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How to understand a fixed note instrument [closed]

I play a kora, which has a fixed set of notes. I am playing traditional and non-traditional music on it. For the traditional music there is a specific didactic approach I am following. For the non-...
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how to record a screen video? [migrated]

When I want to analyze a piece or watch a video lesson I need to be online. What alternatives do I have out there? I'm afraid some mods are already in pole-position for closing this question as off ...
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How to Develop Muscle Memory on the Piano: The Entertainer

Can someone comment on how I can develop the muscle memory necessary to play the left hand of the second section of The Entertainer on piano? This is the "oompah bass" section in which the ...
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Why can I hit notes more accurately on humming and vowels than on words?

When practising a song, I noticed that it's easier to stay on pitch when singing vowels like "pa pa pa , la la la, etc." Why is humming or singing vowels easier than singing words? Is the ...
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Determining what sounds good [closed]

Before I ask the question, assume the following about me: an especially high affinity for auditory stimulation difficulty tuning out intermediate to advanced knowledge of music theory I seem to be ...
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Sax practice routine for jazz

Hi I've been playing tenor for around 6m now, former pianist to semi-pro standard so I have a strong ear and a decent idea of what I want from my sound. My current practice routine consists of: Long ...
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Research on effective frequency and duration of practice for improvement?

I've been playing piano for a long time now, did my undergrad in music and just finished my Teacher's Ed. program. As someone who's suffered an overuse injury (permanent nerve damage) from practicing ...
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Is this hand position a bad practice for practicing piano?

I included some drawings to illustrate what I mean. If it's still unclear, I will try and take a picture to show the situation. I just started learning piano this year by following some lessons ...
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Having trouble playing guitar without Chordify accompaniment

I’ve been playing acoustic guitar for about a year and a half. About 6 months ago, I was struggling a lot with strumming and so switched to Chordify and started playing along with music. My playing ...
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Guitar - Pinky finger on high notes / small fret

I have a question regarding the use of the pinky on smaller frets , 10 onwards . Let's say I am learning a guitar solo, from Metallica Nothing else matters, when they alternate from fourth srting fret ...
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What specific practice exercice would you recomend for woodwind during extreme hot days ? (There's no air !)

Practice during summer and extremely hot weather is really difficult, (for me, and may be for you as well). Would you have any specific exercise to ease the practice session ? I tend to feel like a ...
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How many repetitions of a piece I'm learning should I do before the notes become permanently embedded in my memory? [closed]

Do people forget songs once they master it and don't practice it for months and years? I am practicing many songs and doing ear training and scales and chords and many things in parallel. Hence have ...
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Can anyone please tell me how to play this in “La Campanella”?

I can't play the grace notes. Either it gets out of sync or there is a noticeable delay.
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Recommendations for beginner piano pieces that make equal use of both hands [closed]

There are more demands on my right hand for much of what I play, and am beginning to notice a difference between my hands when playing e.g. scales. I would like to play more pieces that make equal ...
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What part of the sound of notes to focus on while ear training to correctly identify notes?

I am using different instruments from my Keyboard to do ear training. In practicing ear training, i have learnt from the forums here that I should focus and pay attention to the pitch of the note. ...
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How to practice trumpet with mouthpiece alone?

I heard that trumpeters in a mariachi band are not allowed to pick up the trumpet until they have mastered playing with just the mouthpiece. How would I go about replicating this technique of ...
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When practicing a new piece, how do you prevent repetition from dulling the punch?

When I start on a new song, I tend to do so because I'm completely absorbed by the piece and its emotion. Inevitably, I have to play recordings of the piece a few dozen times until I'm comfortable ...
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Quantitative Tempo and Rhythm Precision

I'd like to be able to track my progress in keeping tempo during my practice, not only in working towards increasing my speed, but also the precision of my timing as I work on being able to play ...
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How to practice this kind of complex tuplet structures appeared in Scriabin's Poem Op.32 and his Etude Op.42 No.2?

Recently, I have put a lot of efforts in practicing Scriabin's Poem Op.32 No.1 and his Etude Op.42 No.2. But I've found it really hard to master the complex rhythm structures. In bar 16 of his poem ...
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Is it a bad idea to learn both violin and viola?

I have just started to learn violin. But I was thinking of buying a viola too. Mainly because the intonation is a bit easier on the viola due to longer scale length. But I wonder how hard they are to ...
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Can't stop looking at the metronome when I'm practising with it

I can barely stay in time with the metronome when I'm trying to listen to it with my ears, but when I watch it with my eyes I can play in time fine if I'm focusing really hard (but even with focusing ...
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While playing a song / melody, Why does my timing of hitting the chords go wrong?

Hello to all the music fraternity, mentors and experts. I am struggling long time now with the problem of playing the chords correctly at the required places while playing any song or melody. I am ...
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How can I be fluent in all 12 keys at the keyboard and the music theory behind it [closed]

I want to be able to memorize all major and minor keys (including melodic, harmonic and natural minors), so that I can improve my sight reading and transposition skills. I am trying to become a more ...
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Practice drills for finger drumming

I have spent a bit of time learning to play drumkit but now I want to learn kit drumming with an MPC or midi controller in live performance. Are there different drills I should practice to learn ...
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Pros and Cons of playing oversimplified classical music pieces?

