Questions tagged [beginner]

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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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My brand new acoustic guitar's bridge has crack?

Alright So today I received my Kadence Frontier Series which I had ordered online. The guitar's sound is really cool and everything else was good until I found a thin crack at the bridge. What should ...
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How to think about SATB when analysing piece on piano? [closed]

I'm beginner, so I read music theory and didn't find straight clear answer about applying SATB in pieces (in modern particularly). What information could I get from dividing voices, seeing all this up ...
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Problem with choosing the right string gauge - switch from medium to extra light?

I am beginner acoustic guitar player .. My current guitar' strings are "medium" ,, but I found them hard to play, they make buzzing sound, that's why I hate my guitar now -_- and i'm thinking of ...
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What purpose do chords serve in music?

I'm a complete beginner to music theory and have recently been learning a few basics. One thing I can't wrap my mind around are chords, and to a certain extent, chord progressions. I know how they are ...
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How is it possible to compose music with chromatic scale when it uses notes other than that of the key of the song?

I'm a beginner in the music world. So my question may seem stupid and confusing. So I'm gonna elaborate a bit. Say, I want to write a track in the key of D. So I have the notes D,E,F#,G,A,B & C#. ...
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What makes the same note sound different on different strings?

When comparing the same note (e.g. E4) from 2 (adjacent) strings, the tuner says: the same, but I hear them somehow differently. I cannot tune without a tuner because of this problem. What make them ...
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How do I hold/use a pick

Seriously. Most people say between the thumb and index coming out the side of your thumb, but I keep messing up, hitting wrong strings, bad rhythm/timing, etc. Any other ways of holding a pick or ...
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In Sibelius ManuScript language example, why will the Run method not run?

I am learning to write Sibelius plug-ins by working my way through the ManuScript Language Reference (see File > Plug-ins > ManuScript Language Reference). Unlike other scripting languages I use ...
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I'm not sure if I'm executing these instructions on piano time signature correctly

I'm learning piano on my own and I'm using a workbook (Ben Dunnett). Below is the link to my interpretation of what this task is asking (video on YouTube). I know I've played this in common time as I'...
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My strings keep muting [closed]

I started learning guitar and I learned the correct finger positioning on the fretboard and my guitar is tuned. I don't know what I'm doing wrong.
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BPM, beat durations vs frequency

I understand that 60 BPM means 60 Beats Per Minute. And if the "BPM beat note" is a quarter note, it means a quarter note has the duration of 1 second (each quarter note should be held 1 ...
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Right-handed newbie with dodgy left index finger tip (knuckle) - What to do?

I have never played guitar or had any lessons in my life, and at the ripe old age of 40, I just decided I wanted to learn how to play. So this week I just bought a Yamaha F310 as it seemed to be ...
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What is the difference between Fender and Squier guitars?

I'm totally new to learning how to play the electric guitar, but I am motivated to start practicing/learning. I've done a little research on the types of guitars out there and I think that my first ...
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Self-learning how to play the piano

I'd like to start learning to play the piano from scratch, and I would like to know how many hours of practice will it take me to: master the basics like scales, technique, fingering, theory, and ...
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Do I handicap my guitar learning by deemphasizing learning to use a pick?

Been playing guitar for a few months now and for the last month I've started trying to use a pick since most people (including the best guitarists) do and while it's useful for alternate picking, pick ...
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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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Piano sight-reading confusion [duplicate]

everyone. I am a beginner pianist and I am to improve my technical and sight-reading skills. I have been sight-reading Primavera - Ludovico Einaudi for the past week and I came across something odd. ...
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Best type/way of scale to start practicing and how to move on? [duplicate]

Learning for past 8 months.. chords are coming up well.. trying now to learn scales (after knowing those are the foundation)... Started with E chromatic scale (2 octaves across first 4 frets) with ...
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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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what are the sizes of the ocarinas

I have been trying to find the sizes for every ocarina (1C to 7C), width and height of the chamber .The only one I can find was because a youtube video. I am asking this because I want make my own ...
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In the context of G Major, is there anything special about a Am-Cm-Bm-Em progression?

It looks like a ii-V-iii-vi going around the circle of fifths but with the V replaced with a iv, but I don't know what the theory behind that replacement is. I'd heard of tonicization before but I'm ...
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How do I learn jazz on piano? [duplicate]

I am very interested in learning piano but more specifically jazz. I really like the way people can just improvise. I know that I would not be easy but I would like to know what the best book or ...
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Learning to play Guitar, but how can I find the right size for me?

