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Piano lever on lefthand side of upright piano

Does anyone know what this lever, in the picture, which is located after the bass keys on an upright piano, is for?
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How to use modes to create chords

OK I know major and minor modes will produce different chords but what about other modes? How to derive chords from dorian, phrygian? Lydian? Mixolydian? Locrian? Edit: The chord order in A minor is i ...
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What should I play over this rhythmic slash notation?

(I'll work on getting a better picture) I'm playing as the pianist for a jazz ensemble and Ive encountered a specified rhythm in slash notation, however there are no specified chords. This is a ...
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K. 397 different versions

When looking for this score I see slightly different versions in terms of phrasing/slurs. Bars 7-12 for example here vs Is the 2nd ...
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Legato and pedaling with octaves

I'm returning to the piano after 7-8 years away. I took lessons for 15 years then stopped after college, but I'm trying to play without a teacher for the time being, then will potentially get a ...
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Splitting MIDI Channels for Left and Right Hand on Yamaha Clavinova CSP-275 (Streamlight)

I recently purchased a Yamaha Clavinova CSP-275 digital piano that comes with the Stream Lights function. I've been trying to import a song (piano only song) into the piano for practice purposes. ...
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What is the name of this instrument that sounds like a pedal steel guitar? [closed]

What is the name of this instrument? Here video I'm thinking that the sounds produced by that instrument are similar to the sounds of a pedal steel guitar, because when I see the newer versions of the ...
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Tenuto, legato and staccato on the same note

In the first bars of the Barcarola et Scherzo by Alfredo Casella the piano part has chords with legato, tenuto and staccato signs all together: What is the correct way to play these notes? What could ...
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Piano chord fingering and/or pedal use [duplicate]

Although my beginner status doesn't make me eligible to play this particular sheet (part of which I presented here), I found it interesting to analyze the notes written. My question is related to ...
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Fumbling scales in spite of practice and experience

I am about a month and a half away from the grade 8 piano exam. I am 43 and have been playing since I was 16. I practice the scales every day in all of the ways recommended by my teacher and online ...
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How to count when bass and treble clefs share notes or chords

I'm totally new to piano. I have a background in guitar, programming and some math, therefore I tend to think a little in an "exact number of boxes" fashion or "an array of numbers"...
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What do these circled 7's and 8's mean?

I'm playing Schubert's 3rd impromptu, op. 90 D899. There is a circled number precisely under each trill, shown below, and I don't know how to interpret them. I read here that they might indicate a ...
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Why is the ossia in Wilde Jagd (Transcendental Etude 8) the same as the regular part?

In Wilde Jagd (Transcendental Etude 8) by Liszt, there is an ossia on measure 191. The ossia and non-ossia parts only differ by where the 8va is placed. But they have the same content --- the notes ...
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Scriabin Prelude op. 11 no. 3 Finger 0 Henle Edition

In the first bar of Scriabin's third prelude op. 11 he indicates a finger "0" in the left hand as seen in the screenshot (preview from Henle's website) below. What is this supposed to mean? ...
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I need help! Do you know the name of this documentary about music? [closed]

I need to find a BBC documentary about classical music (or opera) that I have seen long time ago. I don't remember the name. I just remember a scene where the male host play and sing at the piano ...
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Recommended way to sightread grand staff

When I only have one staff I can keep the whole thing focused so I do not have to plan so much where to look, I basically can just follow the contour of the notes and it usually goes fine. But with ...
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How to write instrument names in a standard professional way in the sheet music

This question is about how to write instruments names on a score. On the page at: https://musiciandevelopment.com/2016/05/16/how-to-prepare-a-professional-score/ it states: list the full instrument ...
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How is this played? [duplicate]

This debate didn't solve this at all. https://www.reddit.com/r/pianolearning/comments/16n0rtx/how_is_this_played/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3 How is this played? Do you play ...
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Why is this part on my digital piano making a clicking/popping noise?

I have a Yamaha Clavinova digital piano, and two of the keys make an annoying clicking/popping noise when depressed. I opened up the piano and deduced that the cause of the noise are these little ...
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Is this note in Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9, No. 1, a Bb or an Ab?

In the original edition of Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9, No. 1, there is an Ab in bar 5 (6 if the anacrusis is counted) as the 4th note of the left hand: However, somebody6's transcription on MuseScore ...
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Whats the best fingering for playing this bar on left hand on piano?

I have tried several ways but all of them fell not so good to me. Can anyone suggest a fingering for it ? Thank you.
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Schafer & Sons 84697 spinet

My grandparents passed away recently and left me my grandmother's Schafer & Son's spinet piano. I live in NE Colorado and it is located in their home that is being readied for sale in Broken Arrow,...
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How to perform rapid notes with the pinky finger on piano?

I'm playing a piece on piano which contains the following two-voice rhythm for the right hand: . The piece is at a relatively rapid tempo, around 120 BPM. I currently finger the chord as 1-2-3-5 and ...
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Tuning "Steinway Grand Piano" in Garageband midi library like a real piano

I would like to my midi in Garageband sound like a real piano . I'm using the Steinway Grand Piano in the library, but it has no intonation and depth. I tried adding some plug-ins and tuning ...
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Are different dynamics for different hands on piano permissible?

Is it a normal practice for a piano part to have different dynamics for the left and for the right hand? And if it's not common, what will happen if I specify different dynamics for the left and for ...
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Slur for same-pitch notes in chords: Tie or not?

