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I'm reminded of what my mother once told me. Music is not competition. Leave the racing to the horses. Having taught children myself and having lived in a house of teachers for 22 years I can tell you sometimes it is refreshing to be able to talk to your pupil like an adult. You are constantly running the proverbial mine field when trying to teach children. ...


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This answer is based on a lecture from Manfred Spitzer, a german psychologist and university teacher. He said that for example the part of the brain which controlls the left hand is significantly larger in the brain of musicians (in this special case violinists) which started practising in a very early age than in the brain of non-musicians or violinists ...


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I always use Audacity for transcribing music. It's a free audio editor (for Mac and Windows). If necessary you can change the tempo, and you have a lot of other useful options. However, I've been transcribing music for many years and I've come to the conclusion that in most cases you just need to be able to select the difficult bit and be able to loop it ...


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I'm a violinist, not a pianist, but it's very common for beginning violin players to have severe pain because they are too tense, especially when they are self taught. I'm going to suggest a few generic techniques to start minimizing tension. When you sit down at the piano, think about how you are sitting. Look for any tension, especially in your neck and ...


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They say amateurs practice until they make no mistakes, while professionals practice until they're not able to make any mistakes... Mistakes include not only wrong notes but incorrect timing, dynamics, and whatever. This might be the cause for the first two characteristics you describe: they both play well but the professional is completely in control ...


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As a guitar player I can assure you that your description of the difference between a self-taught and a instructed player apply to other instruments as well. I am not a piano player myself, but I took guitar lessons and taught myself a lot of things on my own after not taking lessons anymore. The difference between a high quality teacher and yourself is ...


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Most bands especially when they are starting out use one of their band mate's houses to practice. It will typically be at the drummers house since that is typically the hardest instrument to move. A little more specifically if they practice at a band mate's house rehearsal will typically be in the garage or basement as that is again typically where someone ...


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It's an open question, and it will likely be a long time before there's a concensus. But given that there's a lot of interest in this, and that there are precious few poster childs for the unlimited human potential side, I at least is firmly in the "incontestable advantage" camp. Given the vast amount of people in the world, and their differing ...


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"Upper position" and "baroque in nature" seem like somewhat contradictory requirements. At any rate, the Bach Cello Suites are not likely to be mastered and put away soon and they are pretty baroque. Bach has the advantage of writing for rather than against the instrument, so while the solo string pieces are really tough, they are also immensively ...


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Accidentals are signs that are put just before a note to tell musicians to change the pitch (how high or low a sound is).The type of sign used shows how to change it. 1) The flat (♭) lowers the pitch by a semitone 2) The sharp (♯) raises the pitch by a semitone 3) The natural (♮) cancels any previous sign You can refer to the below site for more reference ...


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I guess you could put some time and effort into ear training. It will definitely help you transcribe more accurately, but it will also boost most of your other musical skills. Not the funniest type of practice, but absolutely essential.


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Rehearsal studios are indeed a luxury. Different people have different circumstances, but the kind of solutions include: Homes / sheds / garages Back rooms/cellars/attics of shops/pubs/etc. School/church/community halls Offices after hours The street Barns/warehouses ... through a variety of legitimate and illegitimate means -- I'm sure there will be ...


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Do you have a gut-string Baroque cello and a Baroque bow, or are you playing a modern steel-string cello with a modern bow? For historically-informed, period-correct playing with a Baroque bow, check out publications by Baroque string instrument educator Martha Bishop, who lives in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. These resources may be worth checking out even if you ...


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I can't answer whether there's an advantage psychologically, or whether there's something about being 5 that means you learn more quickly than when you're say 20. But there are circumstantial advantages : I learnt to play guitar at around 19-20. I became what most people thought was "pretty good" quite quickly. The reason : obsession. It was a summer ...


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I recently started playing flute and like you thought it would be pretty quiet. This is not the case. As well as packing a surprising amount of volume, it is pretty piercing the moment you come out of the bottom octave. And especially when you're learning, you will play higher notes more loudly because playing high notes quietly is not easy (or low notes ...


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I play classical guitar, which isn't particularly loud, but loud enough to be a problem in hotels. So I bought myself a silent guitar, which is basically a fingerboard with strings, a pickup, and foldable struts to simulate the full guitar size. I use it with headphones. It isn't completely silent, but it certainly can't be heard outside the room.


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The secret to superfast, blazing alternate picking is knowing the fundamentals and ergonomics of your right hand. First, the picking motion should come from rotating the wrist just like opening a doorknob. Some call it sarod picking. Watch pebberbrown on youtube youll get the idea. Second, holding the pick with the SIDE of your index finger and PAD of the ...


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I don't have a source handy, but I believe that whole "impressionable age" (or whatever it was called) theory has been debunked. There is no cutoff age after which learning is any harder. However, I do believe there is a psychological factor that shapes confidence and comfort, and I'll use myself as the explanatory example: I started piano at age 4, young ...


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Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers goes into this topic quite deeply. It's an excellent read and this piece and his other works might provide you the answers you are looking for. Here's the gist: musician who began playing/practicing at a younger age obviously have more time behind their perspective instruments. Malcolm Gladwell believes in the "10,000-hour" ...


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I have heard of some storage locker units that will accept bands renting large units for practice space. Not all are band friendly however.


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If you want to work out in the upper register in general, there are plenty of 19-th century studies (Duport, Popper and Piatti come to mind, implying use of the thumb positions), but as others have pointed out, most baroque composers who wrote cello parts or works did not go very high compared to modern cello works. If you are really interested in Baroque ...


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Posted as an answer at the OP's request - though I'm not really sure I deserve the points for a 'point & shoot' software link ;-) Amazing Slow Downer Can adjust speed & pitch independently, & also select short segments to loop, allowing you to hammer away til you figure it out. Not free, $50 Sceenshot - Edit: One trick I've used in the past ...


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You can often hire church halls or that kind of thing very cheaply. It probably depends on your music and looks though - a scary punk band might struggle more than a Christian worship group! But schools, churches, etc are worth approaching.


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I don't know what skint means, but my band rents studio space once a week at $40 (USD) for two hours. Split amongst the three of us.


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Practice hubs are available for a price. Provided the drummer has an electronic kit, they can work well. Everybody plugs in, vox uses a mic, and each player can have his own mix,in a pair of headphones, and deafen himself if he feels the need.I'm guessing that mains voltage is not necessary, so Slim's caravan idea, with a 12v battery would be good. Practice ...


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I have no numbers to back this up, but I think we are skewing the statistics by looking at adult players who started playing young. It is self-evident that a 49 year old violinist who has been practicing since she was 5 will have practiced a lot more than a 49 year old violinist who started when she was 45. And (although I'm no psychologist) I imagine that ...


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There's a difference between amateur and pro, and a difference between a self-taught musician and one who has had proper lessons.The four definitions are not interchangeable. Whilst it may be expected that self-taughts are amateurs, consider most pop-type bands. The Beatles were considered pros! And a lot of those who had proper lessons end up as amateur ...


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Key velocity is a poor replacement for mechanic action since you are missing the tactile feedback. For doing percussion and its ilk, that might work reasonably. But the control will just not be detailed and graded enough for playing simulated piano. So you are probably better off switching key velocity off for piano play or at least reducing the ...



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