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

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Stop listening to songs once I learn how to play them [closed]

I am playing the guitar, and noticed a strange phenomenon: once I learn how to play/ sing a certain song, I no longer want to listen to it. Has anyone encountered such an issue? Usually the process ...
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LEARNING to play a Cabasa

I enjoy clapping in church while choir sings. I want to buy a Cabasa instead of a tambourine. Do I need to take lessons just for this use.?
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How to apply Tuplets properly?

1. About Quadruplet. A quadruplet is a note-grouping of 4, played in the length of 3 of its note-type (4:3). But I'm wondering can we use the quadruplets spanning less and more than 3 notes (ratios ...
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Should I practice on developing Hand Independence from the start?

So I started learning Piano a month ago, and it was hard getting my left hand involved in the beginning. Eventually I figured out that its more manageable if I just map both my hands to the beat ...
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Why do lower pitched string instruments have a larger body?

I know that increasing the length of the string will decrease the pitch, but that doesn't explain why the body of a cello is larger than a violin, only longer. What would be the "problem" with ...
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I want to play electric guitar, but should I start with acoustic?

I'm 17, and I really want to learn guitar and drums, but for now I want to start with guitar. I have always loved the sound and style of the electric, but I have already played around with a acoustic. ...
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Only one key possible to play in for harmonicas?

Harmonicas are always tuned in a certain key. Does that mean that I can only play songs in that key on it or that it is just harder to play something written in a different key?
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Signs that I have at least a little talent in music? [closed]

Sometimes I just can imagine songs in my head, not too often, but it happens. Last time I imagined a piano solo, before that an electronic track. I don't know if they are good or not because I don't ...
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How should I learn piano being a long-time guitarist?

I'm a guitarist and know a good lot about music theory (don't know sheet reading tho, 'cause I'm lazy lol). I don't have THAT much free time and I know that learning a new instrument requires a lot of ...
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Mnemonic or memory aid for Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Marimba, and Vibraphone

I am a choral director who has been transplanted to concert band. I know the differences between the percussion keyboards in theory, but in practice I still need to do an internet search to remember ...
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Can one be too old to learn an instrument?

I own a guitar. I've owned it since I was about 13, but never really got into it because I was a spiteful teen who wanted to play the drums, and went out of my way to play the drums instead (to the ...
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Piano practice routine [closed]

I wonder what practice routine would be the best, if I want to be a good pianist. One that plays in a band for example. How much time each day is expected? Which books should be played?! Or what is ...
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Transitioning from music theory to composition

I have a good foundation in music theory (ABRSM grade 7 and currently studying grade 8) but don't know how to begin when composing my own works. My main emphasis is Baroque music. Are there any ...
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Rhythm question about piano sheet notation

This is a part of the song that I want to play, but I'm not sure how I should play the rhythm in the 19th and 20th segments. I'm a bit confused over the sixteenth notes, at first I thought the ...
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Is there midi software that can show me if I'm hitting notes on the beat?

I'm practicing phrases with a metronome and I can tell that my fingers are sometimes not hitting the individual notes at the proper time, even if the overall phrase starts and ends at the right time. ...
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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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Is there a way to turn sharps and flats into natural notes?

I realise this might be kind of a silly question, but I recently got a kalimba and I am trying to turn various piano songs into kalimba songs! My kalimba is tuned to C major and has 17 keys; no ...
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Who particpated In formal musical grading education in England? [closed]

England has produced some very successful musicians in the popular music field in the past five decades. Elton John, The Beatles, The Stones, The Moody Blues, and countless others. But in the U.S. we ...
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What is the best way to learn to play songs by ear using chord patterns?

Is there a simple technique to construct or memorize chord pattern of a song If I know the main chord of a song? Also, how to guess the next chord while playing a song. Specially with a guitar. I ...
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Should I learn the violin first before I learn the cello?

I love the cello and would love to someday be able to play Bach's cello suites. It has such a warm sound. But 1 thing deters me from going straight into learning the cello, the price of it. I looked ...
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Shaped notes to standard notation

I grew up reading shaped notes and have a firm grasp on this. However, it is necessary that I become better at reading standard notation. I understand how it works since both methods are essentially ...
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“Along the way” ear training in your daily routine

I am an amateur musician, not good at ear training. But I want to improve, unfortunately my time is limited as music is just a hobby. So in this post the author suggests doing ear training in your ...
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How to play notes over one and a half octaves/am I reading this music wrong?