Most easy classical music pieces simplified for beginners have different key signatures from the original. What are the pros and cons (especially) of playing them before playing the original scores ...
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How should I play six-against-four rhythm on the piano?

The left and right hand notes do not line up together, so is it safe to say that I should play them separately and not together? The piece in question is called Musique pour la tristesse de xion.
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I can't play a piece after hours of practice! What do I do?

Right now, I am learning to play Nuvole Bianche by Ludovico Einaudi (here is a link: ) and I need to have a recording done by tomorrow for the piece. I started learning ...
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Piano: conscious vs subconscious playing

In particular when practicing scales (say, C major, one octave apart, similar motion) or jazz standards, I’ve noticed that my playing becomes automated. I don’t consider every step carried out by my ...
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What should I learn after learning open and barre chord shapes if I want to learn fingerstyle guitar?

At present I can play most of the chords (I still struggle transitioning from open to barre chord in short amount of time though) and can do basic fingerpicking. However my fingerpicking is very rigid ...
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Pain in index finger joint while barring

I have been playing guitar for about 2 years now. I am playing a set of .009s on a strat-style guitar. The action is as per my liking and not too high. Recently I have developed some pain in the first ...
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How do people become proficient at sight-reading in keys where there is no material in those keys suitable for their sight-reading level?

On a mission to improve my piano sight-reading, I've been systematically working my way through all major and minor keys, 'living' in a given key for a few weeks before moving to the next. Whilst ...
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32nd+ sixteenth +quarter notes

I have doing questions here on this website, and I learned so much but some examples look hard to understand. In this example how can I count? Thanks
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Chords in Rachmaninoff's 2nd piano concerto

I am currently practicing the first movement of the 2nd Rachmaninoff piano concerto. Luckily I have no troubles reaching the chords in the left hand (Maybe because I am left-handed? The only time it ...
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Eighth +quarter notes

Am I right counting it this way or not? May someone help me? Thanks
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Rest and eighth notes [duplicate]

I am learning saxophone, so I don't know how to play this part; may somebody help me? Thank you
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I am struggling with fingerboard muscle memory on the violin. Are there exercises, besides scales, that can help me?

I'm an adult learning violin for 5 months now. No tape or any markings on the fingerboard. I can't seem to gain muscle memory when it comes to placing fingers. I have an idea of where they should go,...
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Not confident enough to play guitar loudly because neighbours will hear it

I am playing guitar (mostly Acoustic Guitar) for like 2 years now so i wouldn't say that i completely suck. i can play numerous songs and strum chords fairly and easily. Although every day is a new ...
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Are there any practice regimens or recommendations related to recovery or rehabilitation of skills due to a cervical spine condition?

In 12/2019 I lost the feelings in my fingers and had significant pain in my shoulder and arm. The condition was treated successfully and I am having regular physical therapy from a sports and medicine ...
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How to improve my piano playing

I'm learning piano by myself and posted here in the past because I really like the feedback you provide. Now I have improved a bit and wanted to share a new recording with the hope to get feedback. ...
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How can I make my D gracenotes shorter and crisper?

On the Great Highland Bagpipes, the D gracenote can be difficult to play as short and crisp as the G gracenote, especially in contexts such as the tachem. Aside from just consciously trying to play ...
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Does it make sense to play folk music by yourself on the violin?

I played the violin as a child, and now I'm trying to pick it up again. However, most of the music and notes I have are for classical music, which is what I played back then. So for instance I have ...
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Guitar practice

I have noticed that even when I skip a day in my guitar practice my skills drastically go down. Furthermore, my friends are able to improve at guitar faster than I can and it seems that they don't ...
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What exercises might one do to truly master one's playing of a song?

You learn a song when you can play it right. You master it when you can't play it wrong. Let's say a pianist can play a piece all the way through roughly 85% of the time with no mistakes, and ...
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Ring finger side-to-side movement during spider legs exercise

I'm trying to improve my finger dexterity, and I'm doing the 4-finger spider legs starting with my index on the 5th fret, and moving 1 finger at a time while keeping the other 3 down. My issue is ...
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Exercises for reducing dependency on metronome

On this site, we often tell intermediate musicians to slow things down and practice with a metronome to establish a good sense of time. I have the opposite problem. I spent my college years practicing ...
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I have been practicing a song for 3 hours straight but I keep making mistakes. How can I get it right?

There is this one song I have to play for school but every time I try to play it, I make a mistake. I did this for 3 hours straight and I sent an email to my teacher and he gave me some advice but it ...
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Kabalevski Op. 48 (Violin) - What is this called and how do you play it? [duplicate]

First of all, I'm sorry for the unspecific title, but since I don't know what it is called, I cannot specify. I'm regarding the last bar before they key switches from Eb Major (2 b) to C Major (no ...
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How to visualize scales?

I am trying to become a more versatile musician, and I am pretty sure being able to in some way imagine where on a scale the notes, that I am playing are located is an important part of that. This ...
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Tenor drum sweeps exercises

Hey does anyone here know any really good excercizes for practicing sweep patterns for marching tenor drums (preferably with 6 drums)? I have little to do with school shutdown and just wanted to ...
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Hands stiff in the morning after practice on the previous day

I think there has been an error somewhere. I have not been playing for 30 years and have just started on the keyboard a month ago. I think you are right about the fingers doing bulk of the work ...

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