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TheModernPrometheus_ commented on a post in r/piano
TheModernPrometheus_ 2 points

It's good to work hard, but when it's hard, just do whatever amounts to pure fun on the piano for you to remember why you love it. I had a busy week with music and it was stressful so I took a day off yesterday. Today I played some pure fun stuff and it really reinvigorated me. Always make room for pure fun.

TheModernPrometheus_ commented on a post in r/piano
TheModernPrometheus_ 5 points

Get a feel for chord progressions. Stuff like ii V I, IV V I, I V iv V, and all that. Learn what they sound like so when you hear them, you can identify them. Just get the bass note from there. If you need to work on the exact voicings, practice with stuff you can find sheets for. Guess and check.

Melody should be easy for a musician. Just find the key, and find the notes in the key. Spot the bass notes and find the chords. If you're interested in learning songs by ear to play on your own, it matters less that you verbatim transcribe it and more that you get the general harmony and voice it yourself. Stuff with open intervals like fifths and octaves with just a third somewhere maybe for quality are easy to hear and reproduce.

A guy in my area who plays on the same public piano I do plays very simply. He plays the same broken triads of a simplified harmony in the left hand, and either a single melody line or octaves in the right. Sometimes he does a power chord in the left on every beat one. He always plays in one of the same few keys. He can take a song and learn it by ear quickly because he operates with the same chords in the same keys, and just plugs in the melody. He doesn't even play the chords totally right all the time and either skips a change or hits the wrong chord. But most times, his formula works. People love to head him play. I play some pretty harmonically sophisticated stuff, but since he plays such simple, consonant stuff, he gets all the praise.

So basically getting a feel for chords, changes, a key you like, and some basic voicings you like can be a working formula for appealing arrangements.

TheModernPrometheus_ commented on a post in r/piano
GlobbityGlook 3 points

I thought that was a built in feature for most pedals, You keep the pedal down while turning on your keyboard to get the reverse action.

TheModernPrometheus_ 2 points

I'm not sure that's a built in feature as much as a fact of how certain electronic devices work. I can't think of anything else off the top of my head, but some electronics I've had get screwy if you hold down something when you plug them in or turn them on.

TheModernPrometheus_ 2 points

Maybe power cycle?

TheModernPrometheus_ commented on a post in r/shakespeare
Cavalir 3 points

I wish someday someone would have the ground breaking idea to do a Shakespeare play as written, without all this schtick.

TheModernPrometheus_ 4 points

Since the dawn of Shakespeare performance, the foundation of a performance was about what was needed and intended by the production, not what was in the written script. The script was a major part of the production, but just one part. Elizabethan theater was a collaborative art, and Shakespeare never had the final word on the productions of his plays.

For example, in end of Macbeth, Shakespeare writes that Macbeth and Macduff exeunt fighting and return, after which Macduff slays Macbeth, proceeding to carry him offstage and return with his head. Basically nobody ever does this quite straight, and since always, people have interpreted this in counter ways. Sometimes he does offstage, sometimes he dies heroically, sometimes he's a coward, and sometimes he's a Japanese samurai warrior whose shot to death with like a hundred arrows.

There is no play as written. The script is necessarily ambiguous by intention as it was meant to be interpreted by the director and actors. All Shakespeare wrote was dialogue and stage directions. Wr don't even know the full integrity of much of the extant sources to Shakespeare's strict word. It's a matter of interpretation whether things like the nature of love between Macbeth and Lady Macbeth is sincere, or whether he died a coward. That's why the culture of Shakespeare has persisted all these centuries, because it is open to analysis and creative interpretation. That's why it's so good.

Cavalir 2 points

That’s a little more literal than I meant it. My apologies for being unclear.

Of course each director and actor will make different choices, which will result in a different production. That’s true for any piece of theater, not just Shakespeare.

Taking what you say even further, we don’t even know which version of some of the text was performed back then. That’s not the point I’m making.