I've been trying to play this piece: Focusing on the left hand for the highlighted bar, it looks like it doesn't fit in with the 9/8 time (7 beats in that bar I think). But if I try to play them ...
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How do I learn and remember the notes on a 48 hole harmonica? [closed]

I have a M.Brother Flying Eagle 48 hole harmonica. I play guitar, so I know some music theory but I don't know if it's a chord or a tremolo harmonica. How do I know which it is? Also, how can I learn ...
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Record multiple mics on one line

Is there a way I can connect two or more headset microphones to a single jack to record drums?
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How long can it take for a young adult to learn piano? [closed]

I am 18 and I would like to learn piano. I’ve played clarinet in a school band since I was 10 so I know everything about timing and I can read treble staff in sheet music (not bass though). I started ...
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Is it hopeless in terms of becoming decent musicians, if they can't count beats?

My flesh-n-blood guitar teacher has tried to get me to count beats (verbally or at minimum in my mind), and I think that I've tried reasonably hard in doing so for few months now. However I've come to ...
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Do I need to memorize my exam pieces if I don't plan on sitting the exam?

Piano pupils play exam pieces from memory which takes a lot of time. Is it necessary for me, an adult teaching myself, to memorize exam pieces when I don't intend to sit for the exams? As well as ...
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Weird 16th notes (I think) in score, not sure how to count them / not sure of their value

I found this weird grouping of notes in a song I'm trying to learn and I want to understand why they are played the way they are. I can listen to the song and replicate it but I don't understand why ...
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Its more difficult to play tremolo on a single string

I started to learn the tremolo technique (the p-a-m-i-variant) from classical guitar, and for example used in the famous Recuerdos de la Alhambra piece by F. Tarrega, a month ago. As far as good, but ...
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Can I “dive headfirst” into reading sheet music?

I've been playing piano for about 10 years, and in that time I never really learned how to read sheet music. I have a very good ear, and usually just figure out pieces through listening to the ...
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how to learn to play lead parts like this?

This is a song ( ) i like from my country. I like the touch of that lead player. This song is in F major. How do I learn to play like that? Do I need to know the F major ...
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Musical Training to help with taking up Cello in the fall

My daughter is 8 and has been taking private piano lessons for around 3 months now but will take a break from lessons over the summer. In the fall (when school starts back up) she will be taking cello ...
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Between a guitar and a ukulele what should one consider when choosing a new instrument to learn?

I really want to learn to play a musical instrument. Ever since my "keyboard" lessons as a kid 3 decades ago - I have been put off. I learned songs on keyboard by "rote" i.e., the instructor ...
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Why are there transposing instruments? [duplicate]

I just play guitar and harmonica, but I understand that some instruments are considered transposing instruments. Nobody has ever explained the reasons for transposing instruments other than they are ...
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Practical audiation suggestions related with a specific song

In order to enhance my very poor audiation I want to begin transcribing songs and so I've started with a supposedly easy one (and I believe it really is), counting the number of voices, the ...
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Learning an instrument with visual impairment

I have been lately delving into instrument learning now that I can afford some gear and lessons I am seriously thinking into dedicating into it. The thing is I only have one seeing eye - the right ...
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Whether child singers know what they are doing while singing different pitches or do they do it automatically? [closed]

Many young children sing perfectly. Do they know what changes they are doing in their body to sing a high pitch or low pitch? Whether they are doing those changes automatically without knowing what ...
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Beginner at piano with music experience trying to find a place to begin

Recently, I have started playing the piano, but I don't know where to start. I have experience playing the guitar and have 7 years of choir experience: 3 years in middle school and 4 in highshool (3 ...
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Should I start learning a piece of music?

I want to play a piece X, for sake of argument, let's use "Fantaisie Impromptu" by Chopin. How do I decide whether this is a good piece to play to expand my repertoire next? I am looking for factors ...
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Very little time to learn pretty complex songs. What should my strategy be?

I got invited to join this band. They've got plenty more experience than I do, but I've been playing with one of the members for quite a while and, I guess, I wasn't doing so bad, since he's now ...
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Alto Sax Player Doesn't Tune to C but to E or F and the guiatist tune to the sax. What harmonicas should I use? [closed]

Yes, I know, a very strange question. The sax player should be tuning the guitars, but that is not going to happen. So, that being said, if he's a half step down, E, or a half step up F what relative ...
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What are the disadvantages of not warming up?

In other words, what are the disadvantages of playing at the limit of your technical abilities straight away, without warming up first? Why is warming up usually recommended?
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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 ...