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Why do pianists get somebody to turn the page for them?

What about for violinists, clarinetists, and stuff like that? Is it because, since they're basically playing one note at a time, they're expected to memorize the entire score, unlike the pianist? Why don't you ever see somebody turning a page for a violinist?
posted by Opengreen on Apr 24, 2015 - 18 answers

Book resources for someone learning to play the piano again.

Haven't played piano in over 20 years, although I was good at it at the time. Looking for recommendations of books to help me learn again. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Apr 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Looking for a recommendation for beginner’s pianos.

I am a woman in my late 30s and am planning to learn playing the piano. I have no prior knowledge of any other musical instrument, but have decided that life is too short to keep wishing that one day..! So….I am looking for suggestions on: 1) A good beginner’s piano. The music academy that I plan to enroll in, has suggested Kawai KPD90. The reviews suggest that it is a good piano. However, it seems a bit of an investment at 1150 USD,( and in my country, it is even more expensive)- given that I have no idea whether I will take to the piano like a duck to water or whether it will be sheer anathema to me! I was hoping for some advice from the hive mind, if this is an appropriate piano, for an absolute novice or whether I could go in for something cheaper? At this point in my life, it is not unaffordable…I just want to make the right choice for myself. 2) Resources, books etc- especially online- that teach the piano to beginners. Thanks everyone for your help!
posted by synapse2512 on Mar 12, 2015 - 18 answers

Can a non-musical adult learn to play the piano?

I'm 43 years old and have no music training. Is it realistic for someone with my age and musical inexperience to enjoy learning to play piano or is it just an exercise in frustration trying to force a non-plastic brain to do something entirely new? [more inside]
posted by Nelson on Mar 11, 2015 - 28 answers

What's the piano piece played in this movie scene?

In the 1958 B-picture "Murder By Contract," a woman plays the piano starting about 33 minutes in. Can you tell what she's playing? Clip inside! [more inside]
posted by theatro on Feb 20, 2015 - 3 answers

More minimalist/algorithmic/mesmerizing (piano) music please!

I've been playing Canto Ostinato, a piece for four piano's by Dutch minimalist composer Simeon ten Holt on repeat for the past couple months. It makes air travel and long work days utterly pleasant. With more of both coming up, I'd love to find more similar music that's equally mesmerizing.. Any suggestions?
posted by Thisandthat on Jan 23, 2015 - 17 answers

Options for adult who wants to learn piano

I would like to learn how to play the piano and am considering whether to learn via adult education courses, private lessons or teach myself. Or even a mix. [more inside]
posted by shortstuff13 on Jan 14, 2015 - 4 answers

Recommend a microphone/usb setup for recording voice to accompany piano

My son is trying to record his voice along with his piano and he needs a microphone/usb setup to record his voice. He wants to sing covers of songs by Coldplay or Adele, if that helps. (this question is eight years old so it seemed like it was time to re-ask.)
posted by carlodio on Jan 3, 2015 - 7 answers

What songs make you want to learn/practice the piano?

I want to put together a playlist that will motivate me to practice. What are piano songs/pieces that make you say "I'm going to go practice!" or "I wish I knew how to play piano!"? I'm looking for specific songs rather than artists or genres, please. [more inside]
posted by Beti on Jan 2, 2015 - 35 answers

low-hanging piano fruits

I am a mediocre pianist but would like to come across as a much more capable one. Hence I am looking for suggestions for songs to learn for music that sounds impressive but isn't that hard to play. Thanks.
posted by Opengreen on Dec 26, 2014 - 12 answers

Online or digital adult piano lessons?

I played piano for over 7 years as a child, quit playing (we moved away from the piano), but stayed in choir well into my 20's. [more inside]
posted by dbmcd on Dec 25, 2014 - 8 answers

More easy listening, non-classical piano music?

I like this album, especially tracks 1, 4, and 11. Which other composers or pieces should I look into? I have a very limited knowledge of music outside of classical piano, and it's hard to know where to start or what reference to use. I know of Philip Glass, and Yann Tiersen, and would like to learn about the broader spectrum that includes these styles.
posted by polymodus on Dec 10, 2014 - 15 answers

Can I teach myself to tune a piano using only the internet as a teacher?

