• I really want to start playing the piano, what type of keyboard is best for beginners?

    Also, as a beginner, is it best to buy a piano or buy a keyboard?
    Also, as a beginner, is it best to buy a piano or buy a keyboard?
    5 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • Should I tour in Germany or Britain next?

    I'm a concert pianist who recently finished a tour of Lithuania which was a big success. Things are looking on the up and up but I have a big decision to make soon. You see, I'm at that point where I'm FINALLY starting to begin to "make it" and I FINALLY have options, something that comes... show more
    I'm a concert pianist who recently finished a tour of Lithuania which was a big success. Things are looking on the up and up but I have a big decision to make soon. You see, I'm at that point where I'm FINALLY starting to begin to "make it" and I FINALLY have options, something that comes easy to few musicians these days. I can do a 5 performance run in the UK over the next 8 months or a 7 performance run in Germany over one year. Germany will probably involve more exposure, bigger venues, chances to play with more renowned orchestras and ultimately more money. But if I go to Germany, I may not see my wife for extended periods of time. We already have enormous strain over this because she can't stand that I'm becoming successful as she's not. Thank God I'm cheating on her...and before you get disgusted just know that she's horrific...two years ago I had to cancel a performance in L.A. because the night before, I told her that I had to be at the recording studio or I'd never get the same chance again and she hit me with a shovel. I still get dizziness and neurological symptoms from it. My son. 18, greatly looks up to me and wants to be a pianist as well (he plays better than I do), and yet she wants to turn him against me. It's unfair! I feel like I have to be like a John Lennon type figure with regards to him to make it in this business.
    6 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • How to play piano?

    I want to play piano but, Can i learn the piano without a teacher?
    I want to play piano but, Can i learn the piano without a teacher?
    12 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • How do you get gigs as a freelance pianist?

    I've taken ten years of piano lessons.
    I've taken ten years of piano lessons.
    5 answers · 2 weeks ago
  • In musical scores, what is meant by the rhythms 4/4, 3/4, 6/8, 2/4, 12/8, 5/4, 7/4 and 12/4.?

    Best answer: These are meters, or time signatures. People throw around the words, beat, meter, tempo, rhythm, and others, as if they all mean the same. They do not. These meters organize the beats in each measure (or bar) into groups, so you can count them and know where you are, and stay with the other people playing along.... show more
    Best answer: These are meters, or time signatures. People throw around the words, beat, meter, tempo, rhythm, and others, as if they all mean the same. They do not. These meters organize the beats in each measure (or bar) into groups, so you can count them and know where you are, and stay with the other people playing along. Whether there is a 2 , 4, 8, or 16 on the bottom has NOTHING to do with the tempo (speed) - things in 2/2 meter sometimes fly like the wind, and sometimes are slow Renaissance works. One of my students is playing a work in 3/8 meter, that starts VERY slowly, and although there are not tempo changes indicated, the DIVISION of the beat gets smaller and smaller - all the way to 128th notes - so that SECTION is played really fast - but the BEAT stays the same; think of cutting a cake in half, versus cutting it into tiny squares - the CAKE never changed in size. RHYTHM is the small pattern(s) that you play in each beat; if you are tapping you foot to the bass player playing on the beat, and a rapper is performing so that there are a dozen syllables to each beat, or a guitar soloist is shredding out 16 notes to each beat - the BEAT never changed, and the METER never changed - but the RHYTHM sure did!

    So let's say that you are playing a piece in band that is in 4/4 - written with 4 quarter notes in each bar, or any combination of notes (rhythm) that ADDS UP to 4 quarters - just like money. There might reach a point where the conductor says "we are playing this pretty fast - so I am conducting to conduct in "in 2" - as if it was written in 2/2 meter. For you playing, this is like you counting pennies, or checkers, or jelly beans TWO at a time - easier, faster, but you will still get the same result as it you counted them one at a time.

    How do you decide HOW FAST to play? There might be a word at the top - sometimes in Italian ( long story) that tells you about how fast. Largo - really slow. Allegro - reasonably fast - and there are a few dozen other word musicians use, if not using English, or the language of their country. The Gold Standard for accuracy is a metronome - since Beethoven's time, we can indicate exactly how fast we want the best in each measure (in each meter) to go. Those folks who play for film scores have a conductor who must keep them EXACTLY in the right tempo to match the scenes in the film. Even stricter! Sometimes, we set a goal for ourselves, and check that TODAY, we can play a hard solo at 72; each day, we try to get it up to 76, 80, etc. until we are satisfied.

    So you will find lots of people who use these words interchangeably - much to the confusion or aggravation of many of us - or we just figure out when they mean, and let it go . . .

    BTW - 6/8 and 12/8 are compound meters - I will not even go there today, but if you are curious, or you have a teacher who asks - come on back, and I will break it down.

