Ways to use one's instrument or voice precisely to produce a desired musical effect.

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Why does music sound bad when played backwards?

I am not sure where to post this, but I hope it fits here. If you have ever recorded music, and play the track backwards, you'll notice it sounds quite strange, almost demonic. I have always ...
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What's the proper right arm position for an electric guitar?

With my classical guitar arm positioning has never been an issue. I just rest my arm naturally on the body at the crook of the elbow: My wrist stays pretty flat: I feel like I could sit like ...
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What sweeping (for bass guitar) techniques are out there?

I've recently started looking at the sweep technique on guitar. How would one go about replicating that on bass? Please keep in mind that I do not use a plectrum, and wouldn't want to sacrifice ...
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how to help pinky and ring finger connected by superficial ulnar nerve for guitar

My little finger and ring finger do not move independently. I have heard that the problem is a hand design defect by having the two fingers connected by the superficial ulnar nerve. This defect ...
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What is the correct posture to play the piano?

If I play the piano for extended periods(2 hours+) I get terrible back pain. What is the correct distance/height for the digital piano/chair and what should my posture look like?
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How can I play this passage on classical guitar?

I'm trying to teach myself classical guitar. I've got a fair bit of experience chording and strumming. But this passage is giving me problems: My problem concerns the highlighted portion. Even ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of various methods of supporting the classical guitar?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of supporting a classical guitar? I know of three methods, each of which has some variation: A footrest A stand or cushion that rests on the left leg and ...
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Piano music with two treble clefs, and notes between staves

I do not understand why there are two treble cleff staves and why there are music notes in the middle of the two staves. Which hand should I play those notes with and why are there two treble cleff ...
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Violin - Scratch Notes as Technique

A friend told me about an "advanced" violin technique involving pressing down with the bow very hard (but not too hard) on a note, producing a kind of scratch note; When done right, however, this ...
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How can I make my palm mutes sound more metal?

Whenever I palm mute some notes, it always sounds really soft and weak -- almost like a "blump" kind of sound. I've been wanting to get the metal and shorter palm mutes (like this). Even if I use more ...
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How to play a glissando without hurting your hand?

On the piano, a few pieces require me to play a gliss that can often run over a large range of notes, rather than a short range. For example, I am currently learning the piece Maple Leaf Rag. There ...
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How to train for faster picking speed on guitar?

I've been training on speed picking on major scale as my daily routine, following this Justin Guitar's guide on scale picking for one year since last year June, but until now my G major scale picking ...
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Ending a note on guitar

I just started playing electric guitar a few weeks ago, although I have a lot of musical background on other instruments. I'm learning from a book. One thing that is bothering me is I don't understand ...
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What is this kind of singing called?

I'm not quite sure how to describe it, the genre is swing if that helps. Please see the link below which starts at around 3 minutes in:
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Hammer-on, technique, callus or both

I'm trying to get back into playing guitar after many many years, but this time learning extra techniques like hammer-ons. I'm currently playing Where did you sleep last night by Nirvana. I can play ...
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How to reach the lower notes on a B-flat tuba?

(Please note the following assumes the British brass band convention of transposing to C in treble clef, e.g. when I say C, I really mean B-flat.) I am learning to play the B-flat tuba. The "core ...
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How is this B flat guitar chord physically possible?

This chord diagram is from the GarageBand chord trainer (I'm a beginner). How is it possible to put a barre down on the third fret without also muting the top E string?
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Raised leading tones in Phrygian mode counterpoint

In most cases the penultimate note of the counterpoint will be the leading tone, which must be raised in minor to establish a sense of tonality. But why is the leading tone in the Phrygian mode ...
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Working up to Andy Mckee's “Blue Liquid”

Recently I discovered "Blue Liquid" by Andy Mckee while listening to music on Spotify. For whatever reason, I instantly loved the song and decided that I wanted to be able to play it before I died. I ...
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How can a guitarist treat and avoid lateral epicondylitis in the fretting arm?

I've been playing guitar (both electric and acoustic) pretty seriously for about a year, 2-3 hours a day most days. I couple months ago I developed tendonitis in my fretting arm, which my doctor ...
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In a bass guitar, how do I mute the strings that I am not playing?

I am learning Bass Guitar on my own and muting looks challenging. For eg, when I am playing the A string, I find the G string sympathetically humming at times and vice versa. Such humming produces an ...
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Correct octave technique

I am an amateur pianist (of about 17 years) and I'm not sure if I ever learned correct octave technique. I just "finished" Chopin's first ballad and there are several sections which require some ...
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A shape barre chord up-strum issue

I play my A shape major barre chords with a double barre where the first and the sixth string is muted. My problem is that up-strums sound quite nasty when I hit the muted first string. Sometimes ...
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Is it normal for frequent guitar playing to be accompanied by wrist pain?

Is it normal for frequent guitar playing to be accompanied by wrist pain or is it something that is caused by poor posture/position and technique? I have been playing for several years now, and mostly ...
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Short fat fingers

Any tips for someone with short fat fingers. I find trying to get my chords, I accidentally cover over other strings. Any tips?
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How to approach the study of a piece for guitar (Leo Brouwer, Estudios Sencillos no. 6)

How should I go exactly about studying how to play an etude? I know they are mostly pedagogical compositions, meant to practice on a tecnique, but I never really played a piece like this - I'm still ...
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What is it called when a violinist quickly bows all strings in an 'arpeggio-like' flourish?

