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

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How to define the note frequency from spectrogram?

because when I press for example on a piano key, that I trace the spectrum of the sound, I have this (amplitudes in function of frequencies) Question: how to define the fundamental frequency of the ...
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Primary school child writing music

My young (8 year old) child is starting to play around with writing music, and he's done a bit both on pencil and paper, and with a tablet app that is still writing on a staff, but takes some of the ...
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A synthesia-like program for guitar [closed]

Is there a program that works like Synthesia, but for guitar? Or at least a "guitar hero-like" game that I can play with a real electric guitar, not just by tapping buttons (even if you play ...
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Acquiring advanced level sight reading

Beyond the basics of sight reading that everyone talks about, what are some of the skills you need to learn to sight read advanced and complex pieces? What are the nuances and techniques that not a ...
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How do people deduce symphonies from the sheet music?

Now being an aspiring musician, I've heard of people who can deduce entire orchestral scores and seemingly hear symphonies on the spot — like they can hear them while they are reading it. But what ...
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Recommendations for dobro instruction books [closed]

I’m a mostly self taught, intermediate guitar player. I recently started playing dobro in open G tuning and love it. I’m looking for recommendations for instruction books. I want to learn harmonized ...
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How do you process instrument samples to make convincing sustain phase loops for sample-based synthesis?

I'm interested in coding up something like a crude sampler (instrument). From what I've read, you can put samples of real audio into a sampler and pitch-shift them for different notes. I want samples ...
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Should I learn harmonium to learn western singing?

I am an Indian, and I want to learn western music/singing, but my teacher says first you have to learn harmonium to learn singing. So I am confused: should I learn harmonium, because as far as I know, ...
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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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Hard to focus/hear music when lyrics are present

I have this issue : lyrics overshadow the music for me. I try playing Jammin from Bob Martley on bass, I'm (about) fine for the first two bars, at the first bar of lyrics I can feel my focus being ...
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Learning path advices

I played guitar for a while 10 years ago, but I never learned music. I was only playing the songs that I wanted to play by following YouTube videos. I know I have to learn music to be able to ...
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How can one learn to identify intervals by ear without singing?

Learning to identify intervals typically relies heavily on singing. This is evident in many posts here regarding ear training (see below). But what about those for whom singing isn't an option? ...
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How do you develop the ability to express yourself via your instrument (e.g. guitar for my case) [duplicate]

I understand this question may be very broad and the answer may be very complex or allusive in nature. I hope I can get a little guidance from true musicians like you. Last night I watched Ralph ...
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Why do guitarists specialize on particular techniques?

I don't play the guitar and have only a casual knowledge. (I was defeated by the barre F chord.) I have the impression, though, that guitarists tend to specialize -- or at least favor -- specific ...
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Is it ok to use a cheap violin as a beginner? [duplicate]

I am just about to start learning the violin. To provide some context, I am not looking to pursue it professionally and am pursuing it for recreation. However, i still want to reach an intermediate ...
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I have a Skywin oud, 11 strings. Do the pegs need to be in a certain order, like in length?

So I'm not sure if my oud came strung correctly,they look a bit worn but it came with 6 pairs of replacement strings and one 11th string. What if while restringing, I took all the pegs out without ...
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Trouble listening to polyphonic music

I heard that Mozart heard Gregorio Allegri's Misere Mei Deus once at a concert and copied it down note for note from his head. I can copy down a piece note for note if I have it in my head, but I'm ...
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Is it possible to learn how to sing properly without a teacher?

Can you learn to sing with correct technique only using videos and online courses - without feedback from a teacher that guides you? How much of a difference would it make?
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How long a keyboard is recommended to start learning to play the piano?

As a complete beginner, I would like to learn to play the following melody: My budget is VERY restricted, so am thinking connecting a midi keyboard to GarageBand may be my most accessible means of ...
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Can you help me identify the notes on this sheet music? [closed]

I don't know much about music theory. I have tried reading a lot, but I can't understand what the exact notes on a piano these are. I know this is: bass clef, f sharp major, 4/4, mezzo piano. Thanks!
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How to develop a musical ear when even singing poses great difficulty?

I love music and would love to develop a musical ear. My problem is that I can't get started. All tutorials that I find start at a more advanced point compared to where I am at. I can't carry a tune. ...
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Learning a new piece — tips to make sure to get all the notes accurately from the start (piano)

As a self-learning piano beginner, I make tons of colored markings in the score of a new piece. First I must highlight all the notes that are included in the key signature so as not to forget they ...
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somebody experience with lyric writing classes at Berklee Online? [closed]

does someone have experiences with the lyric writing classes at Berklee Online? If so, could you let me know how these classes have been? Thanks!
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What are the easiest Chopin Etudes? [closed]

I've been looking, but the results are either too hard or too long. But I'm looking for a list of the easiest Chopin Etudes.
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Easy way to play a “B” chord on guitar

I learned to play guitar a couple years ago, but I can't for the life of me play a "B" chord. Is there any version that isn't a bar chord? Or do I have to suck it up and learn to play a ...
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Are there any MIDI-based drum coaching applications around? [closed]

Being a (hobby) guitarist, I always wanted to learn drums. As I don't have a dedicated rehearsal space, I decided to buy a used V-Drums kit (TD 17) from Roland with meshheads. The module comes with an ...
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How do people learn to sing if they only repeat notes someone plays on the piano?

