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

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How do you play a grace note tied to the same principal note?

I'm a bit confused as to how to play a particular series of grace notes in two pieces: Schubert's Moment Musicaux No. 3 and Debussy's Menuet. Here are the measures for reference: In both examples, ...
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How to learn to play guitar with a slide ?

I have always wanted to play guitar with a slide. How should I go about learning this skill ? I am looking for tips, songs, exercises, etc. Thanks. p.s.: The "Slide" tag would have been useful ...
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Teaching young kids (7-9) basic piano and music fundemetals.

I've been teaching a 9 year old kid piano for about 10 months and it has been going pretty well, but recently I was asked to teach a few more kids (one as young as 6) to play piano. Teaching the 9 ...
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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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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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Is it important for a guitarist to know how to use a pick?

I've been playing guitar for almost a year and a half now and I still don't know how to use a pick. I strum very hard and I'm afraid that my guitar strings would break from the pick. Would this be ...
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How are pitch and tempo related to harmony

Currently I am trying to write a program to create harmony. From an input wav file (human voice) , I used some signal processing to get tempo and pitch. My next step is to create harmony based on the ...
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Beginning Slap Bass

Back when I was taking lessons, I had an instructor who did a great job teaching me how to work tapping into my bass lines, but when we tried to expand it into developing slap bass I ended up getting ...
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What is the difference between dolce and cantabile techniques on the piano?

I find it difficult to make dolce (sweetly) and cantabile (singing/songlike) sound different when I'm playing the piano. How should my technique differ from one to the other?
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Harp - “Half Pedal”

I know from the Kurt Stone's book; Music Notation in Twentieth Century: Hold pedal halfway between two notches to allow the string to vibrate against the tuning gear. So, how exactly half ...
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What is the difference between 'martelé and 'détaché' bowing?

As the title asks, I wish it could be clear to me. Can someone give me a good characterization? Do you produce them differently on a cello than on a violin or viola?
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String sticking to the fretting finger - how to avoid?

When raising a finger from a fret, it sometimes happens to me that a string "sticks" to the finger, producing an annoying sound (like when I would do a pull-off, but unintentional). This happens most ...
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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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How can i increase the speed of my Blast beats and one handed rolls (grav blasts) on drums?

I have the motion down for both of these techniques but I cant seem to speed them up for faster death core and metal drumming, is it just down to physical strength of the forearms that determine the ...
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How to stop distortion from making minor chords muddy?

I have a Roland/Boss GT3, which I use to get various distortion sounds. I like the sound for the most part, but I find that distorted sounds seem very ... "muddy" I guess would be the best way to ...
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How does this technique (Beat Tap?) work?

I'm trying to play this song. The part with the thumb slapping on the strings is quite difficult for me... He seems to perfectly hit just one string at a time (while beating the lower strings). ...
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How can I improve my playing of faster finger runs?

I am just preparing for my grade 8 piano exam. I'm struggling with quick runs in the 3rd movement of Beethoven's Sonate Pathetique. It really doesn't sound right. When I play I can't do it smothly and ...
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Riders on the storm fingering for piano

I'm talking about this little run: I can't think of a proper fingering of this, so it sounds very smooth. Its basically in the Dmajor scale starting on b. Can anyone help me getting the ...
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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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Achieving consistency with pad controllers

I've just recently bought a velocity sensitive pad controller for finger drumming, sequencing, etc. I'm rapidly finding that I have great difficulty playing notes at a consistent velocity. I'll tap on ...
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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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Why can't I whistle and hum different notes at the same time?

I can whistle and hum at the same time, by making the breath from my humming go out through lips formed into a whistling pucker. I've found that no matter how hard I try to do otherwise, whatever note ...
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How are method books for instruments created and why do they work?

This is an odd question. But I think I can use some wisdom from teachers and other experienced individuals. Now, most of the instruments have method books, and many teachers follow them as well. My ...
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How can I hold a barre chord for a long period of time?

I don't know if there is a special word for this playing style - I do it like this: I take a barre and I play all single notes along - if I need a chord I just keep the barre and press all needed ...
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What is the technique Adrian Belew utilizes through-out : “Elephant Talk” by King Crimson?

Adrian Belew has some incredible sounds coming out of his Strat - one of them is the quasi-Elephant sound on Elephant Talk - King Crimson - "Discipline". I've watched him do it live but apart from ...
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Why is a particular measure of Rach Prelude in C# minor always played slowly?

