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Seeking alternative practical learning methods for piano if I only want to play for fun
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You can probably go with the piano teacher through the key sequence of the particular song and learn which keys to press. Then the teacher could play the melody to you and you would get an impression ...

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Best system to store sheet music when in use
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Apart from obvious solutions, it may be possible to use scanner together with tablet. Scan the sheet music and keep the content on the tablet. A single tablet uses up very little space, is easy to put ...

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Teaching a group of people of varying skill levels
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When playing together, prepare more complex tasks for better students and simpler tasks for beginners. Maybe even a complete beginner can play a couple of notes here and there while other students (...

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Phantom Power supply or usb audio interface?
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Some USB interfaces that do provide phantom power (like this) cost not much more than your phantom power source. I think the overall quality may be better than using just a phantom power source and ...

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Fixing an old piano
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I think this depends on which quality instrument it will be after the necessary repairs. If this is a well made, good quality old instrument (maybe just dusty and was unused for a while), then this ...

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Presenting lyrics for two singers
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I do not see how the color is bad, unless the scene of performance is lighted so that it is not visible well. Fonts can be tried for this case as well (bold, italic, or just at different type of font)....

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Why is music in music schools taught the way it is?
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The initial goal may be misunderstood. If the goal is to develop a professional musician, then it may be more important to start form very basics and spend lots of time on fundamentals and relatively ...

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Looking for an app that can record piano and visually represent what was played
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Aurialia has good training exercises that would display the exactly wanted content (notation sheet with labels where the hits were expected, and red labels showing actual hit timing as done by student)...

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How to interpret results of the failed exam
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The exam you took has been optimized for selection only. You are not informed what exactly went wrong during the exam, how much does it went wrong, was it "lights out" or just a narrow miss. This ...

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Teaching yourself piano as a support instrument only?
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A typical song normally has both voice and instrument part. Go to the vocal teacher to learn the vocal part and to the piano teacher to learn the piano part, when I think you can just train alone to ...

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Amp with 90 degree phase shift
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It is very easy to shift the phase by 180 degrees (essentially invert the signal "upside down"), so even very simple pre-amps may feature this (the signal may be inverted multiple times during ...

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Why do some arrangements of notes make a good melody and some don't?
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Intervals that can be expressed as small integer ratios, such as 2:1 (octave), 3:2 (perfect fifth), 4:3 (perfect fourth), 5:4 (major third), 6:5 (minor third), usually do not sound bad together or in ...

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Does it make sense to do exam grades as an adult learner?
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Taking certificates is generally always good, unless you are not aware about requirements (then the failure might bring unneeded disappointment). Check that is expected, and if you think you can do - ...

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How to not to break string of guitar while tuning?
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For less experienced player, it may be difficult to judge if the string sounds lower or higher than required. The guitar book I used long time ago recommended first to adjust the tone clearly too low ...

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Which is more economical for a casual/learning player - real piano or electronic?
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From the view point of pure economics, electronic keyboard is probably unbeatable. Even if it would fail after some time, a year, you can buy a dozen of them the price of even cheap acoustic (cheapest ...

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Put a cup of water inside a piano?
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In the flat with the central heating, humidity may get very low if its cold outside. This is probably an attempt to prevent the wood of the instrument from over-drying. More safer and reliable seems ...

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Will having an opposite gender vocal trainer affect or slow down one's learning?
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The teacher should known, especially is she is "brilliant" (I interpret as "successful and experienced"). Ask her and if you see or hear any doubts immediately, or after the first lesson, do not ...

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Can amplifying input port break sound card?
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Low end microphone inputs often have the overload protection but higher end device may not feature it because of the sound quality concerns. Of course, it is difficult to say that input overload ...

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Is there a program that will teach me how to play a piece of music coded in a MIDI file?
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In Sibelius, you can open MIDI file, ask to show the keyboard view and while replaying, the keyboard view shows keys being pressed and the sheet view highlights the notes being played. Even free demo ...

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What are some resources for applying my computer skills to augmenting my musical performance?
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Buy some good music theory book that starts from beginner level, and try to understand the theory well. This will allow you to use your skill of imagination that is needed so much in learning and ...

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Is writing lyrics similar to writing poetry?
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A poetry mostly defines strong/weak and short/long syllables (so somewhat more the rhythm) and much less the pitch. Hence it is possible to compose rather different music around the given poetry, ...

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Techniques for remembering a pitch without reference
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The sensitivity to the relative pitch differences may depend on the absolute value of the pitch. Very low or very high notes are more difficult to recognize and tell apart, even if in still hear-able ...

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Can I play pipe organ as a pianist?
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If you are sure you can press the right keys at right time, it will probably sound like a music for the most of the listeners (excluding serious organists, these will probably see many things done ...

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How do I know when it's time to change a tube on my amplifier?
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The amplifier is not capable of even remotely acceptable work without one of its tubes. When the tube fails, you see this beyond any doubt. Usually the filament fails, so the failed tube does not glow ...

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Predicting the rate at which intensity diminishes as frequency/note increases
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If it were the light, the perceived loudness would be inversely proportional to the frequency, but also depending of the sound sensitivity curve of the human ear and any resonances in the body of the ...

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Trying to program a piano staff/stave. Is this what it's supposed to look like?
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Hire a piano teacher and take a short introductory piano course. You will understand lots more about notation after that, and you may get useful hints by discussing your software with the teacher. ...

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Simulating speaker distortion with Doppler shift
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One obvious distortion that the overloaded amplifier produces is the saturation: it must already output all voltage is it capable of for a low frequency component and then cannot give any other more ...

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Do the F clef and G clef always reside on the same line?
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In most of the recent learning materials for beginner, the clef positions are probably fixed, but, if placed on the different line, they can be used to shift (transpose) the actual note positions as ...

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USB microphones for multi-instrument recording
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While is definitely possible to use multiple USB microphones for recording multiple tracks at the same time, this setup is software dependent and may not be very trivial. Here there are some talks ...

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What is the best way to organize chords/keys in a database (details below)?
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The optimal schema for any database largely depends on the type of queries. Think about that the user may ask from such a database. Maybe which chords are the good potential candidates to follow it in ...

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