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How to fix Sostenuto (Middle) pedal?

my sostenuto pedal is not working properly... When I press it down, the felt gets down so the hammers doesn't hit the string directly but when I release it the felt doesn't rise back completely so the ...
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what is melodic contour?

How do I know my song doesn't have the same melody as an existing song, just in a different key? they sound pretty different even though the contour of the melodies are generally the same. the notes ...
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What are these things [duplicate]

I've been trying to understand the occurance in various scores of two instance of the same note with different durations, and I've tried looking up various things to see if I can find out what I am ...
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Trouble feeling rhythm in section

The song is in 4/4 but this section is giving me a hard time feeling the rhythm. Clearly it can be divided into 16ths, but the pattern feels like triplets after the first note. For example after the ...
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How to put notes on top of PDF sheet music document?

I have a lot of sheet music in PDF files, and I'd like to write notes* on top of them arbitrarily without printing them out. Such as placing numbers on top of musical-notes (for fingers) and just any ...
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Expanding hand reach on piano

My hand is decently small, and it's very difficult for me to play a series of octaves for a long time. The piece I'm playing has a bunch of octaves for a couple measures, and I'm wondering if there's ...
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Why is sheet music for guitar different from piano [duplicate]

Why is middle C on guitar music played an octave lower in pitch on guitar than on piano? I can play guitar while reading from piano music on the grand staff with middle C at concert, and it's not any ...
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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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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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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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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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ABRSM: Piano performance diploma

The information on the ABRSM website isn't entirely clear to me. Is there a diploma for piano performance only? Thanks!
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Piano key sounded like a guitar string on top of regular piano timbre?

No, this isn't an electric piano that I set to piano + guitar. This is the same upright piano that I have played on for years. While I was playing Fur Elise, specifically the section with no left ...
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Rachmaninoff prelude op 3 no 2 marking meanings

While playing this Rachmaninoff prelude, I came across this strange marking in the left hand connecting the 2 voices and am wondering what it means. My edition is by Boosey and Hawkes, if that helps.
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Where can I get a piano/music teacher certification?

For a person who has a Masters Degree in Piano Performance and also has a few years of teaching experience, what is a good place to get some sort of teaching certification that is accepted worldwide, ...
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Is it possible for me to learn piano very very good if I start at this age (26) ? If yes, how long would it take? [closed]

I am a 26 years old male, from South Asia. I love music so much, and I can sing good. I cannot play any instrument. I love the sound of piano. Is it possible for me to learn piano very very good ...
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Elfen lied OP- Lilium, Transcribed by TehIsher [duplicate]

There are dash lines below notes on the second and third measures do they do anything?
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How do you play these chords?

I've just learned about arpeggiated chords and I'm a little confused about them.
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How to play this part clear and coodinated?

I can't play this part clear and coordinated. My left hand and right hand are fighting. How can I fix it? Is my fingering wrong? Or my practice is not enough? Please help me to fix it! Thanks! Bartók ...
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Piano finger apparatus in history or film

Can anyone recall the movie where a piano player was using an apparatus to strengthen (or stretch) their ring finger. I keep picturing AMADEUS but i can't find references. If not, does any one know of ...
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upright piano and apartment: how to prevent neighborhood problems? [duplicate]

I am dealing a K-200 because I liked this piano very much. But I am concerned about possible problems with my neighborhood. Here’s my detailed setup: I live in a concrete apartment, my floor is in ...
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Can a dotted eighth note delay be applied onto a piano piece?

In the past few months, I have become keen on taking up the guitar along with the piano which I've been playing for 3 years. There has been an interesting tune that I have longed to play from two ...
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Notey Left Hand

I am currently learning the Chopin Ballade No.1, and my teacher told me that my left hand sometimes sounds really notey. Especially with octaves. Is there any way to prevent the choppy sound? I am ...
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My Roland Piano HP 1700L sustains on it own and goes off when it gets to its climax. what could be the problem

Am having a problem with my Roland HP1700L piano... it sustains on its own and goes off when the sustain gets to its climax.. I will appreciate your help.
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S.O.S my Upright Piano keys aren'r working

please someone help me! I have an ED.SEILER upright wood piano with ivory keys, that's from 1911 (so it's 106 years old) and some of the black keys stopped working! It was working perfectly like a ...
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Fingering and Tips for the runs on Liszts Hungarian Rhapsody No.2

http://imgur.com/3NWe7IC Hello, I've always had trouble finding fingerings especially for a fast run like this so I would like some guidance! This is actually one of the first times I've actually ...
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understanding flats in a score

I am trying to learn to read music for piano. I have a piece of music in the key of F. It has a B♭ on the treble clef and a B♭ on the bass clef. My question is this: is the B just below middle C also ...
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How to write separate instructions for piano hands

Apologies for the very newbie question (I’ve never had any real lessons): On a piano grand staff, how do you (as the composer) properly annotate that one hand should play differently than the other? ...
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Is it a good idea to create fomulas for chords and secondary dominants?

