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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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Keyboard Expression Pedal Position

I have a keyboard setup using a keyboard, a sustain pedal and an expression pedal. An image of my keyboard stand is below for reference. I am having trouble finding a good position for the expression ...
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What does this number between these 2 staff mean? [duplicate]

Johan Strauss Jr - The Beautiful Blue Danube
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In which cadence can parents reasonably expect multiple key signatures to be introduced in piano instruction?

If a child starts to play the piano at six (at or about the beginning of Grade 1) with a teacher, reading sheet music from the first lesson, at what point can one reasonably expect the pupil/teacher ...
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How to play the 1/32-notes rhythmically relative to the base voice in Leiki Ueda's "Chronicles of Narnia"? [duplicate]

I am trying to figure out how to play the following 1/32 notes (in green) in Leiki Ueda's rendition of "The Chronicles of Narnia – The Battle". My intuition would be to start them on the ...
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Notation of a sustained note [duplicate]

I want to write a sustained A note for 2 beats. On that A note I want a B and C note. Both for 1 beat. What is the correct way to write that?
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Is it feasible to play at the required tempo this measure on *classical piano* ? At which maximum tempo could you play?

This measure is from a score that was on the web a few years ago, on the Super Mario World "castle" theme. Is it feasible to play the measure shown at the required tempo (quarter note = 127) ...
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On the ninth bar in Bach's BWV 940

This is bar 9 in J.S.Bach's BWV 940 in the Henle edition, which is in common time: Is the initial upper D in the bass staff too long?
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Kuhlau Op. 55 No. 2 Movement 3 Measures 79~81 discrepancy in different editions

I'm learning Kuhlau's Sonatina Op. 55 No. 2, 3rd movement. I have the book of Kuhlau sonatinas edited by Keith Snell (see pic). I also watched the score shown in this youtube video. I found they ...
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Are there any pop songs in F minor that use D(le) in the melody of the song? [closed]

Are there any pop songs in F minor that use D(le) in the melody of the song? If so, I would like to know.
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What is the name of this man who made three pianos play at once? [closed]

I remember hearing a segment (almost certainly on NPR) about a man who played a piano while two other pre-programmed pianos used an algorithm to change what he was playing into another pattern and ...
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What is the right hand fingering on this score in blue color?

Title of the score is whistle while you work. What should be the academic fingering on the right hand C-E chord shown in blue of this score for "Whistle while You Work"? I thought that it ...
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Is it too late to develop foundational piano techniques?

I am 16 years old and have been playing piano since I was very little. I have had teachers on and off, but to some non-pianists, my abilities at the piano are amazing. For reference, I can play all ...
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What is this descending riff of notes referred to as?

In this battle song from Xenoblade Chronicles 3 Future Redeemed, between 1:09 and 1:13, there's a jazzy piano riff of notes that steadily descend. Something about it really sticks out to me, and ...
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Piano notes not placed as they should [duplicate]

I am reading piano music (treble clef) and there are two notes on top of each other. Yes, I know what a chord is but notes for chords are usually connected right? And the stem of the note shouldn’t be ...
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Is there a notation for a short rest of undetermined length; the rest equivalent of a grace note?

Here's the phrase I'm working on, a nice chord progression from the finale of a symphony movement (Dopper 7 mov. 1) that I'm arranging for solo piano. So the B♭ trill in the right hand exists for ...
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Need help with sheet music fragment? It repeats throughout the song so need to be sure

How do I play these notes? I’m aware that I have to play an arpeggio for the top notes but do I play F and C after I finish the arpeggio? Or somehow during the arpeggio??
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Piano pedagogy: lots of finger numbers? Best practice?

I have a question about piano teaching / learning. I am a beginner, older student, working through grade 1 ABRSM piano. I know theory (key sigs, note letters, chords, intervals) from rhythm guitar ...
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How to teach a Piano Student with Hand Mobility Issues

I have recently started teaching piano to a student. They had been learning with another instructor and have a few years of experience. The students parent let me know in advance that they have ...
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Why aren't the stems on these 2 notes connected? [duplicate]

Why aren't the stems on these 2 notes connected (one stem pointing upward, and the other one pointing downward)? Both of them are 1/4 notes though.
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Rolled piano chords

When playing rolled chords on piano, do you lift each finger from the note before pressing the next note and the next note? For example , take the chord c,e,g. As you play each note (C) finger 5; ...
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Is it true that the thumb should be always on top of the piano keyboard when playing?

Piano teachers often say that the thumb should never be outside the piano keyboard, that is : the thumb should always be above the piano keyboard. I'm not sure if this is correct. I give a counter-...
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Notes on treble line extend down to bass line

What is happening when some notes extend down from the treble to the bass on this piano score? Piece is 'Wandering Sprite' by JC Engelbrecht
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Why does my Hand hurt when i play fast things on piano? [closed]

So im am trying to prepare for my Examination and my hands hurt whenever im playing something fast or with a lot of notes. I tryied relaxing a little bit it doesn't help. Also i have to practice a lot ...
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What's a reasonable time for a 2.5-octave jump?

