Questions tagged [beginner]

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Problems with playing dynamics on a yamaha psr e463

I recently (about 5 months ago) have taken up the hobby of playing piano. I'm following the Alfred Basic Adult Level One book. Really loving it so far but I keep messing up when it comes to one aspect ...
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how should I start please? [closed]

I am still new to music and all this stuff. I have an electric keyboard. I can play some simple songs on it but I still don't know much. So how should I start??!!
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Am I too old? Is it too late?: A guide to a popular question [duplicate]

Age is a commonly expressed concern in studying music, and there are many questions on this site addressing "late starts" from a variety of perspectives. This post is intended as Link ...
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How to play the intro of Fields Of Gold (Sting)

I'm trying to play the introduction of Fields of Gold by Sting, but the first change that's needed on the right hand seems impossible. I need to somehow put my right-hand's fingers on F#, A, D & E....
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Swing rhythm vs straight rhythm

I am a beginner tap dancer and learning music. I don't understand the difference between swing rhythm and straight rhythm. Can someone elaborate the difference?
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Is it too late for me to become good at piano?

I am 13 and starting to learn piano. I have been asking many people online, who claim to know piano, how long have they been playing. Most, if not all, say that they started between 5-9. I have a ...
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Piano: Left handed Gmaj7 chord

I have trouble playing the Gmaj7 chord with my left hand. I'm using 5-3-2-1 fingering, but I can't avoid hitting the A key with my 4th finger. What exercises or techniques are used to void that?
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Finger positions to play power chords

I really struggle to get my left hand's fingers in the right shape when I play a power chord. On the picture below I try to put my first finger on the second fret and my third finger on the fourth ...
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How to hit the right hole on the harmonica

I have been trying to self-learn the harmonica over the past few days. I notice I sometimes blow/draw from multiple holes when I only want to make a single note. There are a few questions I have ...
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How to tell if a note is sharp or flat if there is no indicator

So I have this sheet music by Coldplay, the title of the song is called Clocks and I am trying to understand the notes. My question is how do I know when a flat or sharp is supposed to be played? I ...
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String hits unwanted fret

When I play the first fret of the 6th string of my electric guitar several times, the string makes an annoying sound, I think that it might hit another fret. It also happens with the 5th string but ...
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How to identify all sharp notes in sheet

I am trying to learn the piano and I am a bit confused when it comes how sharp notes are represented in the sheet. I am working my way through Prelude I in C Major (BWV 846), and in the sixth bar/...
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Easy Chopin pieces (Not simplified versions) for beginners? [closed]

The most recommended beginner classical pieces are Bach's minuets. I would really like to know if there are Chopin pieces for similar level---original or almost original, not the simplified versions ...
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Mooer GE100 with only headphones for beginners

So, I've been wanting to get a multi-effects processor (Mooer GE100) with my first electric guitar purchase(been playing an acoustic since 2 years). I won't be buying an amp tho, only a headphone(AKG ...
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Understanding guitar music sheet

I am a beginner and I have some really basic questions regarding the notations of this guitar sheet music and how to read them. First, what is the purpose of the chord's names above the staff ? Also ...
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TS or TRS cable from mixer to speaker?

I am running a Behringer XR18 to a Bose L1. I use the Left aux output (xlr) on the Behringer to the guitar line in to the Bose (1/4"). I currently run the female xlr to a TS. Should i use a TRS ...
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How to conduct a fermata over a rest?

I'm currently learning how to conduct Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique - Reveries and Passions. In the first few bars there are fermatas over a few rests and I know I'm supposed to prolong and hold the ...
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Jazz Style question [closed]

have some questions about Jazz and I'm a beginner. I watched this jazz performance from Joshua Redman and I'm not sure what type of jazz style it is. I want to say its bebop but I'm not too sure. I ...
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Pros and Cons of playing oversimplified classical music pieces?

Most easy classical music pieces simplified for beginners have different key signatures from the original. What are the pros and cons (especially) of playing them before playing the original scores ...
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What variety of song can be played on a 22 white keys - keyboard?

I don't know much about pianos but I want to learn to play a few songs. I have an old keyboard with 22 white keys which I will label... Can I play most normal songs on this keyboard or does it become ...
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Textbook for music analysis [closed]

I've searched for previously asked question about the recommendations but all those questions focus on some specific topics in music analysis. e.g. Bach's Fugue or Jazz, etc. So, this is not duplicate....
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How much harder is learning guitar on a 1/2 classical?

I'm an absolute beginner starting to learn guitar and all sources I have seen/asked so far heavily recommend to get a regular-size steel-stringed guitar. I do however have access to 1/2 size classical ...
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Ring finger side-to-side movement during spider legs exercise

I'm trying to improve my finger dexterity, and I'm doing the 4-finger spider legs starting with my index on the 5th fret, and moving 1 finger at a time while keeping the other 3 down. My issue is ...
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F-chord on Ukulele (hand position)

I'm a ukulele beginner and I'm finding it almost impossible to play the F-chord without my finger accidentally touching the A or the C strings. I have looked through YouTube but no matter what, I can'...
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How to make sense of music theory? [duplicate]

I am trying to get into music theory as a beginner, but I always get stuck right at the beginning. What I'm looking for in music theory is a set of tools to understand the composition of musical ...
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Is it ok just to play the Melody instead of the main grand Staff?

