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How do I improve my physical stamina for oboe playing?

I find I can only really practice for 20 minutes max before my lips and jaws start to go numb and this makes me a bit worried for my stamina for my exam...any suggestions on how to build that up so I ...
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website with jazz guitar chords and photos of hands?

I'm getting so frustrated with the terrible signal to noise ratio searching for guitar chord websites so thought I'd ask here. I'm looking for something with: lots of different voicings for chords, ...
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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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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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How does fm synthesis work compared to additive synthesis, and how can I approach sound design with it?

I use tools including Ableton Analog, NI Massive and FAW Circle, with which I can produce more or less any sound I like, but I don't really understand how synthesis works and how to make a sound with ...
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Sight reading (“two hands”) for one non-performers?

For a long time I have wanted to learn to sight-read piano music, and made a few a ttempts, but failed. The most important reason for these failures, I think, is that I have no interest whatsoever in ...
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A case of tone deafness or not enough practice?

I always wanted to play an instrument but ever since I was a kid I was told by my parents I was tone deaf, mostly because I have a terrible singing voice. Now what I have read is that when your tone ...
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Keyboard or midi controller for learning to play? [duplicate]

I am an adult looking to learn to play music. I would like to learn to play a synthesizer but they are a bit expensive to try a new hobby on. I'm looking around the $100 range for my starter ...
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Learn music professionally, not classical and not jazz?

I'm a keyboardist with classical training since childhood, and an unresistible urge to play pop (rock, funky, ballad, progressive rock, radio pop, anything non-classical) music. I want to become a ...
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How to keep ANY progress and have fun again

Actually I'm not even sure where to start. I play (mostly acoustic) guitar for about 4 year now and at the beginning (lets say 2 first years of playing) I was really inspired but now I kinda lost it. ...
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Is a very cheap drum kit an impediment to learning?

A national discount chain is offering an adult drumkit for £50 (about US$80). I've often fancied getting my hand in as a drummer. I don't ever expect drums to be my main instrument, but I would like ...
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Self learning and tips for a middle aged parent

I have played guitar as a hobby on-and-off for 18 years now. I am not an accomplished player. I took lessons when I started out. I have bought books, and early-on I learned a lot from Fretboard ...
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Getting my Daughter Started in Music

My daughter is currently 3, she has a very keen interest in music. She sings a lot and "composes" her own little "songs" to her own tunes. She has apparently has a keen ear for music, she inserts her ...
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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 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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Can I learn an instrument just by practicing songs?

I am a working individual with tons of responsibility at work giving me little to no time to practice in the conventional way. I can't consistently keep practicing scales and stuff. I just picked up ...
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Repertoire recommendation for beginning viola? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to look for in beginner etudes for a second instrument? [Stumbled upon this on meta. So I thought I'd attempt a trial by fire.] I just got a shipment of necessary ...
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Getting back to the piano after 5 years - restart with lessons or just play? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Get back into piano after long break? How to get back on track after long absence Before I went to university I spent quite some time playing the piano after several ...
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What should I be trying my hand at to practice composing?

I don't really know how to play any instrument, but I do have some USB keys that I have plinked with in Garageband. I'm not interested so much in learning to perform my works. I enjoy and am inspired ...
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What can I do to learn violin before going to a teacher?

Well, I just got a violin today. Got it set up, tuned up (I think), aaaand... Most horrible sound ever heard in my life! :D So, it is time to learn to play it. Apparently, it is highly advised to get ...
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Is there a technique to help you memorize the notes on the guitar?

The title says it all. Is there no escaping memorizing the neck note by note, or is there a nice technique for this?
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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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Do the hands' sizes affect piano learning/performance?

I don't really know anything about pianos, but since I just got a digital one I guess I should give it a go. The first thing I noticed is that it is difficult for me to press multiple keys that are a ...
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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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Finding the right rhythm for a tune

I have bought a CASIO CTK-4200 keyboard which has some 180 rhythms stored. I am new to such keyboards, and a beginner when it comes to playing music. I know some tunes which I can play on this ...
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What are the most common barriers to becoming proficient at playing an instrument?

