Graham
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When practicing a new piece, how do you prevent repetition from dulling the punch?
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Taking out emotion and unexpected variation is the point The common saying about the difference between an amateur and a professional is not how well they play at their best, but how well they play at ...

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Are musical floppy drives tone wheel instruments?
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Read the start of the "Electrophones" section. Instruments that use materials generating acoustic sounds, mechanically-driven signal sources, electronically stored data or electronic circuitry ...

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Do I have to use exact chord when playing a song
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Only if you want people to sing/play along If you don't need people to join in, you can do anything you like to the song. Bruce Springsteen took the words of Born in the USA and produced this ...

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Are good pickups in a bad guitar worth it?
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Pickups may not be the problem There's an interesting thing with cheap electric guitars. They rarely sound as good as more expensive ones - and it's rarely anything at all to do with the bits that ...

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Making Sense of Blues Soloing; differentiating major/minor pentatonics
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Considering your situation, I suspect you're pretty good on theory. So regarding your problem of thinking of "switching" major and minor, I suggest you start thinking more in terms of modes. In ...

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Why can't I hear fret buzz through the amp?
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Whilst the buzz itself will not come through the amp (for reasons covered in other answers), an imperfectly-fretted note will still sound like an imperfectly-fretted note through an amplifier. It will ...

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I'm learning music theory, but none of the songs I'm trying it on are playing by the rules
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Jenny Jenny is in A major. A is the relative major, F#m is the relative minor, D is the IV chord. Where it gets trickier is the B chord, which consists of B, D# and F#. B and F# appear in your A ...

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Which audio processing techniques lead to soft, warm, velvety, ASMR-like kind of sound?
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The most obvious thing is consistent levels. You don't want jumps in volume, and you don't want plosives. Start with the recording. You need a good pop filter, and you want someone with the right ...

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What am I exactly lacking for making a good Guitar Solo?
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Remove the guitar and look at the music Seriously, step away from the guitar. It's limiting your conception of the problem. The problem isn't that you can't write a good guitar solo. It's that you can'...

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Understanding guitar music sheet
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I see someone is learning Enter Sandman. Classic riff. Most music for electric guitar has both stave and tab notation. As you say, this makes it easy to find the right fret on the right string. ...

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What is a B-flat major chord doing in the key of A minor?
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The chord sequence C - Bb - F (or variations on it) is common in modal music where the scale more often uses the minor 7th. It's also a frequent element of rock music, for example in the song Can't ...

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Are effects pedals overkill for acoustic instruments?
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As Laurence says, adding reverb is more generally done at the mixing desk. The problem is that you (on stage) can't hear what sounds good for an audience. It may sound great to you, but awful out ...

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I feel like I don't evolve, and sometimes shamed when playing with someone better than me
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You say you only sometimes play with other people. I think that's a problem here. Play more with other people. Join other groups. Even better, join a folk or jazz group where improvisation is ...

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is there any contradiction learning different instruments?
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The first thing to emphasise is that "professional" and "highly skilled" do not necessarily go hand in hand. The Sex Pistols were professional musicians, but you wouldn't use them as examples of how ...

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What's special about cello strings?
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First of all, where are you buying strings from? Sure, really good ones will cost that much. But these ones from Gear4Music will only set you back £10. Sure you get what you pay for, but there's ...

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Problems with playing dynamics on a yamaha psr e463
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I think you have more than one problem here. The first problem is that non-weighted keys are not designed to be played in any way except fully-on or fully-off. It's a design that comes from church ...

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Is there a musical instrument that is more abstract than the others?
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Any kind of sound design and production The BBC Radiophonic Workshop pioneered much of what we'd describe today as syntheser, "found sound", and sound design generally. Musician-engineers ...

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Why don't the open notes matter in guitar chords?
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I don't hit any other notes or it's a different chord. The simple answer is that all those open strings are either C, E or G. On a C chord with an open bottom E string, your notes are ECEGCE. If you ...

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'A' Chord on Guitar
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I've been playing for 20 years. Whenever anyone asks me why they're having problems holding a chord, EVERY TIME WITHOUT EXCEPTION it's been because their wrist and elbow position sucks. All ...

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Do I handicap my guitar learning by deemphasizing learning to use a pick?
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Get someone else to look at how you're playing - what handicaps you is just bad technique Could be a teacher, could just be a friend who's got a decent command of both pick and fingerstyle playing. ...

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How fragile or durable are condenser microphones?
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Durability in a well-packaged box is not much different to any other equipment Well-packaged in a foam box, it's absolutely fine. As the best example of that, how do you think it got to you? Answer: ...

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Fingerstyle: what's the angle I should use for plucking?
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For expressiveness, whatever gets you the tone you want. However picking at 45 degrees has some definite disadvantages mechanically. Lower volume. If you're not plucking the string cleanly, it's not ...

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Bad piano lesson
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In my experience of learning anything, lessons are generally not where you enjoy yourself! Lessons are where your teacher pushes you to do better, to refine your technique, or to develop new skills. ...

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Why aren't there attempts to evolve classical musical instruments so that they're easier to play?
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it takes anywhere between 5 and 15 years to become proficient in one of the classical music instruments, making it a very difficult skill for most of us. As a frame challenge, I reject the basic ...

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How can I learn about reasons for choosing different ways to play a chord?
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What can I read or study to learn which different feelings the different ways of playing chords evoke, and why that happens? The simple answer: You can't. It's very easy to look at whether your ...

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Why do I want different guitars for different tunings?
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Other answers have focussed on the technicalities of string tension and related issues. They're true enough, but they're missing the real point. Most people who've been playing for a while have ...

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How to play a piece right in one take?
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The single most important thing you learn when you're doing grades and exams in any instrument is you never ever EVER stop. Not for anything. Perhaps on a scale you might say "I know didn't get that ...

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Why does my new guitar become untuned every day?
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Have you read your guitar tutorial book, or followed your tutorial app properly from step 1? The first step in every guitar tutorial should say "Strings always go out of tune, so use a tuner to ...

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What are the types of strings for an acoustic guitar, and which one is more appropriate for a beginner?
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The first question is what type of guitar you have! If it's a classical guitar (Spanish style), then it's nylon strings all the way. Never, under any circumstances, put anything other than nylon ...

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How does ADT differ from the Chorus (modulation) effect?
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The George Martin version of ADT simply used a delayed signal. In a modern take on ADT though, it is also possible to pitch-shift the signal by a few cents, instead of or as well as adding a delay. ...

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