My complaint is against shtick. Choices that directors and actors make in a production have to be rooted in the text, otherwise they’re not informed choices, or rather external choices to the text. Concept or form over content for me is inexcusable.

From the very few lines in this trailer it’s pretty clear to me what they’re going for - effect. That’s not interesting to me in any way.

In the attempt to be innovative, the text itself often gets the short end of the stick. In order to justify unwise decisions, it’s forced to succumb to the concept a director decided on.

I truly long for a production that doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel, but rather takes these brilliant text, and brings to life what it actually says on the page. I haven’t seen one in years, and I work in theater.

TheModernPrometheus_ 2 points

Yeah I got you now, makes sense.

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TheModernPrometheus_ commented on a post in r/piano
TheModernPrometheus_ 3 points

My memory of what my teacher told me is that it's because the other strings are aren't dampened and there is more vibration across the whole instrument. I can't spot the difference because I rarely get to work out of an acoustic besides practice and this one public piano.

Edit: I don't think what I said applies to what you asked, but I'll keep it up because it might interest someone else. I'm talking about why holding a note down is different from sustaining a note with the pedal.

TheModernPrometheus_ commented on a post in r/piano
TheModernPrometheus_ 2 points

If you are just playing it as a regular piano, you might not need those features. I don't need most of maybe any of the features that come with my P105. I bought a much better metronome and a much better backing track app. I don't know what the outputs do because I never use them. I play with the harpsichord if I want to play non-weight sensitive Baroque music, and the organ and electric piano 3 if I just want to have fun, and not even that often. 99% of the time it's just a piano. You might want to ask yourself if the features are novelty and whether you'd actually use them as a primarily piano player.

TheModernPrometheus_ commented on a post in r/piano
MicroelectronicElk 1 point

4 years of percussion, i know where all the notes are and know fundamental rhythms. I am very new though in playing notes since i was mostly one note instruments like snare drum.

TheModernPrometheus_ 1 point

I'm about to give you some basic jazz pointers, so you can learn to play a basic progression. That way, you can use your rhythm skills to play a chord progression practicing hand and finger independence. Let me know if I need to explain anything further.

A Dmin7 chord is D F A C. A G7 chord is G B D F. A Cmaj7 is C E G B. A Dmin7 - G7 - Cmaj7 progression makes up a ii V I progression, the most common progression in jazz. The chords are based on the position of the root note in the scale it's a part of, in this case the C major scale. (Cmaj7 = I, Dmin7 = ii, Emin7 = iii, Fmaj7 = IV, G7 = V, Amin7 = vi, Ddim7 = vii°. The lower or upper case denotes whether the first interval is major or minor.)

The most important notes in a jazz chord are the root, the third, and the seventh. The root tells you whether the chord is C, D, E, or so on. The third tells you the quality of the chord, like whether it's major or minor and so on. If you want a chord to sound like a seventh, you gotta include the seventh. The fifth is usually implied in jazz, but not always.

You can play the notes in any combination. An example I like is the root in the left pinkie, the seventh in the left thumb, the third in the right thumb, and the melody in the upper fingers of the right hand.

TheModernPrometheus_ 1 point

How long until you can get lessons, and what's your experience?

TheModernPrometheus_ commented on a post in r/piano
TheModernPrometheus_ 3 points

This really isn't good.

KSuraj 1 point

What happened ?

I would be very thankful if you Tell me so that I can improve.

TheModernPrometheus_ 1 point

I'm not a synesthesia person, so bear with me.

I personally don't think you should attempt to replicate a song's rubato in a MIDI performance like in Synthesia. Rubato is when you play off beat and make up the rhythm with feeling. It just sounds weird and arrhythmic on MIDI. Perhaps you can just slow down the rhythm.

I also don't think the harmony sounds quite right. But I'm not really in the mood to correct it now because that's work for me. I recommend checking a christmas music book that has the song and chords.

