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

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When to start learning double stops on violin?

I am an adult beginner on the violin and would just like to say I've absolutely loved it so far. I started at the very beginning of this year and found a teacher who I'm extremely happy with. Around ...
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Am I right in playing this notes?

I am a piano learner without a teacher. I learn by practice and think. I came across a difficult note and don’t know how to play. I have attached the photos.
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Can mayonnaise actually be a good instrument? [closed]

Everyone knows what one iconic scene from SpongeBob, where Patrick asks Squidward a question: Is mayonnaise an instrument? To which he responds: No, Patrick, mayonnaise is not an instrument. I've ...
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Techniques for improving how I learn a piece

I'm a grade 2-3, and last week my piano teacher gave me "To a Wild Rose" (Edward MacDowell) to learn - page 1 for now anyway. At first glance it seems quite straightforward, but 5 days on ...
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Notes not adding up to time signature How to play this?

Hi, any idea how to play this piece? The note on the last beats are not adding up to 6/8.
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Resources to get started on music theory and arrangement [closed]

Sorry if this is a bad title. I have been playing the piano for years, mostly classical music, but I would like to focus on other genres now. I am satisfied with my level of skill if we talk about my ...
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Marshall mg 4 pedal and code 50 amp

I bought a Marshall CODE50 amp and they sent me an mg 4 pedal with it. Is there any way to make it work with the CODE50, and what is the difference?
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Tips on finding a comfortable position to hold a guitar?

I have an ES-339, and play sitting down with a strap, right leg on a footstool (or the bar of the chair/stool I'm on). Even though I use the strap, the guitar's body still slightly moves away from me ...
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Should a right handed child hold a guitar left-handedly [duplicate]

Going to try and distil this down to one question! Background: My 9yo daughter is interested in music, and and at the moment rock guitar. We have loads of guitars and ukes around from me and her mum ...
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Indian and western classical violin [duplicate]

Can I learn both Indian classical and western classical violin at the same time?
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How to study Bach's harmony? [closed]

I'm interested in studying the music of J.S. Bach, but I don't know where to start. The main reason I'm studying it because I'm very interested in Bach's harmony, so that would by my main objective as ...
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Is my voice damaged? Is the last note falsetto, head voice or something else? [closed]

Disclaimer: I feel that the recording I attached is pretty loud, so bear that in mind. I'm sorry if I'm doing something wrong, but I am really desperate and I created an account here just to ask about ...
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Why don’t piano teachers teach the chord method of playing to young children and adults?

I have been playing piano since I was 10 and now I am 43. I have never really been good at sight reading sheet music. I have recently been researching alternative methods of learning songs fast as ...
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Structure for learning beatbox

I've recently started learning beatbox and know some sounds like the kick drum, the hi-hat, and the inward k-snare. I'm enjoying what I have learned so far but I feel stuck. I have a sheet of like 70 ...
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How do you know what chords to use for a song/melodies you don't know?

I was given this exercise but unlike the other questions, this didn't have the title of the song in it. I thought it was just something I had to analyze and try to put chords that fit with the melody. ...
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Plateau while learning piano sight-reading

As a 12 year old I had piano lessons for several months until the teacher retired due to ill health and I never kept going with lessons (which I've regretted ever since). On the plus side I've always ...
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How to learn from other composers? [closed]

For a while now, I have been trying to think of ways of learning musical ideas through composers I admire. Just like in visual arts, an artist would copy someone’s style or idea and then create their ...
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How do I sing/count these notes?

What are the beats in the underlined notes? How can I count them?
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Are there any practical differences in the scales and arpeggios required by ABRSM for different instruments?

ABSRM separately publishes books of scales and arpeggios for each instrument. See this for example But surely the scales are the same no matter the instrument. I couldn't find contents lists for the ...
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Is/Are there standard approaches to teaching/learning fugal writing?

I am intimidated by the idea of writing fugues. ...but I would like to do it. I have in mind the style exemplified by Bach. In a collegiate "Counterpoint" class (or book, or private ...
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What am I missing about learning French horn?

I started French horn lessons in April and since then I've already "fired" two teachers, both for the same reason. The reason is that they have frustrated me by refusing to explain how do to ...
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Is there any book on the numbered notation system? [closed]

I am interested in the numbered notation system (a.k.a. jiǎnpǔ), and I would like to know if there was any book in order to learn about the details of it (fingering, for example). I already read the ...
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How do beginners or non-musicians recognize and remember music? [closed]

When a trained/professional musician hears a new song or composition, he recognizes what kind of harmony is being used, what the chord sequence is, what scales are used for the melody, what each ...
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Recently bought upright piano has at least one key ever so slightly deeper than the others. Is it detrimental to learning?

So, I bought my very first upright piano nearly 3 months ago after the numerous helpful replies I received to my questions here. I've been playing it a bit now and then. Sometimes, while I was slowly ...
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Why everybody say that percussions like drums or whispering does not have notes? [duplicate]

Nevertheless I think each time there is one sound, there is one fundamental note and harmonics ?
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Choosing a Voice Teacher [duplicate]

I would like to hear some suggestions for questions I can ask potential voice teachers in order to hopefully choose a good one and avoid wasting my time and money by working with someone who might not ...
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Would it take less time to learn the guitar fretboard if it were tuned to all fourths?

Does it take less time to learn the fretboard when all strings are fourth apart, EADGCF, and then adjust your learning for the standard tuning of EADGBE ... vs... learning in standard tuning from the ...
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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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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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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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