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

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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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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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Were there any well documented self taught musicians who struggled to adjust to conventional written music methods?

Were there any well documented self taught major musicians who struggled to adjust to conventional written music methods? By self taught I mean learning, for example, by ear and making up songs but ...
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Yamaha Psr I425 or Novation Launchkey MKII 61 Keyboard

I'm confused whether to buy a keyboard or a Midi keyboard for learning aw well as producing music. Basically, I'm an intermediate level keyboard player and a beginner level music producer. I want to ...
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Hours of study per week at beginner level music school?

So I apologize if this question has come up before but I didn't find anything. So, I applied and got accepted to my local music school which is one of the best in the country (Iceland). I'm studying ...
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Learning to play a synth vs keyboard

I've begun learning to play piano on a keyboard. I would like to learn to play a synth. Watching videos it seems synth playing is nothing like playing piano. Synth players press and hold a few keys ...
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Advice for first harmonica

Please tell me: for a beginner, which type of harmonica I should buy? Without knowing I have bought a Walther Harmonica, and both side has 48 holes. One side has a written C, and the other side G. ...
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How to learn piano with MIDI files and a keyboard?

I am new to piano, and was hoping to learn with the help of MIDI files. I have a keyboard, a Casio LK-44, and have successfully connected it to my computer with a USB MIDI connector. This can play ...
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I want to learn the Indian flute (Bansuri). Is there any site where I can learn how to play this instrument? [closed]

Recently I started listening Indian classical music and I love the music of the Bansuri, an Indian flute. I want to learn how to play it. Do you know of any site where I can learn the Indian flute? I ...
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Trim Segment in LMMS

I have used a simple DAW before and there was a trim function where I placed the timeline where I wished to cut it and pushed a button. Is there anything like this in LMMS?
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Are fast chord changes about muscle memory or finger strength?

I've been playing guitar for about a few months now, and i've "mastered" the CAGED chords and theirs minor relatives. Meaning i can switch between them pretty quickly but I'm not a pro or anything. I'...
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Finger positions when playing guitar by ear

May be a multipart (beginner) question. Context: not taking lessons. Reading a bunch of books but nothing really focuses on improvising/playing by ear. When I try to play along with stuff on TV or ...
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Counting Demisemiquavers (32nd notes)

I was a little surprised that this question wasn't already asked here - perhaps I missed it/it's off topic. I'm trying to write out the count for a piece in common time (I can barely read sheets) and ...
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Buying a dual purpose keyboard for learning kids + aspring eletronic music adults?

My 6 year old is interested in learning piano, so I'm looking to buy a keyboard for her. I'm also interested in picking back piano myself and trying my hand at electronic music. I have a computer ...
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How to use sight-reading to develop improvisation skills

I can play a lot of songs on the piano when I see them for the first time as sheet music, including a lot of original jazz arrangements and classical pieces. My sight-reading is pretty good but I do ...
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Learn to play to piano notes

I am playing piano for almost 4 years. But I never played with notes. Now I want to play to notes. I can read them, but I have no idea how I can learn to play to them so fast, that I don't need to ...
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Why do I always sound better when I play violin with my teacher?

I notice that during lessons, I play a lot better with my teacher than when I practice at home. Even if my teacher asks me to play something by myself, it sounds better than when I try to play the ...
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Understanding the notes in the 4th measure of Moonlight Sonata [duplicate]

I'm working on playing Moonlight Sonata on the Piano and I'm having trouble relating what I'm reading on the sheet music to what I'm finding around the web on how to play it. Here's a picture of the ...
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how to learn mixing music [closed]

i am a game developer and designer, and want to make a musical game, that playing it make sense like watching a music video. normal music in games are not so emotional, there are so many silent ...
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Is the inversion of a third also a third?

I understand how interval inversions add up to 9. (up a 3rd, down a 6th etc...) Now suppose I take the interval of F to A and then find the inversion of a descending 6th to the A below. (3+6=9) ...
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Is it possible to play instruments without being able to read music?

Can a professional musician play a song with an instrument without any written music notes? For example, you could play "I See Fire" immediately after hearing it once without a chance to practice it. ...