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How can I avoid making unpleasant facial expressions when playing difficult chords?

When I'm playing (learning) difficult chords on guitar (ex: F,B7) my facial muscles (basically lips) form a weird action (I felt it and I saw it in the mirror). I feel I'll get used to it as I go and ...
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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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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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Is it necessary to learn a new scale to improvise over it?

I'm a beginning guitar theory learner and I'm confused about certain things when improvising/soloing/figuring songs out. I've just started learning, and certain things seem hard to imagine. Let's say ...
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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 would be a good method to learn a new piano piece?

I am a cello player since 30 years and have played for a decade in a string quartet, taken numerous masterclasses with great teachers. I know what the methods are and what works for me when practicing ...
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Finding the right rhythm for a tune

I have bought a CASIO CTK-4200 keyboard which has some 180 rhythms stored. I am new to such keyboards, and a beginner when it comes to playing music. I know some tunes which I can play on this ...
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How does one learn the different scale patterns that change when you change fret?

I have just learned what a scale is and I am practicing the minor pentatonic scale on guitar. I have noticed that when you change what fret you start on, the pattern changes. For reference, I am ...
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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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One at a time or all at once?

I'm relearning guitar after several years -- well, several decades -- away. I'm actually finding that not only is it coming back to me easily, but I'm learning more than I ever knew before due to all ...
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Singing Evolution: could I ever achieve the voice I want?

Background: I love all types of music. I was raised listening to Elvis, British Invasion bands, blues, soul and the like all from the general era, but my love I constantly return to is rock music: ...
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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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Advice: 'Real' Musical Ability?

I have been playing my instrument for almost 11 years now; I have mastered the technique, I can play my scales and chords forwards, backwards and upside-down, sightread most reasonable music, identify ...
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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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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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How to practise, ear piano playing after years of sightreading only?

I am stuck in sheet music. I know theory, have average sight reading skill, know chords and their inversions, scales, accidentals... But if someone took the notes away I couldn't play even familiar ...
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Trumpet - Charles Colin Lip Flexibilities Vol. 1 Exercise 1

I am trying to go through the whole Charles Colin Lip Flexibilities book. Here is an excerpt from the first exercise: There are two ways I could interpret this. Since this book is about building up ...
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How to know which is a suitable octave?

Given a piano music sheet, is there any way to know which (suitable) octave should I start, or I just pick up any as long as it fits all notes? Sorry if this is a dumb question! Thanks
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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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Performing/Recording Drums over backing track that already contains drums

When I record myself playing along with a drumless track I sound perfectly in time, but when playing along with a track that already has drums in it I am a tiny fraction out which makes every note ...
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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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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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Guitar overdubbing with headphones problem

I practise guitar at home with my headphones and using Boss micro BR 80 amp modeling device and its effects. It works ok with one guitar but when I use a looper/delay to harmonize my solos or record ...
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What should I practice to develop the skills needed to play rock solos?

I know music theory, basic guitar chords and basic scales. What should I be focusing on practicing in order to compose or improvise rock guitar solos, and just play famous solos by ear? I am talking ...
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One hand and then the other

I'm a beginner at piano. When practising is it best to learn how to play each hand separately at first and then put them together, or to practice the whole thing? Or does it not matter?
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Practice with amp sims

A while back when I was dorming in college, I remember having to do most of my practicing through my laptop and freeware amp sims because amplifiers were banned from the dorms. The latency on my ...
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Convincing colleague that playing to a metronome is a good thing?

I have a colleague that believes playing to a metronome is a bad thing as it ruins the "feel". While we agree that a strict metronome performance is generally boring and the tempo has to breath and we ...
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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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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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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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Practicing pitch on trumpet

TLDR: Is there any way to practice hitting notes on correct pitch on the trumpet ? I got back into playing the trumpet two months ago after a nine-year break. I'm playing in a concert band (2 in ...
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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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Physical fitness and musical performance

Is there a known relationship, either direct or indirect, between physical fitness and musical performance? I haven't been able to find a definitive source or study that confirms my belief that there ...
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How to improve Left Hand Discipline when drumming (right Handedly)

I am right cross handed drummer, this will give you an idea of the drum layout (Hi-Hat on the left). Now I have been trying to swap hands to Left open handed and I have realized an obvious lapse in ...
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Electric Guitar | Right hand position

I find it difficult to decide on where to position/rest my right hand (picking hand) when playing electric guitar. I started with acoustic and i have a habit of resting my pinky finger on the guitar ...
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How to use sight-reading to develop improvisation skills

I can play a lot of songs on the piano when I see them for the first time as sheet music, including a lot of original jazz arrangements and classical pieces. My sight-reading is pretty good but I do ...
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How to best isolate a wall for piano practice?

I share one wall with the neighbor in the room where I practice piano. This is the direct point of contact with my neighbor. All the other walls are either to the street or my own apartment. What is ...
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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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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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How much time is needed to “get back to shape” after a long period of time without singing?

For example, if one goes without cycling for 5 years or even decades, he can get back to speed pretty much within an hour, maybe two. For drum and piano, it may be longer, maybe a month or two. What ...
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Piano technique: Repetitions and oscillations

Not sure if I am using the right expression, so allow me to cite examples. There are some piano movements that cause my hands (wrists) to cramp when I play it for too long. One are repeated chords. ...
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Flute Best method to tongue

I'm learning to tongue. some say start without the tongue with just the abdominals. However when I do this, I cut the length of my note. I want to provide a smooth link with the next note, yet tongue ...
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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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How to distinguish power chords from single notes?

I have been learning guitar by ear for the past few years. I was listening to a song I've been trying to learn for a while, and realized numerous notes I had thought were single notes were actually ...
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Will I be able to overcome from having spring like movement of my pinky finger while playing guitar?

There are lots of question and answers related to ring and pinky fingers. However, I am asking a similar question related to pinky finger as I need to know the answer specifically with my problem. I ...
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How to cope with a fickle flute?

(I'm not blaming the flute!) I've been learning flute for about 6 months and have been making slow progress - learning how to get a note out, learning tonguing, able to play the first two octaves (...
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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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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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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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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 ...