I've noticed that in many renditions of Rachmaninov's Prelude in C# Minor (Op. 3 No. 2) that the fourth measure of the Agitato section is always played in a slow, unusual (almost weird) fashion. You ...
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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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Tips for bowing in the Spiccato-esque part of Tchaikovsky's Pezzo Capriccioso on the cello?

See this video, about three minutes in, for details: I'm having difficulty achieving the 'spiccato' sound at sufficient speed, and am looking for tips on the bowing ...
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What are the best techniques to play overtones in the saxophone?

I play Alto Saxophone, and I've been wondering this for quite a while now. I've not played one single overtone yet, so what are your suggestions?
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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 is the correct way to use your left hand on a fretless bass guitar?

I just recently bought a used fretless bass ($200 for a Schecter Diamond series = can't pass up) and it is the first fretless bass I have ever owned. The neck has fret inlays & markings, so it's ...
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How do I improve the rate at which I learn arpeggios?

I'm referring specifically to this sort of structure, where the notes cascade upwards or downwards but most often up and then back down. Many of the pieces I play (on piano) involve this rather ...
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Biggest differences between 4 mallet grips

I am aware that there are 2 popular ways to hold 4 mallets while playing the marimba. There is Burton's and there is Steven's. I am not really even sure which grip I currently use, as I just started ...
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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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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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How to play Rumba-Flamenco (Spanish rumba) style of music on guitar?

I want to play the rumba style of flamenco music on my guitar. What are some defining characteristics of this style of music? Are there particular strumming patterns that define this music? Which ...
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Recommended arm and hand position for neck side

I was wondering if there are some really clear sites, videos or texts explaining the best practices regarding the way to hold your guitar, both to be efficient and to avoid straining your fingers/arm. ...
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Trill measure 29 3rd movement moonlight sonata

How do you play the trill in measure 29 of Beethoven's moonlight sonata?
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Finding a balance point learning to pick a guitar at a right angle?

I've been playing guitar for ten years or so and have the rather bad habit of striking across the strings diagonally. This is partly due to how I hold the guitar, and partly because I play a lot of ...
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What are the benefits to using different dulcimer hammers?

I, like many hammered-dulcimer players I've met, have a bag full of hammers. However, I find that I only ever use one pair, a set of double-headed hammers (padded on one side, unpadded on the other). ...
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Tips for using complex time signatures in a “catchy” pop song?

I'm looking to write some music in the vein of a band I discovered recently called Icarus The Owl, who use some pretty wacky time signatures (anything from 21/16 into weirder territories) but always ...
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What are good techniques to bend notes on brass instruments

I play Eb tuba, and sometimes I come across bending down in my notes - either as an effect at the end of a note, or sometimes as a slide between two notes. I find this difficult to achieve with a good ...
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Is there a significant difference between playing one note or multiple ones per bow stroke?

So recently I realized that I tend to do just one note per bow stroke for everything I play. I was taking a look at how violinists played, particularly with Fur Elise, which begins something like ...
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How do I play harp-like licks on a piano?

Many R&B songs I listen to have a similar sort of sequence of notes which flow in a manner similar to that of a harp. A good example is Beni's song 'Last Lie', in which the first chord is done in ...
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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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Repertoire recommendation for beginning viola? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to look for in beginner etudes for a second instrument? [Stumbled upon this on meta. So I thought I'd attempt a trial by fire.] I just got a shipment of necessary ...
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Do competent violinists avoid open strings?

I just picked up a violin for the first time in what must be 25 years. All that time ago, I had lessons and playing in school orchestras - but moved on to other instruments. As a beginner I would use ...
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What left hand technique is being used to create this percussive chord transition sound?

There is a strange chord transition that I cannot figure out how to play near the beginning of this acoustic guitar song: (I am guessing) He seems to be playing the ...
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How can I learn foot-from-hand and foot-from-beat independence on the drums?

Similar to How can I significantly improve my hand independence on piano?, I'm wondering how I can improve the independence of my feet from my hands. I have not done much drumming but this was an ...
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Inconsistent Right Hand Technique - Mixing economy and double picking

I am coming back to the guitar after almost 10 years away. I have been around the instrument as a jazz player for almost 25 years. The biggest challenge coming back is what, I believe, drove me ...