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I would say that the last paragraph of your question is closer to the truth. I wouldn't consider knowing the names and shapes of some chords as knowing theory. I know for a fact that people can play very well with little to no theoretical knowledge, since I have friends with this ability. Theory wasn't there before music, theory is a tool to understand and ...


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If you don't have a metronome, get one. They have phone apps for them now so it is pretty easy to get one. Start with a very slow speed. Once you are able to perform it ten times in a row at that speed, increase the speed by 5 beats per minute. Once you can play it ten times at that speed, increase again. Do this until you reach the speed it is to be ...


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One last update. The question as I understand it has numerous nested questions: "...if this statement can ever make sense: "X didn't / doesn't know any music theory and is one of the all time greats..." "...is the above statement really saying that these guitarist essentially make up chords as they go along based upon intuition and ear alone?" "...Is ...


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Yes. They might be brash and full of bravado, but they will see the long term effects when they age. They will not be able to play for as long during their lifetime as they would if they were healthy. Quite simply: Wind instruments need wind. Smoking inhibits your ability to create wind. Therefore, reduced wind production reduces tone production, ...


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Play it slow but correct and then speed up. Try to play it perfectly, as slow as you need it to be. It's better to be able to play it slowly and well then to play it fast and sloppy. Your friends are right, a metronome can help. First, set it to a speed at which you can comfortably play it. From there on, put it a bit faster each time. The song is at 120 ...


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There is a shortcut, yes. The secret is to practice smart. I used to tell my students there is a difference between practicing and playing; between cleaning up all the difficulties and going into the small details, and playing just for fun or for others. The more time you spend in cleaning grey zones, being careful with sound quality, with fast exercises ...


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Definitely. For one thing it's much easier to memorise a piece if you understand the theory behind it. Imagine memorising a seemingly random sequence of letters. Now imagine how much easier it is to memorise a poem, because you know how the letters fit together to make words, the words go together to make lines, the lines have a rhythm, some of the words ...


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Walking away from something and letting it "marinade" is a learning technique known as incubation. When conscious, incubation occurs in the sub-conscious mind where your brain will continue to essentially run series of diagnostic tests addressing the problem it has been presented with. When sleeping, incubation occurs in the unconscious mind, and some ...


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As the horn section you met has demonstrated - smoking and brass playing are not completely incompatible. People can play brass, and play well, despite smoking, at least for a period. Smoking definitely damages your ability to breathe; it reduces lung capacity; it stiffens lung tissue; it narrows breathing passages; it causes excess mucus; it reduces blood ...


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There is a large difference between tone deafness and an undeveloped voice. Unless your parents are musicians, comments like that can be hurtful and can stifle musical exploration and creativity. Tone deafness is actually quite serious and is as it suggests - an inability to distinguish between certain sounds. This is akin to color-blindness, where a ...


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From what I understand, you want to "get it out of the way", because you want to focus on the song writing aspect, but not get too in depth with piano technique intricacies. What most people are trying to tell you is that even learning the basic skills, techniques, patterns takes quite a lot of practice and time, because piano is not by any means a simple ...


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I think you've got a good list already, but I'd quibble with the in order part. I'd recommend splitting up your practice time to work on each of these fronts every day. So for a 1-hour practice, you might do Practice yesterday's scale a few times, pick a new scale and practice it. ~ 10 min. Put on your new favorite pop song and try to transcribe the chord ...


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You probably do need to commit some pieces to memory, and here's why. As a fluent reader of English, when you see the word "penguin", you don't process each individual letter in your head. You see the whole shape of the word, and immediately get a mental image of a black-and-white bird. When you were a child, learning to read, you did process each ...


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For starters, the recorder is a great instrument that is played by everyone from the absolute beginner up to conservatory-trained professionals. There are some differences in how it is used in European compared to American culture--for starters, almost all professional-level players hail from outside of the US, whereas in the United States it is seen ...


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Ok, so if you're looking to take a song on guitar and work out the key the easiest way is to look at the chords being played, and work out the key they all relate to. If the song goes like this: C, F, G, C We can see the that these are the I, IV and V chords of C Major I, IV, V, I Or a different example: Dm, G7, C Is also C Major, with ii, V, I being ...


