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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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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?

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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Can you help me? [closed]

can you help nme with the notes on a piano video? It's called Carl A. Baums Beautiful Piano playing. By Tomaserin Larocque
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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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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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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 ...
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What do different value notes on the same line mean?

I'm learning music theory on my own and thus, I encounter some difficulties in understanding them.This is one of those difficulties.What do those notes (circled in red) mean as each of them has ...
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Chopin: marche funèbre bar 15 impossible place

Chopin sonata #2 Opus 35: Look at the left hand: Db from small octave and F from 1-st octave. Neither I, nor anybody of my acquaintances can stretch the hand so far. My idea was to replace F 1-t ...
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How to Write A Ragtime Piano Piece?

I tried writing a ragtime piece several months ago and wasn't successful. What defines the ragtime style? Are there known go-to theoretical resources that discuss how to compose ragtime music? My ...
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7th chords with black key at the bottom fingering

I want to ask why nobody plays for example, F# half diminished chord on piano with 2145 fingering on right hand. Everybody plays 1235 or 1245. I think better to use 2 at the bottom because you can ...
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Octave Technique and hand height - (of Vincenzo Maltempo on piano)

I'm always interested in the different kinematics employed by pianists who get similar results. I've been listening to Vincenzo Maltempo play the Alkan Etudes and I'm curious about his octave ...
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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 Beethoven pathetique sonata first movement?

I'm learning Pathetique sonata first movement. I'm having difficulties on the 2nd main theme. Where the right hand needs to cross the left hand to play melody. First question: how to make an accurate ...
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Why does the key change happen where it does here?

In the image below, the key is initially G, then changes to E (right?) for the rest of the song. However, that entire bar uses sharps from E, and the key never changes back. Why wouldn't the key ...
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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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Part of the notes sound off (Scott Joplin - The Entertainer sheet music for Piano)

I am practicing Scott Joplin - The Entertainer, based on this score from 8notes.com. It all sounds fine, except for this segment: The red marked segment sounds off when I play it. It sounds nothing ...
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Beginner Pianist Hand Pain?

I'm an 18 year old adult beginner pianist and I've just started playing this month of May. I go to piano lessons but it's just from a local music shop. I've been having this muscle pain with both of ...
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When tuning piano, is it important to tune the notes that are not played?

Take a hypothetical example. If I only use the middle two octaves in the piano for some piece, would the piano sound badly if some of the keys in the other octaves are out of tune. Or would the ...
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How many notes are played (on a piano) at the same time at the maximum?

Hey everyone :) I'm planning on building a piano/keyboard which plays its notes by controlling old electronic devices, to make them move at a certain frequency. But my question is, how many devices ...
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On a piano, are the effects of holding notes and the sustain pedal the same for a single chord?

Building from this question, I learned that it is possible to notate a tie that is held by the pedal and not the hands. To me that's a bit strange - if the pedal were not held down in that passage, ...
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How do you play the middle D and F in this passage?

This is from a piano song called "Jane's Song" by Christopher Norton. There are two whole notes that are held for the entire measure, but the left hand is also holding a note way into the bass and ...
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How to play this trill in Mozart's Piano Sonata 14 (K457)

How does one play this trill in this Mozart Sonata? Does it mean we play 3 notes (Eb, F, Eb) before the last two notes of the second bar? Or how many trills does one have to play?
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When learning scales, is it important to know which key is being pressed when?

I'm relatively new to learning the piano, though this has been a point of confusion since day one. So, I started out with C Major and everything was going fine. I got the finger motions down, I was ...