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Illustrated Bass Piano Chords

Many new pianists want to ignore the low octaves for as long as possible. Instead, push through to the next playing-level by mastering them! Exercise your bass staff sight-reading & build strength in your left hand by practicing with the new chord diagrams. Image: Darren Hopes/Getty

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Building Different Chord Types

Thursday April 17, 2014

How to form piano chords.The piano has a note layout that's easy on the eyes as well as the memory, so if you're looking to build your own chords on the keyboard, all you need is a simple understanding of chord intervals:

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Best Temperatures & Humidity Levels for Acoustic Pianos

Thursday April 17, 2014

Piano humidity levels.A piano fares best in 35-45% humidity, but up to 55% is acceptable - so long as it's constant. Fluctuating humidity causes wood - including the ever-important soundboard - to swell and release, and this can lead to tuning issues, changes in ... (continue reading)


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Practicing Intervals in Motion

Thursday April 17, 2014

Piano interval fingering.Two-note chords, also called 'intervals,' are great for exercising your timing and coordination. Once you get the basics of interval fingering down, you'll find that even fast-paced passages are that much easier to play and read:

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8va, 8vb & Other Octave Commands

Wednesday April 16, 2014

8va in piano music.The note range of the standard piano is just over seven octaves (88 notes), so it's no wonder piano music is written on a two-part staff. But, even the two-part grand staff has its limits -- this is where ledger lines come in, but they're only part of the solution.

Have you ever seen the highest note on the piano written in notation? Probably not, because it takes nine ledger lines to write it. If you have stumbled upon this note in sheet music, you've likely seen it expressed using one of these handy octave commands:

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