I've already bought a basic Acoustic Guitar off Amazon, but it's uncomfortable to play. I know the correct positioning to hold the Guitar, its just instead of my right shoulder resting down in the ...
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Having tough time with bottom finger skin hitting bottom guitar strings

I'm a "beginner" at guitar playing, been actively on my guitar for at least a month practising every day. I've enrolled with Guitartricks, I've been watching MANY Youtube videos on beginner ...
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standard notation and the numbered notation

So I have been playing piano for 1.5 years and my biggest obstacle for learning piano is definitely to play both hand, I’m still struggling right now, maybe I improve a little bit, but still very much ...
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Roman numerals below the note in violin

I thought the number over the note was the string number for violin. But what are the roman numerals below the score? How do I finger this score in violin? Could you number on the score please...
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Help with Syncopation

I have an assignment with a simple rhythm in 4/4 time. I am being asked to rewrite the rhythm as syncopated with one half beat before the start of the measure. I cant add a photo as it is too large to ...
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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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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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What should I learn in order to play the piano? [closed]

I would like to learn to play the piano, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I must do it on my own (several restrictions in my country do not allow me to attend a conservatory). Several years ago I ...
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Should I switch from learning the Violin to learn Piano Keyboard instead? [closed]

I bought a violin over 2 years ago and yet I haven't learned anything since I couldn't get lessons. I was supposed to get some this summer but with the pandemic going on I couldn't. I really tried to ...
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How to achieve the correct posture if you're short, get a shorter stand or higher chair?

I bought a digital piano with a fixed height stand and the top of the key are 28.75 inches from the ground. I need to get my elbow to be parallel with the key height, is what I got from online videos. ...
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In what order do you play these notes? And how? [duplicate]

I'm a beginner with reading sheet music, and i just can't figure out how you play these notes on the bass clef. Do you need to play then separate or together? Is it a chord or not?
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Problem with hearing singing voice different than the outcome

I have been trying to learn a bit of singing starting last month, but I'm not getting anywhere. I have the problem that the things I sing in my head sound fine to me, but I know for a fact from ...
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Why do we use valves with drums

I have stepped by a YouTube video showing Vienna Philharmonic, under John Williams, playing theme from “Jurassic Park”. In 1:44 minute of this video the drummer is ...
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How to play Ending (1-bar) using keyboard?

What does Ending (1-bar) mean? How to interpret and play this in an electronic keyboard? Does that mean the when the ending button is pressed, the default ending music should complete within a bar?
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Why, in a beginning level piece, is a repeated note split between the hands?

I wonder how are melody fingerings decided and suggested, especially in beginner books. I want to explain this with context and example. I am 50 and being taught (for few months now) by a fairly good ...
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Self-teaching theory resources for someone who has been playing for a while. (Guitar) [closed]

Sorry for the stupid question, but for the past year and a half, I have been playing a lot of guitar on Rocksmith, and personally, I have really been enjoying it, since guitar was just a hobby for me ...
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My fingers are hurting so much [duplicate]

I recently purchased a beginner guitar. I’m learning chords and my fingers are hurting so much. I’ve watched videos and they say not to push so hard but if I don’t push hard then the chord gives a ...
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What type of trumpet should a beginner use?

I'm thinking about getting a trumpet to practice at home for fun. I want to know what type of trumpet is best for me. I'm in 4th grade and need something to do at home. I need to know the difference ...
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Beginner Confusion Over Guitar Scales

New guitar player here trying to learn music theory and guitar from the ground up. I have somewhat of a two part question. Trying to wrap my head around the first part. So far I have learned the basic ...
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Ableton live trial audio not working [closed]

I am completely noob. Audio in my Ableton is not working while I put the Track inside main pain. Testing audio pieces and side tab is working. I have tested preferences and test option give inside ...
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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 read and play these beginner power chords

Few questions came up when I reached the chapter power chords of a famous well known beginner guitar book: The book teaches alternate picking on single notes when playing 8th notes. How do I pick ...
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My Flute Notes Just Don't Sound Nice

I last had guidance in playing my flute in 6th grade band class and I've been solo since. (About 7 years ago) So naturally everything I know, I gleaned off the internet. My notes are starting to sound ...
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Can sargam be used interchangeably with Do and note-name systems for a beginning pianist?

A young piano student has been learning the letter-based note names: A B C, etc. He also has been exposed to fixed Do: Do Re Mi, etc. Meanwhile, a family member taught him the sargam syllables for the ...
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Does it matter if the index finger is off the top of the neck playing F barre?

Like pretty much everyone I'm struggling to get good at F barre. After reading a lot of these answers I couldn't find an answer to this: I've got a pretty good and more and more consistent F recently,...
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Unwanted sounds when recording guitar on computer

The sound quality that I get from the speakers of my amp is good. Same thing when I am connecting my headphones to the amp. Now, my amp (yamaha THR5) can be connected directly to a computer via an usb ...
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Cannot get the desired tone when recording a Nirvana song

I am trying to record the main riff of "Come As You Are" by Nirvana. I searched on the Internet the amp settings that I should use and I ended up using this : bass 4, mids 5, treble 6, high ...

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