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How precise should I expect to be with metronome?

As a beginner guitarist, I am always practicing with a metronome (for now 60 bpm). But, for the timing, I feel like sometimes I am going milliseconds ahead or back of the metronome. Especially when ...
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How to control riff and runs effortlessly? (Singing) (I'm bad at breath control)

Soo, I can do riff and runs nicely, cleanly separated but has bad control and very bad breath control (i think), i have tensions all over my body but not too much. Soo, I feel like I'm not prepared ...
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How will and how to use singing vibrato help riff and runs especially with vocal runs note separation?

Soo I'm learning vibrato and I can do riff and runs but sometimes had bad separation.. I'm thinking that maybe somehow learning vibrato will help me but will it actually and how? I'm learning from ...
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If whistle voice = super high headvoice, then can I use high falsetto to learn whistle note?

Soo I want to learn whistle tone, and I can do falsetto but not headvoice. I heard people say that whistle is super high headvoice, can I use falsetto instead in place of headvoice to learn whistle ...
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Are there any Linux GUI applications that can generate / export cue sheets?

I'm looking for an application -- or perhaps a plugin to something like Audacity -- that would allow a user to place cue point marks graphically, and then generate and export a filename.cue cue sheet ...
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What's an easier way to separate the notes in a riff and runs?

So, I'm learning riff and runs and memorized major and minor scale. I happen to have a problem that my riff and runs are messy, so I followed this tutorial: Which is ...
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How to not pull string down while pressing it

I have bought my first electric guitar but I have a small problem. When I press strings, I noticed that I pull them a little bit down, like I intend to bend it a little. What does it called and how ...
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How to practice guitar in Minor? [closed]

I practiced Major key for my guitar using "Catholic Book of Worship" and it was an unbelievably huge help not only for sight reading but also for understanding music theory too. But the ...
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I can generally sing on-key, but I fear that I'll sing off key in front of the audience. What should I do?

So I've been wondering that: I can generally sing a song with correct pitches (is it called on-key singing? Sorry, english is not my first language) without guide melody on home. But throughout my ...
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Is headvoice (or "lighter" chest) considered light singing needed for singing riff n runs?

I am learning to sing riff and runs and I don't know but my research in google and youtube says that riff and run singing has to be light singing, looking riff and runs as up and down instead of ...
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How to practice guitar scales on the first 3 strings [closed]

I am just beginning to learn the guitar. Maybe it is natural, but personally I find it more difficult playing the upper part of a scale (or higher in pitch, 1st, 2nd and 3rd strings) mainly because of ...
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How to improve upon my skills without feedback?

For context, I am learning Western Classical Guitar and vocals and Indian Bambi Flute, and yes, it is 'Bamboo,' I affectionately call it Bambi because of how adorable I think my flute is. I have been ...
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triad practice tips?

I am having a hard time practicing triads. Just figuring out 3rd or 5th of a given note, or 4th(from 5th down to 1st) of a given note takes really long time. Is there a good way to speeding up ...
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Guitar: Memorizing Scale Shapes vs. Memorizing Fretboard Notes

An advice for beginners I keep hearing is to memorize scale shapes. Minor pentatonic, the major scale, etc. But if I've fully memorized the fretboard notes, and I know the notes and theory around each ...
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What is the limit to which humans can precisely time notes on an instrument or perceive notes as precisely timed?

I have the tendency to either rush individual notes or let them drag behind (see this other question of mine). To cure this I'm recording myself to a click on a DAW and try to see which of the notes ...
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How to practice when my hands are tired

I'm prepping for my RCM Level 8 piano exam this Thursday, and I have been practicing for an hour every day since last week, with a few exceptions, so I would have thought I would have been more ...
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What should I practise to reach my guitar goals and stay motivated?

I have been playing guitar off and on since I was 12 [6 years ago]. Originally I started playing guitar because I desperately wanted to be like my hero Tom Petty. So, for about two years I studied ...
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Tips for learning and memorizing passages consisting of groups of only slightly different notes?

Not sure how to word it better. I give two examples below. On the right hand (treble clef), the small groups of notes have similar patterns but vary slightly, sometimes just an accidental's difference....
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Do you have to completely master each Pumping Nylon exercises thoroughly?

Presently I am working on Pumping Nylon exercises, but I cannot play as fast as the exercise asks me to. Do I have to completely master each piece or can I just move on after playing through it ...
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Why do I have trouble staying within a narrow range of notes when singing songs that are toned down?

My voice is very high, naturally, and carries a slight operatic tone. I'm unable to drop it. You can hear it in my voice even when I just talking or humming. I can produce an operatic sound with my ...
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How do I maintain my skill level when I won't be practicing for a good while?

violin player here. I've been playing for 5 years, and soon, I will be on a three-week trip where I will be unable to bring my violin with me. I have been practicing almost every day, but I am worried ...
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How can I practice this part to play it evenly at higher bpm?

I'm practicing this piece and I'm having trouble playing the 75th bar evenly at 125 bpm. The problem occurs on the right hand on the finger change at D♭. I'm playing this bar (right hand) 1235 1235 ...
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Can Bluetooth mix input from guitar and send it to headphones?

