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I would venture that you're doing it correctly, and that it takes awhile. I was still reaching new levels of mastery over the same basic scales for many years after I began. One thing that accelerated the process, beyond what you described, was practicing the scales in two ways: Imagine "C" is the scale of choice. Imagine its notes C D E F G A B are ...


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First off, I'm going to say that many people have key preferences and there's nothing wrong with that. If you want to adapt to major keys for listening or writing, it's all a matter of preference. And not all songs in minor keys have to sound sad; there are several examples of this. Panic! at the Disco, for example. Each key has different components and ...


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Different people think in different ways, and what works for you may not work for other people. So you need to do some exploring, to find out how your own mind works. Some alternatives to thinking in terms of intervals for each step: Concentrate on how it sounds For some people, it helps to have an idea in your head of what the scale will sound like, then ...


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If you're learning scales for guitar, then a powerful way to practice scales is to play the arpeggiated harmonized scale. Take for example C major. C D E F G A B The harmonized scale are the diatonic chords that use each note in the scale as the root. C Dm Em F G Am Bdim The harmonized arpeggiated scale would be: C E G D F A E G B F A ...


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This is another example where it's a culmination of finding a technique that works for you, and then sticking to a practice regime when you find one that works. One way I have found particularly useful, was using the circle of fifths as you said, and going one way round (i.e through the sharps) and then back the other way. Once I had this, I started doing it ...


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Interval complexity is a direct function of the distance between the lowest note of the interval as compared to the highest note of the interval with the closest note in the harmonic series of the lowest note of the interval. (Phew!) Let me explain: Poor Man's Harmonic Series: For the sake of this explanation, let's pretend the harmonic series represents ...


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When I studied classical guitar, my teacher based his course on the Carcassi Method. I would give it a thumbs up. Get a foot stool or use your guitar case as a prop in order to achieve the proper posture. Develop both the rest stroke and free stroke for your picking hand, and keep your fret hand thumb behind the neck rather than atop it. Best of luck! Enjoy ...


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Play within your reach. The time necessary to stretch out for certain +1 and +2 chords may inhibit you from playing them at tempo. If you must, use them at the beginning or after a suitable rest period, so that you have time to set them up. If you take the opportunity to watch jazz masters, you may discover that there are an incredible number of chords ...


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Might be a good idea to combine finger stretching exercises with actually learning some guitar basics. If your goal is to eventually play solos/lead guitar, then you could learn the pentatonic scale in the most common shapes. There are tutorials like this one all over the web. I often struggle with the stretches for just one or two chords (basically ...


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I learned a few of the scales first and learned some chord progressions that a teacher told me fit over them, and then learned chord theory, and that worked out. For chord theory you should learn first major and minor scales, because those are the most straight forward. The chord has to have only the notes of the scale in it. A chord is formed by the root, ...


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The way I memorized modes and scales was playing some jazz. I would analyze the piece and think about which scales could sound good over each chord. Playing at a slow tempo, very slow usually, I'd go through the piece trying to come up with ideas using the scales. This is a very lame way of playing jazz, but you'll sometimes be surprised at the things you ...


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I would say it's much more important to get her singing than to get her singing lessons. She can sing in a childrens' choir, form a band, etc. There are so many different things one can do with singing, and early formal study as (say) a classical singer could (maybe! not necessarily) be counterproductive if she ends up wanting to front a band. Or vice ...


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This one is very speculative, but it does make some sense. I say, one reason why many musical people aren't attracted to major keys as much, in particular on piano, is that the 12-edo tuning isn't able to render a properly in-tune (i.e. just intonation 4:5:6) major tonic. Thus it won't ever sound quite satisfying to a fine ear. If major keys sound allegedly ...


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This is very interesting, since I once found myself in this situation. In addition to AxxieD I'd like to add: 10 years ago, I only played minor scales. Mostly because it felt "more natural" and I had a more easy access to playing minor scales and progressions. I asked the exact same question during a lesson. My teacher asked me why I think I only play ...


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I went to amazon.com and did a classical guitar book search, and evaluated based on the reviews. It seemed to be somewhat of a draw between: The Christopher Parkening Guitar Method - Volume 1: Guitar Technique Solo Guitar Playing - Book 1 I settled on Parkening, but I haven't launched into it at all


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As someone who has been playing piano for over 17 years as of now, I increasingly find that pieces I thought were "simple" in the beginning are actually much harder to play well, now that I actively know a lot more about the composers and more about the thought process they went through and how it should sound. So, I think there is a lot to be said about ...


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The answer depends on the teachers available in your area. If you live near a big city, or near a music school you will have more options than if you do not. 1) Choose a voice teacher experienced in the style of music you wish to learn. Many teachers will lie and say they can teach every style. If you want pop, find a pop teacher, if you want classical ...


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Whilst leaning all the scales will be of great help in your playing, and probably understanding, the main one for this purpose is the major scale. Chords basically are made up of 1-3-5 of a scale. These are triads- 3 notes. Using the major scale, these will be major chords. To get minors, you could just make the maj. 3rd into a min. 3rd, rather than use the ...


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You may want to explore my collection of chords and supporting information. What makes this uncommon (unique?) is the fact that this collection of guitar chords illustrates and functionally identifies the component chord voices, rather than just indicating a marker to "put your finger here". This collection is almost completely comprised of movable chords -- ...



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