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Feb
11
comment What exactly does practising scales teach?
@Sumyrda - I can't recommend learning to sight read enough, but at the same time, you don't always have your sheet music with you and relying on it too much for too long ends up dulling your music memory. First hand experience with that memory part:) There are so many songs I've played 100's of times using the sheet music (and I barely look at it) but then I can't get past the opening phrase without having the music in front of me. Very frustrating. It is probably old age, but since I've relied on sight reading for so long, I find I have a much more difficult time memorizing songs than before.
Feb
11
comment What exactly does practising scales teach?
I couldn't agree more with this answer. When I am learning a new song, especially the solo sections, knowing that a particular section is just using pattern run xyz on a scale in position X is indispensable. Instead of having to memorize 15, 20 or 30 notes I just remember the "pattern run", the "scale and position" and the "beginning & ending notes" of the run.
Feb
9
comment Does it make sense to do exam grades as an adult learner?
@Mr. Boy-You may think you can play grade 1 pieces but unless someone with the qualifications to grade your skills agrees then it is just an assumption on your part. Granted, for many people their own perception may be enough. But for others, tangible proof of progress helps keep them motivated and being able to pass "tests" is a form of tangible proof.
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answered Where do musicians draw their melodies from?
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answered Spanish Guitar lessons online
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answered What is the most classically correct way to play this fast run?
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