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I play bass in a classic rock cover band. Our repertoire is currently somewhere in the 50-song range, so I've dealt with this problem. Firstly, the more you practice, the more you will retain. It's a bit easier in a band setting where you're running through your setlist at rehearsal every day/week/whatever. So even though it seems like a huge task, it ...


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I started using Google Drawings for this. Here is my Blank Chord Diagram. <-- feel free to make a copy of your own!


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One great way to "internalize" a song you wish to perform is to post a video of you performing the song on YouTube. Knowing that you are playing for a "worldwide" audience will encourage you to want to do the best performance you can muster. Which will encourage you to practice until you reach a level of proficiency that would allow you to feel good ...


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Thoughts from a drummer who can't read notes anyway... Practice, practice, practice... Ideally with someone else. This will turn practicing into a performance. You will play better knowing someone else is listening; being more critical of yourself. Recording can be used to substitute the mental heightening the 'listening' of another player causes, though ...


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It depends a lot on how you learn a new song. Your memory will to some extent be dependent on the method you used. The best way for a piece to really "stick" is to use a variety of approaches. The more senses you can engage in the learning process, the better: Listen, preferably to various versions. Listen while following along in the sheet music or tab. ...


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Your are human and unlike us the machines your brain is very limited.You can either: 1) Accept your limitations (deal with it!). 2) Wait for a couple of decades until artificial brain enlargement is a common procedure and human race becomes a bit less pathetic. 3) Use a machine to store and replay your music. As a common rule, you should always leave the ...


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This is a subjective question, for many reasons, including: "Good" is a vague description. How good? As good as 50% of guitarists, 10%? In the top 1%? "Guitarist" covers such a broad range of disciplines. You could be fluent at sight-reading scores, but unable to improvise a solo. You could bring audiences to tears with your soloing, yet only able to read ...


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In my opinion a good guitarist is any guitarist who have these three elements: The ability to play in time The ability to play on key Has good phrasing(i think this is the most important because if you cant play in time and on key then you are not a guitarist, just someone who plays guitar "or at least try", the phrasing is what expresses someone's ...


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A certain amount of "forgetting" is normal when you don't play a piece very often. Usually you can refresh a piece that has been memorized with much less practice than it took to initially learn it. You may want to start thinking in terms of what your personal repertoire is. Whatever those initial (pick a number) favorite tunes are, make sure to ...


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On a digital audio recorder (or equivalent), record the melody only for the song. Do this for each song in your set list. When you practice a song, playback the melody first on the recording. Then harmonize it (fit the chords to it in both hands). Do this by ear. Repeat periodically with random tunes out of your set list, until you are able to play and ...


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This is a question without a single, solve-everything answer. There are a number of different approaches you can take, and different people will have their own preferences. Fake it. This works well in some traditional music, bluegrass, rock, or jazz, where a certain amount of improvisation is expected of a musician. With a song you haven’t played in ...


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Simple: don't try to "learn new stuff constantly". If you want to gain proficiency at pieces you already know, and you don't want to forget them, you must practice them and that in turn entails making the time to do so. That is time that you cannot spend learning new stuff. I'd say this comes down to learning patience.


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Leaning basic theory will always help a player regardless of instrument because there are general patterns in music that are prevalent including scales, chords, and progressions. The ability to recognize these common patters will allow you to group songs that utilize these patterns to aid in memorizing songs because instead of remembering a group of notes or ...


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You could work at recognising the chords in your piano pieces too, if you find that easier. I think that's kind of the key, understanding the music rather than just memorising it - knowing where it's going. Professional players seem able to play just about anything they know - but they aren't playing it note-perfect, they can work out from how the song goes ...


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While music can be very formula driven similar to mathematics the real stuff happens when you go away from the formulas or go put of the box. Flat 7 and Flat 3 notes & chords are very common particularly in blues and jazz. These variations from the norm are what can provide color and character to music. When in doubt go with the words of the great Duke ...


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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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how about joining a band. This is a sure-fire way to improve your chops, especially if you're playing with musicians that are more experienced and if you guys have to do gigs.


