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A piano keyboard is straight, not typing position. Your description rather reminds me of a bandonion rather than a piano: your hands stay in the same general position, and the arrangement of notes is largely arbitrary and has to be learned by heart. As a result, you don't fall victim to the temptation of excessive "key rollover" legato. If you take a look ...


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I have constructed my own solfege system at http://toneme.org which simultaneously handles relative and absolute solfege, including accidentals. Each utterance consists of a consonant phoneme followed by a vowel phoneme. The consonant represents the pitch class, and the vowel represents the function. Please note that the website is several years out of ...


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It's not just the smokers themselves that smell of cigarettes. I lent my soprano cornet to a dep player who was a smoker and the instrument was in a revolting state when I got it back. It stank, and I had to wash it inside and out several times and polish it hard to get it back to its original state. It was horrible.


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A "classic" touch typist keeps fingers on a "standard position" (ASDF for the left hand and JKL: for the right), and reaches all keys from there without moving the whole hand. As a result, on a piano, he can easily use the existing expertise on somewhat ten adjacent white keys (five directly under fingers and two on the sides) and all black keys in ...


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I once asked a famous violinist this same question, and this is what he said to me: If you only learn the technique for a certain piece, you need to begin anew with every piece that you learn. If you achieve technical mastery before the music, learning the piece becomes a matter of applying your technique. All that said, it's not fun drilling etudes for ...


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I would suggest to concentrate on the part you play the worst, the shorter the better. It allows to practice it many times within limited time range. Very soon it will no longer be the worst part of your song. If I learn "beginning to end" instead, the result is a funny music with the quality of performance gradually degrading from perfect at startup to ...


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There is no need to train on exercises only. My piano teacher gives real songs and exercises in somewhat 50 : 50 % proportion. Many really nice piano pieces like "Love me Tender" or "Jingle Bells" or "Let it Be" melody line are actually not so difficult to play. There is no lack in "easy piano" books with adapted, simplified versions of really great, real ...


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Just a few notes: What Tim describes as "a boogie pattern" some people call the money-walk and it varies slightly, sometimes walking half-steps up and down from the 3rd to the 5th and occasionally touching on the flattened 5th. Play around with this one, it's (over)used in 50s and 60s rock quite a bit. A common country bass-line (some call it the eat-shit ...


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Interesting - there is a 'top down' for guitar music. I'm thinking of popular guitar tunes, rather than classical guitar. People who self-teach generally start off learning chord shapes which will enable you to strum your way through a song. A lot of guitar tutorials work this way. You can also learn "basic" chords which will work, and add more intricacy ...


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There's a boogie pattern 1-3-5-6-b7-6-5-3- used for 12 bar blues. Walking bass patterns (usually on each beat) use all the notes from the scale of the key you're in,- you can use any order, preferably starting a bar with the root note. Theory says that there's a good chance one or two of the other notes in the bar will fit the chord, even random notes ! But ...


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Hire a piano teacher and take a short introductory piano course. You will understand lots more about notation after that, and you may get useful hints by discussing your software with the teacher. Maybe you would be a strange student, so tell the teacher in advance about your goals.


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You also absolutely never can loose your temper. If you are quick to anger or have a temper this is absolutely not the job for you. If you can manage to teach the instrument in an intellectually engaging manner than that will also be a big feather in your cap. There is somethings you should realise that will inevitably happen. Parents will try and duke you ...


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From the view point of the student: as much as this depends on you, plan the lesson carefully enough do not break it abruptly and demonstratively because the time has ran out. know the goals of the student. If the student is not sure about goals, help to choose, listing the possible options. a student may actually not know how to talk with the teacher, ...


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If a jazz pianist were to ask you the exact same question about classical music (in its broader sense), where would you start? I have taught jazz to many experienced and professional classical pianists, and I know of no shortcut to years of study and practice. If your question was intended to mean where could you start, I would recommend The Jazz Piano ...


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There are so many chords that you can use in Jazz Music. Like Major7 (maj7/M7), Major9, Major11, even Diminished which have a form like 1-3-5-7 in maj7, 1-3-5-7-9 in maj9, or 1-b3-5-7 in min7. There are so many genres of jazz that have different chord to use. Like bossa-nova, they play basses just the 1st and 5th note. Swing, they do walking bass which a ...


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The best resource may very well be a well educated teacher. One that can play you melody and harmony exercises for you so that you can hear what works and what does not would be especially useful. Try getting one with a Licentiate and/or Diploma in theory. Also post grad work in theory from a good music school is a great qualification.


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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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From how I learned, most easy seems to remember that A three note major chord can be built on any piano key by pressing additionally a key three keys up and then another two keys more up. A three note minor chord can be built with the opposite rule (first two keys up, then three keys more up). You need to count both black and white keys. The keys that ...


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according to my personal experience: Be patient , it may take for years to reach your ideal speed . play every day ,seems exaggerating ! it's better to play half an hour a day but every day than to play 7 hours but 4 day per week. if you don't have practice schedule make one as soon as possible. warm up before start practicing, it strengthens your fingers ...


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I don't mean to sound like I am belittling Pop music, but Classical music is always more complicated, and usually more difficult to sing/play. The differences are merely due contrasting styles, not musical inferiority. I was trained as a chorister in a church choir but listen to large amounts of pop music, and that is where my knowledge is from. Possibly ...


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It's difficult to define, because Sci-Fi is such a broad term. When I Think Of Sci-Fi I think: Dr Who, BladeRunner(and by extension Vangelis), Star Wars, Star Trek, War Of the Worlds, Thunder Birds,Journey to the Center of the Earth, Avatar, Metroid, Metal Gear Solid. While containing a range of disperate musical styles, A common theme between the lot ...


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One of the three links was broken, but the lower two still work. They both remind me of the X Files. What you've got harmonically in all three is: The strong presence of a simple, 1,3,5 minor triad. This is a very clean sound so in a way it is elementary and childlike, but also eerie and suspenseful due to it being minor, kind of like the little kid ...


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I do reseach on automated music classification (among others) using data mining. You ask a very interesting question. At first glace I can feel a lot of built up tension in the songs and a very (fast) repetitive pattern underlying the main melody. Even the melody seems repetitive. If we can get some midi examples or musicXML files, I might be able to let ...


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Recording yourself and listening to it in a loop is the best way to improve your skills. By doing so, you can find out which all area you need to improve. Don't buy a cheap mic. Buy a good mic. And while singing, be closer to the mic. And I also recommend you to use noise filter software. After recording yourself, use this software to clean out the noise ...


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Make sure you have a decent microphone and decent recording software. Using a 5 dollar microphone with windows recorder will not represent your voice well enough. As for the position of the microphone, you should be really close to it (don't put it 1 meter away from you). Also, a pop filter is basically a must... As far as listening to yourself goes, that ...


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Like you, I started learning piano long after I had sung and played guitar for many years. I think there is no substitute for a few private lessons with a piano teacher to put you on the right path. Try to find a teacher who is sympathetic and flexible. You need to see if you can find someone who can do more than teach you rote lessons out of a method book ...


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I've gone the opposite way. I learned piano for a couple of years then tried my hand at guitar. I thought I wouldn't need any kind of beginner's books either, but a couple of months later saw me missing out on valuable techniques that would've made learning the instrument much easier. (Most of) guitar is... in the least offensive way possible, dumbed down, ...



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