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Piano Forum
5 minutes ago
Originally Posted by PhilipInChina
Somebody here had the line "Never ask a barber if you need a haircut" as part of his signature.

Keep the original keys. There is no reason to change.

I would most defiinitely second that.

In your original post you said that it was you who brought up the subject of replacing the keys themselves.The only reasons I can think of for replacing the key sticks is that they have gone out of shape (warped) or have dried out so much they're now noisy. The comment about increased speed is plain bunkum since a key stick is a piece of wood with the same mass and inertia now as it was when it was first built. The feel of the action is down to how it has been regulated, and that will include all replacement bushes, pins etc.

You ask how to make it a 'Wow' piano, and my answer is in this youtube video : https://youtu.be/buAhSXH4r08
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Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
9 minutes ago
Originally Posted by ADWyatt

but in the first place they won't work on any Kawai product, and secondly I doubt that they would have the training to repair a hybrid piano anyway.

On the latter part I would rather think that depends on what's gone wrong, if it's just action regulation that is needed then any independent tech should be able to help surely? I'm sure I've heard those with AGs just getting a regular tech for that task. They're acoustic grand actions after all.
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Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
24 minutes ago
Originally Posted by Morodiene
Is it a keyboard or a digital piano? The touch for each is different, and playing a keyboard doesn't need special technique necessarily. Although if you train to play piano then most of what you do for piano carries over to keyboard.

It also depends on what your goals are, what style of music you want to play, etc.

It's Yamaha keyboard. But the keys are flat. I just want to know how I should walk up and down the keyboard.
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Adult Beginners Forum
1 hour ago
I am pretty much recovered and back at focused practicing again. I had a great lesson yesterday. My teacher was very pleased with my Bach Gigue, both Beethoven Sonatas, and the Chopin prelude. That made my day! There is an repeated ornament throughout the Beethoven Sonata in F minor, op. 2. 1, that I just could not get to sound as crisp as I wanted. With my teacher's help yesterday I nailed it, and now it is easy. Now that piece can start approaching performance speed.
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Adult Beginners Forum
1 hour ago
I do have a trick for the the aural modulations that works pretty well for me. Hum the tonic in your head after the examiner plays it. If the ending chord contains that note, it is the subdominant. If it does not, it is the dominant. For example if the tonic is C, the IV is FAC, if The V it is GBD, The dominate will clash with the tone in your head.

I am taking the Grade 8 ABRSM in November. The aural is pretty challenging. I can do the sing the lowest part of a three part melody, name the cadence, modulations, and describe a piece. I Am still struggling will naming the first of the three ending chords. The last two are pretty well defined by the cadence. The sight singing is still challenging for me.
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Adult Beginners Forum
1 hour ago
When I am at the point that I can perform or record a piece, I literally sing it in my head while I am playing. Not Glen Gould style! I do not sing out loud. By "singing it", I can embue it with the emotion, the sound that I want. This helps keep my attention focused on what I am playing. I focus on listening. The downside of this is if I hit a wrong note it jars my senses. This can only work with I really know a piece well and play it from memory. If I am following the sheet, it divides my attention.The danger is when I get near the end while recording, a little thought will creep in "this is a good take!" and then I sometimes crash. I am still working on that! grin
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Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
2 hours ago
Key action and sound (on those with the same price range) are pretty much depend on one's taste
But, personally, i've played 545, 603, Ca65, I'd give u my thought
+ The let-off stimulation on Yamahas feels like a joke, almost non-exist at all
+The Roland has "fake" wooden key
+CFX piano sound sounds sweet, warm, very enjoyable, as always (depend on people's taste)
+Most realistic (like dynamic, decay, etc) may belong to Roland, but as i played at a store, the 603 gave me nice and very realistic bass sound but the high range sound somewhat bad (not that terrible but sound really bad, comparing to those bass range)
+Kawai has the best action to me and to many people on this forum
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Piano Tuner-Technicians Forum
2 hours ago
Dear Keith, thank you for sending me "Voicing for the Rest of Us", it was eminently interesting reading.
It's a good thing I don't have a needle holder yet, otherwise I might have had a go at it already on a few particularly nasty-sounding notes right after the tenor break on my 50-year old small upright (ideal for experimenting). As a beginner, I suspect I should do more playing, listening, comparing and reading before getting down to voicing, but on the other hand one of the factors in buying an old and worn-down piano rather than a newer one was the desire to be free to tinker with it to learn the basics of the trade.

