Questions tagged [beginner]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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what are some good practices for sight reading sheet music? [duplicate]

I'm teaching my self to learn the piano, currently I've started learning sheet music. I feel as if I'm not progressing as fast as I'd want and I'm hoping to find some practices to make my sheet music ...
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Learning the piano and theory without a teacher? [duplicate]

I recently ordered a keyboard, and I plan to buy online courses to learn the piano and theory. I can afford a teacher, however, due to some circumstances in my life, it's hard to attend the lessons at ...
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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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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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