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Which hands play which notes in this sheet music?

I'm trying to decide if the right hand plays all the noters in the treble Clef and the left just bounces around between single notes, or (since the steps on the chords in the treble clef point down) ...
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How do you play this chord? It's too far apart to play with one hand. (piano)

My left hand is too far down to help, so I can't use it. How would I play it?
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In these measures of Mozart K331, should the hand without grace notes start with the grace notes or the main notes by the other hand?

See image: Is the orange or the green time correspondence the correct way to play? (Does the hand without grace notes begin to play at the same time as the grace notes, or the main notes, by the other ...
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Electric Piano/Synthesizer that Can Play Two Instruments

I am in an office band and have to be able to play two different instruments. We are currently in a rehearsal studio that has an 88-key on the bottom and a synthesizer on top. For example, on "...
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How do the notes on the treble and bass staves here correspond to each other? (Mozart K331 Mvmt 1 Var. V Measure 100)

In this measure 100 of the Variation V of Mozart's K.331, I'm trying to get it right which note on the treble staff is played at the same moment as which note on the bass staff. In the image I drew ...
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Variation on a Waltz by Diabelli - Liszt [closed]

I was looking for a recording of this piece and the top two youtube results are 2 different pieces both with S. 147, what is the actual one? here and here
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What is the difference between a "voice" and a "register" on an accordion?

What is the difference between a "voice" and a "register" on an accordion? For example the Hohner Bravo III says it has 4 "Standard bass voices" and 3 "Standard bass ...
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Invert open voice chords

when playing open voiced chords, do I still want to invert them so they fit each other? Or isn't open voiced chords as common to invert? And when I play chords with my right hand, and bass note with ...
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What is the meaning of these lines

Are these pedal signs? I have never seen one in Bach pieces.
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What is the correct way to fade out the end of a piano piece with the sustain pedal?

I am a self-taught piano player which is why I am asking this. When I end a piece I hold the sustain pedal and then gradually lift it to decrease sound until I finally let go. I recently was wondering ...
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Chord change timing in lead sheet with two chords in a bar

Sorry if this has been asked before, but I couldn't find it all. In this example, and in general I wonder. Im not sure I can upload photo of the example due to copyright. But in this bar there's an A ...
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How to hear chord progression

Trying to learn chord progressions by ear. Reading from multiple sources to listen for the root and so on. I tried searching for this question and couldn't get it. But do I actually listen after the ...
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What does l.v. with a dashed line following it mean?

In the image above, I see the l.v. symbol with a dashed line following it.
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When practicing scales, is it fine to learn by reading off a scale book instead of concentrating on my keyboard?

I'm a beginner, and I'm worried about practicing scales in an inefficient way. Is it recommended for the long term, for the sake of internalizing scale structure, that I memorize where the fingers ...
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How can I lift my fingers off each piano key faster and still keep the same tempo when playing songs?

I recently noticed that when I press the piano keys, I do not lift my fingers fast enough off the keys. This causes a "dragging sound". However, I seem to keep the music tempo going. This ...
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How to play the "Ped" symbol when there's no corresponding release symbol

I know what this symbol means, but I would like to know if I have to press the pedal as soon as I see the symbol and keep pressing it until I see the another "Ped", and then repeat. I don't ...
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How should I count a quintuplet over an eighth note? [duplicate]

I'm in the process of learning Wedding Day at Troldhaugen, and in measure 49 and beyond there are several instances of quintuplets over eighth notes. For example: I'm not quite sure how to count ...
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Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 (1st movement): How to play tremolo together with a 3-note chord? at Bar 313-314, Bar 319-320

Looking into the Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 (1st movement) solo piano (arranged by LotusFlower, see the YouTube video, there are those 3 horizontal bars known as Tremolo at 7:00 and at 9:23. ...
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What is this harmony in this pokemon battle theme?

Fair warning: I'm more-or-less a complete neophyte when it comes to music theory. I Bede's theme from Pokemon Sword/Shield, there's a piano riffing in a descending manner in the harmony in a really ...
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How do you play dotted eighth notes in bar 35 with bass clef?

This piece is called Hotel California. This is the link EDIT: sorry for the unclear explanation; I meant the dotted eighth notes at bar 35.
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Problem in hiding empty staves

Could anyone know a possible solution for sorting out this hiding empty stave problem? (P.S) I'm using join multiple measure option, so does that make any problem for hiding?
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Liszt Transcendental Étude No.1 (Prelude): tension-ful chord progression in bar 9, 10, 11

I am trying to digest the Liszt Transcendental Étude No.1 (Prelude) chord progression in bar 9, 10, 11 with the full of tensions. Three related sub-questions. In both the Zoltán Gárdonyi (1906–1986) ...
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What does a vertical square bracket and number indicate on a piano score? [duplicate]

Does it indicate to play the A# and C# with the same finger (a horizontal style thumb?). I’m not sure that’s possible! Does the notation have a name?
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Liszt Transcendental Étude No.1 (Prelude): Top voices on ascending fifth, descending second, descending second

I wanted to follow up to analyze the top voice on the right hand of the Liszt Transcendental Étude No.1 (Prelude). Here are my (related) questions: Is the red box note a B-flat or B? (It looks that ...
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Liszt Transcendental Étude No.1 (Prelude) -- chord progression along the Arpeggio (in the first 4 bars)

Liszt Transcendental Étude No.1 (Prelude) I am curious to know whether there is a logical reason for the "chord progression" of the Arpeggio for Liszt Transcendental Étude No.1 (Prelude). ...
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Liszt Transcendental Étude No.1 (Prelude) -- Piano zu 7 Oktaven -- which order to play?

