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

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Why do I wear out the frets on my guitar faster than most other folks? Do I need a lighter touch?

I know all about the fact that the unwound strings on my acoustic guitars are steel and the frets are nickel. And I understand that fret wear - especially under the plain steel un-coated strings is ...
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Scraping my index finger on frets

When I shift from chord to chord I end up scraping the inside of the bottom joint of my left index finger as I move it up and down the neck. It's getting pretty raw. A coworker says I should file ...
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Causes of sharp pain in a fretting finger after playing guitar or bass?

I have been playing guitar and bass for about 20 years now and I have noticed that sometimes, particularly in the last five years, I will do something with my fretting hand that causes a sharp pain in ...
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Wrist problems when using the first fret

One perennial problem I've had for as long as I can remember is that any time I play a song that uses the first fret a lot (e.g. the verses for Metallica's "Jump in the Fire" come to mind) I end up ...
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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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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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Do I have a problem in my ring finger?

I play piano, guitar violin and other instruments. I have a little weakness in my ring finger, especially the left one. Instrumently-agnostic speaking, to reproduce what I'm talking, place your left ...
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Is there a name or common usage of this piano damper pedal effect?

I've noticed an effect that I use when playing acoustic piano. Play a note or chord staccato, and quite quickly after playing it, press the damper pedal. The effect is rather like an echo which ...
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What is the proper way to notate the end of a section played “sul ponticello”?

That is, what is the standard way to tell a string player to play normally again?
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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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Resources for singing

Most of what i know (including my guitar playing) has been learnt without a teacher...i guess i just suck for that kind of learning. I want to learn to sing, but cannot find a viable way that does not ...
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Should I look at the fretboard while I play guitar?

Is it a bad thing to constantly look at the frets while playing? Sometimes I find myself curved over a body of the guitar so much that my neck starts to hurt. It seems that some experienced players ...
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Is the following non-standard fingering for an A shaped barre chord still technically sound?

Having slowly come to grips with E shape barre chords I'm now grappling with A shaped ones. The two popular fingerings I have seen involve one finger each on the 2, 3, 4 strings or alternatively ...
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How important is string-muting when playing the bass?

I'm mainly an acoustic guitar player, branching out into electric guitar and (a bit) bass guitar. I don't know much of anything about bass technique - I just have one lying around and muck about on ...
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What's the correct technique for strumming a guitar?

By correct I mean from a biomechanical perspective to minimize the risk of injury. I have seen some advice saying that strumming should be controlled by the big muscles such as the shoulder. My ...
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How to play a piece “cantabile”?

When the performance direction is "cantabile" one must supposedly play it in a song-like manner, but how do I implement it in my playing? Is it just the nature of the piece that will do the work or do ...
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Practical limitations of the 4 mallet technique for idiophones from a compositional point of view

Pretty much as the title puts it. I haven't found any literature (so far) that covers it well, and I don't have any percussionists among my current acquaintances (more's the pity). Essentially, what ...
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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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What is “Phrasing” in the context of playing a Solo?

What is meant when a listener says"His phrasing was spot on"- specifically when talking about solo's but sometimes when referring to a pianist "comping". What does it mean when referring to a ...
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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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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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Dear Mr. Fantasy by Traffic, drum section in the first verse [closed]

If you listen to the first verse in the Dear Mr. Fantasy, you can note an off-beat drumming section which kinda feels like drummer lost the beat and then comes back to it ...
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Chronic hand pain and stiffness and guitar playing

I really need your help and opinion. I've been playing guitar for about two years now. I started in high school, and now I'm in colledge, and because of that I dont have that much time to practice, ...
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Why should I alternate fingers in this piece?

I very recently started learning classical guitar and I have some questions. I am trying to play following piece: In the second-to-last measure of the second row, my fingers on the strings ...
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Ensuring one's sweep picking is uniform in dynamics?

The problem I am having is when I do say a sweep such as: I find that when I get to the E string (on a random side note there should be the hammer on to the G and pull off to the E on the e string) ...
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problem with guitar intro on ELPs “From the Beginning”

This be a really dumb question, but sometimes there's a problem passage that keeps being a thorn in my side forever. And I do mean forever, because I've probably messed with this song for decades. If ...
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How do I transition smoothly going up or down while singing without strain or breaking? Is mixed-voice the key? How do I work on it?

