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What is the best way to go about re-learning an instrument?

I used to play the electric bass, for about 8 years. I got quite good at it. By the end of my period of playing, I was playing pretty decent stuff, jazz, funk, finger style, slap etc. I had gotten to ...
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What is the name of the guitar accompaniment in this song?

I'm a beginner in guitar playing. I come across this type of accompaniment (specifically the rhythm on the right hand) frequently in songs and really like it but don't know what it's called to search ...
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Music Education Using Moodle [on hold]

guys! I'm new around here and I'm a developer/musician. That said, I'm now developing a Distance Learning tool for Music. For that, the chosen platform was the Moodle, which is open source. I'm here ...
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Thinking about the notes when playing a piece

I've been a guitar player for 8 years now and I've started to learn the piano recently, which led me to get more into music theory and score reading. When I learned a song on the guitar, I used to ...
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What are the stages of development of musical abilities with specific reference to sensory motor learning [closed]

I have a question in the music psychology class about the sensory-motor learning. I do not understand what I have to include in my answer. Does anyone know any resources where I can start my research? ...
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Tips on speedy scale writing (and singing) in different clefs and modes

I'm currently doing homework from this textbook (Unfortunately, I don't have the name of the book), where there are these exercises: Write the following scales in (treble/bass/tenor/alto) clef, ...
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Aurally distinguishing between head voice and chest voice

This is a query that does not involve producing a head voice or chest voice, but how to distinguish between them in what I hear. Granted there are ways or techniques in properly creating sound that ...
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General exercise, before meeting a vocal coach?

I like to get some input. I am not sure where to ask beside SE. Apologize for quite a long post. I am a male (26) who likes singing, but rarely sing. That is possible, I guess? I love it because I am ...
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How to distribute (vocal) training time for most effective learning?

(If you’re not a singer, but have experience with learning other skills or some knowlegde about learning in general, your answer might also be helpful.) Let’s say you have 7 hours of practice time ...
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Does Key changes of different intervals have different effects?

Condisering Key Changes : Does Key changes of different intervals produce different effects on the Audience similar to intervals? Does Key changes have different quality to them and if so what are ...
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Moonlight Sonata vs K.331 Andante Grazioso

I learned the first part of K.331 "Andante Grazioso", and I was moving to the first variation. However, I am finding very huge difficulties in learning it, especially when I compare it with Moonlight ...
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What does /r mean in a score?

Does anyone know what the "/r" in this score might mean? Thank you so much...
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How many keys are enough to learn to play piano?

How many keys are sufficient to learn mostly all basic piano exercises? Electronic versions came with variety of keys, and versions with fewer keys are cheaper and use less space at home. However it ...
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How should i play this 4/4 measure with 4 quarter notes and 1 whole note in it [duplicate]

So i came across this during my piano sight reading practice and I don't know how to understand it. There is a quarter note (C) with a whole note (C) right next to it. At first i thought they're just ...
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How to learn to play the pipe organ?

I have been playing piano for about 13 years now. I want to go to the next level: playing church pipe organs. A few weeks ago, my dream to play a church pipe organ became true, after a Catholic mass ...
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Should I take piano class?

I had been playing keyboard for years. But I'm kind of interested to learn and practice in more proper way. As I had been self learning since the beginning. I know the basic of music theory and also ...
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Why is music is taught by reading sheet music?

Children learn language by listening to people speaking it and then trying to repeat what they heard and making up their own sentences. In classical music education the focus has been on repeating ...
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Finger stretching exercises for Guitar learning

I am a beginner Guitar learner and want to play guitar smoothly with all my four fingers. I searched on internet and found below useful links to stretch the fingers: http://www.justinguitar.com/en/...
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Guitar to Piano: Getting Started

I've played guitar for most of my life, but recently I've bought an electric piano and am looking to build at least some proficiency in the instrument. I'm particularly interested in all the possible ...
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Digital piano: sampled or modelled sound? [duplicate]

I am not a musician, but my kids are learning piano; one of them is a complete novice and the other one intermediate, after a couple of years learning acoustic piano. I am shopping for a digital piano ...
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Would you recommend a keyboard for beginners with or without lights in keys for learning?

For my kid, we want to buy a first piano keyboard. There are nice options under 200 EUR. But now we have a dilemma: do we need helping lights in keys do we need to connect to Tablet (we don't have ...
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Practice timing and general drumming skills

6-7 years ago, I started learning how to drum. However, I was a kid, and whenever I played or even had a lesson, it basically just ended in my trying to learn to play whatever rhythms of whatever ...
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10,000 Hours Regime - Drums

I'm a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hours To Master A Skill theory. I've picked up a set of drumsticks for the first time in my life 3 months ago, at the age of 21. The barriers, as they sit ...
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Learning theory in a short period [closed]

I have one month to learn some musical theory, if I need to learn something in particular, what it would be ? What basics I obligatory need ? Taking into account that I play drums in a punk band, I ...
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Difference between Minor and Diminished Intervals

The minor is decreasing Major intervals (2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th) by half step. Diminishing means made the perfect or the major intervals smaller by half step as well. So what is the difference? I am ...
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Music theory behind songs: looking for materials [closed]

I want to apologise for a potentially stupid question, but as a self-taught player I sometimes find myself in situations when I can't find a proper material. What are the best books/websites that ...
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How can I explain a hemiola to someone who knows nothing about music?

