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

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I've “lost my voice.” What physically happened to my vocal physiology?

I've been suffering from a mix of allergies and a cold over the past few days, and woke up this morning to find that overnight, my normal singing range of about F2 to G4 had been reduced and lowered ...
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Is there a “correct” position for the right hand when playing guitar?

Normally when I am playing I support my right hand by putting my pinky finger below the E string, but when I try to play past a certain speed I have difficulty keeping up. I have found a couple sites ...
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Voice-leading with three chords in first inversion?

Hey guys just keeping my part writing skills sharp (not flat) for the long summer. I got this out of Assignment 9.4 of Robert W. Ottman's "Elementary Harmony." It's in G♭ major. I was already given ...
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Fingerstyle guitar - limited pinky finger reach

I'm struggling to play this phrase. I can reach only 4th fret using pinky finger. Although I can and play this shape two frets above. How should I approach learning in order to eventually be able to ...
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Alternate picking for fingerstyle bass

I’m familiar with the different approaches to alternate picking with a plectrum, from economy picking to strict alternate picking. I personally prefer to use down-picks for downbeats and up-picks for ...
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Drums: Playing consecutive beats with the same hand compared to alternating hands

I am currently learning the Seven Stroke Roll , Drum tune : Right , Right , Left Left .... Will playing the above tune : Right , Left , Right , Left instead of Right , Right , Left , Left ...
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Where to rest your thumb when playing bass: Pickup vs. Strings vs. Thumbrests

I'm a beginning bass player with a couple months' lessons under my belt. I haven't gotten far along enough yet to solidify a playing style, so I'm still able to change my habits if I want to. I was ...
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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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What exactly is a double stroke roll

I need some clarification over what is a double stroke roll . Is it using the same hand to hit the drum once and let it bounce twice or using my hand to hit the drum twice in quick succession ?? I ...
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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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Playing one hand loudly and the other quietly

I'm currently learning to play Comptine d'un autre été from Yann Tiersen (Sheet music(pdf) - youtube video) and when I play starting from the 13th bar I barely hear the notes my right hand plays. ...
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What are the objective differences between the guitar and the piano?

The guitar and the piano are two of the most popular instruments which allow multiple notes to be played simultaneously. The acoustic quality of the two instruments are, of course, different, but ...
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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 do I double tongue on a recorder?

I have been trying to play relatively fast pieces (e.g. staccato sixteenth notes at ≈200 bpm) on a soprano recorder lately. Single tonguing on them is impossible, I have found. I have done some double ...
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What technical difficulties will I encounter transitioning from violin to 5-string viola?

What is harder to play, violin or viola? My question is should be completely agnostic, i.e. no relation to the classical repertoire or any other rep., nor should it be about the string order. The ...
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Fingerstyle guitar - thumb fretting

When piece requires fretting 5 independent notes, some chords are really hard to fret. The common situation is when you need to reach octave from bass note on G string and have still three fingers ...
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Should you shape your voice consciously or try to find a natural voice?

I have a pretty average non-distinctive voice with which syllables like "a", "e", "i", and "u" sound pretty cool. Sometimes, I try to shape up my voice consciously to sound better using nasal ...
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Techniques for playing large Arpeggios

I am learning the arpeggios to a song called Butterflies and Hurricanes by Muse (you can see them live here). The sheet music can be found here, with the arpeggios on Page 8. I don't plan to play ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...