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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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D7 piano left hand fingering

What could be the most efficient left hand fingering for D7 chord when the previous stroke is 5-finger (left hand). I was told by a teacher it's not efficient to use 5-finger bass (l.h.) and then ...
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How do I understand chords without reading music?

I read music and that's the problem, I don't want to read, I want to be able play without. But, I need to know what chords go with the melody and I do know the chords for the scales but they don't ...
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Stretching and relaxing exercises before playing piano

Do you have any good exercises to relax before playing the piano. I'm interested specifically in relaxing the arms, shoulders and back.
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How to use chords and chord websites?

I just started learning how to play piano and only know how to play it note after note. So when I play a song I just play it by memorizing the notes, but not knowing what the chord is or understand ...
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Comping on a static chord

Currently I'm playing in a quartet and one of the pieces we are doing is Sister Sadie. At several times my music leaves me with a G7 for several bars with the instruction to comp - but I find it ...
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How to play these ornaments

How do you play these mordents with the sharp underneath them? Usually that would mean to play the lower note sharp, but in this case the mordent's going up. Right now I'm playing them like the ...
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Stronger piano fingers

I’ve been learning the piano for a year now but I’m still having trouble developing the strength and independence of the fourth finger. Can anyone suggest and useful exercises that will help me in ...
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Practising multiple pieces

I'm currently beginning to study repetoire in preparation for my DipAbrsm piano diploma. In total I will be playing 4 pieces (Bach E minor Toccata, Beethoven Moonlight Sonata, Schubert Impromptu No. 3,...
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Is it better to get a certificate from a graded music exam system if I want to apply for music graduate schools in USA?

I’m a graduate student whose current major is not music. I want to study piano as my major. There are graded music exam systems such as ABRSM, which have diploma or associate certificate degrees as ...
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What's the name of this rhythm technique at piano?

I remember my first piano teacher had an interesting technique to help at difficult parts of a piece. Instead of playing the actual rhythm, I would pretend it was (kind of) dotted 8th notes ...
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What notes in these mordents?

I can't work out which notes are actually played in these mordents, it seems (from the specified fingering) to include more notes than in a typical mordent?
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Help me understand the chord progression I just wrote?

I'm a guitarist who tends to write by ear but is trying to understand more theory. I came up with this progression I'm using for a song while noodling around with variations of the classic I-V-IV-V. ...
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Piano finger numbers for the attached measure

I was wondering if anyone could add finger numbers above each note on the measure below. I can't really seem to find a way to play the whole thing and still manage play it in legato (notice the slurs ...
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Legato and staccato in Mozart?

I'm not sure what this means in Mozart's K 545 but it is that same movement in which the left hand is almost 100% Alberti bass, that is the second movement. I see twice a passage of 8 16th notes ...
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Why is alberti bass so tiring?

I am practicing the second movement of Mozart's K 545 sonata. I notice that Alberti Bass is very tiring. More so than other 16th note rhythms. So much so that I feel the burn in my left hand because ...
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La campanella: How to play the D sharp and G (left hand)

How do you play the D sharp and the G (F double sharp) with your left hand at the same time? Thats just not possible if you dont have a big hand right? (I am not sure why the picture is tilted at a ...
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Can I play other digital sounds (e.g. flute, trumpet) off a digital piano? How?

I'm looking to buy a digital piano so that I can play around with different instruments (not for recording purposes, although that would be an added benefit). There's two that I'm currently looking at ...
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The Method of Arm weight in Playing the Piano

I'm a 25 year old music enthusiast, who plays Keyboard since the age of 10, and sincerely started playing Piano since the age of 15 (10 years ago now). I practised on various different pianos (since I ...
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Audacity Waveform Limiting Amplitude

I'm trying to record my keyboard with Audacity, but I get the following waveform. Notice that the amplitude of the wave seems to be limited. I'm sure there's an easy fix to this, but I couldn't ...
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Help with scales - want to become a professional pianist and sight reader [duplicate]

I need help with reading piano pieces with key signatures that have sharps or flats (other than C Major or A Minor). I learnt to sight read music using intervals (but do have a very good grasp on ...
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Sight reading process for this instance

I've been terrible at sight reading for a long time, however recently I've decided to grow my skill at it. I was wondering if my approach is correct for this instance of sight reading. So I look at ...
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Tense and painful to pop 5th finger, why?

I started practicing the Lizst transcription of Beethoven's 5th symphony today and it is harder than it looks. Some chords I just have to arppegiate because my hands aren't big enough to play it as ...
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Is Oom-pah and Boom-Chick the same thing?

In guitar travis picking style they talk about Boom-Chick alternating bass pattern, in piano and trumpets they talk about Oom-pah bass. Is it basically the same thing? I think they both talk about ...
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What does Pierre Boulez mean by “sul ponticello”?

