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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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When singing, how to avoid being distracted by vocal harmony or other vocal lines?

I'm not a professional singer but I love singing. I find it very difficult to focus on my own vocal line when I hear other vocal lines. For example, When I was in the college choir, I sang bass, and ...
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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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How do I learn to sight-read standard notation chords when I'm playing guitar?

I can sight-read melodies in standard notation on the guitar. Slowly, but I can do it. I can also sight-read chords in standard notation on the keyboard. Pretty quickly, in fact. How do I learn to ...
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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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Do weighted keys on a keyboard lead to more expressive playing?

I use an acoustic piano to learn/play classical music. I use a midi keyboard to record/produce own music. My piano has weighted keys while my midi keyboard has a very light touch. I find that I am ...
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How loud is a concert flute?

I'm looking for an portable quiet instrument that I can have fun with without disturbing the neighbors at night. And listening to flutes in recordings, I got the impression that they are relatively ...
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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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Get back into an instrument after long break?

In my youth I played lots of piano, for over 10 years, and became quite good at it. During college, however, I just didn't have the time to keep it up. It looks as if I'll soon have access to a ...
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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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Soundproofing a room for drum set practice

When I practice my drums in the house, it tends to be a little too loud for people in other rooms. While I know I could trade-in my drums for an electronic kit as an alternative, I'd really rather ...
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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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Do ear plugs have a big effect on ability to hear the music?

Ear plugs are likely a good idea for anybody performing amplified music (or even enjoying amplified music). But what is the effect on the ability to hear your fellow musicians when playing in a ...
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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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Stucturing Rock Band Practices

Background I recently took over as lead singer of an alt rock band. Around the same time, we lost our guitarist due to a move, and our bassist and keyboardist decided to leave at the same time. We ...
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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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What is the best way to work on my fret hand finger independence?

As a beginner, I find my fingers going everywhere but the places I want them! This is especially true when I'm attempting scales/licks that use my 4th finger a lot or requires quick interchanging ...
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What is the best way to learn Alzapua?

Sometimes, when I do Alzapua, I can not produce clean sound, there're still I heard my thumb's nail picking. Usually, I use it while I'm playing (or learning with) some regular chord, like E major. ...
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How do you determine if you're ready to join a band?

I've been pondering joining a band for some time now, but I usually get stalled at deciding whether or not I should spend more time learning to play first. I don't want to go through potential ...
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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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Practicing Correctly for a Musician

I play the violin and have always practiced for at least 3 hours a week. The thing is, I don't think I need that much practice. What are some ways I can identify if I'm practicing in the Most ...
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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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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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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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Building up stamina with my practice routine

For reference I'm an electric bass player who played three or so years at age 20. I took four years of hiatus and restarted a couple of months ago. My problem has been lately my plucking hand cramping ...
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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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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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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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Is a digital or acoustic piano a better option for a beginner (sound and feel)?

I just started learning piano, and I want to buy a piano for recreational purposes and practicing. I am torn between digital and acoustic. I love the feel and sound of an acoustic, but I cannot afford ...
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How can I build my finger strength when I am not practicing?

I am a beginner for guitar. And I am having a hard time playing the F barre chord. It is said that only through practice can one make a difference. But I have limited time playing guitar. Are there ...
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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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Novation Launchpad - Practice for playing two different beats / patterns simultaneously

I have been playing the Launchpad for a while, but seem to constantly get stuck in progressing my skill level when I attempt to do different things with either hand simultaneously. It's almost like my ...
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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 ...
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Method Book questions

For those of you who are aware of it, I'm using the Hal Leonard bass method. I've been working on it for several months by myself and got to exercise 75 or so. However, everything feels so ...
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How to determine the strumming pattern for a song

My son was trying to devise a strumming pattern for a song but gave up. How would someone go about developing a strumming pattern for song like Chiquitita by ABBA on an acoustic guitar?
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Learning while recovering from tendonitis

I've recently developed some tendonitis in both hands and will be significantly reducing my practice hours for about a month (hopefully!). I had been putting in a lot of hours before with my ...
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Where do you practice your instruments?

I've been playing electric bass and practicing has never been a problem because I could simply use a headphone to practice whenever I wanted. Now I am going to learn double bass, and I see tons of ...
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I play bass and want more from myself & my instrument

What is this the best way to go from an efficient intermediate bass player to a sought after, gigging musician? Also, I really want to get better at slap bass. Suggestions/insight?
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What are the arguments for and against over-practicing?

I am not a musician but instead draw a lot of inspiration from music and musicians for my pursuits (writing, mathematics, running). This week after seeing/hearing Itzhak Perlman play and conduct at ...
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How do I use a metronome?

I am currently a beginner at the piano. I know using the metronome is important, but I I'm feeling reluctant to use it often, as it is difficult for me to get the music coordinated with the clicks. ...
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What is the best way to learn a repetitive part in a piece?

I tried to just bang it out and keep playing over and over to get the muscle memory but it feels like its not coming along and its just hurting my hand to spam it out. I've only been playing for 5 min ...
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Developing speed, expectation

I have been taking lessons for three months. I practice 1 to 2 sometimes 3 hours 6 days a week. I always practice my finger exercises, pentatonic and major scales as well as the 18 chords I've ...
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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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Keeping in time

I have been told that I should be able to tap my feet, say "One and Two and...) and have a metronome going all at the same time. This way I always know what beat in the measure I am on. Now, for me at ...