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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

Solo piano recommendations.

I've found my ideal music for reading and studying - Ryuichi Sakamoto's solo piano albums (BTTB and Playing the Piano). The pieces are unobtrusive and calming, and there aren't too many elements that draw my attention away from what I should be doing. Yet they're also melodic and carefully composed, not just ambient tones. Draws me into that certain headspace that is conducive to reading and focusing. Where do I find more music like it? [more inside]
posted by naju on Apr 7, 2011 - 30 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

What classical piano piece is sampled in this anime?

What classical music piece is used here? I know the frenetic piece following is Liszt's Hungarian Rhapsody but I'm stumped with tranquil piano part. It sounds like a Mozart Piano Sonata though I'm not sure which one.
posted by bodywithoutorgans on Mar 26, 2011 - 3 answers

Movie title about moving a piano

Movie title filter. I need help remembering a title. In the movie, there's a scene where a group of people moved a grand piano over difficult terrain. Possibly a combination of forest (or jungle) and mountain. It might have been South America or Africa. There might have been missionaries, or a church, in the story, but I'm not sure. There might have been a building made of glass in the jungle, but I may be confusing that with another movie. [more inside]
posted by daikon on Mar 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Bring music back into my life!

I'm in the market for a keyboard that is as piano-like as possible for around $1000. Recommendations? [more inside]
posted by slide on Feb 23, 2011 - 9 answers

How do I get started in silent film solo piano accompaniment, as a hobby?

What are some good starting points on the study and performance of period silent film piano accompaniment? My end goals are modest, possibly to do a small show of classic comedic shorts or a famous feature for friends. I'm interested in both generic cues and full (piano) scores, as long as they're of the period. I've only just begun the research, so any introductory tips would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by dan_of_brainlog on Feb 21, 2011 - 10 answers

"Remember to buy eggs, milk, piano strings."

At a chamber music concert I attended on Monday evening, the pianist came out and, just as he was sitting down to start, used a pen to write down a couple of things at the top of his score. What and why? [more inside]
posted by HeroZero on Feb 17, 2011 - 9 answers

Best recordings of Ligeti's "Etudes for Piano"?

I'm looking for the best recordings of Ligeti's Etudes for Piano. Which are your favorites that I should listen to — or, likewise, avoid?
posted by Blazecock Pileon on Jan 30, 2011 - 1 answer

Help make my musical journey a great one!

As an adult, I'm finally trying to explore my musical side. I'm leaning towards electric guitar and/ or piano. Lots of special details and questions inside! [more inside]
posted by GastrocNemesis on Jan 21, 2011 - 31 answers

How do I learn piano fingering?

I've been trying Pro Keyboard mode in Rock Band 3 and I'm really enjoying it, however I have no idea whether I'm putting the right fingers on the right keys! The training modes explain it a little but there's no guidance in the actual songs. Is there an online resource or book that will teach me the basics of this?
posted by jobby on Jan 10, 2011 - 2 answers

Jazz chord instruction

I took lessons for like 10 years but mainly I'm still a hack piano player. Anyone know a good book or website for learning basic Jazz chord progressions and how to play and improvise? I find most piano instruction books boring and hard to follow. Just showing me the chords is easiest.
posted by pallen123 on Dec 19, 2010 - 6 answers

Concerto competitions for big kids

Concerto competitions open to random university students? They must exist. [more inside]
posted by non-kneebiter on Dec 9, 2010 - 3 answers

Can I go to Carnegie with this piece?

Do you think this Ginastera piece played perfectly (by a high school junior) could merit a trip to Carnegie Hall? [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Dec 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Stuck key on a digital piano

One of the keys on my digital piano just started sticking. How can I fix it? [more inside]
posted by honeydew on Nov 24, 2010 - 4 answers

What are your favorite Classical piano/organ recordings?

I go through phases where I listen to lots of classical piano/organ music, but I tend to rehash the same pieces (some Bach, mostly). I'd love to expand my collection. What are your favorite classical piano recordings? [more inside]
posted by jz on Nov 14, 2010 - 15 answers

One Short Question About Glenn Gould

Why can't I find "32 Short Films About Glenn Gould" on DVD? I really loved that movie -- a drama/documentary about the brilliant, eccentric Canadian pianist who played the works of J.S. Bach like no one else. I haven't seen it in 10 years though, so I'm not sure how it has held up. I tried to find it recently and it doesn't seem to be available on DVD. There are some VHS tapes on eBay, but I don't want a VHS tape and don't want it bad enough to pay $100 for it (some copies were moving for over $300 on Amazon.) Does anyone know why it (presumably) hasn't been released on DVD? A poor money risk for a studio? Rights problems of some kind? Thanks.
posted by Buffaload on Nov 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Contemporary/Experimental music venues in Europe.

Please recommend some concert venues in western Europe that specialize in contemporary and experimental music. [more inside]
posted by sleevener on Oct 14, 2010 - 6 answers

Help me emulate Rod Argent!

Please help me learn to play a single, specific song on the piano. The catch: I have no ability to play the piano. Or any instrument. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2010 - 15 answers

Piano music

Help me find piano music that sounds like this!
posted by fizzzzzzzzzzzy on Sep 29, 2010 - 6 answers

I wanna play sexy tunes, Mrs Badcrumble!

I'd like recommendations for piano studies for a beginner that are enjoyable to play. [more inside]
posted by Dali Atomicus on Sep 26, 2010 - 4 answers

How should I learn piano?

I want to learn piano to the extent of being able to play like, some pop/rock songs and stuff from fake books. What are my options? [more inside]
posted by capnsue on Sep 9, 2010 - 9 answers

Piano-heavy movie scores to inspire a budding composer/pianist?

