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Not confident enough to play guitar loudly because neighbours will hear it

I am playing guitar (mostly Acoustic Guitar) for like 2 years now so i wouldn't say that i completely suck. i can play numerous songs and strum chords fairly and easily. Although every day is a new ...
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Are there any practice regimens or recommendations related to recovery or rehabilitation of skills due to a cervical spine condition?

In 12/2019 I lost the feelings in my fingers and had significant pain in my shoulder and arm. The condition was treated successfully and I am having regular physical therapy from a sports and medicine ...
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How to improve my piano playing

I'm learning piano by myself and posted here in the past because I really like the feedback you provide. Now I have improved a bit and wanted to share a new recording with the hope to get feedback. ...
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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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Does it make sense to play folk music by yourself on the violin?

I played the violin as a child, and now I'm trying to pick it up again. However, most of the music and notes I have are for classical music, which is what I played back then. So for instance I have ...
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Guitar practice

I have noticed that even when I skip a day in my guitar practice my skills drastically go down. Furthermore, my friends are able to improve at guitar faster than I can and it seems that they don't ...
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What exercises might one do to truly master one's playing of a song?

You learn a song when you can play it right. You master it when you can't play it wrong. Let's say a pianist can play a piece all the way through roughly 85% of the time with no mistakes, and ...
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Ring finger side-to-side movement during spider legs exercise

I'm trying to improve my finger dexterity, and I'm doing the 4-finger spider legs starting with my index on the 5th fret, and moving 1 finger at a time while keeping the other 3 down. My issue is ...
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Exercises for reducing dependency on metronome

On this site, we often tell intermediate musicians to slow things down and practice with a metronome to establish a good sense of time. I have the opposite problem. I spent my college years practicing ...
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I have been practicing a song for 3 hours straight but I keep making mistakes. How can I get it right?

There is this one song I have to play for school but every time I try to play it, I make a mistake. I did this for 3 hours straight and I sent an email to my teacher and he gave me some advice but it ...
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Kabalevski Op. 48 (Violin) - What is this called and how do you play it? [duplicate]

First of all, I'm sorry for the unspecific title, but since I don't know what it is called, I cannot specify. I'm regarding the last bar before they key switches from Eb Major (2 b) to C Major (no ...
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How to visualize scales?

I am trying to become a more versatile musician, and I am pretty sure being able to in some way imagine where on a scale the notes, that I am playing are located is an important part of that. This ...
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Tenor drum sweeps exercises

Hey does anyone here know any really good excercizes for practicing sweep patterns for marching tenor drums (preferably with 6 drums)? I have little to do with school shutdown and just wanted to ...
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Hands stiff in the morning after practice on the previous day

I think there has been an error somewhere. I have not been playing for 30 years and have just started on the keyboard a month ago. I think you are right about the fingers doing bulk of the work ...
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What is the term for these scale repetition patterns?

I am making some notes on scales and patterns and I am wondering what is the term for these types of scale repetition patterns? Interested to know because I want to categorize them Interested to know ...
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Box scale patterns vs intuition?

I know there's 7 box patterns for the major scale on the guitar. I think some people have it as 5 patterns. I've never done scales that way though. I've only done it by ear where I can go up and down ...
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Ear monitors or headset to monitor my voice with PC

Hello I have a question that I hope is in the right place because it involves several different subjects and I thought this forum was the best for this since it is close to singing along with an MP3 ...
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What is the preferred order of practicing Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin? [closed]

As a violinist, it's always been hard for me to come up with an order of practicing Bach Sonatas and Partitas (BWV 1001-1006). I also know that it's not all about playing, and expression is the key ...
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Is CAGED a good indicator of which keys to practice on the guitar?

I know that CAGED is mainly a way to figure out how to play the same chord in multiple variations throughout the neck. So you'd take the chord C for example, and you can play it using C-shape, A-shape,...
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What did bebop masters practice?

Players such as Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, etc., basically invented the jazz genre of bebop. Today, I am told to be good at playing bebop you must listen to the best jazz players and ...
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How to practice for speed and consistency

I am practising a piece on piano and I find that I can not progress beyond 70% of the intended speed without hitting a lot of wrong keys by accident. In fact, I even have problems playing the song at ...
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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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How Do I Utilize My Practice Time So It Is Efficient (Clarinet)?

As a high school clarinetist, I have showed skill and potential. I play a Buffet E12F, with a Vandoren Black Diamond mouthpiece, and use 3 1/2 strength V12 Vandoren reeds. I made all-state this past ...
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is it possible to sing whispering? [closed]

I would like to sing but my parents are strictly always with me, at home... And I would like to sing without being eared by my parents. They are devil. I don't want. I have to sing notes that my ...
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General technique and sight-reading recommendations for piano [closed]

I played piano for many years in an "informal school", which helped me get some experience. I started when I was really young and learnt almost no classical music, mainly movie soundracks and modern ...
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Remotely playing guitar with more than two persons at the same time [duplicate]

Due to the COVID19, me and my friends started gathering online in an online video chat tool to play guitar. We managed to play, but terribly... What's the technique that can be used in this case to ...
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Practicing chords in Bb Minor

I'm playing the piano since 2 years now. Currently, I started playing this piece. It mainly consists of chords and since it's written in Bb Minor, there are many black keys. How do I practice these ...
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How short should I trim my nails?