Thanks again for being so generous with your knowledge.
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Adult Beginners Forum
3 hours ago
Originally Posted by casinitaly
Originally Posted by Zilthy
Submissions open May 1, when is the due (final) submission date and time?

14 May, 9pm Eastern standard time.

Thank you. That gives me 3 weeks and 2 1/2 days. Going for the Chopin piece, butchered or not, here I go! laugh
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Adult Beginners Forum
4 hours ago
After some time off (due to an injury and work) I am back in to it again. As much as I would love to see where I would be musically without ever taking breaks, sometimes longer than desired, that is not necessarily where my life has fit. But now, after a long break recovering from an injury and a new job with no more travel, diving back in to classical piano again.

And looking to take lessons again. I could go back to my initial teacher, I liked her, and had a good rapport with her. But, I don't think I was getting what I needed from her. And that is where the questions I have come in. There are numerous posts, guides and articles on finding a teacher, all are valid and give good guidance. But, those are also from the perspective of an absolute beginner. I am not. Although I am a beginner on piano, I understand music very well from learning and playing many other instruments. I can read sheet music. I know music theory. I also know how my hands feel, and how to train them to play with minimal tension (I say minimal, because with *no* tension at all they would just be floppy)

What I don't know is the proper position, amount of wrist, etc all the technical details of building this muscle memory correctly, so I do not end up limited, having to retrain, etc.

Maybe I am overthinking all of this. I could be over compartmentalizing all of this. I am probably over focusing on this. But, from my personal experience of playing different instruments over the last 40 years, this is also the area that has given me the most problems.

And I talked to her about it, explained where I was coming from. Her response was that she tried not to be overly critical of beginners, but she would start pointing out more things to me. And she did. Things like I missed a flat sign, or did not hold a note quite long enough while sight reading. On technique it still remained "don't worry, that will just happen." Now, I know from my own personal experience, that is not the case, and what I tried to point out. Granted, what she pointed out was not wrong, and I *do* value that feedback, I am looking for something more.

I guess my questions are not so much on how to look for a teacher (lots of material out there on that) but more like *what* should I be looking for in a teacher?

And all the while, when I read and play the music, when it goes from pianissimo to forte, I Neve think "Oh, it's getting louder" and instead I am thinking and feeling "my sadness churns to anger. Or my timidness boils to frustration."
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Piano Teachers Forum
4 hours ago
Originally Posted by malkin
I'm not sure it would work for you, but in the past I have taken clients that I didn't want by setting up a very limited time frame to address a few specific targets after which we all agreed in advance that it would be over.

For me it works because consulting or parent training can be an effective short term service pattern, which may not be justifiable for a piano teacher.

Maybe you could set up another teacher: Mrs. OtherTeacher can take you in six months, and I can teach you until then...

Yes, a trial period would be a great idea, IMO.
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Piano Teachers Forum
4 hours ago
Thanks, dogperson. Totally agree with everything you've said in both your posts on this thread.
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Pianist Corner
5 hours ago
Among people of my acquaintance, there are none I can think of who feel at all intimidated by any music, classical or not. Most simply either like or dislike a particular classical piece, or indeed any sort of piece, in much the same way they might prefer oranges to bananas. Their personal taste is not, that I can discern, influenced by considerations external to the sound experience itself. One or two listen to certain types of music, attend concerts of particular genres because they think it the right thing to do, but that is not intimidation.
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Piano Forum
5 hours ago
Hi Corvus,

Overall you have provided some good insight in your description of PianoDisc and ProRecord, vs. the very capable Disklavier Pro HD play/record system and outstanding Wayne Stahnke LivePerformance LX / Spirio's playback system. The Disklavier Pro HD recording (and equally good HD playback) system is the best on the market... also developed by Mr. Stahnke.... it would be interesting to see what Spirio is offering as a recording option on the Model D. Optical sensors under the keybed? Measurement of hammer shanks as well? Does it record to the standard 128 MIDI levels or to an expanded MIDI set of 1024 levels? I do agree that Steinway's purchase of RePerformance and Live Performance LX was truly a bad thing for anyone not purchasing a new Steinway Spirio. The HD MIDI Editor (which was available on both PC Windows and Mac O/S) provided a level of editing not offered by anyone else, and was curiously never replaced by Yamaha or picked up by any other commercial MIDI Editor... effectively killing establishing a new industry MIDI HD Standard.

