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Is it bad practice to look at hands when practicing piano? How to break the habit?
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I've been playing professionally for many years and have always had to look at my hands for stride piano, though that wasn't my specialty. Nevertheless, I have a hard time believing that all but the ...

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Relaxing muscles when playing piano
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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,...

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How cold is too cold to move a piano?
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Having moved my pianos several times, I wouldn't worry about it at all if it's above freezing. The more concerning issue would the speed at which the piano is subject to drastic changes in humidity ...

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How much louder than an upright is a small grand piano?
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I would say that all other things equal, a grand of the size you mentioned (right around the line between a baby and a 'parlor' grand) will not necessarily be louder than an average upright. HOWEVER, ...

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What to improvise over "fake" ii V I and succession of dominant chords
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For ii-V chords that don't resolve to I, the most straightforward scale to improvise on is the major key of the I. This is because the local key for those two chords is the tonic, whether or not you ...

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Geometric Voice Leading Presentation
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I have a (jazz) piano background, but I've done a lot with voice leadings and think my answer may help. I think about voice leadings as the progression of harmonies (i.e. the inner notes of a chord). ...

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How to remember and see each major scale degrees when playing a scale not in order?
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I'll offer some more ideas here: 1) Take some simple melodies, like Christmas or patriotic tunes, folk songs, etc, and learn the melody in C, then play that same melody in other keys. For example, "...

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Piano beginner, index finger raising when using ring and pinky
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Don't worry about touching the sides of black keys when you play further up on white keys - your fingers shouldn't get stuck and should make the black keys sound (unless you have extremely thick ...

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What is the 'and' called in 4/4 time?
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I would call those the upbeats. (And it doesn't have to be 4/4, could easily be 3/4 and probably any regular time signature.). If you're tapping your foot on the beat, it's when your toes go up ...

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Transposing down
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Yes, Eb is correct. I'll offer another way to think about it: change the interval to half steps. Since a major 6th is 9 half steps no matter what key you're in, transposing down a major 6th means ...

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Do we hear bass/baritone solo melody lines as being implicitly "on top of" the accompaniment, for harmonic purposes
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I'm a jazz pianist, rather than guitarist, but I think many of the same comping principles apply. 1) is that your chords shouldn't be in the same range as the vocalist: for female singers (and horns) ...

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How can I pick a minor II - V on a Real Book standard?
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Based on the examples your question, you don't need to worry about any minor ii-V-i progression for this tune - each one you shared is a major ii-V-I, albeit in different keys. Modulations do not ...

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How to write this measure on Finale Notepad?
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That technique of combining melodies/harmonies on the same line is called counterpoint. Here's a good reference: https://www.britannica.com/art/counterpoint-music. I used to occasionally see it in ...

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