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Should I hold down Arpeggios for their duration?

Their are 2 Arpeggios on this picture: I know I should play their notes from the bottom to top very quickly BUT should I hold each note pressed down for their duration (dotted half note) OR should I ...
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Finding the Perfect Keyboard [closed]

I accompany high school and middle school choirs, and do rehearsal piano and pit keyboards for school musicals. I often have to haul my own gear around, and I have been on a multi-year quest to find ...
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Playing multiple notes with different duration on the same key simultaneously? [duplicate]

My son wanted to learn the Wellerman song on piano, so I looked up a sheet on MuseScore which I thought he could do, but is still a bit of a challenge. Now I have some trouble understanding it myself. ...
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What does ABRSM mean by Musical Shape and Musical Tone?

The marking criteria for ABRSM Performance exams comprises Pitch, Rhythm, Tone, Shape and Performance. What is (Musical) Shape? What is (Musical) Tone? For context, I'm learning to play piano, ...
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Converting music played on piano or keyboard into notation

I would like to be able to play a piano or keyboard and have what I play stored and reproduced as musical notation. Is that possible?
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Beamed half note [duplicate]

How can I play this sheet? What that beamed half note means?
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How long would it take for a beginning piano player to learn to play Bach Badinerie [closed]

Would it be possible for a beginning piano player (in their late twenties) to learn to play the song (see video) exactly as it's played there, within a year of practice (practicing 30 minutes to an ...
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How to search for melody? [closed]

I have a (likely well-known) melody in my head, and I'd like to know what song it is and where it is from. In this situation I normally use www.musipedia.org. While I have vague memories of having ...
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Lowest note on piano : A0 or A-1? [duplicate]

I am confused. I have bought a digital piano (a Yamaha Clavinova CLP-735) and I saw this : So they say the lowest note on the piano is A-1. However, on the musical apps that I use on my phone, they ...
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Meaning of left parenthesis notation on chords

As an example, in the Joseffy edition of the Chopin Nocturne op.62 no.1, there are many instances where a "left parenthesis" is used in front of a chord. I have always assumed this means a ...
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How to combine Split mode with Octave Piano instrument on Yamaha keyboards?

I am trying to combine the Split feature with the Octave Piano instrument on my Yamaha PSR-E363*. I want to press a single key with my left hand to play an octave chord while my right hand operates as ...
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Should I always use right hand for notes in Treble clef?

I'm trying to figure out which hand(especially which finger) I should use for notes in some measure in sheet music that I'm currently practicing. I attached a screenshot below. As you can see, There ...
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Inconsistent notation of BWV 565 mm. 39–40 makes it unclear whether to play C or C# [duplicate]

In the passage shown below (from Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565, mm. 39–40), the C#s and C-natural in the right hand are all explicitly notated, but in the left hand, no indication is ...
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Choosing Excerpts for Concerto Audition

I have been practicing Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 3 and I have an audition coming up. It requires me to choose a 15-minute excerpt, covering all three movements. As this is my first time auditioning ...
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What are some common patterns used when playing the piano/keyboard in a pop/rock band setting?

I've been trying to learn to play the keyboard for a few years now and think it would be cool to eventually get to the point where am able to play as part of a group. The problem is that I really ...
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Are 4 part chorales supposed to be played on piano using 2 voices for each hand?

Sometimes the bass and tenor have a 10th or 12th interval so obviously I cant reach that with one hand on some chords but is the general way to play a chorale on piano using two notes per hand? Most ...
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Is it normal to have memorized a piece by the time you can play it?

I've been playing piano for 5 months and have been having tremendous success (it helps that I've played clarinet for years and can read music). By the time I can play a Level 4 piece from start to ...
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Piano and Guitar playing different Tonic chord in a song

Please bear with me as my music theory knowledge is scrappy! After listening and watching live performances of this song by Maltese band "The Travellers", I've deduced that the piano and ...
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where to find piano symbols dataset [closed]

I want to detect piano symbols from pictures using machine learning. My issue is that I couldn't find a decent dataset to train my model. any recommendations ?
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How to get into rock/pop keyboard for a former piano player

I grew up playing classical piano, although it has been a long time since I have seriously played or practiced piano! Recently, I got interested in playing rock/pop keyboard or synthesizer, that sort ...
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Did any pianist in history ever sight-read one of Liszt's Transcendental Études?

Liszt was known to be able to sight-read any piece, even Chopin's Etudes Opus 10 and Grieg's Piano Concerto, both Piano and Orchestral Part. Since Liszt also composed some Études himself, I was ...
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Trying to learn Ab Scale on Piano, and can't make sense of the fingers [duplicate]

I am trying to learn Ab Scale, and fingers are tripping me up. I only know C Major till now and a beginner, so please help. For right hand : Its suppose to be 2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3 but I am starting Ab on 2 ...
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Fingerings in Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G minor, Op. 23 Nr. 5

According to the sheet music, the G minor chord and the octaves in the beginning of the piece should be split between both hands And I see most people performing the piece like this as well (for ...
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How do I play the last two bars? [duplicate]

I am trying to play the accompaniement of a song but the last two bars seems impossible to me. I can reach an octave with each hand and no more. I don't think I should maintain the pedal either ...
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Practicing the ability to play piano while looking at the score: start with already memorized pieces or new ones?

