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Does anyone have the pdfs for the recent faber books? I know it’s bad to ask, but if you do you’d be a god send 🙏🏼
Stop paying attention to this “taking lessons for 2 weeks, played as a child, here’s my rendition of winter winds” those fuckers are not being genuine. It’s okay to sound bad lol, I love this tune
Whenever I play on an actual grand piano, my mind overflows with a bunch of interesting ideas and things I can play, and i end up playing something that everyone really likes. And, I don't even really have to consciously think about the "rules" or specific chord progressions. I just figure everything out along the way and it just sounds very natural.
But the problem is, when I'm playing at home on my electronic piano, my mind is completely empty, and I end up playing something that sounds okay but is quite generic and boring. My keyboard doesn't even really sound that bad or "robotic".
I want to compose a piece right now, but I just can't, because the creativity is somehow completely missing.
Hey, I want to learn Chopins waltz in e minor but looking after the score and giving about an hour to practice, the opening section and A theme feels weirdly unnatural to build up to speed. How hard does this piece stack up compared to waltz op 69 no 2, arabesque no 1, and pieces in that caliber?
I am currently practicing 2 octave scales at 70 BPM 4 notes per click. While I am to play it comfortably on my right hand in all 12 keys, I am facing some difficulty in my left hand. I practice wrist rotation technique for scales to reduce tension and move freely. While ascending in my left hand I have no problem but while descending my wrist is not able to rotate freely and use the thumb tuck particularly after F. Any practice tips to resolve it or should I any other technique for movement?
I'm planning to purchase a keyboard to start practice on it, so i see serval option but i can't decide wich is better for me, So please help me with to choose one of these : yamaha e353 for 150$ Wk 225 (with stand) for 150$ Casio lk 165 (with stand and sustain pedal ) for 180$ Casio ctk 2250 for 150$ (All used )
I’m performing Mia and Sebastian’s theme - crazy jazz runs included - in my University recital, and playing it is a nightmare. Any advice on how to speed up the runs aside from consistent fingering and time? I don’t have long before the performance, so any tips or tricks are greatly appreciated.
Ive been playing for a few months now and I think its about time I learn to sightread. The problem is I cant find any scores on my level. Almost everything i find is too hard. I can only sightread with one hand, without to many large jump and at a slow pace.
How did you guys find scores on your level when you were first starting out?
(Sorry for bad English)
Looking for recommendations for complete beginner. I only have a budget of 150 so I know that I won’t get anything amazing but I thought worth asking!
Looking for some inspiration :)
All played by me live - not really a pianist but interested what people think!
I think it was p good
Sorry about the video quality, also the notes in parenthesis mean they are optional
I’m not sure how else to phrase this question but after a few years of playing I’ve been getting into the world of composition and wanted to arrange a few of my favorite songs but how do I do it so that it doesn’t seem like I’m basically copying the piece itself?
Got my old keyboard and guitar out of storage and have been trying to get back into them. I'm pretty new to both and want to start from the start and master the basics. Has anyone here used Musescore for the lessons etc? I figured for 83% off there won't be a better time to do it, bit I also don't want to sign up of its crap. Any suggestions? Edit: I am referring to Musescore Learn.
I'm 17, but for as long as I can remember my left arm (primarily around the shoulder) has always been a little tensed up. It doesn't matter what my posture is; it doesn't matter if I'm playing piano, doing something else, or literally nothing at all; it doesn't matter if I'm sitting, standing, or lying down, regardless of what I do I physically can't loosen my left arm. Now, it hadn't had much of an effect on my playing for some time, but the better I've become the more it presents itself as a detriment.
A while back I began working on Scarlatti's k29, and while learning it's been fun, it's really exposed the limitations of my physical abilities. At this point I know the notes better than the back of my hand, and I know what I'm trying to accomplish in any given section, but my left arm just doesn't fucking do what I want it to and it's driving me insane (that being said my performance definitely wouldn't be great, but I'd be way more confident in it). In many passages it feels damn near impossible to play adequately in sync, a problem that is very prevalent in the descending thirds sections (often starting out fine with my left hand falling apart by the end). I know for a fact that if my left arm felt like my right my performance (and even ability to learn new repertoire) would improve substantially, but I just don't know what to do anymore. I've been at this piece for so long, and the last few things I'm struggling with just haven't been getting much better, and being able to diagnose the problem without knowing what to do about it is kinda starting to fuck with me. If you guys know how I might be able to fix this (no matter how drastic the measure is, I'm open to considering all options; I've put too much of my teenage life into this for something so innocuous to halt my progress), or if I just have to learn how to deal with it, let me know.
