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Trouble reading sheet music - identifying sharp note [duplicate]

I have watched this YouTube video and wanted to play it myself. I downloaded the sheet music from his description. In the following image I have marked the first incident where I wasn't sure about the ...
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What does this note - B# - mean?

I'm confused as to how I should play the second note below, B#. Does it mean it's C? It is possible? In which case, why is it written like this, and not just C?
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What are the rules i need to follow when writing for the piano?

Okay so i recently discovered writing in 4 part harmony and now i'm really confused, i saw people say that you don't need to follow the same rules for piano. But, are there any rules or guidelines for ...
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Rubato where there is no indication of rubato

Unless I'm crazy (not impossible, tbh) every performance of Messiaen: Prelude No. 7, Plainte calme that I have heard does not seem to follow the sheet music. There's a passage where the time signature ...
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Interpreting guitar strumming on a piano

I play the piano-keyboard, and I must say I envy guitar players, specially when it comes to strumming techniques. It seems inevitable to compare the two instruments. I think the strumming technique in ...
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Multiple Voices in "Rock" Piano

I generally get the idea of "multiple voices" in music such as explained in this question and answer. Is it also correct that in modern (e.g. non-classical) music multiple voices are used to ...
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Games for the young piano student?

I've been teaching violin and piano to beginners for a couple years now, and I'm starting to notice that piano tends to be a little less fun for my younger students. In violin I have several fun and ...
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Chopin Nocturne in C sharp minor (posth.) note mistake

In Chopin's C sharp minor Nocturne (no. 20, op. posth.) measure 15 the forth and last notes of the left hand appear to be B in every music sheet that I can find online: However, it seems that all the ...
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identify a piano etude by music score of initial bars [closed]

Please help identify a piano etude from the below score. Conventional apps (Shazam, SoundHound) seem to fail.
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Per Mozart piano concerto 21

Explain the infinity symbol w/ sharp above and flat below and sometimes fingering is printed? Is this similar to a trill of ascending and descending half steps?
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On piano, can one tell aurally whether a slur is written or not?

If you hear a piece on the piano, can you objectively tell where the slurs are written? Sometimes it feels hard to tell the difference when there are slurs or not written in a passage. Is there an ...
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Ave Maria - Gounod Arr. Gerlitz piano fingering right hand

I am trying to learn this piece and towards the end there are some chords that I’m trying to find an … elegant? Efficient? Fingering for in the right hand. Here is a picture. I have highlighted the ...
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Chopin Ballades' difficulty range

Welcome to my first post! I recently discovered Chopin's four Ballades and I am particularly drawn to the first. I am currently not at the level to play it, but I would love to play it in the future. ...
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Glissandos in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3 Mov.3

In Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3 Mov.3 towards the end there are some parts with a glissando with doubled notes from 7:30 onwards of this video. It's played by Martha Argerich. I've also watched ...
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piano jazz using rootless chords in common progressions

Can one use rootless chords along with rooted chords when constructing common chord progressions.
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Clair De Lune - Un poco mosso section rhythm problem

I count the beats as 1 o let, 2 o let, 3 o let, instead of 123456789. For the duplets, I count them as 1 o and let, with a very fast 'and'. I am now on the un poco mosso section and don't know the ...
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1564 (I V vi IV) chord progression for Minor

Many of I-V-vi-IV chord progression examples are C major. My question is Minor. For example of Am key signature, the 1564 is Am , Em, F, Dm; however, I-V-vi-IV should mean major-major-minor-major. May ...
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Where can I find a composition teacher?

I live in Southwestern California just some 100 miles away from the Arizona border and have played piano since I was 8 years old. I'm 16 now and have been self-taught since age 14. I want to take my ...
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Help with a melody from a chord progression on piano [closed]

Right now I have a chord progression I like (D min, 1st inversion A min, C maj, 1st inversion A min) and want some good tips for making a melody.
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My hands don't move naturally on the piano because I'm constantly trying to figure out which notes to play

I've been practicing piano for a few years as a self learner. When I start a new piece, I am always struggling to play the correct notes. After much practice and I start memorizing which notes to play,...
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Is using transpose function on a keyboard a bad idea? [duplicate]

I have a digital keyboard that has a transpose function which can shift the pitch up or down by the number of semi-tones I want. I hear some say that most good keyboardists frown up using the ...
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Are there any tricks to pushing a grand piano?

Are there any tricks to pushing around a stubborn grand piano? Is changing the direction of the wheels simply a question of brute force, or is there some approach I can take that will allow me to be ...
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How to fix the false beats of piano

I have tuned my old piano several times. Now the only problem I have is that there are few keys that have false beats. I looked for solutions from YouTube. The answer I got was using CA glue on the ...
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Does the rhythm act as a catch-all category in variation changes [closed]

Isn't rhythm by itself a categorical term in theme and variations
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Is it natural to struggle playing a new piano piece with slow progress in the beginning? [closed]

I'm a self learner who had been playing consistently for about a year and half and then since then off and on for about a year, bringing us to present. I just want to know if my struggles are natural, ...
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Finger issues right before exam

I am beginning to experience a pain just underneath the nail of my 3rd finger, it's my exam in 2 days. I have no idea how I managed to do this, but its making it very difficult to play the piano. The ...
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Piano Sonata No 20 D 959 Franz Schubert 1st movement two right-hand chords in Bar 10

I am not quite understanding the chord progression and the chord harmonies of the following two beats marked in the red rectangle. Especially two right-hand chords. They sound very inharmony and ...
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How do I remember where each note is on the piano if I looked at the sheet music?

