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So is the purpose of the music that I read along when I play so I know exactly what I'm doing? Or is it there to teach me, and then be a general guide when I'm playing? Both. If you are able to memorise aspects of the music, then it's going to be very hard to disable that ability — so it's inevitable that the information you take from a given piece ...


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It depends to a large extent on what you're aiming to achieve as a pianist. If your aim is to become a good classical music player, the ability to sight read to a high standard is pretty vital; less so if you're just aiming to attain enough technical proficiency to enable you to jam, improvise and "sit in" with other musicians. In the latter case, my ...


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Why is it important to know what key a song is in? Sometimes it is important, and sometimes it isn't! If you're singing along to a song by ear, then it may not be important to know the key, unless you have perfect pitch. (It might be useful to know if a particular song has been transposed, in case that's better - or worse - for your singing range). If you'...


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You could try something like this, using just repeat signs and volta brackets: |-1.,3.-|-2.,4.-| || intro ||: A | B :|| C :|| outro ||


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For the purposes of your Grade 1 examination, the requirement is to play the notation accurately and completely. There is room for individual expression, but it doesn't extend to changing stuff that IS notated. Like the notes! There are musical situations where the notation may - and should - be considered more of a general guide. But, particularly when ...


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A piece in a key will far more often than not use the diatonic notes from that key. Those notes are the ones that constitute the scale that belongs to that key. For example, C major contains the notes C D E F G A and B. There are no ♯ or ♭ involved. Therefore the key signature contains no ♯ and no ♭. Sometimes there are times when one ...


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You may be hitting a brick wall because what you describe is not the conventional way to finger such passages - and it's not the conventional way because it's not the easiest way. An average sized hand can play 4ths and 5ths with the thumb and any other finger from 2 to 5. The usual way to play "consecutive 4ths or fifths" would be to use the thumb for all ...


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That’s a MIDI breath controller. It lets him articulate the woodwind sound he’s playing on the keyboard in the same way an actual woodwind player would. It should work with any MIDI controllable synthesizer, software, or effect processor, although many setups will require some kind of interface between the breath controller and the device to be controlled. ...


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As a beginner, if you're playing a piano piece from sheet music then it's not necessarily important to know what key the piece is in. You can look at the key signature as a shorthand device to help you know which notes to play. As you become more familiar with songs in different keys, however, you'll start thinking about shapes more than notes. For ...


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Let's assume a key signature of two sharps. If someone has zero understanding about keys and harmony, the key signature (and accidentals in the score) will simply be mechanically applied. When you see a C or F notated the key signature tells you to play them as sharps. So, you may be thinking 'what else is there to know beside that?' The important thing ...


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Lets start with the obvious: you will do better with a teacher than without a teacher. This is for many reasons but two of the main ones are that it will bring structure to your learning and development and you will get regular feedback on how you are progressing. If you cannot get a teacher then you are going to have to be very disciplined. If you were ...


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I used have sore shoulders after playing for an evening at an Italian restaurant in college. I finally figured out that it was because I was lifting my shoulder up to high while playing. In the moment, it seems expressive and natural, but turns out that it's much more natural to let your shoulders relax all the way, sit up straight, and make sure the ...


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It's just there!! Or not!! Of course it's there initially, for someone to learn to play from. It's also there as a reminder for someone who's already learned it. It's also there for someone who is a good sight-reader to play it immediately. If someone has learned it 'by heart', then it matters not if it bursts into flame! My students are constantly reminded ...


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Perhaps if you're playing sheet music it's not that important. You play the notes as written and that's it. However, if you're into other genres where improvisation is part of the performance (jazz, blues, sometimes rock), then knowing the key is essential. It tells you where the tension centres around, so you can build up the tension (perhaps by playing a ...


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You need to find an outlet for your talent. What good is being able to play if you have no one to play for? Every performance is worth ten practices so performing makes practicing addictive. Here are a few suggestions: Find a singer or instrumentalist, put together a one hour program and offer it to nursing homes. Many (here in the USA) pay $100- $300. ...


