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

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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. ...
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Can I become a professional musician

Hi I am wondering if it is a good idea for me to become a professional musician? Currently I am 16 and learning piano Grade 10 (RCM) and preparing for the exam. I want to finish it, but I don't think ...
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How to tell the difference between a difficult passage and a lack of technical skill?

I'm working through a piano study (Burgmuller Op. 109, "La Separation" if it matters). I'm using this study to gain a better handle on large jumps in the LH and rapid chord changes. I think it's ...
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Beginning on the Dulzaina

I'm keen to receive advice or tips on how one can start out with the Spanish wind instrument the Dulzaina (in Catalan it is called the Dolçaina). Dulzaina on Wikipedia Since we're not in Spain we ...
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Piano learning books: history

Learning piano, I learnt, changed over time. There are classical books like Hanon, Beyer, and Czerny, and modern ones which I don't know (I am half-way with Beyer's). What are the major differences ...
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Example of a child which got in two years very far on the guitar with just a very moderate amount of practice

Here is a link to the channel of an extremely young and talented guitarist. He has uploaded six different pieces up to now, and writes: Hi I'm Adrian. I'm 14 years old and live in Philippines. ...
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What is my vocal type? Help me :D! [duplicate]

Hi i am a young guy of an age 16 years! Now i'm wondering cause i'm confused with what vocal type i am! I have been testing myself at several music teachers and i have expanded through the years. My ...
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Listening problem

like everybody here I love listening to music, I'm also a guitarist who's been playing the instrument for over 10 years and I'm not bad at it. But sometimes I struggle to isolate and follow ...
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What types of orchestra degrees are there

I am doing an Essay about careers we want to be and I am writing about being a musician. I had a question that I could not find anywhere on the internet: What type of degrees there are in music? I am ...
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sight reading music

I've always struggled with sight reading, but my ears usually help me through. It's also not the strongest of my teaching strategies. What secrets do others have to help their students? This could ...
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Need help with a quiz question please

Which statement best describes an interval? A. the lowest pitch of each chord B. chords performed in specific order C. the musical distance between two points D. a chord containing three pitches ...
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Teaching hard passages to a child

First off I'm no teacher neither have I studied music. I have played the oboe for 15 years now and play in multiple amateur orchestras. Now I have encountered situations where I'm asked to lead a ...
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How do you interpret unconventional symbols in notation?

One of the pieces that I am researching is the third movement of Funf Pittoresken, "In futurum". IMSLP link to the score pg 8 This composition has a few notations that I am at a loss at how to ...
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Confusion with 7th note of major and minor scales

Is the only difference between a natural minor and major scale really the 3rd note? What about the 7th note? Doesn't the major scale have a major 7th and natural minor scale a minor 7th? Why is this?
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Lefty retraining to play guitar right handed

So I started playing guitar about a year ago. I started playing left handed with a pretty cheap Mainstreet guitar. I've gotten halfway decent with it, but now I see how expensive some left handed ...
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Normal exercise time when learning guitar?

I'm self-learning guitar for a year now, I come from a programming background and I am prone to "larval stages" when learning ^_^ My maybe biggest challenge so far is to stop playing when I'm tired ...
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What are some technical considerations for transition from violin to cello

I am currently learning cello after playing violin for about 7 years. I was self taught on violin for the first few years but I eventually took lessons with different teachers. Now I am taking cello ...
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How to learn the modes of the scales? And even worse, how to improvise over them over any key?

I struggle to memorize the formulae for the modes of the major, harmonic minor and melodic minor scales. Actually the formula for the major scale is pretty much ok. I start learning them by heart ...
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What's this highlighted odd '8' marking and the dashed lines?

I have only been studying music for a couple of days now, and I was advised to look through music I like so I can further my understanding. Whilst doing so I have come across some markings that I am ...
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Why is this section on the measure 'grouped' with a 3?

Beginner warning: this is probably very trivial :-) I was advised as a beginner to study and play music that I like, so I can see similarities and differences. I a beginner, but very keen you see, ...
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Piano Questions From a Former Brass Player

Hey everyone so I have kind of a loaded question here. And I can understand if there's no easy answer to it, but I've been asked to learn to play the piano by my church so we can get a choir started ...
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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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How do I know what key to write in?

