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I don't know what style of music you're coming from, but there are a couple of books aimed more at classical guitarists, and they would require reading music. One that I use a lot is "Pumping Nylon", by Scott Tennant. I know, the title sounds really cheesy, but some of the exercises will DESTROY your left hand. There are some really great finger independence ...


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One "offline" (without guitar) exercise I got from my teacher is like this: Put your hand on the table. Lift fingers two or three at a time; if you are like me, combinations 1+3, 2+4, 1+2+4 and 1+3+4 will feel weird; you should try to make them comfortable. This is for both hands (you only need your left hand improved, but it cannot hurt if you train ...


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I am not an expert in anatomy, but I believe this is because the picky and ring finger are connected to each other by the superficial ulnar nerve, whereas the remaining fingers are connected by branches of the deep ulnar nerve. The good news is, despite the fact that your pinky and ring finger seem less independent, this is not permanent. It's normal for ...


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This kind of coordination seems impossible at first but then one day it seems like it happens magically. Here are some methods that I have seen help countless students. Please note: my answer draws more on guitar and piano experience than percussion experience. I hope percussionists can propose an edit or provide an answer of their own if they have more to ...


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As someone that was in an almost identical position a couple years ago, I'll tell you what worked for me. 1. Self-learning or Teacher? Teacher. In my case, I had plenty of experience with other instruments before I decided to pick up drums. Even so, they were all melodic, music-reading type experiences. Drumming is obviously very rhythm-based. My teacher, ...


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The "cool air" vs. "warm air" question is a valid one, but doesn't have anything to do with your diaphragm. Diaphragmatic breathing is all about supporting your breath and airstream properly. The issue here is that when your lungs expand, they need room to do so, and expanding down into negative space created by your diaphragm will allow the diaphragm to do ...


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I'm the same way as you. I hate drills, they bore me to tears. So I don't do drills. Instead what I do is figure out a way to practice that's actually performance. So, for example if I'm studying chord inversions and substitutions, rather than drill through them all, I'll play along with a recording of some standard and I'll have a lead sheet for that ...


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Just to clear up on the confusion wrought by the other answers, for the future readers of this question: exercises for finger independence DO exist, and some experienced guitarists actually can move their ring finger much more freely than we mortals. In fact, I came upon this question while googling for 'ring finger exercises'. I'm sure that the original ...


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I also have this problem. I am more or less a bass, and my range cuts off in chest voice at around a G or G#, but when I try to sing in that same range with falsetto, the tone is very weak and sometimes I drop notes or crack them when I make the switch between voices. The answer to this problem is very simple: Practice. To achieve the fluent motion between ...


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The secret to superfast, blazing alternate picking is knowing the fundamentals and ergonomics of your right hand. First, the picking motion should come from rotating the wrist just like opening a doorknob. Some call it sarod picking. Watch pebberbrown on youtube youll get the idea. Second, holding the pick with the SIDE of your index finger and PAD of the ...


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Shaking your hand out is good for when it gets tired. Maybe a stress ball or, if you can handle it, a pair of these:


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Hammering-on incorporates quickly stabbing a finger onto the fretboard. Hold it down once a note sounds.Do it not too gently - it is called hammer.When you're happy making one note with this technique, try two and three fingers, in the shape of the chord you're weak on. It will help all the fingers for that chord arrive on the fretboard together, which is ...


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It depends on the time you practice and the time you need for the songs you play. Hard to say without knowing you. General rule of thumb: if you don't see progress in the songs you play or don't remember well enough what you practiced the day before, you need to spend more time for the songs you play, so probably you need to preactice less songs. if you ...


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What it sounds like is you are suffering from tension and poor hand and arm position. Hopefully you have a piano teacher as they can help you. You are bit too early on the piano technique exercises. After you've advanced a bit more, there are some books you can purchase that have a multitude of exercises in them. Recommending them now is a bit too early as ...


