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I like playing!


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awarded  Editor
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revised Do you count mental practice when counting total practice time for the day?
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comment Purpose of double-sharps and double-flats?
I always understood that it was to help wind players cope with key transitions in complex pieces - stay with the flats when the previous section was in a flat key, or stay with the sharps and add one etc.
May
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answered Fingering for octaves on the piano
May
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comment Do you count mental practice when counting total practice time for the day?
It is a lot harder to overpractise on a wind instrument - but if I say that it is a lot easier to get that fingertip oversensitivity with a guitar than it is to get a "strawberry lip" you might get the idea of why he has been told not to practice too much.
May
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comment Do you count mental practice when counting total practice time for the day?
I play both piano and guitar. I learned piano formally, and I am a self-taught guitarist (mostly by ear). I learned touch typing after learning to play, and noticed that it improved my dexterity and accuracy with either instrument. I don't have a piano, and before I learned to type I was called upon to play when I had not touched a piano for 2 years. It took me a couple of weeks to get the simple things I needed to play "up to scratch". While learning typing, I was placed in a similar situation, and it only took 3 days that time. Typing helps with precision finger placement without looking.
May
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comment F on soprano recorder doesn't sound right
Despite the name, Dolmetsch is an English company. It has to be said that Dolmetsch recorders have a more pronounced conical aspect to the bore than a lot of other makes, so fingering on a small Dolmetsch is closer to the larger members of the family.
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answered Do you count mental practice when counting total practice time for the day?
Apr
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comment Why was basso continuo not widely used after the baroque period?
There was some kind of ban imposed in GB on church orchestras, leaving church music accompanied by organ only. I don't actually know much about it, but I do know that nailed up a lot of continuo in GB.
Apr
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comment Why was basso continuo not widely used after the baroque period?
About those guitars in blues bands - they had to do much more background work before Mr Fender came up with the bass guitar in the 50s, Before that, they needed a piano player to give a driving bass - after that, the guitar was able to take a more prominent position. Not evolution, but innovation.
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