Some people say this is a skill one cannot teach oneself; an apprenticeship is necessary.
posted by Opengreen on Dec 7, 2014 - 5 answers

How can I improve my sensitivity to how I am playing piano?

I am an adult intermediate piano student. Lately I've started taping my practice sessions and I hear the musical shortcomings (rhythm, dynamics and shaping). But I find it difficult to catch these flaws while I'm playing. I have no trouble hearing wrong notes when playing, but it's the other musical dimensions that I'm not paying attention to. My rhythm is not grossly wrong but it sometimes can drift just a little. What exercises or techniques do you know that would help improve my sensitivity while I'm playing?
posted by storybored on Nov 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Page turner recommendations for iOS/iPad

I use GoodReader for reading sheet music on an iPad (3). What wireless page turners work well with iOS (particularly with GoodReader)? I am not so much looking for Google search results that I can find on my own — but if you have experience with a page turner device and how well it works with "standard" or "common" reader apps, I'd like to hear about your positive or negative experiences!
posted by a lungful of dragon on Oct 31, 2014 - 3 answers

Best way for a 40-year old to learn piano at home

I'm trying to find the best way to learn to play the piano well. Classical music is beautiful, but not really interested in playing that on the piano. I'm more interesting in learning to play modern hits. I feel like I need some structure and a clear path to progression. My work schedule is chaotic at best, so I don't want to get a piano teacher. I'm looking for books, videos, software (mac preferred), etc that can really help me improve my skills on my own schedule. [more inside]
posted by n0stress4me on Oct 12, 2014 - 9 answers

Need Help Identifying Old Piano Song

I am working on a documentary and recorded one of the participants playing an old piano song. I can't get in touch with her anymore, and I might need to get clearance for the song if I decide to use it. It is an old tune. Anyone know what it might be? Listen to it here.
posted by shackpalace on Oct 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Help me learn to play the piano using modern technology

I've got a Macbook Air, an iPad, an iPhone, and a USB-controlled MIDI keyboard. What's the best way to use this technology to help me learn how to play the piano? I know absolutely nothing about playing the piano apart from chopsticks.
posted by wordsmith on Sep 22, 2014 - 9 answers

Piano Lessons for a Small Person

I would like to start teaching my four-year old how to play the piano. I have basic piano knowledge but I'm not that fluent. Do you have advice or resources to share? I'm hoping to find some fun online videos and short play activities.
posted by bq on Sep 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Good Time Piano Songs!

Hi! I'm looking for rock songs that have a distinctive upbeatish piano section or riff in them fir a project I'm working on. [more inside]
posted by pipian on Sep 8, 2014 - 16 answers

Give me random / fun / interesting piano facts!

I'm managing a piano Twitter account. That is, I'm a piano. It would be fun to tweet piano-related facts. So the basic information should ideally fit in 140 chars (tho can be teaser + link of course). Can be useless factoids or actually interesting stuff/research/history. It's a piano at a train station so even better if it's about piano + transport/commuting (or music + trains etc). THANK YOU!
posted by ClarissaWAM on Sep 4, 2014 - 24 answers

Fun activities for two adult piano students with limited time?

My friend and I are two intermediate piano players taking lessons with different teachers. We want to have fun and get better. We thought we would get together every month or so and play duets. This worked for a while but now I'm finding the time I need to prepare beforehand is too much. I'd still like to get together though, so what other piano activities can two pianists do (on one piano) that requires less (or no ) advance prep? Activities that help us become better musicians?
posted by storybored on Aug 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Best way to sell a high-end grand piano?

Someone close to me has inherited a Yamaha grand piano, appraised by knowledgable tuner around $45,000. The owner needs as much of this money as she can get. How do we sell it? Is Craigslist okay for very-high-price sales? This is in the Washington DC area. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Jul 22, 2014 - 19 answers

Piano is not my forte

I've come into possession of a 1914 Lester upright piano - with provenance - and need help finding resources to determine its value. [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on May 25, 2014 - 8 answers

What's that noise…

What is the music being played 1:12 into this clip [SLNYT], of a reporter reviewing some pianos? [more inside]
posted by polymodus on May 25, 2014 - 2 answers

Mr. B♮

In recent years, I've grown uncomfortable with sight-reading lots of flats and naturals, especially in chords, and with reading notes above and below the staves. This is limiting my ability to sit down and play anything on the piano. What are some good pieces and exercises that help a person regain general mastery in this area?
posted by michaelh on May 15, 2014 - 10 answers

Back again with a "name that movie" question, based upon the soundtrack.

