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Questions tagged [learning]

Learning is the act of acquiring or developing skills and knowledge.

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Carnatic Vs Western 12 Note system

I was trying to learn the chromatic scale and associate it with carnatic equivalents (I know equal temperment is not the way with indian music, but it interest me to relate and learn it to certain ...
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Is there a way to turn sharps and flats into natural notes?

I realise this might be kind of a silly question, but I recently got a kalimba and I am trying to turn various piano songs into kalimba songs! My kalimba is tuned to C major and has 17 keys; no ...
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Who particpated In formal musical grading education in England?

England has produced some very successful musicians in the popular music field in the past five decades. Elton John, The Beatles, The Stones, The Moody Blues, and countless others. But in the U.S. we ...
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What is the best way to learn to play songs by ear using chord patterns?

Is there a simple technique to construct or memorize chord pattern of a song If I know the main chord of a song? Also, how to guess the next chord while playing a song. Specially with a guitar. I ...
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music instruments [closed]

What instruments and/or voices are used in the music you listen to? Give some examples and describe how the instrumentation affects your perception of the music. Include a link to an example on ...
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Should I learn the violin first before I learn the cello?

I love the cello and would love to someday be able to play Bach's cello suites. It has such a warm sound. But 1 thing deters me from going straight into learning the cello, the price of it. I looked ...
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Shaped notes to standard notation

I grew up reading shaped notes and have a firm grasp on this. However, it is necessary that I become better at reading standard notation. I understand how it works since both methods are essentially ...
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“Along the way” ear training in your daily routine

I am an amateur musician, not good at ear training. But I want to improve, unfortunately my time is limited as music is just a hobby. So in this post the author suggests doing ear training in your ...
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How to play notes over one and a half octaves/am I reading this music wrong?

I've been trying to play this piece: Focusing on the left hand for the highlighted bar, it looks like it doesn't fit in with the 9/8 time (7 beats in that bar I think). But if I try to play them ...
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How do I learn and remember the notes on a 48 hole harmonica? [closed]

I have a M.Brother Flying Eagle 48 hole harmonica. I play guitar, so I know some music theory but I don't know if it's a chord or a tremolo harmonica. How do I know which it is? Also, how can I learn ...
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Why the absence of piano transcriptions? [closed]

Introduction I've become frustrated with the lack of reasonable piano transcriptions available or in print from reliable publishers or online communities alike. Transcriptions of music in Piano-Voice-...
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Record multiple mics on one line

Is there a way I can connect two or more headset microphones to a single jack to record drums?
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To imagine music & to understand the becoming of a musical idea [closed]

Nice to meet you. This is my first post here, so I begin with a short introduction: In 2013 I started the Goaganesh Project, inspired to make electronic music primarily by my admiration for the ...
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How long can it take for a young adult to learn piano? [closed]

I am 18 and I would like to learn piano. I’ve played clarinet in a school band since I was 10 so I know everything about timing and I can read treble staff in sheet music (not bass though). I started ...
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Is it hopeless in terms of becoming decent musicians, if they can't count beats?

My flesh-n-blood guitar teacher has tried to get me to count beats (verbally or at minimum in my mind), and I think that I've tried reasonably hard in doing so for few months now. However I've come to ...
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Do I need to memorize my exam pieces if I don't plan on sitting the exam?

Piano pupils play exam pieces from memory which takes a lot of time. Is it necessary for me, an adult teaching myself, to memorize exam pieces when I don't intend to sit for the exams? As well as ...
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Weird 16th notes (I think) in score, not sure how to count them / not sure of their value

I found this weird grouping of notes in a song I'm trying to learn and I want to understand why they are played the way they are. I can listen to the song and replicate it but I don't understand why ...
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Its more difficult to play tremolo on a single string

I started to learn the tremolo technique (the p-a-m-i-variant) from classical guitar, and for example used in the famous Recuerdos de la Alhambra piece by F. Tarrega, a month ago. As far as good, but ...
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Can I “dive headfirst” into reading sheet music?

I've been playing piano for about 10 years, and in that time I never really learned how to read sheet music. I have a very good ear, and usually just figure out pieces through listening to the ...
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how to learn to play lead parts like this?

This is a song ( ) i like from my country. I like the touch of that lead player. This song is in F major. How do I learn to play like that? Do I need to know the F major ...
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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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Between a guitar and a ukulele what should one consider when choosing a new instrument to learn?

