Questions tagged [lessons]

For questions related to more directed instruction on an instrument, music theory, or some other musical skill. Questions will likely include a more specific tag, e.g., woodwinds.

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I've booked my first ever singing lesson - what should I do in preparation?

I've finally taken the plunge and booked a singing lesson. I wondered what I should do to prepare for it, what questions I should expect to be asked, etc? I enjoy singing but am not particularly ...
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Which hand for which in guitar? (a complication)

I'm going to start learning guitar in the next coming weeks, and I'm wondering which hand I should use for fretting and which to use for strumming. I am left hand dominant, and have tendonitis in my ...
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How do I teach a five-year-old violin?

I just got a request from a mom who would like me to start teaching her five-year-old violin, and I really need some help. I've been teaching piano and violin for three years now, but I've never ...
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Tips for a New Teacher

I'm an intermediate guitar player. I've been playing for a few years, mostly teaching myself with a few months of lessons in the middle. I'm not a great player, or even particularly good; but I can ...
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What are the advantages of learning to play on your own versus learning from a teacher?

Ok, as a new learner I have started by watching Learn and Master Guitar lessons, using other web tutorials, and whatever other resources I can find on the internet. Do you believe that this way is ...
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How to learn guitar without physical lessons?

I have an acoustic guitar that I've tried to learn to play many times. I'd like to learn to play by ear... I'm an accomplished musician on several other instruments but those are all woodwinds and I'...
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What parts of instutional education does a non-institutional student miss?

I'm learning to play a trumpet with guidance of a private teacher. He is busy person, so we have lesson once a fortnight. Now I: Learn instrument for about a year Have basic knowledge of music ...
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How many lessons are necessary to pick up the basics of violin with sufficient practice?

I'd really like to learn the violin, however I'll just be able to muster up enough money to buy a cheap violin and a few lessons. How many lessons do you think I would need in order to avoid ...
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Transitioning from arranger keyboard to piano

(Apologies for any wrong terminology or ignorance - I'm relatively new to music!) I have been learning to play arranger workstation (using auto-accompaniment) for the past three years with a music ...
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I had a bad piano lesson one day, why? [closed]

I have been playing piano for just over 2 years. My piano teacher is excellent and has really helped me to improve my playing. I already had 7 lessons with him. One day, I had a really bad piano ...
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Learning piano in mid 30s

At the age of 35 I've decided to learn a bit of playing piano. My music background is very poor but as a teenager I use to play a guitar (could play not bad a few well recognized songs) however I ...
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My son is 6, and his guitar teacher wants me to buy him a 4/4 guitar!

My six year old has been taking guitar lessons in a small group of his age (3-4 kids, 5-7 year olds). The teacher is considered very good and is famous in my city. He has been working for many years ...
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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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Is learning from an unknown guitar teacher better than just learning on my own?

I've bought a classic guitar two months ago and ever since I'm just playing that without teacher by reading tabletures online. It's very fun and I really like that. But I think it's now the time (...
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What would be a good/ ideal/ optimum method of self-learning piano?

I started learning piano after I turned 50. It’s been less than two years now. In between, my daughter went to college in US, I lost my parents to cancer in July 2017 and August 2018, and moved across ...
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What should be the curriculum for an adult piano lesson

I am an adult(37) learning piano with a teacher since 6 months. It is a 30 min lesson a week where each lesson, we go through a couple of pages of Nancy and Randall Faber's adult piano adventures. If ...
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What are these pieces teaching actually?

Wright Pianoforte Tutor - Around a year and half back, after I started my tentative steps towards learning piano at the ripe age of 50, My then tutor in Mumbai suggested this book to me. While it was ...
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What's the purpose of a drum teacher in today's age?

We live in the information age. There is an endless supply of free educational content out there. In general, drummers are curious and determined people. So, when you combine determination, curiosity, ...
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Online Music Degrees — Free or not: Are they worth it?