The other day I heard a song that I recognized from a movie, and its driving me NUTS that I can't figure out what the movie is. [more inside]
posted by msali on May 13, 2014 - 17 answers

Piano Buying 101

I have wanted a baby grand piano in my home for a really long time. The stars have aligned to make this happen. Now I have been tasked with researching how to go about purchasing a piano. Help! [more inside]
posted by tafetta, darling! on May 3, 2014 - 5 answers

Public places to piano in Washington, DC

I was supposed to fly out of D.C. today but due to the weather my flight's been canceled and I had to reschedule for tomorrow! I'm in dire need of a piano to practice for 1-3 hours some point today. Are there any public places, universities/libraries/lobbies etc that would offer a piano for free (or cheap) that I could practice on? Thanks for any suggestions!!
posted by andruwjones26 on Mar 17, 2014 - 8 answers

where can i find the sheet music to this piano duet?

my partner and i want to actually BECOME these old people who played the piano duet at the Mayo Clinic (viral video here). we have looked for the sheet music for this song but can't seem to find it. Can you please help us, hive mind?
posted by andreapandrea on Mar 13, 2014 - 3 answers

Is there an equivalent to a Travis Pick for piano players?

I decided to learn how to play the piano this year, but I don't have the money or time to take lessons. I try to practice (scales, mostly) about 15 min/day. I'm now familiar with most of the major and minor scales, and I bought a poster that shows all of the most common piano chords and that helps a lot. I've been musical all my life, but only read music at the kindergarten level (or musical equivalent). I've written many songs over the past 20 years, and I now have the skills to put chords to them, YAY!!! However, I have no sense of Rhythm or style when it comes to playing piano. With guitar, there are certain types of strumming patterns and picking styles like the Travis pick which you can just repeat as you move through the chord progressions, and it makes for a pretty decent accompaniment to lots of folk and singer/songwriter style music. Is there a parallel with the piano? Are there certain patterns that one can learn to fill in the space between chords? Am I even describing this coherently?
posted by JanewayJunior on Mar 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Intermediate Piano Repertoire

I need help finding sheet music to practice! My teacher gives me some things, but I must be picky, because I keep turning my nose up at some classics like The Entertainer, Fur Elise.... They are beautiful songs of course, but I am tired of hearing them! I am open to many styles, but am having a hard time finding stuff that motivates me! [more inside]
posted by maca on Feb 26, 2014 - 17 answers

Edifying lectures/talks on classical music?

I found the performance lecture series by Andras Schiff (via theguardian.com) to be a really enjoyable and education listen, in terms of learning more about and appreciating classical music (classical in the broad sense of the category). Are there other similar talks available done by musicians or music teachers? [more inside]
posted by polymodus on Jan 23, 2014 - 17 answers

What is this classic song? (Whistling attempt included)

I remember listen to it played on the piano by Richard Clayderman but don't remember the song name. Here's my whistling attempt. Sorry if you have to download the file. I couldn't find anywhere that streams it.
posted by Thisispiggy on Jan 21, 2014 - 3 answers

Searching for a specific piano book.

When I was younger, my family had a particular book of songs for the piano. They were popular songs and the difficulty was probably intermediate or thereabouts. Among the songs in this book were Chim Chim Cheree and a Spoonful of Sugar from Mary Poppins, as well as Greensleeves. The book fell apart (literally -- the glue unbound, pages fell out, etc) years ago and my family eventually got rid of it. I would love to find a copy of this book again, but I don't remember what it was called... [more inside]
posted by juliebug on Jan 21, 2014 - 9 answers

A keyboard that will teach me to play songs I actually want to play?

I'm looking for a keyboard that a) lets me play along to lit-up keys and b) allows me to either add my own music for it to decipher or tell it which keys I want to light up when I play a song. [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Jan 12, 2014 - 3 answers

Tablet piano instruction?

I have an electric, piano-weighted keyboard that I want to learn how to play. I can't afford lessons right now. It has MIDI in and out connectors. Is there a hardware/software combo that will take that MIDI out connection, plug it into an Android or iOS tablet, and provide a more interactive teaching experience? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Dec 23, 2013 - 4 answers

Rock/indie piano for a jazz musician?