You hold out notes in chords over changes if they remain in the next chord. Really, you should play the note again.

You made an easy arrangement, but you could have probably went with a more authentic harmony rhythm than playing the chord on the first beast every two or four bars like you do, especially if there is no movement.

And lastly, you have a note simultaneously being sustained in the harmony and being played in the melody. You should voice chords so they're out of the way of the melody.

That's just what I remember from watching it last night. Good luck in the future.

TheModernPrometheus_ commented on a post in r/Jazz
TheModernPrometheus_ 2 points

I know how to pronounce most Cyrillic letters, but I don't know what 99.9999% of words in Slavic languages mean, so I don't know what I expect to get out of sounding them out. Stuart something something something something something something something.

TheModernPrometheus_ commented on a post in r/piano
TheModernPrometheus_ 1 point

Also if you're having to come up with your own voicings to make up the harmony, you might be trying something too hard. For example, the advice were given to do root position Bbsus4 chord over an A note in the bass might not work given the melody, so you'd have to voice the chord so not only does it sound good, but also so your hands could maneuver it. What are you working out of? A full sheet? A lead sheet? Just the chords?

wallythedude 1 point

Lacrimosa the full piano version sheet which includes of course notes and chords. I'm pretty new into this, just started playing. This is a part of the sheet ( I will delete it soon though )

TheModernPrometheus_ 3 points

I thought since you said you couldn't continue playing that you only had the chord symbols for the harmony. It looks like the notes are all there. Stick to the notes for now and just observe the noted harmony. It's not really a big deal if you're just reading the notes.

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scotchtape22 1 point

I mostly use Musescore to put together little cheat sheets (like, fit 5 progressions to a page) or for original tunes for my song book. That being said, I wouldn't recommend it for listening to tunes or shedding. Think of charts from Musescore like a spark plugs, just enough for you to be like "oh yeah, that's what this tune is all about".

TheModernPrometheus_ 1 point

How do I lay out all the chords in front of me then?

TheModernPrometheus_ commented on a post in r/piano
elephantsnecstasy -10 points

I don't see the point of replying to say I didn't really like it because I may potentially hurt your feelings, so I will just say thank you for your recommendation. Sorry if I sound like a huge asshole. This would be much easier in person.

Edit: If anyone could recommend ways to say things like this without coming across incredibly rude, that would be appreciated. But would it not also be rude to ignore?

TheModernPrometheus_ 4 points

You don't have to reply to everything on reddit. Many people make a thread and then say absolutely nothing in response afterwards. It's also the case for many comments which people reply to. If you have nothing to say, say nothing and no one will notice. If someone doesn't reply to something I say to them, I pretty much forget about it.

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TheModernPrometheus_ 1 point

I forget how an acoustic works, I never get to look under the hood of one since 90% of the time I'm on a digital. I can't clarify what I said without looking at one. :c

TheModernPrometheus_ 1 point

I'm a long term player and I never use the sostenuto pedal. My keyboard doesn't have one. I don't 100% know what it's for. I think you hold down a key, press down the pedal, and it holds the note while you play other notes you don't want sustained. Or something?

The soft pedal on an acoustic piano moves the dampers over so you only strike two strings per key. My piano teacher told me it's a good way to get a better sound out of an old piano because the felt on that part of the dampers is less worn in. On a digital, I suspect it just makes it slightly more quiet. Not terribly useful on a digital.

I suspect you'll have no trouble saving the money for other things.

marshaltrash 1 point

I got a used M Audio one on eBay for cheap and I've had it for about 6 years now without issue. I'm deployed or I would give you the model. Best of luck

TheModernPrometheus_ 1 point

Thanks buddy.

lowderchowder 1 point

Korg Nano probably if you want minimal and reliable.

There are a few others at the 30 to 50 mark but I think most of those are old or Chinese brands

TheModernPrometheus_ 1 point

I think I'd pay the $20 difference for a more piano-looking keyboard, but thanks.

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