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Improving fretting hand strength

I've been playing for years now as a hobby guitarist, but my fretting hand strength plateaued - it never really improved much beyond what I could do 2 months after I started playing. Since then, I'm ...
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What is the smartest way to learn pop piano in a hurry? [closed]

I am a singer, but wanting to write my own songs, my lack of piano skills constantly slows me down. I don't have the time for classical lessons, standard sight reading & laborious finger technique ...
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On what should i pay attention when buying a guitar? [duplicate]

I am going to learn how to play guitar but first i have to buy one. I am a complete layman in this topic so I would like to know something about it.
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How do I improve my physical stamina for oboe playing?

I find I can only really practice for 20 minutes max before my lips and jaws start to go numb and this makes me a bit worried for my stamina for my exam...any suggestions on how to build that up so I ...
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Achieving consistency with pad controllers

I've just recently bought a velocity sensitive pad controller for finger drumming, sequencing, etc. I'm rapidly finding that I have great difficulty playing notes at a consistent velocity. I'll tap on ...
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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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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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most effective guitar practice schedule?

I've Googled this question and there is a jumble of answers out there with long articles with complicated answers, so I thought I'd ask for more personal opinions. I learned the guitar about 13 ...
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I find myself making the same mistake when practising - despite focussing on that part- how to remedy?

I'm an extremely newbie musician (preparing for Grade II on oboe - no prior musical experience). I've looked into the best ways to practise (and I have a teacher) but I find myself struggling with ...
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Ways to warm up vocal cords?

What are some safe ways to get my vocal cords without over using them before a practice or performance?
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How to practice endurance to be able to play boogie woogie pieces?

I'm practicing boogie woogie pieces like Pete Johnson's Dive Bomber. After some time my hands are getting stiff and tired while practicing. Especially the left hand. I can mitigate this by limiting ...
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How are method books for instruments created and why do they work?

This is an odd question. But I think I can use some wisdom from teachers and other experienced individuals. Now, most of the instruments have method books, and many teachers follow them as well. My ...
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How can I learn to sing and play an instrument (like Piano) at the same time?

I find this a very difficult thing to do, and also not easy to put as much energy into singing, while playing piano. I have started off by just trying the chords on the piano, though it is still ...
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Accessible Instruments While Away From Home

I am a musician spending a few months away my home. I fear that I may lose a good chunk of skill if I am unable to practice my instrument during this time. It is completely unfeasible for me to buy ...
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Effects of practicing on electronic piano

I want to buy an electronic keyboard for someone that plays piano. I am afraid practicing on an electronic piano may be harmful for her technique. There is not enough space for a mechanical piano or ...
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What are the best techniques to play overtones in the saxophone?

I play Alto Saxophone, and I've been wondering this for quite a while now. I've not played one single overtone yet, so what are your suggestions?
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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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Finding bandmates in a new city

I'm a young drummer that moved to Los Angeles. How do I find bandmates? I've tried posting and replying to ads on Craigslist and am going in circles. Most, not all, have been flaky or are into a very ...
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I want to learn how to sing. Where do I start?

According to a couple of websites, the best way to learn how to sing is with a vocal teacher, a recorder, and practice. But let's say I don't have the means to get a vocal teacher right now. What ...
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What are good warm-up exercises for guitarists?

I do not generally warm up, but then I don't really stretch my playing as much as my ear when I practice. But I know I should. What are some good exercises to do before I start getting into the ...
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Where to download music covers for songs (without lyrics)? [duplicate]

I don't know if the title of my question is correct, feel free to edit it. This video: a guy plays if tomorrow never comes on harmonica, while a musical cover for the song is playing in the ...
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Practicing Trills

The slowness of my trills is getting annoying. I am able to play Blue by Yngwie Malmsteen but yet fail at doing the trill in the intro. How can one practice to make them faster? Endurance is not an ...
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How do I improve the rate at which I learn arpeggios?

I'm referring specifically to this sort of structure, where the notes cascade upwards or downwards but most often up and then back down. Many of the pieces I play (on piano) involve this rather ...
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Amplifier has no aux in, what alternatives can I use?

