lobi
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Is it too late to learn music theory and composition?
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Absolutely not late at all. Not only is it never late, but you are extremely young. I started learning classical music at the same age as you (I am currently 28), and I now compose and play piano ...

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Same note to be played with both hands?
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Actually, I think the main reason for this is simply due to proper notation of the voices, rather than having to do with which hand plays the note. To elaborate, both notes rest on the same physical ...

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When learning scales, is it important to know which key is being pressed when?
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While only skimming the other answers, let me answer it simply this way: How difficult was it for you to learn how to read and write? Think of all the different combinations of letters and spaces ...

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Fingers 'stuck' on keys
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Great responses. I recommend the following (I used to do this often): Take any given passage that involves that "finger stuck" problem. Using the correct fingering as if you would normally play it (...

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Piano: Finger substitution vs spreading hand for different intervals
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That is bach's cello prelude from suite no1? I used to play that on the piano, and I always stretched. As you get more advanced, you will be playing pieces that require this kind of stretching, and ...

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Fingerings for root-position Seventh Chords on Piano
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I recommend using 1,2,4,5 when you can. I have larger than normal hands (but not abnormally large). I've been playing for 9 or 10 years, and I noticed that I used to use 1,2,3,5 but now I find using ...

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Should I learn the notes of all the scales
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Being able to play any scale, from any position within that scale, and in any combination of intervals (rather than just stepwise motion up or down) is simply the very beginning and the bare minimum ...

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How do pianos and keyboards differ?
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Good answer, but I need to strongly emphasize the following after playing on a digital piano (basically a weighted and better keyboard) for 10 years: The pedal, the pedal, the pedal, is 100% ...

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Counterpoint without a leading tone?
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Edit: Agreed with Patrx2; didn't fully read his/her response until I finished my answer, which basically is in agreement. I'll leave it for further elaboration for the OP. From studying counterpoint ...

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How to enter in jazz theory
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As everyone here has already said, the fundamentals are fundamentals. Whether you choose jazz, pop, or hip hop, if you really want to be a better musician and understand music as a language, you must ...

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How do you write a corresponding bassline for an already written melody?
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Simple answer: 1) Find your places of cadence (a "resting point" within the piece). It looks like bar 8 beat 3 is a good candidate for a cadence. Since your melody falls on E, and since (aside from ...

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What determines whether a chord progression makes sense?
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Topo gave an excellent answer. I think simply put, your choice of chords (and therefore, your ultimate choice of harmonic progression and overall "harmony" of a bar/phrase/section/piece) should be ...

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Fast Chord Identification
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To answer your question: The most efficient way to learn how to more quickly identify chords is by composing. When you compose in four voices, you are forcing yourself to analyze what you want to ...

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How do I become a better electronic music producer?
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Funny you are 18, since this is exactly the same age I started getting to production. Prior to this I was into DJing. At age 19 (sophomore year), I realized that my music sucked, my music was not ...

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Difficulty playing piano due to my small hands and short fingers, anyway around it?
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I can confirm the stretching aspect. The distance between tip of pinky and tip of thumb on my left hand is noticeably longer than on my right hand. This is due to 8-10 years of typical left hand ...

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Ηοw important is to know classical music theory to study jazz theory?
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Let me give an answer that is from a broader perspective (and supports Tim's response). All western music that you hear, whether it is techno, jazz, or hip hop, is based off of "classical theory" (a....

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Everyday guitar routine
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I've answered the following numerous times to questions like these. If you really want to take your musicianship to the next level, spend time understanding classical western harmony rather than ...

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Can I use a pedal for Casio CTK-1200 keyboard?
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Yes, you do really need pedals, at least after the first few months (or less) of playing, depending on how well you progress and if you take lessons or not. Furthermore, unless you spend a great deal ...

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How do you build guitar 'muscle memory' faster?
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Learn your basic theory. I have met many "musicians" who don't know simple harmonic relationships (I-V), let alone the ability to read music. If you seriously want to take your musicianship to the ...

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1st Species Counterpoint Tritone Reached Melodically by Step
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I should point out that I've read both this book and (more recently) a book on counterpoint in the style of Palestrina. I noticed, very consistently, that the Palestrina book contradicted itself on ...

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How to know which chord shape to use for each root note in the scale?
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Honestly, the simple straightforward answer to your question is you simply make the necessary chromatic alterations in order to create the harmony you desire. For example, you bring up the "1-4-5 in ...

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Is there a constant relation between a song notes and its chords progression?
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A basic comprehensive reading on classical theory would greatly benefit your improv and understanding of how melody relates to harmony. Specifically regarding your question, this link will greatly ...

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What's the theory behind using a B major chord in Bb major?
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The big thing here is to understand that you can use any notes you want as long as you do it in a way that will strengthen or weaken your tonality of any given key. There are no set "rules", but ...

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Why are key signatures like E# and B# necessary?
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off drpylon's A#m example: Without this "strange" enharmonic notation, the chord built on the 4th degree would be notated as: natural F, G#, natural C. Looking at this on a score would not look ...

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Playing notes of a chord not quite simultaneously
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I think you are referring to a glissando. When playing a chord that is notated as glissando, you arpeggiate the chord, but in a very fast manner compared to an actual arpeggiation, therefore it is ...

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