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

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How do you practice trills on piano?

The title says it all: my trills on piano are really terrible, unless they are 1-2 or 2-3. Anything involving the 5th finger is especially awful. I have the same feeling of frustration of when I ...
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Double tonguing on flute

I am trying to learn double tongue on the flute, but I am struggling to do so. I can tongue well generally, but I don't understand the back of the tongue part. What syllable or method is used to ...
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Why do drumsticks break?

I understand that drum sticks are supposed to be hit with the tip, and the only reason you hit the drum set with the shaft is to do a rim shot- so technically it would take a lot of rim shots to break ...
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What are the different ways to hold drumsticks and what are the pros and cons of each? [duplicate]

The most common method of holding drumsticks based on my experience (and this is how I do it as well), is holding the two drumsticks like a spoon and a fork, like this : However, I do occasionally ...
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Sticks moving in my hands (weak grip?)

I've been playing drums for a while and there's something bothering me. I've watched a lot of "how to hold your drumsticks properly" videos for the 'matched grip' style (the one i use) to try to ...
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Should I connect top melody of Moonlight Sonata 1st mvmt using my fingers?

I'm beginner piano player and start lerning 1st movement of Moonlight Sonata. I read many advices before and almost all recommend connect the top melody (ta ta-ta) notes with fingers, holding notes ...
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What are the dos and don'ts of positioning your thumb on a guitar?

What are the Dos and Don'ts of thumb position in guitar playing? Are there bad habits or just alternative techniques?
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Head voice techniques for singing

My head voice goes a little weaker after an hour of practice (after warm ups). I do take sufficient breaks in between. Is it normal and will it improve with regular practice sessions that I do ...
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What are the pros and cons of Traditional Grip vs. Matched Grip for snare and drumset?

So far I've just been learning matched grip for my snare and drumset playing, but I see of lot of people using traditional grip as well. I'm curious, what are some of the pros and cons of matched vs. ...
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Left hand position for high fretting (electric guitar)

I'm self-taught and I want to check that I'm not doing myself a disservice with my left hand positioning when I'm playing high up the neck (say, above fret 15). I play with my thumb behind the neck, ...
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How to play chords like G/B

I heard that if there is a chord written like x/y then that means an x chord with y in the bass. This can be played by playing x normally, but then playing the y note on the 6th string, correct? Then ...
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What are Head voice and Chest voice

Head voice and Chest voice were discussed in this question about natural voice, but despite singing in choirs for nearly 9 years I have never heard of them. Can someone provide a good description of ...
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Counter-example of counterpoint technique?

I'm trying to fully understand the concept that "Counterpoint" entails... but I can't seem to think any situation in which a counterpoint is not present on a song/piece/whatever. If counterpoint is ...
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How to bend and release without flicking the other strings?

I'm trying to bend up then back down on the G string (so it plays both notes, I'm not muting the bend back down to G) but I always catch my fingernail on the D string. So when I let the bend back ...
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Left hand training for right handed guitar players - to improve coordination.

Ok, this question will probably be opinion based, but I try my best to write it, so it can be answered. My problem: When playing guitar (I am right handed) I lack some speed and coordination in my ...
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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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Double stopping pizzicato on the violin

So recently I watched a video on double stopping on the violin, you can watch it here. In the video when she started to play pizzicato and hit those two notes, she hit them one after another, sort of ...
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Proper technique for screaming vocal style

I just started screaming properly (i think i have no idea) a bit ago like a couple months and i just need to know if I'm doing it right I will try my best to explain how I scream. When I scream I ...
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Strum pattern v melody line?

Apologies- aged learner here!! Can anyone explain to me the relationship ( if any ?!) between the melody line of a song and the most suitable strum pattern to accompany it? I can read music and do "...
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Which fingering to use when playing the same piano key twice in a row?

I just started to learn piano, and I notice that practice sheet music for beginners sometimes specifies for all or some keys which fingers should hit them. It seems that some authors consistently ...
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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 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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Right hand wrist & forearm soreness

I’m new to piano and experiencing soreness in the wrist and forearm of my right hand when I play. I can’t tell whether this is “building new muscles” pain or “doing something wrong” pain. I’m ...
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Slapping Violin Strings with bow

I wonder what the following violin technique is called it happens in the following video at ar 4;50. It seems that it is some sort of slapping motion with the bow and also something that resembles ...
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Technique: What is an effective way to create a song? [closed]

In detail, my question(s) are: Is it better to start with the climax, or drop, of the song rather than with the intro? What is an effective way to create your melodies? What is an effective way to ...
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i will give up , any suggestions?

