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Questions tagged [practice]

For questions about practicing or practice techniques.

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How does one “practice conducting”?

This is my first post on the site! I'm 15, a pianist, and have been interesting in conducting for a long time. I know quite a bit about it, I bought a book on it, have a few batons, a favourite ...
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Staccato with slur [duplicate]

How to play (on piano) the staccato notes with slur i.e. notes A and F as the picture shown? Thanks!
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Does Doodling or Improvising on the Piano Have Any Benefits?

I have a friend who recently spent around seven hours of his day playing on the piano by himself. While around three hours was spent actually practicing, the other four were spent doodling or ...
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Piano beginner, index finger raising when using ring and pinky

I am 49 year old and I started to learn piano five years ago, got for two years and half to a music school aimed mainly at childrens, they also have painting school and the like. Got two piano ...
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Which Bansuri Fingering Chart to use with Practicing Saptak (both Beginners and Experienced)

I totally appreciate the nuances of Bansuri notation. And I am starting to notice subtle differences when practicing half-notes (i.e. Komal) Is it best practice to use simple Bansuri fingering chart ...
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Is this Rock-a-My Soul 5-string banjo tablature for one instrument or two?

What does this 5-string banjo tablature represent? I took this to be for a single banjo where notes such as those above the labels A and C are pinches. However, that doesn't make sense at the note ...
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How do I not fall into other people's singing pitch?

When I am at the karaoke with my friends, I often sing with them and realize, when I sing alone, I can sing the song perfectly but when I sing with someone that is of higher pitch/lower pitch, I tend ...
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What is this metal M-shaped device for?

I inherited this with a box of piano sheet music, some of which was for beginners, and vaguely recall seeing one ages ago at a music store. It’s about the right size for wearing like a pair of brass ...
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How to play electric guitar and bass as a duet

Summary: I play electric guitar. My partner plays bass. What is the theory behind playing together as a duet and making it work musically. Please could someone point me to a good resource? I have ...
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Practice while traveling

I have been trying to learn the banjo for a couple years. An irregular practice schedule hinders progress, obviously. Unfortunately for me this is unavoidable as I travel frequently...I’m a pilot. I ...
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Ideas for practicing 7ths 9ths 11ths 13ths

Been practicing 7th arpeggios for months now in all keys. And now I'd like to practice 9ths because I keep finding songs I like that have 9ths and even 11ths. But I feel like it'd be better to ...
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Way to improve the ability to keep rhythm

I can count: "1-and 2-and 3-and 4-and ...", I can tap "one-two-three, one-two-three, ..." But I find it difficult to actually play and count at the same time. And the more difficult part is, ...
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List of Exercises to Get Better in General

Mediocre 2nd-year clarinet player here. Was wondering about a list of exercises to perform on a daily basis to generally improve. At the moment, I'm trying long tones, intervals, and chromatic ...
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Why do some musicians make such weird faces when they play? [closed]

I was always a pretty sensitive person as far as emotions go. I'm always on some kind of extreme of happy, sad, angry, fearful, etc. But when I play my instrument I'm completely stoic. My face looks ...
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Any tips on playing 5 and 6 note tuplets? (sheet music in desc)

http://www.gangqinpu.com/pu/2015/7/2/104346_155341.pdf bar 66 - 73 the notes are easy but just timing the triplets with the dotted notes in the left hand (whats it called? syncopation?) here is the ...
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How to play songs that contain one guitar when we have two or more guitarists?

I am playing drums in an alternative punk band we just started. I am wondering how to play songs that basically are from bands that contain one guitarist, as we have two guitarists. What can be the ...
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What would be a good general practice routine for piano and guitar that anyone can build from? [closed]

I'm a beginner on guitar and piano. I have studied (and kinda still am studying) theory for about 6 months now. I'm not interested in just learning songs, I would like to learn how to improvise and ...
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I cannot hold my pitch when accompanied. How to best practice this?

I am an amateur among very musically talented friends. They have repeatedly complimented me on my singing voice, and asked that I participate more in their musical get-togethers. However, I found ...
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(How much) should I focus on sight reading if my end goal is being able to play by ear on piano?

So my technical ability is ahead of my sight reading ability. And I haven't practiced my ear at all. My end goal is to eventually be able to play any song by ear and put my own variation on it. I'm ...
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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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Trouble with thumb placement when practicing arpeggios on a piano

I'm just now learning the correct fingering for when practicing scales and arpeggios. Scales are going quite well, but when I practice arpeggios, I seem to have a lot of trouble with my thumb ...
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Is my piano teacher right about my pain? [closed]

I have recently been having forearm pain, and i have asked on this site, what i needed to do. They said the best solution was getting a piano teacher to correct my form and technique, so i did that. ...
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Is reading bass clef by reference to the corresponding position in treble clef a bad learning method?

I've taught myself to play the piano when I was young, but I never really learned to read sheet music. Usually I would just look at a synthesia tutorial online or try to do it by ear (which I'm not ...
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Guitar counting problem

I have a problem with counting. I can count well when there is something without the need of stopping like: 1 e and a / 2 e and a ... (I hit the note every word I say) but when there is something ...
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Any examples or techniques to prevent fingers from lifting up?

