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How can a guitarist treat and avoid lateral epicondylitis in the fretting arm?

I've been playing guitar (both electric and acoustic) pretty seriously for about a year, 2-3 hours a day most days. I couple months ago I developed tendonitis in my fretting arm, which my doctor ...
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Guitar Strumming and the High E string

I'm relatively new to playing guitar and I am currently learning on an acoustic. I am adding strumming to my skillset at the moment (as there's only so far downstrokes can take me), but I'm having a ...
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What kind of effect does practicing on difficult to play instruments have?

To clarify the title, I'm not asking if it helps your mandolin skills to play violin (or vice versa, whichever you feel is "more difficult"). Let's say you are a guitarist: Does it help or hurt to ...
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Can music theory help hobbyist instrumentalist get better at playing?

For hobbyists who don't plan to write songs, is it worth to invest their time to study music theory rather than get better at playing? I sometimes wonder how given piece is it structured, especially ...
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Ten minute piano practice techniques?

It seems quite simple to allocate 10 - 15 minutes in the morning for a piano. At least much easier than to find later time for a longer session during the day. There is a similar (and very good) "ten ...
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Improvisation on Piano

I've been playing the piano for around 7 years now. I took some lessons when I first started, but other than that I haven't had any lessons. In other words I'm pretty much self-taught. I have a good ...
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Ten Minute Practice Techniques For Guitar?

Unfortunately I can't play everyday. However, I am trying to grab at least 5-10 minutes here and there. What are some good theory or scale techniques/practice methods I should have ready to pull out ...
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Easy classical pieces playable on an acoustic guitar with a pick? [closed]

I'm a beginner at the acoustic guitar, and I'd really like to play some pieces on it besides the usual chords and stuff. Could you recommend me some such pieces? I'm fine with pieces that were ...
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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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Technique or exercise to play this part from a song which i'm stuck with

I want to play this part but i'm stuck on how to play this correctly and efficiently with my fingers. Any technique or exercise related to this is welcomed. BTW, the song is 'That was Just your life ...
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How well does mental practice work for you on different instruments?

Multi-instrumentalists: this is about personal experience (instead of literature review) of mentally practicing your instruments away from them. Do you find it to be more or less effective for one ...
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Training muscle memory without focusing. Is it necessarily bad?

Many people claim that you must focus completely on what you are doing. If not, the end results will be far inferior to what you would achieve if you give it "everything". However, muscle memory and ...
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Optimal Right Hand Technique to Down Pick while playing Metallica

I have been playing Metallica songs (only the rhythm parts) for quite some time. I don't play them at full speed because of the Down picking, but i have been playing and practicing them at 80% speed ...
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Ways to get out of a scalar rut?

I'm a well versed and experienced guitarist. I have a decent sense for rhythm and melody, but I have a VERY hard time with soloing. I know you've heard it all before.. I'm one of those guys that got ...
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Maximizing Practice Time

I play both guitar and sing(I'm a much better guitarist than singer) and have been devoting around 4 hours a day to both instruments. I'm noticing that I'm having trouble covering all the things I ...
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Exercises For Conditioning a Broken Hand

Last August I suffered an accident where I shattered my 4th and 5th metacarpal into my wrist, severing my ACU tendon attaching to my pinky. I've been slowly relearning my right hand to play saxophone. ...
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Where to find practice tracks for jazz piano (specifically for the realbook)

When I was in high school I played piano in the jazz band. I was going through my stuff and found my realbook and it occurred to me that it would be awesome if I could play from it again. However, ...
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Specific advices for a beginner drummer [closed]

I've recently started learning drums and I was hoping to get some advices about good practices and directions in general, especially from drummers. I know this is quite a "too broad" kind of question ...
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learning a new rhythm

I'm primarily a folk musician, been playing many years. Recently, aged 55 started classical guitar got to grade 5. Hence I think I can learn some stuff with some level of precision. Now I'm trying to ...
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Planning for intensive guitar practice

Many musicians are known for having periods of intense practice (over 10 hours daily). I tried this method few times, probably got a lot better (assuming third person perspective), but I'm never ...
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How to make the most of practicing guitar

I have playing guitar for a while - I have done all of the rockschool grades and am currently in two bands - and I've recently realised that I am making far less progress than my friends. My question ...
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How to hit four notes in a single beat with 2 hands for drum

Sometimes when i am given a drum score , there will be four notes in a single beat , How do i hit four notes in a single beat given I only have 2 hands ??? The only way i know to hit 4 notes in a ...
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Liszt S.566 Schumann Widmung v.s. Liszt Liebestraum No. 3 [closed]

I am considering to learn/practice Liszt S.566 Schumann Widmung and Franz Liszt Liebestraum No. 3. I have strong interests but simply as an amateur. I can play several pieces of Schumann. Question: ...
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Any ways to physically improve hand and finger speed?

My question is general and is instrument agnostic (it's actually even music acoustic). I'm looking for ways to improve my hand and finger speed, whether it's finger drumming on the kitchen table, ...
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How should I practice before going into the recording studio?

