I'm hoping someone can give me a bit of advice...

I apologize if this isn't the place for such questions... my posts are usually about scores I uploaded but this one isn't..

I'm 30 and I've been really focusing on learning the piano for about 6 months, transitioning from the guitar (almost 20 years experience)

That being said, I don't currently have a whole lot of musician friends, nor have I ever taken any lessons (will soon :\ bills..)  
In other words I've had no one to bounce my playing off of or give me any advice.

This is a link to a video I just posted to YouTube of me playing Chopin's Prelude op. 28 no. 7 in A Major, been practicing this piece for about a week and any pointers, advice or critique on my playing would be greatly appreciated...

https://youtu.be/pkJDapOyigg

Once again I apologize if this isn't the place...

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3 days ago
6

performance speed/music pace is slow

Hello, I made a piano chords using my hum (with another app) and opened it on Musescore app as MIDI file. The chords transferred correctly, but the problem is that movement speed(the blue/red highlights when I'm playing the music) so slow. I tried to change the tempo, and did anything I can, but it doesn't really speed up to where I want it to be.

link to my music sheet: https://musescore.com/user/29942905/scores/5315500 
ideal speed I want: https://musescore.com/classicman/scores/106022 (look at the playback speed)

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2 days ago
5

Song suggestions!

So my previous two discussions have disappeared into thin air, so I asked one of the admins about it, and he told me to resend my discussions ... so here we go!! 😁 Do any of you have suggestions for songs to play at a recital?? I'm going to be playing in one next year, but need some inspiration of what to play. I'm open to pretty much anything .. 😊 And also, I'd consider myself intermediate in piano skill .. Thanks in advance!!

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4 days ago
54

Confused

I have been playing piano for almost 6 years now, and I am 13. Is it normal when playing a piece such as The Entertainer take such a long time to learn. I feel like some of my friends who have started much later than me and have only been playing for one or two years are catching up to me very fast. While it takes me anywhere from 2-5 months to learn a piece, it takes them a couple of weeks to learn their pieces. And I always seem to get stuck in certain parts of a song. Especially with the left hand. And sometimes those things take weeks to fix. I have started The Entertainer a couple months ago and can’t even do two pages. And is there anything anyone suggests that could help me go through prices faster. And yes I do take lessons. once a week for 30 minutes. But sometimes I feel like I learn absolutely nothing but it’s expensive AF. I have also done other pieces including fur Elise
, Turkish March, piano sonata no. 16, and many more, and I also have completed all of the piano adventure books up to 6. With all this information. Can anyone give me some tips on how to fix certain parts in songs that you can’t seem to do right.

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20 days ago
74

How long have you been playing for?

Personally I've really taken to the piano, practising at least 1 hour a day, so it kinda pays of, been playing for 2 years so far, So I do play Rachmaninoff of which I enjoy immensely, also I enjoy Debussy and personally find it more relaxing.

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6 years ago
23

Cleaning a polished ebony finish

 I am around here. I've tried searching a little for the answer to my question but didn't come across anything definitive. I have a piano that has a polished ebony finish and am looking for someone that knows how to clean these things properly to educate me. I'm referring to the outside of the piano. I have a dog that sheds like... well, like something that would shed a lot; and the finish shows dust very easily.

I've tried a higher end microfiber cloth, but I can see tiny swirl marks in the finish here and there. I don't know if it is from me or the previous owner.

Can anyone tell me what the proper tools and solutions I should use to clean this thing? I'll be leaving the inside to a professional.

Thank you! 

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8 days ago
3

Can anyone relate?

Quick question,
I played the piano from 6 - 12 years of age and I loved it a whole bunch, my father used to put too much pressure on me, and I caved under that pressure and never played again.

Fastforward to now, I am 45 years old...
My husband and I were offered a used baby grand piano for an excellent price, and since we have the space and an 8-year-old daughter, he decided to purchase it.

