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I feel my limits when I am learning drums techniques

I love drums. I am an amateur, but from my childhood I was fascinated by this great instrument. I've never owned a drum kit but I was always doing noise (with my hands on my belly, with my mouth, ...
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How to prevent one mistake from derailing an entire piece?

When practicing a piece, I find that making one mistake sometimes messes up my muscle memory and throws me completely off. This is especially true of memorized pieces. This most often happens if, ...
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How long would it take for me to learn piano? How difficult is it to learn? [closed]

I'm thirteen years old, and I had always loved classical music. Instruments like the violin, flute, and cello always sounded amazing to me, but the one instrument that really stood out was piano. I ...
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Is there any way to practice different strengths on same hand?

I'm trying to practice a song that requires me to play my right pinkie hard and my right thumb soft, but at the same time. They are an octave apart and I am having trouble playing them at different ...
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Guitar bad habits

Hello I recently asked a question about having no sense of timing in regards to music and I understand a lot of the blame falls on myself but I do practice everyday and have been years. My question is ...
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Examples of people who started their instrument at an age >20 and got good at it [closed]

Do you know any instrumentalist (guitar, piano or anything else) who has achieved something and started out at an age >20 years? (by achieving I mean give decent performances, handle their instrument ...
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Why does Presto always trip me up?

I have noticed that even after months of practicing C.P.E. Bach's Solfeggio in C minor, I still can't get past Molto Allegro. I have tried thinking of it as an eighth note rhythm and that actually ...
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I can't sight-read at intermediate level

I am a Trinity grade 5 pianist and have been playing piano for 2-3 years(earlier played keyboard). I find very difficult to sight read. I usually play the passage once very carefully and memorize it ...
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Kodaly Rhythm Method

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 ...
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How to practice for piano with chord in one hand and lead in another? [duplicate]

I am used to playing any song with both of my hand as I am good with harmonium in which with one hand you have to wave a door to flow air. But when it comes to playing actual notes (i.e., lead/melody) ...
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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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Guitar - Record exercise lick over metronome with iRig

I would like to record the licks I play while exercising over a metronome in order to improve my timing. I need a way to record both the lick and the metronome beats to see if I'm picking the note ...
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Some measures have extra whole notes in them. What do they mean? [duplicate]

So i am practicing sight reading and i came across these exercises that have extra whole notes in a measure. What do they mean and how do i play them?
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Five quarter notes in 4/4? [duplicate]

I want to know how to interpret this. I researched a bit but only read about multiple voices, which are obviously not present here. The whole piece is in 4/4, only this one measure contains 5 ...
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The less I practice, the better I am…?

Over the years I've noticed something very strange about myself. I've noticed that if I practice, let's say scales, for little time maybe 5 minutes. If I were to keep going, I tend to just mess up ...
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looking for an easy way to integrate recording and playing back into my practice routine

All. I'm a new (acoustic) guitarist trying to get some good practice habits into my day. I've heard that it's a good practice habit to start recording oneself, which I'd like to do, but less ...
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String quartet practice routine

I am looking for information on how to structure a practice session for a string quartet. I read many articles online. They talk about working on intonation but hardly any information beyond scales. ...
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How do I practice arpeggios on the piano?

Just to keep it simple, say we're talking about C major. I just practice (imagine I hit a key with each letter written). C E G D F A E G B F A C G B D A C E B D F C E G Which is just the 7 diatonic ...
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Forgetting old finger position

I have played guitar for over 2 years and I know many riffs. One thing that came to my concern today is that when I started using this exercise with a metronome (below) I wasn't able to play the ...
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Improving a sloppy guitar style

I am practicing fingerstyle guitar, basically following a tab, music sheet and practicing until I get the song right. The problem is that I make lots of small mistakes, like muting strings or buzzes ...
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Advice on fingering and hand position

I am practicing left hand of the following peice on piano. It needs to be played relatively fast with fingers spanned over an octave, involving D3, G3, B3b, D4. Any advice on how to position my hand ...
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I get wrist pain when playing on the side of the keyboard opposite my hand?

So when I play Hanon my wrist hurts when my right hand goes all the way to the left side of the piano. I try to keep good posture and lessen tension but it hurts. Only while playing and the pain goes ...
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Is it possible for me to learn piano very very good if I start at this age (26) ? If yes, how long would it take? [closed]

I am a 26 years old male, from South Asia. I love music so much, and I can sing good. I cannot play any instrument. I love the sound of piano. Is it possible for me to learn piano very very good ...
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Strategies for learning all 60 seventh chords in root position (5 qualities in 12 keys)

I am attempting to learn all 60 root position seventh chords. I would like to do this in a way that advanced my playing ability most efficiently. I've heard I should focus on 3 things: motor ...
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Do advanced musicians still practice scales every day?

