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How good am I supposed to be at my 3rd year of playing electric guitar? Also, suggestions for songs and exercises to improve faster

I was just curious how good am I supposed to be after playing 3yrs on the electric guitar. I am self taught and I almost did not play at all on my 2nd year. Most of the time I just do different ...
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Exercises for Tuvan Throat-Singing (Overtone-Singing)?

I've been fascinated for many years with Tuvan Throat-Singing, particularly the group Huun-Huur-Tu. A few years ago I happened upon a Scientific American article (which I have since misplaced) that ...
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Exercises for getting a consistent tone on the flute

I am a tenor saxophone player who wants to branch out into playing a transverse flute to expand on their fingering techniques and embouchure. For the past 2 weeks, I have been practising with a ...
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What does fret-board on top of a note in music sheet mean? [duplicate]

I'm practice this guitar exercise, and it's meant to mix both notes and chords, I see fret-boards on top of notes, do I play the chord of the fret-board in place of the notes below? I see a C chord on ...
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What kind of piano exercise books has notes and chords mixed together?

I have seen piano exercises with only notes, with their fingerings, like Hanon. And I have seen piano exercises with only chords, and their fingerings. I was wondering if there are any books ...
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Hand and Finger Exercises for Bansuri Players

About two weeks ago I got unexplained pain on my left hand, especially when I try to place hand flat on floor, i.e. for doing push ups. When I tried practicing Bansuri, the pain intensified. I ...
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Hanon-like violin finger strength exercises [closed]

I'm looking for a book similar to Hanon for the violin, to develop finger strength, and playing ability for various violin techniques. Is there anything around designed in such a way that you just ...
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When singing, how to avoid being distracted by vocal harmony or other vocal lines?

I'm not a professional singer but I love singing. I find it very difficult to focus on my own vocal line when I hear other vocal lines. For example, When I was in the college choir, I sang bass, and ...
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Classical Guitar Exercises for Proper Tab Fingering? [closed]

Related: Figuring the Classical Fingering from Sheet Music Are there any classical guitar exercises, (for classical music), that also include the Tab as well as proper frettting-hand fingering ...
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Impossible Pinky on Guitar

I've recently taken up guitar again after an absence, I played for 10 years from 14-24. I am now 44, been playing again for about 2 years. I never really used my pinky when I was young, apart from ...
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in Messa Di Voce, I can only get loud by a little - not alot.. what should I do?

I recently started practicing Messa Di Voce on certain notes. I'm trying to do the exercise correctly, which means that if I start a note on an "AH" for instance in low volume, I need to get louder ...
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Improving breath support

What are some exercises or tips to help singers improve their breath support?
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Recommended Breathing Exercises to Play Woodwinds

Can you recommend good breathing exercises to play woodwinds such as Flute and Bansuri. Other than continual practice of these beautiful instruments, what are some breathing exercises to improve lung ...
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Exercise from second chapter of Harmony by Walter Piston

Exercise 7, j. : With G sharp as the soprano note, write in four parts a triad in first inversion, with the subdominant of G sharp minor in the bass. It seemed to me that such a chord does not exist. ...
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Vocal/ Humming troubles

I am recovering from a sinus issue. Much has improved except for whatever muscle it takes to hum. I do the puppy whining exercises and can't get it to work. Therefore I have no midrange. I've steamed ...
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Learning to sing with scales and vowels

I've started learning how to sing this week and been wondering about few things: Should you do triads, scales, huffing ( basically all exercises ) for all vowels? When attempting to sing from ...
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Giant Steps - Coltrane and Slonimsky

I've read several times that John Coltrane practiced extensively from the Slonimsky Thesaurus of scales and melodic patterns and that Coltrane's Giant Steps is strongly influenced by or is even a ...
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Improving fretting hand strength

I've been playing for years now as a hobby guitarist, but my fretting hand strength plateaued - it never really improved much beyond what I could do 2 months after I started playing. Since then, I'm ...
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What method for learning the guitar fretboard is most effective?

I am wondering whether there is a method for memorizing the fretboard that works best for other guitarists. Drills that are disconnected from the act of making music are less effective for me - I can ...
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Arm pain and endurance when playing Revolution by Chopin on piano

I know this piece is mostly meant as a technical exercise for the left hand, but every time I practice it my arm gets too tired to continue after the first page. I've been practicing it regularly (30 ...
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Piano beginner, index finger raising when using ring and pinky

I am 49 year old and I started to learn piano five years ago, got for two years and half to a music school aimed mainly at childrens, they also have painting school and the like. Got two piano ...
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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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Is it possible to learn advanced piano technique from the book alone? [duplicate]

My question is solely about learning piano techniques - learning scales (ranges), learning basic acords, different strength exercises, speed exercises, solely technique etudes. Can all this be learned,...
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How many songs to practice at a time?

I'm coming back to piano after years and years away, so I'm back at beginner level again. I know I can get a bunch of etudes together and do technical exercises, but of course, the main thing is ...
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How much Hanon?

