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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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Finding the Shadaj (tonic) in Hindustani Sangeet (North Indian Classical Music)

This question pertains to non-Western music and hence a bit of explanation before a question is stated. I listen to and play Hindustani Sangeet i.e. North Indian Classical Music which does not use ...
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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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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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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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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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Practice amp for a flute/piccolo

My wife is a fairly accomplished flautist who has recently taken up the piccolo. Already practicing the flute is probably affecting her hearing, and the piccolo promises to be an order of magnitude ...
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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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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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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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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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Can piano be self learned? [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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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 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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What can I do to minimize damage to my picking hand wrist as I practice guitar?

My right hand (picking hand) is showing signs of carpal tunnel syndrome, and is slowly, but surely, degrading. I continue to practice guitar, but it's beginning to be difficult to do so. What can I ...
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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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How do you practice Audiation (playing music in your head)?

Time for a tricky question. Audiation appears to be the practice of playing music in your head. I found an answer referring to what audiation is in To sing is good for ear training, but is it ...
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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 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 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I be sure that I am singing effortlessly in my natural voice?

I have years of vocalization practice, but I still start straining while singing—especially if I am not vigilant. It happens imperceptibly and is a hard habit to break. Is there a reliable technique ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Advice on how to gain velocity feeling on DAW keyboard (piano)

I started to fiddle around with a cheap entertainer keyboard without any velocity sensitivity. Later I realized I need a more elaborated keyboard to control my digital audio workstation (DAW) and I've ...
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How to begin learning the CAGED Method

What is the best way of approaching the CAGED Method. What are some good resources for beginning to learn this method.
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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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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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Best option to practice piano whilst away from home?

In a few weeks, I will be on a holiday that will last just over a month. Most of my hobbies can be bought with me, however I fear that this will not be the case with piano. This answer outlines some ...
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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 is the (Practical) theory behind applying chords for a Song?

I love playing Guitar. I can play the lead for any song by listening to it. But often in our prayer meeting people sing different songs in different keys. I can track the major they sing, but I am ...
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My fingers ache after practice. What can I do about it?

I have played the guitar since 2006 and I had no trouble all that time. Recently I noticed that my fingers ache after practice. What can I do with that?
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What are the benefits or drawbacks of playing different types of guitars?

I'm an amateur/still newbie guitar player. I've got two guitars: a Fender Stratocaster Yngwie J Malmsteen signature model and a Squier Stratocaster (made in Mexico) The YJM signature model main ...
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Indian Bamboo Flute: Practice

I am learning a 8 hole bamboo flute. I am having difficulties in practicing it because I am getting different sounds for different lip positions. Are there any tricks or ways to get the right sound ...
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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.
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Forgetting the piece when playing for the teacher [duplicate]

I am taking piano lessons that I have to prepare pieces for, and play them for the teacher. After learning a piece, I usually manage to play it when practising in private. However when I come to the ...