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Left wrist and forarm get fatigued, need help

So my left wrist and forarm get fatigued when I play this part of interstellar. I play the piano for 6 months and my teacher says this is normal, because of the wide and fast arpeggios. I don't believe one word I need a fix, pls help me🙏

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2024/02/25
18:48 UTC

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Yesterday, I posted quite a "chill out" track. Today, I got more energetic one. Ideal for driving at Autobahn (original track). -- Gabin - "Delire et Passion" [Delirium and Passion] (old track - 2002)

2 Comments
2024/02/25
18:44 UTC

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Notation question

If a piece is written in G Major, but it does not contain any F, can the key signature be omitted? I ask because I saw this.

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2024/02/25
18:33 UTC

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How to overcome my biggest piano problems?

I have a really hard time with rhythms. Even basic ones can mess me up, ex: simple syncopation or 16th notes + dots. I even struggle with rhythms in basic textbooks for beginners. I was wondering if anyone had a way to help me get a better rhythm sense. Also, my pitch is terrible as well (I guess off by like 5 notes) any tips on that too? And finally, I'm quite bad at jumps. For example, in those anime songs, you know how the left-hand does jumps and weird rhythms, right? Those totally mess me up. So tips on jumps would also be appreciated. (exercises, books, videos, pieces to play, technique guides, etc.)

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2024/02/25
18:13 UTC

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How do improvisers play with incredible accuracy?

I know from personal 13 year experience that learning music by heart from sheets will not help with this. - i can play advanced chopin nocturnes, but wouldnt be able to play an F minor scale or a basic 7th chord in D# major without missing a key. Sure, I can think of melodies pretty effortlessly and jam with myself from time to time, but the accuracy is shit nonetheless - i need to slowly scramble for correct notes of the complex chords I heard/thought of in my mind. - I don't understand is how pianists can improvise in any key without hitting a wrong note in every chord like I do.

Does the accuracy come from practicing key/scale exercises? I really slept on those in school

11 Comments
2024/02/25
18:07 UTC

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Does this sound normal?

Should I return it?

5 Comments
2024/02/25
17:48 UTC

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Beethoven pathetique sonata

I have a piano competition in 2 months. And first part of pathetique sonata is one of the pieces I'm going to play. I've just started it newly and my stress level is going up day by day, cause the part where left hand plays broken octaves really exhaustes me. I also have to finish and improve my other pieces and it will also be my first competition experience so plus the anxiety on the stage. I think I can manage it but not being stucked with the sonata like this. Do you have any suggestions with that part? And do you have any suggestions generally with competitions/anxiety?

2 Comments
2024/02/25
17:31 UTC

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Portable keyboard for Grandmother with dementia

My grandmother is a classically trained pianist who sadly suffers from dementia. Recently, we had to make the difficult decision to transition her into a care home.

The home has a piano but it isn't on the same floor as her, making it difficult for her to access; so, I'm interested in getting her a portable tabletop-style keyboard. From what I've looked at so far, the weight of the keys and overall feel is a common critique and sensory input like that is very important for those suffering from dementia. It made me realize that I should probably get some advice from pianists like yourselves on the best "feeling" keyboard.

She had an upright Bergmann previously. She's wheelchair bound and so a pedal is likely not going to be important. Space is a big factor, she has very little storage so something fold-able or compact is preferred. Budget can go up to $500 but it would be nice if it was cheaper.

Thank you for taking the time to read and any recommendations you are able to provide me with!

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2024/02/25
17:28 UTC

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Just a little quiz for you! :-)

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2024/02/25
17:18 UTC

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Beginner Looking for Critiques

I am a novice with 4 slow pieces under my belt and a handful of incomplete ones. This is the first few minutes of Claire de Lune. Watching the video myself, I clearly need to be a bit more gentle lol. I’ve learned Claire de Lune up to the first two handed arpeggio and was worried the second half of the song is outside my skill range. Should I put this piece on hold or work through the second half?

Any and all advice is much appreciated.

19 Comments
2024/02/25
16:50 UTC

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Free MIDI library for commercial use?

Hello, I’m looking for websites that offer free-to-use MIDI files of classical piano music, even for commercial use. I know there is MuseScore, but most of the MIDIs are of poor quality and lack tempo, dynamics, etc.

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2024/02/25
16:28 UTC

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Searching for recommendations for east-Asian inspired western music (more details below)

Hi, I'm hoping this isn't too narrow of a request, but after a bit of googling, I'm not finding much interesting. I'm looking for some piano music that is in more standard western music form (sonatas/etc), but that is inspired by traditional Asian "classical" (or chamber) music such as Japanese Gagazu or Thai Khon and composed by native Asians - so I'm not really looking for European/American composers who wrote Asian-inspired work, but rather Asians who wrote native-inspired work but in a western "art-music/classical" genre.

