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Minimum time required to learn to play a simple music on violin? [closed]

To surprise someone I am a newbie to music, is trying to learn playing violin for a specific music. How long can it take? Thanks in advance for your valuable time.
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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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How to minimize the pain for a beginning guitar student so they won’t give up before they develop callouses?

This is a common problem and solving it will ultimately lead to a much higher success rate for beginning guitar students. So I wanted to share the information here on Music and Theory. Many of my ...
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Intermediate Guitarist Progression Study/Practice

I play as a guitarist in my local church, playing mostly contemporary Christian music (Hillsong, Elevation, Planetshakers), and have done for the past ~10 years. I would say that I play at an ...
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Will transcribing music improve my ability to play a song by ear?

I have been playing the piano for 2 years and I have a dream to be able to play pop and some EDM music through my ears without sheets. What I used to do was practicing scales with their cadences and ...
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Will practicing on an Ipad hurt my playing?

I have encountered many music instrument apps such as piano, guitar or even some wind instruments mapped onto the touch screen of the iPad. They can be fun to play, but would playing on the iPad and ...
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Stretching on Ukulele: How Far is Fair?

I've noticed that I play a lot of chords on ukulele with larger intervals in them, and often the chord voicings have big stretches from the lowest notes to the highest notes. Obviously, I know ...
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Oboe embouchure issues?

I recently just got a brand new Oboe, and I'm having trouble getting my embouchure right. Please know that I just got it, so I'm still in need of much more practice. I am also a seasoned flute player ...
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How to bring all fingers down at the same time learning ukelele

I’m in about 6 months in attempting to learn the ukulele. I know my basic chords but cannot, at this point, bring all two or three fingers down at the same time on an f chord or g chord (for example). ...
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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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I've Never Played an Instrument. Where to Start?

I'm a 32 year old software developer who has a full time job, a family and a very limited amount of spare time. I've never played an instrument, and have next to no knowledge of the field. One thing ...
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What is the best way to go about re-learning an instrument?

I used to play the electric bass, for about 8 years. I got quite good at it. By the end of my period of playing, I was playing pretty decent stuff, jazz, funk, finger style, slap etc. I had gotten to ...
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Chord symbols don't match tabs

Im trying to learn Pure imagination on guitar following the tabs. Im going well, but I realised that when I see the fret board numbering with words above them like Fmaj7, Am and C, following the fret ...
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Bach Invention BMW 792 - Fingering Advice

I am currently practicing a Bach Invention (BMW 792). There is a bar I'm not quite sure how to play/finger. I've attached a screenshot of the bar I'm having trouble with. Would very much appreciate ...
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Guitar exercises for precision and accuracy

I started with metal guitar a little more than a year ago, and mostly learned all this classic Metallica stuff from the 80's like Master of Puppets. Now I can play it up to speed, I can even play it ...
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Making a Soundproof Room

I started playing sax. I need to find me place to practice before being killed by my neighbors. I am thinking to soundproof my small room. It does not need to be 100% soundproof, but it's enough if it ...
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How to build a neighbor friendly soundproof booth?

If you search the web for "vocal recording booth" you'll find build plans and diy guides by the dozen. Thing is... I am not looking for a recording booth... I share a house with two families with ...
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How to practice singing without annoying my neighbors?

I want to practice my singing but I can't do it properly because I have neighbors; my question is, would it work if I made a practicing cubicle with soundproof all around it? I am not sure if ...
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How will a long break affect a singer's voice?

If a singer takes a long break from singing, be it many weeks, months, or years, how severely will it affect his ability to sing (vocal range, singing technique, etc)?
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Maintain improvement while practicing a piece

When practicing pieces of music on either the guitar or piano, I have almost always noticed the following pattern: to start with, each practicing session is better than the previous. However, there ...
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How do I get my flute to sound clean?

I'm a beginning flute player. When I play, I often- but not always- have a "shh" sound along with it. I noticed that it usually starts out pretty quiet when I start practicing, but after I play for ...
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How do you determine if you're ready to join a band?

I've been pondering joining a band for some time now, but I usually get stalled at deciding whether or not I should spend more time learning to play first. I don't want to go through potential ...
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How to distribute (vocal) training time for most effective learning?

(If you’re not a singer, but have experience with learning other skills or some knowlegde about learning in general, your answer might also be helpful.) Let’s say you have 7 hours of practice time ...
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Is there a software that will allow me to create my own drumless track? [closed]

I want to be able to take any song from any source, and remove the drums so that I can practice, and possibly play my own interpretation. Is there an specific software package to do this? I see a lot ...
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Are Tersun Piano Technique books any good?

I'm a piano newbie studying online. My teacher recommends Hanon for learning piano technique which I am doing and I have to say it's helping. Although I know it's not smart to question your teacher, 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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Priorities of piano scale practice as a complete beginner and what should I be paying attention to

So, I decided my life needed a little more piano so I picked up a MIDI keyboard and started learning some of the basics. The very first thing I'm doing is learning the scales (starting with major) and ...
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What fingerings are used for the minor and major blues scales?

