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we duetted wildflower by Billie Ellish :D

1 Comment
2024/07/12
02:03 UTC

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Cresc/dim markings are for volume or tempo

When I see a crescendo mark < does it always mean to get louder or does it mean to speed up? Same with the diminuendo mark > but getting softer vs getting slower. And I heard something about hairpins. How do I know when it’s talking about volume or speed?

0 Comments
2024/07/12
01:59 UTC

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Am I progressing too slowly?

I have been playing piano for nearly 2 years and I can play pieces around grade 4-5 abrsm for example twinkle twinkle little star var 1 and var 5. Am I progressing too slowly? If so what have I done wrong?

1 Comment
2024/07/12
01:58 UTC

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How bad is too bad to play for a church?

Every thread about sight reading on this sub-reddit eventually mentions that accompanying church/choir hymns forced someone to hone their sight reading skills.

I have been thinking about volunteering at a local church to do just this, as I seem to be horrible at motivating myself to get better at sight reading. However, the last thing I want to do is embarrass myself in front of a whole congregation because my sight reading is garbage currently.

What’s the line where it may be something I could reasonably do without completely making a fool out of myself.

6 Comments
2024/07/12
01:32 UTC

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What are some pieces where I can learn how to play fast?

I have only been playing slow legato for instance, nocturne op9 no 2 or arabesque no 1

1 Comment
2024/07/12
00:29 UTC

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I finally played piano in public for the first time (but failed pretty badly)

So I was in Taiwan for an airport layover and there was this piano that was free to play!

I mustered up my courage to play a Chopin nocturne. Since it was my first time playing in public with people watching, I got super nervous and ultimately ended up dying from mistakes halfway. My hands were literally shaking and the sheet music went completely through my head

I'm glad I pushed myself to play in public, but the embarrassment is eating me alive. Anyone have any similar experiences? How should I play in public next time?

12 Comments
2024/07/12
00:17 UTC

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turkish march progress

I learnt this section in like two hours and I don't know if I should continue learning it cause the jumps are kind of fast and I look for notes alot of the time. I think I have the first part down though.

for background I'm self taught and just started playing a month ago. should i take a break from rondo alla turca and learn some other easier pieces then go back to it?

11 Comments
2024/07/11
23:38 UTC

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Anyone know what classical piece this is?

First time posting I apologize if this isn’t the context forum. I’ve been trying to identify this piece but can’t seem to locate it anywhere

Thank you in advance for the help!

https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTNURrey2/

1 Comment
2024/07/11
22:23 UTC

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Keyboard /Digital piano recommendations

Im takin music gcse next year and im thinkinf abt getting like a keyboard or digtal piano. I already have a real piano in my house but m not allowed to play it after a certain time so I kinda want a digital one so i can work on my comp n stuff late at night when i hv nothing to do. Preferably not too expensive since my parents are slightly against the idea.

1 Comment
2024/07/11
22:16 UTC

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Which keyboard for my situation?

Hey all,

I haven’t played in many years, but still somewhat know how to read sheet music. Putting that in realtime with the keys is another story, but I really want to get back into it.

I have a LONG desk where I’ve decided I want to get a keyboard that plugs into my computer. I’m not sure if this technology is out there (and if it’s not, dibs lol), but I’m curious if there is a way to plug a keyboard in that lights up the keys I need to play in realtime if I am able to somehow drag a song file into it?

I want to play pretty base-level piano, along with singing the songs I enjoy. I’ve linked one such example. Let me know what you think - thanks in advance for your recommendations!

0 Comments
2024/07/11
22:10 UTC

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Is my technique really bad or just bad? I’m really really struggling to maintain a good technique, but my hands just keeps automatically bending like that.

6 Comments
2024/07/11
21:51 UTC

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Major Scales and Hanon for a Starter

Hey all

I’m picking up the piano after not playing for close to two decades, using the AIO Alfred series for adults, in level 1.

My biggest regret after actually having a bit of background in music (sax in high school and college) was that while I could play notes on paper, I had no understanding of scales, keys, etc.

Thus, while practicing, this is what I’m focusing on:

  • 10 minutes scales (I run them upward and contrary, focusing on the ones I’m still missing notes on, varying 60/70/80 bpm
  • 10 minutes Hanon; just trying to develop some dexterity, same at 60/70/80bpm
  • ~30 minutes songs; the songs in the book are pretty simple. Right now if I can do them perfectly three times in a row I’ll put a check and move on, possibly doing them again the next day
  • shortly I will incorporate an actual concert piece or two at my level to work on

Curious for feedback on how I can improve this, and really appreciate any insight. Is there a benefit to tacking lessons on? What should I look for in a teacher?