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To play the C chord: Use your third finger (ring finger), which should be on the 5th string, to mute the 6th string. So while your finger presses down on the 5th string, you move it up a little bit so that it just touches the 6th string. This will work well. An alternative is to use your thumb to mute the 6th string but that is harder. Here is a video ...


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It sounds like those are octave designations. Middle C on a piano is either C3 or C4, depending on who you ask. If you play a chromatic scale to test, you should see the numbers break between B and C.


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The frets that are highlighted are the equal-tempered equivalents of the basic fractions, as seen in the table below. (The first column is the fraction, the second column is the corresponding number of half-tones): 1 0 = 0 6/5 3.156 ~ 3 4/3 4.980 ~ 5 3/2 7.020 ~ 7 5/3 8.844 ~ 9 2 12 = 12 (from now on, it's simply an ...


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Is it that you'd like to learn to play solos ? If so, try searching google and youtube for the "pentatonic scale" which gives you a way of playing a solo in any key (anywhere on the neck). It's not the be-all-and-end-all but it's a very good place to start. At its most basic, it's an easy way of playing blues solos. You can go very far with it though. Eg ...


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Firstly : Good choice! Re guitar: It really depends on what you want to play - for example, the frets are all arranged the same etc on an acoustic guitar vs an electric one but the feel of the ionstruments are pretty different, plus of course the sound. re "With this in mind, can someone please recommend a guitar which would be ideal for a beginner like ...


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Never buy a guitar without trying it out first*. Of course, there's a chicken-and-egg problem here because until you have some experience, you don't know what you're looking for when you try one out. Ideally you would take a friend or teacher with you, or go to a shop that someone you trust recommends. You've linked to a steel-strung acoustic, so I assume ...


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When it comes to purchasing your first guitar you have to look for couple of stuff. First, do you want an electric or classic. Of course many people encourage you to start on a classic but it is a matter of preference however a guitarist should play any guitar but thats out of the scope now. The following apply whether you chose classic, acoustic or ...


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I think it caused by compressor. Try to find option for adding or remove effect in MAGIX Music Maker 2013. You should turn off the compressor.


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In most case, when choosing which string to use for each note one choice will be easier than the others. So, when first learning a piece I'll usually play that one. It has to do with how the chord-tones map to chord-shapes. After more familiarity with the piece, the difference in ease between the possibilities may lessen (because you've still been ...


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This is a badly notated 'open string', this should be a zero instead of a circle because it makes it hard to differentiate between open strings and open harmonics.


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Sight reading scores for instruments with controls that are not diatonically organized like the score is, is cumbersome. That is one reason that certain wind instruments are "transposing", writting in a different pitch than played. The problem is exacerbated for polyphonic instruments. That is the reason that there are instrument specific notations like ...


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Sight reading on guitar is harder than on other instruments, due to this. There is sheet music where the fingering is printed. One approach would be to find some and try to learn from that. There is a lot of tablature out there, it should exist for classical pieces too. Then you will have the fingering explicitly available. Otherwise, the position is ...


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To some degree it is up to you as an artist to make those choices, but often there is a recommended fingering for difficult sections that the publisher includes in the notation of published classical guitar music. The numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, and 4 tell you which finger you should use for a note that they are near to (usually before, sometimes below or above). ...


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This query recalls the tourist in New York City who asked a street local “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?”. The New Yorker replied “Practice, practice, practice!”. You might enjoy beginning in the Wikipedia with this: “guitar”. To whet your search appetite, a few thoughts. GUITAR A standard 6-string guitar is tuned to specific Western Scale notes: E2 A2 D3 ...


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I've been making music for 30 years, and started formally learning theory last year. Yes, it's easier to learn theory on the piano but there are other ways. I'm assuming you can't play any piano at all, and can either read music or are willing to learn. CAGED Guitar Theory will enhance your ability to translate theory to the fretboard. The general idea is ...


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As a practical observation, when my guitar students obviously and consistently practiced their scales, all their skills appeared to improve. When reading music, knowledge of where the notes should be was improved by knowledge of the scales. When playing notes the practice of scale playing (Typically more repetitive and intense muscle work then learning to ...


