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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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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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What is an efficient way to learn piano by myself [duplicate]

When I was younger, I took a few years worth of piano lessons. I have forgotten most of my technique, but I can still play a few songs from pure memorization. Granted, I was little so nothing too ...
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Any tips on playing 5 and 6 note tuplets? (sheet music in desc)

http://www.gangqinpu.com/pu/2015/7/2/104346_155341.pdf bar 66 - 73 the notes are easy but just timing the triplets with the dotted notes in the left hand (whats it called? syncopation?) here is the ...
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Why are there 7 sharps when there are only 5 black keys on a piano?

Pianos have 5 black keys per octave, yet my music teacher tells me that there are 7 sharps. I know E sharp is actually F and B sharp is actually C, but he said they don't count. So how are there 7 ...
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Advice on arranging an orchestral work for piano duet?

So, I am starting again with my arrangement of The Nutcracker Suite. I was debating whether or not to do the whole ballet but I decided on the Suite because it is shorter and more widely known than ...
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What would be a good general practice routine for piano and guitar that anyone can build from? [closed]

I'm a beginner on guitar and piano. I have studied (and kinda still am studying) theory for about 6 months now. I'm not interested in just learning songs, I would like to learn how to improvise and ...
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How to acheive this wide stretch legato?

I am learning Piano Sonata no. 1 in F minor by Beethoven. It looks way easier than the Pathetique Sonata and in a sense it is. But the ending of the exposition for my right hand is quite a stretch. ...
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Right hand way better than left hand -Piano [closed]

So the thing is, I can learn most new RH parts pretty fast even if it is a difficult piece like flight of the bumble-bee. The problem is that my left hand isn't on the same level so if I practice for ...
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Are there specific injury concerns I should watch out for with piano tremolo exercises?

Based on Cortot exercies like these... ...I've been practicing patterns like this for seventh chords... ...and left hand... The spacing of the fingers with these major seventh chords feels ...
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Difference between classical and jazz pianists?

I've heard about how jazz pianists can improvise a lot better than classical pianists, who focus on mainly technical aspects of a piece. What exactly is the difference between the two?
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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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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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Chord Recognition Training

I'm an amateur piano player trying to progress toward more difficult material and it seems what is slowing me down the most is identifying what chord I'm looking at on the sheet music, especially when ...
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Is practicing seventh chords ascending/descending chromatically effective?

I've been practicing seventh chords on piano using a number of patterns. I'm playing all four inversions for major, minor, half-diminished, and dominant sevenths. One pattern I use is to play full ...
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Indication of general usage of piano pedal

Traditionally, "P" and "*" are used to indicate the use of sustain pedal for the piano, and the release of it, respectively. However, in composing my own piece, I often want to indicate the player ...
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Stuck orchestrating the melody of a Beethoven sonata

I have been orchestrating the Pathetique Sonata for months. I looked on IMSLP and saw no orchestral transcription. And I figured, if I am going to orchestrate a piano sonata, this would be the sonata ...
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Who plays classical music by ear? [closed]

One of the things I'm working on is playing classical music by ear. I've figured easier things like Canon in D, Prelude in C. But I'm trying to work my way up. I'm wondering if it's possible to play ...
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Left handed piano?

Is there such a thing as a piano that goes from high notes to low notes where the left hand plays the melody and right hand plays the harmony? Lol what is going on here:
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What's the point of chords such as sus and 7th chords? [closed]

Every time I play major7th or minor7th it doesn't make me feel any different than the normal major or minor chord, so what's the point of such chords? What do these chord qualities accomplish that ...
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Why are there many types of staccato?

I have seen staccato in a lot of pieces. And I have heard a ton of different ways of playing staccato. For example here is staccato that is notated but not played as a clear cut staccato at the very ...
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How to keep piano keys from sticking

I have a 1930s era upright piano that I play perhaps three times a week for about an hour at a time. I'm playing very simple bass / chord progressions to woodshed jazz/soul compositions for a dance ...
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Dividing Note Value

I’m accompanying a vocalist in the song “Selve Amiche.” In this piece, there is an instruction at the bottom of the first page that says to “divide the note value equally between the two vowels.” When ...
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Baroque mordent with leading “slur”?

I'm currently studying Bach's Harpsichord Concerto BWV 1052 on the piano and arrived at the second movement. In there, I noticed a mordent that I'm not all too sure how to play. Here's a picture, it's ...
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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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How should I position fingers 1 and 5 in these preparatory exercises from Cortot?

The first two are from Cortot's preparatory exercises for Chopin Etude opus10/1... My hand cannot reach a 10th so I have to reach ...
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How should I correct my wrist motion when trying to do this preparatory exercise of Cortot?

