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I am having a school piano recital next week, and I need some advice on the program

Hello I am having a 30 minute recital at my school festival next week. I was wondering if introducing and giving some background information on each piece would be a good idea for the recital. My ...
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Starting my career as i'm not a native english speaker

i think this question is a little bit weird, but i wanted to ask it anyway. i don't live in a country with its main language as English. so i learned it myself. my speaking is not good enough right ...
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Are ups & downs/peaks and valleys inherent in piano practice and performance?

It sounds like a weird question, but I just don't know how to describe it in words; sometimes you are really good at performing the piece, and you feel enthusiastic and more confident, other times ...
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How To Prepare For a Piano Competition

So today, I participated in a piano competition (finals) with Chopin's Etude Op.25 No.11 Winter Wind, and I failed. I was thinking maybe this was because I practiced too much during the day of the ...
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Is it possible to load and automatically play a project in Reaper?

I'm working on an art installation which features Unity, VR and Reaper. Ideally I'd like to be able to start Reaper, load a project and start it playing from the command line. I don't have much ...
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(Vocal) Harmonizer Pedals: How do live performers use them?

I've seen plenty of live musicians singing with a guitar, but recently I've been noticing that some of them were singing in harmony with themselves! Obviously, I soon realised it was the work of a ...
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How do you stop your hands from tensing when performing solo acoustic guitar?

I've been playing guitar for around 12 years or so, but never played in front of others while learning (minus family members or friends on occasion). Recently, I convinced myself to finally start ...
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What is the technical term for this type of (“rough”) vocals?

I know that this is not live, I believe this is a scene from a film, so of-course it would have been recorded and mixed in a studio and then edited in to the film. It sounds so nice and powerful! Can ...
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Why was no first prize awarded at a competition?

No first prize was awarded at the Sendai International Violin Competition this year. Unfortunately the article gives no explanation for this, stating only that: No first prize was awarded at this ...
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Vocal manipulation during live performance

I'm looking for a way to transform vocals of my performers during a live performance. The performers will be using 5 microphones in total and will sing together as a choir most of the time. I want the ...
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How to correct a shifted beat on the bandstand?

Had a potential train wreck happen at a dance performance last weekend. The piece we were playing was 2/4 with the accented (strong) beat on 1 but with a lot of improvisation. It's a 5 piece band: ...
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Play a song in its original key? [closed]

Sometimes I play a given song in different keys, but I'm wondering if its preferable to play a song in its original key especially in performance in order to appeal to the audience the most. I read ...
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Can a flute soloist sit?

I am a 60 year old flutist and I am about to perform a humble concert in my community. I have plantar fasciitis in my left foot, and I wonder if it is acceptable for me to sit on a high chair (like ...
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Forgetting the musical notes while performing in concert

Yesterday I performed my favorite piano piece "Liebestraum no.3" by Franz Liszt in an audition. I forgot a lot of its musical notes although that I prepared it very well and I even played it a lot in ...
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How to mic a flute for live performance

Would you place the mic at the mouthpiece or the end of the flute?
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How to sample live and loop with live musicians without a laptop?

I'm a musician in a live band that plays folkadelic music. Folkadelic music is played by bands like Kila or Shooglenifty. Instrument mix is acoustic guitar, electric guitar, fiddle, bass, drum kit ...
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Why do some musicians make such weird faces when they play? [closed]

I was always a pretty sensitive person as far as emotions go. I'm always on some kind of extreme of happy, sad, angry, fearful, etc. But when I play my instrument I'm completely stoic. My face looks ...
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How to proper perform live using all my scenes from my projects?

I was wondering if anyone can point me to some tutorials or courses (maybe no more than 100 dollars or around that), that can teach me how to setup a live performance. Like everybody when I make a new ...
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who gave the titles to chopin's etudes op.10? [duplicate]

Chopin's etudes op. 10 are all named related to some features and shapes of the compositions. Who gave these names - that may also say something about their performing - to the études? Was it ...
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Can piano studies be played as a performance piece?

I've learned that Etudes are performance pieces, but what about piano studies like Hanon and Czerny?
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Timpani & Conga: Doit, Fall or is it something else and how is it performed?

I've been following and studying a particular orchestra score. I've never written for or played the Timpani or Conga before. In the image below I see a Doit (on the Timpani) and a Fall (on the Conga)....
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How different can be a piece of music be if someone else performs it? [closed]

A piece of music, for example a symphony has sheet music so it's written how it should be performed. Because different people like different performers sometime, my question is that in technical ...
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When did the practice of exiting-reentering during applause in classical concerts start?

As the title suggests, I'm looking for some information on when the practice (concerning soloists and directors) of exiting and reentering the stage during an applause after a classical performance ...
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How to “get in the zone” before performing a piano piece?

I am currently playing one of Brahms's intermezzos on the piano. Sometimes when I perform that piece, I feel "in the zone". The music seems to flow, I play with emotion, I tell a story, it just goes ...
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When should vocal soloists memorize music?

Are there any general guidelines for modern practice about when vocal soloists should memorize their music instead of using a score? I've seen in many performances even of "standard" works like the ...
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How do I get into the music industry to become a performer?

