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As an adult, you have different strengths and weaknesses in music than does a child. The best way for you to learn is not the same as the best way for a child to learn, but if you adapt to the way your brain is now, you can learn very well. Discipline A child's brain is more plastic and picks things up faster. It memorizes things faster, and has an ...


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I taught myself it as a child, but I wish someone had told me not to lift my fingers so far off the holes, and I wish they had told me to start each note with a "tu" instead of just blowing. As Laurence said, check the fingerings. I worked out rough-and-ready fingerings (for the lowest F and the C above it, for example) and blew a bit softer or harder to ...


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Given that you play a bit, it's time to get better! There are plenty of e-books etc. out there, but if you can play 5 or 6 notes, you can make a start. certainly the first few notes, all l.h. fingerings, can be fun. And it must be fun. learn to play 3 or 4 notes. Play follow-my-leader: you play a note, he echoes. You pay two notes, he... you get the picture....


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Yamaha make good instruments. The one he's got is probably fine. Good catch for £3! Sounds like you know enough music to teach him. There's not a lot of technique to recorder playing. Get an instruction book to check you're not inventing 'wrong' fingerings and concentrate on the musical aspect. What can you play along with him? Can you obtain another ...


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I started to learn guitar at the age of 24. It was my first instrument. I had no prior musical training. Now at this point I am close to the 10k hours of total practice time. I made progress, but I would be hesitate to call myself an "expert". It is more like that I know better what my weaknesses and my strengths are. I am quite sure that I would have made ...


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You must have some means of practising where you are not worrying about the neighbours. E.g. on an electric piano with headphones, at a time of day when the thud thud on the keys is not obviously objectionable. You need to be able to concentrate and play simple things over and over. You probably need some means of getting interested feedback, which could ...


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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.


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See music as a language. Like any language, it can be learned at any age. Can a kid learn French for example better than an adult? I'm not sure one can quantify it like that. There's a lot of variables involved (free time, dedication, urgency, and a bunch of other factors). For a person that starts learning piano at a later age i.e 30+ and has no prior ...


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If you are worried about making too much noise while playing trumpet I suggest you buy a mute which will almost silence the sound. If still want to hear what you are playing, I suggest you go talk to your neighbors to arrange times you can practice so they will not get upset.


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It depends entirely on where you live. Different countries and different residents' associations have different rules. For instance in the apartment project where I live the only restriction is that I must not make noise between 11pm and 7am. There are strict decibel limits and we can download an app which will measure noise coming from a neighbour's ...


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When I am faced with faster moving pieces and larger gaps in between notes that are far apart in the staff, I often am unable to play it. I generally have to fake it even during concerts. Tips for how to sight read would be helpful since I lack heavily in this area. Exercise recommendations that will help improve my ability to play faster and cleaner would ...


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