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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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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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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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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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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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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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Staccato with slur

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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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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How to record a piano with high quality?

I want to record myself playing the piano. I am a complete beginner when it comes to this, so I just want to ask the basic questions, so I can and make an informed decision, once I buy the equipment (...
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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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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 [on hold]

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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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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Printing Keyboard Labels

Is there any kind of label sheet size or template that will fit on a piano keyboard? I want to print from my printer ABC's that will fit on the keyboard. Thanks!
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Hey guys I'm looking for some advice in note taking to replace sheet music

I can always play from sheet music better than I play by memory for the most part. I'm learning "kiss the rain" by yiruma which isn't hard at all - very simple but yet it is still pretty hard to ...
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How to memorize seventh chords and inversions on piano?

These past few months I've been teaching myself how to play piano, using my background in guitar and a basic knowledge of music theory I've picked up from that. I am having difficulty "memorizing" ...
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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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Why do arpeggios tend to blend at quiet dynamics?

I notice this especially in the arpeggio passage of the Solfeggio in C minor. But when I am playing very fast arpeggios, the notes either stay separate or blend depending on the dynamic. At forte, ...
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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 ...
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Music theory for Bach's Inventions

I just got a piano and want to start working on Bach's Inventions. I have sort of managed to play 2 and 14 some years ago, but my knowledge of music theory pretty much consists of being able to work ...
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How to turn each chord in a progression into separate scales?

I was jamming with some jazz guys yet I'm not so good in jazz so I made a bunch of mistakes. One of the things they told me is is how inside of a chord progression, you then spread each chord to its ...
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What are some good piano processional and recessional songs for a school assembly? [closed]

What are some good piano processional and recessional songs for a school assembly (when the official party enters and leaves the stage)? A song that would be fairly easy to learn in 12 days and one ...
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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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Is a piano played in the same way as a harmonium?

I can play harmonium and now, I want to learn piano. Both are keyboard instruments. Are both the instruments played in the same way or do I need to learn something more to play a piano?
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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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who gave the titles to chopin's etudes op.10? [duplicate]

Chopin's etudes op. 10 are all named related to some features and shapes of the compositions. Who gave these names - that may also say something about their performing - to the études? Was it ...
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Where to find a replacement spring for the sustain pedal on my baby grand?

I recently changed houses, and in the move, the movers somehow dropped and lost the return spring for the sustain pedal on my Story & Clark baby grand. Is there a good place I can find one?
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Is piano a percussion instrument [duplicate]

Could the piano be considered a percussion instrument as it has hammers hitting on suspended strings? Just an interesting thought...
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In Diabelli's “Duet in D” for piano, what are these brackets on chords that look like vertical slurs?

While working through 'Duet in D' for piano, by A. Diabelli, I came across this unfamiliar notation that looks like a slur between two notes of the same chord or some kind of bracket (see below). ...
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How to develop an internal intuition for note timings?

I have identified three main problems holding back my piano sight reading, and this is the last of them. Although I can play notes with the right timing by very slowly counting it out aloud ("1-2-3-4,...
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Knowing where to put hands without looking at the keyboard?

I've identified three main problems holding me back from better sight reading on the piano, and this is the biggest one: I need to look away to find the keys for my hands. On a computer I can type ...
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Learning to quickly identify valid fingering for piano?

I have identified three main problems holding back my piano sight-reading, and this is the second biggest. I can work out fingerings by trial and error, but some very experienced pianists just devise ...
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Knowing the scale when learning piano piece

I am composing piano pieces. And I see it is very difficult for me to play it by heart without mistakes even if I play it many times. I thought that maybe it has to do with the fact that I never know ...
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What do I need to Recording piano at home [duplicate]

My daughter plays piano. So I want to record all her pieces at home and put them on YouTube, but I don’t know what I need to make decent recording. I have a Mason and Hamlin BB Piano, canon r800 ...
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Piano recording at home for youtube [closed]

My daughter plays piano. So I want to record all her pieces at home and put them on YouTube, but I don’t know what I need to make decent recording. I have a Mason and Hamlin BB Piano, canon r800 ...
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Didactic impediments of using simplified versions

I have been discouraged (read: told "don't do that!") from using a "simplified versions" book of famous pieces, and I've read also here many questions (for example this one, or this one). They ask, ...
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Transcribing from Orchestra to Piano [closed]

I was wondering what the standard procedure for transcribing an orchestra piece for a solo piano. Obviously, the large number of parts being reduced to a single instrument results in certain ...
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Making accompaniments (played on the piano by a beginner) sound better

After getting bored with my piano lessons a few months ago, I decided (a few days ago) that I wanted to get back into piano playing for fun. I really enjoy playing the piano but didn't enjoy the ...
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What should one use the left pedal for on an upright?

In the (many) years I've been playing the piano (generally upright only), I've never felt the need to use the left pedal. From what I gather, the left pedal on an upright places the hammers closer to ...
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Learn piano one hand at a time or simultaneously?

I've started to teach myself how to play the piano, and one of the difficulties I've found is trying to get both hands to do things at once. I either forget one hand entirely, or have one hand trying ...
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How to play double handed on the piano? [duplicate]

I normally play the piano with one hand, but want to play it double handed. Is there an easy way to play the piano with two hands?
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What do the pedals on grand pianos do?

I have been playing the piano for some time now, and have recently switched from the electric piano to the grand piano. My grand piano has three pedals. What does each of the three pedals do?
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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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What do these brackets mean?

What do the brackets in the image shown below mean?:
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How to play upper voices of this piano arrangement part of Pachelbel's Canon

I am not quite sure how to play best the upper two voices of measures 2 and 3 in the picture below in a piano arrangement of Pachelbel's Canon in D. My first idea was to use the left hand and play the ...
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Is this slur unnecessary? [closed]

The piece says this: but then later one it includes a slur... Is that slur complete unnecessary?
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How do you get better at sight reading? [duplicate]

This is really confusing. Sight reading basically is recognizing the notes. How do you actually “improve” on something like that? Can someone please give me advice on how to improve? I have a MTAC (...
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Can someone learn practicing piano with a MIDI keyboard?

I would like to learn playing piano. I am self-learning music theory, which I understand, but I don't practice at all. Pianos being too expensive, can I get the same experience with a MIDI keyboard? I ...