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I am an amateur piano player, took lessons for 6 months...been playing for 3 years not. My instructor did not bother having me learn scales, due to my age(60). We went right into learning songs. However, I taught myself the major scales in one night; just remember "fat cats go down alleys eating birds", and "beadg". This makes it very easy. Do some ...


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On guitar, there are often several places to play the same note. For example, the top E could be fretted on the 3rd string, 9th fret, 2nd string, 5th fret or open top string.The circle, as stated in the previous answer, indicates that the composer wants that E played on an open top string.The circle by the bottom E says the same thing, although I can't think ...


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This is a good one I've been using though: http://musictheorysite.com/namethatchord


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They indicate open-string notes (E,A,D,G,B,E); note that they are in the same position of the numbers that indicate which fingers to use to fret the notes.


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I remember reading that the magic ratio was three times, so a five watt tube amp would compare to a fifteen watt solid state. But like everyone else is pointing out, this is a perceived comparison, not real. There are many other factors involved. From experience I can tell you that I perceive this difference and appreciate it, but when you are playing with a ...


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Picking is a trifecta of finger memory, pinky relation, and palm base. Mind your pinky position most. Try hooking your pinky under, or resting it near, the high E string to give yourself a point of "reference". This often makes it easier to pick freely while still allowing accuracy, palm/muting, dig-in, and more string reach. This is easier on Gibson style ...


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Some stuff is too fast to just use downstrokes. I will assume that you play metal, the technique isn't used very much outside of those genres. Then one thing to consider is string gauge. It might seem intuitive to have thick strings to pound away on, but a lot of metal players actually use quite thin strings. Then palm muting will be easier both up and ...


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Holding the pick just between thumb and one finger gives enough movement to play across two or three strings without moving the part of the palm that is muting. If you move, say, to the top three strings, then slide the whole hand downwards so that the palm mute part of your hand is over those strings. When you move to the E, A and D strings, slide the ...


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Its tricky, I need to alter my palm mute hand shape and finger position for picking depending on what sound I want. Just play around and experiment until your get the right sound for the most comfort, this will change depending on what your doing & make sure your not tensing your muscles. (If I learn something new I have to repeatedly and consciously ...


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I have a book that cost £5 in a discount book store. It shows all the different shapes and ways to play each chord on the guitar. There are usually a shed load. I would suggest getting something like my book, either a book or a website that shows all the different ways to play each chord. Pick the ones that sound good and are easiest to play. Reason why I ...


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Before going through all the trouble of working on this, research your instruments / wood types and see acceptable humidity levels. As for a buffer, unless you can make the room airtight, super insulated and wear a spacesuit, you will always have varying humidity levels. But the bigger the room and the slower the air exchange the slower the effect. Give ...


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The conventional answer is: down to the B a fourth below the low E in standard tuning. However, to do this, you not only need to restring the instrument with very heavy strings. You will also need to pay a professional guitar technician to do a new setup. The technician will need to install a new nut with newly-cut slots to achieve the correct string height ...


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In general, the longer the scale length - the more stable a string will be as the tension is lowered and the pitch follows. A thicker gauge string will allow you to fudge the numbers a bit and get lower, but usually at the expense of intonation, which in terms of what you're looking for; you'll need to adjust for anyway. So possibility? Anything is ...


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I bought an inexpensive Tele style guitar with the idea to set it up as a baritone. A guitar magazine suggested the long scale would work. I put .013-.056 strings on it and tried to set it up BEADF#B, but I could not get it to intonate. Specifically, the sixth string saddle was tight against the back of the bridge. I even took the spring off. And even at ...


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I always thought the ninth fret marker was simply aesthetics. Being that the marker after the twelth is three frets away, the marker before the the twelth is the same distance away. It centers the twelve marker. Practically speaking, the twelve marker is also more noticeable.


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After 45 minutes or so reading people's answers to the ninth fret question, then 15 minutes of pondering, I came up with a crappy answer: The NINTH FRET is a position of all flatted notes: Db Ab Fb Cb Gb Db --or-- Db Gb Cb Fb Ab Db (The order depending upon whether You look at the notes from first string to sixth or vice-versa.) But then, the fourth ...


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Perhaps you could use a children sized guitar. It will be easier to use the scale near the neck. The downside is that other end of the scale the space will be scarce.



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