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I can only speak from my personal experience here, as I haven't studied this subject at length in any formal way. I've gone through periods in my life of being in-shape and less-than-in-shape. In general, I notice that it's easier to focus and be alert when I'm in shape. This applies to performing and composing music as well. There is also of course the ...


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Short answer: As much and for as long as you need in order to do what you wish to do in your music. Every practice session should be a balance of technique and music, and your teacher should prescribe that balance. Also the length of the time spent on anything is far less important than the quality of time spent. For technical work, it's possible that 15 ...


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From my own experience (I've been separated from the piano for 5 years), you'll need one or two months to fully recover. That is something which has stayed in your brain and muscles. As Czerny said : "One should never have to relearn (technique, especially, EdN) what he already had". Now, I'd say it's even better to step away, from times to times, and ...


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I would suggest you start by looking at the question Using keyboard/MIDI controller to learn piano. My answer: if you want something self contained to play on and produce a sound, get a keyboard or digital piano which has some good sounds built and speakers built in. You can just switch it on and start playing anytime you like. If you want to use just a ...


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Harry, I think I understand what you're saying and what you're trying to achieve when you say "trying a bit," "musical direction," and "forward push," but I think the answer may be the opposite of what you may think it is. Musical direction and meaning doesn't come from individual notes, but from the relationship of one note to another, one phrase to ...


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I sound fairly decent but I feel like I’m still missing a clear voice a little and that I’m somewhat flat and lifeless on some recordings.[...]My current routine is 5-min warm-up exercises like scales, humming, and lip roles. Then I practice singing songs that I like that have clear vocals. You are not satisfied with your tone. So you'll work 5 minutes on ...


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Considering your prior level (Inventions, Fur Elise, etc.), prior amount of practice per week (3 hours), amount of time off (4 years), and current age (17?), you should not have any difficulty picking right back up almost within the first month, maybe even 1-2 weeks. Find a good teacher, listen to that teacher, and enjoy. I promise you that what you're doing ...


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First off, if you are renting where you live, then there's a limit on what you can do that will be effective. The most effective things you can do require modifications and therefore ownership. A little bit of physics: When you play, the piano vibrates the air, the air hits the wall and starts the wall vibrating, some of the energy gets absorbed by the wall ...


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It is my understanding that some instruments require much more skill in distinguishing notes from one another than others (at least if you want to play well). In music class in elementary school, before selecting band instruments, the teacher gave us each a test, playing two notes on the piano (with her hands hidden from me) and asking which was higher ...


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"Can someone tell me how many Hanon excersises I should be doing, and for roughly how long I should be doing the exercises before starting my pieces?" One possible answer to this question is: NONE! It is perfectly possible to make great progress with piano without spending any time at all on Hanon. They are very un-musical, and you might make better ...


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"I find that doing this takes so, so, so much time and I can barely get onto my pieces during my morning practice." You have the answer there. Exercises should only take up a small part of your practice. In music practice you should be working on Warm up Technique Old material New material Theory etc etc


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I can understand and relate to your frustration. My mother was an accomplished pianist and taught piano. But when she tried guitar, she gave up quickly. She kept the guitar and so growing up I had access to both instruments. I became enamoured with guitar after starting on piano so I have experience learning both. The good news is that if you really ...


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Barring physical disability, anyone CAN play any instrument. The easier Bach Inventions are regularly set for Grade 5 examinations, so in 6/7 years, regularly prodded by a teacher but not practicing much, you made rather less than average progress. This indicates a degree of talent, I suppose! Are you taking guitar lessons, or trying to teach yourself?


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While most answers bring valuable assessments, I would also add the fact that you need to accomodate with the instrument you want to play. Piano players think their instrument differently than guitarist do, same for drums players. So, added to the fact that you must build up your skill, supposedly try to get a teacher or understanding how instrument works, ...


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If a web-based reader is OK for you, try Soundslice. You'll have to create a free account, but it lets you view and play back Guitar Pro files from versions 3 and up. The free version is limited to 20 files/scores. The import/rendering is quite good.


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There are two basic hurdles to learning a new instrument - the theory, and the technique. For someone who is competent at one instrument, it shouldn't be hard for them to pick up the theory of playing a different one. However, different instruments have different technique challenges. Piano and guitar are relatively simple - it's just a question of where to ...


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If you have the drive and dedication to get over the initial awkward and difficult learning curve then I don't see why you can't play any instrument you want. When I first started guitar at the age of 15 I played for probably about 3 weeks or so and then "quit" because I was getting so frustrated and felt like I'd never be able to get it. After about 3 ...


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Depends on what you mean by "may be able". Different instruments and music styles and instruments and practice material pose different hurdles and motivation for different people. That's not specific to playing music but any skill. The less discipline you have, the more you are dependent on upcoming hurdles and short-time rewards matching your current ...


