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How high from the ground should the keyboard from a piano be?
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The exact height of the keyboard off the floor is less important than the distance between the keyboard and your seat. (Most chairs are too low to the ground to be good as a piano stool) I'd agree ...

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Why don't pianos use multiples of 12 for the number of keys?
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Note that the numbers of keys includes white and black keys, so an 88-key piano is just over 7 octaves and a 63-key keyboard is 5+ octaves (not 9). As in most music (and much of life), non-logical ...

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What factors to consider when inventing a new (lab) instrument?
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(Edit: Note that I'm treating the question as "What characteristics would a new instrument ideally have?" rather than "What does my instrument minimally need to count as an instrument?" Both are IMO ...

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How to handle a newly purchased score book that won't stay opened?
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When I was growing up, my dad came up with a brilliant strategy for a stubborn binding: Bandsaw off the spine, then spiral-bind the whole book. Voilà! Well-behaved Mussorgsky.

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Voice lessons for children
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I would say it's much more important to get her singing than to get her singing lessons. She can sing in a childrens' choir, form a band, etc. There are so many different things one can do with ...

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How to play "Moonlight" sonata with pedal
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Don't hold the RH bottom B! Release it as soon as you're done, let the pedal carry it through, and relax your hand to play the other two beamed notes in that group.

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Are there any compositions for piano that are impossible to play without a full-range keyboard?
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John Corigliano, Etude-Fantasy and Concerto for Piano and Orchestra both use a huge range of the instrument. Also Fredric Rzewski piano piece #4 (from Four Piano Pieces) starts on the B one note from ...

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Piano - Hand position when playing "double octaves"
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This looks like sheet music made from a MIDI arrangement, where someone put the melody in, then doubled it in 3rd, then thought "Hey, why not put the whole thing up the octave for the loud part" ...

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Instruments that are easy on left pinkie fingers
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The ukulele is great for avoiding pinkie finger use. Also melodica, accordion, banjo…

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Fast octaves on the piano
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You must find a fingering that lets the outside bit of your hand play a legato-compatible fingering (i.e. 4-5-4-5-5-4-5-5), even if you don't play legato. This keeps you hand from freezing up and lets ...

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