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I would say start by drawing the circle of fifths 2-3 times a day. And probably just do that for the rest of your life, lol. But seriously, if you have the circle of fifths completely memorized it'll tell you all of the flats or sharps in every major key and every natural minor key. From there it's just knowing the alphabet from A to G. Once you've got the ...


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The best way to compose in case that you already know music is listening your favorite artist, learning their lyrics and song structure and then try to make a replica The best way to compose in case that you already know music is by listening to your favorite artist, learning their lyrics and song structure and then try to make a replica this will give the ...


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First of all there is more than one way to finger each chord so commit to one and learn that smoothly before moving on to others. If you are a beginner you need to know that it takes a lot of time to build muscle memory and good technique. And that is what you should focus on, good technique. The chord form on the accepted answer is not the best, nor is it ...


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This is probably an unusual example, but one of my flute books has a version of The Swan (Saint-Saens, Carnival of the Animals) which is not only in a different key, but several tones higher. That makes it more difficult, not less. I can only imagine the writer of the book wanted to give the student more practice with the higher notes.


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Here's a way of thinking about it that helps me. You are trying to fit a group of 6 notes into the same space as a group of 4 notes. 6 / 4 = 1.5 So your right hand should play 1.5 notes for every note the left hand plays.


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There‘s no contra at all to simplifying a classical music piece for a beginner. it can be an approach to music and open for someone that never came into contact with classical music if he couldn't learn to play a simplified arrangement for piano e.g. Für Elise. Also easy transcriptions for brass bands can be a door opener for classical music for people who ...


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What you have there are groups of six in the RH against groups of four in the LH. In principle, that's the same as groups of three against groups of two, in other words triplets vs duplets - you just have two sets per note grouping. If you are used to playing triplets in one hand whilst playing duplets in the other, you'll do fine playing them using the same ...


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Each beamed group is a beat, and the two hands have a different number of notes within each beat. You’re playing six notes in the right hand while only playing four notes in the left. The result is that the first and fourth note in each beat of the right hand will line up with the first and third note of the left, but the other notes won’t happen at the same ...


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Learning to play music doesn't work like that. Even assuming you have the fundamental skill level to play the chords, sequences, etc. at the required tempo, our bodies & in particular our nervous system don't "learn" based solely on total practice time. Some of the learning requires multiple days (or weeks) for the abilities to pass from ...


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So you have stage fright in front of the camera? I'd have to hear the kind of mistakes you are making to know what is going on but it is probably one of three things: You don't know the piece as well as you think. It is not enough to be able to read the notes and match them to keys. You must know where they are going, the progressions, intervals, keys, ...


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Just to put a coda to this question, a year later… I ended up not getting hold of a bass until we were actually on set for the first day of shooting. By the time actor/camera rehearsals were completed & they were ready to roll, I'd developed enough of a feel for it that it was actually no great effort. We shot the same scene for a week - by which time I ...


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What I can advise to you (I have the same problem every time when I learn a new piece) is to make sure you listen to how you're playing, try and relax your wrists and don't hit the keys. I had this problem when I was younger and my teacher always used to tell me to relax my wrists. If you're playing from you're wrists, then you have no control over the notes....


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My advice is to make a lead sheet where you write the chord progression and another sheet where you notate the melodic patterns and the fingerings - almost every bar has a repeated motif - thus it won’t be difficult to get a reduction to the essential changes. If you really play from this system shown in the video it’s no wonder that you struggle. You have ...


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Hands playing automatically is called "muscle memory", in fact this is a misnomer because muscles don't have a memory - not this sort of memory anyway. The part of the brain called the cerebellum memorises motor actions. This takes away a load from the conscious parts of our brain. https://www.thoughtco.com/anatomy-of-the-brain-cerebellum-373216 ...


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Unconscious means that you are able to play the motifs, figurations, passages like you handle chords, triads, arpeggios and scales and ornaments (mordents, turn-arounds and trills) in classical music and riffs and licks in pop and jazz. This means you have to analyze the form, the harmony, the chords, the chordprogression, and you must have the entire ...


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If you are still messing up scales, then they're not in your sub (or even un) conscious yet. When was the last time you were running, and thought ' does my heel or toe need to hit the ground first?' Chances are, if you did think that, you'd probably fall over... Running has reached the stage where it's at least subconscious, so it's not necessary to analyse ...


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It depends on whether your goal is improv or classical recital performance. Your description of "automatic playing" is featured as a goal in Pepe Romero's book on Classical Guitar technique. From his father he learned that a piece of music should be memorized, not only the notes but the feeling of playing every note, chord, etc. To the point ...


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'Eye to fingers' playing - barely hitting the brain - is a very useful accomplishment. As is the development of muscle memory for tricky patterns and passages. But if it's letting you down on a particular piece, yes you'll need to backtrack and sort it out.


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The first thing to consider is the fact that you have several options to choose from and you'll need to choose the one that suits your interest best. Probably the first option to consider is an instructor or mentor that you can freely ask questions and will freely pass along practice tips and guidance. Another option is to find instruction sites that ...


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A few suggestions: It was mentioned in comments already, but another easy way to get lots of practice material would be to use a website that allows you to print sheet music transposed into any key. In cases of many of these arrangements (like popular music), there's often not a great deal of emphasis put on the physical element of how the piece "feels" in ...


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See a doctor. Unless someone here is asking 20 questions because they can diagnose you don't listen. Your problem could be poor technique or it could be a real medical problem. As an example (ONLY AN EXAMPLE) I'll use myself. I was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis a few years back. This type of arthritis shows up in the finger and toe joints, smallest ...


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Certain injuries take weeks to heal, in case it's an injury. It can be internal and minute, so you don't see anything from the outside. See a doctor, either a general practitioner or sb. who focuses on sport injuries. For now I recommend to stop playing guitar. Get well soon!


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This pain occurs right away as you press or it takes some time? Number of fret matters? (barring at 10-12th fret is easier than 1st) Try to barre using you arm as an experiment (you don't have to keep thumb and use less force), this could tell you whether muscles of your fingers are indeed a problem. Check your wrist position (keep it just a little bit slant,...


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Joking aside here is an idea. Get a free software like MuseScore, or TuxGuitar (if you are a guitarist looking for TAB). Take some sheet music at the level you want to practice and input that in MuseScore (or other s/w) in whatever key you have it in. Change the key of the song in the s/w to the key you want it in. Print. Practice. I am not pushing ...


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This question is a joke! If you can read sheet music in all keys like you describe above you don't need to practice on lower levels in Bb minor. Maybe A#-minor is preferred by composers. There will be lots of pieces in Db major that you can play (transcribing in your mind) to Bb-minor You can take the list of b-minor and exchange the signature of 2 ...


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To learn the violin, you’ll need to get a teacher. Learning alone is very hard and learning itself is going to take a long time. You need to practice a lot and train your muscle memory for fingering positions. Try not to get an expensive instrument (like a used one or you can rent one) because you don’t know if you will continue. Best of luck


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