Piano-heavy movie scores to inspire a budding composer/pianist? [more inside]
posted by tippiedog on Sep 2, 2010 - 32 answers

What's this piece of contemporary piano music?

Can anyone identify the music in the Nokia ad? [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Aug 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Hauntingly beautiful piano/string music?

Similar to these questions, I'm looking for simple, beautiful songs with a single voice and either a piano or strings. [more inside]
posted by adverb on Aug 13, 2010 - 39 answers

I want to assemble a setlist for piano + voice for an old-timey venue.

I want to assemble a setlist for piano + voice for an old-timey venue. [more inside]
posted by thedaniel on Aug 9, 2010 - 11 answers

Wooden piano chord striker video?

Help me find this video. A pianist performing a piece containing several chords which require large hands. As he does not have large hands, for each such occasion an assistant throws him a piece of wood with cleverly spaced dowelling attached, that he can press against the keys to play the right notes all at once. [more inside]
posted by louigi on Aug 3, 2010 - 9 answers

Music software for the uninitiated

Posting for the boyfriend: What software program will allow me to create beautiful music with just a keyboard? [more inside]
posted by odayoday on Jul 27, 2010 - 8 answers

piano tuner apprenticeship in NOLA

I am considering becoming a piano turner. does anyone have advice, or know of anywhere i can do an apprenticeship in the New Orleans area?
posted by konono on Jul 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Using a keyboard as a synthesizer?

How can i use my keyboard more like a synthesizer to produce music? [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on Jul 4, 2010 - 7 answers

36 Enough?

Are thirty six keys enough to get my feet wet in learning piano? [more inside]
posted by JABof72 on Jul 2, 2010 - 13 answers

Where are the best online piano lessons?

A couple of months ago I AskedMefi about online guitar lessons. You pointed me to a justguitar which worked out great! Now, could you do the same thing for piano, please? [more inside]
posted by GilloD on Jun 30, 2010 - 2 answers

How to productively spend practice time?

What's the most productive way to spend 45 minutes of daily practice time for the piano/keyboard? [more inside]
posted by gacxllr9 on Jun 29, 2010 - 5 answers

Anyone used Piano Wizard?

Anyone used Piano Wizard to help their child (or themselves) learn keyboard? What did you think? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Jun 28, 2010 - 2 answers

Learn piano, to do what?

When an adult says, "I wish I could play piano," what specifically is it that she wishes she could do? [more inside]
posted by RobinFiveWords on Jun 27, 2010 - 57 answers

How to best soundproof a floor under a piano?

Asking for my sister: How to soundproof a floor under a piano? [more inside]
posted by jpziller on Jun 4, 2010 - 11 answers

Privia digital piano music transfer to laptop

transfer music from Privia digital piano to laptop [more inside]
posted by gingercoffee on Jun 4, 2010 - 3 answers

What keyboard should I buy? Criteria inside.

What keyboard should I buy? Criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by cuando on Jun 1, 2010 - 9 answers

Song for Guitar and Piano?

What songs could me and my friend play for a summer party? It needs to be for Piano and Guitar...Suggestions? :/ [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on May 18, 2010 - 8 answers

Will a good college take me?

I need to understand where i place among the crowd of college bound kids. [more inside]
posted by NotSoSiniSter on May 9, 2010 - 28 answers

Karaoke at Home!

My roommate and I wish to host a karaoke night, where I play guitar and he plays piano. What songs should we play? [more inside]
posted by daniel striped tiger on Apr 8, 2010 - 24 answers

Piano: How long will it take for me to play at this level?

Piano: How long will it take for me to play at this level? (More information inside.) [more inside]
posted by oracle bone on Mar 15, 2010 - 10 answers

How do teach myself piano?

As I teach myself to play piano, what theory do I need to know? [more inside]
posted by incandescentman on Mar 5, 2010 - 17 answers

Where is the piano sheet music for Norah Jones' The Fall?

Please help me find Norah Jones' The Fall in piano sheet music format. [more inside]
posted by jonnyploy on Feb 28, 2010 - 4 answers

infinity naturals in beethovens lebewohl

What is the symbol above the last note of the third measure (and ninth measure) of Beethoven's "Lebewohl" piano sonata #26, opus 81a? It's two naturals vertically surrounding some a sort of infinity-like glyph: ∞ Visible here: http://imslp.org/images/3/36/PV-Beethoven_Werke_Breitkopf_Serie_16_No_149_Op_81a.jpg
posted by umlaut on Feb 23, 2010 - 4 answers

Adult Piano (surprisingly, SFW!)

I'm (relatively) old and want to learn to play the piano. What can I expect? [more inside]
posted by themel on Feb 22, 2010 - 19 answers

Rock and roll piano

How can I learn to play the piano like Nicky Hopkins and Richard Manuel? [more inside]
posted by k8lin on Jan 30, 2010 - 14 answers

Which of Beethoven's piano sonatas can be played by a skilled amateur?

Which of Beethoven's piano sonatas can be played by a skilled amateur? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Jan 17, 2010 - 16 answers

Distinguishing between early 19th century piano composers?

Can you describe to a non-music-theorist fan the differences a close listener might hear in the piano music composed by Chopin, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Schumann and Beethoven? I've been loving exploring classical music but things start to blur during the 1800-1850 era. I'd like to be able to better hear what the above composers are doing differently from one another. General thoughts about their music are welcome (book recommendations, too), but especially interested in info related to solo or prominent piano pieces.
posted by mediareport on Jan 7, 2010 - 7 answers

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