Playing or singing in front of an audience.

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What is the best way to learn to sing harmony?

I am quite capable of singing the lead vocal but have a difficult time finding the 3rd or 5th harmony in order to harmonize with someone else. Is there a method of learning to hear or find the ...
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Playing keyboard at a wedding

I will be playing keyboard (mainly piano and organ) at a wedding in a couple weeks. Is there anything I should keep in mind (i.e proper etiquette, etc)? I've done a lot of concerts, so I'm used to ...
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Do ear plugs have a big effect on ability to hear the music?

Ear plugs are likely a good idea for anybody performing amplified music (or even enjoying amplified music). But what is the effect on the ability to hear your fellow musicians when playing in a ...
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Do musicians that began playing from an early age have an incontestable advantage?

If you look at the winners of international music competitions, or the biographies of famous musicians (Liszt, Chopin, Paganini, Mozart), there is one thing they all have in common that really stands ...
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Pop filters and dealing with plosives in live performance

I was just listening to a recording of a performance I did a few weeks back, and couldn't help but notice the ridiculously explosive P's and B's. I'd obviously like to avoid this. I can't recall ever ...
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Portable power supply for keyboards

I intend to go busking on keyboard soon, but I don't know how to power it. Some sites seem to recommend a car battery, but others say that that might damage it. I've also seen portable power supplies ...
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What is the minimum amount of equipment a drummer needs to play gigs?

I've not played drums for years and when I did I used an electric kit which isn't really appropriate for live gigging. I'm about to start performing in a rock band and would like to know what the ...
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How do you sync a Roland Boss RC 300 Loop Station to external rhythm sources?

I'm looking at ways to fatten the sound of the combo I play with. But the band plays to tight tempos in strict 32 bar choruses. Is there any way to sync the Roland Boss RC 300 Loop Station to ...
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Keyboard volume pedals

I have a Yamaha S90 XS synth and when I perform I would like to control the volume of one or more of the zone sliders (in Performance mode) with foot pedals so I can quickly switch from backup to ...
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Basics of stage presence for 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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Are there any software to build and 3D simulate an entire audio visual live show?

I know you can mix visuals with: resolume I know you can create and perform electronic music with: Ableton And I know you can design and perform light shows with: Sunlite Suite. I also know ...
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How to breathe properly?

I know for wind instruments and vocals is breathing very important, but how about other instruments? I noticed, that I am breathing different when I play in higher tempo or improvising. I know some ...
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Remote Performance Workflow

In my professional job, we're able to hold conference calls with offices all over the world using Skype, and Google Hangouts. Does anyone have a workflow to remotely practice/perform with a music ...
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Is today's (popular) music recorded or synthesized?

I have a feeling that (really) big artists just record their voices, and then studios just synthesizes the instruments. I don't imagine people with guitars, pianos and other things behind then, ...
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Good books for romantic/contemporary period performance?

Can anyone suggest me good books for improving knowledge (and performance) of 19th and 20th century music?
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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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Caffeine / Alcohol Before or During Rehearsal

I have been rehearsing an average of once a week most recently. We have a decent stock of songs, but are continually adding new candidates. I find that on the days where I have been drinking coffee, ...
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Who plays the chords during a live performance when lead guitarist is soloing?

I recently watched the live performance of 'Stairway to Heaven' by 'Led Zeppelin'. I had a question while watching that song but it even applies to other songs. See during the section of the song ...
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Can't feel meter when playing

I can't feel the meter when playing along very well, sometimes not at all. Note I can feel the "pulse" just fine. I have no problem tapping my foot to the beat in time but I can't feel where the one ...
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IEM, 3.5 and 6.35 jacks - Only get left ear when plugged fully in

I am using a vocal and guitar processor in one. The headphone out is not loud enough so I am using a small amplifier (for 4 sets of headphones). Problem is, I only get a left ear unless I remove the ...
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Tied Db in Liszt's Consolation No. 3

In Liszt's Consolation No. 3, the Db in the bass (e.g. bars 3-7) is notated as a single tied whole note which lasts five bars. But in all performances of the piece I've heard, the performer repeats ...
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Practice before a gig - bored of material

I'm doing a gig soon, together with a friend. We will play songs written by myself, at a small local venue. The last couple of weeks, I've been practising a lot. I now know the songs flawlessly, ...
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Band rehearsal: how to lessen the dependency among members for timing and cues?

Some friends formed a group. They sound really good at rehearsals, and they all are solid musicians. The problem is that when they play for an audience, the live conditions change every time, ...
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Exercises to integrate syncopation into improvisation

Recently, I kinda felt that my improvisation style is really lacking colorful rhythms (By improvisation, I mean pop music improvisation in piano soloing, not jazz or blues improvisation.) So, does ...
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Basic synth performance in Pop-Rock songs

I am pretty new to the keyboard and synth (but not to piano). I have been starting to play in a rock band as a keyboardist recently. However, the lines I was given to play was just some simple chords ...
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How much time should I put between movements?

