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Phony Piano Playing

I love a good drama, and particularly I watch quite a few detective shows. What really bugs me about these shows is when certain details are phony. What details?

  1. I hate it when a phone number is given with the exchange (555). These originated, as I understand it, because some - shall we say challenged? - individuals would dial up the numbers mentioned during the shows.
  2. Pianists, showing their hands playing. This one I rarely do enjoy, but generally I despise these!

Why do I despise most instances of individuals playing the piano in a show or movie? Because it is altogether phony. The person is not playing the instrument... they don't know how! Now an alternative is to show the person behind the piano, simulating playing without showing his or her hands. I have no problem with that.

What has to be probably the worst offending show in this regard? Columbo . The "pianist" rests his fingers on the keyboard and doesn't move them to the left or to the right! Yet the notes vary considerably. Does this irk you as well? Well, likely not if you've never played. What if you have played?

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maxeen wrote on November 27, 2017, 1:14 PM

I understand what you are saying.One is the harmonica,like playing chromatic notes on a diatonic harmonica.One can play a range of notes without moving their arms on the piano,but not extreme notes.Love the piano.

MegL wrote on November 27, 2017, 1:20 PM

I can only play the piano slightly and it amuses me sometimes to see how they get a non-piano-player to look like they are playing. Mind you, I have seen some piano players simulate playing when they have been on a show where their song was played and they were miming. The same with guitarists. The explanation is that the song would not sound the same as the records that are being bought because they are not in the studio. I still prefer those shows where they play for real, like Victor Borgia.

lookatdesktop wrote on November 29, 2017, 3:48 PM

It's just phoney Baloney.