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I write from personal experience -- I now always wear earplugs as an audience member in big gigs. When music is very loud, it impairs your ability to hear detail. Pitch and even rhythm become difficult to discern. At a certain level of loudness, your brain "fills in" the detail. This is why it's a good idea to play demo tapes loud to A&R men, but keep ...


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There's no research that I'm aware of which provides what I think you are looking for, which is a clear guideline on how much practice per day is needed to provide what results. But there is some research on the topic. The most general indication of the research results has been that there is a much stronger correlation between time spent practicing and ...


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I use ear plugs and the frequency range I'm hearing shrinks. I don't hear highs and lows as clear as I would without them. But I protect my hearing and it is worth it. Lowering stage volume and good monitoring system (in ear) will help if you choose no ear plugs. this site can help with ear plugs and maintaining details: check out ...


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When I practice with my band, and when we do gigs, I always wear earplugs. It does not affect the ability to hear details in the music, to hear what the other band members are doing. Everybody else in the band always wears theirs. I use the earplugs that are sold at music shops (such as Guitar Center). (I don't use all-purpose foam earplugs.) Edit: I would ...


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The first thing I'd do is find a loop station. This will allow you to record various parts, and layer them, using all the various new sounds available from your synth. Most have rudimentary drum tracks if you need them, and if you mess up with the next layer of sound, you can delete it without losing anything else. Another option is to use some of the ...


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The oft-quoted 10,000 hour rule is for virtuoso musicians and professional athletes. You can get to a professional level of musicianship by practicing 2000 hours or less, provided that you practice with full attention. The key isn't how much you practice so much as how much you practice with full attention. For more information see ...


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The trouble trying to give a good answer to this question is the question it brings up - what constitutes 'practice'. At some point in a half hour, 2 hr, 3hr. session, other factors will emerge, such as mental fatigue and physical tiredness.The mental part is just too subjective in that we all have different thresholds of concentration, which after all, ...


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Are there specific ear plugs that are made to protect one's hearing and yet maintain some level of detail in the sound? Yes, those kind of earplugs are called flat-response attenuators (or more informally musicians earplugs), meaning that the frequency response that follows the shape of the natural frequency response of the open ear, but at a reduced ...


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I wear earplugs when I have to perform or attend in loud venues. The problem with earplugs is that I lose more of the highs than the mids or lows. I use hi-fidelity earplugs that let me hear frequencies better. These have no substantial effect on my ability to perform, although my fun factor goes down a teensy bit. Examples of hi-fi earplugs can be ...


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Playing reasonably long pitches using a chromatic tuner would help you to "tidy-up" your tuning. You could either use an actual chromatic tuner or an app. Obviously, using a tuner that has a transpose function (such as this one), would be less confusing, as you would be playing the pitches that you actually see on the tuner. However, any chromatic tuner ...


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In addition to loop suggestion, I'd also see if you can split the keys into different instruments. This will allow you to play bass or percussion with one hand and melody with the other making for a full sounding performance without having to rely on recording layers. In terms of backing tracks, check out the fantastic app iReal Pro


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I have adopted Babu's suggestions. And I now make use of the metronome for two things: Checking that my playing has an even time. Discovering the tempo I'm playing at. Mostly, I'm just trying to make sure that I'm following (or working towards following) the tempo indication on the sheet music. The best increases in speed that I've made have been by ...



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