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You should play whatever speed you can with completely (completely, though!) relaxed hands. Except for the base of the finger being played, there should be no more muscular tension than if the hand was just sitting on a desk. When you start to speed up, there's a tendency to "try-hard," which interferes with the passing of the thumb and makes ...


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The ABRSM 2021–2022 Piano Syllabus applies the following scale speeds for each exam grade, with all scales played in eighth-notes.1 Image source (PDF page 16) Initial: quarter-note = 54 Grade 1: quarter-note = 60 Grade 2: quarter-note = 66 Grade 3: quarter-note = 80 Grade 4: quarter-note = 100 Grade 5: half-note = 60 Grade 6: half-note = 72 Grade 7: half-...


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Without knowing that particular model, I'd guess you probably need "full volume" to properly match an acoustic. If you ever try actually accompanying people live in a 'gig' situation, you will quickly discover a digital piano just cannot reach the levels you can with an acoustic, without further amplification. Pianos are pretty loud. That doesn't ...


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I am cross dominant, and I suspect one of the most fortunate kinds for playing piano. I write and eat with my left hand and do almost everything else right-handed, though I'm often comfortable using my left hand if necessary for things like throwing or punching, but not for very intricate and ingrained things like guitar. I started playing piano three years ...


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There is no "official" list of rhythmic rudiments for non-percussion instruments,1 but such a list can be inferred by the way rhythm is introduced in various training methods and certificate exams. I give a loosely graded list of rudiments first, with the sources following.2 1 I propose that one reason for this is that in percussion training there ...


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Yes, you realize that the field of music is fairly vast. You can practice for a lifetime and still be "nowhere". But, whether you are "nowhere" or "somewhere" really depends on you. As in most things, it is useful to set a few things first. Define your goals, estimate how realistic they are, see if you have the resources (mostly ...


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Not literally blindfolded. That would be annoying and inconvenient. Obviously you can just shut your eyes. Playing without looking certainly displays a level of mastery with an instrument, but a listener can't really ear that. You might ask more meaningfully why you want to be able to play without looking. For me personally, the reason is to be able to read ...


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