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What are good warmup practices for piano?
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Generally, warm ups on the piano are very similar to things you might do on other instruments. Playing through scales, arpeggios, chords, or Hanon exercises are all traditional warm ups. These ...

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Piano Maintenance
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All pianos benefit from being in very stable environments, not too dry, not humid, and a static temperature. This will help to keep it in tune for longer. Realize though that playing the instrument ...

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Acoustic considerations for positioning an upright piano against the wall?
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Having the piano with the back against the wall will slightly boost the treble frequencies, but not much. Loudness is the main factor. The piano will be quieter with the back directly against the ...

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How to know whether my guitar is the problem or I am the problem
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The noise could be coming from almost anything: a loose pickguard, a loose strap button, something in one of the tuners, etc. Most likely though, you are hearing string buzz which is caused by the ...

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Strange fingering in "Moonlight" sonata
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They are assuming you are using finger 4 on the top D#. The reason to switch from 2-1 is that if you ended up with 3rd finger on the G# and 4th finger on D# above, it is too far of a stretch. If ...

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Sight reading ("two hands") for one non-performers?
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The first step in learning to sight-read is to read music, a lot. If you feel like you don't need the music anymore after a few playthroughs, test that assumption by writing out the whole piece from ...

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Are there any practical differences between Humbuckers and Mini Humbuckers?
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In short, yes! There are tonal differences between the two. Minis will have more mids and highs than the regular humbucker. This is due to two reasons. The first is the width of the pickup. The ...

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Why are these notes separated on the stave?
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When notes do share the same stem like this, it is because the editor is showing the two notes to be different "voices". In this particular case, they want to distinguish the melody, which is the top ...

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When following a lesson should I make it perfect before going to the next lession
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If you wait to truly master something before moving on, it will take literally forever to make much progress. Once you've learned something fairly well, it's good to take the next step. It's also ...

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Improvisation on Major and relative minor scales
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The Cmaj scale and the Amin (natural minor) scale have the same notes. However this doesn't mean that the notes are used in the same way. The note A for instance sounds and functions completely ...

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How to keep ANY progress and have fun again
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I think the first question you need to answer is what made you inspired to play when you started, and what kept you inspired for those first 2 years when it was fun? If the reason that it's not fun ...

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How do I lower the action on my Floyd Rose guitar bridge?
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Loosen the strings and take off the cover on the back of the guitar. There will be two screws that secure the plate that the bridge springs attach to. Tightening them will pull the bridge down. You ...

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What is imitation between two voices on an eighth note upbeat figure?
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Imitation is when a voice directly repeats an idea that was just stated in another voice. It does not have to start on the same not. So in this case, imagine two parts that take turns playing a ...

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Should the soloist watch the conductor?
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The soloist should do all of those things. You don't necessarily have to look straight at the conductor though. Peripheral vision can be enough to see the movement of the hands and baton. If you ...

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Can all notes be produced using only the trumpet's valves?
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The valves are changing the length of the tube from the mouthpiece to the bell. Each length can produce the overtone series of a different fundamental pitch. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

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What is this beat and why is it so popular
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It is sometimes referred to as a dotted rhythm because the first four notes are all dotted eighth notes. I think it is popular because it's a very easy way to disrupt the normal pulse. Basically, ...

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Passive and active pickups for bass guitar
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That particular bass has passive electronics. The difference between passive and active electronics is fairly simple. In a passive system, the tone pot works by simply cutting frequencies. Active ...

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Does software exist to catalogue band parts?
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The most flexible solution is likely to be a generic database app like FileMaker. This would allow you to create any fields you need and search on them any way you like. An out of the box solution ...

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Guitar unusual buzzing
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Usually this sort of hum or buzz is because of the resistor in the volume pot. When the volume is at 10, the resistor is not being used. This means that the pickup is essentially directly connected ...

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What is this 4 bar part of music called?
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It's called a transition. Typically they are just a few bars long and don't introduce any new themes or material that would be developed. You can think of them as a way to constructively waste some ...

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Does an adjustable bridge need to be parallel to the frets?
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It shouldn't damage anything. However, it will make the strings slightly closer together and it may cause additional wear at the point the string goes over the saddle, since you are now causing a ...

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Biggest differences between 4 mallet grips
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Neither grip should be painful, although Stevens requires a little more muscle development on the weak side of the hand which could cause some overuse strain when just starting out. The Burton grip ...

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What do you call plucking the violin strings with the finger, rather than using the bow?
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This technique is called Pizzicato. It's usually notated by just writing "pizz." above the notes that you are to play that way. The opposite off Pizzicato is Arco which simply means to use the bow.

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Plateau in speed increases
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It sounds like you have hit a wall, but it has nothing to do with talent or technique. It has to do with hearing. One of the most helpful things I ever learned had to do with playing really fast ...

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If Irish button accordions are typically B/C how and why are they often played in D or G?
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When you're in the key of C, you can also play in D dorian, F lydian, G mixolydian, etc. So each 'key' is actually very flexible. Also if we constrained ourselves to the major pentatonic scale, you ...

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Learning drum parts by components (each hand and each foot) versus by timeslices
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The short answer is both! The long answer is that any way you practice has to have a clear focused goal. When you practice something by itself(one hand or foot), what is the reason? If it's purely ...

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Do I have a problem in my ring finger?
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There's no such thing as finger independence(read finger equality most of the time). All our fingers are different, and they're all connected too! For instance, would you ever expect any of your ...

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Any ways to physically improve hand and finger speed?
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Speed, on any instrument, is about relaxing all but the muscles needed to perform the required motion. Here's an illustrative example: clench every muscle in your body and try to move. Hard right? ...

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