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Murray McLaughlin is the chairman of the European Piano Teachers Association. His book on piano technique begins with posture, finger independence, finger strength, flexible wrists and the minimisation of tension in the upper arms, shoulders, neck. Step 1 is to start with the correct posture - seat height, distance from piano, wrist alignment and back not ...


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First of all, I recommend not thinking about your age or the "elasticity" of learning now. I got interested in music when I was 14, and in the country where I lived at the time I would not be accepted into anything but percussion, because I was considered too old (and even that came with noticeable displeasure from my teacher). I had played percussion (...


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If anyone here can elaborate that would be excellent, since I think it would be rather pointless to do this as it's easy to reach the F3 and G4 if you are not playing them together. It is octaves. You can not easily reach those octaves with the right hand. Doing it the way he does with cross-handed technique is just a simple way that makes sense. You could ...


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I grabbed a file from imslp.org and found your measure. It is a simple mordent.


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Lines and phrasing. Nothing more. Freddie approached this song as a singer also playing the piano, not a piano player playing both the melody and piano part. Think orchestrally or as if you are singing. The RH plays the melody notes of A Bb Bb and, how the music is written, the final Bb is a whole note. Now sure, you can use the sustain pedal and ...


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It's a standard boogie style rockabilly. Played much like Jerry Lee Lewis would play, minus the right heel on the keyboard. The right hand is doing mostly 16th note switches from the two note chords of in the upper register of the piano. notes are "a,d" "a,d" "a,e" "a,d" for the chord running against the left hands bass walk style. The LHand is walking down ...


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Excellent question! I think you're asking about the single most essential thing which makes people find solutions and tools and whatever is needed to get music (and life) going, and that is: purpose. If you have a purpose for your musical activities, then the right questions start popping up: "what musical elements and skills do I have to learn and improve ...


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They are not ties. They are slurs. It just means play then legato. Note that the bottom notes are also held longer, suggesting a melody in the bass.


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The melody should always be prominent in music, and the accompaniment should be in the background. This is true of all music, no matter if it is being played by a solo piano or guitar or whether it is being played in an ensemble. The idea that lower notes are harder to bring out in melody is not a reason to cause it to be smothered. It just means the ...


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Your teacher could have meant two different things:: practice at quarter (crochet) = 60, but set the metronome for the eighths (quavers) at 120 BPM set the metronome to 60 BPM and practice at eighth (quaver) = 60 BPM You should ask your teacher which one they intended, although I would assume they mean the first one. The second one would be extremely slow....


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You should immediately stop playing as soon as something starts to hurt to prevent any serious injury. It is not necessary to stop playing for a long time, though. Just make sure to stop right away to prevent injury. Pain is an indicator that you are tensioning muscles which should be relaxed. Every finger should play independently, avoiding any 'help' ...


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For some people they need the sheet music. For some it is used just like you are using it, as crutch to learn or a guide to remind you of the bigger picture. Some don’t need it at all. There are some situation where it would be inappropriate to use sheet music (think rock band live show), and some where it would be fine (broadway play pit musician that ...


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I play the piano as well and will be taking level 9 soon. I generally use the sheet music to learn the pieces as is recommended and slowly start to not look for specific notes but more patterns in the sheet music. An interesting experiment to try on yourself is to use a differently formatted sheet music for the same piece. eg: One text is bigger than the ...


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So is the purpose of the music that I read along when I play so I know exactly what I'm doing? Or is it there to teach me, and then be a general guide when I'm playing? Both true. You have no liberty to change things as you wish (emphasis on change!). What you need to keep in mind always is to deliver a performance faithful to the composer's intentions. ...


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or, should I regroup and think about how I'm approaching the patterns? I think you respond by yourself: when I figure out how to practice and make even incremental progress it isn't drudgery. It may be a lot of work, but I feel good about the progress. I personally think that you're thinking too decisively on one or another option. If you get tired and ...


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