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Thicker picks (tend to) remain in contact with the string longer. The impulse provided to the string is of longer duration. A longer duration pulse imparts more lower frequency and less higher frequency content. Imagine the thick pick, at an angle, coming in to hit the string. It strikes the string, which starts to move along with the pick, but the pick ...


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Most musicians constantly fuss over how they sound. It is understandable, given the way we communicate using sound; we want our sound to be the best sound we can create. So, you are not alone here. It is important for you to learn to separate the sound from your self-worth as a human being. You ask your friends to be specific, but you need to be specific: ...


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In your question, you use the word "tonality", but I do not think it means what you think it means. Tonality refers to a certain harmonic vocabulary, especially involving the use of dominant-tonic chord relationships. You are asking about the tone quality, or timbre, of an instrument, and what could be refered to as its harmonicity. More frequently, we refer ...


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Alfred Brendel was notorious for having his fingers bandaged when playing. I've read several contradictory justifications for this, but the most credible, attributed to a personal interview, is that his fingernails broke easily and he had to protect them like this: (I found this picture on the web, it is not attributed and I have no assurance that it is a ...


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Yes, you can achieve the voice you want. Your teacher is wrong. Likely because she doesn’t understand that there is a technique to singing hard rock. It is not just for people who have naturally gruff voices. For example, Roger Daltrey was not born with a hard rock voice — he developed his voice with a lot of practice. He sings with total commitment and an ...


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Well, you're six years into playing. Your discrimination develops faster than your playing skills and your imagination. Chances are that indeed your playing leaves something to be desired -- to you. If Picasso had shopped around for opinions at age 20, everybody would have told him he was doing great and that his pictures were fine. Now to quote ...


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One of the most important things you can do is find a teacher who has a track record of producing students who can sound like you want. You don't have to study with them weekly either. Sometimes it just takes someone who really knows how embouchures work to point out one or two things and you finally reach the peak of that initial plateau in sounding good. ...


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Here's one crazy theory: If you hadn't tuned the guitar in those 5 - 6 years, then it's possible the old strings were very loose. If they were loose, then the neck probably would have straightened and even could have become a little back-bowed, which means you would have much less neck relief (or none at all). So right after you put the new strings on and ...


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When switching from an 8.5" bell (or smaller) to a 9.5" (or larger) bell, as one does when switching from tenor to bass trombone, the sound will become significantly different to the players' ear though it is often much more similar to their prior sound than this feedback gives. So your articulations and tone are perhaps not as poor as you think they are. ...


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Calluses do have an effect, but nothing that can't be overcome. In fact, most professional pianists have calluses, and many string players with heavy calluses also play piano without issues. Some even say that the firmer contact points help control the gradations of pressure in key strokes. The main negative effect is that the callused fingertips are ...


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It does affect the sound, but by how much is debatable and I doubt anyone could reliably discern between a trumpet with or without this kind of bracing in a blind listening test. The main thing it does is affect the way the instrument resonates. When you play a brass instrument, you set up a vibration in the air stream inside the tubing. Some of this ...


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Clarity in a clean tone, that also doesn't sound 'weedy' and 'thin' can be difficult, however there are a couple of things you can (or should do) to get there, and none involves using a pedal. First of all know that distortion and overdrive are two different things. The classic way to achieve such tones are by playing through low wattage valve (or tube) ...


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Honestly, I don't think it makes much of a difference by itself. On cello, the standard way to mellow down the sound is to angle the bow towards yourself – but that has the opposite effect as on violin / viola, namely that only the hairs farthest away from the bridge touch the string. The important points seem to be Few hairs on the string, no ...


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As a typist from the old school (true mechanical typewriters, not computer keyboards), I know that in order to type efficiently it is important to apply more power with your fingers early, when you just start pressing the key. At that time most of muscle energy will be converted to the velocity of the hammer (the hammer of the typewriter, in my case). If ...


