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A lot of players found that where the guitar is when seated can be very different from where it hangs when standing. A simple solution is to change the strap length so that the guitar is pretty well in the same place for both - usually higher when standing. This has lots of advantages, mainly that angles don't change between sitting and standing, so you won'...


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If I understand, you do about 2-4 hours each day. That's a lot at the beginning. I think you should carefully gauge the level of pain/fatigue. The general idea is that you should not feel pain. Fatigue is different. Give yourself enough rest to recover from fatigue. If you feel actual pain, I think you should stop and assess what is going on. A while back ...


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I'm treating 2 frets as one This is pretty close to the way people play double bass, but not 100% true. The most common technique people study (and the one I've been studying) is the one Franz Simandl wrote in his books New method for string bass. Basically he goes the "safe" way, assuming you are an average person, not a 2-meter-tall person with giant ...


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I've been playing professionally for many years and have always had to look at my hands for stride piano, though that wasn't my specialty. Nevertheless, I have a hard time believing that all but the very best stride pianists must look at their left hands pretty regularly. That being said, when an accomplished jazz pianist I was taking lessons from several ...


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Get 1st- or 2nd-level piano music, especially stuff that doesn't require you to move your hands, and start there. If you find that you have trouble not looking down at your hands, lay a blanket over your hands when you play. Gradually work your way up to harder and harder music with the understanding that once you get to music where your hands are moving a ...


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"have difficulty preforming many difficult things like a thumb slap and even some chords I cant stretch to and play cleanly" Seems to me working on your weak spots is always a good place to start. However if you can't do those things while not fingerpicking, e.g. While using a pick,there is no way you'll be able to do it while adding more complexity in your ...


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There are some goofy, sprawling answers here. I’ll give you some bullets of the things I myself find most helpful in developing my craft: 1.) Write music every day. Doesn’t matter if it’s good or not, you just have to do it. 2.) Get outside your listening comfort zone: listen to unfamiliar music, find cool sounds or new ways of thinking, put them into your ...


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Tighten the strap. (Assuming both ends of the strap on the guitar? ... vs. the guitar and headstock?)


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The problem with intervals is they're essentially academic. As in each interval with a specific sound will have at least two names. Example - C>F♯ is an augmented 4th, and C>G♭ is a diminished 5th. Both sounding, on an 12tet tuned instrument, exactly the same. If someone played that interval to you, there's no way of telling which label to use ...


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Don't play the piano too long in the beginning. It's a process of building muscles just like in the fitness studio. You don't go there and start with 60kg on the first day just because you can, you have to go up step by step... In the beginning just start with 2 or 3 x 15 minutes a day, after you get used to it you can increase the time. Don't put 'too much ...


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If you know the scale length of a string instrument, then you can calculate the position of each fret by taking the distance from the bridge to the previous fret (starting from the nut) and dividing it by 21/12 or 1.059463 (ignoring practical details like string height, gauge and tension, which do affect intonation but have only limited impact). These are ...


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TL;DR: You need to find a way that works for you. If it works for you to practice them on an instrument and then create a mental image of that while taking a test, it's correct, that's what I do. Longer answer: I suggest you practice them with an instrument when you can! That's what I did, that's how i learnt how to identify them (both by ear and on paper). ...


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Pain is a sign that something is wrong. Probably you are overloading yourself with so much practicing. Please slow down and find a way to play without pain, you'll play more in the long run if you don't hurt yourself. "No pain no gain" does not apply to instrumental technique!


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Everything I think I know of Art came from my teacher (whom I won't insult by naming her) who studied with Oscar who of course knew Art. So what I can remember, fourth hand, she opined that Art was one of those rare people who had a convergence of several factors whereas any one of us may have one or two but Art had them all: technical facility, harmonic ...


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