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You should really base your choice of what to learn based on which one you most like rather than which one is easiest. In truth, no instrument is easier than any other when played at the highest level of musicianship, just some instruments are easier to get started on than others. Violin and guitar are fully chromatic instruments meaning that every note is ...


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All of the below assumes whatever you do will involve daily practice (at least half an hour but an hour is better) and study (of resources on how to play). You don't need a teacher to learn harmonica but if guitar is your first instrument then a teacher is highly recommended, and for violin almost everyone needs a good teacher to succeed. A diatonic ...


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It is my understanding that some instruments require much more skill in distinguishing notes from one another than others (at least if you want to play well). In music class in elementary school, before selecting band instruments, the teacher gave us each a test, playing two notes on the piano (with her hands hidden from me) and asking which was higher ...


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I can understand and relate to your frustration. My mother was an accomplished pianist and taught piano. But when she tried guitar, she gave up quickly. She kept the guitar and so growing up I had access to both instruments. I became enamoured with guitar after starting on piano so I have experience learning both. The good news is that if you really ...


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I agree with the plus-voted answers above, but I'd like to suggest a couple of additional techniques. First, simplify your chord voicings. Start with "shell" or "Bud Powell" chord voicings. Then add color notes: flatted fifths, 11ths, 13ths, etc. Honestly, this is what most jazz piano players do. George Shearing the Block Chord King is dead. Second, try ...


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Barring physical disability, anyone CAN play any instrument. The easier Bach Inventions are regularly set for Grade 5 examinations, so in 6/7 years, regularly prodded by a teacher but not practicing much, you made rather less than average progress. This indicates a degree of talent, I suppose! Are you taking guitar lessons, or trying to teach yourself?


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While most answers bring valuable assessments, I would also add the fact that you need to accomodate with the instrument you want to play. Piano players think their instrument differently than guitarist do, same for drums players. So, added to the fact that you must build up your skill, supposedly try to get a teacher or understanding how instrument works, ...


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There are two basic hurdles to learning a new instrument - the theory, and the technique. For someone who is competent at one instrument, it shouldn't be hard for them to pick up the theory of playing a different one. However, different instruments have different technique challenges. Piano and guitar are relatively simple - it's just a question of where to ...


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If you have the drive and dedication to get over the initial awkward and difficult learning curve then I don't see why you can't play any instrument you want. When I first started guitar at the age of 15 I played for probably about 3 weeks or so and then "quit" because I was getting so frustrated and felt like I'd never be able to get it. After about 3 ...


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Depends on what you mean by "may be able". Different instruments and music styles and instruments and practice material pose different hurdles and motivation for different people. That's not specific to playing music but any skill. The less discipline you have, the more you are dependent on upcoming hurdles and short-time rewards matching your current ...


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I still think the best way to memorize chords is by their sound. To do this you would first need to be familiar with the pitch of every key on the keyboard and their relative pitches. This might seem really basic but is very important, and also fairly easy to accomplish on the keyboard because there are really just 12 keys repeating themselves. Then try to ...


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I play the bass guitar, but I learned this way of practicing seventh chords and inversions from a saxophone player. Say I am working C Maj 7... I start at the bottom of my instrument and head towards the top of the range: up CEGBC, down ECBGE, up GECBG, down BGECB. Once I reach the top, I come back down again alternating up and down. I do this for each ...


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I've settled on practicing each hand separately, with a metronome, for measures 45 - 52 (starting with Tempo I). The hands are sufficiently independent and even-rhythmed that I think I do a decent job when practicing them together. Since the left hand is arpeggiated with a strong tempo while the right hand plays a simple, repetitive, and catchy ...


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You'd need to combine several strategies. Practising polyrhythms as such (away from keybord) until that's easy would be a good start. Break up the score, practise segments of two or three beats in isolation, first each hand separately, then together. Use a metronome and get a feeling for how to fit the required notes into the available time. The midi ...


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Hi the issue with the original question is that when forming the standard triad one uses the 1,3,5 fingers on the right hand and 5,3,1 on the left hand. However when forming sevenths one brings in the second finger on both hands. 1,2,3,4 on the right and 5,4,3,2 on the left. This gives the dominant seventh of F as C-1,E-2,G-3 and Bb-4 with the 5 of the right ...


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Agree with most of the answers below, mentioning the importance of taking time to read the sheet, not exercising too much with separate hands etc. I would also recommend practicising hard parts... apart. What I do is playing hard parts alone a sufficient number of times in order to get a good fit, and I sightread the easy parts thereafter. This way you ...


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should I read the score without even touching the piano? Definitely. Sports coaches use the term "visualization". If you can't imagine "inside your head" what you are trying to achieve, most likely you won't achieve it. You don't need to be sitting in front of a piano (or a cello) to do the thinking. should I try and play the whole thing even if I ...


