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Getting good tone on piano with guitar calloused fingertips

I am playing the piano and I have started to learn guitar. I had asked a similar question asked from the guitar perspective on this site. Do calloused fingertips (due to playing guitar fretboard ...
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Schumann / Scenes from Childhood

In the first piece of Schumann's Scenes from Childhood (titled "About Strange Lands and People") the first measure, in the bass clef, has two 1/8 rests. However, the first measure of the ...
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Sitting at the piano

When sitting at the piano should the knees go underneath the keyboard? If so, if one has long legs the pedals become a problem. Is there a standard height from floor to keyboard. Being very tall I ...
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Arms, hands and posture at the piano

I am a beginner, started taking classed with this teacher about 3 weeks now. The reason I wanted to take classes is for the teacher to help me get rid of the pain in my upper back and shoulder blades ...
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Why do the Fourier components of a piano note shift away from the harmonic series?

This comes from me answering a question about functionally modeling a piano playing a middle C note in Mathematica. I figured the note would consist of the fundamental frequency f0 ~ 440 × 2−9/12 Hz ...
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What do these brackets around a note mean?

What do the brackets (around the first note of the second bar in the bass clef) in the image shown below mean?
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How to listen for two cents when Tuning for equal temperament?

One difficulty when tuning a piano is to sense the difference between equal temperament and just intonation. Let's consider A=440Hz and E=(660Hz in just temperament), a perfect 5th above A. After ...
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How do you practice trills on piano?

The title says it all: my trills on piano are really terrible, unless they are 1-2 or 2-3. Anything involving the 5th finger is especially awful. I have the same feeling of frustration of when I ...
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Chopin Nocturne Op. 55 No. 1 chord toward end requiring large left hand

Chopin Op.55 No. 1, m.89~97, the nine measures before the final two measures, left hand chord is A3-C3-F2, how to best do it with small hands unable to cover 10 keys? Should I just hold the C3-F2 and ...
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Cross-staff conflict

How can I achieve to have tied notes from the previous measure and cross-staff situation, when the notes which are in the Bass clef, technically in the Treble clef? No program (I tried Sibelius and ...
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Why is there so much dispute about how ornaments are supposed to be played in classical music?

It seems like almost every piece with an ornament has some argument as to how it is supposed to be played. For example, in my Alfred's edition of Fantaisie-impromptu, the footnote claims that the ...
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Mystery about piano songs [duplicate]

I have a 2003 Readers Digest Merry Christmas song book. Every song is written with smaller notes to the right of the larger notes. What is this called?
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How soon should you apply and unapply the sustain pedal after markings?

If the beginning of a bar starts with the 'P' symbol for sustain pedal, are you suppose to apply the pedal before you play the first note of the bar, after you have struck the note, or at the same ...
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Should a note be played by the right or the left hand if the bar extends between the F and G clefs in piano? [duplicate]

Are the 2 (eighth notes) quavers to be played by the left or right or is it up to the player to decide? I though there would have been rests in the G clef for the right hand but I don't see any. I got ...
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What are the practical advantages of keyboards with non-weighted keys vs. weighted hammer action?

This is not a question about what type toy keyboard a beginning piano student should learn on if a real piano is not an option. I am talking about professional quality keyboards in the above (to well ...
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How does one learn piano as a non-Western?

I can memorise my regional songs by using Synthesia, play arpeggios and stuff, and impress others, but I think I will never learn piano properly this way. I tried taking Udemy courses but the songs I ...
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Tips for Animenz Unravel (piano)

I am having some issues in playing certain parts of Unravel by Animenz. The main issue is with the right hand, I can’t keep up with the tempo and make mistakes again and again. I have practiced this ...
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What does this symbol (circled in red) mean?

I've recently got this sheet music from my teacher and there was no explanation on how to play this. I can't seem to find anyone talking about it so I've asked here. If you got some idea, thanks. ...
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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 ...
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Unable to connect Yamaha P-35B to iPad?

I bought one of these dongles https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08D6YG8GH?psc=1&ref=ppx_yo2ov_dt_b_product_details in order to connect my Yamaha P-35B (no computer port, only has the 5-pin MIDI ports) to ...
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How much time per day do international concertists typically spend on the *exercices* part only [duplicate]

How much time per day do international concertists typically spend on the exercices part only (so not counting pieces, and not counting exercices dedicated to a specific piece) : so counting only &...
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Seeking a classification of Bach's preludes (WTC, "little", "great", ...)

I know JS Bach's Well-Tempered Claviers (Books I & II) very well — on account of obsessively listening to one song at a time for hours on end. (See picture below.) Lately I've noticed that (JS) ...
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When we talk about an 88/76/etc Key piano, does that include all keys or just white notes?

I have an old cheap keyboard which spans 5 octaves plus one extra C, so it goes from C2-C7 (I think). Does that make this a 41 (5 x 8 +1) key or a 61 (5 x 12 + 1) keyboard? When we talk about a ...
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61, 73, 88 keys for music covers and some classics? Suggestions for a traveler?

Alright, so I'm a really beginner. Looking forward to practice and play piano. I'd like to play mostly pop songs covers for example: "Let it go, Boom clap" and stuff like that also kpop. And some ...
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Yamaha YPG: 235 : shifting octaves

I want to practice Beethovens moonlight sonata, but the sonata needs keys lower than what I have in my 76-keyboard. Is it possible to shift keys one octave down?
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Fourth finger curling back towards the palm of my hand

I'm trying to play, with my right hand, A4 E3 D3 E3 C3. The score suggests the 5th finger on A, and the three first fingers on C, D, E, that is 5,3,2,3,1. I'm able to play it comfortably but I notice ...
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What is this symbol in Bach Menuet BWV 114?