I've been trying to learn singing for sometime now and have gone through dozens of videos and articles understanding voice/vocal folds/registers/bridging/exercises-lip-trills-apreggios..etc,. since ...
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How to test all three piano pedals

How to demonstrate easily and clearly that all three pedals on a piano are working as expected? It is a digital piano but probably the pedal action should be identical or similar. I am new with ...
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Beethoven sonata no 8

I'm playing tthe pathetique and in the exposition the Allegra-Di Molto e con brio after the grave section where there is the c eighth notes repeating in the left hand, I can't seem to get it quiet any ...
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How I am I supposed to “Properly” follow through to the next string while playing the electric bass guitar?

So, I understand that when playing (plucking the string in particular) that when you pluck a particular string, you are supposed to follow through, and let your finger hit the previous, or last, ...
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Lifting off vs keeping fingers on the fretboard after striking a note

I have recently started learning classical guitar and the book I am studying recommends not taking a finger off fretboard (after striking a note) unless it is needed to be. So, for the following ...
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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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Why does looking at the keys make me unable to play a piece?

I'm learning piano at an early stage - playing Grade 1 level stuff I suppose. However I did classical guitar as a kid and play chords in a band so my general musicality is higher than that. The ...
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Right hand accuracy

I've realized, that I have a big problem with right hand accuracy, when using a pick, especially, when I play arpeggios and have to skip a string or a couple of stings. Sometimes, I hit the wrong ...
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Timing issues with audio interface

I've been recording with a Focusrite Saffire USB 6 audio interface for about a year now and I have improved my musical skills over the time, but I still seem to have timing issues. When recording ...
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What is this vocal style called, and how can I learn it?

The vocalist Jonny Craig from bands like, Dance Gavin Dance, Slaves, and Emarosa, uses a technique to intensify a sustained note and/or phrases, and I can't figure out how he does this, and continues ...
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How can I be sure that I am singing effortlessly in my natural voice?

I have years of vocalization practice, but I still start straining while singing—especially if I am not vigilant. It happens imperceptibly and is a hard habit to break. Is there a reliable technique ...
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Left hand thumb position for ukulele

Some people place the thumb behind the neck (more freedom for fingers) some let the neck fall deep between the thumb and index finger, and the thumb is visible above the fretboard Which ...
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How can I increase the accuracy of my playing?

I am a musician who used to play the piano a lot, but now plays the pipe organ in churches, recitals, and competitions. At age 17, with 13 years of musical experience, I very rarely play a piece 100% ...
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What are some techniques to control feedback in a musical setting?

I was always intrigued with the way Ted Nugent/Adrian Belew/Jeff Beck/Jimi Hendrix/SRV were able to control feedback and make it musical - are there guitar/amp settings and techniques that can make ...
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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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What playing techniques are sensitive to “jamming fingers”

A Korg Krome 61/73 review mentions that you can jam fingers between two keys because they are flat. I've had an opportunity to play some cheap keyboards with flat keys and this didn't happen to me. ...
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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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Balance between pressure and fullness in singing

I am looking for effective ways of minimizing breath pressure on the cords while singing. That is without getting a weak or thin tone but a chesty and sometimes slightly held back one. Think Michael ...
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How to sing “like a girl” for men?

I recently discovered that some men (with normal adult male speaking voices) can imitate female singers pretty convincingly, at least to the untrained ear: ...
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Alternate picking while palm muting

I've been practicing alternate picking and palm muting for a while now, but I have extreme difficulties when combining these two techniques together. My picking hand can't move freely when resting on ...
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How to begin learning the CAGED Method

What is the best way of approaching the CAGED Method. What are some good resources for beginning to learn this method.
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How to make your chord progression sound smoother?

I'm just going to use the song I'm teaching myself as an example. I've been learning Rylynn by Andy McKee for months now, and I'm not very far, because I'm trying to get each part perfect. ...
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How to expand falsetto range?

My non-falsetto vocal range is about E3-A5 (those are the absolute limits, but really I only feel comfortable singing from about F#3-E5) [I'm an adult male]. I'm not very good at singing in falsetto ...