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The left hand has wandered into treble clef territory here. You'll play the bottom two notes with the left hand, and the other three with the right hand.


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The bass is the critical part. D means play a D major chord ...and by default the bass should be D the chord's root. D/F# is a so-called slash chord (or an inverted chord is standard music theory) which means play a D major chord ...but play F# - the chord's third - in the bass. NOTE: When the third of a major chord is in the bass, there is a strong ...


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There are nine quavers (or eighth notes) in the bar. The fact that the right hand plays the second quaver of the first beat is probably confusing you. Let's number them for you: LH bass D♭ (A♭ is held from the previous bar) RH F/A♭ LH F/A♭ (&hold) RH F/A♭ (&hold) (holding) (holding) RH D♭/F (&hold) (...


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I agree with other answers that the speed to practice scales at is the speed where you can play them accurately, evenly, smoothly, and cleanly. Beyond that, when you ask what the goal should be in terms of speed or where "diminishing returns" set in, I would counter by asking you, "Why are you practicing scales in the first place? What are you trying to ...


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You're still holding the C root at the bottom, so calling it a C chord of some sort is justified. You eventually also hold E (not F), B flat, D, and A at the fermata signs, so calling it a C13 chord (which should contain C, E, B flat, and A at the very least) is also justified. The C13 chord symbol looks fine.


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A commonly used way to play those chords is: D : play the three-note chord D, F#, A with your right hand, and D with your left hand an octave or two lower. D/F# : play the same three-note chord D, F#, A with your right hand, but F# with your left hand. When your left hand plays low bass notes, the ”inversions” marked using slash chords are right, no matter ...


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This is a chord of 5 notes: The fingerings for the r.h. usually are written above the notes, and the fingerings for the l.h. below the notes! There's absolutely no reason that you couldn't play this chord only with one hand c=1,d=2,f=3,g=4,a=5 (r.h.) but you can also play a cluster of 3 tones with the fist (r.h.) or 2 neighbor keys with the thumb (r....


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The notes are not tied. This is relatively conventional notation for portato, which is rather like a "sticky" staccato with longer but still detached notes.


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The speed you should be doing them at is the speed at which you can do them accurately and evenly. Once you get comfortable doing them at that speed, notch it up a bit - never going faster than you can handle. Don't just practise the ones that you are good at and know well. Spare time and energy to get the trickier ones just as good. There is no rule ...


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If it is in your price range (about 130 euros for the cheapest "stage" version) consider Pianoteq. All the versions have the same basic sounds, the difference is the amount of customization you can do (and at the top end, that means about 30 parameters you can change separately for each of the 88 notes!). You can select two "piano packs" with the cheapest ...


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You can tell, here, from way the numbers are written. The upper group shows 2,3,4 going up, just like the fingers on your right hand. The lower group shows 2,3 going down, just like the fingers on your left hand.


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I've sometimes used Addictive Keys Studio Grand. It has a jangly 'pub piano' preset you might like. Also an 'aged strings' one, and others, with the mikes in a variety of arrangements. The presets are radically different from each other. There are about 35 of them and they're very easy and enjoyable to edit. They also do a 'Modern Upright' which might suit ...


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Scales are great exercises and warm-up material. They help get fingers flexing, and also help one understand which notes go together diatonically, but that will depend on which scales one plays. As far as speed is concerned, it is as important to be able to play them slowly and in time as it is to play them fast, albeit accurately. If it's for exam purposes,...


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You are probably going much too fast, as a beginner. We don't know what standard you are at after your "unsuccessful tries", but the ABRSM exam syllabus gives speeds for the different grades. If we convert them into 16th note scales (they are given in the syllabus for 8th-note scales) they are: Grade 1 - 30BPM. 2 - 33. 3 - 40. 4 - 52. 5 - 63. 6 - 76. 7 - ...


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The body is like a Jenga tower. As long as everything is aligned properly it can stand effortlessly because gravity pulls its center of weight straight down. The tower rests upon itself. The second that there is an imbalance, the tower gives in to gravity and falls. Sitting at the piano, you too must have a balanced center of gravity. For instance, if ...


