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For questions about practicing or practice techniques.

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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 ...
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Do melodies often use the same combination of intervals?

I've been a touch typist on the keyboard for a long time, and the reason is that I've internalized the shape of every word in my mind because I've typed the same words so many times throughout my life....
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Should I know the chord name and scale degree when I play by ear?

Just to give a bit of context; say I'm playing a song in a certain key, F major. and let's say I'm playing the I IV V chords. I'm playing a song I learned by ear, right now it happens to be bicycle ...
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Most efficient practice schedule

As a Student, I have limited time to practice. But overall, I have approximately 1.5 hours on the weekends. So should I do 1.5 hours in one sitting or 45 minutes in 2 seatings?
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How much time should I spend learning a song on piano?

I am following the Alfred's adult course level 1 book and given that songs are very simple I have come across an issue when exactly do I know I'm ready to move on to the next lesson? I tend to go if i ...
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Earphones while practicing

Are there any disadvantages to using earphones instead of headphones while practicing guitar quietly. Is the sound quality that bad ?
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Is my strategy a good strategy?

Overall history I have noticed over the years that complicated Beethoven pieces, especially those with sudden dynamic changes, pieces with lots of octaves, and super fast pieces tense up my hands, ...
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Do I need to memorize my exam pieces if I don't plan on sitting the exam?

Piano pupils play exam pieces from memory which takes a lot of time. Is it necessary for me, an adult teaching myself, to memorize exam pieces when I don't intend to sit for the exams? As well as ...
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How can a metronome with a bell help with my practice?

I ordered a pretty standard mechanical Wittner metronome, the cheapest I could find plastic/no bell. But after I ordered it I realized there are metronomes that have a bell, so it got me thinking ...
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Guitar bassline and melody independence

I come from a self-taughting background, so I'm sorry for any bad terminology in the question. Some time ago, when learning Blind Willie Johnson - Nobody's fault but mine, I first practiced the slide ...
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Practicing triads/sevenths or both?

For eg, if we are learning the key of C, do we need to Learn all triads ie. ceg, dfa etc or can we just learn 7th chord qualities like CEGB, DFAC etc. and those will indirectly give access to the ...
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Program or app to practice “Copy-Playing” [closed]

Is there any program or app to practice ear training with "Copy-Playing" (guitar is my instrument)? I means basically a phrase is played, and you have to repeat it on your instrument. I read about it ...
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Quick question about fingering chords

I've done a search but couldn't find anything so here I go - is it nessesary for both hands to finger the chords the same way? I have small hands and can only reach an octave comftably and am ...
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Stronger piano fingers

I’ve been learning the piano for a year now but I’m still having trouble developing the strength and independence of the fourth finger. Can anyone suggest and useful exercises that will help me in ...
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Practising multiple pieces

I'm currently beginning to study repetoire in preparation for my DipAbrsm piano diploma. In total I will be playing 4 pieces (Bach E minor Toccata, Beethoven Moonlight Sonata, Schubert Impromptu No. 3,...
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Practice and performance

This question is going to take some time to explain (at least for me), so pardon the length ahead of time. Also note that it seem like it elicits opinions but this is not the intent. I'm interested ...
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What's the name of this rhythm technique at piano?

I remember my first piano teacher had an interesting technique to help at difficult parts of a piece. Instead of playing the actual rhythm, I would pretend it was (kind of) dotted 8th notes ...
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Is my guitar neck too thick for me?

I've been playing for almost three years and now, as I'm starting to pay attention to the details in my playing and comparing it to other guitarists, I noticed my wrist position in the lower strings ...
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How to get a better altissimo tone?

I'm currently practicing my overtone series and trying to get a play some altissimo. Right now, I've been able to play up to a D7 using Sigurd Rascher's Top Tones for the Saxophone, but the notes are ...
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Rage Over A Lost Penny: Getting better at left hand section

I am currently learning Beethoven's "Rage Over A Lost Penny", and I am finding it very hard to play this particular section: The right hand is pretty easy for me here, but it's the left hand that I ...
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How can I prevent my fretting fingers from distancing to much from the fret board when playing quickly?

I've been playing guitar for a couple of years already and just started electric a couple of months ago. One of the things I've been struggling with was the speed. After watching multiple videos on ...
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Hanon Exercise 1 - proceed chromatically?

I have Hanon's Virtuoso Pianist, (Hinrischen Edition, Edition Peters Ltd. 1987 ,©). Towards the end of first exercise, it says "Important: proceed chromatically through all major keys!" I couldn't ...
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How do I find people to jam with in my city?

I've been going to my local music store to jam with people in the synthesizer section and guitar section. Aside from that, what other places/hacks have you found to jam with people in your area?
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Musical Training to help with taking up Cello in the fall

My daughter is 8 and has been taking private piano lessons for around 3 months now but will take a break from lessons over the summer. In the fall (when school starts back up) she will be taking cello ...
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Where to practice?

