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Best way for random (cluster) chord notation

The top and bottom notes - which define the extent of the cluster - are usually shown more distinctly than in your mock-up. Black-note clusters are shown by a sharp or flat-sign; white-note ones by a ...
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Notation for 8va on the repeat

In proper Italian it would be la seconda volta entrambe le mani un'ottava più alta But entrambe -"both" - might confuse people: it's rarely seen in music. So la seconda volta le due mani un'...
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Notation for 8va on the repeat

If your score strictly separates the hand's activities between the staves, as piano music tends to, then a simple 2da volta 8va above the top staff should suffice, to my mind. 2da being short for ...
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Why aren't octave clefs used in piano notation?

it's easy to read and doesn't have any extra visual clutter. That's exactly why it's hard to read. With ledger lines and ottava brackets you have something there reminding you continually that you'...
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Why aren't octave clefs used in piano notation?

The problem with octaved clefs is that these are quite uncommon and easy to overlook. Usually we do want the visual clutter of ottava brackets, because it should be clear from one short look from a ...
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How to practice this kind of complex tuplet structures appeared in Scriabin's Poem Op.32 and his Etude Op.42 No.2?

You say "...and I really want to play every note precisely." - but I think this really is the wrong approach. Your ultimate aim (surely!) has to be the obvious one: to produce a beautiful ...
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Notation and use of cross-staff beaming

There are a few problematic aspects as written: The ottava bass is likely to throw off the reader. The triplet brackets align awkwardly, so visually confusing. The cross-staff beaming is also awkward....
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Notation and use of cross-staff beaming

I do find this rather confusing to read. Personally I’d probably do something like this:
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Do I need to explicitly cancel the damper pedal when switching to sostenuto?

When a new pedal indication is encountered, it is assumed to cancel the previous one. In a score indicating "con ped." followed later by "con sost.", the "con ped." ...
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Do I need to explicitly cancel the damper pedal when switching to sostenuto?

If you are using con ped., for a general "use the sustain/damper pedal" indication, cancel it with senza ped.. Similarly, you might need to cancel con sost. with senza sost.. Whereas con ...
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Can anyone tell me how to play triplets in rhythm with eighth notes?

Here are a few step by step exercises that you can try. If you feel that some are too basic you can skip them, of course, although I find that overall this process provides a good foundation to the ...
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Sore left hand holding chords in awkward positions for long durations

"...tightly curled fingers..." There's the key to your problem. Don't curl them tightly. Just position them with a natural curve. "My left hands feels and looks tense..." Why? ...
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Piano key sometimes suffers silent depress

It is possible to depress a piano key so slowly that the hammer isn't actually 'thrown' at the string. This is normal. If the cut-off speed is too high, or inconsistent across the keyboard, your ...
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Is a solo cello strong enough to make a piano ring?

Generally yes. But you need to keep in mind that brass instruments tend to have quite some dynamic range. While it is possible to play the cello quite strongly you cannot get the same amount of ...
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Note placement for beat/rhythm clarity

Versions 1 and 2 are both acceptable: version 1 is readable because the syncopation is simple, version 2 clearly shows the middle of the bar. There is no other good option. Note the stem on the E-flat ...
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Note placement for beat/rhythm clarity

Of the options you have provided, the first is the best as the syncopation is clearest. But you'd probably want make the final note in the upper staff tied across the bar line (so that it gets played ...
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What is the music theoretical basis for this chord transition?

It's an A maj aug 5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minor_sixth That part is just bouncing between a Dm and A maj. The F is just carrying over to the the Dm7.
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What is the music theoretical basis for this chord transition?

It's Dm A/C# Dm7/C with the F5 held during the change through A/C#. With C# and E in the outer voices and an A included it has all the tones and movement of Dm: i V6, and I think that progression ...
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What is the music theoretical basis for this chord transition?

Your chord is a combination of an A/C# and a Dm chord. I wouldn't give it a name. The composer wants the whole passage to sound like it continues to hammer out Dm chords, but they also want the ...
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Why don’t piano teachers teach the chord method of playing to young children and adults?

Another view of this topic is that when you learn classical music or sheet pop music from a proper pianist, you want to see it as layers of meaning. I am not very good, but I have learned songs as a ...
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Should I lift my finger before I hit a key when playing a piano?

One critical note about "fingery" technic: try to avoid lifting the fingers by using the muscles in the top of the forearm -- i.e. the extensors. The extensors are engaged to lift the ...
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How do you play loud notes on the piano without slapping the keys?

To play any notes on the piano keyboard without creating a slapping sound on the keys, be sure to place the fingers on the keys prior to pressing them down. To facitlitate pressing the keys, drop your ...
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Suggestions on fitting an Em and an A together

Superficially, Em G D A is D major. I say superficially, because those chords merely match the key signature for D major, but they would also match A mixolydian, etc. etc. If you had Em G D A and at ...
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Is the polyphony limit on a Digital piano tied to the sound engine?

VST (and other synth/sampler) 'voices' do not correspond exactly to musical notes. Sampled piano instruments typically use a number of underlying voices per keyed note - as well as the basic sound of ...
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Is the polyphony limit on a Digital piano tied to the sound engine?

Computer keyboards are typically wired as a scanned matrix. The keyboard hardware drives each row, and then sees which columns are connected. If three keys that are pressed simultaneously would form ...
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Correct arpeggio direction

It should be played upward especially because there are two half notes below with a quarter note above. The half notes are serving a harmonic function here, while the quarter note is part of a "...
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Is the polyphony limit on a Digital piano tied to the sound engine?

A VSTi will have its own polyphony limit, completely separate to that of the generating instrument. This usually comes into play when you're using a lot of pedal. The notes on/off are still generated, ...
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