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My son is 6, and his guitar teacher wants me to buy him a 4/4 guitar!

I can answer this question from the kids point of view. When I was 6 I also started guitar lessons in a group of 3, just like your son. The first lesson I arrived with a 2/4 sized guitar and my ...
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My son is 6, and his guitar teacher wants me to buy him a 4/4 guitar!

Interesting. Well, here you have a bit of a test between ego and technique, it seems. First and foremost should be correct technique. The teacher’s approach might work for some kids, but a good ...
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My son is 6, and his guitar teacher wants me to buy him a 4/4 guitar!

Seems like the teacher has a good reputation. That doesn't come easily. The argument that son will have grown big enough after a while sounds like he could make slow progress, or be stuck on basic ...
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What are these pieces teaching actually?

Good question; it's important to know what skills are being emphasized with etudes like these. The first piece is a little un-melodic, but that's probably because this piece is designed to test right ...
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What's the purpose of a drum teacher in today's age?

All teachers bring something to the student that the student cannot get online: experienced observation and training catered to both the strengths and weaknesses particular to the student. Everyone ...
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Why do I always sound better when I play violin with my teacher?

I'm not aware that this is a common problem. As a young student, I always sounded best in my own practice room and much less well during lessons. I can think of two main reasons why it might be so in ...
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Whether to change a piano teacher

I believe that is a decision you will have to make yourself after taking everything into consideration. It is impossible for anyone on this site to really gain a complete understanding of the whole ...
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What are these pieces teaching actually?

"The Wright Pianoforte Tutor" is a bit old-fashioned, but none the worse for that! I've seen it in many British piano stools. We still play melodies in 3rds and 'Alberti' patterns in the LH. (Not ...
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My son is 6, and his guitar teacher wants me to buy him a 4/4 guitar!

I find children are quite adaptable to adult situations, in this instance guitars. They see them as something to be played with at their age and excited and proud to have one of their own. Having a ...
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My young child shows great interest in music. How should I help him develop his skills?

Is your husband's name Leopold by any chance? Joking aside, I would have a look at Alma Deutscher and the approach her parents took regarding her musical education. The girl followed an interesting ...
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Is it advisable to try to teach myself double bass?

Well, the bowed string instruments are certainly among the easiest to get technically wrong. I tried to learn cello for more than one year before taking lessons (at the age of 16, incidentally), and ...
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Which hand for which in guitar? (a complication)

You should play right-handed. At least give it a solid try. Mainly for two reasons : Not endangering more your wrist : From my experience, the fretting hand is the one that requires the more strength ...
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Do I need a teacher to learn singing for a hobby

I'm having trouble reconciling... ...on a hobby level...just for fun ...and... ...but they bored me when they started to teach me how to read music, play it in tempo etc. ...with... ...I ...
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My young child shows great interest in music. How should I help him develop his skills?

If a child is born to parents, one speaking French, the other English, hopefully there is the opportunity for that child to use both from the start. Shouldn't be that one is neglected in favour of the ...
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Spurn expensive tutors and scoffing at free lessons

Somehow, saying I'm $100/hr off the cuff offers some sense of legitimacy. One reason why someone who does regularly charge a certain fee professionally for their services is seen as legitimate is ...
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Should I learn first Western Flute or Bansuri?

If you want to play bansuri flute, take lessons on bansuri flute. Much of what you learn will of course be transferable to western flute if required.
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Why do I always sound better when I play violin with my teacher?

Title Why do I always sound better when I play violin with my teacher? One skill in violin playing is pitch. There are no frets on the violin's fingerboard: we choose the pitch of the note. So for ...
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Seeking alternative practical learning methods for piano if I only want to play for fun

I would check out the music courses on udemy.com, especially by Rosa Suen. There are basically two types of music lessons -- one is for classic music which is what many piano teacher teach, but the ...
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Must one be born with a sense of rhythm to learn to play a drum set with both feet and both hands?

I am 63 and have been playing drums for (Gulp!) 54 years, starting with snare drum in the school band. I don't feel that I had the natural sense of rhythm, I really had to work at it. I really had to ...
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What should be the curriculum for an adult piano lesson

Personally, I don't rely on a particular book from which to make up lesson content. It's facile. There are so many facets to learning piano, from learning a scale, then having to make up a tune using ...
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My son is 6, and his guitar teacher wants me to buy him a 4/4 guitar!

This is difficult to answer without knowing your son's skills and the teacher's reasons behind that. I'm guessing he is studying classical guitar and/or music. Many partitures (specially on the ...
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Do I need a teacher to learn singing for a hobby

Like you have learnt how to speak without a teacher you will always be able to learn singing without a teacher (for a hobby). You can read information about singing and voices. You will find a lot of ...
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Do I need a teacher to learn singing for a hobby

Find a local venue that does karaoke. Sing things you enjoy once or twice a week for a year or five. By that time, if you have any raw talent, you may be approaching a level at which you would ...
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Teaching theory online with real time music notation

I think abc.js (https://www.abcjs.net) might be a bit easier to write in real-time than lilypond. True, it (obviously) isn't as powerful, but it should be enough for this purpose. If you're familiar ...
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What is the perfect age for a child to start piano lessons?

There is no best age as in how many years they've been alive! The best time is when they show enough interest and can concentrate and practise well enough to cope with lessons. For some that may be 3, ...
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Does temporarily quitting singing lessons affect your voice

It depends on your teacher. If your current teacher is bad, then it could actually be good to stop taking lessons! Beyond that, it depends on a lot of different factors. Beginner singers usually have ...
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Are Music Grades somewhat standardised around the World?

Music grade systems are usually designed by music schools for exam / graduation requirement purposes, and to help teachers assess and prepare their students to advance in their musicianship and ...
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