Get a teacher
Try another instrument
Try some different styles of music
Play with others
Make a deadline to perfect a tune
Go to an open-mic night
Record yourself playing
Change the practice regime - 10 mins max
Learn something challenging
Use the syllabus for an exam - and take it!
Don't give up. It may only be a phase
Don’t practice. Don’t force yourself to practice. Play. Have fun with it. Start learning to play your favorite songs. Or make up your own music. Every time you pick up your guitar, do some kind of warm up exercise for five minutes max, then start playing your favorite song or inventing sounds or music, however well you can. Eventually you’ll be playing it ...
This is actually tr, the notation for "trill," an embellishment (or ornament) on a note where you rapidly alternate between the main pitch and an adjacent pitch.
There are many different types of trills; the style of music (and perhaps editorial notes) will clarify exactly which type is intended.
You can check out more in the Wikipedia article.
My PhD is in Music Composition, but it was a heavily theory-focused program. I also have many theorist colleagues.
Your question is interesting, and difficult to answer in total detail without writing a book, so I won't try to be exhaustive. Let me first say that the understanding of "Music Theory" is most definitely not complete, and that there absolutely ...
Wrong reps create wrong results. DO NOT play fast and wrong. Practice as slowly as you need to to avoid wrong notes. This is very important.
The reason that you need to practice in the first place is that you need to create muscle memory. If you tell your muscles to do the wrong thing they will remember to do the wrong thing. Every instance of sloppy,...
Learning the guitar as a beginner has many inherent challenges from the very start.
For one, you are asking the new guitar student to teach their brain how to tell their fingers to contort in very strange and unnatural ways that they have never before even remotely contemplated. And the finger strength needed for many chords has not been developed yet.
Even if one can ever be too old to learn an instrument (I don't think so), then this is definitely not the case already at 22.
You may not be able to make as fast progress as if you had learned it at 13, but ultimately it's up to how much effort you put in. Practive five minutes every week, and it'll probably not go anywhere. But practice half an hour every ...
Computer: You're using one right now. You don't need a fancy new computer to make music.
DAW: There are many free DAWs. REAPer is free if you don't mind a nag screen, Audacity is free and open source.
Keyboard/Synth: You can get an entry keyboard for $100 that will work fine.
VSTs: There are many free VSTs available from plenty of websites.
Samples: Free on ...
A lot of the benefit is in how you practice them.
If done mindfully and effectively, playing scales can give you a way to focus your practice on the building blocks that make up most of the music you play. Don't think of scales as a series of notes. Instead, think of them as the foundation pieces that music is built around.
Here are some examples of ...
Don't get hung up on 'learning theory' or 'not learning theory'. What you want to do is gain knowledge about music, so you can use that knowledge to produce music. In the field of music, some of that knowledge tends to get packaged under the heading of 'theory', and some doesn't... but so what?
what aspects of music theory should I learn first?
Today any DAW can play notes as you type them, you can consider it as a late 20 century standard. Everyone uses it. I wouldn't be concerned about getting "dependent" on a single particular app. Indeed, for composition it's often beneficial to hear the music "inside your head" before you write it down, or play, but I don't see how using ...
Certainly children learn more quickly than adults, particularly when it comes to languages, and to skills. (That is, "proficiency, facility, or dexterity that is acquired or developed through training or experience.")
As a former US Figure Skating Basic Skills instructor, I observed this effect time and again when teaching school-age children as compared ...
I'm going to suggest an alternative route. Get him an electric cello.
The weak point in cheap instruments is the acoustics, and to meet the price point they have to be constructed in a more rough-and-ready manner. As soon as you go electric, you don't need those acoustics. Production is much more straightforward, and there are simply fewer variables with ...
I'm going to post the dissenting answer here in that I feel like you don't want to look for a different kind of guitar or a perfect strap height. Most of my time in bands has been with at least one female guitarist or guitarist/bassist in the band, and in one band that I was in for a few years I was the only man. I also am a big fan of several bands feature ...
Just one thing. You will make rapid initial progress. Then you enter a consolidation phase. You must maintain regular practice but progress will not be so excitingly rapid. This is the point at which most adult learners give up.
