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Playing or singing in front of an audience.

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How do I choose a performance program for VCE music performance 3/4?

I have just started year 11 and VCE music performance units 3 and 4 and was interested in getting ideas for performance programs. I have played cello for 8 years and am currently working on doing my ...
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Performing while in a bad mood

I have several interlinked questions about mood and performance. Let's say Alice is scheduled to sing at a concert, but is in a bad mood for some reason (e.g. she just found out her husband is ...
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Do misaligned or missing teeth affect singing negatively?

This is not about a situation where the condition of the teeth cause physical discomfort to the individual nor is it a situation where they are wearing braces or retainers. Do misaligned or missing ...
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Live AR in music performance

What does it mean by Live AR in music performance? Sometimes, they also put it as Live AR mic open in the setlist/cue sheet of the live music performance/concert.
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What can I do to stop getting nervous before and during a performance?

Normally when I have a piano performance/recital I tend to get nervous. I have done a couple of exams, and all I do is stare at the wall. But then I start sweating and then my hands are all sweaty ...
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How do I find inspiration and play with more 'depth'?

So I don't know if this makes sense. But I have a really hard time actually putting something into the music I'm playing. I often feel like I'm just going through the motions and not really saying ...
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performance aids [closed]

My harmonizer produces a 3rd and 5th by analyzing the chord verses the vocal input. Why is there no pedal to extend this to the bass range? A Digitech Trio is no good because you have to teach it the ...
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Can someone help me get rid of my bad habit of not being able to play except from certain spots?

When I'm playing a piece and I make a mistake, or I just want to practice a certain part, I can't play just that part. When I try to start in the middle or beginning of a phrase I realize I don't know ...
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What do performers “see” in their minds when they perform music from memory? [closed]

I just had a discussion with my friend who is a professional pianist. We talked about when one performed from memory, what did he actually "see"? Here are the answers to the question that my friend ...
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How does one train to have the instinct of not being able to play a piece any other way?

I'd like to take Chopin's quote "My God! What a child! Nobody has ever understood me as this child has...It is not imitation, it is the same sentiment, an instinct that makes him play without thinking ...
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Does anyone else dislike when people clap after you finish playing? [closed]

Maybe it's my fear/dislike of being in the spotlight and general low self esteem lol but I would find it really uncomfortable if people clapped every time after I'd finish playing a piece (as in ...
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Does thickness of lips affect piccolo playing?

I'm considering buying a piccolo because I love the range it makes but I have thick lips. I already play the flute and I have a feeling that the thickness of my lips affect my playing. I've tried the ...
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Using the bar's hifi system for performance

I have a mixer of my own that has small preamps build in for the guitar and mics. I'm trying to understand what additional playback equipment would be needed to play in a bar that can usually play ...
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Do modes have a purpose on-stage? [duplicate]

NOTE: This question CANNOT be deleted by me (Ethan Cannoy). I was going to delete it, but since it has answers what happens to it is out of my hands. I would request, however, that you do not downvote ...
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Should I try to perfect every song I play at open mic?

I've recently taken to attending open mic nights to try and get some much needed experience playing in front of an audience. I've currently got two performances under by belt and I realize I have a ...
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How do I improve my sense of rhythm? Off beats completely throw me off

I've been having trouble with rhythm and I was looking for help. The problem in interesting in that when I'm counting with a metronome I'm fine but the mental task of playing the instrument and doing ...
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Practice to avoid mistakes or practice to cover mistakes

I am having a debate with the drummer in my band. His view seems to be that it is inevitable that musicians will make mistakes so it is more important to practice recovering from mistakes than it is ...
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I am a singer who has problems with keeping rhythm and beat [duplicate]

I'm a singer, but I am getting anxious because of being rhythmically challenged. I've had vocal training, but none seemed to really know how to help me out in this respect. I'm fine with everything ...
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What are the techniques for improvising in the minimalist style?

I've been listening to a lot of Steve Reich lately and I'd like to bring classical minimal music into my improvisational group. I am familiar with jazz, rock and classical improvisation techniques. ...
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How can I make two chords on the ukulele sound interesting for a whole song?

I'm accompanying my friend on one of her own songs with my uke. However, the song only has two chords the whole way through! The chords are Dm and Am - eight even beats of each. It's mostly slow and ...
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How can I get over the fear of being recorded in music? [duplicate]

I've started playing the violin about 2 years ago, and I have to admit I have no confidence in my playing at all. Whenever I practise alone, I always feel terrible after and yet when I practise with ...
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Daisy chaining a Harbinger 8 channel compact mixer

Can I daisy chain a Harbinger 8 Channel compact mixer to a Behringer XENYX -1202FX so I can get More channels?
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Being deaf and still produce music, how is that possible

Does anybody knows Sean Forbes? He is deaf, but produces music, like this. According to sources he can also play guitar and drums, how is this possible? Also check out the story of Patric Costello. ...
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When performing for money, do musicians have to buy special sheet music for copyright purposes?

