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How to get faster and better on bass drum pedal

When I drum I constantly struggle to keep the beat on the bass drum pedal for faster songs. Are there some practice techniques someone could help me with? The song I struggle with is Build Your ...
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Stage volume levels in rehearsal and performance

Two questions in one here. Often when rehearsing or at gigs, I'm asked to turn up my volume "'Cos we can't hear you!" when the band is already quite loud. Very rarely will the others turn down to ...
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What is the expected progression from being able to "play a piece" and "perfecting a piece"?

I've played the piano as a hobby on and off for over 20 years. While I did take lessons for several years as a child/young-teen, it was always quite casual. Now, as an adult, I realize that I've never ...
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Drums: kick drum substitute for practise at home

My daughter (7 yrs) has started playing drums and at school they have a full drum set (kick drum, snare drum, high hat, etc). To practise at home, she was given a snare drum. To me it seems she would ...
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Double thirds, fourths, fifths and sixths piano fingering?

I have absolutely no idea how to finger things like this. I don't really know what sort of guidelines to follow or what books to practice that combine double thirds, fourths and fifths consecutively ...
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My muscle memory is tied to my auditory sense: is there a name for the phenomemon?

When I play a simple melody on my guitar while I strum (to create the sound) I can quite easily determine where to put my frethand finger for the next note. But if I do not create the sound, ...
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Why practice enharmonic equivalent keys as separate keys

In this video Victor Wooten explains that there are 30 keys that people need to practice in as opposed to 24. I found out that the 6 extra keys are actually redundant in the sense that each one of ...
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guitar strings still hurt my fingers after 6 months of play

i have been practicing my guitar for over 6 months , i use extra light gauge and also built calluses , but strings still hurt my fingers ! Any tips please ?
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How to avoid stopping when I play a wrong note on the piano

When I play any sheet music by memory, if I realize (by ear) that I play one wrong note, I always stop/get stuck and cannot continue playing. This is very bad in case I need to perform. So how to play ...
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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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How to differentiate interpretively similar sections in Satie's Gnossienne #1

I’m learning Gnossienne #1 by Erik Satie. Earlier the composer instructs ‘Du bout de la pensée’ which I have no problem performing. The problem occurs when I reach the end of the piece with the ...
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How to approach the collé bowstroke?

This section is from the bottom of the second page of the First Movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. A specific bowstroke called collé is to be utilized in this section. I am not a ...
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What causes pain in my left wrist after extended violin sessions?

Yesterday I had a real blast as I had the opportunity to practice my violin for at least four hours off and on including my lesson. While I enjoyed the nothin' but violin, I noticed that at least ...
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Piano: getting chords up to speed

I practice a transcription that involves more elaborate jazz chords, modal sus9 and 13-chords, those kind of things, occupying many or all of the hands' fingers. I've played such things before (for ...
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Walking bass, two bars per chord, on tritone substitution

This is a follow up to my earlier question about step-wise walking bass. But this is for a full scale for two bars per chord. Part of the question is about when and where to add extra half steps if ...
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Guitar Muscle memory lesson plan for fine motor skill deficit

I'm diagnosed with Asperger's' along with I have fine motor skill deficits, although they have improved with age. (The real life tasks I couldn't learn at all are swimming, bicycling, catching a ball, ...
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Learning road map for classical guitar

I have no condition to study classical guitar with a teacher (which I thing 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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Big problem with tensing while playing

A very big obstacle for me in learning to play music has beem tensing and I haven't been able to figure it out for a long time. Whenever I increase the speed of a small repetitive movement, or need to ...
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Caro Mio Ben: pronunciation

I have a question. I'm currently studying bel canto with a very good teacher. However we are in disagreement about one factor. In "Caro Mio Ben", the words "languisce il cor" ...
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How much should I practice trumpet to regain competency? [closed]

I used to play trumpet in band during school (2001-2006), and I haven't played with any regularity since about 2009. I recently was given a trumpet that happened to come with a beginner band book. How ...
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How many songs to practice at a time?

I'm coming back to piano after years and years away, so I'm back at beginner level again. I know I can get a bunch of etudes together and do technical exercises, but of course, the main thing is ...
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Getting Chopin Ballade No. 1 up to tempo+keeping hands together [closed]

I am trying to learn Ballade No. 1 op. 23 by Chopin(2 as well, but that's not important to this) I have been playing for about 7 years, and I have been without a teacher for several years. My biggest ...
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Learning to interact with an audience

Performing musicians practice our instruments away from the stage in order to make the best music we can. How can we practice audience interactions? In many performances, interacting verbally and ...
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Is it OK to watch TV while practicing speed?

Two of my teachers recommended me to practice something like speed or a certain repetitive technique, e.g. drum double strokes, while listening to music, watching TV, paying attention to something ...
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How to find songs to play on a virtual piano? [closed]

I've been trying to get started learning to play piano by playing songs on a virtual keyboard. The one I've found to be the best and have been using most recently is the one at https://recursivearts....
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How to sing with mix voice without raising my larynx and still being comfortable

Range:E2-E4 then F4-G4 is my break. I can sing an F4 in what I think is my mix sorta comfortably but slightly higher I tense up and my larynx rises. The only way I can sing the G-B range is by yelling....
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How long can a professional trumpet player go without practicing before seeing detrimental effects?

I’ve seen in multiple places that professional trumpet players feel like they need daily, or nearly-daily practice in order to maintain capability, let alone improve. How long is it feasible for a ...
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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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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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How to master the guitar fretboard

I've been playing guitar for many years, yet I have made the huge mistake of never really learning scales. I want to catch up, but I'm a bit lost, since there are so many scales in so many different ...
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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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Musical Training to help with taking up Cello in the fall

My daughter is 8 and has been taking private piano lessons for around 3 months now but will take a break from lessons over the summer. In the fall (when school starts back up) she will be taking cello ...
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Will I improve through "sloppy" practice?

I am taking piano lessons as an adult (at roughly an early intermediate level), an hour each week. For the most part I am having tremendous fun, and my teacher is extremely kind, but a little bit of ...
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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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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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Difficulty singing along to a beat

I can sing very well, but the problem I have is that I can't sing along with a beat. I am either too fast or too slow, what can I do please?
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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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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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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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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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Tired mouth after practicing blues harmonica

I've been practicing playing blues harmonica for over a year now (with some breaks of a few weeks) I'm noticing that after about 20-30 minutes of practice time my lips and mouth become tired and my ...
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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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How to practice guitar in apartment with paper thin walls?

I live in an apartment with paper thin walls. My bedroom shares walls with two other apartments. Both my neighbors don't care for music that isn't hiphop, especially someone practicing guitar ...
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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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Preparing for Auditions after time away

I used to play the trombone religiously when I was in school but during my second year of college I had to give it up. I haven't played in a group or on my own for more than a couple hours over the ...
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Is playing blindfold a good practice method?

Is playing without being able to look at what you're doing a useful practice technique for instruments like guitar and piano? Learning to play without needing to look at your instrument is good of ...
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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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Do weighted keys on a keyboard lead to more expressive playing?

I use an acoustic piano to learn/play classical music. I use a midi keyboard to record/produce own music. My piano has weighted keys while my midi keyboard has a very light touch. I find that I am ...
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Cross Dominance - does it effect piano playing ability?

I am quite cross-dominant - in some areas more than others. For instance, I consider myself right-handed, I write right-handed, I'd kick a football with my right-foot, but I play snooker/pool left ...

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