You can hear this 'arpeggiating' flourish in Heifetz's 'Last Recital' during Strauss's Sonata for Violin & Piano here (already cued to 45:48) and (in case you prefer animated movie soundtracks ...
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Can I play pipe organ as a pianist?

I've never played pipe organ. I'm a pianist and a friend of mine ask me to play on the church on his wedding on a pipe organ. Are the enough difficulties playing a piano song on the pipe organ to ...
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How to know if it's a mode or scale?

How do I differentiate between modes? Suppose a person is playing "D Dorian". How do I know that it's "D Dorian" and not "C Major/Ionian" or "E Phrygian" and so on, and in fact "A natural minor" ...
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How is the hihat played in the intro to the Donna Summer song “Could It Be Magic”?

I'm new to playing drums, and have noticed that there's a technique to play hihat patterns, used for example in the intro to Donna Summers' "Could It Be Magic". Listen to the the intro, at ...
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Extend lower range

I'm 14 years old my vocal range is it may sound crazy for 14 year old but B1 to about C5 I would like to extend my lower range can anyone help?
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Bass guitar - One finger per fret or not?

I have seen a few questions about this on guitar, but none on bass. When I started guitar, I instinctively used my four fingers to play stuff (five if you count the thumb for over-neck awesomeness) ...
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Playing Pizzicato on an Electric Bass Guitar

I recently received some sheet music for bass guitar with one section having a Pizzicato marking. I know for orchestral strings it means pluck the notes, but how does playing Pizzicato transfer to the ...
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How to keep from tensing up when I click the metronome faster?

I've been trying to build up speed with my tremolo exercises, and the demon I keep fighting is a sort of negative feedback loop fed by worrying about deviations from the tempo, increasing attention on ...
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Basso profundo question

Right now I'm 16 years old and the lowest note I can reach is a very forced B1 (not vocal fry). I have been able to reach down to an A1, but I can almost never reach lower than A#1 at the moment. What ...
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What is the difference between male head voice and falsetto?

What is the fundamental difference between head voice and falsetto in male singers? I think I know the answer, but I cannot be sure in its credibility, since all my self-researched knowledge comes ...
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How do I continue improving my saxophone technique?

I've started learning saxophone three weeks ago. I'm having really good fun with it and I play it whenever I can. I already play drums, bass guitar, and trombone so I know a bit about music, but not ...
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How to achieve a rapid violin tremolo

I heard a romanian gipsy fiddler playing dizzyingly rapid tremolo. How can I achieve that?
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“one finger per fret” - is it worth following this rule?

When I first got into guitar, I was given advice to follow a "one finger per fret" rule with the left hand. Basically, to fret notes with all four fingers, and to follow a pattern such that in any ...
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What is this orchestration technique called?

I don't know what's the name for this technique; it's used in most films and TV shows. I think it's done to create tension, shock or horror. I hear it when something bad happens, happened or is ...
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When composing for oboe, how useful is it to think about recorder fingerings?

I'm always a bit anxious when writing for winds, because I don't really have much of a clue how passages will be executed on the specific instrument. (And I know how needlessly complicated some parts ...
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How can I avoid getting loud picking sounds on a distorted electric guitar?

Whenever I hear solos from professional guitar players, in songs, for example, I never hear a loud noise of pick hitting the strings, even when the guitar is heavily distorted. I just learned a solo ...
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How to improve Left Hand Discipline when drumming (right Handedly)

I am right cross handed drummer, this will give you an idea of the drum layout (Hi-Hat on the left). Now I have been trying to swap hands to Left open handed and I have realized an obvious lapse in ...
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John Bonham's bass drum technique

I've been playing drums for a number of years off and on, and one thing which has always eluded me is how the (amazing) John Bonham managed to get quite so much out of his right foot. The classic ...
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How to find my voice singing backing vocals on mic

I'm a decent singer, and I'm used to singing different acoustic parts (e.g. as part of an acappella group) with no problems. But for some reason when singing backing vocals in a band, I lose my pitch ...
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What's the correct fingering for a three string power chord on guitar?

Should you "barre" fingers 1 and 3, so 1 covers the lowest pitch note and 3 covers the higher 2, or should you use 1, 3, and 4 to play them?
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What are “half positions” in reference to barre chords?

I have heard the term "half positions" for a technique used in the context of barre chords. What does it mean? What are its advantages?
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How do I make a song swing?

I've been trying to play some swing bass lines, and while technically I can play the swing feel (the 16th notes with some triplets), it doesn't sound like its swinging. It sounds kinda boring and ...
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How to practice chord changes into B major?

I am struggling to play some barre chords, especially this B major one: E --2-- B --4-- G --4-- D --4-- A --2-- E --x-- I try placing my barring finger (1) on the second fret, and then adding the ...
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Ten Minute Practice Techniques For Guitar?

Unfortunately I can't play everyday. However, I am trying to grab at least 5-10 minutes here and there. What are some good theory or scale techniques/practice methods I should have ready to pull out ...