I got an acoustic guitar for my birthday last 5 months , i try and try to play but it sound terrible :'( i'm crying I really love this instrument and my dream is to be a good player , Sungha Jung ...
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Buzzing sound when switching between chords

I wonder how to avoid the buzzing sound when switching between chords .
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How to prevent the extra tone from the upper part of the guitar

I have a problem with my technique especially when tapping the higher notes. There is always a tone from the upper part of the fretboard that I don't want, but having a hard time muting it. Any ideas?
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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 you play two consecutive up bows?

I am currently learning Hunters' Chorus, and was a little confused about something by the marked note: As you can see, the note is supposed to be played as an up-bow, but when you are playing this ...
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Is there any classical precursor to boogie woogie?

It is often been said (rather too simplistically in many cases) that jazz is a combination of European and African practices. I am interested particularly in classical piano techniques that have been ...
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How do I learn this Peruvian technique?

I can't figure out how he is playing the part with the triplets beginning 1:18 :( would love to learn this technique but how? Is he playing two notes at once, or just semiquavers like in Recuerdos de ...
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Playing Separately with Hands and Feet on Drums

I'm training playing drums for about 3-4 months, but I still can't control my feet separately from my hands (i.e. when I play some rhythm with my hands I can barely play some other rhythm and keep it ...
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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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Is there a common left hand position in accordion?

I'm an amateur accordion player who is having difficulties with the bass side. There's no problem when I'm using close keys such as jumping from C to A. But when I need to jump to a further key such ...
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Any ways to physically improve hand and finger speed?

My question is general and is instrument agnostic (it's actually even music acoustic). I'm looking for ways to improve my hand and finger speed, whether it's finger drumming on the kitchen table, ...
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How to play the piano using less than ten fingers

In my younger days learning how to play the piano (unfortunately I was never one for spending too much time practising), whenever I struggled to move my hands along the keyboard or had trouble ...
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Learning to play multiphonics on a brass instrument

I would like to learn how to play multiphonics on brass instruments. (I am referring to the kind of multiphonics that are produced when singing/humming a note whilst playing another note.) I gave it a ...
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Recorder upper register

I have been playing alto and soprano recorders on and off for years - mainly for personal enjoyment. However, I find I am unreliable on notes above top G on the soprano and equivalent on alto. ...
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Playing guitar with only three fingers

I started to learn to play acoustic again, and my entire left hand is fine other than my forefinger. I had an accident where the finger end was removed, meaning that I can't use that finger at all. I ...
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What is this technique called? Holding finger on string above 12th fret

In this video, scroll to around 1:24. Andy McKee puts his right hand on 12th fret (Not sure) and pulls out his left hand from 3rd or 4th fret producing a peculiar sound. What is this technique called?...
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When singing, how to avoid being distracted by vocal harmony or other vocal lines?

I'm not a professional singer but I love singing. I find it very difficult to focus on my own vocal line when I hear other vocal lines. For example, When I was in the college choir, I sang bass, and ...
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Fluidity exercises for beginning guitar

I've been playing guitar for close to two years now, and still at quite a novice level. I play on a nylon string classical and I want to get better at moving up the fret board with my fingers and ...
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Daughter tends to raise index and middle finger whenever she plays the remaining fingers on piano

My daughter tends to automatically raise her index and sometimes middle finger whenever she plays the ring or pinky on the piano. It's almost like she is trying to use it to balance her hand/fingers. ...
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How should I put my fingers on a piano / electronic keyboard?

Should the fingers be curved/bent or straight? Should I press the key actively or let my finger fall by "using gravity"?
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Villa-Lobos Etude No. 2 - Arpeggio part - how to play the consecutive bass strings

I'm a beginner classical guitarist (I have been playing the instrument itself for a while) in the middle of learning Villa-Lobos Etude No. 2. I just wanted to know how I should be playing the ...
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How to do vibrato on the saxophone?

I've recently gotten back into the saxophone (I play alto now, but learned on the soprano) and was wondering how to master vibrato. Any time I make even a slight change in my embouchure, it sounds ...
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Standing up acoustic guitar playing position for women

It goes without saying that women typically have different body types than men and this fact often never gets addressed when guitarists are speaking on how to position a guitar when standing up. It ...
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Thumb position when soloing (or performing scales) on electric guitar

Why do so many top top electric guitar players (like Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton) consistently hook their thumb above the neck when it goes against the conventional wisdom? This seems especially ...
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When using strict alternate picking, is it OK to play a downstroke twice in order to start a new phrase on a downstroke?

There are a lot of advocates of absolutely strict alternate picking, like Chris Thile (dead YouTube clip removed). I've been practicing that for a couple of weeks now, and I'm at the point where I can ...