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

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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 ...
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Alternating fingers or direction?

In typical fingerstyle bass technique, you alternate between two fingers, always pulling the strings in the same direction, up toward your hand. In contrast, with picked bass you alternate pick ...
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How to approach learning and playing Chopin Etude Op 10 No.11? [closed]

How to approach learning Chopin Etude Op 10 No.11? Who knows music analysis article with chord progression defined and ideas on remembering these arrps? I feel that this study is best for my rather ...
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Bass Guitar rasgueado?

How does Victor Wooten do that super-fast tremolo plucking? It looks like his fingers are always curled and right on top of the strings. Is he slapping with 3 or 4 fingers rapidly or is he plucking ...
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How to play repeating chords fast on piano

Is there a specific technique that safely allows for fast repetition of thick chords on the piano? I was practicing a passage a while ago which consisted mostly of repeating Gmin7 (3rd inversion) ...
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Band rehearsal: how to prepare for suboptimal monitoring conditions?

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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How can you definitively and scientifically test mouthpieces?

How / Can you definitively and accurately test an instruments mouthpiece (brass) and scientifically quantify and express that data beyond just a simple "On a scale of 1-5 how would you..." style ...
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How to play rapid 32nd notes

I've almost completed John Field's Nocturne in B♭ Major that I've worked with for around 3 weeks but I cant seem to get this passage done. I've intentionally skipped this part as I cannot figure ...
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Playing super fast on the piano

I have been able to play super fast(presto) once but that was because I practiced a sonatina at allegro for weeks and presto isn't all that far from allegro. I have also been able to play really fast ...
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name of the strumming technique

I was watching the following video: Can you please tell me the name of the strumming technique the guitarist used in the beginning of the video? I have been looking ...
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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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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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Glissandos in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3 Mov.3

In Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3 Mov.3 towards the end there are some parts with a glissando with doubled notes from 7:30 onwards of this video. It's played by Martha Argerich. I've also watched ...
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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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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. I'...
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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 ...