Are there any that fit that bill? Like I said, I've spent some time googling, redditing, etc and haven't found any specifics yet.

Thanks

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2024/02/25
15:56 UTC

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What is happening to me??

So for the last time everytime i try playing the piano my wrist hurts after like 5 minutes of playing, the only thing that i did that may be related was using a hard stress ball most of the time for the last week and i take wellbutrin 150xr, i cant lose my ability to play piano because thats what i do 24/7 please help me

7 Comments
2024/02/25
15:31 UTC

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Wanted to share a fragment of one of the Liszt’s best transcriptions which is Gounod’s waltz from Faust

What is your personal favorite among Liszt’s works?

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2024/02/25
14:08 UTC

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Sugar Cane Rag - Scott Joplin (1908)

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2024/02/25
14:07 UTC

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Claude Debussy - L'isle joyeuse, L.106 (Gieseking)

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2024/02/25
14:06 UTC

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Is there a difference between the older and newer piano version of the ameb technical book?

The older version is the white and purple coloured technical book.

And the newer version is black and gold coloured.

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2024/02/25
13:33 UTC

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How do i play Indian music 😭

Honestly just give me chords that go with G# I've been playing English music for 2 years but when it comes to my own religions music (Hinduism) its like every key I touch is wrong. Pls save me from this embarrassment when playing in a mandir.

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2024/02/25
13:23 UTC

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New Technical Order 🎹

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2024/02/25
13:17 UTC

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Is Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 a good next piece to learn?

Currently, my hardest pieces are Moonlight Sonata 3rd Movement and Rach Op 23 No 5. I learned the final part of the Hungarian Rhapsody a while ago and it wasnt too hard. Is it a good idea?

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2024/02/25
12:45 UTC

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Unsure of what to learn next

I recently finished learning Albéniz's España Op. 165 and started learning Beethoven's Op. 49/2. It's my first Beethoven sonata, but I've found it pretty manageable so far and it's not giving me too much trouble. As I normally learn two pieces at a time, I was wondering what else I could learn.

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2024/02/25
12:34 UTC

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Can you recommend any pieces that are fairly easy to learn on your own?

I took piano lessons for around 4 or 5 years and quit a few months ago, because I felt like I didn’t learn much recently. However, I still love playing piano. If I would be better at sight reading, I could say I‘m an intermediate player, but given that problem, I probably am more of a beginner.

But there’s one issue, I‘m still struggling with. Sight reading. All pieces I learned when I went to classes, I played them by heart. Reading notes took and still takes way too long and it’s even worse when I have to read for left and right hand at the same time.

Now I want to kind of teach myself through practice some more piano knowledge and improve my sight reading.

Any recommendations? I‘m open to all genres, but especially pieces that were written for piano :)

4 Comments
2024/02/25
12:12 UTC

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Bone - Will Wood cover

Don't know where else to post but if looking for critiques and area to improve onn

4 Comments
2024/02/25
10:20 UTC

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“Until You Come Back to Me” Aretha Franklin - My Piano Cover

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2024/02/25
09:04 UTC

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Perfect pitch

Is perfect pitch a skill or talent? I've been playing the piano for few years now (grade 4) and I do not have perfect pitch. However my cousin who is the same age and grade as me has perfect pitch. I was so jealous. I also feel kinda ashamed for being the same grade and not having perfect pitch. Does that mean I have not been working hard? Please tell me how to get perfect pitch.

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2024/02/25
09:04 UTC

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I constantly feel useless and like a complete failure and I think it's keeping me from truly making any progress.

It's my first time ever posting something on Reddit so it makes me kinda nervous-but I've been feeling like this for years and I just don't know what to do anymore.

(This is probably gonna be very long, so apologies in advance.)

I started playing when I was 12, which is already a very... unusual, let's say, time to start. I'm currently about to be 19 years old, which means I've been playing for over 7 years. It wasn't even me who decided to start; it was one of my aunts who brought up the idea to me, and I just thought "yeah, why not?". Basically I spent like two years just learning the basics and playing anime and any movie soundtrack/ songs I liked, and that's it. I don't even know when I decided to pursue this path professionally-I don't even think I did, actually. Now that I've failed my first college entrance exam (to be a music major), I just feel like I'm in a really weird place, mentally. I was basically in campus for a semester preparing for the actual exam, but nerves ended up winning over me for the theory section and now I have to wait another semester to give it another go. It mostly feels like I went through so much improvement in those six months and now... it's all gone, and the only thing I feel is despair.