But since it has been in our house, I have become obsessed with printing music and  playing it, and I practice every single day, and amazingly enough lots of things have come back.  I still read music, although there are some things that I know I missed.

But is it reasonable for me to think that at this age I can regain and be an adult that can actually play?  Has anyone picked this up again later in life and been able to do it better?  I do not want to take classes because I do not have the time, but is there a site I can go to, to pick up some skills that I missed?

I appreciate any feedback.

Lisa

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13 days ago
26

Why Doesn't An Upright Piano Look More Like This?

In the baroque era, there was an upright version of the harpsichord. However it 
looked nothing like the upright pianos of today. It was called a
clavicytherium and it looked like this.

https://www.bing.com/th?id=OIP.GKO0hzJ44L81vr0_b29pdwHaOb&w=154&h=300&c=7&o=5&pid=1.7
what changed? why does today's upright look so different?


https://www.bing.com/thid=OIP.GKO0hzJ44L81vr0_b29pdwHaOb&w=154&h=300&c=7&o=5&pid=1.7

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8 days ago
5

piano keys

How do piano keys stay in place. How are you able to press them down. Is there this long bar that runs through all the keys? idk. how come the keys aren't always touching the bottom. how do they stay in place

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13 days ago
12

Handspan

How big/flexible are your hands?

My right hand can stretch an 11th chord 
My left hand can also stretch an 11th chord 
I'll take Au lac de Wallenstadt by Liszt as an example, I can play:
The last chord, which goes as follows:
ab -> eb -> ab -> c 
The very first chord, which goes as follows:
ab -> eb -> c
with my left hand
and
Measure 70:
eb -> next octave -> ab
(without the grace notes inbetween)
with my right hand

My handspan is approximately 25cm, but I have flexible fingers :D
Now, what about you? ^_^

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23 days ago
45

Why did you start piano?

I was in some kind of hospital,
where I was suddenly starting to play the piano,
I started as early as possible and played up to 7 hrs until it was time for dinner, when my parents came to take me home, I showed them some kind of melody 
(I think it was with both hands, but I wouldn't know surely anymore)
They where speechless (because I've never touched a piano in over 12yrs!)
and sent me to a private piano teacher, where I take lessons till today (4 yrs later) and I'm now already playing some pieces by Alkan, Liszt and, well "Hanon" XD.

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18 days ago
27

Saltarelle - Alkan Problem

So, I'm currently learning Alkan's Saltarelle for a concert next summer, and I'm learning way too slow, I'm at the first 4 pages at the moment and I'm really bad when playing these first pages on record or even before an audience at the moment and this after one whole month of learning... Normally, I'm a fast learner, but I'm still stuttering at some points.
Also, should I learn all pages and then start to get better, or should I do page by page learning?

Thx for your answers

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18 days ago
13

Extreme Handspan

Rachmaninoff is know for his large handspan, which could reach a 13th. Were there any other pianists with a handspan longer than Rachmaninoff, spanning a 14th, 15th, or even a 16th? please let me know

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19 days ago
13

Piano Duet Suggestions

I want to do a Piano duet with a friend from school for eisteddfod in a few months. Are there any cool arrangements of songs that I will be able to download/buy? Due to copyright and stuff it is probably best if we can buy the sheet music but if there are compositions by people on musescore it should be okay too. We are about the same level (Grade 6/7 AMEB) so if it is a little challenging but still not too hard that would be great.
Thanks

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2 years ago
6

What to play, what to play...

I played piano when I was younger but decided to get back into it. I relearned the first movement of Moonlight Sonata and I am currently learning Claire de Lune by Debusssy. I can also play The Entertainer by Scott Joplin. What are songs that are around my skill level? Thanks!

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2 months ago
38

Left Hand Only

I just had an operation on my right arm and it will be out of commission for a few weeks. Are there any songs I can play with just my left hand out there?

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a month ago
8