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What powered old player pianos?

In westerns, you always see player pianos at saloons and stuff. It seems they were around in the early 1900s, such that by 1908, an industry standard had developed (according to wikipedia). Not a lot of places had electricity back then. What was powering these player pianos? Did you wind them up? Pump a bellows full of air? How much playing time do you get per how much winding/pumping you do?
posted by Galaxor Nebulon on Jan 20, 2017 - 6 answers

Mitsuko Uchida performance in Lisbon

We're going to be in Lisbon this weekend and my partner would love to see Mitsuko Uchida perform. The problem: The performance appears to be sold out. Any way to get a single ticket? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy on Jan 12, 2017 - 2 answers

Digital piano upgrade: what's better than a Casio Privia?

I want the best digital piano money can buy, and I think it's a Kawai. Question: Am I right, and which model? I have read every review and discussion I can find but still need answers, if I can get them. Details follow. [more inside]
posted by queenofbithynia on Jan 11, 2017 - 19 answers

Can you recommend a piano teacher in Toronto?

I am looking for a piano teacher who works with adults that have no previous experience. Said teacher should be located in the Toronto area and able to work with someone who is employed full-time. Personal anecdotes appreciated.
posted by Gin and Comics on Dec 1, 2016 - 3 answers

I Need a Crash Course on Sound-Proofing!

Finally getting a grand piano, but it's going to be along the wall to the kids' room. I only play late at night. And I play aggressive, modern classical music. How can I keep the kids asleep? Sound-proofing websites are either overly-complicated or just trying to promote their sponsors. Hope me! [more inside]
posted by TinWhistle on Dec 1, 2016 - 12 answers

Buying a digital piano -brand new Yamaha YDP-143 vs used Yamaha CLP-120?

Hello piano aficionados! I would love to get some advice regarding buying a piano. Just so you know, I am based out of India, am a complete beginner and have just had two piano lessons so far. My piano teacher has suggested the Yamaha YDP-143, which costs about 82,000 Indian Rupees (or 1233 USD). This is a bit on the higher side for me, given that I am absolutely new to this, have a full time job and am just exploring the opportunity of learning the piano and developing this as a hobby for the long term. [more inside]
posted by synapse2512 on Oct 4, 2016 - 9 answers

Couch to 5k for playing the piano

I let my piano playing go during college! Are there any incremental systems for re-learning how to play the piano? [more inside]
posted by Crookshanks_Meow on Sep 26, 2016 - 5 answers

Punk Piano

How do I add distortion to my digital piano while playing? Is there a small amp I can plug in? Looking to do this on the cheap, so maybe eBay or local pawn shop?
posted by Jason and Laszlo on Sep 4, 2016 - 6 answers

Identify this doo-wop

What's the name of the song that Richard Tee demonstrates here? [more inside]
posted by thelonius on Aug 29, 2016 - 4 answers

Hunt the Nocturne

Can you help me find this piano piece my Mum used to play? [more inside]
posted by emilyw on Aug 28, 2016 - 8 answers

Let's start at the very beginning: sight reading

I've depended on my ear all my life to play music. I learn new pieces by listening, playing back what I've heard, and then slowly correcting my errors in listening by reading the notes in spots I think I'm unclear on. In the past it was a cool party trick, but I want to stop using this approach because it slows down the rate at which I pick up new pieces, it's sloppy, and without a teacher these days, it's difficult to pick up my numerous errors. I am also awful at sight reading. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Aug 2, 2016 - 13 answers

Mod my upright piano

Yesterday I rescued an abandoned Érard piano from the streets. Its innards had been removed, but it has all 85 of its original keys (it's an 85-key piano). I would like to be able to use it as a synthesizer, since I can't afford a new soundboard for it. The online DIY synthesizer world is so full of resources, however, that I am at a loss where to start. [more inside]
posted by fraula on Jul 27, 2016 - 9 answers

Moving a baby grand piano 90 miles on a budget

I need to move a baby grand piano about 90 miles. It is the only thing moving. If you have done this, will you share your tips? Would it be cost effective to rent a truck, hire movers to load the piano, drive the truck myself the 90 miles, and hire different movers to unload the piano? [more inside]
posted by starkraven on Jul 24, 2016 - 9 answers

Piano for showoffs

Please direct me to the sheet music for the flashiest, show-offy, fun piano pieces you know. (solo piano or 2 pianos/4 hands, any genre) [more inside]
posted by btfreek on Jun 15, 2016 - 24 answers

It's not an augmented diminutive seventh...

Piano noob. I enjoy putting my fingers where they're not supposed to go, getting a strangled walrus sound, moving one finger and suddenly getting something wonderful. I look up what I've played to identify the chord and look for songs that use it. But what's E B D♭ E? It sounds sad and sweet but appears to be nameless.
posted by obiwanwasabi on May 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Easy piano pieces by Russian composers?

