Questions tagged [beginner]

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Get started with a tremolo Harmonica

So i got the SUZUKI Winner 20-Holes harmonica, not the best option for a beginner as i figured so i dont know where to start as i am totally new to playing music as well, checked YouTube and the major ...
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Which among the following instruments would be the easiest to learn by a complete beginner?

Good morning. I am graduating from my university in 3 months. I came across free non-credit classes by music school where I can learn any of these instruments: flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet,...
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Why are chord inversions rarely/never mentioned in beginning jazz (solo) piano?

I've learned about chord inversions in my basic piano instruction, usually emphasizing voice leading as being important for a more accomplished sound. But this seems to be absent in beginning jazz ...
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Percussion Rhythm Help

Hey, so I need help counting the two measures underlined in red (43-44). I play the conga for this and I need help with counting the rhythm here. Thank you!
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Got a 70 euro used guitar, but frets are rather flat and don't really sound good, what to do?

Hello so i bought a guitar in order to learn how to play, went through a few chords and it was rather annoying that some frets are pretty flat so if you press them near the opposite end, it starts ...
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What are some strategies to compose a rather simple melody?

I'm pressing some keys on the piano but I can't seem to get any ideas for creating a simple melody? Can anyone offer any suggestions?
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Should I learn to read sheet music for playing the guitar?

I would start playing the guitar with the app called Yousician, where it shows the string, and the fret's number. This feels too easy.
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Shouldn't the strings resonate more, if I hold them down?

So if I hold the strings down with my left hand (I'm right handed), shouldn't they resonate more? It feels like it goes away so quickly. I am using a classical guitar (3 metal strings, 3 nylon), and ...
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Piano technique to stay on beat

Context: I am a beginner piano student Consider the time signature (4/4) and a metronome that is set at a particular bpm. If your first note is a quarter note, do you raise your hand from the key on ...
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How to do Jumps while sight reading

I am a total beginner at piano sight reading. I find it difficult to change chords or move from one octave to another while looking at the sheet without pressing the wrong notes. Any advice?? thanks.
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Just beginning to learn piano, need some help [closed]

Hello I'm beginning to learn piano this year and my biggest obstacle is reading piano sheets. Can someone give some tips on how to improve my sheet reading or any general tips on piano? Thanks.
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Beginner's piano for adults

I am teaching using John Thompson's piano course for adults for the first time and would like to know what standard, in terms of grades, pupils are at by the end of the book.
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How should I go about learning Jazz, Funk and Blues piano?

I am about to buy my first keyboard and I have a lot questions about how to get started. A lot of the tutorials seem like they are based in classical music and this isn't really my taste. Should I try ...
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What exactly are the highlighted portions and how are they played?

I really need help figuring out the highlighted parts. How do I play these and what notes are those? I really need help, I am only a beginner. Thank You, Piano Woman
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Beginning composer wanting to know where to start

I'm a seventeen-year-old aspiring film composer. I have twelve years of piano and theory experience, but beyond that, I have no experience with anything else musicwise. I am homeschooled with no easy ...
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Reading score. What is a system?

In piano class the teacher told the first pair of students to play the first system and the second pair of students to play the second system. The piece played was eight measures long, binary form ...
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Is it possible to improve my vocal range?

I am a 17 year old male. My range is currently E2 to C4 and I am untrained. My vocal range is narrow, but I want to be able to sing well. I'm wondering if I am still be able to improve my tone and ...
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Tempo for Hanon for beginners

I am 50 and started playing some 6-7 months back. Had around 24 lessons so far. Bought Hanon's Virtuoso Pianist a few months back on my own initiative but didn't try to play. Was trying it out this ...
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Are violins waterproof?

I spilt my coffee accidentally and it entered my violin through the f-hole. Will my violin's sound change? What should I do? My violin is a beginner violin.
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What should I further study to learn to write music better

Okay I hope this doesn't get downvoted. I am trying to get back to learning to write music (on the computer). I started in 2011 and having learned software, basic music theory I kept failing despite ...
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Is there any rule about the length of a phrase or the value of a bar?

I'm new studying music, and I have a question about the value of a bar, I'm not sure but seems that I can put any number of notes, considering the prestablished meter, and practically make it of any ...
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Piano bass and chords

My piano sheet music has treble clef notes and bass clef notes, but it also appears to have chords written above as well!! I am a beginner and have no clue what to do. Help!
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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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Guitar: using the same finger to pluck

I've learned playing the guitar by myself, but now I'm following some book courses. In the books you never play a note with the same finger (right hand), but for example like the pattern MIMIMI... ...
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What's in a phrase?

Sometimes my teacher remarks to me that I should shape a phrase rather than just play the notes under a slur "mechanically". I think I'm improving there somewhat, but I don't really know what I'm ...
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Singing notes aloud while playing a piece

I started learning Piano around 4 months back, a month after I reached 50. In spite of not enough practice and often missed sessions, my tutor says that I am making "decent" progress, for my age and ...
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How to crossover non-neighboring strings on the violin?

