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Questions tagged [learning]

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

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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 ...
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Advice on fingering and hand position

I am practicing left hand of the following peice on piano. It needs to be played relatively fast with fingers spanned over an octave, involving D3, G3, B3b, D4. Any advice on how to position my hand ...
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Piano both hands, learning curve

I had started learning a piece of music with both hands on piano. I have noticed that at the beginning, playing with both hands seems impossible. That is, one hand stops playing, presses wrong keys, ...
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What are these two marking across the stem of the notes?

I have come across some markings on the stem of the notes that I have not seen before. I have underlined them in the image below: Strings section (violins, viola, cello and double bass) My initial ...
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Guitar: Left-handed or Right-handed? [duplicate]

I have just started learning guitar... I am a lefty, I play harmonium with my right hand... I don't know with which hand should I play guitar now... Which hand is considered as the main hand in guitar?...
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How should I target learning chords?

My goal is to be able to accompany a song with chords by ear on my ukulele. Now, irrespective of keys: Should I try to learn all of the diatonic chords of each key, or just certain important ones? (...
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What should I look in a portable piano (for frequent travels)?

What are the characteristics that a good portable piano should have? Considering that I will take frequent flights with it, what's the best I still can get for learning to play the piano?
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How to learn for the best results? [closed]

I've been playing the Piano for about 3 years now and I've learnt classically. From this I know how to get a technique down and how to read a piece of sheet music. I've learnt to play a lot of songs ...
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Do composers often compose one instrument 'section' at a time?

Whilst learning more about the art of composition for traditional classical music, I have come across a question that I always wish I knew the answer to. Multilayered classical 'songs' are so ...
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learning scales on a piano

I've recently been practising on a piano (I usually play the guitar or the bass) to figure out what the pianist in our jazz band does and I must say I like it a lot (the heavy feel of the keys under ...
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French counting system

I have learned part of the French counting system (crotchet=Ta, crotchet rest=Sa etc.). Where can I find the rest of the system? I've spent hours searching and have found more questions than answers.
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What is the texture to this Prelude by J. S. Bach

My piano teacher gave me the following to practice with. It is near on perfect for a beginner as it is only one hand playing, at one time. Prelude by J. Bach It got me thinking however. The image ...
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Learning road map for classical guitar

I have no condition to study classical guitar with a teacher (which I thing is the best way to learn) because I'm moving much, and I found some kind of online lesson is not suitable for me. I have ...
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Can one's musical ‘ear’ be trained with practice and dedication? [duplicate]

These great composers of the past: Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, and my personal favourite Elgar, all lived in a time where they had only a piano to work out their various symphonies ...
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Tabs for particular song and where to find this majestic type of tune [closed]

So the game Planetside 2 has a really cool country sounding soundtrack for one of the factions: at 12:50 NC Travel 4 I'd really love a tabbed version of the ...
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Why was Brahms's music considered 'too academic'?

I posted on here before about learning to compose, after hearing some classical music that moved me enormously. I have been researching many of the famous composers from all over the world; Brahms ...
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Fingerstyle vs Fingerpicking

Is there a difference between fingerstyle and fingerpicking. Due to age I am unable to sing, so which would be more appropiate for solo playing ?
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Learning from real pieces

My piano teacher is really into Beyer Op. 101 and the dreadful Hanon. In his view first Beyer, then others, Hanon always at the beginning for ten-twenty minutes. Now, I love (obviously) classical ...
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Tricks to memorise Gymnopedie #1?

I’m trying to learn the 1st Gymnopedie from Eric Satie from this sheet music: http://hz.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/a/ac/IMSLP136037-WIMA.8862-Satie_Gymnopedie_1.pdf While the first page is rather ...
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How many grades are there in learning the drums?

I've gotten to grade 8 in the drums and I want to know how many more grades are left for me to finish.
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Do you ever feel like an “imposter”, and how do you get over it?

I'm pretty sure a lot of people tend to feel like this sometimes. Sometimes I go for a couple days or weeks without being able to muster up ANY inspiration, and everything I play just feels dead. I ...
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Are very cheap cellos acceptable for a beginner?

I'm looking at getting a 1/2 cello for my son. My options are either rent a mid-end one for 50$ a month, or buy a very cheap one (there seem to be some online for 150$~200$). My experience with ...
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is there any contradiction learning different instruments?

I wanted to know if there is any contradiction when someone is learning several different instruments? For example, I am learning to play piano . Would becoming a good piano player in any way hold me ...
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What can I do before buying and learning violin?

I'm going to buy and learn violin in next several months. I want to ask what I can do now, such as ear training or anything to improve my "sense" on music. I usually listen to baroque music and Suzuki'...
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How can I get or play sounds from a tablet DAW?

I invested in a tablet and downloaded a couple of apps just to get a feel for all this, and I know I'm going to sound like an idiot, but after downloading Touch DAW and other similar apps, how do I go ...
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Stick the sound of the major scale in my head

I recently began learning sight singing from Robert Ottman's book. I've gotten to the point where you should sing simple melodies, with the biggest interval between 2 notes being a major second. The ...
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Restarting without a teacher

A couple of years ago, I stopped practicing the piano due to school and other commitments. At that stage, I had recently passed my ABRSM grade 5 and grade 5 theory, and was starting to practice a ...
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How do I master melodic dictation?

What is the most efficient way to become proficient at melodic dictation? Could you give a basic algorithm which one can follow to learn to transcribe music in different keys?
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What instruments can a four-year-old with left-side paralysis begin to learn/hope to ever learn?

My four-year-old sister has tragically suffered left side paralysis from a brain injury. Because she's so young, her brain is remarkably plastic, and a lot of functionality has returned. She can walk, ...
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Can't play keys, but not beginner [closed]

My situation: Went to music school (Percussion/Drums) Was taken out from music school due to the director inability to spell my mom's name and then we not receiving emails and then "not showing up on ...
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What is the Arabian Scale in the key of G? What instruments are tuned to the Arabian Scale?

I read about a Native American Flute tuned to the Arabian Scale in the key of G. I know the NAF is tuned to a pentatonic scale but am not familiar with the Arabian Scale. Does it have 5 notes? 7 notes?...
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Mode mnemonics instead of memory

Does anyone know a mnemonic for modes? I am not asking how to remember what they are, Ionian, Dorian...etc.. I am asking about one that will enable me to know what the Dorian note is in any scales. I ...
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Being deaf and still produce music, how is that possible

Does anybody knows Sean Forbes? He is deaf, but produces music, like this. According to sources he can also play guitar and drums, how is this possible? Also check out the story of Patric Costello. ...