In the same way that I can't buy a cd and broadcast it at a radio station without​ paying royalties, does a musician have to buy or pay extra to perform a piece?
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Can I become a professional musician

Hi I am wondering if it is a good idea for me to become a professional musician? Currently I am 16 and learning piano Grade 10 (RCM) and preparing for the exam. I want to finish it, but I don't think ...
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Is there any way for my to become a better judge of my playing? Especially while I'm playing

When I'm playing my flute I sound fine, but when I listen to a recording I sound terrible. Is there any way for me to become a better judge of my playing? Especially while I'm playing, I want to be ...
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Where to get experience in performing?

I understand this is kind of a vague question since it varies depending on where you live, but what are some common places that most cities have that let amateurs perform live? I'm really a shy type ...
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How to play a piece right in one take?

Whenever I try to record myself playing, this happens: -I play the first few bars, I hear a tiny mistake (even the smallest thing like playing a note a bit too loud than I intended), and even if I ...
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Flamenco - How to find band mates that appreciate it and in a new town?

I moved into a regional town in Australia, that is mostly surrounded by Blues, Rock, Pop or Top-40 musicians. The closest answer I found here is this one, which has some good suggestions that apply ...
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Recording setup for live performances with various sound engineers in various venues

My band plays in a variety of venues with a variety of sound engineers with varying levels of competence. The venues supply the mics and DIs. So we would like to record live the raw feeds from the ...
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Fermata over a rest at the end of the piece?

Why? It seems to me that as soon as you stop the instrument from making a sound at the end of the piece, it's done. I understand that the final rest is necessary to fill up the measure, but why put ...
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How much freedom for expression is given in RockSchool Vocal exams?

RSV books give you full vocal score but I've found trying to be 100% exact to the score greatly detracts from my performance, especially if I try to emulate the original artist. Their nuances of ...
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Reading trombone notes

I'm reading notes for my trombone for band, and there's these quarter notes, sometimes half notes, on top of another quarter note or half note. I have no idea what this means please help me!!! Band is ...
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How can I overcome performance anxiety? [duplicate]

I've been playing for two years and performed a few times already. But recently I seem to forget whatever I'm playing when I get nervous in front of my teacher and small audiences. Even if i practice ...
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Singing or playing up side down

I've always wanted to know how difficult is it to sing while being up side down? Remember Peter Gabriel? In one of his concerts he stands on a magnet platform in special shoes up side down and sings. ...
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Using an Electribe 2 to sync with a Boss RC-300

I have a Korg Electribe 2 sampler that I want to sync with a Roland Boss RC-300 looper. I've Googled but what I've found doesn't show me a clear path forward. +---------+ |Electribe| +-+-...
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Guidelines for men singing “women's” songs (and vice versa)

In the classical repertoire, there are some works where gender "roles" seem to be fluid, but others where they are not. For instance, Schubert's Winterreise is performed by both men and women. ...
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My thumb does not bend, am I doomed to not be a decent guitarist?

I am physically unable to bend my thumb. not because of an injury--it's just the way it is. In order to compensate for the extra distance between my palm and the neck of the guitar, I am more prone to ...
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Is it possible for live musicians to simulate a larger acoustic space?

I wondered is it possible for an unamplified acoustic ensemble to perform in such a way that they can sound to the listener as if the performance is taking place in a larger acoustic space? For ...
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Midi kick drum triggering with my shoe?

I'm a one-man-band and need a better way to use my shoe for producing a kick drum sound. I move around a lot on stage and need a method that can attach to my shoe. Right now I'm using a clip on piezo ...
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How to monitor trumpet right?

I play trumpet in a band with: drummer, bass, guitar and vocals. Drums are loud enough, and everything else is amplified. Usually I play without amplification, because places are small enough, so ...
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Concert equipment or software

If I want to perform to my family with a microphone, what equipment should I have at least? My voice is not loud compared to the piano, and I also want to add some effects to my voice such as reverb, ...
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How to phrase voices in a fugue?

I am referring to playing fugues on the piano. I have been taught that I can roughly think of it in terms of SATB (soprano, alto, tenor, bass), and also that the top voice should, in general, be ...
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Instrument sound levels for a small venue

Is there any decibel level to set instruments to in doing a small venue for about 100 people? Our bass and guitars are through the amps. The singers, keyboard and acoustic guitar through a PS system. ...
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live performance - Does my small acoustic band need amplification?

I play in a small local band in my city - mainly Latin and pop rock music. We would like to perform in a quiet street corner somewhere around town. I predict about 20-30 listeners standing around at ...
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How should I play/phrase an anacrusis (aka pickup)?

There is a great answer here about recognizing anacruses, but my question is about how to perform them. The Wikipedia page has a quote on this: An anacrusis may also be evoked solely metrical (non-...
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How do I simultaneously play two notes of the same pitch (i.e. two notes in unison), but with different accents? [duplicate]

I usually know what it means when a note has both a stem pointing up and another pointing down (What does this note have a stem pointing up and another pointing down?), but what if it has something ...
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How would you live perform a piece whose recording has a faded ending?

Much recorded pop music has endings that fade to silence. If a live all-acoustic band is trying to perform such pieces, it's not really feasible to do a fade. So what other techniques are available to ...
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Performing a “reading”

I'm in a university chamber music group and our director is ambitious, consistently giving us many pieces that are above our level to play with insufficient time to learn them well before performance. ...
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How do you not get lost between measures?

How do you not get lost between measures? For example, if I start on measure 28 and the the next measure down is measure 40, how do I not play early or late?