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Trouble Understanding Triplets

I have (as far as I know) a basic understanding in music theory. But one thing I never understood was triplets. Logically, to me, they make absolutely no sense. I know how to calculate the value: If ...
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Is there a solfege audio course which I can buy? [closed]

I want to learn solfege, but cannot take private lessons at the moment. I tried looking on YouTube and haven't found anything. Is there a course I can buy online?
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Is there any benefit in trying to play a song by ear?

I started playing Take Me Out To the Ball Game by ear on the piano and I find that I have been making several mistakes in knowing what note comes next. I don't know the lyrics well but I am familiar ...
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Problems with learning consecutive similar passages [duplicate]

I am self-learning piano and in many pieces I encounter two similar, but not identical passages one after another. For example, in Beethoven's Pathétique sonata, 1st mvt measures 12-19 and 20-27 are ...
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How do you re-learn the basics you already know?

Bit of a story first to explain. Then the question. Sorry for the length, but I'm not even sure how to really ask. I have a toddler (3 years old) that is showing a strong interest in music, so I ...
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Why do I have trouble staying within a narrow range of notes when singing songs that are toned down?

My voice is very high, naturally, and carries a slight operatic tone. I'm unable to drop it. You can hear it in my voice even when I just talking or humming. I can produce an operatic sound with my ...
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Learning road map for classical guitar

I have no condition to study classical guitar with a teacher (which I think is the best way to learn) because I'm moving much, and I found online lessons are not suitable for me. I have read some ...
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Chord Progression ear training

Got this ear training app. And I was wondering what to listen to when hearing chord progressions? How the app work is simple, it first play I-V-I progression in random keys, then proceeds to play a ...
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Am I too old? Is it too late? Starting, Resuming, or Mastering an instrument [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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If I learn scales, will I begin to recognize them in Tabs, which in turn will make me better at playing them?

Scales, whether it be the Pentatonic scale or Major scale, are a selection of notes from the Chromatic scale that sound good in concert with each other — according to my best understanding. If I take ...
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Using song for interval training or not [duplicate]

When learning the intervals, is it bad using song as a reference? I mean I wanna get as good as possible and get them on instinct rather than a song reference. It would be also be less work if can ...
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Sing a song when playing by ear

Learning to play by ear is a long journey; thus, it may not be easy to note which way is good for myself. My question is that I should sing a song, hum a song, sing do-re-me or sing C-E-G when ...
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Modes by ear tips and tricks

Going to learn all the modes by ear. But finding info about is this strangely hard? Ionian and Aeolian is the same as major and minor, right? And what about the rest, you guys got any tips? So far I'...
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Learning Piano/Keyboard VS Singing VS Beatboxing

Preface: I'm interested in learning 3 skills: Piano/Keyboard, Singing, Beatboxing. I can devote around 2-3 hours daily. I want to "self-learn" (i.e. without tutor). I want to reach moderate ...
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Teaching music to my 4 year old

I gifted an 8 key toy piano to my son (Image above) more than a year ago. He played with the toy on and off. Recently he started playing rhymes on the piano after listening to pre-recorded rhymes from ...
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Were there any well documented self taught musicians who struggled to adjust to conventional written music methods?

Were there any well documented self taught major musicians who struggled to adjust to conventional written music methods? By self taught I mean learning, for example, by ear and making up songs but ...
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Practice routine as a self-taught, I have about 1000 hours to invest, what to focus on? [duplicate]

Assuming that talent does not exist and that the skill of a musician is directly related to the time spent learning, it follows that investing 1000 hours into learning, with a daily practice routine ...
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How to study part-writing as a self-taught musician?

I've recently picked up Schoenberg's "Preliminary Exercises In Counterpoint" after reading most of "Fundamentals of Musical Composition" as he indicates there and in other texts ...
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What is the most effective, structured way for an adult beginner to learn drums without a teacher?

I've wanted to play the drums since I was kid. I tried to learn when I was 11 but I lacked the psychological confidence to keep myself on it - my teacher at the time had learnt by banging on his ...
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Don't know which music I want to play

Ok, I know it sounds like a stupid question but I really mean it. This is a continuation to my post on why I'm bad at playing guitar. I picked up a guitar 10 year ago and self taught myself. Being ...
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How do I write the roman numeral symbol for 6 chords and tritone substitution chords?

