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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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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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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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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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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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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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It's hard to make absolutely categorical statements here - you are right that in most styles, the 'grooving' sections do usually have a steady pulse to the downbeat, but I wouldn't be surprised if some great grooves 'breathe' a little over the course of the bar. (I'm sure most grooves will follow the same pattern from bar to bar though, so you're right that ...


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Tell your colleague that there is a difference between "feeling" the piece and just plain playing the piece wrong. Constant changing of the tempo without it being indicated in the piece (either with tempo changes or something like "rubato") is wrong. That is not how the composer wrote the piece to be played, if they wanted that to happen they would put that ...


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Once we comprehend the tune as intended by the composer, our brain has already identified the tonic. Without identifying the tonic, the same tune will sound very different. So, the question about identifying the tonic becomes that of locating the tonic inside your brain, which has made you recognize the tune that it actually is. If you are already a ...


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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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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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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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Sorry for the late answer - I hope you don't mind. I wholeheartedly agree with Tim's answer; playing with other musicians is undoubtedly the best way to improve. Since you mentioned you are expanding your technical repertoire, I would advice practising the rudiments in a musical context. Try playing beats around the rudiments (for example a simple paradiddle ...


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Depends on the style of singing.... If you want to sing rock and belt in your highest part of your register and need to sing into your passaggio it takes a lot of practice.. Its so easy to start "shouting" on the early notes of the passaggio. For men this part of the voice is never used in daily talking etc.. So in order to get the delicate control of the ...


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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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I play Piano but it is a very similar thing with coordinating each hand differently. The trick is not to think of each limb playing its own part but instead to think of it as all four limbs playing one part. Don't play the bass drum with your left foot and the snare with your right hand, play the drum kit with your body. Like typing on a computer keyboard. ...


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I switch back and forth between 3-2 and 4-3 depending on what chord I need to play next...CM7 vs Cm7 vs Cm6 for example


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Probably a little late since the post was created in 2011, but guitartonemaster.com is definitely worth a visit! A website packed with jam and backing tracks.


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I just realized there is a great simple and fun way to instantly improve finger strength and dexterity. I'm sure many people do this by nature, but for people like me it was a great catch. Open this playlist (from the Dave Conservatoire - an great resource for itself), and play all the songs one by one, and use your fingers to clap the beat. I always used ...


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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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"Musical direction" is what separates an actual musical performance from, say, an old-fashioned MIDI file from the 1980's and 1990's. The latter may give you correct note values, pitches, and perhaps some dynamic contrast, but it tends to ignore important qualities such as phrasing and expression. I would start building musical direction from a technical ...


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Although I don't understand what is meant by "trying a bit", I think, along with Nightcod's comment, that it's a rather interesting, perhaps crucial preocupation to anyone making music of any kind. It seems to me though that the answer should be very personal and circumstancial. Where should the music "be going"? Well, where do you want it to go? What are ...


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I play the violin an piano (no drums), but I find that the better I know a piece, the easier it is to play it well in front of people. If I have practised a piece a great amount, I will generally be less stressed when playing in front of audiences as I know that it probably won't go wrong; there is no reason for it to do so since I have already played it ...


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Apart from the obvious practice for and by yourself; get out and play with as many different musos as possible - different instruments, different genres, different styles, different experiences (beginners to seasoned players), different venues (from small cosy clubs to arenas- if you make the chance). You maybe only play one or two styles, so doing these ...


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I was taught to use the syllable "tooh" as it maintains ideal shape for your lips and oral cavity while keeping the tone focus. Using other syllables, such as "tuh" or "duh" spread the tone and change the shape of your lips and oral cavity. Regarding airflow, stopping and starting notes only by stopping / starting airflow is what we refer to as "huffing", ...



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