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Questions tagged [beginner]

For questions about the beginner level of a topic. Note: this tag should always be accompanied by another tag since beginner alone does not give enough information about the question.

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What are the notes on this instrument? [duplicate]

I happen to have what I believe is called a bansuri. It seems to be of Chinese or Indian origin from what I can find out on Google, but I don't seem to be able to find note equivalents for it in a ...
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Part of the notes sound off (Scott Joplin - The Entertainer sheet music for Piano)

I am practicing Scott Joplin - The Entertainer, based on this score from 8notes.com. It all sounds fine, except for this segment: The red marked segment sounds off when I play it. It sounds nothing ...
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Beginner Pianist Hand Pain?

I'm an 18 year old adult beginner pianist and I've just started playing this month of May. I go to piano lessons but it's just from a local music shop. I've been having this muscle pain with both of ...
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As a beginner, should I get a Squier Strat with a SSS config or a HSS? [closed]

I’m not 100% sure what the differences are and would like some input, thanks. Also, I was wondering what the second pickup position did (bridge + middle).
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What's the best way to learn piano without a teacher? (previous music experience) [duplicate]

I have been wanting to learn how to play the piano for some time now, but can't get a teacher for lots of different reasons. I have lots of music experience, playing the oboe and flute for 4 years, ...
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Making accompaniments (played on the piano by a beginner) sound better

After getting bored with my piano lessons a few months ago, I decided (a few days ago) that I wanted to get back into piano playing for fun. I really enjoy playing the piano but didn't enjoy the ...
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Beginner fingerstyle on acoustic guitar

I'm trying to learn fingerstyle technique on an acoustic guitar. I'm using the 5 fingers (thumb for E & A, ..., pinky for E) but after 3 days trying with this song I still sound horrible. I ...
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How do I get consistent sound during Bansuri practice

I am teaching myself Bansuri (23", A scale), using YouTUBE videos. Just recently I understood the concept of octaves, i.e. blowing sound hard and soft with same closed holes will produce high and low ...
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Can someone help me understand this Jorja Smith song? [closed]

I'm a beginner as far as music theory goes however would like to know more about this song. I notice that the piano is changing keys constantly but it still sounds good. Does this have something to do ...
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Would it benefit a beginner pianist to start by learning Bach's Prelude in C?

I'm asking for objective reasons why this piece can be quite useful for beginners, specifically those who cannot yet read music. I'm not asking for meanings or arguments as a discussion but for ...
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How is music theory helpful in fitting notes together?

I'm very new to music; i've played a guitar before but without a real direction in my practice. I'd like to learn to play the guitar properly, but before that can happen I need a clarification ...
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Guitar options for beginners to learn [duplicate]

I would like to learn to play guitar and I am reviewing the choice of being an autodidact but I want to know the path of the very beginner, to know the type of guitar I should get to start learning, ...
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Developing Hand independence and Finger independence

Are there good exercises for hand and finger independence for beginners. I am a beginner, and am having difficulty with the bar pasted below. There is a triplet subdivision in the bass notes, and ...
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I've picked up the piano again after several years

27 years ago or so when I was a child I took piano lessons and got to grade 3; since then I've not played. I've decided that I want to start again and have bought myself an electric piano. In the ...
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Learning the Erhu: First Steps

Is there something else I should learn first before attempting to play the chinesse erhu? I have no prior musical training or experience of any kind - I can't even read sheet music. Nevertheless, I'...
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Where can I get a opinon / review about my music? I'm self-taught, so music college is not an option

When I got enough time I learn and try to compose at least a simple piece of music but I don't know a place where it's sure that I would get criticism and opinion about it and if I make something good ...
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Only one key possible to play in for harmonicas?

Harmonicas are always tuned in a certain key. Does that mean that I can only play songs in that key on it or that it is just harder to play something written in a different key?
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Is it possible to learn violin by yourself? [duplicate]

I currently want to learn violin. I already have some background in music (but not classical). I can play piano and guitar too. So, is it difficult to learn violin by yourself even with some ...
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Recommended first steps for 5 year old new to guitar and keyboard

My son is 5 and has asked for a guitar and keyboard which we've bought but I'm not sure whether to enrol him in lessons straight away or let him 'play' with them to gain an interest!? My husband and ...
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Can't compose past a motif

I'm a beginner to composing, and I don't know how to play any instruments. I asked my parents to put me in lessons for years but they never did. I just decided to start trying to compose. I've ...
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What should I look for in a beginner guitar?

I'm currently looking into buying an affordable and decent quality guitar, but I'm wondering what to look for? I noticed that there are 6-string guitars and 12-string guitars, which is best for a ...
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How should this rhythm be notated? (syncopated 6/8 bar)

Although it looks like this rhythm would best be notated in 12/16, the drums play a straight 6/8 beat with accents on 3 and 6. The first option is visually simpler, but it doesn’t represent the beat ...
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Which hand for which in guitar? (a complication)

I'm going to start learning guitar in the next coming weeks, and I'm wondering which hand I should use for fretting and which to use for strumming. I am left hand dominant, and have tendonitis in my ...
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As a new learner, where should I begin learning piano?

As a new piano learner, what should I learn first (I don't have any musical knowledge, except I can read sheet music but not good)?It would be great if you wrote consecutively or any book that takes ...
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How can I learn to solo on guitar?