I've played piano for three years and have never seen this symbol above a note, what is it? Really freaked me out when I saw something this uncommon in a beginner song. It's piano solo music if you ...
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How do I convert Piano songs for Guitar?

I am learning Guitar on my own so far I have learnt everything basic. Song I want to play was Pusher - Clear ft. Mothica I searched for acoustic guitar chords everywhere but only thing that came up ...
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What does this "crossed wave" symbol mean? [duplicate]

What is this symbol? I'm not a piano player, although I know a couple of accents (marcato, tenuto, staccato, staccatissimo), and this is not one of them.
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How to get more accurate performances with difficult passages (eg. the end of Chopin Nocturne in C# minor)

I am playing piano as a hobby, but I am putting a lot of effort into perfecting the pieces I like. Specifically, I am playing Chopin nocturne in c sharp minor and although I am playing it for a while, ...
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How can I significantly improve my hand independence on piano?

I started taking piano lessons about 7 years ago, and stopped about 2 years ago when my teacher (the one and only piano teacher I've had) quit. In all honesty, my piano has been severely neglected ...
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What are these rectangular notes? [duplicate]

I was reading a piano sheet and noticed what seem to be rectangular dotted quarter notes and half notes during some glissandi: In contrast, there are other glissandi in the sheet that use typical ...
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How to practice playing "not matching" rhythms in both hands?

I'm not sure if what I mean has an actual name, but I'm currently playing a piece (Chopin's Op. 20, Nocturne in C-sharp minor) which has several sections analogous to this: That is, some tuplet in ...
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Difference between a grand piano and a MIDI keyboard

What's the main difference in feel and operation between a grand piano and a MIDI keyboard? I have an Intern INT-KB-6101 61 key keyboard. I usually use headphones to play it. But say I utilize a ...
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Harmonic minor 'A'. How is left hand (bass staff) affected?

I'm following along Alfred's basic adult piano course book. They've introduced a harmonic minor scale, but I'm confused about what happens to the bass staff. In the book it says "The 7th tone (G) ...
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Question about sequence of Thirty-Second notes [duplicate]

I have this section of piano sheet music that I am really confused with. It contains a sequence of thirty-second notes that maybe have a tremolo. I don't understand what the line under the G on the ...
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What does this 'Led' or 'Σed' indication mean?

In Mark Levine's The Jazz Theory Book, there is this example to be played on the piano: The Jazz Theory Book, figure 3-149 I've never had any piano training/lessons, so I don't really know the ...
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Chopin Op. 9 No. 3 m. 27

From Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 3 in B Major. Is the phrase in red an unmarked 21-tuple? I can’t figure out how it would be correctly read as 32nd notes, so I assume so—just want to make sure.
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How to convert notes into chords?

My level: beginner. I am learning with the easiest version of song, which consists only of single notes. I thought I convert LH notes into chords, treating the given notes as root notes of the chords ...
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Piano Sheet Music: Two Voices - Same Note

In this measure, two voices play the same note (one head, 2 stems). Is it just for style or should I play the note louder to imitate 2 notes being played?
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Piano sheet music: how to play this notation (pedals)?

Hello dear music community! Since the beginning of the year, I am learning how to play the piano. I have a digital piano with 88 keys and a sustain pedal. The piece I'm currently learning includes ...
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Chopin Nocturne in F minor Op. 55 No. 1 m.71 accidental and fingering

I have the Jan Ekier National Edition of Chopin's Nocturne Op.55 No.1 (first image). The second image is from a video (said to be from IMSLP). I have two questions: The Ab and the G# in Measure 71 (...
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Piano Concertos: Why is Brahms 2 considered more mature than Rachmaninoff 3?

These two titanic concertos are two of the most difficult often played concertos in piano literature, so they are talked about a lot. In most discussions, forums, or interviews with pianists I've seen,...
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97-keys piano in Finale

How can I obtain a 97-keys piano in Finale26 MakeMusic? I'm using the Steinway D Concert Grand Piano: for GPO5. On this site I found the instructions to solve my problem, but I haven't managed to find ...
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Piano fingering for left hand

What's in your opinion the best fingering for left hand: Tempo: 180 This is m. 12 of Attack On Titan Opening 1 - "Guren No Yumiya", from MuseScore.
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Building muscle memory for playing chords by ear, with piano chord inversions

I've started to practice ear training in order to be able to play chords by ear... while playing melody by ear is pretty easy for me, playing chords is harder. I started with the simple I-IV-V chord ...
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BWV 851 (WTC 1 prelude in D Minor) - Different versions

I am learning the D minor prelude from book 1 of the well-tempered clavier. I had been following the Henle Verlag Urtext edition, but lost access to it and fell back to this Ricordi edition from IMSLP....
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What exactly does a rest mean?

Let's consider this example (Shostakovitch, Waltz) As we see, there are two rests in the left hand, after the sustain pedal. Due to the sustain pedal, the left hand C note will be longer than a ...
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Can I safely customize fingering of arpeggios?

I am beginner and by "safely" I mean no surprise, that I learn arpeggios my way, and after N months/years I discover there is some technique based on arpeggios which would require standard ...
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Piano chords with an octave in them

I rarely see people playing chords on the piano the way I learned in school, but they more often play chords with an octave in them. For example, instead of playing C major as C E G, they play it ...

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