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Am i underperforming or there is a such thing as overpracticing?

there is a lot of debate about how much practice is enoug,is too much etc. its been about a month since i started deliberate practicing, focusing on rhythm; counting out loud, while trying to change ...
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How to transition from rough vocals to clean vocals?

I am a lead singer on a band, I spent a lot of time learning rough vocals, like in this example: Now i want to learn clean vocals, there's some practical way to carry ...
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Muscle Contraction and Numbness on Fretting Hand During Guitar Exercise

When I exercise fast chord changes on my acoustic guitar( just open chords, no barre), after about 10 minutes, I feel contraction on my palm near the thumb( on thenar eminence). When I touch there, I ...
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Advice for quick learning of heavily arpeggiated pieces? (piano)

I am very much into romantic composers, like Brahms, Schumann, Faure, Chopin, and Scriabin. These days I found myself dealing with many heavily arpeggiated passages. What is the best way to memorize ...
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The simplest way to generate a drone note or chord on the Mac

... a simple virtual instrument or utility that can hold a chord or note, on MacOS / OSX ? Preferably, free software. A lightweight, self-contained solution would be best; a simple VST/AU plugin ...
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Moonlight sonata, note lengths inside triplets

The first triplet is very uneven. Its total length is 1/4. Triplet 1: A (1/8), D#(1/4), F#(1/4 divided by 3 = 1/12) For how long should I hold A and D#? Should I hold D# with 1st finger until C# ...
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Do you always count?

There are several very helpful threads dealing with counting, but none of them answer my rather dumb question: do musicians always count? By which I mean are they always saying or thinking 1~&~2~&...
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How do I master melodic dictation?

What is the most efficient way to become proficient at melodic dictation? Could you give a basic algorithm which one can follow to learn to transcribe music in different keys?
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Basic low-end Bass setup for a student

I am looking for a real basic e-bass setup. As far as google knows this is a bass and an amplifier. Now there are enough questions about Which bass should I buy? and What to focus on when buying a ...
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Should I practice minor scales by knowing relative major?

Just doing some practice on minor scales. When I play minor scales, should I just know off the top of my head what the relative major scale is and then play the notes, or should I see the minor scale ...
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Determining the chord progression of a song

I've been teaching myself guitar for like 5 months now and by now I know what chords go in what key. The problem is that when I hear a new song, it still takes me some time to figure out which chords ...
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How to develop better finger timing consistency?

I'm currently trying to learn the song Sparkles by Radwimps. The piece seems simple enough that I can learn it because it's mostly repeating patterns. My problem, however, is that I am having trouble ...
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What do I do when I feel lost when practicing a piece?

I've been practicing this piece for a while now and I just feel totally empty inside. I'm practicing measures and I feel like I'm not making any progress. I can play it with a slow speed but I feel ...
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electric guitar gear: amp or interface? [closed]

For practicing at home, should I buy an audio interface (focusrite 2i2) with a headphone or should I buy a cheap amplifier like the roland micro cube gx? Can the 2i2 model handle the electric guitar ...
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How do I approach music theory practically?

I am an amateur bass guitar player. At some point I decided to do something about my lack of theory knowledge. Now I know a few basic scales and can read sheet music in simple keys (from zero to one ...
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Do modes have a purpose on-stage? [duplicate]

NOTE: This question CANNOT be deleted by me (Ethan Cannoy). I was going to delete it, but since it has answers what happens to it is out of my hands. I would request, however, that you do not downvote ...
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What to call drum player VSTs as opposed to drum machines?

On the one hand, there are drum machines/sequencers/loopers/programmers etc that combines a drum machine and a fairly static drum loop that you play or sequence yourself. Then there are 'superset' ...
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Strategies for practicing similar passages?

If you look at the bottom of this page, we have a two-measure run that gets repeated higher and higher. What should I keep in mind when working on similar-but-a-little-different series of passages ...
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Proper way to practice piano

I'm 21 years old and have been studying piano for only 6 months now. I'm following John Thompson's course, hanon exercises and currently in 3rd grade. My worry is that I'll be working soon, and I ...
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How do I improve my sense of rhythm? Off beats completely throw me off

I've been having trouble with rhythm and I was looking for help. The problem in interesting in that when I'm counting with a metronome I'm fine but the mental task of playing the instrument and doing ...
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Can't stop thinking about fingers

This is a problem I think I have always had, it has just become more apparent to me after a recent OCD diagnosis. I can't stop thinking about my fingers, especially when playing fast or difficult ...
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Practice to avoid mistakes or practice to cover mistakes

I am having a debate with the drummer in my band. His view seems to be that it is inevitable that musicians will make mistakes so it is more important to practice recovering from mistakes than it is ...
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Is it customary to put a natural symbol on notes if the same note in a different octave is sharp?