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Firstly - you haven't said if you are strumming an acoustic or rocking a shred-tastic electric; if it is the latter I agree with the previous comments to get the action set correctly - 6mm is high! if you play bass you could try round wound ground down or nylon wound - also check out super slinky strings - Finally there is a super product out there called ...


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Only fret the string with enough pressure to make the chord. I have had students with this problem and I tell them to lighten up a bit on the strings when making a chord. If you push too hard on the strings, your fingers will hurt, no matter how long you have been playing. Once you get use to the new pressure of your fingers Your fingers will feel a lot over ...


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While a light gauge requires less pressure, it is also more cutting, especially if the action is too high. I'm thinking, for example of the difference between a thin versus a thicker, blunter blade--the former will slice more easily. Definitely see about getting a better guitar, as the action sounds high. A better made guitar will have a flatter neck that ...


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1) Switch to nylon ("classical guitar") strings. The tension required to tune nylon is less, and the material is softer than steel strings. Won't work for electric, but if you like or were playing acoustic, ... 2) Switch to a ukulele: super low-tension strings. 3) Switch to bass. Big fat strings. 4) Acoustic bass strings are stupid thick and soft; ...


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The three things that are likely to cause you pain at this stage are: string gauge: thick strings will require more pressure to fret them pressing too hard: a common problem when learning is putting far too much pressure on the strings. You only need to touch them to the fret (see people like Ritchie Blackmore using scalloped neck guitars, where the string ...


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Not knowing what the action is like on your guitar, it's difficult. You need to make the action - the distance between the strings and the fretboard - as low as possible, so the strings don't need pressing far.But not so close that they buzz. Also, you may well be pressing TOO hard, it shouldn't be necessary to squeeze too much, just enough to stop fret ...


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I have the same problem. In Fernando Sor's study in Em (Op. 35, No. 24), the tempo is quarter note=88, and the passage is as follows (the b-chord is in the second measure): If I place the d#, b, and f# fingers first, I can add the b note. But since the b note is played first, and the tempo is 88, I place the b no problem, but I can never nail the other ...


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There are two main approaches to this: Muscle memory (technique) and biomechanics. They are synergistic. Muscle memory in your left hand is surely poorer then your dominant hand, due to the obvious reasons. To improve this would be simply to simply play more and do technique related excercises like picking drills and scales etc. Biomechanically, your ...


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Agree with most of the answers below, mentioning the importance of taking time to read the sheet, not exercising too much with separate hands etc. I would also recommend practicising hard parts... apart. What I do is playing hard parts alone a sufficient number of times in order to get a good fit, and I sightread the easy parts thereafter. This way you ...


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should I read the score without even touching the piano? Definitely. Sports coaches use the term "visualization". If you can't imagine "inside your head" what you are trying to achieve, most likely you won't achieve it. You don't need to be sitting in front of a piano (or a cello) to do the thinking. should I try and play the whole thing even if I ...


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The following anecdote (heard from an international virtuoso classical pianist a long time ago, but unfortunately I don't remember who said it - possibly Barenboim) answers the question pretty well. As a young student, he was learning Beethoven's first piano sonata, and asked his teacher (also a famous pianist) what he needed to do to play it better. The ...


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I divide up my music into two categories -- assignment and performance. The assignment pieces are to help me to increase my skills, and once I get to 80-90% proficient, I feel that I have gotten what I need from it. I will see the same patterns in future music, so I don't waste time on polishing my assignment pieces. Performance pieces is a different ...


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You said that the piece does not look very difficult but only has "a few quirks". You may be looking at this from your experience with the cello, it may "look" easy, but you may need first to build your skills on the piano. Piano pieces are graded, so go to lower levels of difficulty and build up your skills. Be patient, and remember that you are starting ...


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Another consideration: do you slouch at the table, resting your upper body weight on your elbows? I noticed that after correcting for this bad habit, my forearm pain diminished. Could be related.


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I have been in a guitar rut for a long time, so much so that my playing has actually suffered. I bought my first best beginner guitar at that time & I regret this and know that if I ever stop playing guitar my life will not be the same. I love music but being able to create amazing music on the guitar is something I have been working towards since I was ...


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Agree that everything here makes good sense. Excellent ideas. A similar one my instructor suggests to minimize "learning" your mistakes is something that for youngsters he calls Band-aids. If you make a mistake, stop immediately. Back up one or two measures, and continue playing correctly from there. Perhaps even replay the problem section correctly a few ...


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One solution might be to take the volume of your band down to a level where you can practice just about anywhere without bothering anyone. Pick up a used electronic drumset, use amp sims for guitars/bass instead of amps, purchase a used mixer and a headphone distribution amp to run headphones to all your band mates so you can get the feeling of playing loud ...


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Most cities have rehearsal rooms, and most I have used have been very well soundproofed, so you may have just not found a good one. Hunt around - ask other bands where they practice. In city centres, practice rooms I have hired over the last 7 years have been anywhere from £20 for 3 hours to £50 for 4 hours, so not really a high cost. Aside from that, in ...


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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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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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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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