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The amp you described (the Spartan Music Portable Battery Mini Amp) has an actual overdrive switch (it's the last knob). If you want a rock sound, you can turn the overdrive on, set the tone around 7 or 8 (that will accentuate the mid frequencies) and give a test. With time, you'll know what kind of setup fits your play style. Also, as you develop your play ...


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Philosophically, I believe my best possible tone is the most open and honest sound of my personal voice that I can achieve. Instead of shaping my sound, I view it as finding my sound. I try to find it by: Relaxing Warming up (this is so key to singing and more important every year you get older) Staying in my comfortable range - at least while working on ...


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This is just the way all classic tube amp designs pushing 12" cones sound. Close backed cabinets are even more directional than open backed cabinets with the same drivers. I play live with a 1x12 combo and I deliberately point it right at my head and make it sound a little too bright and harsh. That way I can always hear my amp over the rest of the band and ...


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Thicker picks, in and of themselves, do not produce a darker sound. What happens is that thicker picks allow for a more rounded shape which releases a string smoothly, which has the effect of exciting fewer harmonics. You can sharpen a thick pick, which will produce a brighter sound. Thin picks cannot be made dull. That is to say, they cannot be made more ...


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They could have meant 'tone' or 'musicality'. So, as you say in your comment, you can be 'technically perfect', hitting all the right notes at the right time, but perhaps not 'feeling' the music. Also like you say in your question, listening to great recordings is a good way of hearing good musicality and tone! However whether you like someone's specific ...


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Can't believe all this about calloused fingertips caused by playing guitar. It's not necessary. But in any case, I play both, don't have callouses ( I play bass guitar as well), but do not believe that callouses will affect piano touch. It's how you address the keys rather than the feel of the fingers on ivory/ebony. Do not be concerned at all.


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There are several possible causes: As a general rule, the sound produced by a loudspeaker is more directionally "focused" at high frequencies. If the speaker is aimed directly at the opposite wall of a room, you are likely to get "organ pipe" resonances because of sound reflecting directly from the wall back onto the speaker. In this case, there may be ...


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The range of expression that a human voice is capable of never fails to surprise me. Whether it's Bulgarian deep-throated singing, German lieder, or Korean opera. What you will be able to achieve with your voice will depend upon a couple of things: Physiology - Some people have wider throats, and thicker vocal chords. They're just made that way. The idea of ...


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I couldn't help thinking of Transvision Vamp while reading your post (look them up on YouTube). Don't let this teacher's comments put you off. If you have the option, swap this one out for one that will teach you what you want to know. If not, learn what you can because it's all good and everything you learn will help your future as a rock diva, and keep ...


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Well, of course there is a wide range of just what you can do with an educated voice. Check out "Naturträne" from Nina Hagen. With that song it's still obvious that she has had a classical soprano education and she has been pretty seminal in the Punk genre. However, her voice deteriorated a lot from the way she abused it over the course of several years. ...


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A tone is something you can work on in different ways. For example, if you try different styles of music, you will notice your voice sounds different when you sing blues than when you sing pop. You can also try singing in different emotions. When you sing in a happy way, your singing will sound light. When you sing in an angry way, your voice will sound ...


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First, ask yourself what you do well when you play. When you are listening to yourself, it's very easy to get caught up in what you are doing wrong. You missed a chord in the third measure, or you lost the rhythm for a moment somewhere. But if you only pay attention to those things, you miss everything else. You missed a chord or two, but you played 30 or 40 ...


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This question gets at the how, but right now I don't have a good explanation of the why. To my ear: yes they are. For frequency ratios above ~1.25 you just hear two tones "on top of" one another. Each is identifiable as a separate entity. It is only at the lower ratios that they merge together into a single, more dissonant, sound. I tested this by ...


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If you do not want to spring for a distortion pedal, on your amp turn your level down and your gain up for a basic distortion effect. Then mess around with the tone until you have something close to the sound you want. That's what Yorik is describing to you in the comments.


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Buy a distortion pedal. I suppose it will give you a rock sound without having to crank the amp!


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If you don't want to crank your amp to maximum, you need to use a fuzz box or distortion box.



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