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Piano General Topics FAQ



Frequently Asked Questions about general topics on piano.

This FAQ about general topics on piano was compiled and written by Isako Hoshino rmmpfaq@yahoo.com with numerous contributions by others.

I would like to extend my thanks to many in the RMMP newsgroup for bits and pieces of information contained in this FAQ: Martha Beth Lewis, Tim MacEachern, Guy Klose, Larry Fine, Tom Sheehan, John Musselwhite, Ron Torrella, Achim Gratz, carolp@teleport.com (Carolyn), Duncan Vinson, Stephen Birkett, and Virginia Marks for directly contributing to this FAQ. Special thanks goes to Phil Tompkins, for his countless suggestions, proof-reading, contributions, etc. This is what happens when you "volunteer" to help me write this FAQ! :-) If I missed anyone, please let me know! This is really a collective effort of the entire newsgroup.

This document is copyright (c) 1995-1997 by Isako Hoshino. It may be freely distributed in its entirety provided that this copyright notice is not removed. It may not be sold for profit nor incorporated in commercial documents without the author's permission.

This article is provided "as is" without express or implied warranties. While every effort has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this article, the maintainer assumes no responsibility for errors or omissions, or for damages resulting from the use of the information contained herein.

Isako Hoshino
rmmpfaq@yahoo.com

-1.1] What is rec.music.makers.piano?
Rec.music.makers.piano (RMMP) is an unmoderated ...
-1.2] Who reads this group? (rec.music.makers.piano)
The newsgroup subscribers range from beginning piano ...
-1.3] What kind of topics are discussed in RMMP? (rec.music.makers.piano)
rec.music.makers.piano is an international forum for ...
-1.4] FAQ lists maintained by this newsgroup (rec.music.makers.piano)
There are currently three official and three draft FAQ ...
-2.1] Am I too old to start learning how to play piano?
The answer to this question is an emphatic No! One is ...
-2.3] Playing from memory? (Piano Playing)
Please read Playing from Memory FAQ available ...
-2.4.1] Repetitive stress injuries (Piano Playing)
Concurrent with the increased use of computer keyboards ...
-2.4.2] What's a carpal tunnel syndrome? (Piano Playing)
Here's an excerpt from The Complete Canadian Health Guide:...
-2.5] Is practicing scales, arpeggios, exercises, etc. useful? (Piano Playing)
You will find differing opinions on this matter, but ...
-3.1] Checklist for transfer or new students (teaching piano playing)
This is a list compiled by Martha Beth Lewis, presented ...
-5.1] How old are they? (Player Pianos)
Most common players were manufactured between 1915 - ...
-5.2] What are their values today? (Player Pianos)
Generally, an unrestored, average, run-of-the-mill, complete,...
-5.3] Definitions of parts (Player Pianos)
Bellows - A component usually consisting of two like-...
-5.4] How do they work? (Player Pianos)
Player pianos use suction, not pressure, to work. As ...
-5.5] Restoring player pianos?
As with any pianos, a key to safely restoring old ...
-5.6] Books on player restoration (Player Pianos)
The main book for player restoration is:...
-5.7] Where can I get Player piano parts?
The main source for player piano parts is:...
-5.8] Where can I get new and used music rolls? (Player Pianos)
New Piano rolls are being produced today. Some of ...
-5.9] Any player piano associations?
Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association (AMICA)...
-5.10] Mailing list? (Player Pianos)
There exists a group called Mechanical Music Digest, ...
-6.2] Harpsichord mailing list
Send e-mail to listserv@albany.edu with a message (...
-7.1] The "General" notation method
There is a simple alpha-numeric notation system which ...
-7.2] The "Piano Technician" notation method
Some piano technicians seem to prefer a different system,...
-7.3] The "MIDI file" notation method
The MIDI files sequentially number keys from 1 at the ...
-7.4] On sharps and flats (Piano)
The computer keyboard imposes a few limitations on the use ...
-8.2] Interval nomenclatures? (Piano)
Here's a crash course on interval nomenclatures....
-8.3.1] Harpsichord octave spans
Pisaurensis (1533) = ...
-8.3.2] Piano octave spans (All grands unless otherwise noted)
Cristofori (1726) = ...
-8.5] What's a standard height of a piano keyboard?
28.
-8.6] Klavarscribo?
contact:...
-8.7] Printing staff lines using postscript codes? (Piano)
(courtesy of anonymous someone on the net)...
-9.1] Where do I get the information on copyright laws? (Piano)
U. S. Copyright Office, a department of the Library ...
-9.2] Copyright Status (Piano)
Title 17, U.S. Code provides copyright protection for ...
-9.3] Duration of Copyright Status (Piano)
A work created on or after January 1, 1978 is ...
-9.4] International Protection (Piano)
The United States is a founding member of the ...
-9.5] Derivative Works and Editions (Piano)
Regarding derivative versions of previous works, ...
-9.6] Fair Use (Piano)
The fair use of a copyrighted work, including ...
-9.6] More...? (Piano copyright)
Martha Beth Lewis has written up a section on commonly ...
-10.1] Magazines on pianos
Clavier ...
-10.2] Random recommended readings on piano playing
Ward Cannel & Fred Marx, How to Play the Piano Despite ...
-10.3] Some books on jazz playing
Scott D. Reeves, Creative Jazz ...
-10.4] What books discuss the piano literature?
There are two books reported so far. The definitive ...
-10.5] Random miscellaneous reference books (Piano)
Paul Cooper Perspectives in Music Theory, Harper & Row, 1973....
-11.1] Music score companies
Rec.music.classical.performing has a FAQ containing ...
-11.2] Digital Piano Mail-Order
Please see Digital Pianos Hardware List maintained by ...
-11.3] Specialized recordings (Piano)
A company called Academy Records specializes in ...
-12.1] RMMP Piano Internet Resources List
This document is in its draft stage, scheduled to be ...
-12.2] Piano Technicians Guild
The home office of the Piano Technicians Guild (PTG) ...









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