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How can I teach myself to play the drums and how much is it going to cost me? [on hold]

Assuming informal understanding of music (I can dance tango and I have DJ'd in the past), how can I teach myself to play the drums? Specific instructional resources would be appreciated. ...
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Would it be better to learn songs rather than learn chords

I'm still in the learning area but I was like "screw it, I'm just gonna do songs". I can play sunshine of your love intro and i love rock n roll intro. I usually do not have time to practice because ...
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Hum or solfege for ear training

I have a "Real Easy" ear training book and it uses solfege, but I have a real hard time with that. I use a guitar tuner app to check myself and I find I can hum much better than singing "do's",ect. Is ...
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Good books for learning how to play the Baroque flute?

I'm looking for good books on learning the Baroque flute, and I already play the modern Boehm flute. I already have Method for the One-Keyed Flute, are there other recommended books? Edit: Modern ...
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Keyboard or piano or guitar which could be the best instrument to sturdy [closed]

I love music.I am thinking to learn or practice a music instrument in my spare time.I already have some knowledge about "organ" .But it is just an elementary level. I love piano ,keyboard and guitar.I ...
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How to practice my ears to identify scales or notes?

I know it comes by practice; my teacher said this. But I want exercises for this, so that I will come to know which note or scale is being played. Where should I start from?
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Learning Guitar and Piano in parallel [closed]

Some background: I started playing the piano since I was about 10, but never moved beyond 2nd year level playing, I can play chords and by ear. Started playing guitar without getting real lessons, ...
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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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Learn piano one hand at a time or simultaneously?

I've started to teach myself how to play the piano, and one of the difficulties I've found is trying to get both hands to do things at once. I either forget one hand entirely, or have one hand trying ...
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Song recommendations for a self-taught pianist

So as you could see from the title, I learn the piano by myself? Why? A teacher is much more effective, right? Well, that is true, however; I do not have the money for a teacher, and this way, it is ...
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Is learning from an unknown guitar teacher better than just learning on my own?

I've bought a classic guitar two months ago and ever since I'm just playing that without teacher by reading tabletures online. It's very fun and I really like that. But I think it's now the time ...
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Approach to progressing with guitar?

Situation: I can play chords, barre chords, major and minor pentatonic, and diatonic scales. Have been playing for a couple of years but most of that was spent improvising on scales I already know, so ...
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Is it essential to learn music theory in order to play an electronic keyboard as a piano for fun?

I have been learning musictheory.net. It seems adequate for reading notes. But, I don't know how much I want to learn about music theory if I want to play an electronic keyboard well enough to enjoy ...
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Does violin holding technique really come down to individual style/preference?

I'm a self-learner using various online videos to teach myself to play the violin. Nearly two months in, and I've found instruction on how to hold the violin (and bow) differ quite significantly. My ...
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Recommended books for learning piano [duplicate]

To back up, I started learning the Piano when I was 14ish. I started with Beyer and Schmitt. I think I finished half of the Beyer. I had a teacher for one year. I played roughly more than 30 minutes a ...
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Learning while recovering from tendonitis

I've recently developed some tendonitis in both hands and will be significantly reducing my practice hours for about a month (hopefully!). I had been putting in a lot of hours before with my ...
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How can I “self learn” now that I am an adult as a amateur?

I played Concert Cornet for many years when I was younger. I was good at it, and enjoyed it immensely. However, for teens and young adults there are several "measures" to gauge, how well you're doing. ...
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What is the best way to learn a drum part of a song

So i have this song that i have to learn which is having some fast and complicated drum fills and i do not have the sheet for it. I am trying to play along but also the production is not one of the ...
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Composition Training (with Hindemith)

I am looking to get back into composition and trying to get some advice on textbooks. By way of background, my biggest liability is my lack of formal training (I have none). During my early teens, I ...
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Can I play guitar if I know how to hum?

I know this sounds crazy. I did find videos guiding you to fingerpick given you know how to to hum. Should I first remember how each string sounds at each fret?
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How to learn to play the guitar while I have musical education?

A year ago I finished music college as a piano player. I thought what to do next and decided to learn electric guitar. For some reasons I decided not to take teacher and learn by materials/videos ...
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Classic book from which to learn harmonium

I've been trying to learn harmonium on my own for a while now, and I've tried a couple of videos online and picked up some ragas from here and there. But I just couldn't get a normal pattern or a ...
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Getting restarted with the piano as a beginner

Nearly three years ago, I had taken lessons for perhaps half a year or so until I stopped because I didn't feel like my teacher was effective and I wasn't particularly fond with his teaching style. ...
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How to enter in jazz theory

Maybe this question has been asked before. I could not find. I am self-learned amateur guitar player. I play for quite long time (around 10 years) and not playing jazz/blues bad but I feel not ...
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What is the best way to Improve dictation without a teacher?

