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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 - 15 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

Name that piano piece

Can you help me identify this piano piece? I came across in this Al Jazeera documentary about gang violence in San Salvador. If possible, I'd like to find the sheet music...but I have no idea whether it was written for the doc or if it's a well-known piece. Any help is appreciated!
posted by beau jackson on May 12, 2013 - 4 answers

About how much does the cast iron frame of an upright piano weigh?

A piano frame (also called a harp or plate) is a big cast iron piece that the strings attach to. About how much does the cast iron frame of an upright piano weigh?
posted by Jackson on Apr 22, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I become a better piano player?

I really enjoy playing piano as a hobby. I've played in worship bands for 3 different churches, and played in a few local bands as well with live gigs. But I don't think I'm very good, and I'm not sure how to improve. [more inside]
posted by Happydaz on Apr 19, 2013 - 11 answers

What do I do with this piano?

I have my late grandmother's piano in my apartment, on which my mother my two aunts never learned to play piano. I don't play piano either and I'd kinda like to use the space for something else, like possibly the absence of a piano. How do I achieve that? What are my options? [more inside]
posted by chrchr on Apr 18, 2013 - 11 answers

Any recordings of Beethoven Symphony #3 (Eroica) piano four-hands

I'm looking for a recording of the complete Eroica Symphony transcribed for piano four hands (or two pianos) with quality comparable to a compact disc. (To get a taste of what I'm looking for, here's a partial video recording that's quite good.) I'm aware of the two-hand Liszt transcriptions, and can recommend Scherbakov over Katsaris, but two hands are not enough!
posted by Napoleonic Terrier on Apr 15, 2013 - 0 answers

Finding the name of a certain Japanese music group (shakuhachi / piano)?

What I remember is that it was a 2- or 3- or 4-man Japanese music group whose name started with a "K". One of the members plays a shakuhachi, another is a pianist, and I think some of their music falls under the ambient/electronic genre. [more inside]
posted by glassrose on Apr 10, 2013 - 4 answers

How do I organ solo like The Zombies' "She's Not There"?

Hi all. I'm trying to learn how to play the organ solo in "She's Not There" or alternatively "Sticks and Stones" by the Zombies. I'm not sure what they are... the blues scale? I have moderate piano experience.
posted by Shasta on Mar 7, 2013 - 9 answers

Music teaching with rebellious children

You are a music teacher who knows how to make lessons fun and involving for a young person in a rebellious frame of mind. [more inside]
posted by yoHighness on Mar 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Right power supply for a home piano keyboard?

My daughter has a Yamaha psr-260 that we picked up at a garage sale. It did not have a power supply and used batteries to power up. Since the batteries have died, I have found a power supply that seems to match the piano's requirements on the back of the unit: DC IN 10-12V. The power supply says Input: AC 120V 60 Hz 20W and Output: DC 12V 1000mA with a matching polarity symbol (the plus is inside the minus). [more inside]
posted by toastchee on Mar 1, 2013 - 4 answers

Full-size digital piano or compact (inexpensive) keyboard for kid?

My young daughter (kindergarten) will be starting piano lessons soon, and the teacher wants us to buy an 88 key digital piano with weighted keys - that seems to be about $500 minimum. However we're not sure the lessons will stick, and as a bonus we are space-challenged in our small house. For about $160 we could get something that is still big but not 88 key big, touch-sensitive keys instead of weighted keys (i.e. Yamaha NP11, open to other recommendations). We are piano ignorant, so don't know how to judge the trade-off. Should we suck it up and buy the big boy, or will it not matter at this stage of learning?
posted by _sirmissalot_ on Feb 23, 2013 - 16 answers

What are the "beginner pianist" cliche songs and melodies?

I'm looking to compile a list of those piano songs that "everybody" learns because they are simple, memorable, or good skill builders. Any genre is acceptable. [more inside]
posted by davey_darling on Feb 15, 2013 - 21 answers

Help me prevent a stress-related piano injury! (Shoulder pain/tingling)

YANMD, but: I have been practicing a bit of piano as of late. Maybe too much, as I started again out of the blue, and am working on a song that is relatively difficult for me. i noticed recently that my left shoulder is starting to tingle while playing. At first I thought it was just a one-day thing, but the problem is persisting and seems to be getting worse. [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Feb 15, 2013 - 7 answers

Jazz recommendations please!

Lately, I can't get enough of the sound of McCoy Tyner's piano from the recordings he did with that great Coltrane quartet. I'm wearing those grooves thin. What else should I be listening to? [more inside]
posted by .kobayashi. on Feb 11, 2013 - 6 answers

Easy jams for keyboard and bass

I've played classical piano for years, but I'm just starting out with jazz and blues. A friends is learning bass guitar from scratch. Can anyone recommend some easy riffs or chord progressions we could play together?
posted by morninj on Feb 5, 2013 - 6 answers

"Name that song in the commercial" question #5,684,273

Does anyone know the piano song in the Comedy Central commercial for the new season of "Workaholics"? [more inside]
posted by lovableiago on Jan 29, 2013 - 2 answers

Do you speak French? Could you help me translate this?

My piano teacher gave me the music for this. The video is of one of my fave pianists (Cortot) giving a masterclass on the piece and I'd really like to know what he's saying. (Hope this is the appropriate place to ask.)
posted by mermily on Jan 27, 2013 - 11 answers

Piano lessons in Somerville/Cambridge/(Boston?)

Dear Hive Mind! I have succeeded at finding guitar lessons and failed at finding drum lessons in this area here before, so let's try a third instrument: I want to learn piano in the Somerville area. I love both classical and jazz. Somerville is best, the T is fine, I can car if necessary. I am a rank beginner; more on that below. [more inside]
posted by DoubleMark on Jan 14, 2013 - 4 answers

Teach me to teach piano

I have a piano, I have piano playing ability, and I have a girlfriend who wants to learn to play. How would I go about teaching her? Any recommendations for books for her to learn from, or methods for teaching? [more inside]
posted by baniak on Jan 12, 2013 - 5 answers

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