I'm playing for a wedding in a few days and I've just been giving the song requests, one of them is Jason Mraz "I won't give up". I'm not really proficient in how to take something like this and give it a nice (in the style of the song) piano treatment. [more inside]
posted by snowymorninblues on Dec 6, 2013 - 4 answers

Help me make Beautiful Music with my computer.

What software for the Mac will let me import midi files and produce a full piano score for the song? [more inside]
posted by duckus on Nov 24, 2013 - 5 answers

Teach me the piano.

I have loads of free time and would really like to use it in a positive way. I want to be more musical and have always been attracted to the piano. I spent a few years in middle school band playing the tromobne but haven't done anything musical since (I'm 27). I've been pondering the idea of buying a keyboard and searching for some software or resources for self-learning. Does anyone have any good recommendations for a young adult who wants to learn the piano?
posted by sewellcm on Nov 17, 2013 - 9 answers

Moving a digital piano. Difficulty filter: UK to Belgium.

Further to my earlier question, I want to have my digital piano with me in Belgium. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Nov 12, 2013 - 4 answers

Help with New Orleans piano

I have become obsessed with New Orleans piano. What CDs are the best place to start for the following: Jelly Roll Morton Professor Longhair Dr. John. Plus, any names I should add to the list? Thanks.
posted by captainscared on Oct 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Since I can't read that cassette...

What is the name, and who is the composer, of the music in this scene from Pirates of Silicon Valley?
posted by michaelh on Oct 23, 2013 - 3 answers

Expanding my repertoire

I'm looking for classical piano sheet music recommendations. [more inside]
posted by mammary16 on Sep 5, 2013 - 15 answers

Cat hair in Roland Keyboard!!!

hey everyone. A while back I took my Roland Keyboard into the shop and was told there was cat hair between and or under the keys. The man fixed the keys and told me to protect the keyboard from this. And I did, for a while. I know this makes me sound like an idiot, but as time went on, I completely ignored the man's advice, and now it's happened again. I do not want to take the keyboard in to be fixed (at least not by the same guy) and was wondering if there was a way I could clean it from home. If anyone is aware what kind of tools i might need, I would appreciate it. I am not going to let this happen again it if I can fix it. If anyone can help, it would be awesome!
posted by Thanquol180 on Aug 28, 2013 - 9 answers

Easy piano classics

Hi pianists of Metafilterland! I'm looking for suggestions for easy classical piano pieces to learn. [more inside]
posted by hollyanderbody on Aug 22, 2013 - 15 answers

What is the piece of piano music opening this film?

I recently posted a documentary about the pianist Sviatoslav Richter and have been wondering what the piece is that opens it. I suspect Schubert but haven't found the exact piece if so. If you happen to know something like Shazam that works for classical music (Shazam often doesn't), that would be great too. Thanks!
posted by seemoreglass on Jul 3, 2013 - 2 answers

Looking for awesome boogie piano

I'm looking for excellent piano tracks, particularly boogie woogie and rag time. I'm looking for upbeat songs that have rhythm. I tend to like early rock and jazz not electronica. Songs that come to mind are Duke Ellington's Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue, anything by Booker T and the MGs. That kind of thing. Vocals are optional. Thanks.
posted by captainscared on Jun 15, 2013 - 11 answers

Need a speaker for my electric piano

I am not performing, just taking lessons and practicing in my home but I want something better than the (very) small guitar amp I'm using. Something perhaps in the $200-300 range that sounds nice. Thanks.
posted by captainscared on Jun 3, 2013 - 4 answers

Moving Cross Country on Budget: Book Rate/Media Mail and Other Questions

I'm an academic, and am moving across the country (SF to Boston) for a one year gig. The new university is unfortunately not paying my moving expenses (nor a very high salary), and I'm trying to figure out the best way to get my stuff there. I'll be driving with a station wagon full of stuff, which should be fine for most of my stuff. But I'm not sure *all* of the boxes will fit, and I have a piano and couple of pieces of furniture that I would like to, but don't have to, bring. More below. [more inside]
posted by betsbillabong on May 31, 2013 - 14 answers

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