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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

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

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