I am learning the piano by myself and I want to remember where each note is. I preferably use do re mi fa sol la si(ti) as the musical notation, if that is necessary, as I could probably only remember ...
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How to Learn Classical Piano pieces by ear without the sheet music

Yesterday, I was reading about how the famous jazz pianists would play music by ear from recordings and I was appalled to find that I had never tried myself. I have a perfect pitch and so so relative ...
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Did Beethoven "invent" ragtime with Piano Sonata No 32 Op 111?

I had an interesting question. It is common knowledge that ragtime came about as a genre with Scott Joplin. However, I am curious if anyone has any information about Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 32 in ...
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When should the sustain pedal be used in Debussy's Clair de Lune, given the fast tempo?

In recordings of Clair de Lune, I can hear that the sustain pedal is used almost throughout the entire piece, including in the middle part, which is played at a rather fast tempo. Since the sustain ...
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Grand piano placement

Sadly, I don't enjoy playing my August Förster (170 cm) grand piano. Tones sound harsh and music blasts into my face instead of being 'in front of me'. I feel like I can insufficiently distance myself ...
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What does this symbol before the bass clef C mean? [duplicate]

I've looked everywhere but don't know how to put it into words.
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A,B,C,D,E,F,G and H in boxes in piano sheet music, how do I play it?

Sorry I probably just too new but all of those letters are in piece I want to play. What is that letter and how should I play it?
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Help understand Bach's Preludium 10 in e minor [duplicate]

I am a pretty basic beginner and my teacher got me started with this Bach song and I’m getting kind of confused in the first measure. I don’t think it adds up to 4 beats and I don’t know how to play ...
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Tied flat to natural?

I'm a beginner piano player and came across the following notation in a booklet: in a beginner's arrangement for Fauré's "Sicilienne". My question is regarding the bow on the bottom staff. ...
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Squiggly Line Above Note [duplicate]

I just found a Bach score (Invention #1, BWV 772), and there is this squiggly line above the B eighth note in the first measure (and a few other places). This is the score. What does it mean?
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Grand Piano Cracked Soft Pedal, Possible Missing Parts for Soft and Sustain Pedals

I have a 1912 Symphonic baby grand piano and I noticed two problems. This question is a two-parter: I noticed at the top of the beam for the soft pedal, the wooden piece is cracked. We thought of zip-...
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Right hand descending scale F# key finger 3 vs. 4

When playing the descending scale in the images shown, I always use finger 3 (orange) on the black F# key (3214321) because it's easier than finger 4 (printed) as it's far from the center and the hand ...
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Piano comping in a jazz ballad

I'm having trouble when comping over a jazz ballad with a singer/solo instrument. In my case I also have drums and bass playing with me. I'm mainly stuck between playing sustained chords to fill out ...
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What chord name is Bb - Eb - Ab [closed]

I'm new to music theory and just finished some basic stuff like scales, arpeggios, etc. I'm learning a song(Ab Maj) but can't figure out what chord name is that has Bb - Eb - Ab in the right hand and ...
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Why is the lowest note on the piano an A?

I've always wondered why almost every piano's lowest note is an A. In fact, I've never seen a piano whose lowest note is not an A, and I have also noticed that this pattern only occurs in pianos; most ...
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Is it an issue if the white and black keys are weighted differently?

I am looking to upgrade my keyboard from one with unweighted (springy) keys to one with weighted keys that feels more like a real piano. I'd like to buy the new CASIO PX-S1100. When I look at a lot of ...
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What is the best way to play a chord larger than your hand?

I've seen and attempted to play multiple songs on the piano that include chords that are tenths or sometimes even elevenths or twelfths (rarely), and these chords have four or five notes. If I were to ...
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Is it possible to play this B-flat, F, D chord? [duplicate]

Source: bar 38 in https://musescore.com/user/22588026/scores/4596391 My hand can span a bit over one octave but this chord is well out of reach. Is it even physically possible to play it as written? ...
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Writing music for tenor sax from piano [duplicate]

I have a famous song written for piano that I want to transpose for tenor sax. Is that the correct term? It will be put on a piece of art as a gift so its very important I do this correctly. I am very ...
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How to invert Em7 to A7+5 on the piano without a muddled sound

I'm learning to play Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Jobim) on the piano. On the 11th and 12th measure the left hand plays a chord progression of Em7 to A7+5. If those were not inverted, I would be ...
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Bach BWV 812 Allemande: Fingering for this semiquaver passage over held note

Bach BWV 812 Allemande : bar 3 - any suggested fingerings to play the descending D6 - A5 while holding G5 - starting from the 2nd beat The suggested fingering with 4 on D6 suggests to shorten the full ...
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Midi controlled metronome?

For piano practice (Roland RD 88), I would like a metronome I can control with MIDI foot pedal/ switches (Roland FC-300). It's most important to me to adjust the tempo with an expression pedal CC, and ...
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Piano Unreachable Notes in Music Sheet [duplicate]

Pardon my novelty, I'm new to reading music sheet, but now after some time I can basically read notes. This question is for piano. From this music sheet https://musescore.com/user/30710562/scores/...

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