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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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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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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: 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 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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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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What does Pedale ad lib mean?

I want to know what Pedale ad lib means. I have tried many ways to find out, but I still don’t understand what it means. Can anyone help me please?
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Piano voice guitar sheet music [duplicate]

Got a chord in music b c e b with square shaped bracket next to it. I tried playing it but finger can’t stretch to other b octave higher. It is on a P V G sheet music from Sound of Music.
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Ballade Pour Adeline: How to understand the dyads?

I am listening to Ballade pour Adeline for piano and specifically to this version on YouTube. After the quick introductory arpeggio, the main part starts with a dyad of G and E played with the right ...
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How do I play this note? (Drakengard 3 Kuroi Uta)

Is this C# and D# played together? It sounds weird/out of key, so wasn't sure. Edit:
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What does this line above this note mean?

Above the note C5 at rehearsal mark (3rd measure below): is the line a part of the number 4 or part of the articulation (the dot on top of the note)?
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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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Interpreting staccato and legato marking in Schubert's D780 no 4

At the start of this piece the word staccato is written beneath the lower stave and the word legato is written in between the staves. When are you suppose to stop playing the lower-stave notes with ...
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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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Why are these 2 sharps ignored?

I am trying to learn Via Purifico (浄罪の路) on piano from Nobuo Uematsu, but there is a specific part that doesn't sound right to me - albeit I'm not mastering it yet. Upon checking online, I found some ...
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Notate whole note right hand and eighth notes left hand

I've read a bunch of questions on how to play something like this, but I'm not sure how best to notate it. It seems to me there must be a more elegant way, e.g. if the whole note had a dropped stem or ...
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How do I play this chord? [duplicate]

How would one play this chord? I am 6'2" and have medium to large hands but there is no way I can reach from the E to G#. Is there a trick to it?
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Are these groups of notes played together?

From the sheet, the notes circled in red appears to be separate (1 chord + 1 note), and I have always played them separately. However, after listening to a few recordings, apparently they are to be ...
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Chopin Nocturne in C sharp minor Scales RH and LF correspondence, does one choice make more sense musically than another?

Take the longest scale (measure 56--in this previous discussion some alternatives were given but it does not address my question): The Henle edition I have (shown here) seems to group rather evenly (...
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Forearm soreness playing constant octaves

I have been playing piano approximately one year. The music genre that I play (merengue) has the right hand almost exclusively playing in the octave position. Below is a short clip of me playing along ...
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What are these numbers like "6 5" that are stacked on each other below the bass staff in a sheet of music?

This is for piano. What are the '6' and '5' that are stacked on each other at the bottom?
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Playing the notes on the right side of piano with the left hand [duplicate]

I'm currently learning the "Fur Elise" on the piano from youtube. In the tutorial, at this timestamp, the teacher plays some notes on the right side keys with her left hand, which seems ...
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Problem with finger jump in piano

I was practicing the Fur Elise piece on the piano, Since I'm trying to improve my piano playing skills, I'm practicing to play it without looking at the keyboard. I've practiced the first two lines ...
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Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp minor rest symbols in m. 33-41 seem to be unnecessary?

The rests in these measures (see arrows) seem to be unnecessary? Whenever there is a quarter rest for this "voice", there is a quarter note in the "main" voice of LH. And whenever ...
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Term for notation with right-hand-chords and melody simultaneously

I found a kind of notation in a solo piano book I'm not familiar with (see image below). As I understand it, I’m supposed to play every note and the ones in between the brackets only if possible. Is ...
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Chopin Nocturne in C# minor Pedaling (Henle Verlag ed. with very few pedal markings)

I saw another question related to pedaling for this piece, but that one uses a different edition (not sure what edition). My Henle edition (cover picture here) has no pedal in the intro part, and only ...
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Ottava markings - Should this 8va be 8vb?

Perusing the score of Charles E. Ives' Concord Sonata, in the 4th movement "Thoreau", p. 10, I noticed some ottava markings; in particular, "8va" above the treble clef, and another ...
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How do you play a slur for the same note? [duplicate]

I am learning a new piece on piano and there's a slur between the same note like this: Am I supposed to strike the key twice and use the sustain pedal in between?
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Are there fundamental problem how I'm fingering this fugue?

Part of my question about how I'm fingering this fugue is based on what I call "contraction" fingering. For example, with this passage... ...where I normally can finger it 1543 2432 1321 2. ...
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Fingering for left hand accompaniment over two octaves piano

I'd appreciate some help on how to finger the highlighted part. The sheet came with a lot of fingerings, so it feels to me like I'm missing something very obvious about how this should be played. ...
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What is the word for the feeling when the piano key catches at the bottom of a press. The word for when the jack slips

I apologize I’m not a musician, I’m writing poetry and I heard someone talk about that click a little over 3/4s of the way down a piano key, when the jack catches and the hammer is launched. It ...
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Can I play the BWV 863 prelude like this?

So, I'm learning the prelude and fugue in G-sharp minor from the Well-Tempered Clavier I (BWV 863). The prelude goes like this (see full score here): And I would like to play it like this: As you ...
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Would a sixth finger on each hand make you a better pianist? [closed]

I remember seeing an episode of The Outer Limits in which a man evolves very rapidly, developing a sixth finger on each hand. He's shown blazing through some difficult piano pieces. My question is, ...
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Practice the Beats and Tempos in Franz Liszt Consolations No. 3, Lento placido, in D♭ major, S.172 [duplicate]

In Franz Liszt Consolations No. 3, Lento placido, in D♭ major, S.172, let us call the quarter note as one beat. Thue the eight note is 1/2 beat. The tuplet note (hat 3) is 1/3 beat. We see the right-...
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Accidentals should apply to both clefs? Chopin Op. 9 No. 2 Measure 13 [duplicate]

It's my understanding that any accidental showing on the treble clef also applies to the bass clef unless indicated otherwise, correct? For measure 13 of Chopin Nocturne Op. 9 No. 2, my Henle Verlag ...
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Help undestanding these ties on notes and chords

There's so much happening here. I sense two voices on G staff, one of which has a mixture of notes tied to chords and I'm unsure how should I approach this or if this score is properly written Thank ...
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How to play the 4:3 polyrhythm section of the piano accompaniment for "Madrigal" by Gaubert? [duplicate]

I am trying to learn a piano accompaniment for flute. It is called "Madrigal" and it is pretty easy for the most part except for these 4:3 polyrhythm sections. Not only are these complex ...
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Strange Fingering in "Rondo Alla Turca"

I recently acquired a copy of Mozart's Rondo alla Turca and am a bit baffled by one of the fingerings annotated: On measure 47, it marks 3-1-4 for C#, E, A. Is there a reason for this fingering? Or ...
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What does the s number mean in the title of the piece?

For example, the transcendental etudes by Liszt are labeled "S. 139." What does this mean? If it's related to the piece's release date, what's the difference between it and opus # (e.g the ...
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how to read and play a turn in music when it is inbetween 2 notes?

for example in this Mozart piece, there is a turn in bar 7, and in bar 10 how are you suppose to play these turns rhythmically? how else could the notes be notated?
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