If the adult DOES maintain 0.5 - 1 hour daily practice, they should progress a great deal FASTER than a 10 year old. But it ...
If you are serious about drumming I have good advice:
I've been playing 13 years.I play in my college's jazz ensemble and play in a rock band outside of that. I take lessons with the percussion instructor at my university. I usually practice 3 hours a day. I get paid for some of my gigs, but not enough for me to call myself a professional.
Very straightforward. There's no room for them in the normal place! When the writer wants notes that are on adjacent line/space positions, one will have to go on the opposite side of the stem, otherwise it'd be a big black blob. I don't think there's a rule as to which go wrong side, but tidiness, thus ease of reading is probably more important, but octaves ...
It doesn't need to be expensive.
Computer: You don't need an expensive system, and chances are that the one you are using right now is more than enough. I have used a 2GB RAM, 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo system for production (including mixing). The more powerful your system is, the bigger your real-time toolbox is: more channels, more effects, more programs, ...
It depends on the individual, but I'm going to talk about my own experience.
Two things to note:
It's not really true that each hand is doing something different. Both hands are working together to create a piece of music.
Although at first glance it's "special" to have one hand playing one aspect of a piece while the other hand plays a different aspect -- ...
This is a question without a single, solve-everything answer. There are a number of different approaches you can take, and different people will have their own preferences.
Fake it. This works well in some traditional music, bluegrass, rock,
or jazz, where a certain amount of improvisation is expected of a
With a song you haven’t played in ...
OK, so first a clarification of the contexts:
The quoted materials are mostly concerned with Western European music. The music of the Middle Ages almost certainly refers to the liturgical music of that time and place, so we're mostly talking about Gregorian Chant, organum, motets, etc. When talking about changes in the later eras, I suspect they're mostly ...
Without. Point blank.
Lights look fun to start with, but a beginner will end up watching them rather than learning to read.
Note, you can usually switch them off, so you don't have to choose a keyboard that doesn't have them.
I have no recommendations on mobile teaching apps, I've never used them.
If you don't have a metronome, get one. They have phone apps for them now so it is pretty easy to get one. Start with a very slow speed. Once you are able to perform it ten times in a row at that speed, increase the speed by 5 beats per minute. Once you can play it ten times at that speed, increase again. Do this until you reach the speed it is to be ...
To add to these great answers, I only have one suggestion - climbers chalk
Moisture in the hands leads to blisters. Chalk alleviates moisture build up in the hands and helps to build callouses.
Some notable guitar players who use chalk before every show: Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, etc. Chalk is a great when you haven't played in a while and don't ...
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If you learned to play a guitar tuned in all fourths you will not be learning the guitar fretboard. You will be learning how to play an instrument tuned in all fourths, or an alternate tuning of a guitar. Since your question says that the ultimate goal is to play in standard tuning, tuning in fourths will ultimately delay that goal. An instrument tuned in ...
I don't see why you wouldn't be able to achieve all of your goals within a year - they are a perfectly reasonable. 1.5hrs of practice a day is a typical average of many college musicians, but I digress. Let me address your questions directly:
Is it possible, within my barriers, to achieve my goals?
What would a weekday excercise (1.5 hours) look ...
Sometimes boredom is a disconnection from a sense of purpose. That is to say, maybe whatever it was that you sought in playing an instrument, you are not finding. Maybe you need to figure out what it was you went into music to do, and let that reorient what you're doing musically.
This can be a hard thing to do. A lot of people don't interrogate their ...
Tim already provided the answer, but here's a quick mock up of what it'd look like if they weren't reversed:
It's hard to tell - are those notes in the second position D-E-F? It'd be hard to tell if you're playing along and get to that group.
Now, if you instead reverse the E, it becomes more clear what the notes are:
Apply that same logic to the (way) ...
From a pedagogical standpoint, consider all of the things an "absolute beginner" would have to learn in order to perform this piece:
Note names in treble clef
Note names in bass clas
Note values of whole, half, quarter, eighth, and sixteenth
Dotted note values
Rest values of eighth and sixteenth (and result syncopation)