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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 - 2 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do, a deer, a female deeeeeeeeeeer.......

I am in Japan and miss playing piano, and so am in the market for a quality - but cheap! - keyboard. Is this possible? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by Kamelot123 on Dec 19, 2012 - 6 answers

Irish Whistle music with piano accompaniment?

Looking for specific music: Irish whistle/flute with piano [more inside]
posted by TrinsicWS on Dec 17, 2012 - 8 answers

I'm trying to find a particular video of a pipe organist playing Liszt's piano sonata

I'm looking for a video of an excerpt from Liszt's piano sonata in B minor transcribed for the pipe organ. I am pretty sure it was played by a Dutch man, or in the Netherlands, and he had two different colored socks. The obvious youtube searches are turning up nothing. Anybody?
posted by l8erm8 on Nov 29, 2012 - 3 answers

How does Db Major differ from D Major?

Do the keys of 'D major' and 'Db Major' sound different on a modern piano? [more inside]
posted by woodblock100 on Oct 6, 2012 - 19 answers

Name that tune Fringe edition

Does anyone know what the piano piece is in this Fringe fan video?
posted by sendai sleep master on Oct 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Help remembering classical piano piece

Need help identifying a classical song I hum to myself,possibly a piano piece, but can't remember what the name of it is or who made it. Link: http://youtu.be/PjnX9HgWueE [more inside]
posted by LittleNami on Sep 30, 2012 - 4 answers

How to understand (certain) guitar tabs/chord notation?

I like playing the piano by following guitar chords. However I don't understand, and nor can I find any reference material, on what certain chords mean. [more inside]
posted by cdenman on May 2, 2012 - 18 answers

License and identification

Quick music ID question: What is the original hip hop track that this beat is from? Also for bonus points, what's the sample from originally?
posted by cloeburner on Apr 3, 2012 - 2 answers

Name that Tune!

What is the music in the background of this video? Bonus: Where else has it been featured? It is so familiar it's driving me batty.
posted by Ducks or monkeys on Mar 19, 2012 - 9 answers

What piano music should I play next?

What piano music should I play next? [more inside]
posted by idlethink on Mar 1, 2012 - 16 answers

Where can I find more piano music like Sunset Rubdown?

I love the piano arrangements and noise in Sunset Rubdown's music (e.g. 52s into Swimming, 1m33s into Trumpet Trumpet Toot Toot, and again 2m42s into Trumpet Trumpet Toot Toot). What other piano music should I be listening to? [more inside]
posted by yaymukund on Jan 27, 2012 - 2 answers

Killing me softly with its song

What is the name of the piano piece towards the end of Sherlock's A Scandal in Belgravia? (spoilers inside, to describe the piece I'm talking about) [more inside]
posted by titantoppler on Jan 8, 2012 - 2 answers

Female stage presence at the piano

Help me find video clips of female jazz pianists with stage presence! I'm looking for moments where the camera captures the stage presence of jazz ladies at the piano, their entrance, how they carry themselves, their hands on the keys, their interaction with their band-members, their final bow, everything. Thank you. [more inside]
posted by ruelle on Dec 25, 2011 - 17 answers

Learning to jam

Keyboard players: A jam session might be in the cards for me soon. What is the best way for me to pick up a bit of basic skill on a synthesizer/piano? [more inside]
posted by crapmatic on Dec 14, 2011 - 11 answers

upbeat piano songs?

hi, everyone! i'm making a mix of piano-based songs for my friend and i'd like for some of the songs on there to be more brightened but still be meaningful, of course. the type of songs i'm looking for are like "mouthwash" and "merry happy" by kate nash or "wings" by utada hikaru. something where it's still primarily piano. thank you for any and all suggestions! [more inside]
posted by thischarmingirl on Nov 20, 2011 - 19 answers

Basic Blues Piano book

I am looking for a basic guide to blues piano. I've been playing for a number of years but would consider myself an advanced beginner. I'm looking for a book that will show me basic patterns in blues keys and very basic improvisation. Thanks
posted by captainscared on Nov 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Music like The Conversation soundtrack?

Hey, did you ever see The Conversation? Remember how the soundtrack was mostly one dude on a piano? Can you recommend more music to me like that, where it's really engaging and moody like The Conversation soundtrack, but it's also just one guy? [more inside]
posted by malapropist on Nov 5, 2011 - 17 answers

Like Avett's I and Love and You?

I love listening to the Avett Brothers "I and Love and You" album for the piano lead track. What other folk/alt country/indie songs or albums would I like? Specifically looking for songs with piano leads in those categories.
posted by ShootTheMoon on Oct 26, 2011 - 12 answers

Jazz piano 101

First steps at jazz piano - how would you go about it? [more inside]
posted by ruelle on Oct 23, 2011 - 10 answers

Music calms the angry peon.

I found this awesome don't-snap-and-kill-people music. Help me find more. [more inside]
posted by trogdole on Aug 22, 2011 - 54 answers

How can I increase the number of students in my piano teaching business

How can I increase the number of students in my piano teaching business [more inside]
posted by frodoxiii on Aug 3, 2011 - 11 answers

One-man band wannabe!

Help learning pop music arrangement for piano? [more inside]
posted by kanuck on Jul 19, 2011 - 4 answers

Classical and Piano Covers of Popular Songs

What are some good classical covers of popular songs? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Jun 25, 2011 - 29 answers

What should I learn how to play?

In my dreams I am an incredible musician who can shred on any instrument. Then I wake up, and I am still a beginner. But, you gotta start somewhere, right? Please help me expand my keyboard repertoire. [more inside]
posted by Idafolk on May 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Can you recommend some melancholy piano pieces?

Looking for melancholy piano performances. [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Apr 9, 2011 - 40 answers

Best digital piano for an adult wanting to learn?

What's the best keyboard / digital piano for a relative "newbie"? [more inside]
posted by mingodingo on Apr 6, 2011 - 9 answers

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