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

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Where can I learn more about tapping on an acoustic guitar?

I want to learn tapping on acoustic guitar; its basics, various techniques and so on. How should I start with it? Reference of some video lessons would be a great help.
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Mark Knopfler picking finger patterns — Sultans of Swing intro

I know Mark Knopfler plays fingerstyle, but What combination of finger/thumb picking patterns does he use when playing lead? Here is an example from the Sultans of Swing intro (from here): ...
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What is the earliest known use or indication of “col legno”

col legno or col legno battuto meaning : strike (the string) with the wood (of the bow) is commonly found in 20th century chamber music. But I have heard it might have been used earlier (at least 18th ...
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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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How do I improve my singing?

I enjoy singing, and I want to improve. I've had an ear for music since I was very young, and I have no problems finding/matching/hearing a tune in my head. However as I've gotten older, I've found it ...
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What is the foundational book of Czerny finger exercises for piano?

I've recently started teaching myself piano (via Bartok's Mikrokosmos) and feel it would be helpful to supplement the pieces with some standard exercises. Everyone I speak with suggests Czerny, but ...
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My fingers are huge; how do I adjust on a piano?

I'm a big guy and my fingers are proportionately big. I've been a student of piano for a few months now. I'm told regularly that I should play "into the keyboard" so that my fingers are closer to the ...
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Is there one or more “proper” finger picking styles/techniques?

Essentially, if there is some collection of proper techniques that have distinct rules or characteristics about them, that's what I'm looking for. There's not one particular artist or type of music I ...
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Wrist, Age and Very Depressed

I'm 60 yo, played guitar my whole life - just not very well. Open chords. 4 years ago, I got serious - 2 hours a day practice - 4 hours on weekends. I play electric blues. I mainly play sitting on ...
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Alto Saxophone: tremolo using alternate fingerings

On Alto Saxophone, which notes can easily produce a "tremolo" effect, using alternate fingerings? It's a kind of "warble" effect I'm looking for, but without changing pitch (or without changing pitch ...
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How can you prevent loss of or bad posture during drumming?

As an IT technician I am well aware of the problems with posture and the injuries as a result of such problems at work... so I was thinking can the same principles be applied to drumming to prevent ...
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Tips on playing quietly/gently?

I am amateur self taught musician and I am new to reed instruments. I decided to try out saxophone, but the problem is, it is way too loud. Each time I try to practice I need to blow very hard to ...
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Scalpel technique in Guitar

What is Scalpel technique in Guitar ? I searched on internet but does not show proper results.It says "Scalpel - move only your thumb and forefinger" Can you please guide me through videos,images ...
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oboist performing Malcom Arnold's Divertimento for Flute, Oboe, and Clarinet

Does anybody know of an alternative way to finger high B flat to D? There is a vivace 16th note section alternating between B flat to D that I cannot play cleanly with normal fingerings. ...
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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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How to reduce vocal strain when singing long duration high notes?

Usually when I hit songs that have long notes and are somewhat in my mid/high position in range my voice kind of tires out. I can sing the whole song again, but at these long note parts I just can't ...
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Cello: Is it possible to play a double stop of a major 9th on the I and II strings?

The cello is using scordatura, the tuning is Cb Ab Eb Ab (from the fourth to the first string). I want to know if the following passage is possible, tempo is around 220~240 quarter notes per minute: ...
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Basso profundo question

Right now I'm 16 years old and the lowest note I can reach is a very forced B1 (not vocal fry). I have been able to reach down to an A1, but I can almost never reach lower than A#1 at the moment. What ...
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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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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 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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Voice - Trouble with high notes

I'm finding I'm having a lot of difficulty singing notes that are in the upper range. I have a voice teacher, and she's giving me warmups and tips about keeping my throat open. I've made some progress ...
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How do I get pinch harmonics during solos?

Could someone tell me how to get the pinch harmonics sound during solos? Specifically on the "Wanted Dead or Alive" solo by Bon Jovi? Is it an amp setting? Is it something I do with my left or right ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I make my palm mutes sound more metal?

Whenever I palm mute some notes, it always sounds really soft and weak -- almost like a "blump" kind of sound. I've been wanting to get the metal and shorter palm mutes (like this). Even if I use more ...
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Drums - Having trouble playing bass 16th notes

The title is an understatement. I've been trying for months, and I can't for the life of me play bass drum 16th notes while playing 8th notes on the hi-hat. I can play snare 16th notes and hi-hat 8th ...
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Technique for octaves on piano without pain?

So I'm a decently experienced pianist, but I never had formal training. And now I've got this absolutely amazing arrangement of Bohemian Rhapsody, and it's killing me. The first two parts were so ...
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Downshifting in high positions on violin

I'm having trouble going down to fifth position from a higher position. I often land a little offkey (usually flat by a quarter-step unless I overcompensate), I think because that's where the base of ...
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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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What are the correct mechanics for a guitar F barre chord

I have been having trouble with the F barre chord and have a question about mechanics. As an experiment I've tried moving the body very far to the right so that my eyes are somewhere over the seventh ...
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Is it possible to strum (with a pick) separated strings?

There is a song I am trying to learn and the problem is that the guitarist plays the first and fourth strings together. I know this is easily possible if you are finger picking, but I am not really a ...
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On a saxophone, what is the difference between an overtone and an altissimo ?

I know about true or false harmonics tones on various instruments but I do not understand what an altissimo is. Just very high notes? Can you produce them on every kind of saxophone? Can you play a ...
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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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Optimal Right Hand Technique to Down Pick while playing Metallica

I have been playing Metallica songs (only the rhythm parts) for quite some time. I don't play them at full speed because of the Down picking, but i have been playing and practicing them at 80% speed ...
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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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Have a note outstand in a pianissimo chord (piano)

This is the last chord of Francis Poulenc's Mélancolie for piano. It occurs while a piano D♭ major chord is still resonating in the bass. How would you have the B♭♭ be perceptible, surprising, and ...
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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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What is a “flat wrist”?

Bass legend Carol Kaye writes that she uses a "flat wrist" technique when playing bass with a pick. What does she mean by this?
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How does one play/practice a riff to sound tight rhythmically?

I have played my fair share of songs on acoustic guitar to get a hang of guitar/rhythm playing. But when it comes to playing a riff(especially metal riffs) on electric guitar, along the album track, I ...
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Does it help if you learn to play certain instruments both right-handed and left-handed?

I once heard that if you switch hands when the violin, guitar or any other instrument that each hand has a separate task, it enhances your technical capabilities in music, general technique, and is ...
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What's the origin of using the cup-stacking-girl shouting “OH MY GOSH!” in dubstep mixes?

In a lot of dubstep remixes I hear there is a clip of a girl screaming "OH MY GOSH!" I'm wondering why this is such a popular splice, what its origin is or why it is so prevalent in dubstep mixes. ...
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Techniques to improve general ability to play fast runs on a tuba?

I play Tuba, so I dont have very much fast runs in orchestra arrangements, but there are occationally small passages that can be challenging. I want to improve my general ability to handle such ...
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Muting technique and exercises

I have been practicing muting for some days. However, I am not finding myself very comfortable with it. I use my right hand placed on the strings while the left had lightly placed over the fret. Is ...
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Is it really necessary to have your thumb on the back of the guitar neck?

I've seen lots of artists playing with their thumb resting on the top of the neck, but my guitar teacher says it's a must to place the thumb on the back of the neck. Opinions?
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What is econo-picking?

Is this simply a synonym for sweep picking or is it something else?