Are there any specific guidelines on how much space should be put between movements of a piece? Sometimes, this is indicated in the score. But usually, it has to be interpreted from the music and the ...
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Is Warsaw Concerto a piano concerto?

My brother is entering a competition, which the final round requires a performance of a Piano Concerto of any era. My brother is looking for an emotional and powerful piece. I recommended a late ...
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How do you organize your set list for a gig?

To performers out there: What principles/guidelines/methods do you use when you make the set-list for a gig? How do you decide what order to play the songs, when to talk, how to deal with transitions ...
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How do I keep my concentration going to the end and not get distracted thinking about how well it's going?

Often when I am performing a piece of music and it's going really well - all that practice really paid off! - I start thinking, "wow, things are going really well. This sounds really good!" But as ...
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What are some resources for applying my computer skills to augmenting my musical performance?

I'm a professional software developer and a perpetual novice guitar player. I've also recently started to learn to play (piano) keyboard. I enjoy my playing, but even after years of torturing my ...
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What is the difference between Overdrive and Distortion?

What's the difference? They sound vaguely similar to me and I can't tell a distinct difference sound wise. What is the difference in tone, harmonics, etc.? Are they the same? Which one is better and ...
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Pros & cons of in-ear monitors (IEM)

I've seen a few answers to questons 'around' monitors suggesting that in-ear monitors have good and bad points and are good for some musicians but not others - eg good for drums, not good for ...
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When should I use a boost pedal in a performance?

I recently purchased a boost pedal for my pedalboard, and was wondering, when do I use it? Just during solos? Or in chorus's as well? I would like to know the correct usage of the pedal, any help is ...
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Pay-to-Play Gigs

There is a local open-mic where I live that charges its musicians to play on stage for 10 minutes. The amount of money is trivial ($2), but I have the gnawing sense that, no matter how you coat it, ...
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How much to pay sound person?

My band plays events in small and large venues like a bar to a bike night outdoors. We pay for sound at large events which they bring sound equipment to setup and tear down. is paying 30% of our pay ...
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Replacing Viola and Basso continuo

I want to perform "Queen of Sheba" with some friends of mine. In my score I need two oboes, two violins, one viola and a basso continuo. Unfortunately I do not have neither a viola nor a basso ...
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Why do I get more tired when I play on stage?

When I practice guitar on my own at home or with my band, I can play for ~1.5 to 2 hours without getting really tired. When I am on a stage and we play a gig, I get really tired on the first half ...
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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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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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Piano performance: slippery keys due to sweat of previous players

What do pianists do when they need to perform after many performers who sweat all over the keys and made it slippery. I was thinking of using a personal cloth to wipe the keys, but would that be ...
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Playing with an mp3 player in performance

I'm getting ready to do a show where I play guitar & sing and use backing tracks I've recorded and turned into mp3s, but I don't really want to take my laptop out of the house, would rather use a ...
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The Secret Current

I saw this guitarist named Leo Kottke. In speaking he mentioned something called The Secret Current. He said it is something that is there before the performance happens. It has the flow of how the ...
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Keeping time when tired

When I'm playing late night gigs, I find that my drumming is generally a lot slower. The timing is consistent throughout the songs, but I just start them slower. When I'm playing early gigs or had a ...
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How to express “dreaming” with other than the whole tone scale?

I am working on a little theater play accompanying a poetic clown on piano on the stage. Most of time I improvise to emphasize his emotional moods, since there are no words at all. When the character ...
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What is M-Base and how do I play it?

M-Base was a style of music played by Greg Osby and Steve Coleman. Steve Coleman over the years has been...cryptic about the principles of M-Base. What can you tell me about M-Base that will enable ...
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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 do professional accompanying musicians (seem to) figure out songs instantly?

Sometimes, when I'm watching any TV show which has a live hired band for accompanying and they have a musician guest, the host will ask for them to sing something on spot (that wasn't really planned), ...
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How will a long break affect a singer's voice?

If a singer takes a long break from singing, be it many weeks, months, or years, how severely will it affect his ability to sing (vocal range, singing technique, etc)?
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Is there a pan flute type with fipples?

Has there ever been a pan flute with Fipples? If so what is this called? If not, what might be the easiest way to create such an instrument? NOTE: I asked in chat if this question was appropriate ...
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How can I increase my note reading and finger strength?

I'm playing piano and I have problem going through pieces quickly, I keep pressing wrong keys and it takes me a lot of concentration and practice to get the piece sounding like it should and even ...