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How to use sight-reading to develop improvisation skills

I can play a lot of songs on the piano the first time I see them on paper, including a lot of original jazz arrangements and classical pieces, the limit being at the phrases with very fast scales ...
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Why are eighth notes seemingly so important in bass guitar?

In an effort to push through a plateau in my playing, I've started really digging into method books and even getting lessons (I'm mostly self-taught). Quite a few books, and my instructor have all ...
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Grand staff with 2 bass clefs

I am trying to play a tune in my keyboard textbook and I am having trouble figuring out what the notes are for the lower clef and what octave they are in. Can someone help me with this please? Also ...
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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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Physical fitness and musical performance

Is there a known relationship, either direct or indirect, between physical fitness and musical performance? I haven't been able to find a definitive source or study that confirms my belief that there ...
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Should i buy a midi keyboard or a standard keyboard to learn? [duplicate]

i am brand new to music production and i want to start with learning keyboard. So my question is shall i buy a midi keyboard or a standard keyboard to learn. i am total beginner.. is there a ...
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How to practice singing

So I’ve been practicing singing for about 4 months now about 4 hr a week doing 30min sessions when I have time. I’ve started recording myself over the past month to see what I sound like in recordings....
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How to best isolate a wall for piano practice?

I share one wall with the neighbor in the room where I practice piano. This is the direct point of contact with my neighbor. All the other walls are either to the street or my own apartment. What is ...
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How much Hanon?

So of course, I have been doing the Hanon exercises. I find that I feel as though I'm doing too many (over 30) before I actually do my practice. I play them all twice, once loud and once quiet with ...
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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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guitar strings still hurt my fingers after 6 months of play

i have been practicing my guitar for over 6 months , i use extra light gauge and also built calluses , but strings still hurt my fingers ! Any tips please ?
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How can I find a room suitable for writing, recording and rehearsing with a band?

I've tried rehearsal studios, but you can hear the band next to you, so they aren't good for recording or writing. I've thought about renting office space, but the neighbors probably wouldn't ...
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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 to make a muted key sounds by using pedals?

One of my friends insists that he can make a muted (but undamaged) key/chord sounds using some pedaling technique. Does anyone know what the technique is and how to do it? Thanks
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How to finger a piano piece? [closed]

In many piano practice worksheets, they write fingers for notes. However, different exercise uses different fingering. Sometimes, the same piece also has different fingerings. Now given a random ...
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How to know which is a suitable octave?

Given a piano music sheet, is there any way to know which (suitable) octave should I start, or I just pick up any as long as it fits all notes? Sorry if this is a dumb question! Thanks
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Guitar practice - Are you able to play chords with a pick?

I find it much, much much much easier to play melodically with a pick. I started out with a pick, and never tried to learn how to finger pick. However, I find that, in trying to play chords, using my ...
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Convincing colleague that playing to a metronome is a good thing?

I have a colleague that believes playing to a metronome is a bad thing as it ruins the "feel". While we agree that a strict metronome performance is generally boring and the tempo has to breath and we ...
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What causes pain in my left wrist after extended violin sessions?

Yesterday I had a real blast as I had the opportunity to practice my violin for at least four hours off and on including my lesson. While I enjoyed the nothin' but violin, I noticed that at least ...
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Left hand training for right handed guitar players - to improve coordination.

Ok, this question will probably be opinion based, but I try my best to write it, so it can be answered. My problem: When playing guitar (I am right handed) I lack some speed and coordination in my ...
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“Adaptive band” type software to accompany solo practice and jam sessions

I'm not 100% if this is the right place to post the question. It's connected primarily with music, so I feel like it's OK, but... well... In case it isn't, please direct me to a better suited location ...
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How to properly play with the metronome when practicing Hanon exercises and scales on the piano? [duplicate]

How to properly play with the metronome when practicing Hanon exercises and scales on the piano? Should it be a note per beat? A bar per beat? How? For example for Hanon, he states to set the ...
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What do you work on to get more confident, stay relaxed and play consistently?

I've been a self taught drummer for the past 18 years and only a few months ago started getting into drum notation and actually practicing rudiments. I'm realizing how important these both are to ...
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How much should you practice singing?

How long should a singer (not a beginner but average) practice daily? How long do professional singers practice daily?
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How to give music a sense of “musical direction”?

To create a sense of "musical direction", I personally think what we need is to create a sense of music "going somewhere", giving the music a "forward push", if you like. Practically speaking, ...
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Not-so-awkward body movement while playing violin

As I have mentioned in previous questions, I'm someone who likes to get really into the music. I sway around, and enjoy the song with movement. I notice professional violinists sometimes almost dance ...
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Mixer vs JamHub?

