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Taking them one at a time: Is Rap music? Yes, or rather, Hip-Hop is, but in many ways it is meta-music. Going back to "Rapper's Delight" by the Sugar Hill Gang (the first release of the music beyond it's core audience), it took and recontextualized the bass line to Chic's "Good Times". The DJ technique is to take pieces of pre-existing songs and ...


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Ok fella, I took a look here's your review. First: technical exercises are dull. Simple. Liszt is said to have done them while reading a book. Call me closed-minded if you will, but someone who claims to have "fixed" this problem hasn't. Here are some claims made on the site, with my comments in italics: Practicing the intermediate, virtuoso, and ...


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No textbook is flawless. Even ignoring the occasional typo, every student is different and learns in a different way, so the best textbook for one student might be just "eh" for another. (And don't even get me started on cost...) I've worked extensively with both the Laitz and Clendinning/Marvin textbooks, and I can enthusiastically recommend both. They ...


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Here's some food for thought... It can help to learn new practice techniques. Are you practicing these pieces from beginning to end each time? Maybe mix it up. Here are some ideas: Practice slowly. Really exaggerate this. Practicing is largely about muscle memory and the only way to get that is by taking your time. Record yourself and then take a break ...


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The type of book you're talking about is called a method book and it contains exercises and home work for a student. Method books are meant to be used with an instructor. I personally favor Hal Leonard's method books but there are other good options, too. However, before you pick one up: If you need more structure, you might start by asking your teacher. A ...


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Concerning sight-reading, a classic resource for (jazz) guitar are the books by William Leavitt (Berklee Press): Reading Studies for Guitar: Positions One Through Seven and Multi-Position Studies in All Keys Melodic Rhythms for Guitar Advanced Reading Studies for Guitar: Guitar Technique (Advanced Reading: Guitar) The advantage of such books compared to ...


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A Fake book is book that contains music sheets for songs. Usually they contain chords and melody, but sometimes lyrics as well. These kind of books are really famous for jazz repertoire, but there have also been fake books for blues/latin/rock etc. They were called Fake Books, because the people that wrote and publish them didn't have the royalties for ...


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A fascinating question I have also pondered - here are my thoughts. Someone once told me music is anything with rhythm and/or tone. Rap has both of theses. 1) As a kid of the 90's, I completely identify with this question. The other day, my parents gawked at the mere mentioned of rap and asked, "Rap? Is that still going on?!" Of course rap is music. Spoken ...


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The best jazz theory book is Berklee Jazz Harmony by Barrie Nettles. You can get it from this blog http://davidvaldez.blogspot.com/2006/04/berklee-jazz-harmony-1-4.html When you are done with it you can continue with Mark Levine's The Jazz Theory Book! Highly recommended! http://www.jazzbooksreviews.com/theory/the-jazz-theory-book/


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Perhaps there is a 'best practice' (no pun intended) for learning in terms of cognitive science1, but I don't know of any such studies regarding music. In lack of such knowledge I believe it depends on your goals and motives for playing, as well as your personality (such as if you are impatient or stubborn etc). Further, different people learn best in ...


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Get a different teacher. There is no reason to be limited to study books -- though most certainly you should include etudes in your practice time. This teacher does not appear to be a good match for you. I'm sure you can find a different teacher who will be happy to mix etudes and performance pieces into your lesson sequence. BTW, Hanon in ...


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Short Answer If your goal is to understand the music theory in "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory," then no: nothing has changed. Long Answer It depends on how you define "music theory." To most of the world, "music theory" is really just "the fundamentals of music": how to build this chord, how chords progress from one to the next, what a given ...


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don't take classical lessons. It doesn't prepare you adequately for jazz. The problem is that classical teachers don't teach you about chords (harmony) and they don't encourage you to play by ear or to improvise - all of which are fundamental to jazz. So, my recommendation is to find a jazz pianist in your city, someone who plays in a way that you like, and ...