Also I do apologize if this isn't the right sub, but I figured pianists would be more likely to get help for something like this, and by extension more likely to know what I can do.
This is kind of a open ended question, but I've been wanting to get into jazz improvisation/theory for a while but it's a little overwhelming and I'm not sure where to start. I've been playing for ~12 years now but general theory was never a big part of my lessons when I was a kid. I'm a pretty good pianist, but I need to get some of that theory down to improve any more to be honest. The knowledge I do have is pretty basic stuff. Any ideas on where to get started in order to move towards jazz improv would be appreciated!
I just had my first piano lesson and I’m a little confused. I’ve been self teaching for about a month now and I’ve been really enjoying it so I decided to try a piano teacher at my local music school. I went to my first 30 minute lesson, and the first thing I told my instructor were my goals (learning the theory of things, the why of things, etc). The first question I asked him is how I should sit/ what’s the correct posture. He literally told me “Most people obsess over posture, but that doesn’t matter as long as you sit straight you’re fine”. The whole lesson I just played through piano adventures 2nd edition. I told him I have some experience a couple of times, and it might be too easy for me (maybe I’m wrong on this part and I do have to start from the beginning when I get a teacher). He did not tell me if I was pressing the keys right, if my posture is right, etc.
I just left pretty disappointed. Maybe this is normal and I expected too much? I booked another lesson with a different teacher at the same school. It’s only $30 for 30 minutes so why not?
I play on a Casio CDP-120 which despite being outdated works wonderfully. I have a cheap & flimsy pedal that came with it and want to upgrade to something that would actually function better. Knowing these old keyboards it most likely doesn't support half-pedaling and soft pedal. However I play through Garritan CFX Concert Grand on my PC for much better audio. If I got a triple pedal would it function through Garritan which supports it even if the keyboard itself does not? I suppose that may require hooking the pedal into the computer itself possibly but if anyone knows on the off chance if it would properly function hooked up to the keyboard that would be great to know. Also any pedal recommendations in general would be appreciated.
I was looking on Facebook Marketplace and came across a free Yamaha U3 Piano!!! It was actually recommended for me by Facebook! So I message the seller, tells me to message his sister. Sister gives me a sob story.
Basically, the story is her husband died and she wants to get rid of the piano. I actually did feel a bit bad but really still believed her and wanted the piano. But I was also a tiny bit skeptical about her profile picture, and she kept referring to herself as Dr. Kim. I responded to her wanting the piano and she replied.
I proceeded to email the provided address and this is what was returned. Also, if you notice the two emails so far have different font lol.
The depositor name is the name from Facebook of the supposed brother to this sister.
At this point I was already skeptical. First, they wanted payment through CashApp or PayPal. I was like "hmmm kinda weird to pay through CashApp using a moving service". Same with PayPal. Second, They spelled my location/town wrong LMAO. Lastly, I called the provided number, and no one picked up. The number is also in a different state. I looked up the company, and low and behold nothing popped up. I replied to this scammer and said I don't use PayPal or CashApp and also questioned about the moving company. They replied:
Also, the grammar in their emails are terrible. I had to reread the emails some times since I didn't understand what they were trying to say. I proceeded to ask for a phone number or website for the company. They replied:
This random stranger gives me their word that this moving company is totally legit lol. I called that number as well, and no one picked up. At this point I was pretty sure this was a scam. I told them the number did not pick up and asked for more information about this fake company. I asked about any other emails or websites. They replied:
After this email I looked up any piano scams on reddit and other posts had the exact same story! The story of "my husband died, take this expensive piano for freeeeee!". Lastly, I asked Kim Jones for some pictures and surprise surprise, she didn't reply!! I then proceeded to cuss out whatever rat is behind this scam but it is a little NSFW so I don't wanna link that lmao.
tldr - Be careful of scams guys. Things that seem to good to be true are often that. This facebook post showed up in my small town. This town if full of mostly old people, so I would not be surprised if some elders already got scammed. I reported the facebook post as well as the account. If you guys would like the facebook account, I'll edit this post later. I just wish there was someway to catch this scammer. I mean he did provide his CashApp and email but they are prob throwaway.