I've heard that one of the best ways to save money in the studio is to spend a significant amount of time woodshedding before the actual studio date, which will help keep the amount of mistakes to a ...
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How do I sing from chest voice to falsetto without missing notes in between?

I am having difficulty singing in head voice. I am a bass who can also sing very high falsetto. However, when I try singing a scale, there is always a few notes between chest voice and head voice that ...
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Drum set made from towels/pillows

I'm a drummer who lives in an apartment. I have an electric set, but it is too noisy and I am receiving complaints. I'm sure this has to do with the pads and the kick pedal. I'd still like to practice ...
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Will learning to play another instrument help me to become a better guitarist?

I am a programmer and I do this for living. As a programmer, I've noticed how much difference it makes to learn another language - the quality of your work improves greatly, just because you know how ...
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Why does taking an extended break sometimes help?

Sometimes as a musician, I find myself in a rut. My solution is to simply put my instrument down and walk away from it for a few weeks, sometimes even a month, and when I come back I'm better than ...
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Can piano be self leaned? [duplicate]

I'm 24 and very interested in learning piano (to a professional level). I've never been to any class and I have to start from the scratch. Is it possible to learn piano on your own? How long does it ...
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Methods for improvisation practice (beginner)

Suppose we start with an idea, a three note motive. We want to practice improvisation skills by playing this motive over the form. That is, all phrases must be constructed with specific relation of ...
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Nailcare for guitarists?

I know that having your nails too long or short is bad, particularly for classical/fingerstyle guitarists, but what constitutes to having 'good' nails? Bonus points for pictures/external articles ...
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How many hours of practice total are typical for different piano grades?

Malcolm Gladwell's book, "Outliers", stated a hypothesis: becoming good at something takes about 10,000 hours of practice. I've recently been wondering how long a typical piano student has practiced ...
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Flatpicking: how can I make my floating-pick-hand less bouncy?

Can anyone suggest how I might improve my "floating fist" style flatpicking? I'm trying to clean up my pick technique for the sake of accuracy, feel, speed, and general ease-of-playing. I use the ...
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Learning Piano without a teacher

How can I effectively learn how to play the piano if it is simply impossible for me to get a teacher? I'm 17 years old, and I took it upon myself to learn the piano. However, I am not sure where to ...
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How to manage time to get time to practice guitar [closed]

I am student currently doing my grade 11. As I am also prepping for the entrance exams a majority of my time goes for studying. I wake up at 6 to go to school and come back at 6 in the evening. ...
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What are some common beginner mistakes when learning to play the piano?

I'm starting to learn to play the piano by myself (I've had experiences with other instruments so I have some sort of musical framework), and I would like to know what technical nuances I have to know ...
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Karaoke Software for practicing sax

In my sax classes, my teacher accompanies me with his piano. He corrects my timing mistakes. Also, it sounds better than playing alone. I just came up with a software which can help me to do it at ...
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What do you use to train your sense of rhythm?

I am a keyboard player and recently decided to study bass guitar playing. I cannot spend much time for practicing - approximately 40 min a day, so the most of that time I am doing "spider exercise". ...
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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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Next step after learning piano chords

I've tried many times to learn piano, but get bored quickly and drop it. Until I found an easy method to get going quickly: learn to form major and minor chords look up song tab online use a ...
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What contributes to good piano posture?

I have to admit I can slouch when I'm not paying attention at the piano. So what makes for good piano posture? Extra: Are there any guides that are often used as standard? I've heard that the ...
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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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Making a Soundproof Room

I started playing sax. I need to find me place to practice before being killed by my neighbors. I am thinking to soundproof my small room. It does not need to be 100% soundproof, but it's enough if it ...
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Beginning Slap Bass

Back when I was taking lessons, I had an instructor who did a great job teaching me how to work tapping into my bass lines, but when we tried to expand it into developing slap bass I ended up getting ...
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Varying rhythms on bass

I've gotten into something of a bad habit in which I either play things in a steady rhythm, in triplets, or galloping, but without much variation, and I feel like I'm stagnating. What are some good ...
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Drums: stiffening up when going for 'intense' fills

I have had a consistent issue for my entire drumming 'career', which is that I tend to really tense up - my shoulders, arms, posture, everything - when I go for fast fills. I am not a taught or even ...
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Piano practice log : are “categories” important?

I just started logging my practice activities in a journal. My main purpose is to keep my mind dedicated in order to make the best use of my time. I wonder whether/which categories are important : ...
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Any good tips on keeping pieces “on ice”?

I am a piano and pipe organ student. I find that when I begin work on a new piece, I can be very attached to the piece and really "feel" the music. As I learn the notes, I have sometimes been rushing ...
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Practice amount and habits for time constrained individuals

I am not a professional musician. Three years ago I began to play electric guitar. I have tried to practice systematically and seriously for approximately 1 hour to 1.5 hours a day which is divided ...