BobRodes
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Do advanced musicians still practice scales every day?
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I'm told that my great-grandmother, a professional pianist, practiced her scales for some hours each day. I don't think that you're "ever done," unless you've decided to quit playing. As with any ...

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When practicing on my instrument - which is more important - quantity or quality?
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Wrong reps create wrong results. DO NOT play fast and wrong. Practice as slowly as you need to to avoid wrong notes. This is very important. The reason that you need to practice in the first ...

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Which fingering to use when playing the same piano key twice in a row?
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If you would like to see a tour de force in the use of repeated notes, have a look at Martha Argerich's performance of Scarlatti's D Minor Sonata: You will notice ...

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Difference between "Bar" and "Measure"
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I've studied music in both the US and the UK (piano lessons in the UK at age 14, majored in piano in the US), and bar and measure are used interchangeably in both in my experience. Jazz and blues ...

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What makes a piece sound like Beethoven?
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I don't think I can improve on this "answer" of Dudley Moore's one bit: Although it is obviously a parody, and a very funny one, if you study carefully all of the ...

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Can someone explain what a voice is in piano?
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First, I don't agree with that interpretation personally (if that's what Chopin had wanted, he would have written it that way, meticulous soul that he was), so I wouldn't put too much stock in how ...

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Two simultaneous notes for singing?
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This is actually not uncommon. You perform all of them! In this example, the soprano section splits into two parts. Half of the sopranos sing the top note, and the other half of the sopranos sing ...

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Why is the lowest note on the piano an A?
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Early pianos started out with the existing range of harpsichords, having between four and five octaves, usually starting at low C. This stands to reason, because Bartolomeo Cristofori, generally ...

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Why can't I identify major and minor chords?
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This may be helpful. Start by learning to hear the difference between major and minor thirds. Find four songs, one that begins with a rising major third, one with a rising minor third, one with a ...

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It is ok to correct wrong notes when playing piano?
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If you are practicing, then you need to correct wrong notes. HOWEVER. This does not mean that when you play the wrong note, you simply replace it with the right one and move on. That doesn't ...

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Physics behind why a bugle can play several notes, while a whistle only plays one note
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The reason that you can get multiple notes from a bugle is that you can vary your embouchure. If you tighten your mouth, and blow harder, you'll get a higher note because your lips move faster. The ...

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Synth sounds that make good solo instruments but don't mimic pianos, organs etc?
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The synth patches that you want will exist if you build them yourself. :) You might consider studying some of the older musicians such as Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. At that time, people ...

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What does it mean when two notes are stuck together?
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Here are two different screen shots of the same bit of music, from the beginning of the coda in Chopin's second Ballade. You can see clearly that the passage has groups of doubled 16th notes. If you ...

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How long do you hold a fermata?
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To answer the parts of your question specific to the piano, it's entirely acceptable to allow the sound to die away. Silence is a part of music too, or we wouldn't have rests. One way to get more ...

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How does a piano go out of tune?
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No, the notes don't all go out of tune at the same rate, and the notes that get hit more often do go out of tune a bit more quickly. Piano strings are strung at one end so as not to move, and on ...

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I have been practicing a song for 3 hours straight but I keep making mistakes. How can I get it right?
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I suspect your teacher suggested that you play it at a slower tempo. When you say that it didn't really help, I would suggest that you practice it at an even slower tempo, and continue to slow it down ...

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(1/√π)/√⅔ as a time signature?
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I would say that the specific name is "experimental." My feeling is that it comes from the school of thought that attempts to turn the back on musical tradition and come up with something new. There'...

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What is the difference between the classical and contemporary method of teaching instruments?
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I would say personally that it's mostly a matter of the music being taught. The main exception to that is voice; all you have to do is listen to, say, Pavarotti and Frank Sinatra to tell the ...

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Is there any specific reason to why are the instruments placed as they are in an orchestra?
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This is a very interesting discussion on this subject: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=608598 Edit: adding some of the above link content on request. I've put the original ...

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Different trill notations in Schubert piano music
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The first thing to realize is that notation and performance are different in Baroque, Classical, and Romantic music. The Romantic rules apply to Beethoven and later composers. The small squiggle (...

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Is there a minimum of notes and chords i need to determine the key of a song?
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There isn't any hard and fast rule. The first thing is that the key signature narrows it down to two keys. So, for example, if there are no sharps or flats in the key signature, the key is either C ...

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Are Tersun Piano Technique books any good?
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Ok fella, I took a look here's your review. First: technical exercises are dull. Simple. Liszt is said to have done them while reading a book. Call me closed-minded if you will, but someone who ...

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What is the rhythmic notation for 5/8 the duration of a whole note?
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As you have said, you have to use a tie for this. You can tie any combination of notes that make up 5/8ths. However, it's also true that you can (and should) give a visual indicator of how you want ...

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How to sing better in a band situation?
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Craig, the other answers all address the possibility that his "singing nowhere near as good" is because he's getting drowned out by the other band members. There's another possiblity as well. If he ...

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How can I develop mastery of polyrhythms in playing guitar?
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Do the math. Practice by tapping your hands on your legs. Start with 3 against 2. Move on to 4 against 3. You do this one by breaking it up into 12, so: | | | | . . . . . . . . . . . . ...

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the fingering intended by the composer
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Advanced pianists don't see the bass clef as meaning left hand and the treble as meaning right. The chief consideration for which clef to put a note in is readability, and notes on ledger lines are ...

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How do I play this 8th note triplet?
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The short answer is yes. Triplet marking is often optional. The composer is basically saying these are triplets, and play all the others the same. The basic rule is if you see three 8th notes that ...

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What is the difference between molto allegro and allegro di molto
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Tempo indications are more suggestions than hard-and-fast rules. This is even true of metronome markings. There's room for interpretation, especially with slower tempos. To use the Pathetique ...

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Why is my choir director telling a bunch of rednecks to drop their Rs as though they were Londoners?
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It's a bit old-fashioned, and reasons have to do with placement (our accent has a lot of nasalization of vowels) and airflow restriction (try saying "er" as you normally do, and then the way the Brits ...

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proper uses of minor seventh chords
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Casey's answer is fundamental and should be thoroughly understood. When you're ready to go farther afield, you can use other closely-related minor 7th chords. Consider this chord progression: I-I7-...

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