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If you're playing in a local band, memorizing everything might be an option. My experience in bands was that the volume of music precluded memorization. If your show is 15-20 minutes, sure, but an hour of music is a lot, especially on keyboards. Playing from music on mallets in an ensemble is harder than any other instrument I've tried. This is because the ...


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When starting to work on any technique like this, I've found it's good to isolate it down to something so incredibly simple that you are focusing only on the technique and its clarity and not at all on the happenings of a piece. You can use a very simple five finger exercises you already know very well (ex. Hanon 1), but to start, I would recommend just ...


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The technique I have used and the technique that is taught by guitar teacher Tom Hess is to break the technique down into 3 parts and practice each in isolation. These parts are: pitch, tempo and contour. Practicing pitch refers to consistently bending (vibrato is a slight bend) to a higher pitch and then back to the original pitch. Bending up a half step ...



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