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Switching from Acoustic Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar

I have played a classical guitar for a while and bought an electric guitar very recently. Since there are some differences in the two guitars I find it somewhat difficult to adapt to the electric ...
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Trouble playing guitar in the day

Might try here but I’m having trouble with hand sync and this is going to sound crazy but only in light or daytime… my sync seems better in darkness or completely dark and I cant seem to get that same ...
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How to get more accurate performances with difficult passages (eg. the end of Chopin Nocturne in C# minor)

I am playing piano as a hobby, but I am putting a lot of effort into perfecting the pieces I like. Specifically, I am playing Chopin nocturne in c sharp minor and although I am playing it for a while, ...
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How to practice playing "not matching" rhythms in both hands?

I'm not sure if what I mean has an actual name, but I'm currently playing a piece (Chopin's Op. 20, Nocturne in C-sharp minor) which has several sections analogous to this: That is, some tuplet in ...
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How to not pull string down while pressing it

I have bought my first electric guitar but I have a small problem. When I press strings, I noticed that I pull them a little bit down, like I intend to bend it a little. What does it called and how ...
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How precise should I expect to be with metronome?

As a beginner guitarist, I am always practicing with a metronome (for now 60 bpm). But, for the timing, I feel like sometimes I am going milliseconds ahead or back of the metronome. Especially when ...
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How to control riff and runs effortlessly? (Singing) (I'm bad at breath control)

Soo, I can do riff and runs nicely, cleanly separated but has bad control and very bad breath control (i think), i have tensions all over my body but not too much. Soo, I feel like I'm not prepared ...
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How will and how to use singing vibrato help riff and runs especially with vocal runs note separation?

Soo I'm learning vibrato and I can do riff and runs but sometimes had bad separation.. I'm thinking that maybe somehow learning vibrato will help me but will it actually and how? I'm learning from ...
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If whistle voice = super high headvoice, then can I use high falsetto to learn whistle note?

Soo I want to learn whistle tone, and I can do falsetto but not headvoice. I heard people say that whistle is super high headvoice, can I use falsetto instead in place of headvoice to learn whistle ...
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Are there any Linux GUI applications that can generate / export cue sheets?

I'm looking for an application -- or perhaps a plugin to something like Audacity -- that would allow a user to place cue point marks graphically, and then generate and export a filename.cue cue sheet ...
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What's an easier way to separate the notes in a riff and runs?

So, I'm learning riff and runs and memorized major and minor scale. I happen to have a problem that my riff and runs are messy, so I followed this tutorial: Which is ...
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Best drum sticks size for practice pad?

Is it worth it to practice with some sticks a little heavier/lighter than the ones that I actually play with?
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How to practice guitar in Minor? [closed]

I practiced Major key for my guitar using "Catholic Book of Worship" and it was an unbelievably huge help not only for sight reading but also for understanding music theory too. But the ...
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I can generally sing on-key, but I fear that I'll sing off key in front of the audience. What should I do?

So I've been wondering that: I can generally sing a song with correct pitches (is it called on-key singing? Sorry, english is not my first language) without guide melody on home. But throughout my ...
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Is headvoice (or "lighter" chest) considered light singing needed for singing riff n runs?

I am learning to sing riff and runs and I don't know but my research in google and youtube says that riff and run singing has to be light singing, looking riff and runs as up and down instead of ...
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How to practice guitar scales on the first 3 strings [closed]

I am just beginning to learn the guitar. Maybe it is natural, but personally I find it more difficult playing the upper part of a scale (or higher in pitch, 1st, 2nd and 3rd strings) mainly because of ...
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How to improve upon my skills without feedback?

For context, I am learning Western Classical Guitar and vocals and Indian Bambi Flute, and yes, it is 'Bamboo,' I affectionately call it Bambi because of how adorable I think my flute is. I have been ...
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Guitar strings still hurt my fingers after 6 months

I have been practicing my guitar for over 6 months. I use extra light gauge and also have built calluses. But, strings still hurt my fingertips! What should I do?
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Guitar Strumming and the High E string

I'm relatively new to playing guitar and I am currently learning on an acoustic. I am adding strumming to my skillset at the moment (as there's only so far downstrokes can take me), but I'm having a ...
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Guitar: Memorizing Scale Shapes vs. Memorizing Fretboard Notes

An advice for beginners I keep hearing is to memorize scale shapes. Minor pentatonic, the major scale, etc. But if I've fully memorized the fretboard notes, and I know the notes and theory around each ...
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triad practice tips?

I am having a hard time practicing triads. Just figuring out 3rd or 5th of a given note, or 4th(from 5th down to 1st) of a given note takes really long time. Is there a good way to speeding up ...
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What is the limit to which humans can precisely time notes on an instrument or perceive notes as precisely timed?

