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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 ...


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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.


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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.


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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) Ties Accidentals Fermata Notation ...


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Besides the copyist mentioned in the other answer, students could simply write on their own! No need to have someone copy it for them. Also it was not uncommon for teachers to write stuff down for their students. I have had teachers that give handwritten scores (or copies of them) and notes to their students. This still is a way that is pretty cheap ...


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There are probably a few reasons for this. First of all I agree with your point that, like a language, it makes sense to play and make up your own sentences before learning the formalities of grammar and spelling. I see music as a language and feel that kids are better off exploring before formal training. Although we learn out first language the way you ...


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You may not know enough yet to practice longer. If this is the case be patient. So first of all 20 min is a respectable about of time for a beginner. The key to steady improvement is that you do this every single day (with some exception for vacations etc). Like going to the gym, you body (and mind) needs the constant reinforcement. So don't just ...


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Playing any instrument (save possibly the theremin) requires a physical interface between the instrument and the performer. If you happen to have an ideal physique for the instrument things will be easier, and if your body is lacking in some way you'll need to adapt. But having enough desire seems to trump disability. Not just through practicing, but ...


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Long practice times do not always mean more productivity. Ask yourself, what are the things you do that do allow more time before boredom sets in. Maybe you can't find many/any. In that case, your 20 mins or so is long enough. Instead of elongating that time, do two or three sessions spread out. When boredom beckons, put down the guitar, as after that point ...


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You wouldn’t need to relearn theory or reading music. You wouldn’t need to learn to establish a practice regimen. You wouldn’t need to relearn to hear intervals or feel a beat. Going from flute to guitar, you would need to memorize the positions of notes and chords. You would need to develop calluses. You would have to suffer the pain of learning to contort ...


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Don't bother with lights. The player will be forever chasing them. In fact, for a few weeks I recommend not trying to read dots either. Just get used to the instrument, what it can do, and have fun. I would hope that pound for pound, a keyboard without lights would have other, better features.Most will have speakers or a headphone port. Buying pre-loved ...


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The lower the sound the instrument is producing, the larger the vibrating plate needs to be to produce that sound. The vibrations from the strings are being transferred to to the face of the instrument by the bridge, and the face of the instrument vibrates in response, making the air move, producing the waves that we hear as sound. The larger face plate ...


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Congratulations on your decision to dedicate time and energy to learning to play a musical instrument. The guitar is my favorite as it is one of the most versatile instruments in the world for playing many types of music using many different playing styles and techniques. Plus you can sing while playing the guitar if that's your thing. As you have ...


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Could be almost anything. You were tired, hungry, distracted, etc. maybe your teacher was tired, hungry, or distracted. Maybe the weather had you in a funk. Maybe you were thinking about some other thing. These things happen. Sometimes you play great when you think your going to play horribly. Sometimes it's the other way around. It's just like almost ...


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It seems like if I memorized the relative intervals between the notes on each string, it would help a lot with quickly making chords and such. It seems a lot easier than trying to memorize individual notes Yes, of course! The majority of guitarists have a way to think "directly" in relative terms - often using shapes as mnemonic aid. If you think in terms ...


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I would say that music theory spans a range of 'types' of statements, from almost totally objective to quite subjective... You've got elements that are pretty much scientific facts, such as what the harmonic series is, or how the physics of instruments works, or how the mechanics of the ear work. Then you've got a level of stuff that is technically '...


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...the leading tone wants to rise to the root... Basic theory says things like... the leading tone is a half step below the tonic in a proper cadence the leading tone moves to the tonic, or if in a inner voice it may move down to the dominant. ...of course that isn't a complete theoretical overview of the leading tone. A claim that theory simply says '...


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Just to complement Alphonso's answer: the lower the pitch, the lower the frequency. The lower the frequency, the larger the wavelength. Surfaces respond better to waves, when their wavelength is close to the size of the surface. Imagine you try to shake a sheet of paper, by holding it vertically. There is a minimum frequency you need to apply to make it ...


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Some of the answers seem to be saying that you want the body to resonate at the frequency of the sound so as to produce the maximum amplitude of sound. That's not quite right. The graph below shows a measurement of the resonance curve of a 1713 Stradivarius violin (redrawn by me from a figure by Carleen Hutchins). There are a number of different resonance ...


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Ironically, I did exactly that with one young adult who had never played the piano before. You are looking for objective reasons. Hard to do but I will give it a shot: Pros: motivation: The C prelude provides an infinite source of pleasure and can be played, listened to at length and not lose its original appeal. Many beginner pieces don't provide that ...


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Language learning is innate* - everybody can do it & everybody learns the language to which they're first exposed without initial tuition. Tuition comes years after first exposure & simple speech patterns. By the time a child is 7, that initial language learning capability has diminished by factors. Learning a second language at 7 is possible, &...


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Weather and nutriture have been mentioned... A few points I‘d like to emphasize: Snow, water, sugar, preparation Let it flow, let it flow, let it flow! As a teacher I could always have been telling you when it will start snowing or when it was full moon. If you are dependent or influenced by such variables you can really find out by a log book. Also ...


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Students could memorize the stuff (good for memory practice) or copy out the examples. Copying out "old masters" is a very good way to learn. One picks up patterns and see stuff from a different point of view for that of just playing the piece (of course, it's not so easy to play a symphony as a single person.) I have found this lots of help. Currently I'...


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Classical music tradition has something of a separation between the activities of composition and performance, with the score as the 'interface' between the two functions. Most of what you describe relates to learning to play. With traditional instruments and in the absence of computer/recording technology, it would be very hard to compose without some ...


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You can't compare music education (especially not the teaching of playing an instrument) with learning/teaching a language - even if music may be compared with a language. It would be more appropriate to compare learning an instrument with learning to read and writing. Some children learn to read or write just by playing and discovering but most people ...


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There is an advantage to starting on whatever type of guitar interests you the most. If electric guitar is of the most interest to you, that is a good place to start. If you just have no interest in acoustic music, I would suggest starting with an electric. There are also advantages to starting with acoustic guitar. You will develop stamina faster by ...


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The question is fairly vague in asking for time-period, and music style. As such, I feel the best way to answer is to give you an impression of the various ways music was shared historically. Regarding Written Forms Firstly, written notation of music goes back multiple thousands of years - with examples of "something musically related" being found on a ...


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Although there is already a selected answer, I wanted to provide some additional historical information. I've recently been reading about 18th century music pedagogy (particularly Sanguinetti's The Art of Partimento, and Gjerdingen's Music in the Galant Style) and your question fits in really well with what I've been reading. In particular, music theory in ...


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Definitely a trill. A forward slash would be much taller, narrower and more slanted. Certain fonts leave the tail and the cross off the 't' almost entirely, especially when italic and bold. Below is a comparison of '/r' and 'tr' in a more standard, modern font (on the left) and an older, less common font (on the right).


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A few tips: Try building up your practice time slowly and gradually. Try having multiple shorter practice sessions instead of one long one. Plan your practice sessions carefully, deciding what you want to cover in a given time so you don't ever feel like you're just trying to pass time. It might help to have a routine that you follow each day made up of ...


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