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Questions tagged [practice]

For questions about practicing or practice techniques.

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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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Drone Chord Android App [migrated]

Do you know any Android App where... there would be two buttons/select boxes: "key" and "chord" where I could do something like: Key: C Chord: 7M Hit a "play" button and it would just... play it. ...
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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 ...
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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 [closed]

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 ...