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Stride and boogie-woogie both require a left hand which remains more or less constant, while the right hand plays patterns which are probably quite different rhythmically (and usually have a lot of syncopation). This is not really common in any solo piano music from the classical and romantic traditions, that I have heard. Perhaps need to really focus on ...


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To address the probable cause of confusion, notice that the first notes played by the right hand are quavers beamed with the quavers from the left hand. If you mistake them for crotchets whose stem happens to overlap the beam, then it would indeed look like the bar is one quaver too short.


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The trick is to use 2, 3, and 4 on the G♭–A♭–B♭ stretch in the first half of the scale; otherwise you'll use a thumb, pinky, or have to oddly cross over during that stretch of black keys, none of which are ideal. R: 3 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 L: 2 1 4 3 2 1 3 2


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This is a very broad question, the answer to which largely depends on the composer and the end result they are aiming for. Given your clarification, I can provide some directions that I would personally go for. First of all, you should determine the key the piece is in. This particular one sounds like E minor to me (I don't have perfect pitch, so correct me ...


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The only way to learn to be an effective sight reader is to practice it. Concentrate on reading above and below the staff notes. I sometimes practice hand excericises with my eyes closed. this familiarizes your fingers with the keyboard.


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I think 'fp' is sort of possible on piano. Fp is a loud sound very quickly going quiet. On brass and stringed instruments it's very easy to play. On piano, I play a loud note or chord, staccato often, and then straight after lifting fingers off the keys, press the sustain pedal fully - before the sound has left the piano. It 'catches' the note/s with a kind ...


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Preamble The other answers don't really discuss the technical part, they just give advice on how to deal with varying opinions. This is very valuable, but I thought discussing technique would still be an important addition. (After all, that's what the question is about.) Now I am not familiar with Dorothy Taubman, but looking at the Wikipedia article you ...


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I am using a 3-wheel dolly similar to the above (rated at 300 lbs per dolly) to move a baby grand about 50 feet across a level room. One dolly fits under each leg which distributes 1/3 of the original weight of each leg among 3 castors (instead of one). To get the dolly under the leg, I was able to raise the leg about 3/4 inch using a block and prybar and ...


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I had one of these as a child. There was an accompanying booklet which had music notation with coloured noteheads. This instrument is rather non standard - the black notes sound G, and it plays a major scale. So that green notebar actually sounds F# Colours can be helpful to provide a steer for self-teaching beginners. But once you've passed the beginner ...


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Before spending money, check out SFZ libraries. I know for sure that there are many decent free or <20$ grand pianos in SFZ, so maybe some uprights too. SFZ player VST is free. And I think I saw SFZ-to-Korg converter the other day, so maybe you can load them into your gadget. Pianoteq Player has too loud hammer sound for live playing, and you can't tune ...


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Although not all engravers make the distinction, it is common to place ties and slurs differently. A tie should be placed between the note heads, while slurs should be placed conspicuously above or below them. In this case, the curved marking is quite conspiciously above the note heads, implying that it is a slur even though the pitch doesn't change.


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I disagree with Dekkadeci answer's. Instead: BbM7/C would be a proper and more understable name. Or maybe F11/C, which will gracefully accept the following note E. Look at the two other chords they are: Bb/C and Gm7/C. That C13 candidate does not contain a single note from the C Major triad indeed: no C, no E no G in the chord. Only a lasting bass, that ...


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Skimming through the existing replies, I'd also like to add that practising scales induce Discipline as a pianist. Especially true if you want to be a professional pianist or classical pianist (hobby or professional). Practising scales help with lots of other small things such as techniques, music theory, sight-read so on and so forth. But to be good at ...


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Learn to know the keyboard like driving your car: orientation on the keyboard: a) all 2 black keys open eyes b) with closed eyes) Find all 3 black keys (all octaves), in the same way: all 2 black keys, all EF and BC (the white semitones), all D (between the 2 black) all DC, triads and scales Play ceg, dfa (the scale of C) blind, always stay in contact ...


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Plug them both in, either way round. Play the piano. Press the right-hand pedal. If you get sustain rather than reduced volume, you got it right. Otherwise swap the plugs.


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