While I was listening to Boulez's comment (in French...) on Pierre-Laurent Aimard's interpretation of the third Piano Sonata, I was wondering what is the "effect" Pierre Boulez is describing/imitating?...
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Listing key signatures

I'm currently creating a program to assist with realtime sheet music display from midi input (similar to what you see on many digital piano displays). What is the most logical way for a user to ...
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Second Menuet in French suite 2 of bach for Piano [closed]

In this wonderful video Schiff plays a second Menuet that I cannot find online (for example in IMSLP). Two questions: How come it is so? are there multiple versions of these pieces? If so, what's the ...
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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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How should this “fraction” chord be played on a piano?

I am not very good at playing piano, though I do know how to read notes a bit and play chords. I stumbled upon this chord, it's and and then a bit like a fraction, one chord on top another: From "...
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Why do Guitar chords work the way they do compared to a Piano?

I'm a Tabla (North Indian percussion instrument) player and I know just the basics of western music because I'm learning it bit by bit. I borrowed a Piano to learn music theory and it's going pretty ...
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Why does my key want to modulate? [closed]

I have this issue where the C major I'm playing wants to become D major and I'm trying to figure out why. I'm basically playing a descending C major scale. I play it note by note, from high to low in ...
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Is it really mandatory to practise sight reading at the piano?

I have seen many questions & answers regarding practising sight reading the right way etc. But I couldn't find the answer to my question whether it is even that important to practise sight reading....
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Difficulties to compose since I've stopped taking piano classes

I have been playing the piano for 7 years now, and I always loved composing. I've stopped to take piano lessons two years ago because of my studies, and since this, it's getting really difficult to ...
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Unknown Musical Symbol: Straight Dotted Line Between Eighth Note Stems

What does the dotted line mean between the eighth note stems in the LH part? This appears in the Dover edition of Haydn's Piano Sonata No. 1 in C Major. It is present in both movements one and two. ...
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Recognizing intervals without interval songs?

I would love to know all my intervals by ear but where ever I search for help it says to learn interval songs e.g. Jaws theme for minor 2nd. I find this to be pretty ineffective honestly. I don't hear ...
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Wrist pain in advanced pianists

I’ve been playing piano for ten years now. I am preparing about 40 min of music for a recital and camp, and I’ve been practicing between an hour and 4.5 hours a day. I made a jump in practice time ...
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What is the connection between a key and chords outside of it

I'm writing a piano app for a high school class I teach and I'm trying to figure out the best algorithm to name chords related to a specific key. I'll use C major as the example for this question. I'...
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If there's already a melody on the bottom two staff, then how can I make vocal melodies on the upper top staff? [duplicate]

If I made vocal melodies on the top staff, does it have to be part of the specific chord progressions for each measure? How would I make the melody on the top staff sound good from measure to measure ...
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How does he connect the piano accompaniment with the vocal melodies on top?

Is it through chord progressions?
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Piano playing matching pitch of spoken voice - is there a name for this?

This is my first post of the Music SE so apologies if this question isn't in the right place! The other day, I was listening to a new album by electronic artist "Yimino" and I came across this (...
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Why doesn't my synthesized note sound natural?

I'm currently developping a game, and I'm trying to synthesize a music note from various instruments in C++. For now, I'm only trying to replicate an A4 440Hz with the help of an existing audio file ...
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Rage Over A Lost Penny: Getting better at left hand section

I am currently learning Beethoven's "Rage Over A Lost Penny", and I am finding it very hard to play this particular section: The right hand is pretty easy for me here, but it's the left hand that I ...
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What are some viable fingerings for the chromatic run in Fur Elise?

I am talking about this section.
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Hanon Exercise 1 - proceed chromatically?

I have Hanon's Virtuoso Pianist, (Hinrischen Edition, Edition Peters Ltd. 1987 ,©). Towards the end of first exercise, it says "Important: proceed chromatically through all major keys!" I couldn't ...
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Any Tips to Master Fingering with Piano Chords?

I am a newbie and learning to play piano. I am currently learning chords from my teacher and his website. He has written an elaborated tutorial about chords. But everything is comfortable about this ...
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What is the proper place of the Czerny and Hanon exercises in the Piano repertoire? [duplicate]

It seems that every piano teacher has a different view of just how much worth these exercises have. Is there merit to having beginners start with these exercises and work through a sizeable chunk of ...
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How should I approach 'Blues in all keys' by Jamey Aebersold on the piano?

I am a piano player, new to the world of jazz/blues and have just bought myself a copy of Jamey Aebersold's Blues in all keys and wanted some advice on how to practice using it, starting from simple ...
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*Quarter Note* = invisible?

I pulled up a new song on piano and started looking over the sheet music when I saw Quarter Note = invisible. Does anyone know what this means? And what it changes to the sheet music?
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How do I know what each hand should play when I only have chord names

I have self taught how to play a few of elevation worship song on the piano by watching someone play. I have had no formal music training but learning as I go. So this is my basic question: when ...
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How do I find people to jam with in my city?

I've been going to my local music store to jam with people in the synthesizer section and guitar section. Aside from that, what other places/hacks have you found to jam with people in your area?