I always wonder where do sopranos, alto, and tenor practice their vocal, so that there do not disturb their neighbours? Especially those who are taking examinations like the ABRSM, Trinity, etc. I ...
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Are the Piattino Sound Proofing Castor Cup really efficient and are there other equivalent solutions?

I am improving my piano practice room and I found recently the Piattino Sound Proofing Castor Cup. These work, as far as I understand, by absorbing vibration from the piano to the structures around ...
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How to get the motivation to learn pieces you are likely never going to perform? [closed]

This question might be too subjective, but I'll try to make it as precise as possible. Learning music is like learning a language, and as with any language, there is no point learning it if it is ...
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Piano questions from a former bass player: Is it better to think in note names or think in intervals?

So I was a (mostly Funk/Jazz) bass player for a long time, and as a bass player, I had a strong understanding of music theory. The reason that I had such a strong practical/intuitive understanding of ...
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How young could a child start learning an instrument?

I play the guitar and have always tried to include my son in the fun when I play. He's 9 months old and seems to always like listening to it so far. Recently he has become very curious about the ...
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How to practice all chords in a certain key and have it sound musical? [closed]

I'm trying to learn all chords in a given major key. I've been arpeggiating the chords in linear order (I,ii,iii,IV,V,vi,vii) but it's sounds a bit bland so I'm looking to try different ways to make ...
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Sweep Picking WIth Metronome

When I practice sweeping, I put on the metronome at about 130 BPM and play the lick. I play each note at a metronome click. Is that (playing exactly to the click; fourth notes) how you are supposed to ...
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How many scales should one be proficient in? [closed]

On the piano I know C major, A major, D major- as far playing songs and knowing where their diatonic chords are, just because I've messed with these scales the most. I Also know A minor, and E flat ...
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How to keep the mood of a song when you've practiced it a lot

A lot of times when I'm first practicing a song, I play it with the right 'feel' and it sounds good, but the more I repeatedly study it to get the technical parts right, it feels like it just becomes ...
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Room Acoustics for Singing

I'm working to improve my singing ability at a very basic level. During the week I have access to three different rooms 1) with a lot of echo (bare walls, ceiling and floor) 2) One that has a little ...
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Performance over correctness?

I have been learning to play guitar for 2 years (for 1 year a bit more) now and I am getting faster and faster in changing from chord to chord. Nevertheless, I realize that I don't grab those chords ...
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Will playing without mistakes at all become easy for me in the future?

I've been playing the piano for around an year, practicing at least an hour on a daily basis I want to upload piano covers just like the ones I see in YouTube which I admire and they got me into ...
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Singing Exercises [closed]

I need some effective and efficient singing exercises to improve generally but also specifically to reduce the nasally sound. Also any exercises that anybody knows to help with staying in pitch ...
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Is there a CAGED system for pentatonic scales when playing guitar?

I studied the Caged system for scales on guitar and find it useful when I'm doing scales over chords, but when I'm doing Pentatonic scales, I only learned Major and Minor with roots on 5th and 6th ...
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What are the disadvantages of not warming up?

In other words, what are the disadvantages of playing at the limit of your technical abilities straight away, without warming up first? Why is warming up usually recommended?
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Having some trouble with piano fingering

I'm practicing some warm up exercises from the All in One Adult Piano Course. In the book these are left hand exercises. On the top staff the G7 says finger positioning should be 5, 2, 1. Is the ...
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Why my right hand trill is so bad?

For some reason I don't know, I can't trill fast with my right hand, but I can with my left even though I am right-handed. Why this? How I can improve my right hand trills? What should I do?
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Learning piano in mid 30

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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Recovering serious violin training Part III

Another technical issue I quite often encounter now is the following - Link to Part II: My body has not changed drastically so, my arm-span has not changed a lot - it's about 2 metres. However, now ...
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Recovering serious violin training - Part II

My second isuue that has to do with my techinque is the following - Link to Part I: I've always had a weak pinky finger, which bothered me quite often. Actually, it is too long to fit comfortably ...
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can I connect my acoustic electric guitar to a home stereo amplifier and play thru the stereo

Can I connect my acoustic electric guitar to a stereo integrated amplifier and play through my stereo system?
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Strengthening finger playing F barre chord

%1/1.3/4.3/3.2/2.1/1.1/1[F] I have just started learning to play the guitar, and I have discovered that my fingers are lacking the strength to play with finger 1 (guitar fingerings). I am finding ...
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Techniques to practice?

I'm struggling trying to play a song fully. I can't do it, even thought I know the song. My question is what techniques should I practice to not make a mistake picking the wrong string and fret/note. ...
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How can I learn a new jazz voicing on piano?

I'm reading "The Jazz Piano Book" by Mark Levine, and he often says things like "learn this new voicing in every key". What's an efficient way to do this? I've tried "practicing around the cycle of ...
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Should I follow my instructor when he says I'm a bass even though I don't like being a bass at all?

It just doesn't add up. I'm still a baritone and I can only hit C4 freely without falsetto with some warmups first but my ciach says I am more at low notes. When I started practicing bass I thought my ...