In Franz Liszt Transcendental Étude No.1 (Prelude) -- There is something saying "Piano zu 7 Oktaven" -- my question: Which is the ordering to play these bars? Am I understanding correctly ...
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accidentals of the treble and bass clef

I don't understand why we have to write the key signature on the bass line? It's already precise on the treble line, so we already know the tonality of the piece. What's more, is it possible in this ...
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How do scales actually help a person play in a different key?

I've recently started the piano, and I want to learn all my scales so I know them, but I just can't seem to grasp how these scales actually help when I have a different key signature, sure I know the ...
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What does this notation mean in piano music? [closed]

All I've been able to find is that it is a up bow marking for string instruments and have no clue what it means for piano.
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Why does the author play C and E on this sheet music?

Looking at this sheet music, I would have played E and G but he plays C and E. Is there something I don't understand? Thanks Reference :
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How should I finger this on piano?

I am an experienced composer with moderate piano skill. I've only taken a handful of piano lessons. My limited piano skills usually suffice to get me through playing what I need to as I compose. A ...
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Hand size and extended chords on piano [duplicate]

I have tried stretching my hand out but I seem to max out somewhere around 16 semitones so I wonder how 11th or 13th chords are supposed to be approached. Are they usually voiced within that span or ...
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How can I practice this part to play it evenly at higher bpm?

I'm practicing this piece and I'm having trouble playing the 75th bar evenly at 125 bpm. The problem occurs on the right hand on the finger change at D♭. I'm playing this bar (right hand) 1235 1235 ...
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In the FL studio for doing a chicken pickin' how can I add a mute note to the piano roll?

In this video, he says he mutes a string; for creating a sound like that in a piano roll in the FL studio, what should I do? I was using Ploc2, and I changed multiple settings, but I couldn't make a ...
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How to get better at jazz quickly? [closed]

I play the piano and guitar and I'm learning to read sheet music. All I can do to make my playing sound more jazz is occasionally add flat and sharp notes that are outside the major/minor scale, play ...
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Should the 'f' be sustained or replayed in Rachmaninoff op. 43, variation XVIII (piano)?

In Rachmaninoff's well known variation 18 of opus 43, Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, the first few measures of the piano part show an 'f' that's somehow repeated during the length of the first note: ...
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If I've put the notes correctly in the first piano roll image, why does it not sound correct?

I used this video to find the notes of ghost riders in the sky. Based on this image: I created this in Fl Studio: I used to resize all of them together, making them faster or slower. But it doesn't ...
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Mozart K331 Rondo Alla Turca m.55 discrepancy (Urtext vs Urtext?)

I have the Wiener Urtext edition of the Mozart K331 (see cover image). As you can see in the picture, the 4th note of measure 55 of the Rondo Alla Turca is A (E#FGA). However, I saw two videos where ...
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Help to separate voices in piano score

I'm trying to write in MuseScore Rachmaninoff's transcription of Tchaikovsky's lullaby. But there is this section that puzzles me a bit in terms of voicing: No matter how I try to separate the ...
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Are grace note pairs and a mordent played differently? [duplicate]

When I play the mordent and the graces notes highlighted, they sound the same. Should they be approached differently? Why would they be notated differently?
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Piano oscillation on a single string

Why is that when the hammer hits only one string on the piano, there is an oscillation and not a solid note throughout. I hear it like a wave of sound, not an absolute pitch. It doesn’t happen on ...
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How can I reliably play these two-handed jumps in Liebesträume No. 3?

Not much of Liebesträume No. 3 is easy per se, but these specific jumps starting just after the modulation to E major are really stymying me. In these spots, the right hand jumps up by more than a ...
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What metrics can be used to determine good technique/posture?

I am feeling a bit inspired by using physical laws to guide technique, like how Newton's laws are used here to give guidelines for bow hold: https://www.violinist.com/blog/fjt/20215/28767/. My idea is ...
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Bar 48: A3+B4 and B3+A4 - ODE TO JOY Symphony no. 9, opus 125 Extract from a piano transcription by Franz Liszt

In Bar 48 of the fourth movement - "Ode to Joy", Symphony no. 9, opus 125, in this extract from the piano transcription by Franz Liszt, there are three counterpoint melodies, marked in the ...
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With black keys, does one use curved or straight fingers; what about curved or straight between the black keys?

When I play piano chords with sharps or flats, should my longer finger on the black key be straight or curved? I have tried both approaches, but I can't see any difference. Also, should my fingers on ...
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How much finger curl is considered good piano technique?

I saw this video and the pianist fingers curl a lot. I was always under the impression that too much curl is bad. You cannot argue with the results, but I was just wondering what the deal is with ...
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brahms requiem - two pianos, 4 hands version?

Our small church was recently bequeathed a fine 7 foot grand, which pairs incredibly nicely with our current 7 foot grand. I’m thinking of an inaugural concert, featuring the Brahms Requiem, ...
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I'm a returning piano player, after 30 years [duplicate]

I am 74 years old, and learned piano as a child. I got quite far, my crowning glory was being able to play Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# Minor. I practiced for about a year and managed to get through ...
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Replace a single note with a chord [closed]

I want to replace a single C note on the piano by playing a chord instead. How do I do that, playing a C major doesn't work.
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Difference between perfect 4th and perfect 5th

I've recently been learning about interval ratios and about why some intervals are more consonant or dissonant than others. I was trying to find out about the order of intervals by consonance/...
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