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You said that the piece does not look very difficult but only has "a few quirks". You may be looking at this from your experience with the cello, it may "look" easy, but you may need first to build your skills on the piano. Piano pieces are graded, so go to lower levels of difficulty and build up your skills. Be patient, and remember that you are starting ...


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Get a stringed instrument. Master going from fundamental tone to one octave up by pressing down fret 12. Get a really good grasp of the intervals from 0-x and x-12 where x is a fret within the octave... Then one day, get a fretless instrument. Although the excerpt you wrote says "atonal" I think it more as unrestricted pitch or continuous pitch.


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I learned to recognize intervals by associating each of them with a different melody. For example: Minor second - Jaws theme Major second - Do Re Mi Minor third - Greensleeves Major third - For He's the Jolly Good Fellow Perfect fourth - Yankee Doodle Augmented fourth - The Simpsons Theme Perfect fifth - Star Wars theme Minor sixth - Love Story ...


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The duration of the beat is set by the tempo marking, usually an italian word like lento, andante, vivace, etc. that you may have noticed at the beginning of musical scores. These words correspond to an approximate setting of beats per minute (bpm), that you find for example in wikipedia and is usually also marked on the scales of metronomes. But the ...


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One beat is as long as the composer says it will be. Usually signified at the beginning of a piece with 'bpm', This stands for beats per minute, so if it stated 60bpm, there would be one beat every second.A tune twice as fast would be 120bpm. No-one actually times abeats per se, but instead would use a metronome to set the speed of the piece.It's also very ...


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Sorry to disagree with Alex, but the alternative seems like a better bet for a complete beginner, as in play/sing/tap 5 separate notes, then rest for the next 5.'Sing the tone only on the strokes'. That would be why there are 5 stems shown. The same idea works for each example. In fact, you could also use Alex's idea for a change. In fact, the instructions ...


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The difference is that while tapping out the beats, you're supposed to sing a note—any note—on the beats that have the line over them, and not sing on the beats that don't. You're supposed to sing a single note, and that note is supposed to last the length of the beats that have the line above them. In other words, you tap or clap out a steady beat, and for ...


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OK, a different answer. Get a teacher who understands where you want to get to. But then, trust him. Don't be so full of what you DON'T want to learn, let him tell you what you DO. And accept that there's no easy fix.


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Agree that everything here makes good sense. Excellent ideas. A similar one my instructor suggests to minimize "learning" your mistakes is something that for youngsters he calls Band-aids. If you make a mistake, stop immediately. Back up one or two measures, and continue playing correctly from there. Perhaps even replay the problem section correctly a few ...


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Being a bass is not by working only, you have to have it basically... and with a range like that, I wouldn't get my hopes to high, but it can be achieved with techniques I guess! I'm 17 and my range is Eb2 - G4 my vocal coach told me I could grow up to be a bass... but with A2 as the lowest note, i'm not so sure about that...


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You played piano for a fairly extensive length of time, and reached a fairly high level of playing (Inventions aren't the easiest thing to play), so you would probably jump back into it fairly quickly. The muscle memory from playing never completely disappears, so with consistent (and productive) practice, you could easily reach the skill level you were at, ...


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It's hard to say for your specific case, but it only took me about six months to get back to where I was when I went back to classical piano, and I didn't have a teacher when I came back to it, and I had a longer break. I think you'll find the skills come back very fast, but not the stamina. So you have to hold back and slowly build up how long you play ...


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The way I approach polyrhythms is this: I break them down much as you do, in terms of their lowest common denominator, but I try to memorize the sound of the pattern right away and not rely on seeing it graphically. At UC we learned an example for two against three: "FARMS in BERkeley". I then practice it in many different ways- tapping the two parts with ...


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There aren't any in the major scales. For instance, Ab Major has Bb, Eb, Ab and Db. Meanwhile, A Major has F#, C# and G#. So every note in C major that isn't flatted in Ab major is sharped in A major. There is also the extreme example of C# major, where every note is sharped.


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After learning the basics of playing the piano, you can do a shortcut since you are basically only interested in playing popular songs. On udemy.com there are several courses on harmony and improvisation. You learn a standard set of harmonies for the left hand which can be played for any melody. It is simple to learn. You might check out the "Learn ...


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Both, of course. How would a singer prevent himself from hearing his voice by all available methods? Nowadays they will also listen to recordings.


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Having recently taken up singing it was really interesting to me to see how singing trains your ears as well as your voice. You need a certain amount of aural skills in all music but for the performing aspect of singing it becomes more crucial than what is usually the case. You have to learn to hear what you are trying to sing so you can hear in your mind ...



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