I have been advised by my piano teacher to trim my nails to prevent accidents on the keyboard (like getting a nail stuck between the keys). How short should I trim my fingernails? I don't want to ...
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Playing song more smoothly on oboe

I have to play John Rutter's A Gaelic Blessing but I am finding it a little hard to play smoothly. I can play it through with good fingering but I am having trouble with the dynamics and sometimes I ...
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Guitar and voice practise under moderate noise constraints

Just wondering if there is any other way to listen to my own voice and my guitar through the headphones other than a mixer and a microphones. I live in a small apartment and want to practise quietly. ...
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How many hours would you reccomend to master one Intermediate Classical piece for Level 5 RCM exam? [closed]

How many hours in total would you recommend for an average student, from beginning to examination, to prepare a typical Level 5 ( out of 10 ) Royal Conservatory of Music List B Classical Repertoire ...
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How to continue to play the piano after cutting off part of a finger?

I used to play piano for hours a day out of enjoyment. I won't try to express the level of satisfaction, peace and enjoyment it brought to me, because frankly I don't think it's possible to do so. I ...
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How can one create a sitar-like tone on a regular guitar?

What are some playing techniques or simple ways to emulate the buzzy tone of a sitar using a regular guitar? Either acoustic or electric would suffice, but not permanent modifications (like changing ...
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Guitar, let ring concept confusion

I read guitar tabs recently and was confused by the "let ring" concept. If I'm not using palm mute, shouldn't it be ringed instead? E.g, I change C chord to D chord, 5th string still ringing and ...
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What is the Henle difficulty of Bartok's opus 14 suite? [closed]

What Henle difficulty would Bartok's opus 14 suite be? I want to know in order to practise more efficiently...
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Midi Volume “Compression”?

Suppose your midi instrument, say a piano vst, has 16 "layers". When you input a note at velocity "1", you'll hear a very quiet ppp note. When you input the same note at velocity "127", you'll hear a ...
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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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Meaningfully significant BPMs

A bit of a trivial question perhaps, but are there any historically/intrinsically meaningful BPMs? As in, there's obviously 60 bpm. I ask because while trying to correct my rushing, I've noticed ...
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Scoring for the Trumpet Part of a Larger Work

I want to score parts to for two trumpets, but have only a little experience in music notation. Fairly simple parts I can edit in Cubase Score editor, but how do I indicate different places where the ...
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What vocal techniques are needed to prevent strain when talking into a vocoder?

A full song played through a vocoder makes my throat begin to ache. I am not sure what I am doing wrong, but I do notice that I try to sing the melody instead of speaking it in an unusual way that is ...
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How fast should I push myself with Hanon

I'm currently playing Hanon (1-20) at the target tempo as suggested by the book (108). My question is if there any reason to push myself playing it faster. I can certainly raise the tempo if I put ...
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I'm a traditional snare drummer who has serious issues using my left hand

I'm looking for exercises to help with my motor control in my left wrist. Ever since I started heavy lifting on a daily basis at work, my left hand has become tighter and stiffer to the point where I ...
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Pedaling in Shostakovich Op. 87

I've never played any Shostakovich before, and I was curious about whether/how I should go about pedaling in his preludes and fugues from Op. 87. I'm treating the pieces like Bach, but there seems to ...
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Rhythm training : Metronome vs Recording

Is one of these two methods more fitting as an exercise to improve the overall sense of rhythm : Playing along a recording of a piece, or playing the piece just with a metronome ? What are the pros &...
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Why do my cheekbones hurt when I play?

I play the flute and I don’t know if it’s just me but my cheekbones hurt when I play for more the 30 minutes. I don’t know what it could be, I usually have good posture and practice everyday. I have 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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Still making mistakes in pieces after years of practising them

I think my question has been partially answered before: How to play a song without making mistakes? Practice to avoid mistakes or practice to cover mistakes I am happy to take it down if it is ...
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Exercises to go beyond basic relative pitch, and notice if any given interval is out of tune, by how much, and in which direction

Some people set a lot of store by "perfect pitch" but I feel that really good relative pitch is more important. What exercises can you suggest to improve this ability? EDIT : perhaps I am not clear ...
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How can I tune a bagpipe practice chanter?

I find that the high G is sometimes as much as a semitone sharp. One solution would be to try to use less air pressure when playing the note, but that's tricky. Currently I am using electrical tape to ...
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Piano scales and bpm

It's been a few weeks since I've stuck with trying to learn the piano (after a few unsuccessful tries over the years). I'm doing the scales, and I'm wondering what speed I should be doing them at, and ...

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