For example say I'm analyzing the piece and I'm using C major as a reference and I realize that the composer plays a dominant chord 3rd inversion Can I think of the dominant is 5-7-2-4 as well as ...
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Strategies for practicing similar passages?

If you look at the bottom of this page, we have a two-measure run that gets repeated higher and higher. What should I keep in mind when working on similar-but-a-little-different series of passages ...
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Looking for piano studies to assist in playing melodies consisting of chords

I've realized that a big skill im having trouble with is playing melodies that involve significant chord changes in either hand. As an example, I cannot get through Debussy Claire de Lune once it ...
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Why did Listz and Hanon use the word “transcendent” to describe piano exercises?

The middle set of piano exercises by Hanon is described as "transcendent". 'Transcendent Exercises for Preparing the Fingers for the Virtuoso Exercises. Practise the exercises in Part II, like ...
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How to describe the piano in the opening theme to The Newsroom?

I am struck by the particular sound of the piano in the opening theme to season two of The Newsroom, but cannot seem to find words to describe it. Is there a name for the doubling or bouncing that ...
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Pre-program a song in synthesia

Is there a way to "program" or script a song in synthesia (or another piano software, in this case please suggest one). Basically, I like composing music, but I suck at playing it. The music I write ...
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How do you play two chords at once on piano?

How would I play both of the chords in the bass clef at the same time? I'm self taught, and I can't seem to find an answer to this.
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Interpretation - How should one play the bass line in Chopin's Op.25 No.11 (Winter Wind)?

At the end of Chopin's Winter Wind Etude, there is this LH passage: As this passage seems to indicate the main theme, it is often played differently: So, how should it be played? Is this just a ...
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How Far Does Practice Get You?

This is a less technical question but something really important for to me. I've been reading stackexchange for years now from computer programming, language learning, and music, time to finally ask a ...
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Identify chord proggression

Hi Im new to the site so please inform me if I am doing anything wrong. So,4 arpeggiated chords all sixteenth notes The arpeggio goes as follows: F-G-G#-C-D#-G-G#-C D-F-G-B -D-F-G-B C#...
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Question about Building My Composition/Improv Skill

This is coming from a musician that is now about 1 1/2 years into music study. I started by learning about the basic languages and theory of music, and like to just improv (badly, really badly) on the ...
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Composing a 16th note run

I have troubles composing my first Impromptu, which is in the key of Eb Major. I'm composing it in the form of A-B-A. With the A section being "Andante cantabile". I want the B section to be "Allegro ...
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Are my piano keys defect (Yamaha YDP143)?

I hope it is the right place to ask. I am a beginner to piano and I have a Yamaha YDP143 Digital Piano for practicing. I have noticed that, there are strange noises with some keys (not Piano sound, ...
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Moonlight sonata 2-nd movement extra block at the end

Here is the structure of the 2-nd movement: | Block number | 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | | Begin | 1 | 16 | 36 | 43 | | End | 15 | 35 | 42 | 60 | | Repeated | no | yes | yes | ...
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What music and exercises Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Paganini had used for a daily warm-up?

What music and exercises Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Paganini, Handel, Haydn, Schubert had used for a daily warm-up? Mr Chopin used Bach JS WTC and inventions (he did not play Czerny, but played ...
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Treble clef instead of bass clef even though there are low sounds

I don't know what this means Even though the treble clef is on the second row I play it with the left hand and why is the bass clef at the end? This is a new song I try to learn and I'm really ...
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How to advance to grade 1 after completing “easiest piano course”

By teaching myself piano from scratch using John Thompson's easiest piano course, how many books do I need to get through to be grade 1 standard? I am currently half way through book 2. Thank you.
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Choose a digital piano

I am playing piano for 5 years now and I am moving away from my parents' place and the upright piano they have. Help me to choose a Roland digital keyboard. No more than 1500 €. Is there a big ...
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Should i play piano or violin? [closed]

First of all, i have no background in music except for singing. I'm 15 years old and i recently got really interested in classical music, and the instruments that have me the most interested is the ...
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How to properly play with the metronome when practicing Hanon exercises and scales on the piano? [duplicate]

How to properly play with the metronome when practicing Hanon exercises and scales on the piano? Should it be a note per beat? A bar per beat? How? For example for Hanon, he states to set the ...
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Chopin 2nd sonata 1st mvt: left hand fingering

Being a pretty experienced player, I admit I still wonder what fingering you can use for left hand for measures 17-22 ? For example, when making the huge transition A-F-A at measure 17-18, would you ...
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How to approach learning and playing Chopin Etude Op 10 No.11? [closed]

How to approach learning Chopin Etude Op 10 No.11? Who knows music analysis article with chord progression defined and ideas on remembering these arrps? I feel that this study is best for my rather ...