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A John petrucci training exercise I used a while back helps a lot with finger dexterity You start off with a basic chord of : 1 2 3 4 X X Then move your index up a fret and switch positions with the middle finger like so: 2 1 3 4 X X Then you move up the whole 4 strings you are fretting with the index When you're done you should have: 4 1 2 3 X X Then you ...


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I'm not a doctor so this isn't medical advice but: Essential Tremor I believe is very similar if not identical to what you're suffering from. Eliminating caffeine can reduce or eliminate essential tremors as well as the prescription drug Propranolol. The effects of doing either of these things is almost immediate so you only have to skip coffee and tea ...


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I believe what you are experiencing are called "essential tremors". My daughter has had them in her right hand for most of her adult life, and, unfortunately, there is no known cure or treatment.


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Learn the scales, backwards & forward, & practice all of them daily. Move at the speed you're comfortable with; as time progresses, you'll notice you're picking up speed. Take care to be precise & do not allow yourself to get sloppy with this.


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Some songs are very easy to learn and remember, other songs take longer. I usually learn a song's intro for example, just the intro, until I have the intro in fluent memory. If the intro is simple, that doesn't take long, it can be memorised in minutes, but if it's not, it can sometimes take days to master. Then I go back to adding the next phase of the ...


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From another answer at this SE I got notion of the book The Musicians Way by Gerald Klickstein. While its main audience are university level musicians, there's a lot of stuff that is useful for those of us not playing for a living. He talks about how to practice, methods for remembering songs, how to approach new material etc. I think there will always be a ...


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You can't control you're diaphragm; it moves involuntarily. Your teacher has given you incorrect information, which I will outline and correct below. Also, air cannot "come from the diaphragm". That is physiologically impossible. Your air comes from your lungs; nowhere else. Your diaphragm is a muscular membrane that sits below your lungs and above your ...


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Just maintain a proper technique while you're learning, even through the frustrating stuff. Maybe you've seen your favorite drummer go ham and at times you just wanna bust out and do that *. Take your time with the form being taught to you and then, sooner than later, you'll be busting out sick fills in no time.


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I had a similar problem and I tried to solve it by just playing some basic chord progressions and paying attention to switching between chords. It helped for particular chord progressions, but it didn't improve my finger coordination in general. By doing that I simply developed muscle memory for particular movements that didn't work for new chords and new ...


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I found http://pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.III.12 very useful. In short, mental play, or playing in your mind is very useful and can also be used as a way to learn perfect pitch.


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I have used the various table-exercises mentioned above. I suggest getting the Hanon The Virtuoso Pianist in Exercises and the Schmitt book on exercises. These will give you plenty of patterns to choose from as well as some good stuff do while at the piano. Now keep in mind that it is more fatiguing to play on a hard surface such as a table, and with ...


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Of course, with problems of matching instrument and player anatomy there is always the last resort of changing the instrument to something comparable but better-suited. With the piano, the standard concert instrument is the grand piano, and the grand piano very much has a standardized key width. So unless you are playing at a level where you are expected ...


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There are advantages to small hands as far as quickness in passages requiring tight, compact scale work. Some people with big fingers stumble over their length in these situations, others have fingers too large to slide between the black notes which is another disadvantage. I'd say longish fingers that aren't too fat giving you a reach of a tenth is ball ...


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One piece of advice that relaxed my wrist totally was to put the weight of arm on the shoulder. Tension in arm muscles usually leads to wrist being tense. Let gravity take the arm just let it hang on shoulder muscles. Also do following exercise everyday. Put hand in five fingers position, then press all notes while keeping wrist relax move wrist up and down ...


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A John petrucci training exercise I used a while back helps a lot with finger dexterity You start off with a basic chord of : 1 2 3 4 X X Then move your index up a fret and switch positions with the middle finger like so: 2 1 3 4 X X Then you move up the whole 4 strings you are fretting with the index When you're done you should have: 4 1 2 3 X X Then you ...


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If you play E minor pentatonic as 9/4, 12/4, 10/5, 12/5, 10/6, 12/6 (first number is the fret. Second number is the string.), everything on the 12th fret is done with the pinky, and that's half of the scale, so that would help with training your pinky.



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