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Questions tagged [learning]

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

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Guitar scale exercises pleasant to listen to?

Can you suggest any beginner level guitar exercises for learning scales, which are not too boring / repetitive for a casual listener? Currently the only time I can find to work on improving my guitar ...
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Does starting on a “silent” string instrument compromise learning in any way?

I'm looking at learning a string instrument (either violin, viola or cello), and I see that there's a few "silent violins" etc. on the market. Obviously this would have some perks, as my initial ...
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Daughter tends to raise index and middle finger whenever she plays the remaining fingers on piano

My daughter tends to automatically raise her index and sometimes middle finger whenever she plays the ring or pinky on the piano. It's almost like she is trying to use it to balance her hand/fingers. ...
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Technique in which student repeats notes teacher plays

I came across an interesting essay on playing by ear, in which the author describes a method he called "Call and Response Teaching" (section 2 in the article). The description is thus: The easiest ...
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Is there any “research” in music theory?

A researcher in, say, mathematics, conducts research in the form of proving theorems, laying out foundations for new theories, etc. But what do, for example, PhD candidates do in music theory? Split ...
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How to learn musical theory?

I am taking 1/2 hour lessons in classical guitar and progressing well. I guess I am at the high end of beginner level, just finishing Aaron Shearer's first book. But I don't know how to gain an ...
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Piano or violin for a guitarist? [duplicate]

I have been playing guitar for several years now and I feel that I'm ready to start another instrument a bit more classic, but I'm not able to decide between piano and violin. I know that I will learn ...
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Which major scale patterns to study?

So I'm very confused I found 3 different systems for the major scale which are: the caged system sweeping pattern (7 3nps patterns) conventional patterns (7 patterns) I've never heard of the ...
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Can I play guitar if I know how to hum?

I know this sounds crazy. I did find videos guiding you to fingerpick given you know how to to hum. Should I first remember how each string sounds at each fret?
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How to learn to play the guitar while I have musical education?

A year ago I finished music college as a piano player. I thought what to do next and decided to learn electric guitar. For some reasons I decided not to take teacher and learn by materials/videos ...
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Guidance regarding Harmonica Hohner Silver Star 504/20 Bb [closed]

I recently bought Hohner Silver Star 504/20 Bb to learn playing Harmonica. I need guidance on how I should go about learning to play it. I am rookie. Please guide about the resources that could help ...
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Looking for an app that can record piano and visually represent what was played

My son is learning piano, he is good at playing the correct note but struggles with the timing. We have an iPad and I sometimes record him and look at the waveform to try and show when his timing is ...
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Compare FM synthesis sound signal to equivalent additive synthesis signal

I currently try to familiarize myself with the theories behind FM synthesis. I found this page with a lot of useful information about FM synthesis: https://ccrma.stanford.edu/software/snd/snd/fm.html ...
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Classic book from which to learn harmonium

I've been trying to learn harmonium on my own for a while now, and I've tried a couple of videos online and picked up some ragas from here and there. But I just couldn't get a normal pattern or a ...
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Getting restarted with the piano as a beginner

Nearly three years ago, I had taken lessons for perhaps half a year or so until I stopped because I didn't feel like my teacher was effective and I wasn't particularly fond with his teaching style. ...
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Fingers 'stuck' on keys

I keep finding that when moving my hand and playing a note - especially when crossing my index finger over my thumb - the note is already held down by another finger. i.e. I'm not lifting the note ...
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Small Ensemble Management

I recently started a brass quintet at my university. I've been managing it more or less myself, and while I'm trying hard to do it right, I'm sure there are things that I'm missing. We are all ...
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Lowering my range

I have improved my upper range a great deal since I started singing. When I started singing 7 years ago, I had an F above middle C, now I'm up to a B flat. My lower range, however, has only budged a ...
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How do you play this part?

There's a capo on 4 but I'm still having trouble playing this part:
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Slowing Down To Transcribe

Is there some consensus/study on whether one should slow down music which one cannot play just by hearing it a couple of times (if the goal is to improve as a musician)? If I got a fast run, I can ...
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How can I learn to read bass clef score more naturally?

I hadn't read music for about 20 years, after doing a little classical guitar as a young child, and recently started learning piano. I was pleasantly surprised to find that reading music on the treble ...
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What are the trade offs between using a pick and fingerstyle for guitar?

What are the main differences between using a pick vs. playing guitar with my fingers or even fingerstyle? Will there be any negative effects if I get used to one method and later want to learn a ...
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I want to learn to play a specific song on the piano

My Dad recently passed away and I want to learn to play "Alfie" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David (1966) on the piano. I have no experience to play the piano, but would like advice on the best way I can ...
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Do I need piano lessons?

So I've been playing flute for 6 years and oboe for 3 years, I know both bass and treble clef, I know what all the keys on a piano are (middle c ect.), and I know how to read sheet music. I've even ...
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Learning Violin Online

I have a violin at home and I would really like to learn. The only problem is, I cannot find a teacher in my area (India) and so I thought I could, maybe, learn just the basics online. I completely ...
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Why would expectations of students vary largely between instruments?