One thing that I would like to clarify is that PianoDisc's ProRecord system CAN and DOES provide MIDI recording capability of proportional sustain pedaling. This is an option that is provided to the user: DEFAULT is on/off, OPTION is Proportional Sustain pedaling. This is very useful when I am sharing my recorded MIDI performances with other Disklavier and Live Performance users! The Soft Pedal and Sostenuto Pedals can only be recorded by ProRecord as on/off commands.

PianoDisc's SilentDrive HD system however can only playback on/off sustain pedaling, as this is limited via the use of an on/off sustain pedal proportional solenoid. The system can be programmed as to how to interpret a proportional sustain MIDI command, or the user can use a standard MIDI Editor or tool to process the proportional waveform to their own desire... I use Spencer Chase's (http://www.spencerserolls.com) utilities to modify the recorded proportional sustain pedaling of my recorded MIDI performances to a desired on/off profile. Since the Silent Drive HD system does not provide any soft pedal solenoid, I also use these same tools to convert the on/off soft pedal MIDI data into a volume reduction, similar to what happens on an upright when the hammers are brought closer to the strings.

The other interesting thing I discovered is that the PianoDisc SilentDrive HD system CAN playback HD MIDI recordings recorded on Disklavier Pro HD systems... since it provides playback control to 1024 levels, not just the standard 128 MIDI levels. The ProRecord MIDI system however only records to the standard 128 MIDI levels of expression, via use of dual optical sensors located under the keybed.
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Piano Forum
7 hours ago
Sorry to hear about all the issues with the new Walter. I'm sure they will work with you to solve the issues, or perhaps maybe even offer you a new piano to replace the one you have due to the multitude of issues.

I had a Baldwin 243 upright from the mid 1980s that had very tight tuning pins. It took more effort to fine tune because the tuning pins would start to flex/twist before it would move in the pin block. When it did move in the block, it would jump too sharp or too flat due to un-flexing suddenly and moving in the block And, you could hear that creaking/clicking/popping sound you mentioned; that was the sound of the tuning pin moving suddenly in the block, instead of turning smoothly in the block the way it should. You wouldn't think tuning pins can be too tight, but they can. They need to be able to move freely in the pin-block (while maintaining adequate torque smile ).

You've certainly gotten some good advice here. Good luck!

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Piano Teachers Forum
7 hours ago
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Adult Beginners Forum
7 hours ago
Originally Posted by MarieJ
“the primary purpose of the recitals is to allow AB forum members to provide a snapshot of where they are in their piano journey at that particular point in time. The goal is not perfection but rather to share with one another our current projects”

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Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
7 hours ago
Hello gtn11,

Originally Posted by gtn11
just read that the KDP 110 has problems with the keys...

Not wishing to drift off topic, but may I ask where you read this, please?

Kind regards,
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Piano Forum
7 hours ago
Good mics, preamps can add pleasing color to the sound. EQ can also do some magic.
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Pianist Corner
7 hours ago
Originally Posted by BKr
I have a real issue with the video recording of competitions and concerts in that the videographer seems to be more interested in putting on their own show rather than concentrating on the pianist. There is constant changes of camera angles, showing more of the pianist's head bobbing up and down rather than the hands playing the keyboard, angles from the top of the hall roof or underside of the piano, close ups of the face where you can see the beads of sweet, etc. and so much so that a viewer can never get into watching the pianist PLAYING THE PIANO. During a recent competition the pianist was approaching the final bars of Rachmaninoff's 3rd which to me is one of the most exciting (and difficult) pieces of music to watch and hear. What did the video go to? The side of the piano shot, the entire orchestra shots, behind the piano views where all one could see was head bobbing, and very little of the pianist's hands PLAYING THE PIANO. What a total disappointment for the viewer but in contacting those who did the video (major recording company) they felt it was great coverage? Is it me or do others feel the same?

