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Really silent guitar practice [duplicate]

I don't have much time for guitar practice so this will often have to take place at night. Right now I am using an electric guitar, a software amp and effects and headphones, which is okay for ...
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How to play large chord?

I am playing Scriabin's Prelude Op. 11 No. 11. (see IMSLP ) I can reach 10ths fairly comfortably, but I am wondering what to do with chords such as those that appear in Mm. 14 (C4-B5-G5). Do I play a ...
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Where to find practice tracks for jazz piano (specifically for the realbook)

When I was in high school I played piano in the jazz band. I was going through my stuff and found my realbook and it occurred to me that it would be awesome if I could play from it again. However, ...
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How to practise a long but difficult passage

As I've said before, I'm working on the Bach inventions, among a few other pieces. When I practise/learn any new piece, I prefer to break it into manageable chunks, usually separated in some obvious ...
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Permuations or scales for building up speed

I'm currently trying to build up some speed and accuracy in my technique, and I was told a while back that a great way to do this was to play fingering permutations to a metrenome. Has anyone had any ...
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most effective guitar practice schedule?

I've Googled this question and there is a jumble of answers out there with long articles with complicated answers, so I thought I'd ask for more personal opinions. I learned the guitar about 13 ...
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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 are the disadvantages of not warming up?

In other words, what are the disadvantages of playing at the limit of your technical abilities straight away, without warming up first? Why is warming up usually recommended?
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Accessible Instruments While Away From Home

I am a musician spending a few months away my home. I fear that I may lose a good chunk of skill if I am unable to practice my instrument during this time. It is completely unfeasible for me to buy ...
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Do you count mental practice when counting total practice time for the day?

My guitar instructor insists that, as part of my training, I set a fixed minimum amount of time each day for practice and make sure that I practice at least that much, with a fixed upper limit of 4x45 ...
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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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Optimal Right Hand Technique to Down Pick while playing Metallica

I have been playing Metallica songs (only the rhythm parts) for quite some time. I don't play them at full speed because of the Down picking, but i have been playing and practicing them at 80% speed ...
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How do I own the music?

Bear with me with this non musical analogy: I am a driving instructor and one of the things we look for is for a pupil to know they can drive by themselves. One of the questions they will eventually ...
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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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What's the name of this rhythm technique at piano?

I remember my first piano teacher had an interesting technique to help at difficult parts of a piece. Instead of playing the actual rhythm, I would pretend it was (kind of) dotted 8th notes ...
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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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Trumpet - Charles Colin Lip Flexibilities Vol. 1 Exercise 1

I am trying to go through the whole Charles Colin Lip Flexibilities book. Here is an excerpt from the first exercise: There are two ways I could interpret this. Since this book is about building up ...
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Working through George Lawrence Stone's stick control book

I've been drumming for about 25 years (mostly metal and punk) and lately, I've been leaning towards other styles of playing and I've noticed my stick control has been off more often that not (maybe ...
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What is a good way to practice piano sight reading?

Recently I was practicing piano and my choral director walked by and tapped on the door and told me that, when he grew up, he wished he did a bit of sight reading every day when he was young. Hence my ...
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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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Keyboard similar to piano

I've been practicing on a real piano. I won't have access to a real piano and will have to downgrade to a keyboard. What should I look for if I want something that has exactly the same feel (weight ...
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Practice for skill maintenance with busy life

When I was younger I learned piano to grade 6 level, and I also picked up some bass guitar along the way. I enjoy playing music and composing from time to time. But life is busy (PhD thesis/work/etc.) ...
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Electric Guitar | Right hand position

I find it difficult to decide on where to position/rest my right hand (picking hand) when playing electric guitar. I started with acoustic and i have a habit of resting my pinky finger on the guitar ...
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What is the definition of slow practice for classical guitar?

Everyone who teaches guitar says that you should practice slowly because that is the best way. One example is here, but there are billions of others who say it too. I try to take their advice to ...
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Pedaling in D. Scarlatti - Sonata in F Minor, K. 466 L. 118

(self-taught). I see very few pedaling instructions in my edition of the D. Scarlatti - Sonata in F Minor, K. 466 L. 118 - Andante moderato But recordings I have sound like there is quite a lot of ...
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Forgetting the piece when playing for the teacher [duplicate]

I am taking piano lessons that I have to prepare pieces for, and play them for the teacher. After learning a piece, I usually manage to play it when practising in private. However when I come to the ...
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Not-so-awkward body movement while playing violin

As I have mentioned in previous questions, I'm someone who likes to get really into the music. I sway around, and enjoy the song with movement. I notice professional violinists sometimes almost dance ...
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Basics piano practise progression

I have been playing piano for about 2 years now and I know all the basics from simple triads to scales, modes major minor and more advanced chords. I use to practice very hard daily to develop ...
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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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Left hand training for right handed guitar players - to improve coordination.

Ok, this question will probably be opinion based, but I try my best to write it, so it can be answered. My problem: When playing guitar (I am right handed) I lack some speed and coordination in my ...
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Ideas for practicing 7ths 9ths 11ths 13ths

Been practicing 7th arpeggios for months now in all keys. And now I'd like to practice 9ths because I keep finding songs I like that have 9ths and even 11ths. But I feel like it'd be better to ...
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Which Bansuri Fingering Chart to use with Practicing Saptak (both Beginners and Experienced)

I totally appreciate the nuances of Bansuri notation. And I am starting to notice subtle differences when practicing half-notes (i.e. Komal) Is it best practice to use simple Bansuri fingering chart ...
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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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Example of a child which got in two years very far on the guitar with just a very moderate amount of practice

Here is a link to the channel of an extremely young and talented guitarist. He has uploaded six different pieces up to now, and writes: Hi I'm Adrian. I'm 14 years old and live in Philippines. ...

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