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  1. Musicians
    I play electric guitar. A lot of time though, I think i'd trade all of my guitar skills for piano skills if it were possible. I connect to piano players such as Gould, Keith Jarrett, and Chick Corea so much it makes me wish I played piano. Don't get me wrong though, I do feel blessed to play...
  2. Keyboard Instruments
    So I've started learning this lovely piece, but have hit a wall in bars three and four. There's an 11 against 6 followed by a 22 against 12, and my hands just don't want to play ball. What's the best approach to learning passages like these? I'm trying to learn them both individually so they're...
  3. Keyboard Instruments
    Hello my dear friend, I am a flutist and now I consider myself a pianist too. I had an electrical piano by Yamaha for about a year. Since I am studying conducting and composition a piano is very important for me. I took about 5 piano lessons, And the rest I studied by myself-Playing Beethoven...
  4. Classical Music Discussion
    Yogi Berra has died at 90. He had some great comments on music. On jazz: "90% of all Jazz is half improvisation. The other half is the part people play while others are playing something they never played with anyone who played that part. So if you play the wrong part, its right. If you play...
  5. Solved Cases (archive)
    I have this little fragment of a song i am sure i have already heard, but cannot find. i play the piano and would really like to play this piece, but i need your help to identify it. you can find it here, it's extremely short. thank you. https://www.dropbox.com/s/z947c45x0is3e6i/tragic.mp3?dl=0
  6. Strings
    So I've played guitar since I was very young, but in the last year or so I've become very interested in classical music. Guitar is sorely underrepresented in classical music. Mainly there's just obscure pieces and transcriptions for guitar. In the past, I've been able to pick up violins that...
  7. Classical Music Discussion Polls
    Curious poll. I know there are a lot of musicians among us. Me: Flute (of all kinds) and piano. Sorry to Singers, (Classical) Guitar and Harp players! Ran out of space for options. Also for people who play folk and ethnic instruments, feel free to mention below!
  8. Hi-Fi
    I note with mock horror that the fluid that I use to spray on lps right before dropping the stylus has been discontinued. When I buy an lp I use a distilled water solution from Mobile Fidelity and a hand brush to do a basic cleaning, but before I play an lp I like to use a cleaning fluid to...
  9. Recorded Music and Publications
    Recently bought HJ Lim's set of Beethoven piano sonatas from iTunes. There are in total 98 music files, plus the booklet (which is why I bought from the iTunes store rather than Amazon). 40 of the files are m4a, which can play fine everywhere. 58 are m4p, which can't. They are DRM copy...
  10. Keyboard Instruments
    Is there any particular technique or facet of playing the piano (or whatever other keyboard instrument) that you find especially difficult or challenging? Is there any composer whose music you find frustrating to play (in spite of presumably wanting to)? Is there any piece you could say the...
  11. Classical Music Discussion
    Hello, I learned how to play the first movement of moonlight a year ago. But I'm still struggling with the interpretation. I was wondering what other people think of when they play it? I think about in being love with someone, who feels some kind of love for you. But doesn't feel the same love...
  12. Solved Cases (archive)
    When I was a child, my mom used to play this song on the piano, but even then she didn't know the name of the song. I can't play the piano, so I recorded a whistling of the song. May someone please help me identify it? Thanks a lot.
  13. Strings
    Indeed the evolution of the double bass cannot be understood without a parallel understanding of the evolution of the orchestra. Being a jazz player of the instrument myself, I have little practical knowledge or understanding of the orchestral use of the bass never mind its history. Although...
  14. Politics and Religion in Classical Music
    Lisitsa says she was scheduled to play with the Toronto Symphony, but she claims they have replaced her with another pianist because of her Twitter feed. Apparently, she twitters about the war in her home country the Ukraine. Now she has asked her fans for support to make the Toronto Symphony...
  15. Keyboard Instruments
    Steinway announces its first player piano, somewhat updated. "When you buy a Spirio -- not you, necessarily; they run upwards of $110,000 -- it comes with an iPad loaded with a Spotify-like app. This app communicates with the piano via Bluetooth, prompting the piano to play any one of the 1,700...
  16. Keyboard Instruments
    I have been considering trying to do a solo piano performance later this year (I have never done solo piano performances, but am an experienced performer), but I have a few questions about it. How good do you need to be to consider doing a solo piano performance? Is it fine to be a reasonable...
  17. Musicians
    I saw a thread about playing string instruments. So I thought what about us wind, brass and percussion players. I play the bassoon.
  18. Solved Cases (archive)
    My mom used to play it on the piano all the time, but even she does not remember what it is. I took her book back then and transcribed it for guitar, which I still remember how to play. I am thinking Mendelssohn maybe? A link to a YT video where I uploaded the passage. Thanks a lot...
  19. Beginners
    I have been thinking more and more lately to start learning the piano from the beginning as an adult. I am getting my brother's used Yamaha digital piano and got a Alfred's All-in-One Adult Piano Level 1 Book. Let's see how this goes. I am also thinking to get a teacher to go through the RCM...
  20. Recorded Music and Publications
    Hello friends, It's been 6 years since I posted here. Last time I posted a piece it was well received but I have come a long way since then and wanted to man up and share my latest works with everyone. I wanted to get a sense if I accomplished anything good so far or do I still need to work hard...
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