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

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What is the definition of 'playing in the pocket'?

The phrase 'playing in the pocket' is used sometimes, in jazz, hip hop, funk etc. It sometimes refers to the way a drummer plays, sometimes to how an ensemble works together. I've Googled the term, ...
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Zedd - Spectrum arpeggio fingering help?

I am having real trouble working out the optimal fingering for an arpeggio in this piano piece: (Note that lower G should be on the right hand stave. The piece is 104 bpm) I have tried a few ...
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Making alternate picking palm muting sound like downpicked palm muting

I was told that my alternate picking palm muting should not sound like it does, there should be little difference vs downpicking. What should I practice to remedy this? Here's an example, using ...
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Fingerstyle guitar - how to play this arpeggio?

Too many notes, not enough fingers! How can I keep bass note while playing this arpeggio? ? shows the fret I cannot reach because I use index finger to play bass note. I have tried to barre index ...
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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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Fingerstyle guitar - How to fret this arpeggio?

I recently found this arpeggio. How can I fret all the notes? I see two options, one involves using thumb on high E string, and other using index finger to fret octave on strings E and D which is ...
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How to play power chords without fretting hand getting tired?

My brother and I sat down to play electric / bass covers of Bad Religion together and by the end of the two hour session my hand literally died - like a tingling sensation and a sharp stinging pain. ...
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Side effects of power chords

I started learning guitar on an acoustic one nearly 2 years back and recently I bought a new electric guitar. I started playing too much of electric distorted stuff, especially the drop d tuning which ...
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How can I perform this cornet passage?

The UK Brass Band I play with is rehearsing a test piece with this passage in it: This bar is repeated about 20 times. To finger it conventionally, I'd be pressing valves 1+2, 2, 1, 2 for ...
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Can a tune written for 3/4 time be played in 4/4 time?

Can the tune "Tenderly" be played in 3/4 time and 4/4 time? My sheet music shows 3/4 (waltz) time, but most jazz versions are played in 4/4 time.
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How to avoid unwanted scratching/squeaking/hissing noise from the fretting hand when playing hi-gain electric guitar?

I have been playing the electric guitar for over ten years now, and this is an issue that has been troubling me for ages. Whenever I play hi-gain songs and have to switch fretting hand positions ...
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Drummer: Follow Bassist, Guitarist, or Lead

I spent the first 10 years of my drumming life identifying the flashiest elements of songs I played, and charting my performance around those accents. What this meant is that I found myself following ...
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Why do guitar teachers and lesson books teach playing a G Major chord without using your pinky?

Why do most guitar teachers and beginner guitar lesson books teach the fingering for the G major chord using the ring finger to fret the g note on 3rd fret of high e string rather than using your ...
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Back pain from playing violin

I have been playing the violin for 5 months now. After about half an hour of playing I get a very bad muscle pain in the back my right shoulder blade. I usually ignore it thinking it'll go away, but ...
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Better way of playing major Barre chords

I generally play barre chords by using all my 4 fingers. For example I play B-major chord in this fashion: So as you can see, I use all my 4 fingers. But recently while I was learning to play a ...
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It is ok to correct wrong notes when playing piano?

I am learning to play the piano on my own. When I play and I hear a mistake, I go back and play the correct note. Hearing the right note helps me find the next one. But I heard that you should ignore ...
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Piano technique - arms/hands/fingers

I've been away from the piano for about 4 years and am just now able to start playing again. Prior to the hiatus I was majoring in music with piano as my primary instrument. One of the things I had ...
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Tips playing F barre chord

Any tips for a newbie in playing the F barre chord. I find it very hard to put my fingers in place. I've got a strat. I hear you can move it up and down the neck for other barre chords.
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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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how I must put my fingers for this tablature?

How should I play this bar? I'm having trouble figuring out the fingering so that I can play it easily (or as easily as possible, anyways).
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How to hold a plectrum?

I have been playing guitar for a year now, but still have'nt been able to make my picking technique right. I struggle especially while playing fast solos. Could you guys please help me on this?
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What is the proper way to play this chord?

I have been playing for a while, but for some reason, I still can't play this 5th chord cleanly without that center note. Even with muting it just doesn't sound clean. Here's what I mean: ...
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How to play these (following) notes on a piano?

How do you play the very 4 first green notes on the right-handed side? They are not simultaneously played, but the time difference between two notes is kinda very ...
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Two finger vs Three finger Power chords on guitar

What are the pros and cons of the two finger and three finger power chords on guitar? Is one faster? What I think I know is that the three finger power chords are more pronounced and powerful than the ...
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How do electric guitarists play holding guitar below their waist?

I've noticed that many electric guitarists hold their guitars very low - almost so that their arms are straight. I'm not a very skilled guitar player but I can't even imagine playing with my arms ...
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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 (bass) guitar players stop a note?

