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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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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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Are fast chord changes about muscle memory or finger strength?

I've been playing guitar for about a few months now, and i've "mastered" the CAGED chords and theirs minor relatives. Meaning i can switch between them pretty quickly but I'm not a pro or anything. I'...
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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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When learning a piece, concentrate on playing the beginning really well or the whole piece the same?

I'm currently learning to play piano for 6 months and every time I learn a new piece I learn it like this: learn the first line, play it until its pretty good learn the next line and play the ...
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Wanting to expand my skill

I am classically trained but overwhelmed by this tech talk which I barely understand. My exposure to modes is only in knowing how they are formed but to use them on the fly is mind blowing for me. I ...
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Finger positions when playing guitar by ear

May be a multipart (beginner) question. Context: not taking lessons. Reading a bunch of books but nothing really focuses on improvising/playing by ear. When I try to play along with stuff on TV or ...
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Counting Demisemiquavers (32nd notes)

I was a little surprised that this question wasn't already asked here - perhaps I missed it/it's off topic. I'm trying to write out the count for a piece in common time (I can barely read sheets) and ...
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Buying a dual purpose keyboard for learning kids + aspring eletronic music adults?

My 6 year old is interested in learning piano, so I'm looking to buy a keyboard for her. I'm also interested in picking back piano myself and trying my hand at electronic music. I have a computer ...
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How to use sight-reading to develop improvisation skills

I can play a lot of songs on the piano when I see them for the first time as sheet music, including a lot of original jazz arrangements and classical pieces. My sight-reading is pretty good but I do ...
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Is this chord progression III I II III?

I've always been a keen music listener but never paid much attention to music lessons back in high school. Now I've decided to (attempt to) teach myself music theory with the hope of developing some ...
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Are highlighted keys efficient in learning to play the keyboard faster?

Some beginner keyboards like Casio LK-240 or Yamaha EZ-220 feature light indicators on the each key that (I suppose) light up on the keys that currently must be pressed down. Is this technology ...
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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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Learn to play to piano notes

I am playing piano for almost 4 years. But I never played with notes. Now I want to play to notes. I can read them, but I have no idea how I can learn to play to them so fast, that I don't need to ...
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In electronic music equipment and software, what are some good ways of cutting costs without sacrificing quality/effort?

I'm interested in getting into producing electronic music (EDM, house, whatever I end up digging at the time), but I've recently run into a roadblock: money. Potential costs include: Computer DAW ...
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Why do I always sound better when I play violin with my teacher?

I notice that during lessons, I pay a lot better than when I practice at home. Even if my teacher asks me to play something by myself, it sounds better than when I try to play the same thing at home. ...
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What is the first scale one should learn on guitar

The title really sums it all up but I'll try expand it slightly. Lets say I'm learning guitar and would like to improve my guitar work. Which of the scales should I learn first and why?
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Understanding the notes in the 4th measure of Moonlight Sonata [duplicate]

I'm working on playing Moonlight Sonata on the Piano and I'm having trouble relating what I'm reading on the sheet music to what I'm finding around the web on how to play it. Here's a picture of the ...
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What resource teaches me finger placement for violin sheet music?

New to the violin! ... So, I'm really confused now. You see, as a hobby, this whole time I have been learning songs by memorizing the finger placement some violinists use for their pieces. Buuut, ...
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how to learn mixing music [closed]

i am a game developer and designer, and want to make a musical game, that playing it make sense like watching a music video. normal music in games are not so emotional, there are so many silent ...
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Is it possible to play instruments without being able to read music?

Can a Pro Musician play a song with an instrument, without any written music notes? For example, I ask you to play "I See Fire" immediately after hearing it once, without a chance to practice it. ...
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Is the inversion of a third also a third?

I understand how interval inversions add up to 9. (up a 3rd, down a 6th etc...) Now suppose I take the interval of F to A and then find the inversion of a descending 6th to the A below. (3+6=9) ...
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Extreme difficulty matching a piece to the metronome (piano)

I'm having extreme difficulty following a rhythm using a metronome. Granted, I can't sightread yet so that may be the problem. Trying to play a piece I know very well by ear and matching it with the ...
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Instrument grade exams

How many grade exams are there for playing an instrument? I came to know that there are around 8 grades to qualify you as a professional guitar player. How are these grades decided and what is the ...
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Regaining piano skills

I used to play the piano for 6 years between ages 7 and 13. I practised 3 hours a week and had a weekly one hour lesson with a teacher. I played pieces like Beethoven's Fur Elise, Bach's Inventions no....
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How does one learn the different scale patterns that change when you change fret?

