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Is it OK to learn to play without learning songs?

When I began, I started with the Guitar Grimoire series and it seems that I just looked at scales, intervals and chord formulas. Now I'm adding technique and looking at tone and effects but I don't ...
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Best way to practice being in key for new violin players

I'm an adult violin player who recently picked up the violin. One of my biggest struggle is learning to play in key. It seems that even if I get a note down perfectly one day, I may be slightly off ...
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Fingerings for minor and major blues scales

It's my understanding that for the diatonic scales, there's a consensus of which fingerings are optimal for most people. They are not a hard rule, some pianists use other fingerings, but they are ...
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What are some good ways to practice rim shots?

First of all, this is not a duplicate of this question. That question is asking about how to reliable do rim shots, and the answer was to practice. This question is about the practicing part. Plainly ...
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Can I learn two skills in music by studying them on alternate days of the week?

Is having an alternating practice routine like this: Mon, Wed, Fri Warm up (Chromatic, Finger Exercises) - 10 minutes Lead Guitar Techniques (Scales, Arpeggios, Etc) - 20 minutes Improvisation ...
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Learning to keep time

I haven't played music in quite a long time. Once thing I've noticed when I started playing again is that my tempo is completely horrible. When I play along to any song or instrumental, sometimes I ...
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How to practise, ear piano playing after years of sightreading only?

I am stuck in sheet music. I know theory, have average sight reading skill, know chords and their inversions, scales, accidentals... But if someone took the notes away I couldn't play even familiar ...
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What should I practice before getting into the chords

I am a newbie in Guitar Music. I have an acoustic guitar with me and I am doing a self learning. However as you all have gone through, I am troubling with hitting chords perfectly. When I do ...
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Is it best to think of the notes or Scale degrees related to a tonic?

When playing guitar,especially improvising,is it best to think of the notes a actual lettered notes or Scale degrees related to a tonic ? Since the keys are easily movable , I'm thinking that its ...
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How much time are you supposed to spend on a piece approximately at your difficulty level?

So, often piano pieces are graded by difficulty. Like, for example here: http://www.henle.com/us/detail/index.html?Title=Two+Part+Inventions+BWV+772-786_169 The editor has to say: While ...
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Preparing for my first jazz gig

My first jazz gig is coming up (in about 45 days) and rehearsals start tomorrow. We are a quartet consisting of Bass, Drums, Guitar and Saxophone. I am used to playing with the rhythm section - ...
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How to elaborate a good practice routine? [closed]

When mastering a musical instrument, the amount of things to learn can be overwhelming: Ear Training Theory and applications Transcribing Sight Reading Improvisation Technique I understand that ...
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Will I be able to overcome from having spring like movement of my pinky finger while playing guitar?

There are lots of question and answers related to ring and pinky fingers. However, I am asking a similar question related to pinky finger as I need to know the answer specifically with my problem. I ...
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What are the benefits of practicing standing up (guitar)?

I can see how practicing standing up would be better for performing guitarists, but I am wondering if there are any other advantages to practicing standing up vs. sitting down for any guitarist?
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Compare these two sheets of music(piano)?

I've been playing piano and learning theory for almost 2 years now. The most difficult piece I've successfully learned was Aria in d minor (k32) by Scarlatti. A quick google search tells me that this ...
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What are the levels of scale mastery (or, how do I know if I've mastered a scale)?

I am trying to re-learn many scales I kind of knew, but want to get better at. The question is, at which point do you know you mastered the scale (at least in terms of knowing enough to move on to ...
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How to practice piano more efficiently and effectively?

I'm a beginner pianist trying to figure out how to play more efficiently and effectively . I hired a piano teacher to teach me how to play better but all she does is just gives me simple randoms ...
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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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Really silent guitar practice [duplicate]

I don't have much time for guitar practice so this will often have to take place at night. Right now I am using an electric guitar, a software amp and effects and headphones, which is okay for ...
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What is the optimal proportion between the teacher time (lesson) and self dependent work?

I am aware that it is important to practice between the teacher lessons, otherwise they will not bring much use. From the other side, learning self-dependently or just very little guidance is also ...
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When practicing on my instrument - which is more important - quantity or quality?

I mainly play guitar but sometimes play piano. Occasionally I aspire to improve my skills by practicing - which for me - usually consists of trying to learn to play a more complex passage in a ...
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How to approach the study of a piece for guitar (Leo Brouwer, Estudios Sencillos no. 6)

How should I go exactly about studying how to play an etude? I know they are mostly pedagogical compositions, meant to practice on a tecnique, but I never really played a piece like this - I'm still ...
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How can I get through some difficult runs in a piece otherwise at my level?

I've been learning Chopin's Nocturne in E Minor, and I'm having too much trouble getting through some of the runs on page two. Specifically, I'm an adult hobbyist, and I don't practice daily. My ...
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Should a new guitarist practice on 1 instrument or vary it?

