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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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I want to join a Barbershop Quartet. How can I prepare myself?

My grandfather was a great singer and I think I inherited his musical ability. I'm still a beginner but I really enjoy singing, so I decided that I should join a barbershop quartet like he was in. Are ...
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Do singers need to practice singing without accompaniment?

Do singers need to practice singing without accompaniment? If so, should the singer always practice singing the melody acapella?
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How can I make my D gracenotes shorter and cripser?

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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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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Self-learning how to play the piano

I'd like to start learning to play the piano from scratch, and I would like to know how many hours of practice will it take me to: master the basics like scales, technique, fingering, theory, and ...
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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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How to practice the overblow

I've managed to learn bending down somehow by trial & error but I yet have to hear my first overblow. How can I do to get the feeling for overblowing, so that I have a good start for the ...
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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 to play these chords on a piano

I want to know how to play the piano notes on the picture and if I just got really small hands. I play the first two accords with my thumb pressing two keys simultaneously. Is this the correct way ...
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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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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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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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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 loud is a concert flute?

I'm looking for an portable quiet instrument that I can have fun with without disturbing the neighbors at night. And listening to flutes in recordings, I got the impression that they are relatively ...
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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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How to ground an amplifier without ground pins on outlet? [migrated]

My electric guitar amplifier's plug has got ground pins but my wall outlet does not have any ground pin and I want to use this amplifier grounded. How could I ground this properly and safely If there ...
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Steps to learn playing violin without a teacher

I have the internet as my resource youtube, blogs, etc, but in all these resources they seem too quick to get to actually playing the violin. l know l should get a tutor for this but am currently not ...
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When to practice a song or chord progression in different keys

Right now I'm looping the changes to autumn leaves and practicing playing different chords/intervals over the changes. So for example I'll just play the 7th of every chord or I'll play the 3rd and ...
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How can I develop a high register on a brass instrument without creating tension?

Lately I've been reading about how trombonists (or any other brass instrumentalists) tend to develop tension in their neck or torso when playing in the higher register. In working to decrease ...
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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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Soundproofing a room for drum set practice

When I practice my drums in the house, it tends to be a little too loud for people in other rooms. While I know I could trade-in my drums for an electronic kit as an alternative, I'd really rather ...
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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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Get back into an instrument after long break?

In my youth I played lots of piano, for over 10 years, and became quite good at it. During college, however, I just didn't have the time to keep it up. It looks as if I'll soon have access to a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I learn to compose?

I am aware that Stack Exchange questions should be on-point, and not too broad, but I really would appreciate a response from people who know what they are talking about: I recently saw Boublil and ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do ear plugs have a big effect on ability to hear the music?

Ear plugs are likely a good idea for anybody performing amplified music (or even enjoying amplified music). But what is the effect on the ability to hear your fellow musicians when playing in a ...
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Chopin's Etude Op. 25, Nr. 2

I am having a hard time to play this etude quietly when I increase the speed to full tempo. I play it fast and relaxed but still my right hand seems too loud at that speed. Especially the first two ...
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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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