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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

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

in the utmost silence, through serious immobilities

Somnolent, hypnotic, stark, or unsettling piano music: recommend it. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Nov 27, 2012 - 26 answers

Douglas Hofstadter Jams

What piece of (to my ear, impressionist) music is Douglas Hofstadter playing on the piano midway through this video here? What is the intro piece?
posted by phrontist on Nov 20, 2012 - 3 answers

Late nights

What is the piano sample in the Jeremih/Sheek Louch track "Party After 2". For some reason I've always thought it was a George Gershwin sample, but I can't track it down. [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Nov 1, 2012 - 2 answers

what (ugh) electronic piano should I buy?

thinking of buying a piano: getting a real one is logistically impossible, but I hate most electronic pianos. recommendations? [more inside]
posted by idlethink on Oct 28, 2012 - 14 answers

how to rig a stuck piano key

How can I jerry-rig my stuck piano key so it it returns fully? [more inside]
posted by vraxoin on Oct 18, 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

NYC Piano/Synthesizer Lessons?

Hi, I'm a (somewhat) experienced piano/synthesizer player interested in taking lessons in New York City. I took about 4 years of classical training in piano, violin, and voice when I was in high school, but I'm looking to grow my skillset as a musician. I'm looking for a piano teacher in Manhattan or Brooklyn who would be comfortable with teaching synth lessons. Can anyone recommend a good piano (or synth) teacher in NYC?
posted by shotintoeternity on Sep 19, 2012 - 2 answers

Piano riff earworm

Song with Piano Riff Stuck in Head and can't get it out. [more inside]
posted by Seeking Direction on Sep 6, 2012 - 5 answers

What a pretty mystery you, you suddenly turned out to be

I saw Lyle Lovett last night (he puts on a great show!) and would like to learn to play one of the songs in his set. The song is Understand You, and I need piano sheet music, with lyrics. The closest my googling gets me is guitar chords, but I don't know what to do with them. The original songwriter appears to be Eric Taylor.
posted by postel's law on Aug 5, 2012 - 2 answers

How best to sell a baby grand piano?

What's the best way to sell a Yamaha Baby Grand Piano in the Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania area? [more inside]
posted by visual mechanic on Jul 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Recommended progressive piano studies for adult beginners. which are interesting but easy, eg Bartok’s Mikrokosmos.

Recommended progressive piano studies for adult beginners. which are interesting but easy, eg Bartok’s Mikrokosmos. I have been learning how to play piano for a couple of months, practicing around an hour a day. Until recently I have been resigned to playing kids method books, grade 1 ABRSM pieces, scale books and adult all in one tuition books which are too heavy on folk tunes and blues for my liking. But then I stumbled upon Bartok’s Mikrokosmos, which is a set of progressive studies, from complete beginner up. The studies are interesting, melodic, discordant, emotional, jazzy. Perfect. I am hungry more just like it. Is there such a thing as a contemporary set of progressive of studies for complete beginners, which are melodically interesting. Or am I cutting corners?
posted by choppyes on Jul 8, 2012 - 6 answers

Is it possible to find lead sheet music for Pachelbel's Canon?

I'm trying to learn to play the piano, and right now I'm using this book by Scott Houston, who is a huge advocate of lead sheet music and "fake" books. I really, really like the book, and even after just sitting down for a little bit I can already play some basic stuff like row, row, row your boat and jingle bells. However, there is one snag: the book's philosophy is that you should think of the one song you would most like to play on the piano and learn how to play by starting with that song first, an idea which I really love except for the fact that the one song I would really like to play more than anything else is Pachelbel's Canon in D. He specifically says in the book that his teaching method is completely unsuited for learning classical piano. I really don't want to learn how to play classical piano except for this one song, but this is one song I would really like to learn. Is there any way around this?
posted by bookman117 on Jul 3, 2012 - 18 answers

Which piano should I keep?

Which piano should I keep? [more inside]
posted by Ginesthoi on Jun 24, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me to find some party piano songs.

Looking for suggestions of intermediate level piano pieces suitable for parties/get togethers with friends. [more inside]
posted by sherlockt on May 29, 2012 - 9 answers

Online ivory tinkling.

Direct me to the best online piano lessons for someone who already has decent theory knowledge! [more inside]
posted by lovedbymarylane on May 23, 2012 - 3 answers

Digital grand piano

What is the best learner digital piano, for under a grand? (1000 GBP)
posted by choppyes on May 15, 2012 - 11 answers

Help me track down a song!

Tunefilter: I'm trying to track down a song I heard in a bar last night... [more inside]
posted by emmatrotsky on May 10, 2012 - 11 answers

NYC Piano Mover

NYC piano moving recommendations [more inside]
posted by saladin on May 8, 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

What are these classical songs?

Please help me identify a couple of classical songs. [more inside]
posted by malocchio on May 2, 2012 - 5 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

Song about learning stride piano?

Name-that-song-about-stride/boogie-piano Filter. Heard on the radio a few weeks ago (Radio 2, UK, Sunday night in late January), the tail end of a song on a jazz show. Lady stride pianist, seriously good, but with a different lady singing/talking a quite funny song about learning to play stride piano. Judy Carmichael? Not on her discography. Stephanie Trick? Likewise. Help?
posted by cromagnon on Mar 1, 2012 - 4 answers

how to kindly reject the piano teacher

How to talk to my daughter's piano teach about stopping our lesson with her. Truth is, we need a better teacher. But we have used her for about four years. I worry about hurting her feelings by being honest with her. Need help approaching the piano teacher. [more inside]
posted by akomom on Feb 2, 2012 - 13 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

What one single piano piece should I learn?

What one single piano piece should I learn? [more inside]
posted by vegetable100% on Jan 26, 2012 - 35 answers

Recommend me a Stage piano?

Stage pianos: My old Roland RD-100 stage piano has given up the ghost. Does anyone have recommendations for a replacement? Requirements within. [more inside]
posted by vacapinta on Jan 12, 2012 - 5 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

help me help my girlfriend teach herself to play piano!

Help me find a book to help my girlfriend learn to play piano! [more inside]
posted by dismas on Dec 27, 2011 - 7 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

Help me find a playable piano in a London bar

Recommend me a bar in Central London with a piano that anyone can walk in and play! [more inside]
posted by greenish on Dec 17, 2011 - 2 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

Get this out of my head!

Please help me remember what piano piece I played, more than 10 years ago! [more inside]
posted by fearnothing on Nov 9, 2011 - 9 answers

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