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This should really be multiple questions, because it seems that you want to know multiple things, but i'll do my best. What's the difference between trying to master a particular exercise completely, and improving on it a little bit and coming back later. What are the benefits? Practicing different exercises that focus on the same technique serves to ...


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Have I got a treat for you. Learn this stuff the way the actual composers did @ http://faculty-web.at.northwestern.edu/music/gjerdingen/partimenti/index.htm The other references given in this thread, while excellent, are counterpoint manuals, and unless you really want to write fugues and inventions, go for this "hands on" historically accurate teaching ...


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I've worked from the Rimsky-Korsakov before, but maybe you could also check out Samuel Adler's The Study of Orchestration. I don't think it's perfect by any means, but I haven't run across any better books in regards to contemporary performance and practice. It does cover instrumentation pretty heavily, but maybe take a look (you know, before buying it) and ...


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Is Rap music? Yes of cause it is. Do I need to learn conventional music for learning hip-hop music(rap)? No but it helps, many artist know how to play musical instruments Which books, videos or other resources should I follow? You need to listen to more artist and types of rap old and new. Expand what you listen to there is so much more richness and ...


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I don't know if you mean Alfred's piano books, but those are the ones that I use with my students. If you're not using Alfred's you might have a look. There are some sample PDF pages. Mikrokosmos is a great series, if you like Bartok. Getting students to play the pieces if they don't like Bartok is more trouble than it's worth. Fingering is a flexible ...


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The Musician's Guide to Acoustics by Campbell and Greated is a wonderful book that includes at least a chapter on the science and acoustics of singing - including standing waves and acoustic impedance in the vocal tract and how resonances create a formant that allows an opera singer to be heard over an entire orchestra despite putting out far fewer acoustic ...


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For most people learning an instrument requires exercises (or studies as they are often called) for technique and "real pieces" for style and application of technique. Playing "real pieces" is obviously the aim and you should be doing that in parallel with the exercises. Just playing exercises is pointless. Now there are loads of studies available and ...


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Well, I'd look at what a public library would do. In my [misspent] youth, the card catalog would include, for example, a card listed under composer's name referring to one of those omnibus volumes that contains several composers' works. If possible, I'd recommend you start by building a simple database containing the name of a particular document, the ...


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ABRSM Music Theory books are very well put together. I prefer the Josephine Koh books above all the others. When you do the music theory you will learn all the ways and manners in which musicians use to portray feelings and emotions. You can find out more at ABRSM USA, then scroll down to the page for 'Publications'. Alternatively, see this list for all ...


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I kind of feel that all of these issues should be addressed in the text of the method. The author should describe what the point of the exercise is, the trick of it if there is one. And offer some guide to understanding how much of it you might need to accomplish other goals (songs). One of the great advantages of books focused on Classical technique is ...


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AT most in the left hand, you'll play four tones simultaneously, but more often you're playing just two or three. Generally when you are harmonizing the melody, you will voice chords in both hands with the melody note on top. A standard way to do this in jazz is put the root and third or root and 7th in the left hand, and fill out two more of the chord ...


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Short answers: 1) Yes, rap is music. 2) No, you don't need to learn conventional music, but it can definitely help. 3) There are no specific books or resources you should follow. Develop your own style based upon what you already know, and incorporate any new knowledge, further developing it. 4) Yes, there are plenty of instrumental covers of rap music. ...


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I have been playing guitar for more than 10 years, and the only book I ever needed was this one, which I was recommended by many people on the Ultimate-Guitar.com forum. https://www.amazon.com/Jazz-Theory-Book-Mark-Levine/dp/1883217040/ You can read the first few chapters for free on the Amazon website. It's not just for playing jazz, but covers all the ...


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Your use of the word 'meticulous' reminded me of my first theory teacher relating this stern instruction in best school marm fashion: You may break any of these hallowed rules of musical composition only after you are totally familiar with all of them, because by then you will know enough to strictly contain yourself until you thoroughly understand WHY these ...


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