So this is a bit of a weird one: I need to figure out a piece (or adaptation of one) by a Russian composer that I can learn in three weeks. How and why under the fold... [more inside]
posted by Merzbau on Apr 3, 2016 - 14 answers

Musical mefites lend me your gadgets! Learning songs on a digital piano.

I have access to a digital piano (Kawai CN24) and wouldn't mind learning to play a few songs. I do not want to learn to read music. Memorization/repetition of a few easy to moderate songs is the goal. What digital or electrical tools are there that might help me accomplish this. Ideally, I'm thinking android or windows tablet applications or maybe a cheaper piece of musical hardware that somehow integrates with the hardware/MIDI outs/ins on the piano in question. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Mar 4, 2016 - 4 answers

Piano compositions by women?

I was recently eying my books to try to see what the gender balance is for authors. For fiction I was more or less ok, but one thing I noticed is that my collection of piano music is approximately 100% male. I have some jazz but that's really it. Googling has given me some names to follow up on (Clara Schumann, Nadia/Lili Boulanger) but not a lot, and I was wondering if people here have some particular suggestions for pieces. [more inside]
posted by advil on Feb 29, 2016 - 21 answers

How do I move (to) the music?

I am being given a piano for free. Yay! I just have to get it from where it is to my place. How do I even start? [more inside]
posted by Liesl on Feb 25, 2016 - 12 answers

Beautiful piano playing please

Hit me with your favourite beautiful piano music. Any genre as long as it's played exquisitely and preferably available on spotify.
posted by roolya_boolya on Feb 6, 2016 - 45 answers

What songs can I play on a Little Tykes Piano?

I want to be able to play and sing for my 13 month old. Difficulty level: four key baby piano. [more inside]
posted by Maastrictian on Jan 16, 2016 - 9 answers

play anything but piano man, man

What talented showmen/women should I be listening to/watching for inspiration as I attempt to relearn piano after decades away? [more inside]
posted by headnsouth on Dec 24, 2015 - 24 answers

How can I get a recording made on a modern player piano onto a CD?

I need to get a recording made onto a 3.5" floppy from a roughly 1995 Yamaha baby grand player piano onto a CD the normal problems with old, unfamiliar technology apply here. [more inside]
posted by theichibun on Dec 21, 2015 - 6 answers

Suggest me some contemporary-ish music involving player pianos.

I noticed that Dan Deacon uses player piano on some of his tracks. So now I'm curious about how contemporary musicians are using player pianos (contemporary defined fairly broadly) in their music. Also open to music involving other computer controlled real-world instruments! [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork on Nov 1, 2015 - 8 answers

Can you identify this music?

It's a page of sheet music, found without context. [more inside]
posted by jeffamaphone on Oct 28, 2015 - 13 answers

Does anyone know know the name of this (Chopin?) piece?

I was listening to Radiolab, and there is a piano phrase that I think is Chopin at 1:06, but I can't identify it. Does anyone know what it is? (And AMAZING episode by the way). Thanks!
posted by It's a Parasox on Oct 21, 2015 - 8 answers

New to teaching piano

Am I qualified to teach piano even though I never went to music school? [more inside]
posted by Asian_Hunnie on Oct 20, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me music my offspring

Where do music and piano teachers of beginners get their goodies - the piano key charts, the very basics for teaching music theory and the scaffolding that enable the path toward reading (and understanding) music? [more inside]
posted by Emperor SnooKloze on Oct 12, 2015 - 3 answers

How do I learn the piano?

Take me through the logistics of learning the piano for a first-time adult student. Do I take lessons with a private instructor? How do I find this instructor? How much should I expect a lesson to cost? How often will I need to practice? Do I buy or rent a piano? Should I buy a keyboard instead? Headphones for home practice might be ideal in my scenario. Any other advice on logistics appreciated!
posted by nologo on Aug 31, 2015 - 12 answers

Bars/music venues with acoustic pianos in the SF Bay Area

What are the bars/live music venues in San Francisco and Oakland that have real, acoustic pianos on their stages? [more inside]
posted by DrAmerica on Aug 26, 2015 - 7 answers

How do you write a song?

I've been playing piano most of my life, but I don't know how to write a song. I'm looking for:
  1. Resources that will teach me how write a song - for example, listening exercises that will help me understand song structure, or websites with rules for how to construct a song.
  2. Software to help in the process.
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posted by ShooBoo on Jun 16, 2015 - 10 answers

From Pianist to Musician

What skills am I missing as a traditional sheet music pianist to play as a musician? [more inside]
posted by tasty on Jun 15, 2015 - 15 answers

Piano books for a 10 year old

Looking for suggestions for songbooks my 10 year old might like for playing the piano. [more inside]
posted by TedW on Jun 9, 2015 - 6 answers

Sounds like Gymnopédies

I need help trying to find a song similar to Erik Satie's Gymnopédies No. 1. for use in a film. [more inside]
posted by cazoo on May 2, 2015 - 20 answers

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

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