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Looking for some advice when picking up "free" piano

So I've always wanted to learn piano, but figired that it was outwith my means financially.

After a half hearted search on facebook marketplace, I saw that its not uncommon for people to have free upright pianos listed so long as it's picked up.

  1. Do we know why this is so common? They surely must cost a few grand at least. Is there little value in the market for second hand uprights? Or does it seem fishy?

  2. Following question 1, what sort of things or checks would you do when picking up the piano?

  3. My dad used to work for an opera company in the stage crew, his job was packing, unpacking and safely transporting very high end operatic equipment. So I feel if I can hire a van, I'm in good hands. He also said not to worry too much about whether it's tuned as it will need tuned again once its been transported. I guess the hassle of moving is maybe why a few of these pianos arent more readily or quickly picked up by people?

Thanks in advance for any advice or insight from this sub's experience

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2024/05/20
09:35 UTC

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4 year old roland fp30 or a new roland fp10 ?

I have both options for almost the same price but the roland fp30 is 4 year old with a stand and the pedal , from my search the difference seems the fp30 has a better pedal , better speakers and higher polyphony

I don't care about the speakers as I plan to use it with headphones or as a midi with my pc , I'll mainly play some classic and rock music so I'm not sure if the better pedal or the polyphony is worth going for a 4 year old instrument , any thoughts?

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2024/05/20
09:29 UTC

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total collapse of the moon

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2024/05/20
06:50 UTC

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Jjk s2 ep 3 ost

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2024/05/20
06:21 UTC

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Something I think you might appreciate

https://youtu.be/-8sKxS0irjY?si=LQ-gyhl9TeKHOmUZ

A piece by P. Szymański called 2 Etudes for piano. Score isn’t available apart from the Warsaw composers library. If this gets a 100 upvotes I’ll copy and upload!

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2024/05/20
06:04 UTC

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'There are no stupid questions' thread - Monday, May 20, 2024

Please use this thread to ask ANY piano-related questions you may have!

Also check out our FAQ for answers to common questions.

*Note: This is an automated post. See previous discussions here.

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2024/05/20
06:01 UTC

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Does my playing seem tense?(Invention 1, Bach)

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2024/05/20
05:01 UTC

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Help finding sheet music

If anyone has personality by Johnny Mercer piano sheet music can you send it to me please

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2024/05/20
04:59 UTC

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Headphone recommendations for digital piano

Could you recommend headphones to use with digital piano with VST software. Im currently using Audio-Technica ATH-M60x but it sounds flat to me.

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2024/05/20
04:52 UTC

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La Poésie de Passion, Mov IV.

After returning home from a long weekend of passion & poetry, I was flush with intense emotion. I needed to dispel some tension while concurrently nurturing this tenderness inside of me-the result was an 18 minute performance, of which you see the final four moments. This is the final movement, and the transition into it.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on my performance, whether that be praise, hate, or constructive criticism.

Thank you for listening, Messiah Maitrise

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2024/05/20
04:38 UTC

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What piano skills are required for a singer-songwriter?

I've been playing guitar since I was 15 (I'm 26 now) and I use it to write songs. Recently, I started teaching myself piano. While I've made some progress, I sometimes feel a bit lost about what I should practice. I'm not aiming to become a classical piano virtuoso; I just want to learn to play piano to accompany my songs and improvise interesting chord progressions, like my idols Thom Yorke, Paul McCartney, and Elton John.

I love how the chord voicings on the piano are different from the guitar, which lets you create richer harmonies. I recently started working on the 20 Hanon exercises to get my fingers moving. What study plan would you recommend to help me reach my goals?

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2024/05/20
04:20 UTC

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Do you remember chords by shape or other non-name methods?

I started piano lessons in elementary school and stopped after about 3 years because I didn’t like the structure or being told what to play, so my knowledge of musical theory is rather weak. Honestly feel like being able to play what I wanted was what kept me playing all these years, and I just teach myself whatever techniques are necessary for the pieces I want to play (like playing the same note quickly with different fingers for Hungarian Rhapsody 2 or Gottschalk’s El Cocoyé)

A side effect of this abysmal musical theory training is that I legit don’t know a single chord by its name except maybe major, minor 7th and a diminished, I just know them by shape. So like some chords are “the squished chords”, some are a “claw” chord because I need to make that shape with my hand. Kinda like the episode of Friends where Phoebe is teaching Joey to play guitar.

Some composers also use certain constructions of chords more than others so it’s easier to recognize when sight reading if I know Alkan composed it for example.

Bit of a rant but curious if anyone else does this? If so feel free to share your fun ways of remembering chords lol

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2024/05/20
03:46 UTC

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A question that's been on my mind for a while

Sorry if the question sounds a bit strange, but what is it that the great classical musicians of the past have that makes us appreciate their music so much? Its beauty is unquestionable, but... how is it that we can't create music as beautiful as that with all the tools we have now, artificial intelligence, talents, and so many excellent composers? Or maybe there is music just as beautiful, but we value an author simply because they are that author and not someone else, in the same way that one painting is more valuable than another depending on the name of the artist, rather than the painting itself?

