fingering for right hand thirds in Bluebird by Alexis Ffrench

Hi, I'm trying to figure out how to play this part of the song (Bluebird by Alexis Ffrench). It seems impossible (for an amateur) to play it with proper rhythm. Could anyone please show me the ...
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Piano Fingering for Jazz

Nice party you got here at Stack Exchange. Let me join. My goal is to become a jazz pianist/improviser. I’m currently learning through Blake Neely’s How to Play from a Fake Book and I’m stuck at ...