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To what extent is music mentally internalized with respect to the original key it was learned in?

This question was prompted by two phenomena I've encountered as a 24yo self-taught jazz musician of 2 years who is committed to playing entirely by ear. A large fraction of people, myself included, ...
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Is maximum speed a thing?

When playing guitar, piano, or any other instruments, I am always stuck on a certain speed limit, and I can't seem to get past that limit. I've tried practicing with a metronome (It didn't t work), I'...
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Do you need to improvise to be a virtuoso? [closed]

In other words, how deeply connected with music do you have to be to be a virtuoso? Is mechanistic perfection sufficient or do you have to have proficiency in all aspects of music, imrovisation, ...
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how to deal with registration bank changes without interrupting the flow of the music? [closed]

I have been practicing keyboard for a year now and I can play scales, Chords and some songs nicely with right hand, with left hand I play with a 50% speed as that of right hand. I am trying to ...
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Is it wise to bifurcate guitar mastery into a procedural component and a creative component?

In math education, there are two (not necessarily dichotomous) camps: (a) people who advocate drill and kill (which is a form of rote learning) (b) people who advocate constructive learning Now, I see ...
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Influence of room acoustics on practicing (woodwind) instruments

While practicing flute I noticed I find it much easier to have a good tone when I practice in my living room then when I practice in my normal (music)room. I was thinking that this could be because of ...
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Piano - Triplets turn into sixteenths

I am having trouble with playing triplets at higher speeds (such as at the end of the Pathetique Sonata, 3rd movement). I find that when I speed things up to tempo that the triplets always turn into ...
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Practice one pattern per day or one key per day? [closed]

Assume one needs to practice pattern A and pattern B in keys 1 and 2. Is it better to practice one day pattern A in all keys and the other day pattern B in all keys, or to practice patterns A and B in ...
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Recommendations for dobro instruction books [closed]

I’m a mostly self taught, intermediate guitar player. I recently started playing dobro in open G tuning and love it. I’m looking for recommendations for instruction books. I want to learn harmonized ...
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Where is the most “realistic” CDP-S100's volume level that is closest to real acoustic piano?

As a very beginner I've bought the CDP-S100. It seems enough at least for first year of leisurely learning. But while practicing, I noticed that I apply different force to keys depending on volume ...
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What BPM should I aim for while learning all the minor scales?

I'm learning to play the minor versions of each scale. What BPM should I aim for, before I move onto the next scale?
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Little finger positioning on fretting hand while playing guitar 3-notes-per-string

I would like some advice on my left (fretting) hand pinkie's (little finger) orientation when I'm playing three-note-per string scales at faster tempos. I find the pinkie flattens, especially the ...
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Humming while practicing a piece - good or bad practice?

As a novice piano player (started with guitar, switched to piano about one year ago), I often catch myself humming along to a piece's tune while playing - is this bad? The humming is not distracting ...
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Just starting to learn Guitar (thinking of buying a Yamaha silent electro as a practice guitar - Maybe!) [closed]

Good evening everyone, As the title says, I'm just starting out on the journey to learn guitar, and whilst I have around maybe 6/8 hours a week I can commit to doing this, I'm at that time shortly ...
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How should I do slides on guitar without hurting my fingers?

I've been playing guitar for two years but I still can't slide without really hurting my fingers, plus, the strings live shorter when I practice slides compared to when I don't do any slides. Like, am ...
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How do I count the syncopation in this example?

How do I count this example in syncopation? I am having a hard time understanding.
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How to break out of playing scales up and down when improvising

I play piano, and when I am playing a gospel or a blues song, I always improvise with my right hand. I have been practicing major scales and pentatonic scales for a while now, and when I play, i ...
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Are there any good websites on which to teach yourself to read sheet music? [closed]

My question is simple: Are there any reputable websites that I could use to learn/teach myself how to properly read sheet music? I have in my search come across a few that seemed OK, but they came ...
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I play a 6-hole Native American flute; could this piece be played on it?