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The biggest mistake that many starting-out (and professional) keyboardists, including pianists, make is sitting at the piano incorrectly which results in playing with tension. Make sure you learn everything you can about correct bench height (generally, your forearms should be parallel with the keybed), sitting in a relaxed manner and relieving all muscle ...


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This is correctly answered by @Pat Muchmore, but I wanted to elaborate a bit so you can find your own way to understand more about this notational device. I hope it helps. The key signature is a fixed set of either sharps or flats that appear immediately after the clef at the beginning of each staff. The set is fixed in the sense that they follow the ...


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You don't really need to know music theory to play music. Just like @Meaningful Username said, theory is used to understand music, and also to communicate with other musicians. Imagine someone trying to explain that he is playing in C major scale, but without knowing the name of the scales. That would be hard. Also, just consider that there are people that ...


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Using a practice pad is common among drummers, and you certainly can learn e.g. hand independence and basic drum patterns without playing on a complete kit. I believe it will be possible to make progress in this way. At some point real kit playing will be more beneficial, but for learning the basics, it will be enough to use a practice pad.


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I think the best would be to get an electronic drum set. It isn't really huge and it isn't really loud. You can use headphones, so no one can listen to what you are playing. Of course the practice pad would help, but a real drum set would be much much better and would help you develop faster (In my experience). Does the device that you mentioned have a ...


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The reasons (in addition to those of DrMayhem), which I think of are: easy to find a teacher affordable even in decent quality no tuning efforts for solo play as all other woodwinds: ear and breathing technique trained traditional instrument for an orchestra many small ensemble formations and musical styles open to choose neighbour-friendly (closing the ...


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There are hundreds of different types of breathing exercises, so I will mention a few and suggest important concepts to cover. 1.) Teach them how to visualize their breathing. This one is extremely important and is the root of good breathing. I always teach my students to think of taking big, large, open, relaxed, deep breaths. 2.) They should be silent. ...


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What you're asking is similar to "I want to write great software, but I'm not a programmer and have no knowledge of computer science or programming or anything like that. Will I be able to write great software if I just get the right IDE?" I'm a programmer too; take it from me: YES theory is extremely important for what you want. Given that you are a ...


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As has been said so many times - get a good teacher - at least for a while. I believe anyone can learn to play an instrument by themselves - if they live long enough !! A teacher will guide you to a suitable sax, be it soprano, alto tenor or baritone (quite expensive). Watching videos and using tutor books is good, but they won't answer a question you ...


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Since you want to learn funk, study the Slap it by Tony Oppenheim. It's a pretty good book for slap and it starts from the beginning. So even if you don't know any slapping, you can still read this book. It starts at a beginner's level and takes you to a pretty good one. After you've finished the book, you can start The slap bass program by Alexis ...


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I don't have any links like the answer above me, however, I've been playing bass for ~8 years, and taught myself from nothing. The best advice I can possibly give is to work on your timing, and remember that you're always learning, even when you're not playing. Bass is ALL about the timing. It doesn't matter if you're playing, or you just have an idle hand ...


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Well, all of those are useful skills to have at some point, but through the lens of 'Never picked up a guitar before', I would tell you first to learn the basic motor skills needed, being picking/plucking, fretting and how to control your hands in a synchronous manner. After that, get comfortable with the fretboard. In any playing, comfort is key, but that ...


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Leaving out notes is rare; usually you would arpeggiate. In fact, when this piece was written, it was common to arpeggiate smaller chords, too. Here you can hear Scriabin himself play Op.11 No.13. He arpeggiates the big chords and some of the others. None of them are notated in the score.


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Pro active supplemental learning should be encouraged and only tempered by proper instruction when it applies to your technique or anything related to the way you control your body, arms, wrists, and fingers. Managing the precious surplus time you have and aiming it at practicing scales, arpeggios, and chords, learn new ones, improvise with what you have ...


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Child-proof instruments are a rarity. Recorders are pretty well bombproof. They can easily be twisted to accomodate left-handers.It's quite easy to play each note in tune and the tone , whilst not over-pleasing, is acceptable, unlike, say, the violin in the hands of a beginner. The fingering is similar to flute, sax etc.So paving the way forward for ...



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