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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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Black and white keyboard keys

I've often wondered why there needs to be a different colour in the keys on pianos, organs and keyboards. After all, their location and shape differentiates them regardless. I can understand the need ...
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Overseas Teaching of ABRSM Piano Students

I am Australia based. Can I teach online to my Singapore based student; and will I then be allowed to teach and enrol him in ABRSM Piano exams from Australia that he will complete in Singapore? Does ...
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Help required for beginner!

I am learning to play the piano and read music; I have only just started and so I apologise upfront if the question I am about to ask is a completely dumb one. I was skimming through some sheet music ...
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Chopin Waltz in b minor (Op. 69 No. 2) measures 13~14 different versions

I'm seeing two different versions of Chopin Op. 69 No. 2 Waltz in b minor, Measure 13-14. The one that is not urtext (or maybe is also urtext?) seems to be widely used. My Henle Urtext book (see cover ...
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What are tone colors and how can you produce different tone colors when playing the piano?

I have heard that some tones are more mellow whereas others are brighter. However, I was wondering what is the difference between these two types of tones on the piano. Although I have heard that ...
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Note duration notation when using the sustain pedal

In the excerpt below from "Theme from Symphony No.6, 1st Movement" by Tchaikovsky, the chord in red in the bass is a dotted half note. But the sustain pedal prolongs the sound to a whole ...
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What is the fingering for this chord arpeggio?

Basic question probably, but what would be the best left-hand fingering for this arpeggio? I was thinking about this: 5 2 1 5 1 5 1 2
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Should I purposely detune my piano for tuning practice?

I'm currently studying as a piano technician, and I'm just starting to learn how to tune a piano. I want to tune it a few times before going out and doing others people's pianos, but I'm not sure what ...
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What do these fingerings mean in this piano arrangement of the Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana?

I am teaching myself piano and thought it would be a good challenge to learn this arrangement of Mascagni's Intermezzo from Cavalleria rusticana. I do not have a teacher and have never taken lessons, ...
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Which finger on right hand to use to play G note on piano in Twinkle Twinkle Little Star?

When my daughter learned piano the first time one year ago, the teacher let us use this fingering: CC GG AA G FF EE DD C 11 55 55 5 44 33 22 1 We stop learning for a while and we start again. ...
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two hands arpegiato : simultaneously or left first, followed by right hand?

In this score (Danse Macabre, Saint-Saëns/Liszt) there is an arpeggiated chord across the two hands: should it be done simultaneously or done first with left hand, followed by right hand?
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Why does this piece in 3/4 have 3 crotchet beats in the last bar despite starting with an anacrusis?

I came across a piece in my piano syllabus. It’s called ‘Terminal 2’ by Nathalie Béra-Tagrine. The piece is in 3/4 time signature. It starts with an anacrusis like below: However, the last bar still ...
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Is there an error in this measure? (beat count in Simplified Mendelssohn Op. 19 No. 1)

I got this arrangement for beginner piano solo from free-scores website. It has two voices. As you see the time signature is "C"=4/4. In Measure 27 bass clef, one voice is a whole C note, ...
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Piano agility -- hitting a wall with speed

I've started up practicing piano again in the last few months after 15 years of classical lessons and then a 7 year gap, and I'm running into a similar issue to one I had back in the day playing piano,...
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With which part of my pinkie should I hit the piano keys?

I've recently started learning Chopin's Fantaisie – Impromptu in C# minor for piano on my own. The left hand nearly always plays the same pattern, with the pinky hitting the lowest tone. The pattern (...
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Is it Bad Technique to Use One Finger for Two Keys in Sequence?

I was curious about how a pro might finger a jazz solo, so I paid someone on Fiver to write out the fingering labels. Not a lot of surprises, but there are few spots where they play two different ...
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How to count and play this notation? [duplicate]

This is a measure from Yann Tiersen's "La Valse D'Amelie". The very first measure of this piece has a 2/4 time signature: The rest of the measures are like below. Just counting the note ...
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F#m7 chord in “Misty” in C major

I'm analyzing the accompaniment for 'Misty' in C major. In measure 16 (“how hopelessly I am lost”) there's an F#m7 chord accompanying the B in the melody. Although F#m7 seems unusual in C major, it ...
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How should I practice piano meaningfully at home? [duplicate]

Every answer I find I don't really know how to put into practice. I don't care about those "HOW TO LEARN PIANO IN FIVE MINUTES", and I can put in time. I just need to know a schedule I can ...
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How to play this chord?