I'm a novice at playing the piano and started to practice the major scales about 3 weeks ago. I've noticed that my fingers are lifting up uncontrollably when playing certain scales. For example, I can ...
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How to properly practice music in rock band?

We play rock/grunge/punk, our band is composed of drummer (me), 2 guitarists, bass player. We're not pro, we play for fun but we want to play good and correct. I play drums for about 10 years now, ...
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Dealing with little practise progress compared to distant goals

Several years ago, when I was in high school, I played flute, but ended up quitting after a few years for various reasons. Fast-forward to now, and I want to begin playing again as I do really like ...
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How/What to Practice to Get Better at Shifting Between Bar Chords on Different Frets?

How/what can I practice to get better at playing a bar chord on the 4th fret, then a bar chord on 9th fret, for example, without it sounding like there's a 'gap' between them? I've been practicing by ...
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Jam tracks / low volume computer

I am looking to bring more volume to the jam tracks that I am running off my computer. I have 2 amps, I thought maybe of using one of them as a speaker or are there other ways to make this happen?
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New to singing : voice “stuck in throat” or speaking

I have been playing the guitar and some other instruments for quite some years but I have never really sang before. I am trying to train my voice for something fun next year at the end of the summer. ...
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How can I practice guitar when I don't have my instrument?

Brass players can practice using just their mouthpieces, and drummers can practice with just sticks. What can a guitar (or similar instrument) player do to practice when they can't bring along their ...
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Practicing Jazz?

I have been playing the saxophone for about 4 years, but primarily in the style of classical music. I've always been interested in jazz saxophone, and want to learn how to actually play it. How should ...
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Techniques for Practice with Looper pedal?

I decided to treat myself to a TC Electronic Ditto looper this holiday season, which will arrive soon. I got out of my regular gig about a year ago, and I haven't been practicing much. What are some ...
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Cross Dominance - does it effect piano playing ability?

I am quite cross-dominant - in some areas more than others. For instance, I consider myself right-handed, I write right-handed, I'd kick a football with my right-foot, but I play snooker/pool left ...
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Left hand Fingering for G Root Position Dominant 7th Chord?

I notice that a lot of people recommend playing a G root position dominant 7th chord in the left hand with the fingers 5, 3, 2, 1. But to me, 5, 4, 2, 1 is more comfortable. Is it considered "bad" ...
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How to practice orchestration?

How can I practice composing for an orchestra? Should I take Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, analyze and then copy everything down on manuscript paper? I would like to hear some techniques for ...
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Is the guitar a dead end for me?

I'm getting sort of proficient with the guitar but there is one thing stopping me from learning a song I wanna learn. Bar chords. I have short fingers so I can't use a classical guitar but my fingers ...
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Jazz transcripts or recordings that clearly show scale-based improvisation for piano

I just starting to practice piano jazz fundamentals. I've been playing scales (root to seventh, or root to ninth) over ii-V-I (Evans forms) in all keys. That practice is coming along just fine, but ...
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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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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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How to play forte-piano chord on piano?

In Beethoven's Pathetique, how do you play the fortepiano chords in the third movement (rondo)? I can easily do this on a wind instrument by changing wind speed, but on piano, I have no idea how to ...
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How to master lengthy Tatum-style runs when I hit a wall?

I've been trying to master a certain pattern for my improv that I like to call the Tatum-style descending pentatonic scale. Jazz greats like Tatum would often break into this extremely rapid ...
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How to practice sevenths?

I'm trying to figure out a good way to add sevenths to my practice. One thing I did with triads is I'd take a scale, and then starting from each note in the scale play the arpeggio for the ...
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Chord practise methods

Is there any books or methods on practising chords? I am not talking about knowing chords on their own but being able to practise them with other music items such as scales. I find I am a very good ...
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Does playing a musical instrument indeed benefit the brain? [closed]

I found many real researches about the benefits of listening to music, but so far I found none about the benefits of actually playing music on an instrument. The internet is flooded with "how playing ...
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To imagine music & to understand the becoming of a musical idea [closed]

Nice to meet you. This is my first post here, so I begin with a short introduction: In 2013 I started the Goaganesh Project, inspired to make electronic music primarily by my admiration for the ...
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Is there keyboard with a screen large enough to display a full Synthesia session [closed]

I've always had a mild interest in learning to play the piano, but I could never motivate myself enough to learn sheet music, then map the proper notes to the proper keys at the proper tempo. However ...
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What are the Rudimental Rhythms?

In practical music exams, as well as performing prepared pieces there's also a section on scales and arpeggios. In the lower brass grades for example you might have to prepare two or three major ...
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How does one really become present during practice?

When I'm practicing, I often find myself spacing out, forgetting what I had just played, or tuned back in to find that, wow, I'm already almost at the end of the piece! This bothers me because it ...
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Best way to practice bass (drum) technique without a bass drum

A question to all those who have been or are in my current situation of temporarily not having access to a bass drum to practice on. I do have a pair of sticks and carry a pad to practice my hand ...