I'm trying to write it out/explain in words to someone but can't do it for the life of me.
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Chord structure and arppeggio study

This question is just to satisfy my own curiosity. I play mainly guitar, and some piano. Both are chording instruments so I study chord structure and arpeggios as part of my education process. I found ...
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Music Theory: Facts or Hierarchy of Opinions?

To get right to the point, what I want to know is: what makes a claim acceptable in the world of music theory? From my understanding, music theory has very little to do with any "natural law" or ...
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The difference btw Major and Chromatic Scale

I learn music theory self study from Alfred book and I have a problem here As you see in question No 7 and 8 I don’t know what do they mean by Major or chromatic scale Thanks for you help 🖤🎶
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Why does my bow bounce on lower half?

Picking up the violin after a few decades I am unable to keep my bow from "bouncing" or shuddering while bowing steadily on its lower half. Here is a video of me illustrating a full stroke with three ...
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Animal sound in Alkan’s Le Festin d’Aesop

Hi guys I’ve been practicing piano for years. I heard the piece Le Festin D’Aesop by Charles Alkan and got obsessed researching about this one. However, there is a theory that the sound from the piece ...
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Would it be a good idea to memorize relative interval positions on guitar?

It seems like if I memorized the relative intervals between the notes on each string, it would help a lot with quickly making chords and such. It seems a lot easier than trying to memorize individual ...
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How to learn piano improvisation

I am a self-taught piano player, played for about five years with shorter and longer breaks. I've never had any formal education, don't know chords or music theory. What should I do to learn piano ...
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What instruments are inexpensive, portable and not too loud?

I'm a college student, and I'd really like to start playing an instrument. But I want to find something that is: Inexpensive Small and portable enough to fit in a backpack Quiet enough to practice in ...
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Learning to sing with scales and vowels

I've started learning how to sing this week and been wondering about few things: Should you do triads, scales, huffing ( basically all exercises ) for all vowels? When attempting to sing from ...
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Former classical piano student looking for my new musical path

I used to take classical piano lessons, the Royal Conservatory program, and had an amazing teacher who taught me a lot about discipline and how to play classical music up to about grade 7 or 8 level. ...
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When learning a piece, concentrate on playing the beginning really well or the whole piece the same?

I'm currently learning to play piano for 6 months and every time I learn a new piece I learn it like this: learn the first line, play it until its pretty good learn the next line and play the first ...
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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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Formula for finding relative chords/scales of the same notes

Is there a way to quickly calculate relative/enharmonic chords or scales that are based off the same notes as another, like you can with the notes themselves, i.e. C being equivalent to A minor? For ...
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Pianist thinking about picking up xylophone or glockenspiel

I used to be a very good pianist (instructor-taught for many years; hours of practice every day. Put me in a room with a piano I just cannot leave it alone) but due to an accident and other ...
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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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Typing vs. Pool Playing vs. Playing Piano

So, I have a great deal of ambidexterity that appears to be a result of being forced to be right handed when I was born naturally left. I golf left handed, eat left handed, etc. I also seem to have ...
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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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What would be a good method to learn a new piano piece?

I am a cello player since 30 years and have played for a decade in a string quartet, taken numerous masterclasses with great teachers. I know what the methods are and what works for me when practicing ...
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Genetic limitations to learn certain instruments

This is something that has bothered me for quite a while. I frequently participate in instrument demonstrations for children. My focus is on wind instruments but I'm also curious about others. What I ...
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How did students remember what to practise between lessons without any sheet music?

Before the time when sheet music was popular people were good at playing keyboard instruments. I am referring to the time when printing books was expensive. How did the students remember what to ...
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Is it possible to learn to play the violin for a year and be able to play in an amateur orchestra afterwards? [closed]

A little bit of background: when I was younger (around middle school) I played the piano for approximately 4 years. We're talking about around 10 years ago. I used to take regular lessons and also ...
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What is the most effective, structured way for an adult beginner to learn drums without a teacher?

I've wanted to play the drums since I was kid. I tried to learn when I was 11 but I lacked the psychological confidence to keep myself on it - my teacher at the time had learnt by banging on his ...
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How does the staff work above/below the main lines?

With a G clef the pattern seems to be A B C D E F G repeated. Does it repeat for all octaves above/below the main lines as well? Is it the same pattern of semitones added recursively or how does it ...