BobRodes
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Weird acciaccatura (?) notation in Chopin's polonaise
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The reason for a slash in a note is not that it is a grace note per se, but that it is to be played outside the context of the meter. In other words, it's a note that you "throw in" in whatever way ...

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What is the best way to organize chords/keys in a database (details below)?
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I'll give you the off-the-cuff perspective of a guy who got his degree in piano and then spent the next 30 years in software design. :) Let me say first that it is important that you understand that ...

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What do these triangles above and below the staff mean?
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Different composers have different ideas about notations for accents. Also, the meaning of the accents changes over time. In Türk's Klavierschule of 1789, he writes that notes marked ^ "must be played ...

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How to play this passage precisely?
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Your "the rhythm is too complicated for me to play slowly and precisely" reminds me of an amusing story. Once, when I was six years old, I turned on the hot water in the bathroom. It wouldn't get ...

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Playing arpeggio on black notes with white note third
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While there is a "rule" that one shouldn't play black notes with the thumb, it isn't a hard-and-fast rule. The hard-and-fast rule is that you should use whatever fingering most easily plays the music ...

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Diatonic harmonic function of chord inversions
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While it's perhaps reasonable to say that chords change their "function" when you invert them, I think that is because inverted chords are progressively less "stable" or "rooted" than their root ...

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"The intervals considered dissonant have changed since the 'Middle Ages'"; How so?
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Here is an excerpt from a review of Beethoven's Op. 111 Sonata, written in 1823, soon after it was published: Beethoven ... is suffering under a privation that to a musician is intolerable - he is ...

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Strategies for learning all 60 seventh chords in root position (5 qualities in 12 keys)
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I wouldn't do them that way, personally. It's quicker to learn things if you find ways to apply them as you go; otherwise, you lose track of why you decided to learn them in the first place. So, ...

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Tension of Degrees Within Modal Chord Progressions
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This is interesting: A Theory of Tonal Hierarchies in Music. Take a look at the section on page 76 (no, it isn't that long; it starts on page 51), which talks about tension. It's very deep stuff, but ...

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How do you jump around the piano?
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It's all muscle memory, of course, but there's also a process of "coarse adjustment" and "fine adjustment", based on the configurations of the black keys. (dtldarek mentions this in his answer as ...

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Clair de Lune - 2 above notes
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As for the fingering, I use 4 instead of 5 there, and probably most people would. A reason not to is that it might be quicker to get 3 on A if 5 is on F# than if 4 is. Since the passage is pretty ...

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Teaching using the Piano Adventures series
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When your students aren't "getting" something, then you need to devise other ways of explaining it. If you're frazzled (and any teacher gets that way), take a step back and start working with your ...

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Seeking alternative practical learning methods for piano if I only want to play for fun
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Really, the answer to this is entirely dependent on the individual. However, I'm getting that you have the ability already to play guitar fairly well by ear. You can probably hear a melody and put a ...

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Glissandos in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3 Mov.3
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While I don't say that it is easy (and I'm not even going to try to do it myself), you'll notice that all the notes are on white keys. The usual way to play these is to play between two keys with one ...

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How do I play these notes from Ólafur Arnalds' Romance?
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For the first one, yes. Lift up your left thumb in time to play the 8th note with your right hand (you could use your left hand if you wanted to, but I would use my right as it seems more natural). ...

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Does Singing Lower Notes Require More Breath?
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Lower notes require more breath. To see for yourself, blow up a balloon. Pull the neck out to make that squeaking noise we all loved as children. Measure the time it takes for the air to run out ...

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How to start making musique concrète?
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My foray into Musique Concrète will give you one thing to perhaps NOT do. While I was studying electronic music back in school in 1982 I came up with what looked like a very interesting term project. ...

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How should 3 notes joined with 1 beam line drawn on 5-staff-line?
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What you have looks like 8th note triplets to me as well, since that's what makes it come out right in 4/4 time. However, correct numerical notation (as far as I can see with a bit of research) ...

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Playing one hand loudly and the other quietly
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To the many excellent suggestions already given, I'll add something with a bit of a different slant. It's very important to work from both sides of the problem. If you can imagine exactly how you ...

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What content do the charts from the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization contain?
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Try this: http://monoskop.org/File:Russell_George_Lydian_Chromatic_Concept_of_Tonal_Organization_4th_ed.pdf I can't download it at work, but it probably has what you're looking for. If it does, let ...

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Piano fingering recommendation for an f# minor arpeggio in the left hand?
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As others have said, a lot of it depends on the size of your hands. However, a lot of it also depends on where you're going next. I can hit all the tenths except the major tenths with a black and ...

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What can I do about my problems with piano scales which manifest in just one direction?
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Matt's is an excellent answer. One idea behind it is to economize on lateral wrist movement. Interestingly, I had the opposite problem when studying scales. I found that passing the thumb under the ...

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How to deal with situation when you can follow background song but not sing independently?
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I would indeed discuss it with her teacher. If the teacher doesn't appear to seem entirely confident in her answer, I would consult with other teachers as well. I would not add more lessons; they ...

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How is the mordent played in the given piece from Petzold
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As you say, a Baroque mordent is played H-A-H as you have it (for non-Germans among us, that is B-A-B) during the Baroque period. However, that isn't a mordent in your music, it's a short trill. A ...

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In blues, country blues, why don't songwriters get sued for aping the same progressions/tempos/scales as other established blues songs?
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This is an interesting summary of the whole George Harrison My Sweet Lord/He's So Fine plagiarism case, with some discussion of the legal issues involved: http://abbeyrd.best.vwh.net/mysweet.htm Of ...

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How to execute rapid broken chords in Beethoven Op. 90
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This is a notoriously difficult passage to play. I do much the same thing as Alexander, except I use 2 on the first F# and then switch to 3 for the next two. For me, when I do that leap, 2 is right on ...

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Recommended fingering for "Hometown Glory" intro
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I ran over this, and I don't find that using 4 is comfortable on the first chord. I use 5-2 on the first sixth, and 3-1 on the following fifth. Normally, in the second measure, I would finger it 5-2 ...

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How can I memorize all the notes in each usable key?
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This site has a lot of good information about scales, as well as diagrams of where they fall on a piano keyboard. This site is a good reference for notation, intervals, etc. The way to get faster at ...

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Playing a fast but quiet Alberti bass
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Sounds familiar. I spent a year working up the Tempest for my senior recital in college many years ago, and I had a similar problem to overcome. The reason that you can play fast or soft, but not ...

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Intervals or scale degrees?
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Being able to hear music in terms of scale degrees is the goal if you want to improvise fluently. (So long as you are training your ear to hear tonal music; scale degrees won't help you if you're ...

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