I'm wondering if you're ever "done" or do you just go practicing them forever?
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How do I count this piece?

I'm only used to standard groupings of notes (like triplets, sixteenth notes, sixteenth note triplets in 4/4) but I don't know how to read/interpret n-lets such as the ones below. How would I count ...
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Is there a way to mute a specific instrument on songs so I can play that part with my instrument?

I am learning to play guitar and, in some videos I have seen in youtube, people play a song in the background (that has muted the guitar part) so they play it themselves. Is there a software to do ...
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French counting system

I have learned part of the French counting system (crotchet=Ta, crotchet rest=Sa etc.). Where can I find the rest of the system? I've spent hours searching and have found more questions than answers.
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How do you avoid mindless practicing

I finally realize the problem, why I play the same piece over and over again to the point I want to bang my head against the wall and still not improve or feel very empty and that you haven't ...
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Is playing some interesting tunes as good as 'practicing'?

I hope this is a valid question and not too subjective: I'm mainly a bass player, and I follow a pretty strict practice regimen on bass - a series of exercises using a metronome, that follow an ...
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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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Singing what you're playing vs playing what you're singing

I’ve heard the advice :- play what you sing as a means of practicing playing what you hear in your head. I've realised that I tend to sing the stuff I play instead of playing what I sing. I already ...
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Lost direction in practicing drums

I am a self-learning drummer for playing drum for around 1 year. Recently I am facing a problem which is I have lost my direction of practicing. I feel like I am at a bottleneck and need some ...
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Do I over practise?

One of the piano fundamentals I learnt is to memorise pieces. This is done for the ones I like or ones I wish to remember so I can play and assimilate an artist style( I memorised all of Bach’s little ...
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Baritone or Bass? and how to extend vocal range

I had vocal warm up and I can reach from E2-F4 tone, but am I baritone or bass? because some reference have different vocal range, for example: in reference 1 said baritone until G4 but other ...
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Practicing rhythm with clapping and singing

I was wondering how to go about practicing different rhythms like latin or african or even odd time meter ones. I think just listening to that kind of music (suggestions are more than welcome) and ...
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Guitar, tapping one handed Chord Shapes

I have been trying to learn one hand tapping on guitar for a while now but am having some trouble. Lately I have just been tapping out a E major or A major barre chord shape slowly and trying to get ...
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How to play this part clear and coodinated?

I can't play this part clear and coordinated. My left hand and right hand are fighting. How can I fix it? Is my fingering wrong? Or my practice is not enough? Please help me to fix it! Thanks! Bartók ...
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Fingers don't feel thinnest strings well

I learn to play acoustic guitar without a teacher, started a month ago. I started with classic guitar and then switched to dreadnought with metallic strings. After I developed calluses, I almost don'...
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Learning from real pieces

My piano teacher is really into Beyer Op. 101 and the dreadful Hanon. In his view first Beyer, then others, Hanon always at the beginning for ten-twenty minutes. Now, I love (obviously) classical ...
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How to play this 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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Can someone help me get rid of my bad habit of not being able to play except from certain spots?

When I'm playing a piece and I make a mistake, or I just want to practice a certain part, I can't play just that part. When I try to start in the middle or beginning of a phrase I realize I don't know ...
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Notey Left Hand

I am currently learning the Chopin Ballade No.1, and my teacher told me that my left hand sometimes sounds really notey. Especially with octaves. Is there any way to prevent the choppy sound? I am ...
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Practicing Jazz on Alto Saxophone

A little bit of background: I have been playing alto saxophone for about 15 years now and played in various bands. When I started, I had weekly appointments with a teacher and that was absolutely cool....
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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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How to do doubles?

Is there a "by the book" way to do doubles, or is this something that different people will simply interpret (and execute) in different ways? I understand that both strokes with each hand should sound ...
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Do concert musicians encounter silly mistakes during practice?

I do this every now and then: I'll be practicing a piece and encounter a passage where I know every single note, could probably write it out from memory, but keep making a silly mistake (like playing ...
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What can I do before buying and learning violin?

I'm going to buy and learn violin in next several months. I want to ask what I can do now, such as ear training or anything to improve my "sense" on music. I usually listen to baroque music and Suzuki'...
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Jazz improvisation theory

As mentioned before, I am classically trained and started looking into jazz (and blues) about a week ago, starting with the 2-5-1 progression and looking at other similar techniques. I am also ...
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Piano practice exercises

I am a 54 yr old learning to play the piano for a year now. What are the best exercises to loosen my hands and play with arm weight?