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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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Send user recordings from digital piano to PC

I've managed to connect my digital piano to my PC through MIDI USB and the notes that I play live are recorded correctly. However, I also want to move recordings I make on the piano independently to ...
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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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Improvising “sparsely” on piano

I'm having trouble building my solos on piano - starting off calm, and then building it, in order to keep it interesting for longer periods of time. On other instruments (I play saxophone as well) I'd ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can anyone help me to identify these piano notes

Im having trouble figuring this out. What is it called, and how do you play it? Thank you for all the help!
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I need help figuring out the audio cable I need for roland juno ds61 [on hold]

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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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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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 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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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 is the lowest note on the piano an A?

I've always wondered why almost every piano's lowest note is an A. In fact, I've never seen a piano whose lowest note is not an A, and I have also noticed that this pattern only occurs in pianos; most ...
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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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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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Piano Concertos: Why is Brahms 2 considered more mature than Rachmaninoff 3?

I'm not completely satisfied with the answers so far, so more answers please! There's a nice bounty to be had! These two titanic concertos are two of the most difficult often played concertos in ...
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Upright Piano action problems

So I've been playing the piano for about 13 years now and I've noticed the action of my piano getting worse and worse. There are actually several problems: On some keys the amount of force needed to ...
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Tips for a keyboard player learning piano

I grew up having keyboard lessons (age 8-15), and therefore have a vast number of chords memorized and can easily deal with chord changes with zero thought through memory alone. Here is what I mean ...
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How to determine a chord on grand staff? (Piano chord) [closed]

Can someone please let me know how I know what chord for example rectangle number 3 and 5 makes? Number 3 is supposed to form a chord that I don't know the name of, as well as number 5. I have named ...
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Piano Syllabus (for an absolute beginner) [closed]

I've been using YouTube and Coursera for a number of days to teach myself how to play the piano but I'm not satisfied with any of the lessons they offer, probably because I don't see any relation with ...
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Accompanying a RH melody (improv/comp)

Are there any interesting rhythms/patterns for accompanying the melody (because I can play those by ear), such as breaking chords or etc. For doing piano covers of pop music, I am able to play the ...
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Where do I put this expression marking?

So in this passage (for piano) I have a pianissimo part in the right hand that follows the left hand. I want the pianist to treat the notes in the right hand 'like distant resonance' (or something ...
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Baroque keyboard music

I'm playing Bach French suite no.5 in G major BWV 816 for ATCL diploma exam. This suite was composed in Baroque period, so should I play staccato on each notes? Should I use a bit pedal? Because the ...
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Second hand piano is out of tune by a whole tone

I just recently bought an acoustic piano. Sounded really good when we tested it out at seller's place. Now after playing a bit the keys sound off by one note (middle c would sound like d, d sounds ...
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I'm stuck in diatonic land. How do I get out?

I've been playing a lot of diatonic everything. So basically just staying in the scale as I improvise with melody/chords. I play alot of songs by ear and I notice when they use accidentals but I don't ...
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Use of sustain pedal in Prince's “How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore” (from “The Hits/The B-Sides”)

I am trying to figure out whether, and how much, Prince uses the sustain pedal in playing the main riff here. To me, it sounds like there are notes from the opening chord(s) that sustain through the ...
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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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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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Did Stravinsky and Craft have a dual piano built?

I remember being told 20 years or so ago that Igor Stravinsky used to compose with Robert Craft as an in-person assistant to play things together as they were being composed. I also remember being ...
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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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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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Have a note stand out in a pianissimo chord (piano)

This is the last chord of Francis Poulenc's Mélancolie for piano. It occurs while a piano D♭ major chord is still resonating in the bass. How would you have the B♭♭ be perceptible, surprising, and ...
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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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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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How can I learn to read bass clef score more naturally?

I hadn't read music for about 20 years, after doing a little classical guitar as a young child, and recently started learning piano. I was pleasantly surprised to find that reading music on the treble ...
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Problems With Learning a Second Instrument

I’m trying learn jazz piano. For about ten years I played the violin; solo and in orchestras and quartets. I’ve also absolutely no trouble enjoying for instance Keith Jarrett’s more complex solo ...
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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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Should I learn the Octave Etude to prepare for the Appasionata Sonata?

One of the hardest Beethoven sonatas is his Appasionata Sonata. There is one technique that I know it has in common with Chopin's Octave Etude. That is legato octaves. Difference has to do with ...
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Me and the grand staff: how to achieve pacific coexistence

So I have recently started playing again after a 10-year break. I can still read and play okay off a single staff in treble clef, but the grand staff? Nope. My eyes keep jumping up and down, up and ...
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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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How to play five finger one note trill on piano

I myself am a keyboard player, though I often play guitar. I have no trouble playing one note trill with three fingers, it's much harder with 4 fingers but all 5 is so hard. How to train to be able to ...
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Moonlight sonata fingering

I noticed there is a similar post here: strange fingering in moonlight sonata but that does not answer my question. I can't even play the first triplet. I use finger 5 to play and hold the ...
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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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Why are pianos traditionally tuned “out of tune” at the extremes?

My understanding is that the vast majority of western music uses equal temperament, i.e. all semitones have a frequency ratio of the 12th root of 2. However I can hear in my piano that the notes at ...
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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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How much louder than an upright is a small grand piano?

I now have a kawai upright (height 135cm) and I'd like to upgrade to a small grand piano (around 170 cm I think). I'm wondering how much louder it will be. I don't really need a louder piano, my ...