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2024/05/20
03:18 UTC

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My piano teacher keeps telling me the same things, and I practice, but they are still not resolved.

I guess I feel like a dipshit becuase my teacher will tell me that same things at every lesson: relax, play the left hand less strong, think about whole chords rather than single notes, strike the keys and relax -- don't continue to press hard.

I am only a year in, so maybe I just need to keep trying, But it is humuliating to hear the same (valid) criticisms after praticing.

BTW -- submission is broken and I had to add this flair to get on, Hope they fix it!

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2024/05/20
02:59 UTC

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Does anyone know what could cause this song to stop in Piano Booster?

https://preview.redd.it/qrigp3dywh1d1.png?width=1392&format=png&auto=webp&s=4e6dd759e6e4f12c9efd46c687ca12a24bfad0e1

This is the exact note where it happens. It happened on two different MIDI versions of Canon in D, in the same place. As you can see the notes are being pressed, the software displays it as such; but Piano Booster just doesn't continue as if the keys weren't pressed. I know it's a long shot, but does anyone know what could possibly be causing this issue? I haven't found an alternative to Piano Booster and this is the only song this happens with.

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2024/05/20
02:54 UTC

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Mozart easiest sonatas

Hi! I’m a low intermediate player, that loves the sonatas by Mozart. Any recommendations to start with. (P.S. Don’t say the Facile Sonata that is obvious.) I know most Mozart sonatas are high intermediate - advanced works. Also that they are some of the hardest pieces to interpret in a good way. I’d just like some sonatas to try in a year-ish

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2024/05/20
02:42 UTC

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What are your favourite intermediate level sonatas to play? Why?

The question is pretty much on the title. I'm looking for good options of low, mid and high intermediate sonatas. For reference: the last couple of pieces I worked on with my teacher were Chopin's prelude in Em, debussy's arabesque n1 and his la fille aux cheveux de lin prelude, and am currently working on that rach's prelude in C#m.

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2024/05/20
02:14 UTC

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CSO 5/19 Evgeny Kissin Encores

I went to this recital today. Can anyone tell me the names of the 3 encores he did today? Especially the last one.

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2024/05/20
02:07 UTC

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2nd year at piano playing Mariage d’ amour. Critiques welcome 🙏🏻

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2024/05/20
01:51 UTC

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is there any way to learn how to play a piano properly with just a mini keyboard?

when i say mini, i'm talking 25 keys. i'm currently not in any position to buy a bigger keyboard currently (currently have the m-vave smk-25 ii) but i do want to eventually get serious with my playing. i've already written a few songs on it but i realize that it's hard to apply some basic principles on a smaller keyboard (like playing with both hands and having proper hand positioning). anything i can do in my situation?

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2024/05/20
01:47 UTC

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Fast pieces

Do any of you have any advice on how I can play fast 16th notes (they sound like 32nd notes)? I tend to keep stumbling over the notes and I have to have learned all the pieces in two weeks.

I have to play the piano accompaniment with violinists for their exams, so it's crucial to play it well.

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2024/05/20
01:18 UTC

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Kapustin Concert Etude 1 (Prelude) = Mario

I swear to god it just sounds like mario music but on steroids. I can't be the only one that hears this, right?

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2024/05/20
01:01 UTC

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Identify this please

Does anybody know what is being played? Short back story...this is my parents house and while they were on vacation there ring picked up this on there piano which doesn't play on its own. Yeah it's kinda freaky because alarm didn't go off. Something or someone played this. We know people wont believes us we are just trying to figure out what music peice this is. Thank you

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2024/05/20
00:30 UTC

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1913 Ludwig and Co Piano

How much would a 1913 Ludwig and Co piano be? The beautiful mahogany was painted over by the previous owner but I had it tuned and the soundboard is still functional (no hum or buzz). Curious to see what it's worth as I got it for free, but had to pay 400 to get it tuned.

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2024/05/20
00:17 UTC

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Capturing Love in Music: Liszt Liebestraum No. 3 (Love Dream)

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2024/05/20
00:12 UTC

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Chords on a beat

Experimenting on a beat I made on Ableton, first time…🤷🏾‍♂️😬

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2024/05/19
23:34 UTC

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If you had to pick one piece, which piano piece would you like to play perfectly?

If you can’t narrow it down to one, you can say a few.

I haven’t thought too deeply of my answer (I have too many) but off the top, Chopin ballade #1.

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2024/05/19
23:30 UTC

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Ive been looking for the notes of Busta Rhymes - Legend of the Fall Offs for like a year.

Busta Rhymes - Legend of the Fall Offs, i do need the notes from this song so bad....Can someone find it?

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2024/05/19
22:49 UTC

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