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Question on Music Repeats 
Hi, I would like to ask a question about piano notation of Repeat Marks. I have a song with a sequence that goes like this: 1. CHORUS 2. Stanza …

Billy Joel "Piano Man" Arrangement Confusing Navigation Markers 
Hi, I have a Piano Man arrangement from 2001 Joel Songs, and the DS1, DS2, Coda1 and Coda2 have me confused. Are you familiar? Thanks, Barry Maria's …

Buy piano 
Hi l play piano for 10 years and now l want to change my piano and l want to choose piano between GB1k and U1 could you please help me?

How to play this measure? 
Hello, I am a beginner pianist and I have a question about how to play this measure. This piece is 4/4 in F minor. Since the note values add up to 5 beats …

Thank you for your dedication 
Having reviewed your web pages on major scale fingering and other related subjects, I just wish to thank you for your dedication to helping those who wish …

Not Looking at the Keys When Jumping 2 or 3 Octaves 
I need to know the proper way to not look at the keys. My teacher always let me look and I think it was a mistake. When jumping 2 or 3 octaves she said …

Moving from One Chord to Another 
My teacher has given me these three right hand chords to play with a blues walking bass line that goes from C-F-C-G-F-C. He has written the chords …

Baseline and Melody in Piano Pieces 
Hi, I have just read the interesting article about Piano Practice Chart for Adults. My question is about Polishing the Parts. I didn't understand …

Play Fast or Slow 
I'm a 51 year old beginner on keyboards. I've learned right hand first then left hand and now I'm playing with both together...{yay} I'm learning the …

Learning Chord Notations: The Roman Numeral V 
I'm teaching myself music theory (best I can). Piano is my instrument. I'm (hopefully temporarily) stuck learning all the of the various chord notations …

Help with Sheet Music 
I am relatively new to piano and am trying to learn a song. I have posted a pdf of the sheet music below. In bar 36, there is a section that has too …

Electronic Piano Keyboard Lessons 
I am interested in lessons, etc, for an electronic keyboard (Casio LK230). I am a true beginner---74-years-old and NO experience whatsoever. But always …

Czerny op 599 
Dear Maria, Hi, thanks for this useful website. I have been taking piano lessons for nearly 2 years. I have finished Beyer and now I am practicing …

How to Perform Expressions Like a Professional Pianist? 
I know that (usually) the expressive part of classical piano playing is left up to the player with maybe some light guidance from their teacher at some …

What is the Difference Between Arpeggios and Broken Chords? 
Hello, I am wondering about the difference between arpeggios and broken chords. If someone were to play a C major broken triad chord, with inversions, …

What Piano Method Should I Choose? 
I play guitar, bass, drums, and have a small recording studio, for working on original compositions. I am currently self-studying Harmony & Theory by …

Delayed Learning 
Hello, my name is Stu. I've been practicing for up to two hours a day for a little over six years and I still can't play a complete song. My wife …

Starting Piano Lessons? 
Hello, I'm seriously considering starting piano lessons. I'm 63 years old and pretty much sold, so far, on the Kawai CE 220. I'll be primarily …

Playing Consecutive Sets of 2 Piano Keys 
Hi. I'm learning a song that requires me to play 3 sets of 2 keys for the melody. Would it be better for me to play these with just 2 fingers and jump …

How to Find the Scale of Any Melody 
I have hard time to find the scale; I know how to find a melody but can not find the scale. Do you have any easy way, or any tips? I am a beginner piano …

Piano Scales 
Hi dear, I would like to know how to find out the scale of a melody, and how to match chords with any melody. Thank you. I am a beginner piano player. …

How To Know The Piano Keyboard Without Looking 
Success with the new changes!! What are the best exercises for knowing the piano keyboard without looking? Can you suggest drills that will help me memorize …

How to overcome one's weakness 
Hello. I am Suzanne. As stated above ... I have gone thru a lot. Most recent is having bad asthma attacks. But I am OK ... I am now on meds and hope …

Lesson Structure 
I would appreciate knowing what the most effective way to structure a piano lesson and the practice is. Is it better to introduce many pieces every …

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Problems using both hands 
I'm new to playing and I want to play some complex songs, but I have trouble using both my hands to play if they play at different tempos. Is there a good …

Sing along w/ playing 
Hi, I have a little unusual problem I'd say...or at least seems that way to me...I taught myself to play the piano and I can play some songs fairly …

whether chords could be played in single or two fingers? 
Hi, I am learning keyboard now. However I remember my teacher saying that it is a good practice to play chords with all 3 fingers, even though left/ACMP …

Chords and Scales 
Does the root note of the first chord you play determine the scale of the piece? Maria's answer: No. A piece can start with any chord. But a tonal …

Walking from one chord to another 
Walking to chords, what is the method, or rule of thumb for different chords? Ray Maria's Answer: I think you mean how to move from one chord …

Technical Exercises 
Hi, I am currently learning the piano, I don't have a problem with the rhythms, dynamics or playing the pieces musically as this is my second instrument. …

Chords 
I only now discovered your website. I am 59 and like to improve my piano playing skills. Want to know - is it really necessary to learn chords? Thanks. …

How to memorise scales, sharps, flats and theory? 
In 2008, I was badly injured and banged up my head which caused amnesia in an automobile accident. Then 1 year later went through a bad divorce which left …

How can I publish sheet music?  
Hi! I just stumbled on this site and love it so far! I know this is NOT a question about playing...however, I love to compose and teach on the side …

Piano Major Scales 
Hi, I was recently working on some major scales on the piano. Does every key on the piano have it's own major scale? Ex, C, C#, Cb, D#, Db, E, E#, Eb...etc …

B sharp ?? 
I'm a retired pilot who took up the piano a few months ago. I have always loved piano music and it has always been a dream to learn to play but my work …

What does it feel like when the piano is played correctly? 
I would like to hear your explanation of how it feels when the piano is played correctly and really well. How does the body feel from head to toe? …

Do you have any tips or ideas for determining fingerings for complicated passages? 
Sometimes editorial fingerings in music are helpful as far as they go, but other times there are no fingerings shown. I have encountered some challenging …

What would you include in a structured piano lesson as well as practice sessions? 
As a beginning piano student many years ago, I did not have much structure in my piano lessons. Now I feel as though I have loopholes in my learning …

Why after practicing a piece and thinking I have it mastered do I still make mistakes when I am performing it? 
I would like to know why after carefully practicing a piece of music and feeling that I have mastered it, I then find myself making mistakes in performance. …

How to build speed on an advanced level at the piano? 
I play the piano at an advanced level, but I have never been able to shift over into fast, clean playing of difficult pieces. Do you have any suggestions …

How can I learn piano and play with both hands? Help? 
I'm new to the piano and my biggest problem that I need to work on is playing with two hands. I find it impossible playing something with my right and …

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