I don't play (bass) guitar, nor do I have a desire to. However, this question has been bugging me for quite some time now, as I have yet found the answer myself by viewing guitarists playing, mostly ...
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How to avoid excessive saliva when playing the harmonica?

When playing the harmonica for more than a few minutes, I'll often run into the problem where I produce way too much saliva, which all ends up inside the harmonica itself. Sometimes this even clogs ...
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Song recommendations for a self-taught pianist

So as you could see from the title, I learn the piano by myself? Why? A teacher is much more effective, right? Well, that is true, however; I do not have the money for a teacher, and this way, it is ...
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Voice Range help [closed]

I am currently barely 16 years old, male and my voice seems to be very uncommon. I can hit a low D & low E with a bit of warming up and hit a low F without much trouble. Due to this I wonder how ...
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brass: bending notes upwards

It is fairly easy - although it requires a bit of strength - to bend notes downwards on a trumpet. For example playing a F#, a F, or even lower notes with all valves open. It does not sound nice, but ...
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Bass picking technique

I play the bass in a metal band, so I usually need a pick to get both a more fitting sound and reach the right speed. But I cannot find the right technique to use it and I don't have much precision ...
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Common denominator bpm

I have a video of nature. I noticed that there are three repeating elements, one has 80.197844 bpm, the other 64.664 bpm and the other 67.4 bpm. I want to compose music for it. To get started, how do ...
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Best method to learn to play barre chords?

I've been trying to learn the F chord for a while now, and I am having a very hard time playing the barre chord. I've read that pulling back slightly with your finger and using the body of the guitar ...
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What is this 'tone' of voice called?

When listening to various pop opera or opera pieces, I sometimes hear the singer make their voice suddenly 'more masculine' for a particular part of the song. I'm not quite sure how to describe it, ...
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Playing a classical piece at full speed

I can play a certain classical piece (specific tune is not important, I don't think) very well at a relaxed speed with proper fingering, even tempo, etc. It sounds just fine. However, when I listen to ...
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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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What is the technique called where you hold a crash cymbal while hitting it?

I used to play in a band with a drummer who used to grab the crash cymbal with his left hand and strike it hard whilst playing the bass drum. This made a really nice sound like iron being struck in a ...
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Why do female opera singers use head voice?

Why do female opera singers mostly sing in the head voice? Is this a stylistic thing, or is it because it's harmful for the voice? Is it wrong when a mezzo-soprano sing mostly in the mixed or chest ...
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Requirements for performance-quality wine glasses

In order to get a decent set of wine glasses for musical performance, what properties should I be on the lookout for? I've heard that the glasses will only be playable if they're pure crystal, but ...
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Organ technique for pianists

I've been playing the piano for 15-odd years, so I like to delude myself into thinking that I'm somewhat skilled. However, my question revolves around the organ. I've played the organ for 5-odd ...
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Singing: Is it true that all of your power behind singing should come from your diaphragm?

I'm not sure if I can ask this here, but I have a question about singing technique. My teacher once told me that all of your power behind singing should come from your diaphragm and that you shouldn't ...
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Best ways to remove excess tension from fretting hand?

I'm recovering from tendonitis in my left (fretting) wrist. I think it was due to trying to build speed with poor technique. Part of it was too much bending of the wrist, but the other part is likely ...
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how to build vocal stamina

I have good technique. I'm self taught but I know all about singing and its techniques. I can use head voice and I'm comfortable with it. The problem I have is that I can't go through two or three ...
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Controling The Larynx When Singing

I have been told before that one should keep their larynx (is that the adam's apple area???) neutral when singing. Whenever I start to sing, my adam's apple moves up and down depending on the pitch. ...
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Should I retrain myself to be a right handed drummer?

I'm in a slightly strange situation. I have been playing the piano ever since I was a kid, and have in recent years taken an interest in drumming. Not having consistent access to a real drum kit, I ...
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How does countertenor vocal technique differ from “standard” vocal technique?

I am curious about the countertenor voice. What are the techniques for countertenor vocal production? It would be helpful if the answer compared to the standard techniques of vocal production, ...
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Finger stretching exercises for Guitar learning

I am a beginner Guitar learner and want to play guitar smoothly with all my four fingers. I searched on internet and found below useful links to stretch the fingers: ...
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Finger Picking vs. using a Pick on Bass Guitar

Before I played bass I played guitar, so when I started to play bass I naturally used a pick. Eventually I learned how to finger pick and now typically use both picking techniques interchangeably as a ...
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Learning piano after nine years of playing guitar

I've been playing all sorts of styles of guitar for nine years now, and I have a good understanding of theory. I recently started playing the piano as well - specifically more towards the jazz side of ...