Am6 in the key of A minor. (or just 6 chords in general) Is there a correct way to write this or do I just write "i"? I can't use i6 cause that obviously means an inversion. What about 6 ...
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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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Do you find it easier nowadays to practice and learn music that what it used to be years ago? [closed]

Judging from my own experience, I believe that nowadays is much easier to find good teachers and material to practice and become really good. For example, I am middle aged and was a fan of Queensryche ...
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Learning cello fingerings without owning one

Okay this is going to be a weird question but bear with me, I promise I'm not crazy. Let's say I really wanted to learn cello. Now due to the fact I am not currently able to rent/buy a cello, this ...
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How do you write a chord that has add#9, add-9 at the same time? [closed]

I'm confused about how to write a chord that has add#9 and add-9 at the same time. This is an example. What are the notes?
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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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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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Best way to learn as an adult [duplicate]

I want to learn how to read music and play properly, I kind of have a little experience in treble clef already. My main goal is to learn how to play by ear and basically play whatever song I want, so ...
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Best Rigorous Introduction to Music Theory? [closed]

I've been pretty intensively playing classical and jazz trumpet (albeit as a hobbyist) for about 13 years, and I've been wanting to get into composition. I haven't had too much training in music ...
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Should a right handed child hold a guitar left-handedly [duplicate]

Going to try and distil this down to one question! Background: My 9yo daughter is interested in music, and and at the moment rock guitar. We have loads of guitars and ukes around from me and her mum ...
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How can I learn thoroughbass?

I've done some reading and I've discovered that our modern system of music theory (I'm looking at you Roman numeral analysis) is not the same system that most of the great composers used, including ...
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How to study Bach's harmony? [closed]

I'm interested in studying the music of J.S. Bach, but I don't know where to start. The main reason I'm studying it because I'm very interested in Bach's harmony, so that would by my main objective as ...
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How to tell whether the soundpost of a violin needs adjustment?

I am aware that soundpost should be adjusted by a professional luthier when the violinist desires e.g. brighter sound. But as a beginner, I don't think it is relevant for me for now. Does the fact ...
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Can one be too old to learn an instrument?

I own a guitar. I've owned it since I was about 13, but never really got into it because I was a spiteful teen who wanted to play the drums, and went out of my way to play the drums instead (to the ...
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Best method to learn all chords on piano

I have struggled to find a system to learn all chords .With maj, min, 7th. maj7th , 6ths and all the rest and then inversions of all these chords ,I have given up time and time again but I want to ...
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Plateau while learning piano sight-reading

As a 12 year old I had piano lessons for several months until the teacher retired due to ill health and I never kept going with lessons (which I've regretted ever since). On the plus side I've always ...
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E-bass tuned correctly but E string too loose

I'm self-taught and new to bass, and I tuned my bass today (E-A-D-G, E being the lowest), but the E String seems a bit loose (It hits the neck sometimes, and I can bend it much further than the other ...
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How to self teach myself sheet music reading (for piano)?

I am a self taught pianist, I play mainly by ear and I look for tutorials or synthesia on YouTube. However, sometimes some pieces do not have a synthesia and are really subtle to play by ear (ex. ...
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Can I become a good guitarist by just playing other's arrangements?

It's been a whole year since I bought my first acoustic guitar and I've only learned a couple of chords, how to read a simple tab and some easy fingerstyle songs. So I'm just wondering whether it's a ...
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How do I stop muting nearby strings or will my fingers reshape after some practice?

I recently started learning to play guitar. I cut my nails completely, so I can press the strings. Often I need to endlessly re-arrange my fingers because I'm muting nearby strings. I correct one ...
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How to make a custom tuning for fingerstyle guitar

Kent nishimura, i rarely see him used standard tuning. I want to know how does he get his Tuning for the songs he is arranging, i dont need to know how he arrange his songs since that seems to be ...
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For a self-taught bassist, what is the best way to learn to make bigger jumps

Take this tab for example: How can I learn to jump from the B to the D, to the E, and back to the B as fast as possible?
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How does one transcribe a fast rhythm from memory?

There is a song I know from childhood, and I'm in the process of transcribing it from memory. I can write down the pitches (I use numbered notation), and I can transcribe the rhythms except when the ...
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How do I practice relative pitch effectively?

The cause of a lot of my anxiety, and the reason I've been too frustrated to practice music for the last few months, is because I do not have an effective way to work on my relative pitch. I taught ...
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Would it take less time to learn the guitar fretboard if it were tuned to all fourths?

Does it take less time to learn the fretboard when all strings are fourth apart, EADGCF, and then adjust your learning for the standard tuning of EADGBE ... vs... learning in standard tuning from the ...
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How to sing with mix voice without raising my larynx and still being comfortable

Range:E2-E4 then F4-G4 is my break. I can sing an F4 in what I think is my mix sorta comfortably but slightly higher I tense up and my larynx rises. The only way I can sing the G-B range is by yelling....
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Self-learning how to play the piano

I'd like to start learning to play the piano from scratch, and I would like to know how many hours of practice will it take me to: master the basics like scales, technique, fingering, theory, and ...
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How to learn piano to a high level without any money or piano at home?

By the end of 2019, I want to learn piano at a level where I can play proficiently. I have no money that I can spend to get a teacher or get practice books. I do not own a piano, but I still can play ...
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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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Incorrect piano learning style?

I have about a year of piano lessons under my belt, except those were many many years ago. I recently picked up the piano again, because I watched some very inspiring pianists online. Thus, I have ...

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