Lastly, any recommendations for entry level but challenging songs would be hugely appreciated. Really leaning toward classical.

Thanks!!

0 Comments
2024/07/11
21:32 UTC

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Getting introduced to jazz

I haven't listened to a lot of piano jazz. What pieces should I start with? I'm really into "chordal" pieces (like Trois Sarabandes) with this specific type of harmony:

https://youtu.be/zLSOrU7GHPA?si=lIbqTdVNoTmX0Utf

https://youtu.be/17KhiVNifUw?si=iLb7x3Ur4_EUeeny

Otherwise, the closest thing to jazz I ever got into was Tigran Hamasyan, Nik Bartsch and Kapustin

3 Comments
2024/07/11
21:08 UTC

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Yamaha P-95 support half-pedaling?

Hello, the title pretty much says it all

I recently bought a P-95 that did not come with a pedal. I’m looking for a pedal that supports half-pedaling, while also being not crazy expensive. I believe the FC3A is going to be my best bet, but I’ll take recommendations on pedals too!

Just wondering if my P-95 even supports half-pedaling before making the purchase. All I’ve found online is one person saying they believe it does, but nothing for sure.

Thank you all!

1 Comment
2024/07/11
20:30 UTC

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Got old Piano, need advice how to take care of it, or get rid of it. (feel free to give your honest opinion on this piano)

Hi guys, i once played piano, about 14 years ago and wanted to start again. (Short, im a complete rookie again :) ).

It so happens that i got my hands on this old Hohner piano, but its not in a good condition.

Im just curious if there are some tips and tricks on how to take care of it, or if i should get rid of it.

Feel free to give me your opinion on the piano.

I tried to play all the keys and exept for one, every key sounds okey.

The inside is also very dusty, is there maybe a good way to clean the whole thing? And there is a little fabric hanging over some keys, is it alright to cut these pieces off??

As you can read, im a little lost on this matter and wanted to ask this community for advice and help.

Thank you in advance!! ;)

https://preview.redd.it/uo1xvcm43ybd1.jpg?width=4032&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=9dfeeb8b37e8295b9f760f7de4246d5fd62ff1e6

https://preview.redd.it/4lh3jm153ybd1.jpg?width=3024&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=8752e47f331d350d830ce313a31457f12fb53f6d

https://preview.redd.it/txa4ezc53ybd1.jpg?width=4032&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=4cc1deac158a9ba94c072f6089f211bfa8bf4074

https://preview.redd.it/qppsrko53ybd1.jpg?width=3024&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=56f8eaf77af7dbde0d2a14e6dbc832e91dae9432

https://preview.redd.it/l9x3uu263ybd1.jpg?width=4032&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=1d6d4ec00b2b9c897a34d56ff48ac70a01f4ed11

https://preview.redd.it/yjndfue63ybd1.jpg?width=4032&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=9583ae29c301f4170356480ec95f36db3ec8ecc6

https://preview.redd.it/52iw4iq63ybd1.jpg?width=4032&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=1065c9e22a4db42e85500e6a74c55ff8cc103cfe

3 Comments
2024/07/11
19:52 UTC

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Placebo - Space Monkey Piano

I am obsessed with this song and found a beautiful, emotional cover made here https://youtu.be/5_WRF3P5bkA?si=4OU2IeYgTvtJyyAJ

I really want to learn to play this on Piano too, it’s so powerful and I just don’t even know where to begin. Absolutely no sheet music for a piano version exists.

I guess my question is does anybody know how to cover it on Piano and has sheet music or know how can I cover it? The chorus part is what I’m in love with I would love to play just like she does just for the joy of it

0 Comments
2024/07/11
18:41 UTC

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Piano technique

Hey, I bought a real piano two days ago and I wanted to learn it as fast as possible. It’s school holidays, that mean no piano course at piano schools until school starts again. Do y’all know what I can do to learn the piano until I get a teacher in September ?

1 Comment
2024/07/11
18:41 UTC

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Reading music or learning songs

Is it better to learn to read music or learn songs and play by ear? My kids have been taking piano lessons for two+ years and my 11yo son loves it, he plays RushE and moonlight sonata and learning other songs. Another piano teacher observed him and found he was playing by ear and hadn’t learned to read music. I got them a new teacher and she is just teaching to read notes. My concern is that my kids love playing the piano but the new teacher is advising it will take them 2 yrs to learn to read music and they won’t learn songs until then. I’m worried they won’t love it anymore. Is there an updated way to learn piano; is reading music necessary? If so I may have them do both, learn songs and how to read.