It's my understanding that for the diatonic scales, there's a consensus of which fingerings are optimal for most people. They are not a hard rule, some pianists use other fingerings, but they are ...
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How to play a song without making mistakes?

I have played keyboard quite a while and now I'm starting to practice some classical music like Fur Elise. When I see a live performance of any musical instrument, there seem to be no errors at all. ...
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Which Notes to Balance for Bansuri Practice

One tutorial (at end of post) shows instructor balancing all notes on Sa, i.e. starting from low octave ... 'pa Sa 'da Sa through the middle octave ... Re Sa Ga Sa and finally high octave, the ...
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Music practice for “by ear” musicians [closed]

To those who has played by ear instead of reading music, what were your exercises and practices to improve, especially other genres and improvement of the left hand. Edit: drop some songs as well ...
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Thumb position in Piano playing fast octaves - Position to prevent injury in first thumb joint

At the moment I am playing a piece that at some instances requires fast consecutive octaved notes in the left hand (I arranged the notes myself, the pic shows the notes in question). I play the ...
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tips for switching from g chord to c chord on guitar

I've been playing guitar for about a month following Justin guitar's beginners course and I could do some basic chord changes quite fine but I find myself really struggling when I'm trying to change ...
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When singing, how to avoid being distracted by vocal harmony or other vocal lines?

I'm not a professional singer but I love singing. I find it very difficult to focus on my own vocal line when I hear other vocal lines. For example, When I was in the college choir, I sang bass, and ...
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How to develop intuition for fingering when sight-reading piano music?

I'm noticing that as I sight read, I can sometimes get myself into an awkward hand position because I'm not really planning my fingering as I play - I'll focus on the music itself, so have some ...
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How can I start to feel the beat while playing an instrument?

When I hear another one playing a piece on e.g. a piano I can usually notice if he's rushing or slowing i.e. not "feeling" the beat. But somehow I can't feel it while I'm playing the piano either, so ...
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Guitar to Piano: Getting Started

I've played guitar for most of my life, but recently I've bought an electric piano and am looking to build at least some proficiency in the instrument. I'm particularly interested in all the possible ...
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Practicing all possible three-note chords on guitar

Ignoring octaves, every note in a on the guitar shows up in many different places. I'd like to practice all the achievable three note chords on the guitar so that I can move my chord progressions up ...
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How do organists practice with manuals (keyboards)?

I've been playing piano/keyboard for many years and have some classical training but I've recently started playing with two keyboards placed on top of each other. Specifically a Korg SV1 (73 key) and ...
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Performing/Recording Drums over backing track that already contains drums

When I record myself playing along with a drumless track I sound perfectly in time, but when playing along with a track that already has drums in it I am a tiny fraction out which makes every note ...
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Benefits of using a drum backing track when practicing? [duplicate]

I've been practicing my oud and using the following backing track. I'm wondering if anyone has been using a rhythmic/drum backing track and what benefits have you seen versus not using one? (Doesn't ...
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My arm and hand gets stiff and cramps up when I play parts of a certain piano piece

So I am learning a piano piece - All of Me by Jon Schmidt - and can play the whole thing fluently except for certain sections. When I get up to the 7th page (bar 79), my right-hand starts to go stiff, ...
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10,000 Hours Regime - Drums

I'm a big fan of Malcolm Gladwell's 10,000 Hours To Master A Skill theory. I've picked up a set of drumsticks for the first time in my life 3 months ago, at the age of 21. The barriers, as they sit ...
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Night practice - Electric Bass or Guitar - Which one is quieter

Background I have been a harmonica player for about 2 years now, and used to play the guitar. But since having children I have only free time at night. That's why at first I decided to retake guitar ...
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How to stay on beat [duplicate]

I've been told my beats are off beat. How exactly do you stay on beat and how do you use the metronome to help you? I've been searching heaps but there's no videos or any sites that explain it ...
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Do advanced musicians still practice scales every day?

I'm wondering if you're ever "done" or do you just go practicing them forever?
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Playing a fast but quiet Alberti bass

My Alberti bass in the 3rd movement of the "Moonlight" sonata by Beethoven is way too loud, so that the melody in the right hand often vanishes. So I wonder how I can fix it. It should be played piano ...
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How can I improve my classical guitar vibrato technique

I've been teaching myself to play some classical pieces on my nylon string guitar and want to improve my vibrato technique; specifically when holding several notes. I'm referring to the technique of ...
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Is practicing Indian classical on a harmonium a problem?

My Indian classical music teacher asks me to practice alankaars on a harmonium. 1) Will practicing on a harmonium somehow bias my voice towards the western fixed tempered scale on which the harmonium ...
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Will the Yamaha PM7X trumpet mute work stand-alone or do I need the Personal Studio SBX2 as well?

I bought a PM7X trumpet mute, the one with a jack input for headphones. I tried pluging in headphones and I can't hear anything. I then looked for info, and I think I need an extra piece of hardware ...