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Beethoven got close in the final movement of his last piano sonata (the relevant part is from 0:30 to the end of the video)


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Rumour or hearsay, I think, abetted by C.P.E. Bach. Yes. Evidently Santamaria's Arte de taƱer fantasia from the 16th century gives examples of quick scale passages using the thumb, and also warns about using the thumb on black keys except when paired with an octave. I'm getting this secondhand (Historical Harpsichord Technique: Developing La douceur du ...


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Many (most?, all?) musicians go through phases like this, for some people they'll just recur, and you need to accept it. The stereotype of the tortured artist exists for a reason. If you're doing music for your own enjoyment, and aren't enjoying it then stop. Take a long walk, do some gardening, read or write a book. Take a day, a week, or more, off. ...


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Many musicians learn to overcome various handicaps (including missing fingers) and become very accomplished on their instrument of choice. People play with their head and their heart - their fingers are just a means to execute what they wish to express musically. Given enough desire and commitment, anyone can learn to play piano or guitar with fewer than ...


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As a brass player myself, I'd like to extend some tips for learning how to perform multiphonics on brass instruments. These tips are presented in a specific sequential order. 1.) Practice buzzing your lips while humming (without the instrument) The first thing you need to do is begin getting use to the sensation of doing those two things at the same time ...


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I don't know how much the boogie players were classically trained on average, but to answer the question "Is there anything in the pre-20th century classical canon that resembles the boogie-woogie bass line" the Alberti Bass, as pointed out by Laurance Payne, sure comes to mind. But I would add a number of pieces by Bach. Take for example the second prelude ...


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Dampen the strings below the frets you are tapping. Usually by using a finger on the fretting hand that's not doing anything else. Maybe this means re-positioning your fretting fingers, to free up the index.


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You may buy or prepare a string dampener (elasic hair or guitar version) .


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I suppose you could draw a comparison with the Alberti Bass. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alberti_bass


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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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CPE Bach certainly made that assertion about his father, but remember that they both had very limited access to anything except "contemporary music", compared with what is available to anyone today. If you look at any collection of 16th century keyboard music written 50-100 years before JSB), it is full of octave stretches, especially for the left hand. ...


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Get a teacher. A really really good teacher. A good teacher will help you set your goals and find the means to achieve them. Don't be afraid to switch teachers or even try a couple of different teachers at the same time.


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It could be the set up of the guitar, but it could also be the fact that you let the pressure off the strings too slowly and for too long. This gives the sound of a well pressed down string a chance to buzz. Try to hold on to each note, or each note of a chord, until you're just ready to change to the next. Then get there as quickly as you can. It won't ...


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Well first of all, kudos to you for hearing the problem and wanting to improve. So the overall answer of course is the speed at which you change fingerings, and this is something that will improve naturally over time as long as you continue to HEAR the problem and focus on improving. But there are also techynical adjustments and tricks you can use. There are ...


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Learning to play guitar takes dedication and deliberate practice over a long and sustained period of time! It is a process. There is no short cut that allows you to quickly be able to play like Sungha Jung. I often liken learning to play guitar (or any instrument) as a journey. But the process can be fun if you allow it to be. You can enjoy the journey ...


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Ragtime can be considered as one of the precursors to boogie woogie. Ragtime itself came initially from rearranging marches by the likes of Sousa (considered part of the classical tradition) for piano whilst adding in polyrhythms. The rhythmic changes are in some part down to the limitations of piano orchestration as opposed to marching band orchestration ...


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(Sorry, this was to be a comment continuing on the previous thread, but I wanted to include pictures) This picture was used in a video class I've seen, by Prof. Craig Wright from Yale where he corroborated the perspective that primite (late medieval/early renaissance context) keyboard playing was done without using the thumbs. He also referred to what he ...


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Like what Todd and Sazid said, don't expect to have an immediate result. Also, it helps if you build up confidence in your left hand. You can do this by plucking the notes, instead of using the bow. Although it might not sound as nice, it builds up muscle memory in your left hand so you don't need to stress over it while playing in a performance. Also, ...


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Ouch, don't hate me ;) I only own a very basic Aulos plastic alto recorder... And I'm sure I dont care for it like I should (shame on me!). At times I notice my high F is so unreliable, no matter what... I check my fingers, I check for moisture, whatever... one instant little fix was TAPING around 1/3 of the second hole (I mean the hole for your left hand ...


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I believe that a tenor - for example, sings with the vocal chords 'closed' in head voice but still maintains the tenor range. The same voice singing in falsetto opens the chords and sings in an 'artificial' range. I suppose that an excellent example in (old) popular music is Roy Orbison who seamlessly crossed from chest to falsetto. In classical and ...



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