I have been learning flute for about 3 years, and we (myself and fellow flutists) are basically expected to play whatever we are presented with at the band we play in. We would be expected to play ...
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Methodology to Master Guitar as an adult

I am a 24 year old guy who loves music as you people do. Music is/was/will my passion from childhood. But I couldn't grow up with music. This is basically because of my family. But I always want to ...
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How to elaborate a good practice routine? [closed]

When mastering a musical instrument, the amount of things to learn can be overwhelming: Ear Training Theory and applications Transcribing Sight Reading Improvisation Technique I understand that such ...
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Name of guy who teachs famous training technique for beginner drummers

My teacher is bad at English and he couldn't pronounce the name of the guy who teaches a famous technique that he feels will really help me. My teacher suggested that I should train everyday using ...
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Sharps at the start of a score

I'm having difficulty identifying and playing the sharps which are C# , D# , F# and G# . Do the sharps apply to all the bars ?
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How to practice piano more efficiently and effectively?

I'm a beginner pianist trying to figure out how to play more efficiently and effectively . I hired a piano teacher to teach me how to play better but all she does is just gives me simple randoms ...
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Progression path from an apprentice to a guru in music theory?

I am a computer science major and have been practicing music (as a hobby) for the past 4 years now. I started digging into the basics of Music Theory a year ago and now wish to advance my knowledge so ...
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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop callouses?

This is a common problem and solving it will ultimately lead to a much higher success rate for beginning guitar students. So I wanted to share the information here on Music and Theory. Many of my ...
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Essential things to memorize in music theory

What are some of the essential music theory concepts to memorize? I just started looking at music theory earlier this week, and I have to admit that it's pretty overwhelming especially since my only ...
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How do you find the best teacher?

I'm looking to start taking music lessons after a break, and am looking for a new teacher. Its easy to find people teaching music, but once you've got a list of names, how do you figure out who the ...
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What exactly does practising scales teach?

First off, I'm not claiming that practising scales isn't a good thing to do. I'm just curious what specifically it teaches you that doesn't come from playing music. I'm aiming it as a generic ...
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Must one be born with a sense of rhythm to learn to play a drum set with both feet and both hands?

I am a semi pro musician (only because folks are generous enough to pay me to perform on occasion - not because of great talent) and can play guitar well enough to accompany my singing and play a ...
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When practicing on my instrument - which is more important - quantity or quality?

I mainly play guitar but sometimes play piano. Occasionally I aspire to improve my skills by practicing - which for me - usually consists of trying to learn to play a more complex passage in a ...
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Does it make sense to do exam grades as an adult learner?

I'm in my thirties; I've played acoustic guitar for about a decade, but recently took up "proper instruments" flute and piano as a beginner - playing from score, learning scales, etc rather than just ...
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Will learning guitar tabs help me improve at learning other tabs/playing melodies?

I want to know if by learning a song from a tab I'll somehow get better at learning a different song. I have this feeling that by learning a song from a tab I'll only succeed at learning that one ...
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Is it better to memorise each scale, or just memorise the patterns?

People seem to learn different scales, each as a separate piece of knowledge - maybe for a grade 1 exam you have to know C major and A minor, then for grade 2 add E major and G major. But isn't it ...
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Any way to improve musical memory?

I'm an advanced guitar player, I play classical, acoustic and electric guitar - and generally if I hear something, I can play it if it's not really really fast. Also if it's an instrument other than ...
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Do notes from non-natural minor scales fit well in the associated major key?

Any major scale contains the same notes as the natural associated minor scale - C major being the easy option contains all the same notes as A minor natural. But of course we also have other common ...
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I'm tonedeaf. If I sing to my baby, will I damage his/her musical ear?

I'm amusical - I cannot discriminate between higher and lower pitch even when there is a large difference between them. I want my child to develop musical abilities. I know that an out-of-tune piano ...
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Website that displays chords on a keyboard

Is there a website / online service that displays on a keyboard the keys to use for a chord progression? It's not for me (I know how to play chords, and had some jazz courses before), but it's for a ...
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How to cope with a fickle flute?

(I'm not blaming the flute!) I've been learning flute for about 6 months and have been making slow progress - learning how to get a note out, learning tonguing, able to play the first two octaves (...
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Why do guitar teachers and lesson books teach playing a G Major chord without using your pinky?

Why do most guitar teachers and beginner guitar lesson books teach the fingering for the G major chord using the ring finger to fret the g note on 3rd fret of high e string rather than using your ...
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What is the process to get from learning an instrument to playing a song you actually want to play

This question kind of falls under how does one study music, and how that translates to a place where one can than play a song they actually want to play. I understand that practice makes perfect, but ...
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Chronic hand pain and stiffness and guitar playing

I really need your help and opinion. I've been playing guitar for about two years now. I started in high school, and now I'm in colledge, and because of that I dont have that much time to practice, ...
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Can you really teach how to play notes on the flute?

When starting with the flute, I was told "there's no easy way to teach how to make the flute make a noise, I can show you and explain the theory but you just have to practise." And it seemed to be the ...