11 Comments
2024/07/11
18:33 UTC

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success with Hanon?

Hi, just curious how many here would actually recommend Hanon for developing technique? I had a prior piano teacher who put me on Hanon, but my current one has not done so, but has me working on other exercises which seem similar enough.

I was surprised to recently read so many negative things online about Hanon. Just curious to get an alternate perspective (or not) on that. Like, for instance, some say if your foundation is bad Hanon will just make it worse or lead to injury etc. which I get. Also, that playing all these exercises in C is not ideal (though it seems later in the book that changes).

I'd personally like to start going deeper into Hanon simply because I own it, and I have time in my practice sessions to do that kind of work, and I'd just like to accelerate some strength building. But, I don't want to be careless about it.

34 Comments
2024/07/11
18:30 UTC

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🎶

Tried making a Waltz. It's not done yet but how did I do? What do you think?

1 Comment
2024/07/11
18:16 UTC

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My first attempt at composing an original piece. Thoughts?

1 Comment
2024/07/11
17:17 UTC

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Practicing concertos!!

Hey i'm trying to learn a concerto, but i can't find an audio file with the orchestra accompaniement (without the piano role) does anybody know a website where i can find stuff like that? (Preferrably free) Thanks in advance 🤝

1 Comment
2024/07/11
17:08 UTC

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Book Recommendations?

I'm looking for some sheet music book recommendations that are like the K.D.M. Snell Quiet Classics, but a little more advanced. I like to have books that are a compilation of similar pieces but I don't know where to look for those.

I have the snell quiet classics (obv lol), tchaikkovskiys "the seasons", waltzes by chopin, all of scott joplins rag, and 3 folders of sheet music my teachers have given to me over time. i also have a bunch of exercise and technique focused books from my earlier days but im not looking for more of those lol.

I've considered getting just compilations of works from specific composers i like, but im not sure where to start either.

any recommendations are appreciated, thank you

0 Comments
2024/07/11
17:02 UTC

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Gymnopedie No.1

Still working on it, barely on the second page.

3 Comments
2024/07/11
16:43 UTC

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Has anyone had a piano voiced?

I have a 20 year old grand piano and just had it tuned today. My tuner says it needs to be voiced and explained to be what that was. The piano sound is extremely bright so I know it needs it. He mentioned that a needle is used to soften the felt of the hammer that strikes the strings.

How long will the voicing last and how often does a piano need to be voiced?
Alo, will the hammers need to be replaced at some point?

8 Comments
2024/07/11
16:20 UTC

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How to simulate different playing environments ?

I'm having my first recital soon and I can play my piece very well... at home only. Without any distractions.

When I touch another piano, my fingers forget they are a part of my body.

How can I simulate different practicing/ playing environments at home ? I reckon it'll help on the day of.

I practice on a roland fp30x.

2 Comments
2024/07/11
16:10 UTC

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Any good piano apps for warming up? Or methodologies for keeping variety?

I never do a good job of warming up (or practicing fundamentals tbh). I find I just don't know what to do. Are there any apps that you've used that would serve up a variety of warm ups? Or apps with wide varieties of warms ups that I could choose from each day?

My ideal would be something where it's varying the types of things you do (chords, scales, arpeggios, counterpoint, etc.) so as to help me acquire breadth.

I've been using Piano Marvel religiously to get my sight reading better, and I find myself just wanting 5 minutes beforehand to get the brain and fingers going before I jump in.

I've bought a bunch of burgmuller, and tried etudes and such, but I just find myself uninterested in them as an avenue for warm up. Or maybe I'm not using them correctly?

6 Comments
2024/07/11
16:02 UTC

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How do I play keyboard in a band?

For context I'm going to be playing in a band in college which I've never done before so I'm just wondering if anyone can offer some advice. I think I'm around grade 4 but I'm self taught and I've never had proper experience with a teacher so im guessing around this grade because I think most pieces i play are around grade 4 and I've been playing on and off for 2/3 years. Will being only around grade 4 heavily effect how good or bad I could be in a band? And does anyone have any tips for how I can sound good in a band?

25 Comments
2024/07/11
15:54 UTC

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black keys etude

2 Comments
2024/07/11
15:40 UTC

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