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Best method to learn to play barre chords?

I've been trying to learn the F chord for a while now, and I am having a very hard time playing the barre chord. I've read that pulling back slightly with your finger and using the body of the guitar ...
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Website that displays chords on a keyboard

Is there a website / online service that displays on a keyboard the keys to use for a chord progression? It's not for me (I know how to play chords, and had some jazz courses before), but it's for a ...
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What is the best way to learn scales in order to improve improvisation/writing of lead guitar parts?

Where I'm at skill-wise Played guitar on-and-off for about 5 years Up until a year ago had only really learned by playing from tabs Have been undertaking bi-weekly guitar lessons for just over a ...
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How to cope with a fickle flute?

(I'm not blaming the flute!) I've been learning flute for about 6 months and have been making slow progress - learning how to get a note out, learning tonguing, able to play the first two octaves ...
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How can I keep learning new songs and not forget the previous ones?

I love learning new songs. A fairly easy, energetic rock piece is sometimes everything that I need to keep playing for hours. However, some pieces are harder, some solos require more patience and all ...
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What is good software for learning how to sight-read?

I'd like to learn how to sight-read on my own, but practicing the same song over and over again just causes me to memorize it, and filling out worksheets is boring. Is there any good software for ...
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Are “unobtrusive drum studies” possible?

I have and idea to take some drum lessons with the goal to learn more about rhythm which I really like. I think it may be good to take also some homework from the teacher, but the ordinary drum set ...
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Slowing Down To Transcribe

Is there some consensus/study on whether one should slow down music which one cannot play just by hearing it a couple of times (if the goal is to improve as a musician)? If I got a fast run, I can ...
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I would like to learn to play an easy to learn instrument [on hold]

I would like to learn to play an easy to learn instrument. I love music but don't know how to read notes. I would like to play any music but especially Spanish music. I love to sing.
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What are some common beginner mistakes when learning to play the piano?

I'm starting to learn to play the piano by myself (I've had experiences with other instruments so I have some sort of musical framework), and I would like to know what technical nuances I have to know ...
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How do I develop a bass voice?

I am an 'adult male human' and can sing from A2 to G4 comfortably. It would be great if I can sing up to a whole octave below this. I am in no hurry and am willing to expend time and effort. I just ...
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Rocksmith 2014 as a learning tool

I've been using Rocksmith 2014 to help learn guitar and bass. So far it's been great for keeping me motivated to practice, and the riff repeater is excellent for learning difficult phrases. I'd like ...
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How does one start learning music theory?

I know some basic stuff like scales and how to construct chords, but I don't know much about the roles notes play in melody, what kinds of melodies there are, how to do chord progressions, and so on. ...
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X or Y guitarist doesn't know music theory - how true is this statement?

We've all heard a statement similar to the following: X didn't / doesn't know any music theory and is one of the all time greats replacing X with a famous guitarist. Being a novice, I am ...
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Is it possible to learn theory without sight reading?

I'm learning music theory by myself with online books and video lessons. I don't have much trouble understanding the basics of theory, such as intervals, basic scales and modes, but I have a huge ...
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How to teach the staff to a teenager?

A friend of mine who is 18 has played guitar for practically his whole life, except he's only played by ear and tablature. He's been playing piano for a year and a half now, but he's never learned to ...
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24 hole c tone harmonica

I recently came into possession of a " 24 hole c tone harmonica " but i have been facing difficulty getting any video lesson on this as most lessons are for blues harmonica . could anyone suggest ...
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Do I play all the F's as sharp or just the one with the sharp in the space?

I am trying to teach myself how to play piano and while I know what a key signature is, I don't have a firm grasp on it. I have sheet music in the key of G major. There aren't any F's on that line, ...
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Learning for entry level exam for music school

On Sunday I am going to take a entry level exam in music theory. They didn't give me any sample exam or references to where can I learn this stuff. All I have is a list of what will be in the exam ...
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How can I learn to read bass clef score more naturally?

I hadn't read music for about 20 years, after doing a little classical guitar as a young child, and recently started learning piano. I was pleasantly surprised to find that reading music on the treble ...
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Resources for learning to play the recorder

What are some good resources for learning how to play a baroque soprano recorder? I've looked around on the internet but I didn't really find anything good. I'd especially prefer a good book I can ...
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Learning Violin Online

I have a violin at home and I would really like to learn. The only problem is, I cannot find a teacher in my area (India) and so I thought I could, maybe, learn just the basics online. I completely ...
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What instrument is inexpensive and can be self-taught?

I have never played any instrument. Now I want to learn some instrument. My deciding parameters are - it should be compact, inexpensive and can be learnt without a teacher. I search over internet and ...
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What are the trade offs between using a pick and fingerstyle for guitar?

What are the main differences between using a pick vs. playing guitar with my fingers or even fingerstyle? Will there be any negative effects if I get used to one method and later want to learn a ...
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I want to learn to play a specific song on the piano

My Dad recently passed away and I want to learn to play "Alfie" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David (1966) on the piano. I have no experience to play the piano, but would like advice on the best way I can ...
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Do I need piano lessons?