I'm 14 turning 15 in a few weeks and I've been singing my whole life. I just started vocal training about a year ago and my voice has improved significantly. Here's a little info about meso far (you ...
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Do DJs ever use a third track to keep a third kick going for several songs or even entire sets? Or is the effect of “silkiness” achieved another way?

I listen to a lot of a specific genre, progressive house, but one DJ in particular, Hernan Cattaneo, seems to achieve a "silkiness" in his bass drum during transitions (or maybe it just stands out to ...
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What is the historically informed way of playing the 1/16 notes in Handel's Water Music suite no. 1 overture?

Handel's Water Music suite no. 1 starts with a slow overture with 1/16 notes at the middle and end of each measure: Some performances play it "as written" [Koopman], but some play the 1/16 notes ...
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How does one really become present during practice?

When I'm practicing, I often find myself spacing out, forgetting what I had just played, or tuned back in to find that, wow, I'm already almost at the end of the piece! This bothers me because it ...
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Phone app for guitar players [closed]

I was playing for some friends and it got me thinking about what my phone could do to enhance the experience. Oftentimes, you will be visiting friends and they pick up their acoustic guitar and ask ...
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Movable Do vs Fixed Do [duplicate]

I'm trying to train my ear, I had 2 teachers before, one of them recommends me to use scale degree in context of the key (which is basically movable do) and the other teacher recommends me fixed do. ...
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In the baroque period, did soloists play all the way through concertos?

In most recordings of baroque concertos that I've heard, the soloist plays straight through without stopping, especially in the first movement. While there are marked solo sections where the soloist ...
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Question about tribute band 'etiquette'

I've been practicing the vocal part to a particular rock band that I really like, with the aim of either joining or starting a tribute band. However, there is already a tribute band for that group ...
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Should I mention the reason why I stopped performing piano for 10 years?

I had a good career as a young pianist around ten years ago, performing in several venues and winning some local competitions. This came to a halt when I had to stop due to severe back pain that made ...
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How to stop performing and just experience the music and play naturally, when playing live?

I'm sure it happens to most people. You find that when you're alone you can play naturally and just be in the moment, but when you know someone else is listening/watching, you feel like you have to ...
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How to get the motivation to learn pieces you are likely never going to perform? [closed]

This question might be too subjective, but I'll try to make it as precise as possible. Learning music is like learning a language, and as with any language, there is no point learning it if it is ...
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I feel like I don't evolve, and sometimes shamed when playing with someone better than me

I'm currently 15 years old, and I play violin on the church. I started playing there when I was 9 years old, and always loved doing what I do, specially for the reason I do it. I sometimes play with ...
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Is John Williams “cheating” when he plays Asturias?

Even though I still have a long way to go before I can play Asturias somewhat decently I like it so much that I am taking a stab at it. It was going OK until I got to the 37th bar in which the chord ...
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Is there a “fourth wall” to break in song writing or performing?

The "fourth wall" may be a concept more suited in movies, plays, video games or even literature. For instance, in a play the actors and actresses are not supposed to interact with the audience, ...
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How to deal with a guitar balance problem?

I have an arch-top Epiphone that I really like the feel of the neck when I'm playing seated, but when I stand and play, the weight of the headstock and neck keep making a dive for the floor and I ...
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String muting technique for 4-8 fingered tapping

I've been experimenting with two-handed tapping for a while now, and have recently picked up on tapping techniques which involve multiple fingers on both hands. My question is this - what are some ...
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Why aren't 9th commonly added to half diminished chords?

I believe that 9ths are not commonly added to half diminished chords. If we wanted to write all the diatonic 7th chords of the E♭ Major scale, with the 9th added, we would have for example on the VI ...
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In-ear monitoring - will adding ambient mic help my monitor sound be less isolated

I'm an active church guitar player and I've been known about these IEMs for a long time but it wasn't until a few months ago I started using them. At first I was impressed how better you can hear the ...
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How to sound full and present when performing outdoors?

When I perform outdoors, I sound distant and thin, and I'd rather sound pretty much "in your face". How do I achieve that sound? I play with a country rock group, strong vocals, fiddles and electric ...
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How does a keyboardist (as the lead singer) display good, energetic stage presence?

I play the keyboard in a band and am also the lead singer. How can I have energy and good stage presence while focusing on my playing and being confined to a several foot area of the stage?
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Setup for project reusing old PCs?

this is my first question here on this Q&A, so great that it exists - I've been avid user so far for other subjects. I have a project in mind where I want to reuse old PCs to make music. There ...
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How do you play this measure on piano? Are unwritten polyrhythms a thing?

This is the measure that's confusing me: The piece is in 4/4 time, so I count 4 1/2 beats in the treble clef and 5 beats in the bass clef. I'm not sure if I've just miscounted the beats in the ...
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Why was Le Concert Spirituel playing out of tune at Proms 2012?

I know it sounds like an odd question, but I was listening to a recording of Handel's music for the Royal Fireworks (available here on Youtube), and there are sections where the horn players are ...
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Timing and performance

I love music and I want to create and I have an advanced knowledge of theory. But when it comes to performance, I fall flat. Whenever I am playing a bass or guitar, I become too overwhelmed and ...
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What is the easiest way to hook up a monitor speaker without needing a mixer?

How would you normally connect another speaker to an existing speaker (ie. guitar amp) in order to use it as a stage monitor? Does the speaker need to have some special output like 1/4 trs or xlr, ...