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Next steps for playing the piano [closed]

I've comfortably played Nuvole Bianche and Fur Elise by watching youtube videos, I can sense patterns between keys and I think have developed some musical sense(I can pick up new song, only with the ...
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Step-wise walking bass for tritone substitution

I'm unsure how to handle a step-wise walking bass under a tritone substitution progression. I'm working on piano and using what I understand to be basic "Evans" voicings in the right hand ...
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Pachelbel's Canon in D, arpeggio's fingering

In measure 5 to 12 of this R. Schultz arr. of Pachelbel's "Canon in D", the left hand plays the arpeggios. I have seen various fingering for the left hand: (a) 5 5 3 1 | 5 5 3 1 | 5 5 3 1 |...
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What is the lowest scientific note on a piano (for sampling)?

Why do these audio samples start at a different note on each loudness? Pp starts at Bb0, mf starts at B0, and ff at A0. I'm wondering if the reason is because of some technical reason that I don't ...
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How to play measures 5 through 7 of Mozart's Turkish March

How do you play this highlighted part from Turkish March on the keyboard? Press GAB together? Or 1 after the other with GA quickly? It sounded weird after the first bar that way. Do I press E that is ...
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Connect iPad 5th Gen to Keyboard

I have a Yamaha PSR i455 keyboard and I'd like to connect it to my iPad so I can play the yamaha to input the MIDI data into Garageband. I have an aux cord (3mm jack on both sides) but its too small ...
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Proper chord tremolo notation and execution

I'm not sure if this measure from Joe Hisaishi's "Hana-Bi" is correctly notated for a chord tremolo. What is the correct notation, and how should it be played?
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Determine Octave Number given Only Key Num [duplicate]

I have recently been searching for a formula to determine the octave a note is in, given the number of that key on the piano. For example, given the key #77 (C7# for reference), how could I ...
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How to find songs to play on a virtual piano? [closed]

I've been trying to get started learning to play piano by playing songs on a virtual keyboard. The one I've found to be the best and have been using most recently is the one at https://recursivearts....
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Tablature notation meaning

What is that tablature symbol in the second bar of Alfred Schnittke's piano sonata no.3 ?
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Left hand fingering on arpeggio G-E-G-E-B-E on Piano keyboard [closed]

I'm absolutely new to piano and really want to learn piano myself at home without teacher. I've got a new sheet for a song, and I'm trying to figure out left hand fingering for the arpeggio G-E-G-B. ...
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Should an alternating bass line move in the direction of the next chord's root note?

When alternate picking on the guitar (i.e. playing a bass line) from the I to the V or iii, I have noticed that it seems a standard practice for some musicians to choose the note nearest the root of ...
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Modifying Piano & Guitar Techniques For Arthritis

I'm almost 40, and I've played the piano for 35 years. I still play almost daily. I've been playing the guitar off and on for about 30 years, although at a lower level of proficiency than the piano. I ...
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What fingering do you think is better for "bass/chord" left-hand line?

Here is one of million piano arrangements of Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" that I've chosen for learning. And now I'm stuck trying to choose between two fingerings for left-hand line in this part (...
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Managing Dupuytren's Contracture [closed]

I am a pianist grappling w/ increasingly problematic Dupuytren's Contracture. Range of motion of pinkie on right hand is constrained both in reaching beyond a 7th and in terms of general dexterity. ...
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Which staff's meter does note in one staff tied to note in other staff use?

The image below shows Rachmaninoff's Prelude in G minor, Op. 23, No. 5, measure 43 (IMSLP). The treble staff is in 4:4; however, the bass staff has 24 sixteenth notes in it, and though not marked, ...
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Rolled chords: how much flexibility in the rhythm?

Best way to illustrate this question is by example, looking at Liszt's transcription of Beethoven's 6th symphony, movement 2. Compare 9:30 in: to the very start of: ...
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(beginner question) If the first E is natural, is the 2nd E also a natural? (Or put another way, are the E's in the same or different bars?)

Is the 2nd E natural like the 1st E? I asked a similar question earlier today: If the first D note (in the 1st beam) is flat, does that mean the next D note (in the 2nd beam) is also flat? (see photo) ...
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How to do a vibrato with a piano? [duplicate]

I didn't find any tutorial on how to do a vibrato with an acoustic piano. So: How to achieve a vibrato with a piano ?
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What do these diamond and slash note heads mean?

Can someone tell me what do the symbols here mean? and how to play them in triplets as written in the lead sheet?
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Are the notes on the ledger lines above the bass clef played by the left hand or sometimes by the right hand? [duplicate]

I am trying to play a piece by Bach on the piano which is written as 4-part harmony (so 2 notes in the treble clef and two in the bass clef) and I was wondering if the left hand should always play the ...
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When piano pedalling seems to conflict with the original score

This is from Burgmüller's "Harmony of the Angels", Op. 100 No. 21, edited by Ingrid Jacobson Clarfield. I'm wondering about the difference between the green and red blocks. Doesn't the ...
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What feelings does placing a minor chord in different places in a chord progression create? [closed]

For example, let's take the common major progression of I-V-vi-IV chords. How would the feeling of the overall song differ if: The vi chord was the first chord of the progression The vi chord was the ...
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Time Signature Trouble [closed]

I am a church pianist who writes original hymns, recently I have taken on the task of writing sheet music for my songs. I am having trouble with this one. I cannot figure out the time signature on ...
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How do I learn to improvise outside of the jazz realm?