I have always been fascinated with guitar solos and am committed to learning. However, I can't really afford a tutor and want to dig in all by myself. I have been practicing for the last 2 months now ...
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How long can it take for a young adult to learn piano? [closed]

I am 18 and I would like to learn piano. I’ve played clarinet in a school band since I was 10 so I know everything about timing and I can read treble staff in sheet music (not bass though). I started ...
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How to alter piano music with left-hand octaves to require a smaller span?

I'm learning to play the piano and I'm loving it. I've just started learning to play some pieces with two hands, but I am unfortunately running into an issue with my left hand: I cannot spread my ...
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Tips on buying an electric guitar for a beginner

I know there is another question similar to this one but it didn't answer all my questions. I am just a beginner and I want to buy an electric guitar. First of all I have heard that you should start ...
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What are the elementary skills of composition?

I'm interested in learning music composition, but in spite of music being as old as time itself the majority of resources I've come across so far seem to suggest that a beginner learn sections of ...
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Are Cello straps and stops necessary to rent for beginner?

My daughter is starting cello at her elementary school in the fall, she is 8 years old, renting a 1/2 scale cello. In the process of renting the cello I need to decide if I should rent these two ...
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New to guitar and want to learn jazz

I am fairly new to guitar, wouldnt say I have much knowledge that helps too much but I really like the sound of jazz and think thats where I want to go. I have looked online for beginners guides to ...
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What makes a guitar easier to play for people with small hands?

I have trouble with some chords because of the lack of reach. I'm wondering, when shopping for a guitar, what aspects of it should I look for that would make it more playable for me? Scale and neck ...
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Thinking of next chords messes me up

So as an example of a song I'm trying to learn. Still got the blues for you by Gary Moore. Chords played as arpeggeos with all notes ringing out. On one hand I'm trying to fix some problems with ...
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Left/right hand coordination on guitar, fretting wrong strings, while playing melodies

I'm having trouble with my left/right hand coordination. I'll either fret the wrong string, or pick the wrong string. I'm trying not to look down at the guitar because I know it's a bad habit, but ...
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I wanna be a singer [closed]

I'm 21½ , male, my voice isn't good at all, but I can sing in a normal range, I can't even go high or go low, I'm untrained If I join a singing class, is it will helps me or not. Can I be a good ...
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Guitar is not tuning right

I have a guitar and I love it, and then I broke a string. I fixed it and I am positive I used the right string, I triple checked! But now about a month and a half later, I was tuning my guitar, and ...
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Can I become a good guitarist by just playing other's arrangements?

It's been a whole year since I bought my first acoustic guitar and I've only learned a couple of chords, how to read a simple tab and some easy fingerstyle songs. So I'm just wondering whether it's a ...
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'A Minor' songs suitable for a beginner that include lead and rhytmn parts [closed]

I'm a relative beginner to the guitar, and I'm looking to learn a few songs to compliment what I'm learning with my guitar tutor at the moment. Right now we're working on House of the Rising Sun (in ...
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Why is the third triad dominant?

I'm working through "Guide to the Practical Study of Harmony" by Tchaikovsky and I had a question about this section on triads (he's working with a C Major scale): The whole mass of major and minor ...
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Is a Major Interval the same as a Pure Interval?

I've been making electronic music for the past year but recently decided that I need to sit down and learn some actual theory. So, I picked up a copy of Guide to the Practical Study of Harmony by ...
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Musical Training to help with taking up Cello in the fall

My daughter is 8 and has been taking private piano lessons for around 3 months now but will take a break from lessons over the summer. In the fall (when school starts back up) she will be taking cello ...
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How to add lead guitar part to basic vocal/rhythm guitar song?

If my friend wrote a basic (rock/country ish) song over some guitar chords, any advice on how to add a lead guitar part? I.e. more than playing a pentatonic scale in same key as rhythm? Sorry it's a ...
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Is it possible to import an Ableton sample file .adv into the Launchpad app (by Ampify)?

I made a sample file in Ableton and would like to put it in the launchpad app. Is there any easy way to do this? I would like to be able to choose which sample thing to assign to each button. I'm new ...
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Jamming as a piano beginner, accompanying a song

I have just started in learning to play the piano. I have begun to take music lessons. (Today I had my second lesson.) I have a little bit of experience in playing the guitar. I have a friend with ...
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Learning an instrument with visual impairment

I have been lately delving into instrument learning now that I can afford some gear and lessons I am seriously thinking into dedicating into it. The thing is I only have one seeing eye - the right ...
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Name of black keys as a starting point in a musical series?

I was trying to describe a scale of musical notes on the piano to a friend and I did not know how to say it correctly. The scale of musical notes start on a black key and then moves on to higher notes ...
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I'm a beginner. Can I play most of popular music - The Beatles is an example - on a 61 key keyboard? [duplicate]

I've just purchased a 61-key keyboard, the Yamaha PSR-E253. I know it's not the best to start with, as it lacks touch sensitivity, especially so for those serious in their learning. I will purchase a ...
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To get to jazz do I just add a seventh?

I've been up until now just practicing triads on all major/minor keys. If I wanted to play jazz do I just add sevenths (ie dominant7, major7, minor7) to chords in my chord progressions or is it alot ...
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Fingerstyle for a COMPLETE beginner

There is a lot of info about starting with fingerstyle. But most people starting with fingerstyle actually have some experience with plucking or music in general. On the other hand, I'm completely new ...
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Should I configure my keyboard transposition to match the key of a score?

If a score is written in say the the key of A, should I transpose my keyboard to the same?