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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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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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Before I talk about cool-down exercises-- I'd be wary in your situation as you describe your feelings as "sore" and "uncomfortable". After a good practice session, you may feel a general sense of tiredness, but you should NEVER have pain or even soreness. Robert Schumann invented a device to "stretch" his fingers and ended up with an irreversible hand injury ...


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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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The disconnect between chest and head voice that you experience is completely normal. It is called the passaggio. To minimize the difference in sound between the two vocal registers, you must gradually make them meet in the middle. Chest For your chest voice, try and raise your overall range in half-step increments. Use any of the standard effective ...


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Take out your copy of the "Bach violin solo sonatas and partitas" urtexts and pick out the pieces that are monophonic preferringly containing an ample amount of slurs. Try not to break slurs or other obvious phrases across strings. That makes for a solid amount of exercise for 2nd position but also 3rd and 4th.


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First, pick a position that you want to focus on. Play through scales of pieces that you will use the position on, practicing shifting in and out of those positions. Don't necessarily play your scales in order - shift around notes on them to be able to simulate how pieces might play, and go all over the fingerboard. If you are struggling with intonation, ...


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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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No. True perfect or absolute pitch is an inborn and automatic trait that cannot be trained or learned. People with true absolute pitch hear different musical tones as clearly and effortlessly as normally-sighted people see different colors. It tends to be approximately as rare as true tone deafness (that is, it's a lot less common than many people think), ...


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Let me answer the original question: "How do you call guitar technique for playing one instrument, but making it sound like there are at least two guitars?" You call it "good". It is not as much a technique but rather sufficient mastery and control of the instrument in order to execute multiple simultaneous parts or voices with a separate identity. ...


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It may sound glib, but study the playing of guitarists such as Django Reinhart, who managed very well with a couple of fingers - the others were there, but in a similar manner to yours, worked together rather than independently.


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If you're going up or down the piano playing octaves you'll need to move your arm, but you should minimize the movement as much as possible. A lot of times beginners will move their arm up much more than they need to in general when moving up or down the piano. Minimizing the movement minimizes the distance you need to move from one octave to another. As ...


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It is definitely a Travis Picking style as well as Tommy has got a Hemi installed his hands! The guy is just fast as all get out. Here is a link to the tab of his live version of the song: http://www.tabpigs.org/artists/te/classical_gas.pdf . You might be able to study it and work on sections. As for what exercises would be good to practice, I'm not quite ...


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Lots of study books tackle higher positions, for example Otakar Ševčík's School of Violin Technique Op. 1 Part 2 and Mary Cohen's Nifty Shifts And some pieces are written to help beginners explore other positions, for example David Sone's Eight Pieces in the Third Position Such studies will help you feel secure out of first position, and (as tarun ...


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I suggest exercises with 'aah', 'yaah' and 'aeh' sounds. Go down from c until the note you can sing like five steps each time chromatically... (C B Bb A Ab brethe and B Bb A Ab G breathe....)


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Usually with a book of etudes, the thing to do is to work on one for about two weeks, give or take, allowing the tempo to increase by itself, guided by comfort, and then move on to the next etude. After a couple of months of this, you can start cycling back to the first, and continuing to review. This means that if you spend 8 minutes working on the etude ...


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The book doesn't specify what path to take for a good reason and that is the final goal is to master them a faster speed and exact path you take isn't as important as where you end up. A simple example is you may find that exercise 2 is easier for you then exercise 1 so you may be able to master exercise 2 at a bpm of 108 before you are able to master ...


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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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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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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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Here's an instructional video showing some pretty great exercise routines for fingers. (Was advised to me by a guitarist very good with his finger control, so I believe the exercises are effective.) For the record, the name of the video is "Greg Irwin - Finger Control & Fitness".


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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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Practice longtones with crescendos and decrescendos, practice all your scales, and practice scales with different tongueing patterns like tongue slur, tongue two slur two, etc.



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