I had made another thread with a question about connecting instruments and headphones here ,but before I make my final decision I have a few last questions. If I get the mixer, which is this,can I ...
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Tenor recorder - Cannot reliably play middle C

I've recently received a tenor recorder, but after practicing for some time I find myself unable to reliably play middle C (Lowest possible note). The model is a Yamaha YRT-304B II, meaning it ...
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Singing Evolution: could I ever achieve the voice I want?

Background: I love all types of music. I was raised listening to Elvis, British Invasion bands, blues, soul and the like all from the general era, but my love I constantly return to is rock music: ...
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Flute Best method to tongue

I'm learning to tongue. some say start without the tongue with just the abdominals. However when I do this, I cut the length of my note. I want to provide a smooth link with the next note, yet tongue ...
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Connecting multiple instruments into 2 headphones?

My friend and I are trying to find a way to practice as quietly as possible,because we live in an apartment with lots of people complaining. So we were wondering if it were possible to connect an ...
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is my sight reading approach correct

I practice sight reading for an hour everyday from the Paul Harris Piano series and I currently am at Level 1 of sight reading. I find it hard to recognize notes, so I pause till I get the note right ...
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How can I improve on playing my piece of music?

So at my school we do an opening mass every year and this year i wanted to play a song. I've been playing violin for two and a bit years now I wanted to play Ashokan Farewell. I can play it however ...
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What to do when you get lost in a jazz song?

A problem a lot of beginners in jazz have is that they tend to get lost in the solos (theirs and their bandmates' solos, where they accompany the soloist). Trying to follow the chord progressions with ...
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Music performance - finger dexterity with rest/exercise

I have recently discovered this problem where after several days of practice on keyboard, my fingers would get sore and tired and as a common sense would tell me, I would take rest. But after a few ...
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Guitar training issues

I am an amateur having some issues with my guitar playing practice. I am not sure if my question is appropriate, but I can't make it shorter for now, because the issues I am talking about might ...
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Location within form

I am learning jazz standards, and wonder if anyone could offer advice on maintaining awareness of location within the form of the song, especially while improvising. I have been trying to envision ...
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Finger strengthening Exercises

I have been trying for months but still not able to get my pinky perpendicular or to apply significant pressure with it. I've tried a few basic exercises, repeated hammer ons, etc. Does anyone have ...
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How to practice solfege?

I have a solfege test coming up and I want to practice some more. What is a good website to practice solfege on? (Preferably free) And what are some general tips to get better at it?
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Piano: grand staff with two treble clefs. Where to place hands?

I'm very new at playing the piano and would love to play an easy version of Clair de lune. Please see the sheet below. I get stuck right at the very beginning. I think I have figured out that '...
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Question about practice

I wanted to ask this question for a long time now and finally doing it. Sometimes when I practice on guitar, my hands and fingers just feel odd. It feels like my fingers does not want to play, I do ...
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How to keep music books open?

You know, many sheet music books are quite springy and would rather close than stay open on the music stand while practising. How do you keep them open while allowing to turn the pages easily?
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Is the usage of scales (modes) in jazz music common practice?

A friend of mine told me that the usage of scales or modes in jazz music is not common. Even I heard myself in a Miles Davis interview that jazz is a tradition. So here are two questions basically: Is ...
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Tired mouth after practicing blues harmonica

I've been practicing playing blues harmonica for over a year now (with some breaks of a few weeks) I'm noticing that after about 20-30 minutes of practice time my lips and mouth become tired and my ...
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Can I use a DI Box to practice guitar without an amp? [closed]

I normally play bass, but I dabble with guitar sometimes. I also live in a small apartment, and since I often play late at night and I like my upstairs neighbors, I practice using headphones. I have a ...
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My left hand doesn't keep the tempo

Hi Guys Im new to piano and I love jazz so muchhhhh. I was learning the basic of basics of the song, The Girl From Ipanema. I bought the sheet from Antoine Hervé along with the tutorials and tips. ...
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How do I go about playing Jazz Standards?

When looking at Jazz Standards as sheet music, do you play them as is or are you supposed to improvise off of them (or just add some flavor)? I've been looking at these sheets for Autumn Leaves (...
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Using a Mac for backing and recording

I have an electric guitar, a Micro Cube amp and a Macbook Pro (mid-2012, so no aux). I've always been wondering how to connect all that into a small rig for practicing and probably some recording? ...
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What features are important in a simple keyboard for vocal training?

I am lucky enough to have a real piano but for vocal exercises and learning songs I feel like an electronic keyboard on my desk would be perhaps more convenient. It doesn't need to feel like a real ...
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Shake and Growl on French Horn

I came across some interesting notation in a piece I'm playing earlier this week, and I'm really not quite sure what the composer intended for me to do. I play French Horn, and here's the notation (2 ...