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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...