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Does starting on a “silent” string instrument compromise learning in any way?

I'm looking at learning a string instrument (either violin, viola or cello), and I see that there's a few "silent violins" etc. on the market. Obviously this would have some perks, as my initial ...
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How to respectfully learn “eastern” music for guitar

I've always loved classical Indian / eastern / modal sounds on guitar, but I met a man whom I admire that believed that merely copying some of the outward tonalities and calling it "eastern" was ...
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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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Does one play a song better after “sleeping on it”?

Whenever I'm learning something new on the piano, I'll usually learn the basic notes and rhythm of a section of the song (several measures, maybe a full page depending on the complexity / tempo, ...
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Warnings/Comments/Suggestions for low brass player learning tenor sax?

Let me start by saying that trombone is my main instrument next to piano and I've been playing it for several years. I had a fleeting thought about attempting to learn tenor sax. I'm already ...
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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 can I learn 48 holes tremolo harmonica?

Probably not the best harmonica to start with, but this is the one that I used to play around with when I was a kid. So, I just picked it up at the store and thought it might be easy to learn. And ...
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What instrument can an old guy learn if the main goal is to write music

At this old age I began, two years ago learning to write music. I write it using Sibelius and let the computer play it for me. I have been strongly recommended to learn to play an instrument. I have ...
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Do you have to enjoy a lot of music to make the investment of learning the piano worth it?

I'm currently learning how to play the piano and realizing there are actually not so many pieces that I would like to play. Over the years my taste in music has narrowed a lot. Even though I've tried ...
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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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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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10,000 Hours Regime - Drums

I'm a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hours To Master A Skill theory. I've picked up a set of drumsticks for the first time in my life 3 months ago, at the age of 21. The barriers, as they sit ...
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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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Intermediate exercises for sight reading, specifically for reading ahead

I've been practicing violin casually for about 20 years and sight reading for about 10 -- but I'm still quite slow, especially when there are a lot of 16th notes and syncopation. The problem for me ...
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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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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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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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Leading a jam session

Our local youth center organises a jam session each two weeks. Most of the time, everyone is just playing stuff and not really looking at, listening to or paying attention to each other. The most ...
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How to learn piano improvisation

I am a self-taught piano player, played for about five years with shorter and longer breaks. I've never had any formal education, don't know chords or music theory. What should I do to learn piano ...
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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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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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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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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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Learning music theory and music writing around guitar

I have fun playing guitar, learning songs or licks and solos from songs is fun and all but I really don't know much about these pieces of music and why they sound good. Sometime I want to be able to ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Learn to write music

I enjoy music very much and often find myself writing a part of a song, or playing a tune in my head. The problem is, even if I do manage to write what I am creating mentally onto paper, there is ...
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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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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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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: Read sheet music. Do not know anything about music theory. Do not know the structures or rhythms of sound, acoustics, or the such. I ...
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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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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 much being a touch-typist can help learning the piano faster?

I'm a touch-typist, and I want to learn piano. Does my touch-typing help me learn it faster? I have a good amount of control over my left hand, and my palms are curved as if I hold an small orange. My ...
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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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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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What's the best way to start learning Accordion on a budget?

Obviously, a good way to learn would be to buy an Accordion, some books, watch a few videos on youtube and just spend a few years with some hard practice. However I'm not naturally musically talented, ...
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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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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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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 ...