I'm playing a piece called Spring (by Antonio Vivaldi/arr. Richard Meyer), and the violin solo has this part where you go from F on the E string, to G on the D string. I'm not really experienced with ...
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What types of orchestra degrees are there

I am doing an Essay about careers we want to be and I am writing about being a musician. I had a question that I could not find anywhere on the internet: What type of degrees there are in music? I am ...
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why guitars are built differently?

I have Ibanez guitars and they seem hard to adapt and play specially chords. So I went today to a music store and I found that fender guitars are really easy for me to play! I was even picking better ...
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Should the forearm rest on the electric guitar?

if i rest my forearm i cant reach the higher strings but if i elevate it its easier to pick and better control but the problem is that guitar neck moves backward and already tried both sitting ...
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Can learning music theory from "Music Theory for Guitarists Volume 1" by Bruce Arnold teach me enough to start composing?

I am a guitar and bass player who has played pop/rock/blues for 15 years. Like a lot of other users I am music illiterate. I am a fan of Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead and am interested in composing rock ...
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is all the 5 pentatonic the same finger position the same doesn't matter key your using it on?

Let say I am using the E shape Pentatonic scale which I learn it on the 5 fret, and say I use it in the key of G (3th fret) is the finger position still the same? or does all key or root note (E, F, G ...
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Tin Whistle as a second instrument, easy to play single notes?

I play piano and want to learn a more mobile instrument as well and thought about the Tin Whistle. I have no problem with learning the fingerings and I don't expect to play complicated songs but I ...
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A beginner looking for direction

I'm a beginner looking for some direction, and I'm not sure where to start. I'm a retired airline pilot and therefore very pragmatic and linear in my thinking. In other words, I need steps by the ...
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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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Where to find quality beginner sheet music for guitar? [duplicate]

I am trying to improve my sight reading skills on guitar. Any recommendations of books or websites is appreciated. (I would prefer the sheet music to be without tabs beneath it if that's possible)
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As a beginner, what should I look for in a 22 string harp?

I am looking to buy a (hopefully not too expensive) 22 string harp. I've never played the harp, nor do I know anyone who has one, so I have no idea what to look for or how to know if it is of ...
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Picking equipment for learning Country Guitar in an apartment.

I want to learn to play country guitar. Right now, I'm at a point in my life where I can dedicate a few hours a day to practice. (3+ hours) But I'm a total newbie to music period and live in a dreaded ...
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capturing the audio output from a guitar to a MacBook with one audio jack

I'm trying to capture the audio output from our guitar in to my computer. The guitar has a 6.35 mm jack, so I bought a 6.35 mm to 3.5 mm converter, and a 5m 3.5mm male-male cable. I've plugged it in ...
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How do I play this? Beginner Technique

Hi I'm sorry in advance for my lack of terminally as I am just beginning to teach myself to play the keyboard. In this piece of music how would you play the treble note in the first staff that has "C" ...
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Complete beginner question: Jazz guitar

I have never played guitar before. I've played piano before when I was young but that's the extent of my musical training. I'm self teaching myself for now (today is my second day so think blank ...
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Why does this version of Für Elise have d# then e both with treble clefs?

Going off a very similar question, "piano notation implies that the upper clef is the part played by the right hand, while the lower clef is the part played by the left hand." Is there some technique ...
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What should i do with scales on guitar?

So I've been playing the guitar for around a month and i'm currently practicing some chord switches. I have a lot of free time so doing chord switches every time gets really boring so i learned how to ...
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Would learning scales and notes on the guitar help me perform new solos or arpeggios quickly?

I'm a beginner but I can play some basic chords well and I have even tried things like the Slash - Godfather solo and the Metallica - Nothing else Matters solo. However, while practicing I feel like ...
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I have no experience and want to start creating relatively simple music, does this seem like a good way to get going?

I really don't have much experience with music creation. I am a motion designer (I make computer animation) and want to be able to create some simple beats, loops, simple basic music, etc. for some of ...
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Acoustic fingerstyle uneven sound

I'm a beginner at fingerstyle guitar. When I play with longer nails, I get a nice crisp sound, but the volume is uneven based on which finger I use. Sometimes I get this horribly loud/scraping sound (...
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Doom/Melodic Death Metal for electric guitar

My friend and I are looking to just enjoy ourselves and record a Death Metal EP with some Doom and Melodic Death Metal influences. With the tempo changes I know it sounds ridiculous but at this point ...
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Difference in Holding 6 holes and 7 holes in Indian Bamboo Flute

Please clear my following doubts. What is the difference between 6 holes and 7 holes holding position in flutes ? Can I play a song with 6 holes in 8 hole flute ?
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New guitar player- having trouble!

I'm a freshman in high school, learning to play the guitar. I've always loved the guitar and researched a lot about it before getting mine at a garage sale. The woman who sold it to me wanted 200 ...
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Harmonica beginner

I live in UP India and want to learn harmonica and I own a tower chromatic harmonica. Is it good for learning? Or do I need a key C diatonic harmonica?