Most singing teachers just ask the student to stand in a static posture and repeat notes the teachers plays on the piano. This has never worked for me. I have issues with the method: "just hoping ...
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What notes do I play on alto saxophone [duplicate]

What notes do I play for these glissandos
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Do pianists need to sing their music (sight-sing) to learn and grow as a pianist?

Recently I have realized that many singers play the piano or at least studied it. This confused me as to why and I searched if you had to know piano to sing and such. I then stumbled across this ...
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Which is easier to master between the guitar and the violin? [closed]

I am looking to learn either the violin or guitar and am slightly confused. I have no musical background except that I tried learning the piano for about a month when I was very young. I am willing to ...
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Transitioning from classical piano to what modern style? [closed]

I recently purchased a digital piano and started playing again after a few years during which I only played sporadically. I'm classically trained and have a rather advanced level in classical piano. ...
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Is the quickest way to learn a song to access the bass tab, rather than improvising?

I’ve been playing bass for nearly 2 years. I have an understanding of thirds and fifths. My music theory knowledge is very basic. I rely on bass tab to learn new songs. Is this acceptable or should I ...
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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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What does ‘Unis’ mean?

I’m reading through the study score for Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique. There’s an indication I am unsure of. They refer to the Strings section. (unis.) After a Google, I discovered several players in a ...
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Is this hand position a bad practice for practicing piano?

I included some drawings to illustrate what I mean. If it's still unclear, I will try and take a picture to show the situation. I just started learning piano this year by following some lessons ...
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How can I slow down a YouTube video I'm trying to analyze or transcribe?

[Note] This is a "compendium" question, intended to address a general concern that arises in a variety of contexts. Please add additional answers with any techniques not yet addressed. I'm ...
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Can violin be learned through online lesson for a person with piano knowledge?

I am a grade 2 piano player. I am interested in learning to play the violin, but I’m afraid that I might learn my basics wrong. Is it possible to learn violin online with a mediocre violin?
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Rebuilding callouses after long break from guitar

It may sound like a beginner's question but I've been playing guitar for more than 25 years now. But recently, I had to take an eight-month break from playing partly because of COVID related travel ...
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When practicing a new piece, how do you prevent repetition from dulling the punch?

When I start on a new song, I tend to do so because I'm completely absorbed by the piece and its emotion. Inevitably, I have to play recordings of the piece a few dozen times until I'm comfortable ...
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TS or TRS cable from mixer to speaker?

I am running a Behringer XR18 to a Bose L1. I use the Left aux output (xlr) on the Behringer to the guitar line in to the Bose (1/4"). I currently run the female xlr to a TS. Should i use a TRS ...
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Is it a bad idea to learn both violin and viola?

I have just started to learn violin. But I was thinking of buying a viola too. Mainly because the intonation is a bit easier on the viola due to longer scale length. But I wonder how hard they are to ...
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How do you learn pedals?

I'd like to learn Prokofiev's "Montagues and Capulets", but the bass needs some pretty advanced pedaling, and I have not experience with that. I know what the pedals do, but I'm no good at ...
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Starting out on the guitar. What are some good options for learning to begin making music? [closed]

I would like to learn to play guitar on at least a rudimentary level. What are my options for a really good, easy, and motivating method to get me going. I would love to find an inspiring online ...
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What is it like studying in a music conservatory?

I hope this question is relevant to this site's themes, if not let me know and I will delete it.I have started to plan the plot for a story that takes place in a music conservatory. The problem is I ...
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32nd+ sixteenth +quarter notes

I have doing questions here on this website, and I learned so much but some examples look hard to understand. In this example how can I count? Thanks
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Eighth +quarter notes

Am I right counting it this way or not? May someone help me? Thanks
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Rest and eighth notes [duplicate]

I am learning saxophone, so I don't know how to play this part; may somebody help me? Thank you
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How much harder is learning guitar on a 1/2 classical?

I'm an absolute beginner starting to learn guitar and all sources I have seen/asked so far heavily recommend to get a regular-size steel-stringed guitar. I do however have access to 1/2 size classical ...
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Eighth rest, quarter rest, eighth+quarter notes dotted

How can I count this example? I am having a hard time figuring it out.
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I am struggling with fingerboard muscle memory on the violin. Are there exercises, besides scales, that can help me?

I'm an adult learning violin for 5 months now. No tape or any markings on the fingerboard. I can't seem to gain muscle memory when it comes to placing fingers. I have an idea of where they should go,...

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