Playing or singing in front of an audience.

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Did baroque composers think of ritardando on their compositions?

I've been always told that whenever I play any baroque piece on the piano, I should take special care when attending to, for example, the amount of right pedal I should use. It sounded perfectly ...
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Musicians Unions In The Modern Day

Historically, the AFM was the place to be to get anything done with music performance; or so that's what I heard growing up. But I don't hear much about it now. This was even the case while I was ...
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Buying nicer violin Strings

I have been playing violin for a little more than a year now and plan to continue playing. I play for about 20-30 minutes a day. I want my new strings to make a marked difference in the sound of my ...
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What is a “stunt guitarist”?

Snarky Puppy's about page (with profiles of the artists) says this about guitarist Mark Lettieri: Mark Lettieri is a guitarist, composer and sometimes producer residing in Fort Worth, TX. Lettieri ...
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How can I make my keyboard sound like a Hammond organ?

I have a keyboard. It can play the basic MIDI sounds. I would like it to have a Hammond organ sound. Since I'm not sure if I can upload new sounds to its MIDI bank, I'm looking for a way to 'effect' ...
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How to play piano with both hands? [duplicate]

I took piano lessons since fifth grade and stopped in eighth grade. I have been taught to play with hands seperate instead of playing with both hands. I have attempted this but I keep messing up.It's ...
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Which would benefit my band the most, learning covers or writing originals?

I've been playing guitar for nearly four years and I think I'm getting better at it.My brother plays the drums and our two cousins play guitar well. When we had all met last time, we wanted to do ...
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Suggestions for transition from 6/8 to 4/4 (Piano accompaniment)

I am playing an accompaniment for a choir on piano with one song in 6/8 and another in 4/4. The choir insists that I shouldn't leave a gap between the two songs and I should try to play continuously. ...
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How does a advanced classical pianist start to play pop music?

I consider myself an advanced classical pianist, being able to play many Etudes, Ballades and Sonatas by Beethoven, Liszt and Chopin, for example. However, I have been struggling to play pop music for ...
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What circumstances affect the perception of the accuracy of the pitch adversely?

I recently played at Open Mic on the violin and today I saw the video of it and it was completely out of the tune that I wanted to tear all my hair. I never play so badly even when I just practice. ...
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How can I tell when music is live and not recorded?

I was walking past a bar the other day and heard music coming out. I could immediately tell that the music was live, being played in the bar at that moment. This is something I have often noticed, I ...
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How to transition between chord progressions of two songs in different keys?

I play mostly in a church band setup, focused around chords. Often they'll be an interlude between songs where someone might come and share a prayer or bible reading and I've noticed some people are ...
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How can I increase my vocal endurance and sing longer without getting hoarse and losing my voice?

I sing either solo or as lead singer in my band, on shows lasting from 3 to 4 hours. I do take a break occasionally and sip water between every other song. I also avoid alcohol before and during my ...
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Why is a consistent rhythm and tempo such a vitally important component of modern music?

When performing music solo on guitar (and singing) for an audience, I have noticed that the audience is very tolerant when I miss a chord or mess up a lick. Often they don't even notice. But if I ...
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Covering songs by other artists - does money change hands?

Many bands cover songs by other bands, unofficially at concerts, or usually on live recordings (for example, Kurt doing Man Who Sold the World by David Bowie, at an MTV unplugged concert. I always ...
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Release a new album with a new band

I want to eventually release an album with my band. We have written the songs and the lyrics but where do we go from here? It could be useful to play the songs together but I'm wondering about "how ...
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How to use VST (virtual instruments) on a live gig

I am a seasoned keyboardist playing mainly live gigs (Soul, Funk, Rock, Pop). I am very impressed by the capabilities of VST instruments, so I am wondering if it would be possible to use them in a ...
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Developing Stage Presence as Guitarists

Where do I start to develop a good stage presence as a guitarist? While guitar-specific stunts (like the guitar spin, etc) are good to know, but I'm more interested in knowing general rules for ...
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What are my options to incorporate a sub-woofer into a PA system for live music performance?

My current PA system I use with my band (usually 2 guitars, a bass guitar and drummer - with 3 vocal mics) consists of a powered mixer (Mackie 808S) driving passive speakers with 12" low/mid drivers ...
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Why do PA speakers driven with more power deliver clearer and better sound?

I have notices with my own equipment as well as making note of other musician's equipment that there seems to be a direct correlation between the amount of power (in watts) driving a PA speaker, and ...
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How do you count many bars of silence (rests)?

Playing in a jazz band there are often 5,6 or 8 bars of silence. This is no problem as I can count them on my fingers. But how do I count larger rests, for example 52, 112 or even longer rests, as in ...
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How do you determine if you're ready to join a band?

I've been pondering joining a band for some time now, but I usually get stalled at deciding whether or not I should spend more time learning to play first. I don't want to go through potential ...
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How can I overcome the fear of performing in front of an audience?

I have been learning how to play Spanish guitar for more than two years and half. Every time my friends ask me to play something, I get scared and my hands start to shake. How to break this fear? I ...
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How do you play this part?

There's a capo on 4 but I'm still having trouble playing this part:
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Performance on low notes [duplicate]

I'm 15 years old and was wondering what would be some good exercises for a bass singer. My current vocal range is Bb1-F5
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Is it acceptable to play the same note simultaneously on different strings on cello?