I'm spending a lot of time sight reading piano music and one thing that is constantly trying me up is a scenario like this: A note, D say, is sharp in the left hand. In the same bar, another D, an ...
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The importance of playing with other musicians

The last year I've done a lot of alone practice. I worry a huge part of practice is missing: playing with others. How much slower is musical development without physically playing with others? Do you ...
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i've lost my way and i need help finding the way back [closed]

so first, I must say I JUST discovered this site and I am absolutely blown away!!! it's so wonderful to find a community of honest, passionate musicians looking to better themselves and the broader ...
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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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How to get to a better level at playing guitar

I’ve been playing on the guitar for more than a year now. Started on my own without any experience. To describe my level of play - I can play fingerstyle Pirates of the Caribbean, Stairway to heaven ...
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Sharp fingertip pain from guitar fretting

11 years ago, my left index finger was caught in a table saw. After some miraculously good surgery, the fingertip recovered its shape, with barely any scarring. Within six months, I was playing ...
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How do I go about playing 32nd notes?

I'm an intermediate alto saxophone player and I'm currently learning to play Milhaud's Scaramouche, III - Brazileira. The problem is the last sequence of 16th and 32nd notes which are extremely hard ...
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Do rest days aid in developing strength in facial muscles used by brass players?

I'm a somewhat experienced trumpet player — not sure how to quantify it since I played intensively for a few months about a year and a half ago and then didn't play so much after that until about a ...
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Does learning multiple instruments synergize musical skill?

Recently I've been learning a lot of different instruments; it now is more than I can count on one hand. They range all different types (strings, keys, brass, percussion etc.) It is becoming ...
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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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Is it better to practice singing scales a cappella (with a tuner) or along with an instrument?

Title says it all. Should I practice scales while I play the notes on an instrument, trying to match pitch, or should I sing them without an instrument, but with an app which tracks my pitch so that I ...
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How to maintain an existing repertoire of performance-worthy compositions?

As an amateur guitarist, I have to time-budget my daily practice. Thus, I can either learn new material or play through the compositions I want to keep in good condition for performance. Playing ...
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Trumpet - Is it bad practice to transpose tunes down for your register?

Is it bad practice to transpose tunes down for your register? I've been going through a fake book and learning the melodies to jazz tunes I like. A lot of them are in registers that I cannot hit (I ...
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How to practice bass drum without pedals

I don't have drum set in my room, so I was trying to practice bare foot with mimicking the motion of my foot when I kick with a pedal. I have several concerns about this practice. First, practicing ...
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How to develop intuition for fingering when sight-reading piano music?

I'm noticing that as I sight read, I can sometimes get myself into an awkward hand position because I'm not really planning my fingering as I play - I'll focus on the music itself, so have some ...
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Trumpet - Trouble with high notes?

What actually causes the trumpet play a higher note? There are 4 factors I've identified that change pitch in the mouthpiece: Pressure of air (how hard you blow) Tightness of lips (maybe this causes ...
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How can I keep the wrists relaxed when playing staccato octaves?

I am currently learning the Polonaise in A flat major Op. 53 by Frédéric Chopin performance by Horowitz. It works quite well, except for the middle part (beginning in 3:15) where I'm struggling to ...
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Is there any way for my to become a better judge of my playing? Especially while I'm playing

When I'm playing my flute I sound fine, but when I listen to a recording I sound terrible. Is there any way for me to become a better judge of my playing? Especially while I'm playing, I want to be ...
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How Far Does Practice Get You?

This is a less technical question but something really important for to me. I've been reading stackexchange for years now from computer programming, language learning, and music, time to finally ask a ...
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What is stopping me from Singing?

I can sing well (well I think so). It's just the fact that something's a bit off in my voice, as if there's something blocking my singing voice. I've trained on a 6-week course and I've seen a lot of ...
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How to smoothly slow down after you've accidentally sped up

When I'm playing a performance, I often find myself speeding up. Over the course of a tune, I may speed up to the fastest I can play the piece, or even beyond. I find myself unable to slow down ...
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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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In Oboe is it necessary to use the left pinky when playing F, D without a slur

In Oboe, it is impossible to play high F and D if there is a slur using the normal high F fingering so for F note we use the high E fingering with the the left pinky to produce the same high F I ...
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What comes after vocal warm ups and Exercises?

AKA How do I actually learn to sing songs? After I've done all my vocal/warmups practice etc then what? Do I just attempt to go sing something? How do I know I'm even singing that thing I'm ...
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How to play a piece right in one take?

Whenever I try to record myself playing, this happens: -I play the first few bars, I hear a tiny mistake (even the smallest thing like playing a note a bit too loud than I intended), and even if I ...
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Importance of using all fingers while playing guitar

I have been playing guitar for about 8 months now. I would say I'm progressing decently well, but my guitar teacher has one complaint against me: I don't use all my fingers of my fretting hand. The ...
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Halo Sport For Instrument Practice

I am going to integrate Halo Sport into my regular guitar practice sessions. Has anybody tried this kind of technology with their musical workout. I saw the video by Mario Marzo, which is not produced ...
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How do I know that this key is a flat or sharp key? Piano

I am quite the beginner at the piano, and I only know where C,D,E,F,G,A,B is placed at the piano and on the grand staff of piano. I am using Synthesia to practice my rythm (and as a way to check that ...