    Added - Because I do not answer emails to my account here - Anyone who tells you that certain rhythms, meters, modes, scales, melodies, etc. are SATANIC, evil, demented, cursed, etc. - are just crazy. In ancient times - when SUPERSTITION was often passed off as religion ( please - let this go . . . ) folks were told all kinds of junk - and centuries later, there are jerks who repeat this crap. If you want to write music and get tats that dedicate your life to this stuff - you go knock yourself out, kid. Or grow up, and snap out of this.
    7 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • How can I save this speaker?

    How can I save this speaker?

    I noticed it got damaged (see picture) I am so mad since I listen to classical and quality music. What can I do? The speaker still sounds good, but I am so mad right now and willing to repair it...
    I noticed it got damaged (see picture) I am so mad since I listen to classical and quality music. What can I do? The speaker still sounds good, but I am so mad right now and willing to repair it...
    8 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Should I learn piano or harp?

    It's summer here and my school just changed from june to march to august to june, so I have about 4 months of summer. I play violin, but my parents r willing to buy either an upright piano or a lever harp. I love both instruments, and I simply can't choose. Btw, I have no intention of going pro, just... show more
    It's summer here and my school just changed from june to march to august to june, so I have about 4 months of summer. I play violin, but my parents r willing to buy either an upright piano or a lever harp. I love both instruments, and I simply can't choose. Btw, I have no intention of going pro, just casual playing (pop, disney songs, easy classical like the swan etc) If someone can list down the pros and cons of both instruments it would be greatly appreciated.
    6 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Do ju like Classical Music and Language?

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    Ommm
    5 answers · 3 weeks ago
  • Advice for a 19 year old starting to learn piano?

    Best answer: The biggest factor in determining how fast you will get good/better all boils down to how much you practice. Its going to be very useful to be able how to read sheet music especially for pieces like clair de lune and fur elise. If you have the money for it a teacher would definitely be recommended...but they are... show more
    Best answer: The biggest factor in determining how fast you will get good/better all boils down to how much you practice. Its going to be very useful to be able how to read sheet music especially for pieces like clair de lune and fur elise. If you have the money for it a teacher would definitely be recommended...but they are expensive. Just search simple music you want to learn and there will almost always be simple tutorials for it on youtube or similar places.
    Mozart s The Piano Sonata No. 16 in C major, K. 545 is pretty easy but still sounds really good. If you just search easy piano pieces many others will come up.
    Also, clair de lune may take a lot of slow practice but in the end i thinks its very manageable.
    Good Luck!! have fun, dont make it a chore
    16 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • I have a short piece of music I can't figure out the key for.?

    There is one sharp (F sharp) in the key signature and one C sharp within the piece. According to my lecturer, it is supposed to be a minor key.
    There is one sharp (F sharp) in the key signature and one C sharp within the piece. According to my lecturer, it is supposed to be a minor key.
    4 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • What scale has a E flat, F sharp, and a B flat?

    I need to know for a song I'm making
    I need to know for a song I'm making
    5 answers · 4 weeks ago
  • How can I put more emotion into my piano playing?

    I do have the skills to play through piano music from the romantic era like Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, or late Beethoven, but how can I really put more emotion into my playing? I am able to picture what the composer is trying to express or how they probably felt when writing the pieces. I feel like it sounds... show more
    I do have the skills to play through piano music from the romantic era like Chopin, Rachmaninoff, Brahms, or late Beethoven, but how can I really put more emotion into my playing? I am able to picture what the composer is trying to express or how they probably felt when writing the pieces. I feel like it sounds fine when I'm playing, but if I record myself and listen to it, it doesn't really sound as good as I thought and I feel like I didn't show any emotion in my playing. Any tips on how I can improve this?
    5 answers · 1 month ago
  • CHOPIN'S NOCTURNE Op.9 No.2?

    Best answer: Sad? - No.
    Moody? - No.
    Pleasant & graceful? - Yes.

    EDIT: Why not listen to it and decide for yourself?
    Best answer: Sad? - No.
    Moody? - No.
    Pleasant & graceful? - Yes.

    EDIT: Why not listen to it and decide for yourself?
    5 answers · 1 month ago
  • Do you know any good suggestions for a piano?

    I’m really interested in learning how to play the piano. I’ve never played it so any suggestions for a good, beginners piano would be great. :)
    I’m really interested in learning how to play the piano. I’ve never played it so any suggestions for a good, beginners piano would be great. :)
    4 answers · 1 month ago
  • Did brahms and clara schumann ****?

    2 answers · 2 months ago
  • The A string on my cello continues to break- pleeaase help :)?

    I recently got a size 4/4 brand new cello (never used). The first time I tried to tune it, the A string snapped between the nut and peg before I even tuned high enough to the correct note. I had no problems with the other strings, and decided to order a new A string. When I received the new string the same exact... show more
    I recently got a size 4/4 brand new cello (never used). The first time I tried to tune it, the A string snapped between the nut and peg before I even tuned high enough to the correct note. I had no problems with the other strings, and decided to order a new A string. When I received the new string the same exact thing happened. It snapped in the same place while I was trying to tune it even after following a tutorial. I have no idea what I am doing wrong and would greatly appreciate if someone could help me out. I apologize if this makes no sense😂
    3 answers · 2 months ago