When I say I don't even know if I consciously chose it, I mean it in the way that I just don't think I'm good at literally anything other than music. I think you can already tell that I have serious self esteem problems, which probably fuel my insecurities when it comes to my skills at the instrument. I've been attending proper piano lessons for a long time now, and both of the teachers I've had in the past four years have told me that I was "born for this", basically. And I know it seems rude to just assume they're saying it to be nice, but... there's just too many things that keep me from truly believing it.

I don't even have a real piano(I currently have a Casio digital piano), which makes me feel like a complete beginner everytime I go to my lessons. It's a fact that the mechanisms required to produce a great sound on a real instrument are just... not the same you use for an electronics instrument. As the years pass and my level keeps growing(?), I feel even stronger the need for a better instrument.. but I just feel like my mom already has so much problems that have to do with money, so I always feel guilty even thinking about asking her for a better piano that's closer to the real instrument.

I am currently studying Mozart's Sonata no. 18, Chopin's Etude Op. 25 no. 2, and Bach's Sinfonía 2 in C minor. I've been studying them for over two months now, but I feel like I've barely made any progress. Everytime I sit in front of my instrument, I just feel so hopeless and upset that I wasn't born a prodigy, or that I somehow wasnt forced by my mom to start piano lessons when I was 3 years old or something.. I've already cried so many times while watching performances of many great pianists-I just feel like I will never be able to play even mildly decent. I am honestly very sick of not being able to enjoy any great performance without beating myself up. I recently just broke down watching Lim Yunchan's performance of Liszt's 12 trascendental Etudes. Just almost two years ago; when he was like,, 17. It just makes it impossible for me to truly sit back and be amazed when the only thing I feel is the anger of knowing that people my age all over the world are doing amazing things on their instruments while I'm just... existing. My teachers have always told me how "talented" I am, but again, I can't just get myself to stop thinking that they're just being nice.

I am also from Latin America, which is a slight disadvantage since art is really not valued, like, almost at all. Being an artist is basically like knowing you're mostly destined to starve to death—to hardly make a living out of this beautiful form of art. People just care about other things in here (which,, in my opinion, helps me perfectly understand why some horrible things happen in this side of the world.)

I love music so much, and I love my instrument, but I feel like the real music world is nothing like what I see here. I don't want to be condescending, but seeing mediocrity here is more likely to happen than on countries in where the academic music world is much more valued and taken more seriously. The levels are astronomically different.

I know every person's journey is different, but I feel like I will never stop seeing myself as just an amateur girl who likes playing the piano as a hobby. Especially now since I'm going to a piano meeting in Spain in a couple of months to receive masterclasses, individual lessons and concerts from great maestros; and since I will be probably meeting pianists my age from different places in the world who will most probably have a much more advanced repertoire. Even thinking about it right now makes me want to cry because of how inferior I feel. I mean... Children are playing their first Chopin Etude at the young age of 5-8 years old; and I, at my 18 years of life, will just now(attempt to) play one. I don't even dream of being a world class concert pianist—I don't even want to be a concert pianist, for that matter, but no matter what type of professional musician, I'm sure I just want to see myself in a place where I can look back and say that it was all worth it.

Most of these issues are something I should be discussing with my therapist or even my teacher, but it's easier for me to read people's opinions on the internet. Talking about my feelings in person is just something I'm not good at.

I truly think this is the one thing I want to do for the rest of my life, but I've felt like quitting out of despair so many times after seeing children on the internet, or literally anybody, playing much better than I think I ever will. Since this year started, the thought of "should I just forget about being a professional musician and just look for a job or something..?" has showed up a lot in my head, and it's keeping me from having truly productive practice sessions. I end up going through the entire piece without any objective in mind, and it makes me get stuck in a loop constantly. All because of that same thought of, "I started too late, I'm too lacking for this"..

I just hope the words from fellow pianists would help me even if it's just a little bit.

Thanks for reading until the end.

11 Comments
2024/02/25
08:10 UTC

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Lil Duet

Buddies brother wrote the bass and my friend improvised the higher notes. I apologize for the camera angle, not going in the r/praisethecameraman 😂

2 Comments
2024/02/25
08:01 UTC

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Need some songs to play

I want show-offy anime songs that aren't too hard. Make it easier than Op 25. no 12. Make sure there aren't those superfast huge jumps or polyrhythms. Other than that, anything works. (My friend really likes Japanese songs so I just wanna play one yk?)

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2024/02/25
08:01 UTC

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Help with Sheet Music Website

Hey, just wondering if anyone has used the website gangqinpu[dot]com, I want to delete my account but I cannot go to any of settings because the website doesnt load the pages. I also cannot see where I can delete my account either because it is in another language and I cant navigate to it or it is somewhere else. Any help is greatly appreciated, im stressing out too much about this lol

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2024/02/25
07:20 UTC

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