So of course, I have been doing the Hanon exercises. I find that I feel as though I'm doing too many (over 30) before I actually do my practice. I play them all twice, once loud and once quiet with ...
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Guitar book to complement my guitar lessons

I have recently started guitar lessons. I really love them, but I feel there is something missing. My teacher's approach is "every class, let's learn a new song" but I feel I need some theory, like ...
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Pinky finger cracking while playing guitar

While exercising my pinky at playing the guitar I noticed a huge problem which I am not able to find on the internet. My pinky kind of cracks when trying to bend it from its flat state. I tested it on ...
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Voice parts exercises for blending

Are there any exercises you can do as a singing group to improve the blend between the various voice parts, that's soprano, alto and tenor...? If yes, any recommendation is welcome...
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Stretching and relaxing exercises before playing piano

Do you have any good exercises to relax before playing the piano. I'm interested specifically in relaxing the arms, shoulders and back.
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Are there any historical facts about what specific piano exercises where taught by Fred Francois Chopin, Felix Mendelsohn and JS Bach?

Are there any historical facts about what specific piano exercises where taught by Fred Francois Chopin, Felix Mendelsohn and JS Bach (my favorite playing stars)? Have a book of good F Liszt exercises ...
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Baritone or Bass? and how to extend vocal range

I had vocal warm up and I can reach from E2-F4 tone, but am I baritone or bass? because some reference have different vocal range, for example: in reference 1 said baritone until G4 but other ...
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How can I improve my note accuracy and intonation?

Over time my pitch has improved simply through singing more, but I still have some problems with being a bit off sometimes (or way off on very high or very low notes). It helps if I focus on a ...
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Sticks moving in my hands (weak grip?)

I've been playing drums for a while and there's something bothering me. I've watched a lot of "how to hold your drumsticks properly" videos for the 'matched grip' style (the one i use) to try to ...
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Piano exercises post-chemotherapy

Not a common question, not a common situation, and I am not using my primary Music.SE for obvious reasons. The question is simple but not so easy, and I hope you might help not only me, but many with ...
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Any established exercise to ease finger movements while playing piano?

I am a beginner in piano, and I am currently learning names of keys and some movements. While moving, my little fingers and almost all the other fingers are not very smooth at pressing keys, and ...
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Hanon Exercise 1 - proceed chromatically?

I have Hanon's Virtuoso Pianist, (Hinrischen Edition, Edition Peters Ltd. 1987 ,©). Towards the end of first exercise, it says "Important: proceed chromatically through all major keys!" I couldn't ...
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What is the proper place of the Czerny and Hanon exercises in the Piano repertoire? [duplicate]

It seems that every piano teacher has a different view of just how much worth these exercises have. Is there merit to having beginners start with these exercises and work through a sizeable chunk of ...
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Learning to trill without a trill key

I don't really like resorting to trill keys when I want to do difficult trills like C-D. For one, the pitch and quality isn't exactly the same. Also, it feels like cheating. I'm willing to use them as ...
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Singing Exercises [closed]

I need some effective and efficient singing exercises to improve generally but also specifically to reduce the nasally sound. Also any exercises that anybody knows to help with staying in pitch ...
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Pinky is raised uncontrollably when doing finger exercise

When I do finger exercises (e.g. Hanon's), my pinky finger is being raised after I play (press and release) a key with my fourth finger, and then is raised even more and is striated after the third ...
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Any books similar to Mikrokosmos written by a famous composer?

I just discovered this gold nugget in piano teaching called Mikrokosmos by Bela Bartok. Are there any other books that have progressively difficult sight-reading exercises written by a famous ...
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What is the foundational book of Czerny finger exercises for piano?

I've recently started teaching myself piano (via Bartok's Mikrokosmos) and feel it would be helpful to supplement the pieces with some standard exercises. Everyone I speak with suggests Czerny, but ...
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How can I improve my playing of faster finger runs?

I am just preparing for my grade 8 piano exam. I'm struggling with quick runs in the 3rd movement of Beethoven's Sonate Pathetique. It really doesn't sound right. When I play I can't do it smothly and ...
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Is there any way to practice different strengths on same hand?

I'm trying to practice a song that requires me to play my right pinkie hard and my right thumb soft, but at the same time. They are an octave apart and I am having trouble playing them at different ...
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Exercises to integrate syncopation into improvisation

Recently, I kinda felt that my improvisation style is really lacking colorful rhythms (By improvisation, I mean pop music improvisation in piano soloing, not jazz or blues improvisation.) So, does ...
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How to Practice the Hanon Exercises

I've played piano for many years but I'd like to do some work on my technique and am going to attack the Hanon exercises. I have a very simple question on the instructions though. You are instructed ...
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Are there any violin exercises for advanced playing like Hanon and Brhams for piano?

Are there any violin exercises for advanced playing like Hanon and Brhams studies for piano? In other words, what to play except the music itself to develop a better technique in the shortest time ...
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Finger or hand exercises while away from your instrument [duplicate]

I mainly play electric guitar and would like to know what finger or hand exercises can people do while they are on holiday (vacation), at the office or even away from their instrument(s) for a longer ...
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Cool down exercises for piano?

I recently started a new piece on the piano that's fairly above my skill level, but I've been making progress, albeit very slowly. I'm most struggling with large intervals over a long period of time. ...
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Correct octave technique

I am an amateur pianist (of about 17 years) and I'm not sure if I ever learned correct octave technique. I just "finished" Chopin's first ballad and there are several sections which require some ...