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What are good components of a practice session for beginning guitarists?

What are the best things that beginning guitar payers should practice in their practice session?
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How to monitor multiple instruments via headphones?

I'm relatively new to the technological side of music. My guitar amp has a speaker cable output, as does my keyboard. I would like to be able to plug both of those, and also a microphone into a device ...
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Chords of my song sound boring [closed]

I am not a musician, I have mostly self studied some music theory, and I really enjoy composing small pop pieces on the guitar. Recently I got stuck. I have all the lyrics, and the rhythm works, but ...
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Which is more common when spinning a jogwheel clockwise, going forward or backward in time?

On a DJ controller, which is the more common default setting for jogwheels, say, on CDJs at clubs? Clockwise to move forward in time (toward the end of the song), or counterclockwise? I learned ...
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How to start learning the piano again?

When I was a kid (10 to 14 years old) I was taught how to play the piano. Or that's what I thought until today. I haven't been playing piano for about 10 years so I am of course rusty, but what I ...
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Fantaisie Impromptu - Specific fingering issue

I've been practicing Chopin's Fantaisie Impromptu for several weeks now, and while I'm by no means perfect at it, there aren't any aspects or parts of the piece that I am not confident I'll be able to ...
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How can I improve my violin intonation for enharmonic notes?

I know that while, for many instruments, enharmonic notes are a single pitch and their differences are more of an interpretation, helping music to remain consistent (it would make more sense for a ...
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Do they make “karaoke” versions of concertos for solo practice?

Say I as a pianist want to play/practice Saint-Saens's second piano concerto, but I happen to not have a symphony orchestra in my living room. How can I play this? Are there "pianoless" recordings to ...
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Relative positions on electric to string bass?

This may seem an odd request, but I can't figure any way to find this out with out having both in my possession. I am a bassist primarily, & have been for 45 years or so. I play electric & ...
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Is it ok to practice naming intervals with a guitar or keyboard in hand?

I am not formally trained in music but was wondering if it is better to try and learn intervals without looking at an instrument or if it doesn't matter really? I suppose on written tests you wouldn't ...
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Beginner Pianist Hand Pain?

I'm an 18 year old adult beginner pianist and I've just started playing this month of May. I go to piano lessons but it's just from a local music shop. I've been having this muscle pain with both of ...
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Guitar neck keeps tilting down

I've always practiced sitting down and now I want to stand. So I have a Les Paul and a really nice PRS Leather strap. But the neck keeps tilting down. This is driving me crazy. I thought maybe it was ...
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Is it bad practice to look at hands when practicing piano? How to break the habit?

I've been playing piano for over 13 years and mostly did this by learning the pieces by heart when studying, because when I play, I usually look at where my hands are going (especially for left handed ...
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recordings for beginning clarinet student who likes hot/traditional jazz to play along with [closed]

I'm trying to learn some clarinet just to play along with records and relax. I love Fats Waller, Louis Armstrong -- jazz from the twenties or thirties mostly. My clarinet teacher gave me Mile Davis's ...
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What should I start to learn fingerstyle guitar

So I recently got into fingerstyle guitar and learned to play Someone Like You (sungha jung) and it took me a couple months, which I think is too long. But when I started looking for another song to ...
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What other activities can I do to become a better musician and composer? [closed]

(Apologies for my bad English, I'm not a native speaker) What are the things that I should know to get better as a musician and improve my composition? I basically love pop/rock music and that's what ...
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What was Art Tatum's practice routine?

Did he do exercises, or just work on repertoire and improvisation? Are there any anecdotes that may shed light on Tatum's routine?
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Practice routine and adding new material

I am a semi beginner, I've had guitars for 45 years but never took it serious until a year ago. (I use deliberate practice every day, very little goofing off) I need some advice on when to add new ...
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How do you hear a score in your mind that you read? [duplicate]

During preparation for practice I try to internalize what parts of the music I want to play. Technical aspects like fingering, and how the rhythm is counted are quite straightforward to prepare and ...
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Configure 4-4 Tabla for Bansuri Practice

The video below (starting at 2:50) shows the Instructor turning on the 4-4 Tabla player. How did he configure the Tabla player? He's a wonderful Instructor, but rather vague on these points. In my ...
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Guitar playing standing up

I have an electric guitar and I really would like to practice playing standing for two reasons: I live in a small apartment and do not want to buy a stool, which would take up space. I would like to ...
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Why does C# sound extremely flat when saxophone is tuned to G?

Note: when I mention the name of a note in this question, I'm referring to the saxophone pitch, not the concert pitch. I play the alto saxophone, and lately I've been practicing mostly with a tuner. ...
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Komal `re` and Sharp `Re` sound Identical [Bansuri]

I'm using the fingering chart below for Bansuri I know it takes time to master half-notes. A lot of times sound doesn't come, which is fine. But at least I can distinguish the Komal notes of dha, ni, ...
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Tampura vs 4-4 Tabla Playing during Bansuri Practice

So far, I thought one should play Tampura when practicing Bansuri. The Tampura must be on Pa and on the same scale as the Bansuri. Now this video says we must use 4-4 Tabla (which, of course can be ...
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How Often Should I Practice Easy Parts of Songs on Piano?

I know that harder parts of songs on the piano have to be practiced far more than the easy parts. I sometimes spend longer than thirty minutes on just a couple of measures because they are ...
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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 ...