I'm working on a piano arrangement of an orchestral piece where there's three "lines"; chords going down, a melody staying in the same register, and another melody going up; the right hand ...
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Are there some simple fingering rules that a piano beginner can start with?

I realize that fingering is a complex topic. But are there any simple rules that a beginner can start with? EDIT: This question was originally marked as a duplicate of this question I realize now that ...
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Is there a transcription of the exact chords of this recording? [closed]

I've been listening to this recording of Dave McKenna for months now, and I've been stuck trying to learn/figure out the exact chords he's playing at around 40:30 to around 41:20. I have a very good ...
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Universally effective techniques to read and learn the Concord Sonata fast

I hope this question is not too opinion-based, and if there are any problems please tell me about it. I'm currently studying Ives' Concord Sonata for my graduation, but I have many other projects in ...
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Why is this fingering suggested? (Kuhlau Sonatina Op. 55 No. 1 Movement 1 m48)

In Kuhlau Sonatina Op. 55 No. 1, first movement Measure 48 (image), I saw more than one prints suggesting fingers 4-2. I understand it's just a suggestion, but what could be the reason? It would ...
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What's holding arpeggiated chords in piano called?

What does this technique called? Also, what's the proper notation for this? The audio link is attached below. https://voca.ro/19p4jeWEK5g8 Edit: It sounds like fast arpeggio repeated over and over ...
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How is this called, and how do I play it?

I found this on a piano score I was reading recently.The stream of notes is smaller than the rest of the notes in the staff. It also has that weird line accross it, like a grace note or acciacatura. ...
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Sing a song when playing by ear

Learning to play by ear is a long journey; thus, it may not be easy to note which way is good for myself. My question is that I should sing a song, hum a song, sing do-re-me or sing C-E-G when ...
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How should I read the timing on this measure of Rachmaninoff 32 10?

I'm working on Rachmaninoff's piano prelude Op 32 No 10, and I'm having trouble combining the left and right hand on m. 47 (screenshot below). Basically, I can't figure out which right hand notes line ...
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is this bar too fast for a piano composition? (3/4 time) How can I improve my piece? [closed]

I have only started to make new pieces and im not quite sure if this sounds nice Here is the first page...i want to make the first half should fast and ecstatic juxtaposed with the sad and slow ...
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Learning Piano/Keyboard VS Singing VS Beatboxing

Preface: I'm interested in learning 3 skills: Piano/Keyboard, Singing, Beatboxing. I can devote around 2-3 hours daily. I want to "self-learn" (i.e. without tutor). I want to reach moderate ...
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Eighth-note missing from score?

In this version of sheet music "The Rain" by Joe Hisaishi, how should I read this line? It seems that voice y in measure 42 is missing one eighth note (between eighth note B in treble clef ...
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What is the perfect age for a child to start piano lessons? [closed]

My son of 3.5 year old, and my daughter of 1.5 year old, are both showing good ear, musical capabilities and intetests. I am a 19 years experienced guitarist and I am about to start music lessons for ...
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Chords building blocks

Are chords the same building blocks as notes in a song? Like do every song consist of certain chord progressions? You can reharmonize a song by changing the chord progression can't you? But you can't ...
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After move, baby grand always sustained notes, pressed or not pressed

After moving and assembling the baby grand by regular furniture movers, I played the piano and found that notes are sustained with or without pressing on the sustain pedal. I believe they assembled ...
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Piano what is this symbol name and meaning? [duplicate]

What is this symbol name and meaning (symbol above the red line) - the line travel from Bass clef through Treble clef, then go back to Bass clef? It seems that this symbol is not listed in musical ...
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Transposing Piano Accompaniment for Vocalist - When to Change Clefs

I have been transposing some voice + piano accompaniment music originally written for a mezzo-soprano or alto into a key for a tenor down (usually by a third or a fourth) and have found the resulting ...
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How to notate 3 quarters framed by eighths?

Context: I recently transcribed a Piano solo piece in MuseScore 4. It was based on a different person's transcription that used ♩ = 70 as tempo marking. My transcription initially used the same tempo. ...
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Duration of a note in Moldau score

Let's consider the piano version of Moldau/Vltava from Smetana, the first two measures for example: What should be the duration of the blue circled notes, as expressed in units of an eighth note: ...
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Hi, how can one know the progression of a song by ear using primary and secondary chords thanks [duplicate]

How can I know where to go after grasping chord 1
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Skip Beat in a Measure

Can we skip some/a beat(s) in a measure in music notation? In the picure, I want to skip that quarter rest so we can play directly the next c note?
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Rachmaninoff C# minor prelude: towards the end, staff lines are joined together, and there are two end markings [duplicate]

I'm studying Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# minor and towards the end, the staff lines are joined together, with two ending lines. Do I need four hands? :)
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