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Finger positions when playing guitar by ear

May be a multipart (beginner) question. Context: not taking lessons. Reading a bunch of books but nothing really focuses on improvising/playing by ear. When I try to play along with stuff on TV or ...
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Piano progress plan for adults

I've read all over this site that, despite being a family man with children, a job, and being around 40 years old, I am not hopeless in learning the piano. So, I've started by myself. I know I should ...
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Improving my table of contents for teaching the harmonica through videos

I am attempting to make a video book for learning harmonica using the YouTube videos, that are already uploaded by the harmonica players. Following is the categorization I created, under which I would ...
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I want to learn piano by purchasing a MIDI/USB keyboard [duplicate]

I've been teaching myself how to compose, arrange and orchestrate music for films and games. I just love listening to movie scores and I would like to create my own. I've been using FL Studio for a ...
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What is the correct way of learning sheet music?

I don't really know what is the correct way of learning new pieces from sheet music and because of this I get distracted really quickly while familiarizing myself with new music. I tend to follow some ...
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Did i choose the right guitar to start my journey? [closed]

Sometimes when i play my guitar i have feelings like why i went to a Yamaha store and I didn't buy a Fender or Taylor ? My guitar is Yamaha f310 but I'm just wondering if i choosed the right guitar ...
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What is the length of the beat?

As I understand, the quarter note is a note that lasts for one beat. the half note, is a note that lasts for two beats, the full note, is a note that lasts for four beats, now i get that, but what ...
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what's the difference between these two notations?

I am using this book http://www.librariamuzicala.ro/cs-docs/12069-1382689258.pdf and just on page 3, the said: I am using this virtual piano http://virtualpiano.net so what is the difference in ...
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Need to listen to iTunes track and piano for learning

I am learning piano and thought that if I play the lesson track into my headphones at the same time as the piano output I could practice timing better and for the pieces I need to learn for the exam ...
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How much theory and how much transcribing?

I am a classically trained pianist, and I consider myself to be decent at playing. However I'm a poor sight in jazz, which is something that I really like. This summer I plan to study jazz thoroughly, ...
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Is it possible to learn music theory with MuseScore?

Please forgive me if it is a stupid question. I love music and used to play some violin when I was a child. But I did not have any formal education in music theory. During the years I have made ...
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Singing with allergies and asthma?

Save your voice while being sick but it gets blurry with allergies and asthma. I can hear an allergic reaction from my voice before I can feel anything, like playing Singstar and a pet visiting. The ...
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Incorrect piano learning style?

I have about a year of piano lessons under my belt, except those were many many years ago. I recently picked up the piano again, because I watched some very inspiring pianists online. Thus, I have ...
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Best Way to “Learn” Jazz Piano

Let me preface the question with a bit of background because I'm not even sure if I classify as "beginner" or "intermediate" or anything like that. I took your run of the mill piano lessons for 8 ...
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Whats the fastest way for a beginner to learn a song

I would like to know how to play bizarre love triangle on piano. Sheet music can be found here: http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtd.asp?ppn=MN0130187. What would be the fastest way to learn how ...
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Practice chord progressions along with scales?

The Question Are there any standard exercises where you play a chord progression with one hand while playing a scale with the other hand? I'm adding the usual I–IV–I–V–I at the end of each scale (...
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How to play faster notes in the violin

I want to perform a really fast song for a competition. Could anyone suggest how I can learn to play fast? For example, does anyone have advice on which songs to choose?
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What is the proper self-learning path for music composition?

I am looking for a path of self-taught books for western music compositions. For instance I know there are many subjects like harmony, counterpoint, forms, orchestration, etc. But there are many ...
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How do I train my singing voice to sound exactly or almost exactly like someone else's?

How do I train my singing voice to sound exactly like a specific artist? Like if I play a song of his then turn it off and sing that same part my voice sounds exactly or almost exactly like his.
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Any recommended plan, sequence, methodology on self-learning the vocal effects?

I have the vocal processor device (Digitech Vocalist Live FX to be precise, but hopefully the answer could be generic enough to suite other devices as well). The user manual describes its capabilities ...
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Seeking alternative practical learning methods for piano if I only want to play for fun

I see advertisements where I live for a course titled "Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People". While I am sure the title is exaggerated to attract attention - it seems to imply that the student ...
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What parts of instutional education does a non-institutional student miss?

I'm learning to play a trumpet with guidance of a private teacher. He is busy person, so we have lesson once a fortnight. Now I: Learn instrument for about a year Have basic knowledge of music ...
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What is the most effective, structured way for an adult beginner to learn drums without a teacher?

I've wanted to play the drums since I was kid. I tried to learn when I was 11 but I lacked the psychological confidence to keep myself on it - my teacher at the time had learnt by banging on his ...
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I would like to study classical guitar again [closed]

I'm 25 years old and when I was younger I used to study classical guitar. I started when I was 12 and I kept studying until I was 18. During the university period it was harder to find the time to ...
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Advice on how to keep learning while away from a piano

Last year, at 35, I started learning to play the piano from absolute beginner level by attending private classes once per week. The teacher mixed practice with music theory and learning Solfeggio (I'...
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Learning the cello with limited money and not much help

This is for a friend of mine, but I'll speak in first person to make it less awkward to type out. I'm 23, almost 24, and I recently acquired a cello (an electric cello to be precise to keep noise ...
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Would piano or accordion be easier for me as a guitarist?

I want to learn a new instrument and I feel like piano or accordion will really help me with my music theory. The thing is, all of the other instruments I play are "strumming" instruments like guitar ...
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How does “Music Theory” all tie together?

I'm a self-taught musician and have been playing for years, but being self-taught really limited my knowledge of music theory (in that I know pretty much nothing about it) and I'm having difficulty ...
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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. ...