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Assess child's ability or interest in music and piano

I've played the piano a while ago (24 years to be exact!), then had to stop for a number of reasons. Now I'm 37. I want to start playing again, not just for myself, but to get my 5-year old daughter ...
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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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Should I take piano class?

I had been playing keyboard for years. But I'm kind of interested to learn and practice in more proper way. As I had been self learning since the beginning. I know the basic of music theory and also ...
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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 ...
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Why am I always sticking to minor keys?

When I'm improvising on my keyboard, or trying to compose a melody, I always find myself playing in a minor key -- and never a major one. (For keyboard it's usually G minor or D minor, but that I ...
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What are the benefits or drawbacks of playing different types of guitars?

I'm an amateur/still newbie guitar player. I've got two guitars: a Fender Stratocaster Yngwie J Malmsteen signature model and a Squier Stratocaster (made in Mexico) The YJM signature model main ...
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Effective learning from videos

I've taken lessons and taught myself songs from books and tablature. I have also listened to a song repeatedly and attempted to learn it by playing along. One method I have not tried is learning from ...
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Is it useful to have different teachers?

I'm extremely satisfied with my Flamenco teacher, a real virtuoso. When do you know that it is time to change to a new teacher?
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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 to start bass-guitar plucking?

I am looking for an online beginner tutorial to bass plucking (fingered) technique, something like the image bellow. Important: I am not looking to learn how to play the notes etc., I would say I ...
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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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Breathing technique for younger brass band players

I'm a conductor in a church brass band. Currently I train children to learn a brass instrument from 10-11 years old up. I plan to lower that age limit but starting to work with kids younger than 10 ...
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How to become a DJ

I'd like to become a DJ, and to tell the truth, I also have made many tracks using Encore notation software. But, now that I want to bring it to reality, I don't know what instruments to purchase. A ...
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Where can I find jazz piano scales to practice?

I played the piano for years classically when I was younger, but eventually left it alone in my late teens and twenties. I probably wouldn't have if I'd been allowed to do more Jazz as I always wanted ...
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Mastering simple songs vs trying harder ones when learning to play the piano as a total beginner

I've had this question in my head for ages. Recently I got myself to start playing piano again after about 5 years, but I'm still total beginner. Is it better if I stick with really simple songs and ...
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Complete Classical Guitar Course-Guide?

Here's my situation: I have been playing guitar for 10 years, learning all the stuff on my own. I began with simple acoustic songs and after some time I started to play electric guitar, I studied and ...
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Voice lessons for children

My 9 year old daughter is interested in singing. I've been thinking about getting her voice lessons. Is she too young? When is the ideal age to start vocal lessons?
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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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What way am I supposed to practice/learn scales?

I'm currently learning scales and 4 note chords, but I'm not really sure what I'm aiming for. When practising chords, I think they're slowly being cemented into my brain, through muscle memory mainly ...
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Is smoking & playing horns really incompatible?

I've recently been to a funk jam with a nice horn section. I've later met them at the break, they were smoking cigarettes one after other, but still, they seemed to have incredible breathe. I know ...
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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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Fingers 'stuck' on keys

I keep finding that when moving my hand and playing a note - especially when crossing my index finger over my thumb - the note is already held down by another finger. i.e. I'm not lifting the note ...
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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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Memorising the fretboard when using dropped tunings? [duplicate]

I'm trying to memorise the notes on the fretboard so that I can more easily apply some of the chordal and scale theory I've been learning, but I downtune quite a lot (half-step down, whole step down, ...
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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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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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Limb independence for non-drummers

I'm a beginning cellist, and one of the things I struggle with is limb independence. The simple act of trying to keep a steady beat with my foot while playing subdivided beats (i.e. 8th notes) with ...
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How to play upstrokes with our hand when playing an acoustic guitar?

I have seen a lot of guitar videos and read a lot of guitar books but one thing they all have in common is that while teaching strumming they tell you to "loosen up", "keep going up and down" etc. Or ...
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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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I want to learn the sax. Where should I start?

I do not have any prior musical training. I do not know how to read music. The only instrument I have played are a keyboard and a harmonica. I think I can learn the saxophone if I remain as ...
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Learning Guitar being left-handed

I'm interested in learning how to play the guitar, but can't figure out whether to start with a regular guitar or a lefty one, because I'm left-handed. I've been learning to play the piano for a ...
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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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How to play large chord?

I am playing Scriabin's Prelude Op. 11 No. 11. (see IMSLP ) I can reach 10ths fairly comfortably, but I am wondering what to do with chords such as those that appear in Mm. 14 (C4-B5-G5). Do I play a ...
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Links and tips for Learning and using scales

Tips and links on learning and using different types of scales will be helpful. If possible List of scales with songs in which they are used and (artists/types of bands) who uses certain scales to a ...
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What is the best way to start learning to play guitar by ear

I've been using TAB for a while but I want to transition to picking things up by ear. What is an effective way to do that? Please give answers about methods you have experience with and explain how ...
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Top-down music learning

Most musical schools start with a bottom-up teaching eg. Czerny etudes for the dexterity and the velocity of fingers. However, teachers usually go through all the etudes before moving on towards real ...
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Feasibility of practising music for a person who are almost tone deaf?

I've always had trouble with relative pitch and hearing music in general. When I was younger I couldn't tell you if it was a major or a minor chord I was hearing (when other people seemed to be fully ...
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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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What are good beginner books to follow for classical guitar (self study or otherwise) ?

I've come across a lot of different series and 'methodologies' (Aaron Shearer, Mel Bay etc) books - and it's very confusing for the beginner when there's no teacher to guide him or her.
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What is needed in order to start learning percussion?

I'm thinking about learning percussion in the conservatory and I want to know what I'll need to have in my house to practice. Percussion covers a lot of different instruments and objects. Does it ...
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Where can I learn more about tapping on an acoustic guitar?

I want to learn tapping on acoustic guitar; its basics, various techniques and so on. How should I start with it? Reference of some video lessons would be a great help.
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Book or reference for music theory with deep explanations? [closed]

I attempted to get into guitar years ago and quickly burned out. I never properly learned theory and was never able to play what I heard (either in my head, or by listening to music). Playing ...
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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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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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What is the American system for graded teaching/examination of beginner musicians?

In many parts of the world, beginner musicians are taught and examined using a syllabus that is divided into "grades". It is a well known shorthand for ability level ("I play a bit of piano", "Oh ...
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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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How to use recordings to improve singing technique?

I am learning to sing and recently learned how to use my personal computer to record myself. How can I take advantage of this in my regular training and practice? I am currently recording myself and ...
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What is the right age to start learning to play violin?

I heard that it becomes very difficult to learn to play violin after a certain age (14 IIRC). Is that correct? And what is the reason?
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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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How do you keep yourself motivated when you are doing mostly self-study?

There are numerous reasons one might have to resort to mostly self-study - lack of good teachers in the vicinity, lack of good players to interact with face to face, lack of time/money to attend ...