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How can I train my ear? [duplicate]

So, months ago I started to study how to play guitar and piano, I already got to play some songs, but I feel very awkward playing something by ear. Therefore, i'd like some tips on where I have to ...
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Fingers touching adjacent strings while playing guitar

Need advise, bought guitar last week and gone throught 100s of vids on youtube for biginners, how to hold, tune,chords all that but one thing that is discouraging me is my fingers touching the other ...
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Hard to focus/hear music when lyrics are present

I have this issue : lyrics overshadow the music for me. I try playing Jammin from Bob Martley on bass, I'm (about) fine for the first two bars, at the first bar of lyrics I can feel my focus being ...
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What should I learn in order to play the piano? [closed]

I would like to learn to play the piano, and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I must do it on my own (several restrictions in my country do not allow me to attend a conservatory). Several years ago I ...
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Any good methods to memorise scales?

I'm a beginning music student interested in learning music theory, and many texts that I've read speak about the importance of committing scales - at least the major and three common minor ones for ...
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Properly counting notes from sheet music

I'm beginner piano player. I'm trying to play easy song from notes like below: In whole song I'm counting notes: 1 2 3 4. Because I can see that the shortest note is 1/4. But there is an exception in ...
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Is it possible to learn how to sing properly without a teacher?

Can you learn to sing with correct technique only using videos and online courses - without feedback from a teacher that guides you? How much of a difference would it make?
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How to develop a musical ear when even singing poses great difficulty?

I love music and would love to develop a musical ear. My problem is that I can't get started. All tutorials that I find start at a more advanced point compared to where I am at. I can't carry a tune. ...
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Self-teaching theory resources for someone who has been playing for a while. (Guitar) [closed]

Sorry for the stupid question, but for the past year and a half, I have been playing a lot of guitar on Rocksmith, and personally, I have really been enjoying it, since guitar was just a hobby for me ...
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My Flute Notes Just Don't Sound Nice

I last had guidance in playing my flute in 6th grade band class and I've been solo since. (About 7 years ago) So naturally everything I know, I gleaned off the internet. My notes are starting to sound ...
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How should one work with missing digital staff on entry level keyboard?

I am currently trying to find a good entry level keyboard for getting back to learning to play after 20 years. I had a few years of grade school classes playing a brass instrument and some self taught ...
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Disturbing fingertip-scar in playing guitar

My husband likes very much to learn playing guitar. But he has a scar on two fingertips of his left hand. This causes problems in pushing the strings hard enough to the neck of the guitar. (It is not ...
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Do you need a specific practice schedule to improve? [closed]

I have played music for most of my life and tried to learn everything that I either wanted to learn or felt that I needed to learn to progress. I have also never seen the point of having 30 minutes ...
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what are some good practices for sight reading sheet music? [duplicate]

I'm teaching my self to learn the piano, currently I've started learning sheet music. I feel as if I'm not progressing as fast as I'd want and I'm hoping to find some practices to make my sheet music ...
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Learning the piano and theory without a teacher? [duplicate]

I recently ordered a keyboard, and I plan to buy online courses to learn the piano and theory. I can afford a teacher, however, due to some circumstances in my life, it's hard to attend the lessons at ...
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Am I too old? Is it too late?: A guide to a popular question [duplicate]

Age is a commonly expressed concern in studying music, and there are many questions on this site addressing "late starts" from a variety of perspectives. This post is intended as Link ...
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What do musicians mean when they say “learn music, not instruments”?

I started playing the piano about 2 months ago. Various people have told me several times to "try to focus on music more than the instrument", but I don't quite get the notion. It'd be great ...
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How many repetitions of a piece I'm learning should I do before the notes become permanently embedded in my memory? [closed]

Do people forget songs once they master it and don't practice it for months and years? I am practicing many songs and doing ear training and scales and chords and many things in parallel. Hence have ...
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Interval calculation (Eb-B#)

I'm trying to name the interval Eb-B#. We know that E-B is a perfect fifth. And by taking Eb-B, it becomes an augmented fifth. But what about Eb-B#? I cannot find a suitable name for this one. Thank ...
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How to not forget songs and build a big repertoire

I have been playing guitar for a while and every time I am confronted with the situation that I have to play songs without looking at the chords/lead sheet etc. I just seem to forget everything. I ...
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Learning to identify Chords Progressions by ear

I have no problem identifying instruments, the different role they play in a song, the scales and modes of a song etcetera etcetera. I even understand harmony and the logics and theories surrounding ...
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Starting out on the guitar. What are some good options for learning to begin making music? [closed]

I would like to learn to play guitar on at least a rudimentary level. What are my options for a really good, easy, and motivating method to get me going. I would love to find an inspiring online ...
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What's a good approach to learning bass guitar without having a bass guitar amp?

I have an electric bass guitar at home and I would like to learn how to play it. I do have some knowledge in playing the guitar and I own a nice acoustic guitar, which can be amplified but does not ...
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How much harder is learning guitar on a 1/2 classical?

I'm an absolute beginner starting to learn guitar and all sources I have seen/asked so far heavily recommend to get a regular-size steel-stringed guitar. I do however have access to 1/2 size classical ...
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Should I switch thumbs when C4 switches from bass clef and treble cleff?