I've learned some pieces by myself. When I first learn a new piece, I look at each bar carefully, then I can just remember the notes after a few repetitions. Once I can play through it, I just repeat ...
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How do you play this notation [duplicate]

I am studying to play a piece and it has this: How do I play the eighth notes with the whole numbers? What does that mean?
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Brand new purchase [closed]

Just bought a Yamaha YPT-270 Digital Keyboard. Used to play on a baby grand and was pretty good. Could never play classical. Haven't played in years and don't have the piano anymore. Need lots and ...
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How to practise exact timing on the piano?

I have learned a piece (an arrangement I have made myself). When I record it, I notice that the timing is not exact (overall it is exact, I'm recording to a metronome). But when I open the recorded ...
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Db in realization of "A7alt" in Levine's piano book

In this other question about Mark Levine's jazz piano book, there's an enharmonic spelling of b9 of G7b9 as G# instead of Ab, which some users objected to: To me that seemed completely fine, because ...
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Sight reading piano - How far ahead do you look?

When you are sight-reading, how far ahead in the music do you look? Do you somehow look at the treble clef and bass clef at the same time? Or, do you even have to think about it at all? Perhaps, it's ...
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Digital Piano or MIDI [closed]

When I was little I used to play the piano, I got to fur elise level and my life took another direction, now at 25 I got back to it again, I got a small midi keyboard https://www.amazon.com/Alesis-...
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Bach Invention 2 Bar 13 overlapping keys for both hands while playing mordent

I know there are related previous discussions (I had asked one here, which , interestingly, was also a Bar "13"), but they concerned one individual key overlap. In this case, left hand plays ...
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After learning a piano song, it sounds boring after practicing over and over

When I hear a cool piano song, I buy the sheet music and learn it. But after perfecting it for days, it sounds boring and it gets annoying to play. It gets less interesting, and doesn't sound as good ...
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Is sforzando on two beats sensible? Are there alternatives?

For a piano piece, I want a sforzando (which I interpret as a strong accent on every note in that beat) to be applied to two beats. Until now I have notated it like this, with sffz between the notes: ...
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How to play piano well if the piano is just... Bad

I have a good piano at home, but there was (and there will be again) a time where I had to play a piano that is terrible in mnay aspects. It is a baby grand piano that is only really used for choir, ...
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Audio Connection Issues - Recording

I have a Yamaha P45 that has a midi to USB connection, Abelton Live 11, Sapphire Solo Studio and I use Playground Sessions APP on a Dell Laptop to learn and practice piano. I can get the piano ...
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Chopin Etude Op. 10, No. 3, m. 41—left-hand note at the end of the chromatic sequence: F sharp or G?

Most editions I've found (including the first edition) have an F#, but others follow the same descending pattern up to that point and print a G. Can anybody shed some light on which note is correct? ...
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Best way to learn as an adult [duplicate]

I want to learn how to read music and play properly, I kind of have a little experience in treble clef already. My main goal is to learn how to play by ear and basically play whatever song I want, so ...
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How might this chord, D-F-G-C in D dorian, be named?

I've been playing around with a progression alternating between (roughly) D dorian and D mixolydian, roughly, with the left hand chords starting with D-F-G-C and resolving to D-F♯-A-C: It struck me ...
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I can match pitch/melodies if played at a piano but not if i directly hear a song is it normal for a beginner?

Hi guys i'm 6 month into singing, and i have started where i wasn't able to match any pitch at all. With the help of a piano (and a app to see if i'm correctly matching the pitches) i started to match ...
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Why don’t piano teachers teach the chord method of playing to young children and adults?

I have been playing piano since I was 10 and now I am 43. I have never really been good at sight reading sheet music. I have recently been researching alternative methods of learning songs fast as ...
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Piano parallel chord jump technique?

Trying to learn blues piano, there are lots of times both left and right hands make the same jump, say from I to V. Besides "keep practicing", are there any helpful tricks to landing in the ...
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What do those double dots mean (in Trois mouvements de Petrouchka, Stravinsky)

What do those double dots mean ? Do they apply to the whole chord ? Or just the right hand chord or just the top D ? Does it have a musical meaning or interpretative meaning or both ? How is it ...
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The Role of Piano in Bossa Nova

I'm preparing a Bossa arrangement which will feature: GTR, Drums, Bass, Vocals , Trumpet and piano. I think it's obvious what the role of each instrument will be when playing Bossa Nova. But I am ...
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What music theory do I need to play the piano

Hope you had a blessed Christmas. I am 60 and started learning the piano 5 years ago. I have a full time demanding job so have little time, but manage to practice about an hour a day. I always ...
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Is there any other notation, like tab notation, for piano?

I am a beginner in music, and I like both piano and electric bass guitar. I can spend 2,3 hours per week on music (Online Learning and playing). I am not a musician, but I am playing for joy. I’ve ...
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Could one make a piano with all notes placed on narrow white keys?

This piano would include every note normally on a piano, just without any visual distinction between the accidentals and naturals. The keys would be narrower than normal white keys, but, I think, not ...
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Playing third voice in piano with far away notes

I am playing the Promenade of Mussorgski from pictures at an exhibition. And I came across this: How can I play that? Up to now I just keep skipping the lower C on the treble key.
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How to notate lack of pedal for a measure?

I'm writing a piano piece, for most of which I would like to use a blanket con pedale instead of marking pedals for each measure. However, at exactly one point, there are two nonconsecutive measures ...
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How to improve my technique while learning Yann Tiersen's "Pern"?

I'm a self learner, unfortunately I did not have any lessons. I try to work on scales, keys, articulation, tempo, etc. myself. And I also try to curve my fingers whenever I can. I can't read notes ...
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