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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The only tie shown is between the two G note (3rd and 4th). The lines are slurs - phrasings. The bass clef has stems up and down to show that the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes are held longer than they would be with only up stems. It's written as a three part tune - treble clef os top, bass clef/stems up is middle, and bass clef stems down the lowest of the three. ...


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I think most musicians experience what you're feeling and it could be looked upon as a good thing. You've described to us a little about your musical past, and expressed uncertainty about your musical future. I have had an intense interest in music since I was a small child. I've had periods in my life when I've pursued that interest like a dog, and other ...


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Since you've only been playing for six months, I'm going to guess that the pieces you're learning are not especially long so if that's the case, I'd proceed as follows; Step 1: Before you even play a note, read the piece through. Try to hear it in your head. Even if you're not able to hear the pitches very accurately, you'll still be giving yourself a ...


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