This is a simplified version of Schumann's Träumerei (Op.15 no.7) , toward the end. How to play the left hand chord pointed to by the red arrow? How does it differ from just the original version ...
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Can someone play piano good without knowing how? [closed]

Hey so my fingers just know wht keys to press and it sounds right but I don't know how to play like read keys and music sheets what can it be? Am I just talented?
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How to practice when my hands are tired

I'm prepping for my RCM Level 8 piano exam this Thursday, and I have been practicing for an hour every day since last week, with a few exceptions, so I would have thought I would have been more ...
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Will this section be playable by a professional pianist and a professional violinist?

So I am composing a piece for a competition, and it has a strict criteria about the song being playable. I am looking for reviews for a section in my piece for playability. The piano part , 16th notes ...
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Professionalism at piano playing [closed]

What is the easiest way to get professional on the piano and what is the trick behind using two different hands to play several different notes with different fingers. How is the memory improved by ...
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Sustaining, while replaying, notes in Rachmaninoff Prelude in A flat Op. 23 No. 8

Bars 32-39 of this prelude call for the left hand to play a line built from sustained notes that also get repeatedly replayed in the right hand's sixteenth note arpeggiations. I cannot figure out ...
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Fingering for arpeggio in Scriabin's piano sonata no. 1

What fingering is recommended for the righthand section here? I'd originally been using 1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3-4-135, but at around dotted quarter = 80-85 it's started to feel quite difficult and I've hit ...
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Problems with learning consecutive similar passages [duplicate]

I am self-learning piano and in many pieces I encounter two similar, but not identical passages one after another. For example, in Beethoven's Pathétique sonata, 1st mvt measures 12-19 and 20-27 are ...
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Is it safe to pre-tension soft pedal on Yamaha U1 to lower volume?

I bought a 1960s Yamaha U1 about a year ago, and really like it. However, it's slightly too loud for the room it's in. I noticed it has a wing nut on the soft pedal that can be loosened, and this ...
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Tips for learning and memorizing passages consisting of groups of only slightly different notes?

Not sure how to word it better. I give two examples below. On the right hand (treble clef), the small groups of notes have similar patterns but vary slightly, sometimes just an accidental's difference....
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questions about some direction markings in Chopin's op 28 no 6, prelude in B minor

in bar 1, there is 'sotto voce' written between the right and left hand. what does it mean in this context? does it simply means to play softly or is it asking to play the right hand softly?(since ...
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How do you trinity grades align with RCM grades

I have been doing Trinity piano grades for the past 5 years. I am currently in grade 5. I want to learn a piece called "Waltz in C-Sharp Minor"(op. 64, no. 2) by Chopin. However, as it is ...
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how to be a connoisseur of piano performances

I have been playing piano for a few years and got a distinction in the Trinity grade 4 piano classical and jazz exam. I do plan to continue my piano studies and do further trinity-graded exams. I have ...
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Differing from suggested fingering

I have been learning to play the piano and the book I have has these suggestions for fingering for the chords. The piece that uses this is Take Me Out to the Ball Game I find that it is easier for me ...
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Musicality in playing music notes [duplicate]

I am self taught- piano, When I play, i hear all the notes, but I don’t “hear the music”! How do I achieve that? Thank you.
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Why is my bass clef inverted? [closed]

I have downloaded an early printed Beethoven sonata where the bass clef is upside down and looks more like a C? Why? What am I missing?
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Staff text positioning

I have fermatas on the final notes on both staffs at the end of a piano piece. I only want the fermatas held on the final refrain. Do I need to include staff text to that effect above both staffs, ...
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Writing songs on piano that are meant for a guitar-led band

I am a keyboardist in a rock band. I run into a problem a lot when introducing new songs to the rest of the band members. It might be my lack of skill as a piano player, I don't know. It's been ...
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