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Finger Exercises for Piano when not playing

Are there any finger exercises I can perform even when I am not near a piano to improve my dexterity and strength of my fingers?
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Exercises for 21st century piano sightreaders

There is already a large body of technical exercises for pianists based on common-practice music, such as major and minor scales and arpeggios or the books of Czerny, Hanon, etc. These exercises are ...
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Doing big stretch with pinky on guitar

I was wondering about how some guitarists can reach some pretty big stretch between their ring finger and their pinky finger. We can clearly see they have a big gap between their ring and their pinky ...
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Is the fingering the same for Hanon exercises when you play in a different key?

For example, the fingering for Hanon exercise #1 in C is 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2. Is the same fingering used for the other 11 keys? If so, does the rule hold for all Hanon exercises?
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How to break out of playing scales up and down when improvising

I play piano, and when I am playing a gospel or a blues song, I always improvise with my right hand. I have been practicing major scales and pentatonic scales for a while now, and when I play, i ...
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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 [closed]

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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Hanon or Czerny?

What are the best exercises for someone who had played the piano for 3 years but has had a 4 year break and wants to get back into playing, Hanon or Czerny?
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How to find/hold vocal pitch within tone clusters

I sing in a choir that performs a lot of music containing very close, tone-cluster type harmonies. We stand mixed rather than in sections, so it's especially challenging to find my pitch and maintain ...
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What materials did famous composers use for their daily piano and/or violin warm-ups?

What music and exercises did composers like Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Paganini, Handel, Haydn, and Schubert use for a daily warm-up for piano and/or violin? Chopin used Bach's WTC and ...
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Limited finger movement and range

I would like to find out if there are particular exercises for problems with hand structure. I have been playing for 30 some years and discovered 10 or so years ago that the muscular structure of ...
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Advice for positioning my pinky on the fretboard, it is slightly twisted toward the ring finger

Hi I am a newbie here trying to learn guitar and I have been having issues with using my pinky. As you can see in the first picture, my pinky has the tendency to rotate toward my ring finger. The ...
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Preparatory studies for “Moonlight” 3rd movement

I can successfully play the first movement and would otherwise consider myself to be at Canada's Royal Conservatory of Music level 8 to 9. (I can play Chopin's Prelude Op. 28, No. 6 with my own ...
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Extending upper range on a brass instrument

I'm looking for some input into techniques that I can use to extend my range on a Euphonium. I'm able to get a top C reasonably reliably, but anything above that is just not there. What are common ...
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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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Beethoven sonata “Pathetique” (Op. 13), playing with small hands

Despite much practice, I simply can't play right-hand chords in bar 5 accurately. I would really appreciate any work-arounds. For example, is it acceptable to leave out the highest F after first ...
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Difficulty playing piano due to my small hands and short fingers, anyway around it?

I have really small hands, and short fingers. On a piano I can reach an octave and a little more, but my octave is generally very sloppy. A lot of songs require some crazy octaves like Liszt's ...
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How can I develop a high register on a brass instrument without creating tension?

Lately I've been reading about how trombonists (or any other brass instrumentalists) tend to develop tension in their neck or torso when playing in the higher register. In working to decrease ...
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Piano exercises to memorize “spacing”

I just started learning piano a few months ago and I'm getting along well, but the one issue I'm having is I can't seem to "find" certain notes. For example, on Für Elise, while looking up I ...
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Exercises or stretches for keyboardists

I've heard stories of keyboardists ruining their hands with exercises, so I want to be cautious and not just follow my intuition about stretching my finger and hand muscles. What are good, safe ...
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Piano exercise for sequencing right hand chords with fixed top-most note

Is there a diagram of all chords with the same melody note on top? with voice leading? with 7th? Eb G C | E G C | E A C | F A C | F A D | F# A D | b3 5 1. 3 5 1. 3 6 1. When one is ...
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What musical activities can locked down musicians do via video-conferencing?

The UK Brass Band I play with has already hosted one on-line meeting for our locked down brass players (via Zoom). It was immediately apparent that timing latency makes it impossible for us all to ...
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Are there any practice regimens or recommendations related to recovery or rehabilitation of skills due to a cervical spine condition?

In 12/2019 I lost the feelings in my fingers and had significant pain in my shoulder and arm. The condition was treated successfully and I am having regular physical therapy from a sports and medicine ...
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How to do basic guitar spider exercise correctly?

I have just given the most basic spider exercise a go and realise I am not 100% clear what counts as a "doing it correctly". I'm playing A A# B C B A# A on string 1 by slowly holding down fingers 1 2 ...
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Piano Exercises [closed]

I'm relatively new to the piano and have only been playing for 6 months. I've got the major/minor arpeggios and some basic songs down. Does anyone have any good books or exercises they recommend to ...
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Exercises away from the piano

My piano is stuck in London waiting to be delivered but due to the current lockdown it is unlikely to arrive home soon. Can anyone suggest exercises that can be carried out to maintain suppleness, ...
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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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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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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 [closed]

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 ...