I just purchased a digital piano, and playing some synthesia to get a feel for it. I am using default settings where notes for right hand is shown in green, and notes for left hand shown in blue. Game ...
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How do I progress without a cello teacher during COVID lockdowns?

I’ve been playing cello for four years now and I want to get better, but I don’t know how. I started playing when I was placed in the wrong course at school and I ended up in the experienced class ...
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Read sheet music trouble [duplicate]

I'm new. I got some trouble when read this song, I don't know Bm(b5) meaning. Also some word "Bb" "Dm",... I know it suggestion note make from chord in treble & bass clef. But sometime it lack a ...
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Correct piano wrist movement

I'm currently learning play piano by myself. Since I'm a beginner and I don't have any tutor, I'm very careful about learning proper technique. Here it looks like Mr. Hoffman has no problem with wrist ...
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If I'm just starting the keyboard, what would the good & knowledgeable folks here recommend?

I've not gotten myself a tutor. I have not bought any books as of yet. I do not know where to start. Should I begin with gaining the technical know-how of the workings & keys of the keyboard, or ...
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What does the tuning of a brass instrument mean? [duplicate]

I've just purchased a bugle which is tuned to B flat. What does it mean for a brass instrument to be tuned to a particular note and how does this determine the notes that can be played on the ...
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Would you recommend a keyboard for beginners with or without lights in keys for learning?

For my kid, we want to buy a first piano keyboard. There are nice options under 200 EUR. But now we have a dilemma: do we need helping lights in keys do we need to connect to Tablet (we don't have ...
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Guitar to Piano: Getting Started

I've played guitar for most of my life, but recently I've bought an electric piano and am looking to build at least some proficiency in the instrument. I'm particularly interested in all the possible ...
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How to self-teach synthesizing sounds by ear

I'm looking at synths these days. A subtractive-synthesis guitar pedal with the ability to create new waveforms from scratch with a couple of oscillators may be in my future, something like a BOSS SY-...
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Music theory behind songs: looking for materials [closed]

I want to apologise for a potentially stupid question, but as a self-taught player I sometimes find myself in situations when I can't find a proper material. What are the best books/websites that ...
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How long do you play these notes?

Here is an image of the notes in question, I've copied the specific part of the sheet music that is confusing me and made it in Illustrator because musicScore and NoteFlight are more headache than ...
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How do I teach myself guitar (as a high level pianist)?

I'm pre-noting this with my background as I understand it is easy to see why this could be a repeat question and I do not want to do this. I have an extensive background in music theory, I've taught ...
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Can I really learn guitar by myself [duplicate]

My question is quite basic. Can one really learn guitar by himself? I recently bought this model and I want to start to learn the basics. My goal is to be able to perform covers
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Piano: How to learn this boogie pattern?

I like boogies playing on the piano. Now I am trying to learn this left hand pattern and get crazy: My goal is to play this pattern without concentrating on the left hand. What makes me grazy is the ...
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Best way to spend practice sessions in order to play by ear? [closed]

I'm 23 years old, I've been self-learning to play the piano for 2 years. Im super dedicated and seeking improvement- investing almost 2 hours daily which is most of my free time. My practice sessions ...
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Getting started with electric guitar, with no experience [duplicate]

I had been interested in electric guitar music overall (And specifically for videogame music stuff). But I have 0 knowledge about how to start, 16 here. I did do a quick search here and there and ...
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trying to learn more by myself

I've been practicing piano for 4 years. in all those years I had a master and I've been going to a class.I decided to leave my class and practice piano on my own.are there any tips that you could give ...
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How does one “practice conducting”?

This is my first post on the site! I'm 15, a pianist, and have been interesting in conducting for a long time. I know quite a bit about it, I bought a book on it, have a few batons, a favourite ...
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Start making guitar arrangements

I play classical guitar and usually, I like to play music from movies, video-games or popular songs. However, there are very few classical guitar arrangements for this type of guitar, while there are ...
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Why am I not hearing concepts I'm aware of? [closed]

I've been playing guitar for more than 10 years, although not very seriously. I'm not at all gifted, but I'm not tone-deaf either. I've always thought that I'm not meant to understand music, so I didn'...
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Does the ability of reading and writing music on staff help with learning music fundamentals?

As I see it, notation on sheet music is a tool for translating musical ideas into something that can be read/interpreted by others and played back, given they understand the same set of rules. I ...
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How, and how long does it take to learn sight singing by yourself?

I have been playing violin for about 6 years now, and I can read music for it pretty easily. The thing is, I attribute that to me having the muscle memory related to positions on the violin, as I don'...
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How do I play difficult ukulele chords (B major)? [duplicate]

How do I play the harder chords on the ukulele? I'm self taught and am having a hard time with B.
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Learning piano by song tutorials

I started learning piano few years ago. I did not spend too much time on theory as it seemed straightforward to me, but easy to forget. I However practiced a couple of songs over and over. I looked at ...
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Guitar options for beginners to learn [duplicate]

I would like to learn to play guitar and I am reviewing the choice of being an autodidact but I want to know the path of the very beginner, to know the type of guitar I should get to start learning, ...
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I want to play electric guitar, but should I start with acoustic?

I'm 17, and I really want to learn guitar and drums, but for now I want to start with guitar. I have always loved the sound and style of the electric, but I have already played around with a acoustic. ...

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