I want my smartphone mp3 player to mix a bluetooth input from guitar and send out to bluetooth headphones. If that's too difficult, just mix so I can hear on headphones. This is just for practice and ...
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Bach Partita II Allemande, Practice Advice

I am a student on the violin for about 3 years now, and currently practicing Bach's Partita II Allemande. I would like to ask for some practice advice on how to play the chord. How do you practice ...
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Quarter note quintuplets

How can I count and play quarter note quintuplet in 4/4 time.
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Why does my Hand hurt when i play fast things on piano? [closed]

So im am trying to prepare for my Examination and my hands hurt whenever im playing something fast or with a lot of notes. I tryied relaxing a little bit it doesn't help. Also i have to practice a lot ...
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Half note triplets

I would like know how to count and play this half note triplets on 4/4 time.
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How to play left hand bass patterns on the piano

I am trying to play the following passage on the piano in the left hand Now while playing this, I notice some difficulties I hit inaccurate notes in the octaves, especially in the middle bar's last ...
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Is it true that classical musicians are not rhythmical?

I keep hearing that classical musicians are not rhythmical, that they have problems with complicated rhythm patterns. I especially hear it often from jazz musicians. Is that true? If yes, how is that ...
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Does energy in Spotify api featrue mean arousal? [closed]

I have a question about the spotify api feature. The spotify api has valence and energy features. Is it correct that energy means the arousal of valence-arousal? Thank you for your reply.
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Drum kit muting for practising

I've tried the plastic rings which rest on the batter heads, also the 4mm rubber which cover the whole head. Neither does a good job in making them quiet enough for practising. In the end, I glued the ...
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How to restart my guitar studies from scratch?

I have being playing the guitar for quiet a while now(12+ years but more dormant years within this). I am able to deduce guitar tabs of a given song on my own(mostly with some minor errors). I have ...
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How do I recognize the key of a song that doesn't have a "home chord"?

I've just started learning music theory so i don't know if my question is understandable. I've been searching on google, youtube, and here how to be able to recognize the key a song is in by ear, or ...
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Practice routine as a self-taught, I have about 1000 hours to invest, what to focus on? [duplicate]

Assuming that talent does not exist and that the skill of a musician is directly related to the time spent learning, it follows that investing 1000 hours into learning, with a daily practice routine ...
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What tips would you give to a beginner violinist to execute these pieces well? [closed]

I am practicing these two pieces to enter orchestra, but I am having difficulty practicing it. Specifically, as I am quite a beginner, I am not sure about many things technique wise. For example, how ...
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How should I approach getting used to a wonky syncopation?

Disclaimer My question is part general, and part specific, because I'm having a hard time with a specific song, but my question is on how to approach the more general problem. Background I'm learning ...
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Anatomy of plucking hand's motions for a bass guitar

The (following) questions came from analyzing my plucking hand technique. Consider playing 16th notes on one string with two fingers. It is accessible for me to play 8th notes with one finger (...
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How to develop perfect pitch [duplicate]

If someone would play a random note I'll know what it is but I can't just hear a song and play it. How am I spouse to do that?
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Piano scale fingering difference between one and multiple octave target

I'm a piano beginner and trying to practice scales correctly. What confuses me is that all guides mention how important it is to practice scales, but none are explaining the difference in fingering ...
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Tips for Animenz Unravel (piano)

I am having some issues in playing certain parts of Unravel by Animenz. The main issue is with the right hand, I can’t keep up with the tempo and make mistakes again and again. I have practiced this ...
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Drumming rudiments & distribution

I have recently gotten into rudiments in order to gain better grip control. My practice pad works great for this and I can sit and watch tv or listen to music while going over the 40. This has me ...
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Should I be consciously moving larynx when doing vibrato?

Aspiring classical singer here. Lately I've been experimenting with vibrato when singing by essentially just moving my larynx up and down gently but rapidly. I've certainly been able to produce a ...
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Diatonic harmonica: draw bends from Hole 1 to Hole 6 - principles

Why the diatonic harmonica have different draw bends available? What is the principle behind this setup? Like: Hole 1 draw bend has only 1 semitone down. Hole 2 draw bend has 2 choices of semitones ...
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Diatonic harmonica: How to play the draw bend with the three semitones down (effectively)?

For the diatonic harmonica, in the 3rd draw position B, how to play the draw bend with the three semitones down (marked in blue rectangle) B, Bb, A? I could play a semitones down, most easily in the ...
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Is timing with left foot (weak foot) a fundamental skill?

I have been playing drum for years (not but close to 8 years), self-learning most of the time, with really not enough practicing. Yet I am able to play some intermediate songs without much pressure. ...
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Ideal Wrist and Finger Technique for Large Interval Ostinatos

A lot of songs I play have ostinatos with riffs over large intervals and include a changing a middle note. The treble clef in the image below is a good example. I have been trying to play this with ...
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What part of fingertip should touch the strings - Guitar

Before posting here, I have searched the net but could not find any related posts. I have been attempting to play guitar for a few years now. While I am a total amateur, right from the time I started ...
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Do you find it easier nowadays to practice and learn music that what it used to be years ago? [closed]

Judging from my own experience, I believe that nowadays is much easier to find good teachers and material to practice and become really good. For example, I am middle aged and was a fan of Queensryche ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

I am going to do a live performance soon. I'll have sheet music; no improvisation. I have practiced my part fairly well at home, but I am sure I'll get confused and make mistakes during the ...
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Can anyone tell me how to play triplets in rhythm with eighth notes? [duplicate]

I'm having difficulty performing these series of triplets in tandem with my eighth notes? Does anyone know any cues or practice I can do to learn? I'm thinking I should try to just aim to aim to time ...
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