I really want to learn to play a musical instrument. Ever since my "keyboard" lessons as a kid 3 decades ago - I have been put off. I learned songs on keyboard by "rote" i.e., the instructor ...
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Why are there transposing instruments? [duplicate]

I just play guitar and harmonica, but I understand that some instruments are considered transposing instruments. Nobody has ever explained the reasons for transposing instruments other than they are ...
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Practical audiation suggestions related with a specific song

In order to enhance my very poor audiation I want to begin transcribing songs and so I've started with a supposedly easy one (and I believe it really is), counting the number of voices, the ...
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Learning an instrument with visual impairment

I have been lately delving into instrument learning now that I can afford some gear and lessons I am seriously thinking into dedicating into it. The thing is I only have one seeing eye - the right ...
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Whether child singers know what they are doing while singing different pitches or do they do it automatically? [closed]

Many young children sing perfectly. Do they know what changes they are doing in their body to sing a high pitch or low pitch? Whether they are doing those changes automatically without knowing what ...
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Beginner at piano with music experience trying to find a place to begin

Recently, I have started playing the piano, but I don't know where to start. I have experience playing the guitar and have 7 years of choir experience: 3 years in middle school and 4 in highshool (3 ...
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Should I start learning a piece of music?

I want to play a piece X, for sake of argument, let's use "Fantaisie Impromptu" by Chopin. How do I decide whether this is a good piece to play to expand my repertoire next? I am looking for factors ...
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Very little time to learn pretty complex songs. What should my strategy be?

I got invited to join this band. They've got plenty more experience than I do, but I've been playing with one of the members for quite a while and, I guess, I wasn't doing so bad, since he's now ...
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Alto Sax Player Doesn't Tune to C but to E or F and the guiatist tune to the sax. What harmonicas should I use? [closed]

Yes, I know, a very strange question. The sax player should be tuning the guitars, but that is not going to happen. So, that being said, if he's a half step down, E, or a half step up F what relative ...
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What are the disadvantages of not warming up?

In other words, what are the disadvantages of playing at the limit of your technical abilities straight away, without warming up first? Why is warming up usually recommended?
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I want to learn the saxophone. How difficult will this be? [closed]

I have been thinking about learning to play the saxophone, although because it is a fairly large investment, I am a little hesitant, and was wondering how difficult it would be for someone with prior ...
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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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What are the words above the staff called (especially at the beginning)?

What is this text above the staff for, and what is it called?
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How long would it take for me to learn piano? How difficult is it to learn? [closed]

I'm thirteen years old, and I had always loved classical music. Instruments like the violin, flute, and cello always sounded amazing to me, but the one instrument that really stood out was piano. I ...
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How to learn to create the right tone for my guitar?

This is quite a generic question. Since the day I started learning guitar, I have been lazy and never tried to understand how sound really works. I plugged the guitar in the amp and just turned the ...
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Examples of people who started their instrument at an age >20 and got good at it [closed]

Do you know any instrumentalist (guitar, piano or anything else) who has achieved something and started out at an age >20 years? (by achieving I mean give decent performances, handle their instrument ...
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Learning scales (skipping major scales)

I dabble in the piano for half a year(+) now. Just learned about scales through this video ( ). I guess i listen to a lot of music with minor scales, and I want to ...
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Is it helpful to study jazz when I like pop?

Recently I started an online jazz course, and and I enjoy studying it (all the chords and extensions). But at the end of the day, I don't know why I study jazz. I don't really like jazz, and it's hard ...
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How to practice for piano with chord in one hand and lead in another? [duplicate]

I am used to playing any song with both of my hand as I am good with harmonium in which with one hand you have to wave a door to flow air. But when it comes to playing actual notes (i.e., lead/melody) ...
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What is a good way to practice piano sight reading?

Recently I was practicing piano and my choral director walked by and tapped on the door and told me that, when he grew up, he wished he did a bit of sight reading every day when he was young. Hence my ...
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How to learn pieces by heart?

Instruction to learn a piece by heart (3 pages) in a brief space of time (2 days) ?
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What kind of saxophone is better to start learning?

I would like to start learning to play saxophone. I know there are many different ones but I am not sure whether should I start with soprano, alto, tenor or which other. Can you recognize and say ...
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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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Program for ear training that plays song associated with the interval [closed]

I remember that I have once used a program (or an app) for interval ear training that asked you for intervals, and if you did it wrong played an associated song (the melody) beginning with this ...
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Learning piano the autodidact approach

I'm really motivated to learn to play the piano, though I can't afford any teaching and I don't know someone who could teach me. So I guess I have to do it "the autodidact way"—but maybe not really ...
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What can one do to understand time signatures?

I am struggling with the basics of Time Signatures. For one, I see it as more of a 'beat' signature. Notation is old, and time signatures are of an age where there was no clock, or way of keeping time ...
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“The intervals considered dissonant have changed since the 'Middle Ages'”; How so?

In reading my new book 'Complete Classical Music Guide', I understand the following: If two notes are separated by a consonant the sound is pleasing to the ears. If they are of a dissonant ...
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How to compose a new song when inspired by existing song?

Sometimes when I listen to a song, especially in foreign language, I get inspired by its atmosphere, and write some great lyrics. Question: Are there any tips or techniques on how to compose a new, ...
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Understanding why notes are written on the other side of their stem

Beginner warning :-) In the following image, the outlined chords are not grouped like a majority of the other chords with four notes. There are four chords later on in the last several measures that ...