I have just learned what a scale is and I am practicing the minor pentatonic scale on guitar. I have noticed that when you change what fret you start on, the pattern changes. For reference, I am ...
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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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Improving my table of contents for teaching the harmonica through videos

I am attempting to make a video book for learning harmonica using the YouTube videos, that are already uploaded by the harmonica players. Following is the categorization I created, under which I would ...
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How do professionals think about notes/degrees/intervals while playing a melody

By my count there are 3 natural ways one might think about a simple melody - I'll use "row row row your boat" as an example. a) notes: CCCDE EDEFG b) scale degrees / distance from tonic: 11123 32345 ...
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What is the easiest way to get into the groove of holding the guitar neck correctly?

I've been playing guitar every since I was 9 yrs old and now I'm 14 and have found that the way i hold the guitar is giving me Tennis Elbow. What is the best way to get back to playing the guitar ...
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Learning the piano strictly by learning chords…and saving scales and complex fingerings for later…

I studied piano for a couple years as a young adult. I enjoyed it, but got busy with school/activities/other instruments and it fell by the wayside. I've been interested in picking it up again and ...
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Should I learn guitar, harmonica, or violin first?

I decided to begin studying and practicing one of the instruments I love, which are guitar, blues harmonica, and violin. Is one of them the easier to play? Also, my ear is not trained on recognizing ...
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How does your brain learn to play the piano two-handed?

As a new piano player I find the entire concept of doing two separate things at once massively challenging. Even when both parts are incredibly simple and I can sight-read both lines mentally easily, ...
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Is it possible that some people can play one instrument but not another?

I took piano lessons for six-seven years, and became rather advanced despite having poor practice etiquette, even learning some of Bach's two-part inventions, but when I tried to learn guitar, I never ...
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How to memorize seventh chords and inversions on piano?

These past few months I've been teaching myself how to play piano, using my background in guitar and a basic knowledge of music theory I've picked up from that. I am having difficulty "memorizing" ...
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Learn music with odd rhythms

I've always had problems with tuplets (3/2, 4/3, etc), until I was taught this nifty trick: subdivide the total duration (4 quartuplets, 3 triplets, etc) by the least common multiple (12, for 4/3) ...
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Website that analyze songs? [closed]

Is there a website that analyze songs? for example it describes the rhythm of the song, what key and chords are used, and what scale the solo is using? for example a song like Pink Floyd's Time, it ...
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What would be a good method to learn a new piano piece?

I am a cello player since 30 years and have played for a decade in a string quartet, taken numerous masterclasses with great teachers. I know what the methods are and what works for me when practicing ...
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Learning Piano without a teacher

How can I effectively learn how to play the piano if it is simply impossible for me to get a teacher? I'm 17 years old, and I took it upon myself to learn the piano. However, I am not sure where to ...
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What are the specific progressive steps to take in basic ear training?

This question: What are the most effective ear training methods has an excellent best answer. I'd like to zoom in on its conclusion: All of these skills, like playing an instrument, take time. ...
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What is the length of the beat?

As I understand, the quarter note is a note that lasts for one beat. the half note, is a note that lasts for two beats, the full note, is a note that lasts for four beats, now i get that, but what ...
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what's the difference between these two notations?

I am using this book http://www.librariamuzicala.ro/cs-docs/12069-1382689258.pdf and just on page 3, the said: I am using this virtual piano http://virtualpiano.net so what is the difference in ...
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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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I find myself making the same mistake when practising - despite focussing on that part- how to remedy?

I'm an extremely newbie musician (preparing for Grade II on oboe - no prior musical experience). I've looked into the best ways to practise (and I have a teacher) but I find myself struggling with ...
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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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Is there a note that stays the same?

I just had a bizarre thought! Is there a note that stays the same regardless of what scale you are in?? Is there any in the Major scales or in the minor scales?
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Adult learning to play popular songs on piano

OK, similar questions may have been asked over and over again, but I would like to know how much time it takes to learn the piano. I am almost 34 (male), and have never taken any piano lessons before ...
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Do great singers primarily listen to themselves through ears, or through bone conduction, or mixture of the two? What source of feedback do they use?

Looking for sourced answers, i.e. "Pavarotti says X in interview Y": When practicing specifically for tone, do great singers listen to themselves – more through sound traveling though the air to ...
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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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What are good resources for learning music theory?

What is a good resource for learning music theory, especially as it relates to the guitar, coming from a completely beginner's perspective? I had a musician friend try to teach me about modes such as ...