As stated my amplifier has no Aux in jack. It's hindering me from practicing with an otherwise (imo) great amp (a Vox Pathfinder 15r). Been thinking of using this to interface between the music ...
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Stage volume levels in rehearsal and performance

Two questions in one here. Often when rehearsing or at gigs, I'm asked to turn up my volume "'Cos we can't hear you!" when the band is already quite loud. Very rarely will the others turn down to ...
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When following a lesson should I make it perfect before going to the next lession

I am following the lessons from a finger-style blues book. I have completed practice lessons "A" "B" and currently at "C". When I was practicing "A" I could be able to play it perfectly most of the ...
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Effectively using singing games for vocal training [duplicate]

What are productive ways to use the "Rock Band" video game as part of a vocal training regimen? Are there any bad habits/practices that singing along with this type of game tends to promote?
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Self learning and tips for a middle aged parent

I have played guitar as a hobby on-and-off for 18 years now. I am not an accomplished player. I took lessons when I started out. I have bought books, and early-on I learned a lot from Fretboard ...
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Learning drum parts by components (each hand and each foot) versus by timeslices

I would like to take drum lessons but unfortunately my schedule doesn't permit it. I know there are many resources online but I'm not sure how long it'd take me to find an answer to my specific ...
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Plateau in speed increases

a while ago I posted this question about my ideas for guitar practise: Guitar practice - general techniques Since then I've been using the little app I put together, ranked up about 40 hours or so in ...
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Bars 32-37 in Moonlight sonata first movement

I am having trouble playing and memorizing the broken chords sequence: Should I try and practice on each triplet individually? because when I try to think on it as a broken chord I often can not ...
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What kind of guitar exercise is “the caterpillar”?

What does it consist in and how do you practice it?
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Fast octaves on the piano

I'm working on the piano accompaniment to Schubert's "Trockne Blumen" variations for flute and piano. Variation 2 is all sixteenth-note octaves in the left hand. I began by practicing very slowly ...
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How to close the gap between ideas and capabilities when improvising?

I'm a drumset player. I just finished a B.A. in Percussion Performance, marched 4 years of DCI drum & bugle corps, and am now working on a degree in jazz studies. As I've begun to play more and ...
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What are “nodules” and how do you avoid them?

I've heard from singers (I'm primarily a guitarist) that it can be dangerous to try to make your voice deeper because you might develop "nodules". Is it true? What are they? How can you avoid them?
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Learning standard notation without succombing to simply remembering songs?

I'm in a tricky position. I've been playing guitar for around ten years and am fairly good at improvising and tinkering around on a piano, too. I understand sheet music, I can decipher it, but I can't ...
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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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Repeating the tonic when the scale is ascending and then descending

When I started to learn piano about 2 years ago, I practiced scales with my piano teacher. For practicing C Major, she recommended repeating the tonic: C D E F G A B C C B A G F E D C When I ...
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How can I move beyond learning songs?

I can competently learn and play chord progressions and simple runs on the guitar but I do not feel like I understand the instrument. My playing progresses by memorizing songs. However, I know that ...
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Drum machine with an API (Ruby would be awesome!) [closed]

I'm looking for a software drum machine that's easy to work with programatically. My goal is to use this as an intelligent metronome for creating drills to practice against. Simplistically, I want ...
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Backing Tracks for Practicing

Looking for Backing Tracks for Practicing on Guitar, I listen to Heavy Metal and Progressive Metal genre.
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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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Guitar practice - general techniques

I was delighted to come across this site. I'm a self-taught guitarist (largely electric guitar) and am continually looking to improve my playing and practice techniques. The change of running my ...
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Downshifting in high positions on violin

I'm having trouble going down to fifth position from a higher position. I often land a little offkey (usually flat by a quarter-step unless I overcompensate), I think because that's where the base of ...
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What to look for in beginner etudes for a second instrument?

I've already learned the theory, technique and notation as it applies to my primary instrument (guitar). I'd like to pick up a second instrument (viola), but I need to find exercises and etudes that ...
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Best process to learn a new song

I have been wondering about the best way to learn playing a new song on guitar. For example, a lot of people try to pick a small part, practice and perfect it and then repeat the procedure for the ...
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How do you get into “deep practice” mode?

I read the book The Talent Code from Daniel Coyle a couple of years ago. It defines talent as the combination of three main concepts: Deep Practice, Ignition and Master Coaching. The first concept, ...
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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 should I be trying my hand at to practice composing?

I don't really know how to play any instrument, but I do have some USB keys that I have plinked with in Garageband. I'm not interested so much in learning to perform my works. I enjoy and am inspired ...
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What is a good warm-up for the trumpet/cornet?

I've been playing the cornet for about a year now. I have found that I can play for about five minutes and then I can't play anymore. When I come back five minutes later, I can play just fine and I ...