I've recently become obsessed with Les Miserables and Miss Saigon. The music has inspired me tenfold to compose, write similar music. I've posted on here before on how to compose, and I'm trying my ...
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How much common ground is there between applied theory on guitar vs bass guitar?

I'm currently just getting into playing bass, as a guitarist. I've noticed that a lot of the online lessons I see are very similar to guitar lessons e.g: You MUST know all the notes on your fretboard ...
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How can I learn to compose?

I am aware that Stack Exchange questions should be on-point, and not too broad, but I really would appreciate a response from people who know what they are talking about: I recently saw Boublil and ...
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Need Advice For My Next Steps In School/Music Career

I'm new to stack exchange and I'm not sure where to ask my question so I decided that this would be the best place to ask my question. So I'm in grade 9 and I've played percussion(mallets, drums, and ...
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A beginner looking for direction

I'm a beginner looking for some direction, and I'm not sure where to start. I'm a retired airline pilot and therefore very pragmatic and linear in my thinking. In other words, I need steps by the ...
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Seeking systematic way to learn to hear phrasing

I'm a contra dancer who would like to get better at hearing the phrasing and perhaps someday calling dancing. Hearing the phrasing is important to both skills. Contra dancing is explained here. ...
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When playing a scale for a solo do you play only within that octave on the fret board?

I have been playing guitar for roughly over a year now, for the most part self-taught, and have just recently started learning scales, however I am very confused on how the different notes that are ...
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Is it OK to play a G chord on the Ukulele differently than the standard finger position?

I'm very new to learning any instrument, so the uke is my first foray into anything musical. My question is, the standard placement of fingers for a G chord is not what I learned originally and I'm ...
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What Notes does Trumpet play?

I am a total novice. I'm thinking about getting a trumpet so I can practise at home for fun and I want to find out how to play. I am curious to know what notes you can play on the trumpet. I am not ...
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Staying on track when learning theory vs learning to play

I've been learning the flute (very slowly) over the course of the past several years. I have a hard time reading music because I want to know the "why" about everything. I tried to dig as deep as ...
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Why is a note counted twice in an octave but not when counting semitones?

I'm starting to study music, and I'm reading about semitones and tones. Looking at a piano, I know there are 8 notes in an octave: Do – Re – Mi – Fa – Sol – La – Si – Do Here the Do is counted ...
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How/where to learn Jazz guitar?

I always wanted to learn more about jazz guitar and I've never found a good point to start learning it. I've been playing guitar since I was 12 (now my age is symmetrical to 12) and I am a self taught ...
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Learning keyboard from a piano teacher

I have an electric keyboard (unweighted) and I want to learn how to play it. I don't want to learn piano as the keys are weighted and it would throw me off (as there is no need for muscle ...
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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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Are there typical stages for leaning how to sight read music?

I am spending the next year( or as long as it takes) to learn to sight read any pieces of music. I am using Bela Bartok Mikrokosmos as a main theme with other music. I know all my notes well, thanks ...
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Is a harp anything like a piano?

I play and teach piano, and I would like to learn the harp. Does my knowing piano give me an advantage in playing the harp, or does it not matter? Are they anything alike? Thanks a million! Btw I am ...
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As a beginner, what should I look for in a 22 string harp?

I am looking to buy a (hopefully not too expensive) 22 string harp. I've never played the harp, nor do I know anyone who has one, so I have no idea what to look for or how to know if it is of ...
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Picking equipment for learning Country Guitar in an apartment.

I want to learn to play country guitar. Right now, I'm at a point in my life where I can dedicate a few hours a day to practice. (3+ hours) But I'm a total newbie to music period and live in a dreaded ...
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I want to start playing jazz music, where should I start?

I'm electric guitar player with 5+ years of experience. I can read simple sheet music and often I learn music through tablatures, not from the sheets, I'm playing songs in the styles like rock and ...

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