I am new to music theory and am just starting out on a six-hole Native American cedar flute. I do not have a concrete knowledge of reading musical notation, so I was wondering if Two Steps From Hell's ...
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Buzzing into the mouthpiece of a transposing instrument

I have just started to learning how to play a brass instrument. The instrument that I have is a transposing instrument that can easily be tuned into either Bb or A with some slides. (I think I will ...
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How long a keyboard is recommended to start learning to play the piano?

As a complete beginner, I would like to learn to play the following melody: My budget is VERY restricted, so am thinking connecting a midi keyboard to GarageBand may be my most accessible means of ...
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What was the amount of repertoire learned as an adult professional musician in various time periods?

As an adult professional musician (church organist), I discovered that, once I became a mother (a year ago), I had less time to practice (from approx 4 hrs a day to about 1.5 hrs a day), but--now I am ...
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Any tips or breakthrough moments on getting your piano playing to really take off?

I have been playing piano for approx. 30 years but consider myself still quite fair (and this is not false humility). I have come to the realization that some people have an innate ability at the ...
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How can I properly use vibrato on the first chord of “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”?

The opening guitar part of John Mayer's "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" features a fair amount of vibrato. I'm trying to master this part, but I'm having difficulty with the first chord (C#...
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What and how much to practice as a composer

I'm striving to better my music composition skills, but I'd also like to improve my piano skills since I like it and I think I am not a very good practical musician. The problem is, though, that I can'...
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I'm having trouble hitting all keys of a chord together. Are there any methods that can help me learn that?

When playing a chord, be it with the right hand or the left, I'm really having trouble hitting all keys together reliably. I will often have a little audible delay between the individual notes. I ...
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Why can't I sing high notes as a young female?

I am 14 years old and want to become a singer. I have been seeing that most of the singers that are females can usually hit these amazing high notes with no problem whatsoever. Like for example ...
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Keeping single sheets of music on the stand

I have been looking for a music stand with a retaining lip to stop single sheets of music from sliding off the shelf at the bottom of the stand, so far without success. Is there a particular term I ...
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When learning a piece, is listening to it multiple times better than using a metronome?

Till now, I've learned to play songs in a different way. That is, I listen to the piece/song that I want to play over and over till I get it ingrained in my brain. And when I start learning it, I don'...
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Is there any reason to practice scales over multiple octaves?

I've found the following poster online https://www.amazon.co.uk/Really-Useful-Piano-Poster-Beginners/dp/B07DWD25FF/ref=sr_1_7?dchild=1&keywords=THE+REALLY+USEFUL+POSTER+COMPANY&qid=1609079047&...
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My child's violin practice is making us tired, what can we do?

My daughter began taking violin lessons 2 years ago, she's now 7. She became interested because she saw an older cousin play the violin. At the beginning, we were told that in order to progress, one ...
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Mentally prepare for performing [duplicate]

Some background: I play the violin. Next spring, I will play in school. This will be graded and part of my final grade for music class. The problem is that I have almost no experience playing in front ...
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How should one work with missing digital staff on entry level keyboard?

I am currently trying to find a good entry level keyboard for getting back to learning to play after 20 years. I had a few years of grade school classes playing a brass instrument and some self taught ...
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To become a better guitar player or musician, how do you balance your practice/training on lead playing and rhythm playing?

The general wisdom is that the understanding of chords and a strong grasp of rhythm are foundational to any lead playing, since harmony and rhythm provide support to the lead melodic line/phrase. I ...
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Do you need a specific practice schedule to improve? [closed]

I have played music for most of my life and tried to learn everything that I either wanted to learn or felt that I needed to learn to progress. I have also never seen the point of having 30 minutes ...
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How do I fix a consistent micro-timing error?

I found out while recording (pickstyle) bass tracks into my DAW that I have a tendency to play about 25ms in front of the beat. I'm so consistent about this that I assumed the issue was the DAW's ...
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Chord progressions that cover every scale degree? [closed]

Could anyone recommend some progressions that go through every scale degree in the major/minor scales? I’m trying to get more acquainted with chords on the piano, and would love something that sounds ...
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Will it hinder my practice if my body sways a bit when playing piano?

Lately, I have been learning some songs on piano, very simple ones. I have been doing it by ear so I haven't had the need to use sheet music and read it for those songs. Since I don't have to read it ...
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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 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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