I have the tendency to either rush individual notes or let them drag behind (see this other question of mine). To cure this I'm recording myself to a click on a DAW and try to see which of the notes ...
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How to practice when my hands are tired

I'm prepping for my RCM Level 8 piano exam this Thursday, and I have been practicing for an hour every day since last week, with a few exceptions, so I would have thought I would have been more ...
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What should I practise to reach my guitar goals and stay motivated?

I have been playing guitar off and on since I was 12 [6 years ago]. Originally I started playing guitar because I desperately wanted to be like my hero Tom Petty. So, for about two years I studied ...
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What to do when you get lost in a jazz song?

A problem a lot of beginners in jazz have is that they tend to get lost in the solos (theirs and their bandmates' solos, where they accompany the soloist). Trying to follow the chord progressions with ...
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Tips for learning and memorizing passages consisting of groups of only slightly different notes?

Not sure how to word it better. I give two examples below. On the right hand (treble clef), the small groups of notes have similar patterns but vary slightly, sometimes just an accidental's difference....
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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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Playing Violin fingering

I am playing violin with open strings but can not do with fingering, while doing fingering I am not placing fingers in right positions, how do I place fingers in right positions? Is there any measures ...
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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 seen that most female singers can usually hit these amazing high notes with no problem whatsoever. Like, for example, Hasley can do somewhat high ...
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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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Why do I have trouble staying within a narrow range of notes when singing songs that are toned down?

My voice is very high, naturally, and carries a slight operatic tone. I'm unable to drop it. You can hear it in my voice even when I just talking or humming. I can produce an operatic sound with my ...
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Do you have to completely master each Pumping Nylon exercises thoroughly?

Presently I am working on Pumping Nylon exercises, but I cannot play as fast as the exercise asks me to. Do I have to completely master each piece or can I just move on after playing through it ...
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How does the Kodaly rhythm method handle rests?

I am intrigued by the simplicity of Kodaly's 'rhythmic imitation' method which supports the lyric flow. And, I have been investigating how Kodaly would have equally imitated the 'rest' values with the ...
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Learning road map for classical guitar

I have no condition to study classical guitar with a teacher (which I think is the best way to learn) because I'm moving much, and I found online lessons are not suitable for me. I have read some ...
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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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Are there some classical pieces that lend themselves well to guitar?

I would like to practice reading music on something other than notation written for guitar. Are there other pieces written for violin, for instance-or other instruments, that can be transposed easily ...
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Tenor recorder - Cannot reliably play middle C

I've recently received a tenor recorder, but after practicing for some time I find myself unable to reliably play middle C (the lowest possible note). The model is a Yamaha YRT-304B II, meaning it ...
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Is there a common left hand position in accordion?

I'm an amateur accordion player who is having difficulties with the bass side. There's no problem when I'm using close keys such as jumping from C to A. But when I need to jump to a further key such ...
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Will learning to play another instrument help me to become a better guitarist?

I am a programmer and I do this for living. As a programmer, I've noticed how much difference it makes to learn another language - the quality of your work improves greatly, just because you know how ...
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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 do I maintain my skill level when I won't be practicing for a good while?

violin player here. I've been playing for 5 years, and soon, I will be on a three-week trip where I will be unable to bring my violin with me. I have been practicing almost every day, but I am worried ...
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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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How do I recognize the key of a song that doesn't have a "home chord"?

I've just started learning music theory so i don't know if my question is understandable. I've been searching on google, youtube, and here how to be able to recognize the key a song is in by ear, or ...
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How can I practice this part to play it evenly at higher bpm?

I'm practicing this piece and I'm having trouble playing the 75th bar evenly at 125 bpm. The problem occurs on the right hand on the finger change at D♭. I'm playing this bar (right hand) 1235 1235 ...
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Can Bluetooth mix input from guitar and send it to headphones?

I want my smartphone mp3 player to mix a bluetooth input from guitar and send out to bluetooth headphones. If that's too difficult, just mix so I can hear on headphones. This is just for practice and ...
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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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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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Bach Partita II Allemande, Practice Advice

I am a student on the violin for about 3 years now, and currently practicing Bach's Partita II Allemande. I would like to ask for some practice advice on how to play the chord. How do you practice ...
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Mastering double trills

After many years of playing piano I recently encountered the double trill in Chopin's Barcarolle. I'm having a hard time getting my fingers to actually play them. Although I do have what could be ...
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Drumming rudiments & distribution

I have recently gotten into rudiments in order to gain better grip control. My practice pad works great for this and I can sit and watch tv or listen to music while going over the 40. This has me ...

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