From Cortot's preparatory exercises for Chopin Etude Op.10/2... Apologies in advance for a bad recording and my piano's bad tuning and my bad playing. At least Cortot says play it in a slow tempo. ...
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How to overcome emotional tension with this Beethoven rondo

I never thought this would happen but it just did. The Beethoven rondo I am referring to is the one in G major, widely known as "Rage over a Lost Penny". There is a 20 measure section starting at ...
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Default left-hand piano voicing for Dbmaj7 Eb7-9 Abmaj7

I came across a lead sheet for a jazz tune ("Haunted Ballroom" by Victor Feldman) in which the following chord symbols appear: Dbmaj7 Eb7-9 Abmaj7 I'm a bad amateur jazz saxophonist and an even ...
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Transitioning from arranger keyboard to piano

(Apologies for any wrong terminology or ignorance - I'm relatively new to music!) I have been learning to play arranger workstation (using auto-accompaniment) for the past three years with a music ...
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(How much) should I focus on sight reading if my end goal is being able to play by ear on piano?

So my technical ability is ahead of my sight reading ability. And I haven't practiced my ear at all. My end goal is to eventually be able to play any song by ear and put my own variation on it. I'm ...
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I had a bad piano lesson one day, why? [closed]

I have been playing piano for just over 2 years. My piano teacher is excellent and has really helped me to improve my playing. I already had 7 lessons with him. One day, I had a really bad piano ...
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Harmony: Melodic Fragments

Could someone please explain what melodic fragments are? I’ve been told that if you see scale degrees 123 or 321 in the melody or bass it calls for an idiom. I’ve also heard that there are other ...
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How to properly unresolve melodies to achieve dissonance and darkness in music [closed]

I'm looking to understand music theory behind dissonance, unresolved dark music. What makes a song sound serious and not "rainbows". When writing a bassline or melodies, is it possible to achieve ...
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Two whole notes next to each other in a bar? [duplicate]

How do you play two whole notes next two each other? They're not stacked on top of each other but rather one is slightly right of the first. It's in 4 4 time and so that means 1 whole note should ...
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Instruments simultaneous playing in a different key

I am learning to play the piano using Bartok's Mikrokosmos. Piece 44 is written for 2 pianos, but the first piano is playing in a different key than the second piano. What are the keys the pianos are ...
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Trouble with thumb placement when practicing arpeggios on a piano

I'm just now learning the correct fingering for when practicing scales and arpeggios. Scales are going quite well, but when I practice arpeggios, I seem to have a lot of trouble with my thumb ...
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Is my piano teacher right about my pain? [closed]

I have recently been having forearm pain, and i have asked on this site, what i needed to do. They said the best solution was getting a piano teacher to correct my form and technique, so i did that. ...
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What is this notation called? [duplicate]

(piano) I am currently working on a piece that heavily uses this notation to indicate jumping back and forth between notes, usually in a triad of some sort. What is the name of this notation and (not ...
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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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Why is the alignment of notes written this way?

I've been playing a song wrong for a while now, and it's only when I took the time to slow down the music that I learned why. The alignment of the notes on the sheet music is different to how it the ...
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What do these square notes mean (in the left hand)?

What are this notes about? I had to learn this piece in 8-27-1963 in my first year at the music conservatory in Bern. The notes look like square notation, but the music was written in 20th. century....
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Any examples or techniques to prevent fingers from lifting up?

I'm a novice at playing the piano and started to practice the major scales about 3 weeks ago. I've noticed that my fingers are lifting up uncontrollably when playing certain scales. For example, I can ...
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Parallel octaves in left hand chords

In classical / romantic harmony, are parallel octaves allowable in left hand chords? When and why? For example, in Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2, right at the beginning, there are parallel G-A-G. ...
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What do these dotted half notes mean? [duplicate]

I've recently started playing the piano and I've been curious about a music piece. This is the only thing i haven't been able to figure out why it's there. Would appreciate some help, thanks!
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Why do B and C resonate sympathetically?

While experimenting with piano acoustics I came across this weird phenomenon. Having an open B string and then hitting the C above will cause the B to resonate! This also works with open C and playing ...
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Forearm pain - practicing piano

I have started recently and want to become good at piano, but what is hindering me is the pain that follows up, when I play piano. I think it's frustrating. I don't know if it is technique or posture. ...
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Learning Piano in one key [duplicate]

Hi guys I dont know how to play piano so I wanted to know, Can I be play without restrictions if I only learn to play in one key, and use the transpose if I have to. Would I be able to play like ...
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Mallet percussion instruments (xylophone, marimba) versus keyboard instruments (piano)

Just wondering what are the objective limitations, if any, of a mallet percussion instrument (glockenspiel, marimba, xylophone, etc) compared to a keyboard instrument (piano, synth). I'm just talking ...
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Is there a name to this piano element from Country Music?

There is a certain piano element I hear in certain classic country songs, where the piano seems to play backup to the vocals for the extent of one verse. It has a feel that the person is sitting ...
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How to avoid dissonance when moving from Maj7 to Dom7 chord if pedal is needed to be played

I am trying to play the part where Emaj7 is followed by E7-9. The piece is Poverty "Once upon a time in America". The right hand plays the highest G# and the left hand plays E (bass), then the left ...