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

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Should I lift my finger before I hit a key when playing a piano?

I've noticed, that many people are hitting keys, instead of just pressing them. It kinda looks like that before they press the note, they lift the finger a little bit, same as if you tried to hit a ...
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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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Guitar Strumming and the High E string

I'm relatively new to playing guitar and I am currently learning on an acoustic. I am adding strumming to my skillset at the moment (as there's only so far downstrokes can take me), but I'm having a ...
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What is the proper way to play A-Flat scales on piano?

Consider four cases: A-flat major A-flat (natural) minor A-flat melodic minor A-flat harmonic minor I start them with the third finger on the A-flat key (both hands), but I have no idea how a ...
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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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Complete fingering-technique reference book for keyboard player for chords and scales?

I'm now studying harmony and since my instrument is not keyboard, I don't know how to execute complex chords such as 13 or other chords that involve more than 5 notes. Do you play them with just one ...
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Ten minute piano practice techniques?

It seems quite simple to allocate 10 - 15 minutes in the morning for a piano. At least much easier than to find later time for a longer session during the day. There is a similar (and very good) "ten ...
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How do you play barre chords which are at an angle?

I read about the concept of an angled/oblique barre chord, where you use your index finger to play 2 different frets across different strings like so: -4- 3rd -2- 1st -3- 1st -4- 2nd --- -4- 4th (I ...
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Playing clean arpeggios on a lapsteel guitar

Please check out this live performance of "Your Latest Trick", by Dire Straits, as it is a perfect example of the question theme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKiVttFnqkY&t=4m12s Notice the ...
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Improvisation on Piano

I've been playing the piano for around 7 years now. I took some lessons when I first started, but other than that I haven't had any lessons. In other words I'm pretty much self-taught. I have a good ...
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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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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 ...
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Maximize practice time on electronic drum kit

I have played on an acoustic drum kit all my life but now I have unfortunately switched to an electronic drum set because I live in an apartment. How can I maximize my practice time on an electronic ...
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Technique or exercise to play this part from a song which i'm stuck with

I want to play this part but i'm stuck on how to play this correctly and efficiently with my fingers. Any technique or exercise related to this is welcomed. BTW, the song is 'That was Just your life ...
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Skills needed for classical guitar

I've been playing steel-string acoustic for 25+ years, and I'm becoming more interested in classical guitar playing. While I'm fairly good at fingerstyle, I'm aware that making the leap to ...
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Rhythm guitar techniques for a great Blues/Blues Rock player

Firstly, let me say that I've been playing guitar for a couple of years now. I know a few scales (Major, Minor, Blues, Harmonic Minor) and the basic chords with it's different shapes. I've also ...
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What is this vocal technique called? [closed]

In this song, Der Mond from Heisskalt there is a passage which I particularly like. What is this technique called, does it have a name? The singer reaches out to few different notes while singing ...
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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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How do you keep convex string instruments from slipping?

I have been playing the guitar for many years and I recently got myself a traditional Greek instrument to play with (image source): Pictured above is a μπαγλαμάς (baglamas) and though mine is ...
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Guitar Picking improvement… is forcing EVER good

Long story, and I don't expect magic answers. But I'm always striving to improve and learn, and some of this might elicit good advice. Read if you have the time. I've been playing a long time, well ...
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How to learn to play 'out of phase' with yourself?

There's a Piano piece by Steve Reich called piano phase, in which the same notes are played on 2 pianos (usually by different people), but over time, they shift out of phase with each other. Here's ...
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How to find equivalent notes on different strings of a mandolin?

I have just started learning mandolin and I am working my way through St. Louis Blues. The music that I am using includes the tablature as well as the music. The tab for one section shows: ...
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Guitar picking hand motion when playing pull-offs

Which of strumming patterns below is best to use most of the time when playing pull-offs? I learned using second one, suits me fine with regards to technique (it is more economical), but since ...
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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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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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How can I learn to growl?

How can I learn how to growl? (Think the heavy bear growls vocals used in plays and metal music.) I'm looking for free resources and/or exercises I can do myself; in either case I want to be able to ...
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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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Stopping high E string from muting by palm when using thumb to frett

After seeing many people recommending, I started following the book "Beginning Fingerstyle Blues". I was following the book perfectly till now but with the following piece I got a problem. The author ...
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What are the challenges I might face when I switch from electronic drum-kit (Yamaha DD65) to an acoustic drum-set?

