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The main drawback of an old laptop is the 5400 rpm hard disk. Synthogy Ivory sampled virtual pianos advocate 7200 rpm mini or - better - a SSD. I suppose this advice applies to other sampled virtual pianos.
Pianoteq is not sampled then may be preferable with a laptop if the hard disk is slow.
Hi BlizzardPiano, it is a very nice idea! However, you don't do much to draw the reader into the text. In the first paragraph of the first day, we only get very little information about you, and why is this day 1? I would have liked some kind of introduction to you and your practice.
I added a description of myself. I also added in a bunch of images, it's probably gone a bit overboard, but heck, I was having fun! I'm finally on my way to blogging nirvana :P To those over here, I am quite serious about the blog, but I don't really care for writing something which reads like an academic text -- it's always a fun challenge to try and convey things in a fun manner while not losing quality.
I'd say that one of the advantages to the stream-of-consciousness style I have here over something more dry, like a textbook, is that I'm free to go off on tangents and come up with wild conjectures.
I created this thread to share my sentiment about the significance and the scientific value of creating a very close approximation of the sound that a complex instrument like the piano projects. That is why I liked to an analysis article in the OP. I am not really a fanboy of any VST, that's silly. But that does not mean I should be blind to such a significant achievement.
I see you'd also like to be able to use a mic directly into the Nikon or your Macbook. Both the Tascam and Zoom recorders have a line output that le'st you send out the signal you're recording. You'd have to do some careful experimentation so as not to overload the input, esp. on the Nikon. You *might* not be able to achieve a satisfactory level matchup - but it would be worth a try, and you might very well be able to do it!
The Tascam also has a USB output, which would allow the recorder to act as a USB mic into the Macbook. I'm not sure about the Zoom. My guess is that this would be the "best quality" hookup for the Macbook.
Sorry, I should have expanded. It means Perfect Authentic Cadence. Though the term is better suited for classical period and less relevant for baroque music. Lets say the piece has a strong formal cadence on A minor with a typical V-I.
The actuel details of how Bach does the harmony shifts are probably more of a second priority vs the overall harmonic architecture and the style of the piece, the rythmic organisation and the counterpoint work. There are probably plenty of materials available on this piece. Most important is how you choose to play it ! Good luck.
Yes, I've cut slantwise 3/4 of the extreme part you've sourrounded in order to let the hammer follow its path and return with slightly more momentum, minimizing too the friction (altough Studiologic have added grease between hammer lever and this part of the key).
Consequently due to mass (from 12g (bass) to 25g by different washers assemblies) glued under each key (inside (partially empty) and near to the end of the key) and the lesser friction action is more responsive and lighter (slightly lighter than my baby grand (Renner action) piano (it was the goal) but remains a little bit less responsive than it for the bass). The total additional weight is less than 2 kg.
Was anybody successful in getting a Yamaha DP that supports USB audio (ex: P-121, P-125, P-515, ...) to work with Linux? I wonder if I could use my Raspberry Pi4 to work with Pianoteq using the USB audio card provided by my Yamaha P-121. Thanks!
I am very pleased you enjoyed Stephen Hough's performance. You are right, people need to hear a piano or better recordings before deciding whether they prefer clearer piano sounds to the ones they have enjoyed for 150 years or so.
Wiosna is not a piece Chopin wrote for solo piano. It is the accompaniment to a song of the same title he wrote. That's why neither RCM or Bailie gives it a difficulty rating among Chopin's works for solo piano.
It is from the Opus 74, (17 polish songs) the only complete opus set Chopin that composed for voice. It is worth listening, a lot of charm and grace. Since Chopin is supposed to have imitated the voice in his piano composition, one can hear his actual compositions for voice.
Good ideas / suggestion, thanks. I would imagine your nick is a hint at your musical passions . . . I am very familiar with Flemish renaissance a cappella polyphony, not so much with keyboard works. I listened to some Sweelinck stuff on you tube, intriguing . . .
I have the same question. For the masterclass, would the teacher be expecting us to almost finish and memorize the piece? I just started practicing two Chopin Etudes for a couple of weeks. I’m far from playing memorized and in tempo. However, I think I would benefit the most from Taubman approaches by using that in etudes or technical exercises.
I’m not ready to record myself yet but may be I could do that by May 23rd.
It's not a normal masterclass, this is a "helping you with specific issues that you're having" masterclass. And you wouldn't be submitting a complete piece, just a sample passage that you'd like help with (and it doesn't even have to be shown on the stream that day, she'll answer all submitted questions which is AMAZING). My sample video was 30 seconds and about one page. For mine, I just can't play it without a stiff wrist and it'll probably get painful when I get it up to speed, so I would definitely like some help!
Here is a pic of a G-sharp key (2nd octave above middle C) that has a sizable paint chip missing as one can clearly see the underlying hard wood underneath -- as it may be ebony although it could be another hard wood -- which is yet to be determined by the technician at the restoration shop so that I can decide as to how to proceed with either fixing the sharps or possibly replacing them entirely with new ebony / plastic sharps:
Not a pretty sight when the chipped areas just become larger as one continues to play (as black specks end up on the white keys) and I was able to chip away this small section of paint with only a finger nail.
Thanks for the replies, it's reassuring to see I'm not the only one who struggles with ear training. I allow myself to pass on 90 or over but I really think I'm going to drop this to 80. After reading through previous pages, I've ordered Alfred's all in one book for adult beginners, and I'm going to try to print out the PM pdf at work as I hadn't realised I was missing out on other stuff. I must admit, I had wondered when I'd be starting to use the pedals!! I think a teacher is pretty inevitable at some stage in the future but just now I'm paying for lessons for my kids so can't also afford them for myself.
Wanted to post a pic of a chipped area of a G-sharp note on the M&H BB grand as the chips become larger as one continues to play and a finger nail can scrape it off:
Should this be happening on a $30K piano?
Was told by the store the keys are supposed to be "original" -- i.e., original to them when the piano was received at the store although they did not know that the black keys would eventually be a problem as no one had decided to test the black keys for durability during the rebuilding process since they probably looked to be just fine at first glance with the glossy and brightly coated appearance. Anyway, two (2) different grands have exhibited exactly the same identical problem. How is this possible?