I'm a classically trained pianist and I've spent a lot of time in the last year or two really learning the blues. I've worked through some of my favorite pieces and it's safe to say I can now rip a 12 ...
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How to play melody with middle finger and chords with others

I experimented a bit on the piano, say you play a chord with thumb, index finger, ring finger and little finger in a fast rhythm, and then play longer notes in a melody with the middle finger on the ...
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How to define the note frequency from spectrogram?

because when I press for example on a piano key, that I trace the spectrum of the sound, I have this (amplitudes in function of frequencies) Question: how to define the fundamental frequency of the ...
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Fingering for Bach piano sinfonia n.1 BWV787

Second measure of Bach piano sinfonia N.1 BWV787. What's the usual piano fingering for the highlighted excerpt? If I'm not wrong you tend to avoid pedal on Bach pieces and C-E' interval is pretty ...
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How do I fit a complex melody in a measure? [closed]

I’m a classical pianist who plays/listen to mostly romantic music. And I’ve developed some complex melodies in my head that I would like to write down. Problem is I can never get everything to fit ...
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"No roots" (Alice Mergon/Nicolas Rebscher) - How to achieve hand independence? [duplicate]

I'm trying to play "No Roots" by Alice Merton and Nicolas Rebscher in an intermediate rendition. Left and right hand definitely doable on their own and I can also play them together as far ...
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Curved line that connects treble staff and bass staff [duplicate]

I'm new to piano and have stumbled across a bent line that connects notes on the treble staff and bass staff. What does it mean?
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What is the best fingering for this passage of "fluttering intervals"?

What is the best fingering to use for the following passage from "La Plage" by Yann Tiersen (section "B", mm. 7–12)? It seems to me that the first measure should alternate 14-25, ...
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What are these overlapping notes with different rhythms called in Music Theory?

On piano, when playing a long note followed by an overlapping shorter note or vice versa, what is this called? I know this is an extremely common thing in piano music, but I don't know what it's ...
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Piano sight-reading confusion [duplicate]

everyone. I am a beginner pianist and I am to improve my technical and sight-reading skills. I have been sight-reading Primavera - Ludovico Einaudi for the past week and I came across something odd. ...
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how to deal with registration bank changes without interrupting the flow of the music? [closed]

I have been practicing keyboard for a year now and I can play scales, Chords and some songs nicely with right hand, with left hand I play with a 50% speed as that of right hand. I am trying to ...
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Is there a way to get around using quarter notes/rests?

I'm currently trying to compose a song in a game. Being as it is pretty much a children's game, it is rather limited in its abilities (2). I've been able to get around other limitations, such as the ...
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Reduce pedal noise when recording

When recording my upright piano with a zoom recorder and a dynamic microphone, I find that the noise from the sustain pedal is quite noticeable. I usually don't think of it while playing. Is there a ...
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Do I need ear protection to practice piano? [duplicate]

I once stumbled on a question on which someone suggested to consider buying ear protection for the child who was learning violin, because on the long run, playing violin can damage the child's ears. I ...
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Why can't the piano play middle eastern music?

I'm a beginner pianist, and I asked my teacher about the possibility of playing some Persian music on the piano. He told me it's typically not possible, but didn't really elaborate on why. So why is ...
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Piano - Triplets turn into sixteenths

I am having trouble with playing triplets at higher speeds (such as at the end of the Pathetique Sonata, 3rd movement). I find that when I speed things up to tempo that the triplets always turn into ...
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What are letters in parentheses (no chords)?

I have piano sheet music (~100 measures). At two bars, there's a letter in parentheses added - (a) and (e). Due to the context, I don't think it's chord symbols. My first guess was, it's additional ...
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What does "quiet chord, a wide blue one" mean?

She heard him out in the kitchen when the music stopped. She heard him go to the piano and plink with two fingers a tune whose name she did not know but which she had surely heard from the radio in ...
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Randomly and Programmatically generate a "good" next chord?

I am a Software Developer/Musician who has free time before summer classes start up. I wanted to sharpen my chord reading and improvising skills. What I would like to do is generate a phrase of ...
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8 below note played as octave or singular note?

I'm working on the piano solo version of Rhapsody in Blue, and I'm unsure - when there is an 8 underneath this E, is it meant to be played as just the lower E, or as a full octave (as in the measure ...
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Bossa Nova Arrangement

I'm preparing a Bossa Nova Tune and it will feature a Singer, Guitarist, Pianist(me) and some percussion. Now i want the guitar to play the typical Bossa Nova rhythm but I don't know what do play with ...
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Should we play the A right hand during full measure, or should we stop playing it in the rest of the measure once the left hand is playing it?

Here is an extract from Passacaglia by Handel/Halvorsen (inspired from Handel) The score is here just in case : https://sheets-piano.ru/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Handel-Halvorsen-Passacaglia.pdf At ...
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Moonlight Sonata 3rd movement bar 20-23 left-hand technique

My question is what technique should I focus on. In bar 20, I am using the tremolo, but in the passage of the chord there are 2 doubts: do I need to keep finger 1 pressed D # while I bring the other ...
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What scale does contain these notes?? E, F#,G,A,B,C,D [closed]

As I was going to compose a song I wanted to know what scale contains these notes? E,F#,G,A,B,C,D.
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Bach Invention 1 BWV 772 Bar 13 same note simultaneously in both staves, play only one? [duplicate]

I'm learning Bach's Invention 1 BWV 772. Bar 13 has the same note E in both staves simultaneously. Should I only use right hand to play it? (I saw some past questions about both staves having the same ...
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What mode does this melody use? [closed]

Would this be considered E Phrygian?
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