I wholeheartedly agree with you!! It is so frustrating when the exciting piano part is coming up, and they cut away to some other view. I have often thought "why can't they have someone filming who knows the music"...

And I love to see the hands as well. It is amazing how much I can learn just by observing others.
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Adult Beginners Forum
8 hours ago
Originally Posted by TomInCinci

You wouldn't want to live next door to a concert pianist, if there's only a thin wall separating you. The Labèque sisters - the most famous sibling piano duo in the world, known for playing everything from Mozart to jazz - told the story of how they used to live next door to the famed movie actor Dirk Bogarde (of Death in Venice fame, where he played a composer) in London, and he was continually at loggerheads with them. Why? - because they were practicing, .......

That reminds me of a joke from another old movie, where someone lived in the apartment downstairs from Fred Astaire....

For those too young to know who Fred was:

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Pianist Corner
8 hours ago
Originally Posted by byeats
I've used the 12.9" iPad Pro with forScore & the Apple Pencil for about 2 years now. I have also explored various aspects of page turner pedals. I would never go back to paper scores. ForScore works great-- you can't go much wrong by using it. However I think the other elements of this system are more important to comment on.

The Apple Pencil needs to be recognized as enabling distinctly faster learning of a new piece. It is capable of writing smaller than you can read (you'll need to zoom in to do this), so you can easily edit a score or clean it up, or add fingering, or add timing 'words', or add clarifying colors. For example, I use Sharpie Red color for most fingerlings-- it's easy to read, to delete or to change, but you would never do this on a paper score. So you end up with a thoroughly fingered, easily read score. Sometimes you might have a grace note passage that a clueless editor has made vanishingly small. To finger it more clearly, for each group of 4 notes I might make the first finger in rose-pink color and the other 3 notes in red. Another way I use color is to clarify whether a phrase slur marking is actually a tie or a phrase (by writing over the end of the slur mark in green (= Go, for a phrase), or red (= Stop) for a tie).

I've become an avid supporter of page turner pedals, but if you don't use them correctly, you probably won't like them. You must have a strategy for doing "no-look" page turning-- you can't plan on looking down to your foot to align it with the page turn pedal (there won't be time if the music is fast and complex near the page turn). What people often start out doing is to align their left foot above the page turn pedal, and to briefly come down on the pedal for a page turn. The problem with this is that it is tiring to hold your foot in the air for most of the time. Instead, the rest position of the left foot should be down, with gravity helping your foot keep the page turner pedal in the down position. To do a page turn, you briefly raise your foot and then come back down. In the down position it is easy for your foot to feel the pedal, so it is easy to stay aligned with the pedal thus enabling no-look page turning. All this only works when your pedal or software is set for no key repeat, then there will be only one page turn signal sent when the pedal is held down (so there will be no multiple page turns accidentally generated). ForScore does not control key repeat-- your pedal needs to deal with this. I use the Airturn BT-106 transceiver with the ATFS-2 pedal (which I prefer over the PED transceiver+pedal). The BT-106 is a little awkward to turn off, but I don't know of or haven't tried an alternative. While you are getting used to using the page turn pedal, I suggest being shoeless so your foot is more aware of the pedal position.

Lastly, the page turner pedal is likely to be used on an uncarpeted floor (like hardwood). To keep it from slipping around, put it on a silicone baking sheet (e.g., about 8" x 11").

Thanks for the useful information!
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Piano Forum
8 hours ago
I wear hearing aids and like them. I have a music program on my Bernafon aids. Concerts are fantastic with this program. As I told my husband I have not heard the orchestra like this for many years. With the piano when I practice I leave it on the regular setting and have not problems. I don't think the concert setting is good for piano.
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Digital Pianos - Synths & Keyboards
Yesterday at 11:38 PM
Hi Martti , I've had my RD 2000 since they first came out and have not had any problems with it , I'm sure if there were any problems they would have fixed them by now , Mike .
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Adult Beginners Forum
Yesterday at 11:30 PM
Originally Posted by Sarah65
Whoehoee...They have a live chat now laugh

Piano Marvel has live chat? I must be missing it -- where is the live chat button appearing on the page(s)?
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