As A total novice I'm attempting to play the look of love by Bacharach. I have the music in front of me and I notice a Treble Clef above the Grand Staff. I quickly Google this and find it is the ...
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Looking for someone to render a quality rendition of a song I wrote

What resources are there on the internet for someone who Writes music Is intermediate at best in guitar-playing ability Wants someone with above-average to top playing ability to learn a song they ...
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Fastest training program for playing Piano [closed]

As a part of my academic thesis, I have to build a device that helps pianists during their performance. Before testing that with real pianists, I must adjust and regulate that device. I have to play ...
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For a 10 year old learning piano what does music pedagogy says about using metronome?

I am teaching piano to a 10 year old using the Suzuki 1 book. This child has no problem maintaining tempo when singing. Is it better for the child to use metronome to keep the tempo during ...
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How important is it to touch only one string

When playing a C or a D on the second string, my finger often also touches the first string. I have the feeling that it's bad, but I am wondering why, because if I play a note on the second string, ...
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I'm struggling with changing my chords in time

I have learning guitar for about 2 months now and I learned my chords at the same time concentrating with my fingerstyle. I'm quite good at fingerstyle now even when changing notes. But I found it ...
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Unwanted sound when guitar string is released

I'm taking advantage of the lockdown to learn to play electric guitar. When I play an F on the first string by pressing it near the first fret, I notice a weird sound (like a buzz) after I release the ...
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Looking for a beginner keyboard that allows me to practice classical and jazz music? [closed]

Hey guys I have been looking for a keyboard (200$-300$) that resembles as much as possible a real piano. I am a beginner that is interested in learning classical and jazz music. So far what seams the ...
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Steps to learn playing violin without a teacher

I have the internet as my resource youtube, blogs, etc, but in all these resources they seem too quick to get to actually playing the violin. l know l should get a tutor for this but am currently not ...
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Violin wheezing sound

So recently I've started playing the violin, but so far I'm not successful at all. Every time I try to get a sound out of it, all I hear is a high wheezing sound, like someone is trying to catch its ...
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Western Flute vs Indian Flute (bansuri) differences?

I'm planning on buying and learning to play the flute, I'm trying to decide whether to start by learning the western flute or the bansuri. I like the sound of bansuri as it's very soothing to me. I ...
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I am trying to learn Good Riddance by Green Day. Im not sure what BPM to play this at?

the sheet music I have says the BPM = 172 with a 4/4 time (which seems very fast for this song) but when i pull up sheet music online you see 94 bpm in one but 172 bpm in another...I have seen this in ...
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Why do we use geometric Progression?

It seems what's important in the progression of the frequencies in notes is...the difference in frequency of any two notes is not the same, but the ratio between any two notes of the same distance is ...
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Why were the frequencies for notes chosen?

I understand that the first note of each octave is twice the frequency of the first note from the octave before, but how are the frequencies for each note chosen subsequently after that. So far, I’ve ...
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Beginner's guide to electric guitar [closed]

First of all, I'd like to apologize for the lame question. Tried searching both here and on other forums/websites but I couldn't find a sufficient answer... perhaps, it does not exist. So, the ...
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aux line in as midi controller

I'm trying to use my keyboard as a midi controller without a midi wire. I am currently using an aux cable as my connector which only allows me to live record the instrument without being able to ...
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Musedo Metronome and Tuner MT-40W Tuning Key doubt

I got hold of a guitar from a friend who moved recently and gave away some of his stuff he didn't need. This is an accoustic guitar . I figured I could learn how to play it from the internet :p It ...
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Piano scales and bpm

It's been a few weeks since I've stuck with trying to learn the piano (after a few unsuccessful tries over the years). I'm doing the scales, and I'm wondering what speed I should be doing them at, and ...
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Retuning violin numerous times daily

I am very new to violin, like newborn baby new. My eldest son just bought me my first violin and I am having serious tuning issues. Firstly, the violin is a SV-75 Cremona premiere Novice 4/4. Secondly,...
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How was violin practiced before electronics, say, in the 1800s?

One might say with an instructor, but how about when not in the presence of their instructor? How did beginning students practice hitting the right notes? For example, there were no electronic ...
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Playing sweetly vs gently in violin

I am learning violin as a beginner (2.5 months), and one of the early practice pieces contain dolce and piano. The latter is more like playing quietly and gently, so it makes some intuitive sense and ...
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I've Never Played an Instrument. Where to Start?

I'm a 32 year old software developer who has a full time job, a family and a very limited amount of spare time. I've never played an instrument, and have next to no knowledge of the field. One thing ...
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Which type(s) of pedals should a beginner get?

I have been teaching myself guitar for about 6 months now. I can play simple riffs and parts of solos, working on scales and chords. I can play Smells Like Teen Spirit's riff and solo and Sweet Child ...
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Correct piano wrist movement

I'm currently learning play piano by myself. Since I'm a beginner and I don't have any tutor, I'm very careful about learning proper technique. Here it looks like Mr. Hoffman has no problem with wrist ...
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Soft popping noises when switching notes on the harmonica? (Probably because of saliva)

I've been learning to play the harmonica for a couple of months now (on and off, honestly), and whenever I switch to different notes there's this soft popping/bubbly sound because of the saliva--how ...

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