I currently play drums on a Yamaha DD65. Never played on an acoustic before. So I was wondering what kind of issues I might have when I switch. Is there anything I should keep in mind when I play on ...
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How to play upstrokes with our hand when playing an acoustic guitar?

I have seen a lot of guitar videos and read a lot of guitar books but one thing they all have in common is that while teaching strumming they tell you to "loosen up", "keep going up and down" etc. Or ...
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How to hit four notes in a single beat with 2 hands for drum

Sometimes when i am given a drum score , there will be four notes in a single beat , How do i hit four notes in a single beat given I only have 2 hands ??? The only way i know to hit 4 notes in a ...
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What chord is this and when is it the dominant?

For a song I've written I do a chromatic descending climb with the bass note in a Cm chord and end up with my fingers like this: First of all I'd like to know what chord this is, my guess is an A ...
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Is closed hi-hat the same as foot hi-hat

I am confused over the terms Closed hi hat and foot hi hat Closed hi hat is hittng the hi hat when your foot is depressed on the hi hat peadal What exactly is foot hi-hat , is it the sound made ...
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Guitar left hand fingering - how play this phrase?

I stumbled upon this phrase, not knowing how to play it. I'm trying to get comfortable with this middle finger barre (it's hard to keep all strings pressed, especially D), which seems the only way not ...
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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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Fingerstyle finger economy - how to play phrases that require index finger on high strings?

Is this fingering correct/optimal? 1 4 4 4 3 4 2 E|--5------- B|--7----7-- G|--7---7--- D|-----7---- A|---------- E|----7-----
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Sarod rhythmic techniques (Hindustani classical music)

I've been listening to some sarod recently, and what struck me is how much more rhythmic even the alaap of sarod performances tends to be than vocal or other instrumental performances. This seems to ...
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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 guitar chord melody while keeping bass note on high fret?

To demonstrate: E|----------- B|--8---6---- G|--8----8--- D|-----7----- A|----------- E|--8-------- Which fretting hand fingering Should I use? Should I maintain bass note using thumb or 3rd ...
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Fingerstyle fingering economy - should I use pinky barre to avoid finger motion?

What would be optimal fingering for fretting hand while playing phrases like this one? Am I doing it correctly? 4 1 4 3 3 3 2 3 4 1 E|--9-----7--------------7-- ...
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How to achieve strumming effect while playing fingerstyle with bass notes, in a guitar?

How to play upper strings to sound like strumming while keeping bass note? E|----6-- B|---6--- G|--6---- D|------- A|------- E|--6---- Like quick strumming, there should be ...
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How do I sing from chest voice to falsetto without missing notes in between?

I am having difficulty singing in head voice. I am a bass who can also sing very high falsetto. However, when I try singing a scale, there is always a few notes between chest voice and head voice that ...
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How to play non-beginner barre chords

I am new to fingerstyle playing and have trouble with some chords that involve streches of five frets or so. A good example is here. V - middle finger ...
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What is the difference between upstrokes and downstrokes while strumming a guitar?

One of the most basic guitar skills are strumming up and down freely. And I have noticed in songs that there usually appears to be a difference in sounds between the two strokes. But when I'm ...
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How can I play that crazy sound in Koko Taylor's “Wang Dang Doodle”?

In Koko Taylor's Wang Dang Doodle, there's some kind of ringing arpeggio lead that almost makes you forget that the whole song has only one chord. How do you play that crazy lead? Edit: This isn't ...
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History of screaming in music throughout the world

Screaming is a common technique in metal and other music genres but according to Wikipedia it has also been used in blues music and very few times in more classical Western works. Are there other ...
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What is the most classically correct way to play this fast run?

I am trying to figure out the best way to play the first run in Francesco Tarrega's Caprice Arabe. This run is meant to be played really really really fast. First way: p i p i ...
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How to play bass note louder in a chord while keep the treble note soft?

How to play the bass note louder in the given example while keep the treble note in the same chord still soft as the other successive notes? I play it on guitar. I always make the notes in one chord ...
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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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How to get rid of nasality in singing

Whenever I sing I can notice my voice is overly showing nasality and I hate it.I tried to keep my tongue flat rather than bulging to touch the top surface of the mouth. But nothing works exactly as I ...