I encountered this in Mozart KV 310: Should I repeat the C here?
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Beethoven Op. 22 No.1 Measures 16-20

Does anyone have any excercises for voicing in this section other than rhythms and over accenting?
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Should I provide fingering for a piano music sheet?

I am typesetting a piano piece and am wondering if I should provide fingering instructions. First I thought that it could be helpful, but I'm not sure if this is considered normal by professional ...
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allegro animato and deciso in Mazeppa

In Liszt's 5e étude, Mazeppa, a part has allegro animato and then the next one allegro deciso. What are the possibilities and the most likely meaning of those terms ? I understand that animato can ...
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Correct way to play Mozart K331 Trio Measure 11?

I just started to learn the Trio movement of Mozart's K331. It sounds really nice but is the hardest movement of this piece for me. (By the way, why are the Menuetto and the Trio often counted ...
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How fast would Chopin have played his own Fantasie Impromptu, Op. 66?

I came across a performance of Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu by Valentina Lisitsa and was surprised how fast she performed it, around 95 bpm (half-note beat)! Urtext tempo indication is Allegro agitato....
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What specific wrist movement had A. Brendel in mind for playing syncopated notes?

In his book A Pianist's A-Z A. Brendel writes: [This is my clumsy translation from a non-English edition. If you have a proper English quote, please replace this with it.] syncopation "...
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How to write cross staff beams in Noteflight?

In the middle section of Symphony No 5 by Beethoven, I see some cross staff beams (marked in red): Can you please tell me how to write them in Noteflight?
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KD-160 Kohler piano audio outputs not working

at our worship place we have a KD-160, Kohler digital piano, and it currently has an external mic hooked up to our PA system. I want to get it connected straight into our PA system via the output L/...
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What does this notation mean above the staff? [duplicate]

I'm learning piano and music theory. Today I came across this notation - a bracket line spanning across the width of the staff, and a number on the left. Could someone please tell me what it means? ...
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How to open piano for tuning

I am trying to open my piano for tuning, but I am not sure how to do it right. The fallboard hinges on the upper panel, and weirdly the fallboard is connected to the body. Here's a picture: And here ...
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How to identify voice of whole note

I've got a chord of whole notes and have no idea which voice they're in. There are other chords in the sheet music that I looked at to try to figure out the voice, but this hasn't been conclusive. At ...
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Meaning of a fingering marking

Henle's edition of Isaac Albéniz's Tango has these two bars: What does the line connecting the two 2s across the bar line mean?
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Meaning of a stem extending to both sides of a notehead

A piano part of a big band arrangement uses notation where chords are marked and stems extend to both sides of noteheads: My guess is that this is marking the highest note of the chord to play, as ...
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How do I release a piano note sooner when going to the next set of keys? For example, when I play a quarter note I do not release that note quickly [duplicate]

how do I release a piano key quicker and still stay in rhythm? When I play a quarter note followed by a half note, I do not release the quarter note quickly and that causes a delay in playing the next ...
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Is the fingering strange in Saint-Saens piano version (from Liszt) of Danse macabre

In Saint-Saens piano version (from Liszt) of Danse macabre, m. 79, there is this left hand fingering (that I show in blue) Is it a good fingering ? (it looks like 3 2 would be much more natural and ...
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Notes extending for longer than time signature allows for [duplicate]

I can't seem to find an answer for this on the internet, so I'll try asking here. I've come across a measure that lasts for five beats when the time signature is 4/4 and should only last for four ...
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Lower voice in Chopin's Nocturne Op 9 No 1 not adding up to 6/4 time signature

I wanted to learn Chopin's Nocturne Op 9 No 1. In most cases, the note values add up to the time signature of 6/4. However, in measure 6 of the right hand part, I counted the note values of the lower ...
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Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody 2, unusual markings?

Disclaimer: I'm a musician but not a pianist. My hobby is to study musical scores of other instruments just to learn a little more about them and how they work. I came across some unusual markings for ...
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Any advice on fingering for stacked eighth notes?

Any advice on right hand fingering for measures 29 and 31 (The eighth note runs), from "Mia and Sebastian's Theme" (Justin Hurwitz) from La La Land?
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Which notes should be played together? - Polyrhythm

I'm very new when it comes to polyrhythms and only know some basic theory about them. However, I'm having a very hard time in identifying which notes should be played together in this section which is ...
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Need help to understand this chord progression

This song should be in a-minor but I'm not sure about key changes in a following passage (starting from f#m7b5 chord). Any help would be appreciated, thanks! am7 / em7 / am7 / em7 / f#m7b5 / B / em / ...
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Help me to understand more interesting improv techniques [duplicate]

Question for all, doesn't have to be specific to jazz. I love to improvise, and I'm definitely not new to it. This is something that I have been doing for many years. I'm in a bit of a rut at the ...
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Is there a name for the technique of alternating left and right hand in piano?

There is a technique in piano in which one plays a melody by alternating the left and right hand. A well known example is in Bach's toccata and fugue in D minor, in the toccata part (right after the ...
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What does this notation mean in piano sheet music?

Self-learning piano and came across these measures in Cornelius Gurlitt's Albumleaves for the young, op 101 no. 8 - the fair. Why would the line go from the treble to the bass when it’s exactly the ...
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