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Some of your preparation you will probably want to do off of the piano. Work with your student on being able to quickly and easily identify letters that come before other letters, and recite the alphabet backwards from G. This will aid in knowing the note names on the finger board and in the sheet music. Normally people are very good at knowing what letter ...


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If we assume that this is a harmonic sound (which is a good enough assumption for pianos) and that this is a spectrum of only one note being played, then the fundamental frequency n will be the highest frequency such that F1 = a1n, F2 = a2n, F3 = a3n, ..., where a1, a2, a3, ... are all positive integers. (In other words, n is the greatest common divisor of ...


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I don't think his use of the tablet app as you describe it will develop any bad habits. It might mean his musical interests develop in a different direction from your hopes for him. I come from a family with many self-taught amateur keyboardists, including my mother who plays piano and also writes songs for her own amusement (and now SoundCloud). I started ...


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I've let my kids play with notation software. Yes, they fill up the page with randomness, press play, and hear a crazy flurry of notes. Funny... for a while, then they get bored and stop, because it isn't really doing anything musical. It sort of like when you let a kid at a piano/guitar/xylophone, they bang way, slide up and down, again until bored. There ...


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I started composing music about that same age (8), and immediately gravitated to the computer tools available at that time (mid 80s) because of the relative ease of using them versus hand-notation. It definitely changes your relationship to composition, but not necessarily in a bad way. Art is always formed in relationship to contemporary culture and ...


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The "arpeggio made out of 64th notes at Allegro" actually is reflective of some electronic and video game music. (I've ended up transcribing and witnessing some fairly ridiculous 32nd-note passages and fast, bizarre tuplet combinations in both. Transcribing a rock/metal guitar solo becomes similarly nightmarish.) There's almost certainly a market ...


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Being so young, any interest that he is showing is a good thing. It should be encouraged. Do encourage him though to 'try things out' on his violin where practicable, or even get someone (if you can) who is proficient on the instrument to play what he was written to ascertain if it is 'good' writing. Even trying it out on the piano might be instructive. ...


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