For a piece I am performing with a local school orchestra, a final open A is to undergo an "insane" crescendo to a Fortissississimo, which our conductor interprets as "as loud as possible." A fellow ...
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Liszt's Eglogue - the first few bars

Liszt's Églogue, from the first part of Anées de Pèlerinage, contains several instances of a theme, first occurring between bars 3 and 6, in which a melody is played over a (much lower) bass note. The ...
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Microphone options for a bicycle bell

I am part of a group who use bicycle bells and we would like to mic up the bells for live performances. What kind of mic would be suitable for this?
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Where/how can I get a song's backing track without a specific instrument so I can play for it?

I've been playing with the violin for a while now. The latest song I learned was He's a Pirate from Pirates of the Caribbean. 'cuz it is a lot of fun. I want to make a video of me playing it. And it ...
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For which instrument the Minuet in G major is written?

I am learning the Minuet in G major, previously attributed to Johann Sebastian Bach, but probably composed by Christian Petzold. I am learning it on a piano, but as there are other voices on my ...
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How famous piano player differs from an average piano player?

Let's assume the following situation: The two piano players compete performing the same piece of moderate difficulty in front of public, who can do better. One of the them is really good, maybe ...
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How can I avoid making unpleasant facial expressions when playing difficult chords?

When I'm playing (learning) difficult chords on guitar (ex: F,B7) my facial muscles (basically lips) form a weird action (I felt it and I saw it in the mirror). I feel I'll get used to it as I go and ...
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Stage volume levels in rehearsal and performance

Two questions in one here. Often when rehearsing or at gigs, I'm asked to turn up my volume "'Cos we can't hear you!" when the band is already quite loud. Very rarely will the others turn down to ...
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How to make a career out of music?

I have a full-time job but I am also very interested in making a part-time career out of music. The aim would be to continue learning as well as making some money out of this passion. So what would ...
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What does it mean for music to be technical?

I have often heard that Paganini's music is considered very technical. What does this exactly mean? What about music makes it technical. Is music that is technical just difficult or can there be non ...
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What was opera performance practice like in Wagner's time?

I know that opera performance practice was unlike that of the 20th century in, say, the 18th century in that the audience was often noisy and distracted. I'd like to know where and when the modern ...
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Performance advice

Say if I had one day to learn a medium difficulty song and I haven't even looked at it. What is the most effective way of learning the song the best I can in, let's say 4 hours? No rehearsal, just ...
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Performance fright while playing in front of public, a teacher, an examiner, even a couple of colleagues [duplicate]

I have been fighting with this for sometimes and I am afraid I will have to give up. I don't know exactly what it is but when I play at home, I can perfectly and smoothly play any piece I know from ...
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Why do blues musicians perform sitting?

I noted that many blues performers (singers/guitar players) sit during their performances. It seems to me that this is much more common in blues than in any other genre. Is there a reason for this?
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How to train in order to perform a “good” drum solo?

This question might be a little weird, but I was wondering, since there are a lot of different ways to perform a drum solo, how to practice for them. I'm looking forward to play something clean, not ...
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Outdoor evening gigs and humidity/dew impact on gear

I was playing an outdoor gig in North Texas last Saturday evening, and about halfway thru I lost what seemed to be about 50-75% of my volume level in my amp (Marshall AS100D, playing a Jumbo Takimine ...
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Is deliberately putting your guitar out of tune a valid technique?

I remember hearing an interview about the recording of Nirvana's "Something in the Way"; apparently Kurt played the acoustic part it once on an out of tune 12-string guitar, and then refused to do it ...
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How to prep vocals for a gig?

Okay I finally have the opportunity I have been looking for for a while, I'm going to be doing my first big vocal performance at a big gig (big in my bands opinion not in expert opinion) with my band. ...
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Why does singing high notes seem to strain my vocal chords more than low notes?

One way I fulfill my desire to perform music is by playing in a band and a duo as the lead singer (with my guitar). We play mostly cover songs. Some shows last as long as four hours but the ...
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What is the name of perfomance technique used in the chorus of Celldweller — Last Firstborn?

I am currently obsessed with the track by Celldweller called "Last Firstborn". Is there any name for the keyboard technique used in the chorus? In this YouTube video you can hear it from 1:28 right ...
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How to select a key-signature for a song

There are so many songs in pretty odd key-signatures like 4,5,6 sharps or flats. At least this is my impression when I listen to songs on the radio/net while trying to follow them on my piano/guitar. ...
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Why I tend to play faster tempo without realizing it?

I'm a pianist and I'm having something weird happen. When I play the piano and record myself I always tend to play faster than what I think. When I watch myself I see that I'm playing too fast but ...
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Performing/Recording Drums over backing track that already contains drums

When I record myself playing along with a drumless track I sound perfectly in time, but when playing along with a track that already has drums in it I am a tiny fraction out which makes every note ...
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How to get my drum tracks louder for guitar practice , PA ?

How do I get enough volume from my iPad drum tracks to match my guitar amp ? PA ? I have been practicing heavy metal rhythm guitar with drum tracks from my iPad amplified with a blue tooth speaker . ...