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The first obvious (and therefore not really helpful ha) suggestion: Experiment. If you're having trouble with a section, play around with a couple different ways of doing it, even try things that seem unintuitive or "wrong", you may be surprised by something. But now for the real tips: Think in phrases. First read through the whole piece, and gain an ...


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You don't have to over-dramatise this. You practiced for an unusually long time, your hand hurts a bit. It would almost be unusual if it didn't! There are probably some tensions that can be sorted out, check with your teacher. And maybe just don't practice for so long.


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Rather than "trying a bit" on every note, I think the musicality of going forward lies in the ability to see the big picture, and phrasing according to a larger context. If you think of speech, reading poetry aloud beautifully is at least as much in the melody of a whole sentence or a whole poem, as just in pronouncing the syllables beautifully. More than ...


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The sustain pedal can also be used (on a real piano) for a muting effect. You strike a chord, release the keys, and a split second after you release the keys you depress the sustain pedal. If done well, this produces a sforzando effect: the chord is initially loud but then echos on quietly. Takes practice.


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On a normal piano, the left pedal is pressed to make the sound quieter. It does this by moving the whole hammer mechanism closer to the strings on most uprights, and often by moving the mechanism to one side on grands. thus it's less distance for the strike to take place. On some pianos, there is a practice pedal, often the middle of three, which brings a ...


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Standard sheet music specifies the octaves quite precisely. The lowest line in the treble clef, for example, is E4 (the E in the fourth octave): Ledger lines can also be added above and below the staves to extend their range, and you might sometimes see 8va written above or below certain notes to indicate that they should be played an octave higher or ...


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Standard generic advice first: It's probably a factor of your playing technique: poor ergonomics, too much muscle tension, or (most likely) both. No one can tell you exactly what's causing the pain over the internet: for that, you'll need a doctor. If it's an option, a doctor would probably be a good idea anyway. If you want to make it better without seeing ...


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I was having the same problem as a beginner and wondered the exact same thing. I even tried switching to playing guitar the other way around (fretting with my dominant right hand). That's when I discovered something interesting. You see by the time I became frustrated with my seemingly clumsy left hand because of the things it could not seem to do as ...


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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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Slightly different slant on this - why don't you practice with a metronome yourself - and then when you improve and your colleague asks "How on earth do you do that" you reply "Well actually..." I often practice (trumpet) with a metronome ticking but I imagine the ticks are on the 'and' between beats rather than on the beat, so I mentally have to construct ...


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Generally, the pitch is fixed. However, if you are playing music for other instruments, there may be some justification for adjusting pitches. For example, guitar is usually written one octave higher than it is played (when written correctly, an 8 below the clef indicates the shift). However, its bass notes tend to have an "unmuddier" sound than that of ...


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It's going to depend to a great extent on what type or genre of music is being played. Dance music, of any era, will need to be 'metronomic', as dancers will rely on each beat being in the correct place - otherwise they'll have a tendency to fall over - or stop dancing. It's the same with marching music. However, there is a huge amount of music to be played ...


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Of course you can play chords using fingers, pick or in fact anything. The majority of guitarists you will see on TV use a pick for chords. It looks like you are getting hung up on the difference between playing every note simultaneously (eg when you pluck 4 strings at once with your fingers) and playing them almost simultaneously by strumming down across ...


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You can play chords with a pick, and many players do, however what might be your ideal pick for soloing may not be appropriate for strumming because of it being too hard. You may want to try to find a pick that compromises between the two types of playing, hard enough to let you solo but flexible enough to let you play a strumming pattern. BTW you may want ...


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My argument for using a metronome- at least occasionally- is this: if you can't play a straight beat, you have no assurance that your "expressive" playing with the rhythm is not just bad technique. You need to have a basis to start from, or it's all just sloppy. Thus, I would say that it's at least worthwhile to use a metronome to check whether you can do ...


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In Rocksmith the "adaptive band" functionality isn't really adaptive. All they have implemented is a large number of parallel recordings with slightly different styles, and dependent on your skills in the game it decides which one will get played at any time. So there isn't actually any adaptation happening as regards your playing. The game is just moving ...


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It really does not matter, just do whatever keeps you in time. You could do one metronome beat per measure or do one metronome beat for each quarter note. It's really up to you.



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