Lately I have come across many online music degrees, certificates, and even online BA and MA programmes! I will list some examples below: Berklee's Introduction to Music Theory (Certificate). https://...
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Should I learn guitar, or violin? [closed]

My dilemma is I don't know whether I should learn violin or guitar. I learned violin when I was a child for about 3 years then somehow quit and forgot everything. A year ago I started learning the ...
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Wright Pianoforte Tutor [closed]

I don't know if this is off topic or not. Has anyone heard about this beginner book titled Wright Pianoforte Tutor by Albert Oswald? It seems to be popular, only in India, although it's printed in UK....
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about old instrument, what is it?

Does anyone know the name of the instrument played here? It's the one the guy is spinning around and playing some keys (similar to the accordion). Incidentally, does anyone know if some company sells ...
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Student-teacher relationship: telling a teacher about another?

I looked at these questions: Is it useful to have different teachers? This forum thread And am wondering on a similar topic. I've re-started taking guitar lessons, with the goal to be able to play ...
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Which mandolin chords should I teach a young girl?

I was asked, today, to teach a little girl mandolin for a couple of weeks during the summer. When I was being taught (last summer), my teacher taught me simple two-finger chords such as these: ...
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Is it advisable to try to teach myself double bass?

I'm learning bluegrass bass, at the moment, but I really want to eventually play classical music. However, teachers are incredibly expensive and I cannot afford one right now. Should I try to teach ...
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Singing lessons for an instrumentalist

I'm a guitar player, but I'm considering getting singing lesson because I think it would improve my ear for music. I'm not looking to be the next Pavarotti or the local karaoke king. Would this ...
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What are the top 3 most desired drumming skills? [closed]

I often assume that speed is by far the most common desired skill for drummers. But then again, rudimental applications around the drum set seem to also be up there. For this reason, I'd like to see ...
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Skype lesson - voice and instrument into Skype

I have a Mac and an irig hd, is there anyway I can capture my voice with the built in microphone as well as my bass guitar and feed that into Skype?
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Seeking alternative practical learning methods for piano if I only want to play for fun

I see advertisements where I live for a course titled "Instant Piano for Hopelessly Busy People". While I am sure the title is exaggerated to attract attention - it seems to imply that the student ...
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Singing Evolution: could I ever achieve the voice I want?

Background: I love all types of music. I was raised listening to Elvis, British Invasion bands, blues, soul and the like all from the general era, but my love I constantly return to is rock music: ...
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Learning my first instrument

I’m 21 and about to finish college. Learning to play an instrument has always been a long standing lifelong dream of mine and pursuing it has finally started to look feasible in the foreseeable future....
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Whether to change a piano teacher

I am a piano adult learner and has been learning piano for five years. I have attained only grade 3 of practical piano and just completed my exams for Grade 5 theory today. I used to enjoy practicing ...
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What can I do to help my guitar student get off the ground faster?

About me: I'm an intermediate guitar player whose preferred style is extreme metal. I've never given lessons before. I only read tabs but I have a basic understanding of music theory. About the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the optimal proportion between the teacher time (lesson) and self dependent work?

I am aware that it is important to practice between the teacher lessons, otherwise they will not bring much use. From the other side, learning self-dependently or just very little guidance is also ...
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Are Music Grades somewhat standardised around the World?

I've only ever done music lessons in the UK and never wondered before - is the system of doing grades 1-8 something used in the rest of the world or is it different from country to country? To people ...
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Will having an opposite gender vocal trainer affect or slow down one's learning?

Just curious to know if this is a significant factor. That is, will a brilliant female vocal trainer be able to figure out and help a struggling male student just as efficient as a male vocal trainer?
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Forgetting the piece when playing for the teacher [duplicate]

I am taking piano lessons that I have to prepare pieces for, and play them for the teacher. After learning a piece, I usually manage to play it when practising in private. However when I come to the ...
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Voice lessons for children

My 9 year old daughter is interested in singing. I've been thinking about getting her voice lessons. Is she too young? When is the ideal age to start vocal lessons?
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Criteria for selecting a voice teacher

I have been singing in a (classical) choir for several years, including the occasional solo line, and am now seriously considering voice lessons. However, finding a good teacher seems like a daunting ...