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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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Fastest training program for playing Piano [closed]

As a part of my academic thesis, I have to build a device that helps pianists during their performance. Before testing that with real pianists, I must adjust and regulate that device. I have to play ...
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Are there any beginner violin method books with an emphasis on classical music? [closed]

I started violin a week ago and I'm using Essential Elements 1 for violin. Skimming through the book, I see a lot of short random songs. Ultimately, I would like to play standard violin repertoire ...
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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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Learning guitar from the absolute basics [closed]

I know to play the piano since quite a few years. I now plan to learn the guitar, on my own. What would be the best way to learn the guitar on your own, without a teacher? Web links or any resources ...
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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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How do video game music composers make so many songs for one game? Are all of them some sort of musical talent / genius?

I love video game soundtracks from to 8-bit ones to the very orchestral pieces but it's not clear to me how they can make so many songs for one game. Even if there are motifs which can help make ...
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Where can I get a opinon / review about my music? I'm self-taught, so music college is not an option

When I got enough time I learn and try to compose at least a simple piece of music but I don't know a place where it's sure that I would get criticism and opinion about it and if I make something good ...
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Transcribing as music and relative pitch practice?

I've read some good transcriptions recently and watched transcribe videos from 8-Bit Music Theory on YouTube and I was thinking if it's considered to be a good relative-pitch / interval / music ...
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What is considered to be inspiration? How can I be sure my idea is original?

I'm feeling like I'm not fully understand what degree of musical creativity is considered to be creating original content or inspiration. When a musical idea "jumps in my head" it sometimes remind me ...
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Only one key possible to play in for harmonicas?

Harmonicas are always tuned in a certain key. Does that mean that I can only play songs in that key on it or that it is just harder to play something written in a different key?
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How come John Mayer is not compared with other great guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton? [closed]

I am confused as to why John Mayer is not considered par with other guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton, etc. when he can and produces so difficult songs to play even for advanced level guitarists ...
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Can a piccolo guitar (Ibanez ewp32) be tuned to standard?

Is there a way to string or tune a piccolo guitar (the Ibanez ewp32 in particular), which comes tuned in A naturally, be tuned to standard? And would that increase or decrease the string tension? I ...
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Is relative pitch trainable from scratch?

I know perfect pitch is not obtainable for adults (I'm over 20.) and I accepted it, okay. I even watched Rick Beato's video about it (youtube.com/watch?v=816VLQNdPMM) and read about it on the internet....
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Is it possible to learn violin by yourself? [duplicate]

I currently want to learn violin. I already have some background in music (but not classical). I can play piano and guitar too. So, is it difficult to learn violin by yourself even with some ...
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Muting with right hand fingers when going high to low?

I'm learning bass and I'm struggling to mute strings. I'm right handed. I'm practicing the floating thumb technique. So when I go from a low to high string (pitch wise, example: E to A), I can use my ...
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Is it feasible to learn violin (mostly) by oneself?

First of, I know there are lots of similar questions here in Music Stack Exchange. My point here is not abstractly ask whether it is possible at all to learn violin by self study and get a "absolutely ...
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How can I learn piano without a teacher? [duplicate]

I've been obsessed with piano for as long as I can remember. I've always wanted to play but it cost too much money and I can't afford to pay for lessons. I have a keyboard and I know the basics in ...

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