What are the most common barriers to becoming proficient at playing an instrument, and how does one overcome them? Multiple answers welcome :) This question does not apply to a particular instrument ...
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Finding chords that match with single notes

I just heard Lenka's "Everything at Once". The Background chord progression is quite catchy. I tried to figure out its chords, but to no avail. I tried singular notes: I found F A C A and also C E G....
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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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Silent, extremely portable instrument to learn music

I am currently off work for more or less a month, so I decided it could be a great time to learn an instrument and how to compose some simple tunes. I am 29, never played anything meaningful in my ...
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Which set of books could I read to become an advanced conductor?

I would like a list of three to ten books to learn all there is to know about conducting. Please be concise, try to cover all the stages from a beginner conductor (but already an experienced adult ...
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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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Forums for Guitarists

Which are some the largest and most popular Internet Forums for Guitarists? Ideally a large community, with input regarding all aspects of learning to play, song suggestons and advice on popular ...
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humming and actual singing?

I have a friend, who is not professionally trained in music. When she hums (with her mouth closed), she hits the right notes and everything. When she actually starts to sing, I felt her notes appear ...
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Serato Scratch Live or Traktor Scratch Pro? (Or None)

I've been DJing for around 6 months now, and I think I'm at a mediocre level (even though I've had a month off due to broken tone arm, moving house and a terrible supplier who still hasn't dispatched ...
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What kind of pre-requisites do I need in order to start learning violin?

Can someone suggest to me what kind of pre-requisites I should need in order to start learning violin by myself or with help of a tutor please. I'm a new learner with not much musical knowledge, (...
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Transfer effect in musical training [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Will learning to play another instrument help me to become a better guitarist? Is there any studies on transfer effect in musical training? Or does someone have any ...
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What methods can I use to aid note accuracy when playing a Theremin

The main problem I have with the Theremin is identifying "anchors" to help train my muscle memory for note accuracy. My first violin, about 35 years ago, had tape added by my instructor for the first ...
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One at a time or all at once?

I'm relearning guitar after several years -- well, several decades -- away. I'm actually finding that not only is it coming back to me easily, but I'm learning more than I ever knew before due to all ...
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Where to start when learning guitar? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Need Help in Starting to Learn Guitars? What's the best way to start learning and progress at guitar? Should I start with scales, basic chord progressions or simple songs?...
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How does one write any melody that he/she hums/pops-into-his-head?

I'm a total newbie who has these tons of melodies floating in his head. I know how to play a synth and when I transcribe stuff from my head on to my instrument I generally use the trial and error ...
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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 don'...
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The autodidact's road to piano

I am a computer engineering student who has access to piano's at my school almost 24/7. So why dont learn to play? I am willing to work hard and planning to get a good base starting this summer, that ...
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What is the best way to introduce my 4 year old to harmonica?

My 4-year-old son just got a standard 10 hole harmonica in C from his grandmother, and I would like to give him a good start that will encourage him to enjoy playing. I myself started out just like ...
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Correct or natural left hand position when plays tabs w/o marking finger number

When I play w/ simple tabs such as The GodFather which does not mark finger number or chord types, I just feel uncomfortable between notes: I'm not sure whether my hand style and the finger pressing ...
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Looking to expand my Spanish guitar repertoire

I'm a middle-level guitarist with a sort of rag-tag set of music under my fingers. I've recently become transfixed by the music of Paco de Lucia, Carcassi (I know, he's Italian), and Segovia. I'm ...
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Teaching rhythm to a beginner

I'm teaching viola to a beginner high school student. His progress with technique and reading are pretty good, but one thing he has trouble with is rhythm and tempo. He tends to want to work on ...
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What are “scholarly” music websites?

I'm looking for some "scholarly" sources for reports for my Music class. We're studying Music History, specifically sacred vs secular classical music.
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Is zenne oud better for starters than the regular one?

I wonder if zenne oud (a smaller version of the regular instrument) is better for the starters in terms of ease of learning.
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Tool to help “read” sheet music

I'd like to learn how to sing songs. I have sheet music with 4 part harmony, but I don't really know how to read notes that well. Are there any tools that can sort of read sheet music for me? Like if ...
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Free exercise books

I've asked a question here: What is a string skipping exercise?. A follow up question: Are there some good free exercise books available on-line for the post-beginner stage? A link to a good non-...