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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 ...
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Learning Guitar Licks [closed]

I would like to be able to learn how to play chord filler licks or maybe do some solo playing when someone else is playing a chord progression. Where can I start to actually learn how to do this??? ...
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Will learning to play another instrument help me to become a better guitarist?

I am a programmer and I do this for living. As a programmer, I've noticed how much difference it makes to learn another language - the quality of your work improves greatly, just because you know how ...
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Which instrument can a person play with 2 malformed fingers on each hand?

Due to a birth defect, I have 2 malformed fingers on both hands (fingers 1,2). (The picture is from the web just to illustrate the fingers i'm talking about.) I've seen GuiGui Zheng videos, it is ...
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Does it make sense to do exam grades as an adult learner?

I'm in my thirties; I've played acoustic guitar for about a decade, but recently took up "proper instruments" flute and piano as a beginner - playing from score, learning scales, etc rather than just ...
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Are there any good vocal training apps for ios? [closed]

Are there any good ios apps for vocal training? When I say good I mean containing exercises and stuff to help me learn to sing better. Smule sing and those type sound really off key and out of ...
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Expand Bass Guitar Playing Beyond Root Notes

I am fairly new to the bass guitar and I'm in a band. So far, I almost always just play the root note of the chord. I sometimes hold it until a new chord and sometimes repeatedly play this same ...
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Will learning guitar tabs help me improve at learning other tabs/playing melodies?

I want to know if by learning a song from a tab I'll somehow get better at learning a different song. I have this feeling that by learning a song from a tab I'll only succeed at learning that one ...
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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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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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Resources for singing

Most of what i know (including my guitar playing) has been learnt without a teacher...i guess i just suck for that kind of learning. I want to learn to sing, but cannot find a viable way that does not ...
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Is it better to memorise each scale, or just memorise the patterns?

People seem to learn different scales, each as a separate piece of knowledge - maybe for a grade 1 exam you have to know C major and A minor, then for grade 2 add E major and G major. But isn't it ...
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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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Any way to improve musical memory?

I'm an advanced guitar player, I play classical, acoustic and electric guitar - and generally if I hear something, I can play it if it's not really really fast. Also if it's an instrument other than ...
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Do notes from non-natural minor scales fit well in the associated major key?

Any major scale contains the same notes as the natural associated minor scale - C major being the easy option contains all the same notes as A minor natural. But of course we also have other common ...
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How can I learn to play vibraphone like Gary Burton?

I play jazz vibraphone. I'm fan of Gary Burton's playing. I'm looking for books or online ressources (solo transcriptions, technical analysis of his style, etc...) on Gary Burton or which could help ...
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Groovy piano/rhodes tunes

I am a beginner/intermidiate jazz player and recentry I have discovered a fabulous groovy world of funk. I was greatly inspired by compositions like those: ...
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I'm tonedeaf. If I sing to my baby, will I damage his/her musical ear?

I'm amusical - I cannot discriminate between higher and lower pitch even when there is a large difference between them. I want my child to develop musical abilities. I know that an out-of-tune piano ...
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Can you really teach how to play notes on the flute?

When starting with the flute, I was told "there's no easy way to teach how to make the flute make a noise, I can show you and explain the theory but you just have to practise." And it seemed to be the ...
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I can hardly memorize piano notes

Or equivalently I am having trouble remembering the memorized ones. I know that if I work very very much on it, I can memorize a loong sonata. But I want to put the music in my mind in a plausible ...
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How do I learn proper breathing when teaching myself the flute?

I have slowly, over time, begun to teach myself the flute. I play the piano and the recorder (sort of), so learning the note positions and how to read music is not a big issue for me. The biggest ...
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Why does music increase abstract reasoning ability? [closed]

It is said that experimental evidence has it that music (both listening to music as well as playing musical instruments) enhances one's mathematical/abstract reasoning capabilities. My question is: is ...
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Why do guitar teachers and lesson books teach playing a G Major chord without using your pinky?

Why do most guitar teachers and beginner guitar lesson books teach the fingering for the G major chord using the ring finger to fret the g note on 3rd fret of high e string rather than using your ...
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What is the process to get from learning an instrument to playing a song you actually want to play

This question kind of falls under how does one study music, and how that translates to a place where one can than play a song they actually want to play. I understand that practice makes perfect, but ...
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Why can some people play music well who don't “know music”?

I have seen people who can play instruments well, but can't: 1.Read sheet music. 2.Do not know anything about music theory. 3.Do not know the structures or rhythms of sound, acoustics, or the such. ...
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Can one become a concert pianist if they start learning at the age of 10? [closed]

I started Voice lessons when I was about 8 years old and Electronic Keyboard lessons when i was about 10 years. Currently I am pursuing an Undergraduate studies in Music and learning Piano for about ...
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Best way to indicate a time signature in inline text?

If I want to express the time signature for common time in inline text (like the text you're reading), without the use of special graphics or symbols, I find it tempting to type it this way: 4/4 But ...
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Meaning of “Battuta” in Counterpoint

What is Battuta and does it only apply to voice leading by contrary motion? For example, in treble clef, if going from "E-G" (major-tenth - that is, the "E" is in the bass and the "G" is ...
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Voice-crossing in First Species Counterpoint

In two-part counterpoint, is it okay for the counterpoint and cantus firmus voices to cross? Transferred from: Few Questions on Counterpoint in the Tradition of Johan Fux
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Bored when playing instrument

Well, sometimes when I play my guitar, I got bored, it just like I'm too tired of playing the guitar (or any instrument, for this question). Is there any motivation or suggestion or something that ...
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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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Chronic hand pain and stiffness and guitar playing

I really need your help and opinion. I've been playing guitar for about two years now. I started in high school, and now I'm in colledge, and because of that I dont have that much time to practice, ...
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How should range on the flute grow as I learn?

I am a newcomer to the concert flute and after a few months, I can play from the bottom (middle) C4 up to about half way through the second octave - the highest note I can (reliably) play would be ...
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How to start self learning to play guitar?

I didn't see any post of where I can find a site that have good program for free to learn how to play a guitar. i have seen only those: How do I choose my first guitar for self-learning? How to ...
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Can you learn how to drum with the game Rockband 3 and e-drums?

I play the piano (on a low level) but want to try something new. I stumbled on the console game Rockband 3 where you can attach a real e-drum set (the Roland TD9-SX seems to work) and play the game ...
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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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Why does looking at the keys make me unable to play a piece?

I'm learning piano at an early stage - playing Grade 1 level stuff I suppose. However I did classical guitar as a kid and play chords in a band so my general musicality is higher than that. The ...
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What exactly constitutes a PhD in music?

I was looking at some sites of music universities (mainly in the US) and I saw that you could do a PhD in Music. This made me wonder: What exactly does a PhD student in music do? If I'm not ...
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Musical factors when picking a good school to go to.

To me (and most other people I know) the biggest factor in looking at a college or grad school is the teacher. The person you'll be studying your instrument with individually over the course of the ...
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How to identify a particular song or piece?

I’ve heard a piece of music, but I don’t know its name or who performs it. How can I find this information?
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How should I go about learning the oud?

I'm a clawhammer banjo player interested in learning the oud. I have the following general questions: How difficult is the oud relative to the banjo (i.e., has anyone else made this switch)? What ...
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Can bass chord notes be different octaves after playing the root?

The reason for my question is because it seems like everything I read, the bass note is normally the root of the chord, but I am outlining an Am chord where E is the bass note. I thought I found an ...