So I've been playing flute for 6 years and oboe for 3 years, I know both bass and treble clef, I know what all the keys on a piano are (middle c ect.), and I know how to read sheet music. I've even ...
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Is Hanon's “Virtuoso Pianist” good for self-taught musician?

I am a self-taught painist (or keyboardist, whatever you prefer). Some time ago I came across The Virtuoso Pianist but, because I never played under an eye of a professional, I was turned away by the ...
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Is there software for computer assisted drum lessons with MIDI input?

My little brother wants to learn drumming, and seeing that I have a cheap RockBand drums clone lying around I wanted to know if there are is some kind of didactic software for drums that accepts MIDI ...
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Jazz piano versus classical piano

What are the main differences between a jazz Pianist and a classical Pianist, If there are any. If I play mainly songs of pop artists (e.g: The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, etc.) does this count ...
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Methodology to Master Guitar as an adult

I am a 24 year old guy who loves music as you people do. Music is/was/will my passion from childhood. But I couldn't grow up with music. This is basically because of my family. But I always want to ...
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How can I improve my piano sight reading?

I am 25 years old, and I started learning piano about 6 months ago. I really want to play the piano well, but it takes me so long to be able to play any piece of music. In the meantime, I'm using a ...
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Essential things to memorize in music theory

What are some of the essential music theory concepts to memorize? I just started looking at music theory earlier this week, and I have to admit that it's pretty overwhelming especially since my only ...
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Why would expectations of students vary largely between instruments?

I have been learning flute for about 3 years, and we (myself and fellow flutists) are basically expected to play whatever we are presented with at the band we play in. We would be expected to play ...
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How to elaborate a good practice routine? [closed]

When mastering a musical instrument, the amount of things to learn can be overwhelming: Ear Training Theory and applications Transcribing Sight Reading Improvisation Technique I understand that ...
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Diatonic Function of Accidentals in Counterpoint

Why is it in counterpoint that the fourth degree of natural mode "F" lowered to "Bb" instead of remaining as "B"? Why isn't the fourth degree lowered for other modes? Shouldn't the "B" ...
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Name of guy who teachs famous training technique for beginner drummers

My teacher is bad at English and he couldn't pronounce the name of the guy who teaches a famous technique that he feels will really help me. My teacher suggested that I should train everyday using ...
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Are there alternatives to developing calluses when learning guitar?

As a musician, I come from a mostly vocal and piano background, but I was gifted a decent acoustic guitar many years ago and haven't really gotten into learning it due to practicing being rather ...
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What exactly does practising scales teach?

First off, I'm not claiming that practising scales isn't a good thing to do. I'm just curious what specifically it teaches you that doesn't come from playing music. I'm aiming it as a generic ...
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When practicing on my instrument - which is more important - quantity or quality?

I mainly play guitar but sometimes play piano. Occasionally I aspire to improve my skills by practicing - which for me - usually consists of trying to learn to play a more complex passage in a ...
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How to practice piano more efficiently and effectively?

I'm a beginner pianist trying to figure out how to play more efficiently and effectively . I hired a piano teacher to teach me how to play better but all she does is just gives me simple randoms ...
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Sharps at the start of a score

I'm having difficulty identifying and playing the sharps which are C# , D# , F# and G# . Do the sharps apply to all the bars ?
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Learning to play bass guitar: Fretless vs Fretted

I took bass guitar lessons years ago, but decided I was going to start self-teaching again. I have 2 basses, a Squire P-Bass, and a Fender fretless J-Bass. I was thinking about teaching myself to ...
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I want to learn 24 hole tremolo harmonica. I can't find anyone to teach this in person. What should I do? [closed]

I want to learn 24 holes tremolo harmonica. It's becoming a trend now. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find anyone to teach me how to play this instrument or even any good online lessons or ...
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Using keyboard/MIDI controller to learn piano

I'm an adult just starting to learn music from scratch. The piano I have been using is sometimes not available for me to use, so I would like to buy a keyboard/MIDI controller so I can practice ...
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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop callouses?

This is a common problem and solving it will ultimately lead to a much higher success rate for beginning guitar students. So I wanted to share the information here on Music and Theory. Many of my ...
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Progression path from an apprentice to a guru in music theory?

I am a computer science major and have been practicing music (as a hobby) for the past 4 years now. I started digging into the basics of Music Theory a year ago and now wish to advance my knowledge so ...
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Is learning an instrument online a bad idea?

I took ballet and with ballet you gain something called muscle memory and if you learn incorrectly, it's almost impossible to ever be a great dancer. Because of this, you can't learn ballet out of a ...
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Can you start playing piccolo without playing the flute?

I play alto saxophone, piano, ukulele, and guitar. I am wondering if it's possible to take up piccolo as well, without playing the flute. I plan on taking lessons, as there are teachers in my area, ...
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Must one be born with a sense of rhythm to learn to play a drum set with both feet and both hands?

I am a semi pro musician (only because folks are generous enough to pay me to perform on occasion - not because of great talent) and can play guitar well enough to accompany my singing and play a ...
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How do you find the best teacher?

I'm looking to start taking music lessons after a break, and am looking for a new teacher. Its easy to find people teaching music, but once you've got a list of names, how do you figure out who the ...