I'm a very new student to the guitar. I'm interested in pretty much the whole spectrum of acoustic. I was wondering, should I learn and practice exclusively on my steel string regular acoustic ...
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Is it possible to do tempo changes while practicing with metronome?

While I practice some pieces with metronome, I try to make notes coincide with the metronome clicks as precisely as possible. However, some (most?) classical pieces have tempo changes like fermata or ...
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How to cope with a fickle flute?

(I'm not blaming the flute!) I've been learning flute for about 6 months and have been making slow progress - learning how to get a note out, learning tonguing, able to play the first two octaves ...
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Is playing blindfold a good practice method?

Is playing without being able to look at what you're doing a useful practice technique for instruments like guitar and piano? Learning to play without needing to look at your instrument is good of ...
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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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What are some ways to improve my embouchure stamina besides regular practice?

I'm a saxophone player who recently signed up for a community concert band at a local college, but it's been about 7-8 months since I played with any regularity, and that wasn't much more than once a ...
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Practice logging software [closed]

I would like to start logging my practice times and I'm looking for the best way to do this. I feel like writing it down on paper is not the optimal way, since software (Linux, Windows, Android, ...
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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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Systematic ways to study the piano?

Let me explain: When I began to learn the piano (the classical piano), it was in a "rough" way: I wasn't aware of interpretation, technique, etc. I thought I just needed to play the correct notes. A ...
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Which tone names should I learn on a transposing instrument like a saxophone?

I just started learning to play tenor saxophone which is tuned in Bb key. All the tutorials begin wit learning the C major scale, but this is actually the Bb major on a tenor sax. I sort of understand ...
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How to play different beats on different hands? Drumset

I am having lots of trouble with my drumming skills. I can't play two different beats on different hands. For example if I'm playing eighth notes on the high-hat and switching off quarter notes on ...
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Need to know Accidentals details in piano music sheet [closed]

I have learned basic music theory, but when I try to play sharps or flats from sheet music I get totally confused. Can you explain how they work?
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Improving bass transcription skill

I’m trying to get in the habit of transcribing music. I don’t have a lot of experience, so my ear isn’t very good yet, and in particular I often have trouble distinguishing parts of the bass line from ...
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What are the benefits of practicing scales for a guitar player? [duplicate]

I see that scales are accepted as a great method of learning music. So I have been practicing the C major scale over 2 octaves at 7th position: ...
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Cheaper Rehearsals - Regular Practicing

Most bands / solo artists seem to be skint so where are they practising / rehearsing? (Especially if you need to be practising twice a week or more, and can't practice at home) Studio prices don't ...
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Can anyone recommend a good resource of baroque cello etudes or exercises?

I'm trying to improve my upper position cello technique. Does anyone know of some good cello resources that are baroque in nature?
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Do musicians that began playing from an early age have an incontestable advantage?

If you look at the winners of international music competitions, or the biographies of famous musicians (Liszt, Chopin, Paganini, Mozart), there is one thing they all have in common that really stands ...
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The difference between self-taught and professional pianists

As an amateur pianist, I've noticed that I can pick up on the difference between someone who has taught themselves piano, and someone who has had a high-quality piano instructor. It's hard to detail ...
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Why does playing the piano give me a pain in the neck?

I have a keyboard set up with a proper stool so my arms are held straight out, with music at eye level - almost identical to how I set up my PC for good posture. But while I can use the PC all day ...
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Remote Performance Workflow

In my professional job, we're able to hold conference calls with offices all over the world using Skype, and Google Hangouts. Does anyone have a workflow to remotely practice/perform with a music ...
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Practice advice: Struggling with alternative left hand and off beat right hand melody

It comes up a lot but it is a massive weakness for me, and I wonder if I am just lacking aptitude, or if I'm practicing wrong. My problem is when I have an alternating bass with the left hand, e.g. ...
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Recording practice jams with a cell phone: reduce input clipping

I have been recording our practices with a cell phone for several months now. I have successfully recorded nearly every week, producing signals with waves which are captured entirely within my ...
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How to adapt guitar playing style to a new genre

I have been playing guitar for about 7 years now. I've started with classical guitar, grew up with punk music and I have a decent playing style. I've freshly started in a band who plays metalcore ...
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Finding motivation learning guitar without a band

I've been learning guitar for a year. Sometimes it can be really lonely practising without a band or someone to perform with. How do I find motivation to continue learning? Sometimes I'm envious of my ...
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Is there a tradeoff between vocal flexibility and safety?

I would like to learn to sing, ideally with a large variety of textures. In my googling, it seemed widely accepted that classical vocal styles were safer (reducing long term voice damage) than ...
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Is it reasonable to try picking up the tin whistle quickly?

I used to play the trombone and baritone and I still write music, so I have experience playing instruments and can read music easily. I've read that the tin whistle is pretty easy to pick up (for ...
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What are some great exercises for adult recorder players?

I have several adults who want to relearn recorder playing and play Renaissance music, especially dance pieces. They want exercises to familiarize the fingerings and reading.