I mean all aspects: atonal dictation, two-part dictation, harmonic, etc. I'm practicing sight singing by myself.
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Should I try to not touch unused strings?

I've been learning guitar on my own for a bit now, and I've noticed that there are a couple of errors and bad habits a music teacher will catch immediately and correct you. When learning on your own ...
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Are there any resources to self-learn the bass guitar for those who already know theory?

I am a Music teacher. I hold a Ph.D. in Music Composition, studied piano for several years, and now I want to play the bass. My concern is that every resource I find to become self-taught ends up ...
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What should I practice before getting into the chords

I am a newbie in Guitar Music. I have an acoustic guitar with me and I am doing a self learning. However as you all have gone through, I am troubling with hitting chords perfectly. When I do ...
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I want to learn to play a specific song on the piano

My Dad recently passed away and I want to learn to play "Alfie" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David (1966) on the piano. I have no experience to play the piano, but would like advice on the best way I can ...
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Hanon and Self-Taught Bad Technique

I was looking at the question about the benefits of working from Hanon to improve on piano and there was a lot of talk about the dangers of Hanon reinforcing bad technique. If I am a self-teaching ...
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Learning Violin Online

I have a violin at home and I would really like to learn. The only problem is, I cannot find a teacher in my area (India) and so I thought I could, maybe, learn just the basics online. I completely ...
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Methodology to Master Guitar as an adult

I am a 24 year old guy who loves music as you people do. Music is/was/will my passion from childhood. But I couldn't grow up with music. This is basically because of my family. But I always want to ...
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Progression path from an apprentice to a guru in music theory?

I am a computer science major and have been practicing music (as a hobby) for the past 4 years now. I started digging into the basics of Music Theory a year ago and now wish to advance my knowledge so ...
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Learning Guitar Licks [closed]

I would like to be able to learn how to play chord filler licks or maybe do some solo playing when someone else is playing a chord progression. Where can I start to actually learn how to do this??? ...
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Are there any good vocal training apps for ios? [closed]

Are there any good ios apps for vocal training? When I say good I mean containing exercises and stuff to help me learn to sing better. Smule sing and those type sound really off key and out of ...
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Best method to learn all chords on piano

I have struggled to find a system to learn all chords .With maj, min, 7th. maj7th , 6ths and all the rest and then inversions of all these chords ,I have given up time and time again but I want to ...
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How to learn rap music?

First let me tell that I don't have any kind of prior knowledge of music. What I have done upto now is, I have listened every album of Eminem and Linkin Park. Nowadays I'm listening 50cent and ...
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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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Open strings and semitones on a classical guitar

My son in learning guitar, however how do you raise a note up 2 semitones when it is an open string for example open 1st string in e and we want to raise it 2 chromatic semitones.
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Is there a resource/site that I can use to practice harmonization?

As above. With my theory exam in the distance, I want to brush up on harmonizing a given melody. Are there any sites/resources I could use to do this?
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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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What approach should I take to learn Jazz/blues guitar?

I played a bit of piano when I was younger, and a little guitar, but I lost most of it. I can still read sheet music, and taught myself the pentatonic scale, and I'm working on learning to recognize ...
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Self learning path for Guitar

I am learning guitar all by myself for the last couple of years, scavenging information from internet. But since I am learning all by myself, I don't know I am missing. My assumption is, in a ...
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How can I keep learning new songs and not forget the previous ones?

I love learning new songs. A fairly easy, energetic rock piece is sometimes everything that I need to keep playing for hours. However, some pieces are harder, some solos require more patience and all ...
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Learning piano via MIDI keyboard… questions

I'd like to invest in a MIDI keyboard (I know it'll most likely play through my computer and all) with which to learn at least the basics of piano and also for toying with music production. So I have ...
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24 hole c tone harmonica

I recently came into possession of a " 24 hole c tone harmonica " but i have been facing difficulty getting any video lesson on this as most lessons are for blues harmonica . could anyone suggest ...
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Improving as a solo guitarist without learning scales

I am a drummer of 20+ years. I am a guitarist for only the last 5 or so (more of a guitar owner). I can play many chords, and have composed a number of songs. I learned to play drums without a ...
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Resources for singing

Most of what i know (including my guitar playing) has been learnt without a teacher...i guess i just suck for that kind of learning. I want to learn to sing, but cannot find a viable way that does not ...
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Singer “benchmarking”

Are there tools or techniques around to "benchmark" singers? What I mean is: if I'm not performing up to my goals, I want to know what I'm lacking and what type of training I need to go through. ...
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What is a good for system for learning theory through improvisation?

I have been playing the guitar for many years yet I find music theory elusive. Consequently, my musical vocabulary is limited. But I still love to improvise and, through trial-and-error, compose ...