Questions tagged [physical-limitations]

Use this tag for physical limitations of the musician, not the instrument.

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Genetic limitations to learn certain instruments

This is something that has bothered me for quite a while. I frequently participate in instrument demonstrations for children. My focus is on wind instruments but I'm also curious about others. What I ...
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Learning the Flute embouchure with a teardrop in the lips?

I'm trying to learn the flute embouchure for an irish (wooden) flute for 2 years now. My teacher mentioned to me that because of the shape of my lips (I'm having a teardrop in the middle of my upper ...
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Does anyone have any advice for an older beginner electric guitar player who uses a wheelchair?

I just found this forum and figured I would ask a question that has hindered my progress in playing the guitar for quite some time. I've been struggling for awhile now with finding a correct way to ...
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Is the fingering of thirds flexible or do I have to follow the rules?

In the exercises of thirds instead of playing it 1/3 2/4 3/5 can I play it 1/3 2/4 1/5 or it's not advisable? It's really hard for me to raise the fourth finger when going to play 3/5; are there ...
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Left hand injury

My fiance has no feeling in his thumb, index & half of his middle finger on his left hand due to a wrist injury. He was in an accident where a mirror broke and slit through his left wrist down to ...
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Ideas for a musical instrument to learn that is easier on the fingers

I am hoping to learn to play a musical instrument (I cannot play anything as yet) that is easy on fingertips and am looking for some suggestions, please. I have psoriasis on my fingertips and it ...
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How to alter piano music with left-hand octaves to require a smaller span?

I'm learning to play the piano and I'm loving it. I've just started learning to play some pieces with two hands, but I am unfortunately running into an issue with my left hand: I cannot spread my ...
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Can I play the cello without pronation of the bow hand?

I would like to learn to play cello, but I have a mini-disability that prevents me from turning my right hand down (palm-down, or pronation) or up (palm-up, or suspination). How much is this going ...
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Learning an instrument with visual impairment

I have been lately delving into instrument learning now that I can afford some gear and lessons I am seriously thinking into dedicating into it. The thing is I only have one seeing eye - the right ...
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Piano exercises post-chemotherapy

Not a common question, not a common situation, and I am not using my primary Music.SE for obvious reasons. The question is simple but not so easy, and I hope you might help not only me, but many with ...
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How did baroque music sound at the time?

Historical context Let's for example consider Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (click here to enjoy). It was composed at the very beginning of the 18th century in Germany. At that time: ...
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Piano and glasses

At 41, I've now got reading glasses. My eyes aren't terrible, but the glasses reduce the eye-strain for long periods of reading (mainly computer at work). But the glasses also make things appear ...
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Eliminating vocal vibrato

I am currently working on microtonality (I'm talking about JND pitch differences), and I want to know if solfege would be a possible way of learning this. The only requirement is vibrato smaller that ...
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Playing guitar with only three fingers

I started to learn to play acoustic again, and my entire left hand is fine other than my forefinger. I had an accident where the finger end was removed, meaning that I can't use that finger at all. I ...
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Tendinitis while playing the violin

I have been playing the violin for 5 years now. I am very dedicated to practicing and I am a Freshman in high school and on average practice 4-5 hours a week. I have noticed within the past year that ...
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Saxophone for beginner — which one (small hands)?

I would like to learn to play saxophone. Can I play it from sitting down (wheelchair)? Which is the best beginner size of saxophone? I have small hands and can reach an octave on piano.
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Do you need long fingers to play alto saxophone?

Do you need to have long fingers for playing alto saxophone? I have small hands and can just reach an octave on the piano.
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Practical limitations of the 4 mallet technique for idiophones from a compositional point of view

Pretty much as the title puts it. I haven't found any literature (so far) that covers it well, and I don't have any percussionists among my current acquaintances (more's the pity). Essentially, what ...
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Exercises For Conditioning a Broken Hand

Last August I suffered an accident where I shattered my 4th and 5th metacarpal into my wrist, severing my ACU tendon attaching to my pinky. I've been slowly relearning my right hand to play saxophone. ...
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How do I improve my physical stamina for oboe playing?

I find I can only really practice for 20 minutes max before my lips and jaws start to go numb and this makes me a bit worried for my stamina for my exam...any suggestions on how to build that up so I ...
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Tips for tuning a dulcimer/psaltery/etc with arthritis?

An acquaintance who has arthritis in her hands is interested in learning to play the hammered dulcimer and has asked me for an introduction to the instrument to help her decide. I believe I can teach ...
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How to hold the concertina in an ergonomic way while playing?

I've started teaching myself how to play the English concertina from tutorial books and online videos. The hardest part of the instrument seems to be not learning the keyboards or even how to work the ...
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Playing trombone with a beard?

I've just picked up trombone, for the first time. I find it really enjoyable to play, but I'm having trouble with my beard and mustache. As far as I can tell, it doesn't affect the sound at all, but ...
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Piano: Significantly right hand arrangement styles/composers

My mother would like to re-learn the piano. She has ability to use her left hand fingers 1-3, full ability with her right hand, the other left hand fingers 4-5 are very weak and come and go. Piano may ...
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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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Well-known composers or piano pieces generally suitable for someone with small hands?

One of my struggles with playing the piano is that I have small hands. I can reach an octave - mostly. I can reach it, I just can't maneuver between octaves quickly. Often times a piece will have a ...
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Arthritis In Hands (Playing With Pain In Hands) - Are There Recommended Approaches?

I have been playing guitar for 12 years now and I'm 28. I am under treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis (R.A.) and was wondering if anyone who has R.A., or other pain in their hands, has any approaches ...