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Should I be consciously moving larynx when doing vibrato?

Aspiring classical singer here. Lately I've been experimenting with vibrato when singing by essentially just moving my larynx up and down gently but rapidly. I've certainly been able to produce a ...
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Diatonic harmonica: draw bends from Hole 1 to Hole 6 - principles

Why the diatonic harmonica have different draw bends available? What is the principle behind this setup? Like: Hole 1 draw bend has only 1 semitone down. Hole 2 draw bend has 2 choices of semitones ...
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Diatonic harmonica: How to play the draw bend with the three semitones down (effectively)?

For the diatonic harmonica, in the 3rd draw position B, how to play the draw bend with the three semitones down (marked in blue rectangle) B, Bb, A? I could play a semitones down, most easily in the ...
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Is timing with left foot (weak foot) a fundamental skill?

I have been playing drum for years (not but close to 8 years), self-learning most of the time, with really not enough practicing. Yet I am able to play some intermediate songs without much pressure. ...
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Ideal Wrist and Finger Technique for Large Interval Ostinatos

A lot of songs I play have ostinatos with riffs over large intervals and include a changing a middle note. The treble clef in the image below is a good example. I have been trying to play this with ...
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What part of fingertip should touch the strings - Guitar

Before posting here, I have searched the net but could not find any related posts. I have been attempting to play guitar for a few years now. While I am a total amateur, right from the time I started ...
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Do you find it easier nowadays to practice and learn music that what it used to be years ago? [closed]

Judging from my own experience, I believe that nowadays is much easier to find good teachers and material to practice and become really good. For example, I am middle aged and was a fan of Queensryche ...
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Do I need to practice recovery from confusion? How?

I am going to do a live performance soon. I'll have sheet music; no improvisation. I have practiced my part fairly well at home, but I am sure I'll get confused and make mistakes during the ...
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Can anyone tell me how to play triplets in rhythm with eighth notes? [duplicate]

I'm having difficulty performing these series of triplets in tandem with my eighth notes? Does anyone know any cues or practice I can do to learn? I'm thinking I should try to just aim to aim to time ...
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How can I improve my ear for intonation?

I play tenor trombone, possibly switching to bass trombone. I need to improve my ear for tuning and noticing whether or not I am either sharp or flat. How can I practice in this area?
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How to practice improving intonation (singing) [duplicate]

I am an experienced musician, I'm a music ed major, having studied piano for over 10 years and singing for 4 years. I have sang in a couple musicals, a vocal jazz ensemble, and a choir. I also passed ...
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How or What to Practice to Get Consistent?

This might seem like a strange question. I've read a lot of books about deliberate practice and the history of music pedagogy, and I'm still a bit puzzled by this: How do I get more consistent? For ...
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What should I focus my guitar practice on? [closed]

As an aspiring guitarist, I would like to have some direction as to what my goals should be. Right now I've been playing guitar for a little over 8 months, and have around 500 hours under my belt. I'...
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Am I right in playing this notes? [closed]

I am a piano learner without a teacher. I learn by practice and think. I came across a difficult note and don’t know how to play. I have attached the photos.
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Godowski's touch

There was a book on learning piano playing that I must have seen near 50 years ago. In there there was a detailed description of some all-time great -- I think Godowski. The story as I remember it ran ...
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Too slow growth for violin?

I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but I am wondering about the pace of learning of typical working adult (~ 30 years old) learning violin. I have work (PhD research work, really) ...
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thirteen within 4 beats? [duplicate]

How would you go about executing the rhythm pattern in bar 15 of Frank Zappa's "The Black Page #2"? "The Page" is in 4/4 time; how does one practice making 13 regular strokes ...
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How to practice effectively when your time is limited [duplicate]

This is a theoretical question based on things I hear a lot Often I hear things such as "I'm really busy and don't always have time to practice". The feedback I usually give is for a ...
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Is it normal to have memorized a piece by the time you can play it?

I've been playing piano for 5 months and have been having tremendous success (it helps that I've played clarinet for years and can read music). By the time I can play a Level 4 piece from start to ...
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Playing mandolin just strumming [closed]

I don't understand how to play chords on mandolin, the most of the tabs avaiable are with mandolin chords but I know it is possible to play a song just strumming, and I find that way so much easier... ...
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How to practise exact timing on the piano?

I have learned a piece (an arrangement I have made myself). When I record it, I notice that the timing is not exact (overall it is exact, I'm recording to a metronome). But when I open the recorded ...
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Music Practice, jamming and chord changes [closed]

I do like jamming along with some music majorly softrocks and POP on youtube which have chords and lyrics with my accoustic guitar. I comfortably jam do okay in Key of G and still struggling a bit in ...
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After learning a piano song, it sounds boring after practicing over and over

When I hear a cool piano song, I buy the sheet music and learn it. But after perfecting it for days, it sounds boring and it gets annoying to play. It gets less interesting, and doesn't sound as good ...
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How to improve my technique while learning Yann Tiersen's "Pern"?

I'm a self learner, unfortunately I did not have any lessons. I try to work on scales, keys, articulation, tempo, etc. myself. And I also try to curve my fingers whenever I can. I can't read notes ...
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Are Pianos and Electric Guitar Keys the same?

So I know that Pianos Keys are pretty simple to understand, yea? Like C1 is just the first time C comes up, but how does that relate to guitar? More specifically, F#5 on keyboard is easy to find, but ...
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How to practise a glockenspiel part without a glockenspiel?

I've been asked to play one of three glockenspiel parts in a forthcoming performance of a brass band arrangement of Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy. The three parts together form the well-known celesta ...
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Piano posture - front shoulder delt tension

They say you have to play the piano without any static muscle tension. At the same time, to reach the freedom of movement your elbows should be a little bit in front of you. I have a sitting posture ...
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Guitar support for Yamaha SLG200NW

I bought a silent guitar Yamaha SLG200NW around 6 months ago. I like it very much. However, there is one thing that doesn't allow me to fully enjoy practising on that guitar. I cannot find a proper ...
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Trouble double tonguing on trumpet

I am a "come-back" trumpet player. Consider being Intermediate level. Have a Yamaha YTR 3335 Trumpet. I try to warm-up and practice daily for 1 hour. I have been concentrating on Single and ...
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What's the best personal practice technique to improve performance of rapid meter changes?

In UK Brass Band music it's very common to have rapid meter changes in close succession, e.g. one bar of 5/8 then one of 7/8, then 2/4 then 9/8 and so on. When we're rehearsing these in person, the ...
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What is the quietest way to practice trumpet that is still doable?

I'm in a place where even playing with a mute is too loud. I've heard some good things about silent brass devices. But I was wondering how quiet can you physically get with trumpet and still maintain ...
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How to get faster and better on bass drum pedal

When I drum I constantly struggle to keep the beat on the bass drum pedal for faster songs. Are there some practice techniques someone could help me with? The song I struggle with is Build Your ...
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What is the expected progression from being able to "play a piece" and "perfecting a piece"?

I've played the piano as a hobby on and off for over 20 years. While I did take lessons for several years as a child/young-teen, it was always quite casual. Now, as an adult, I realize that I've never ...
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Double thirds, fourths, fifths and sixths piano fingering?

I have absolutely no idea how to finger things like this. I don't really know what sort of guidelines to follow or what books to practice that combine double thirds, fourths and fifths consecutively ...
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Why practice enharmonic equivalent keys as separate keys

In this video Victor Wooten explains that there are 30 keys that people need to practice in as opposed to 24. I found out that the 6 extra keys are actually redundant in the sense that each one of ...
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How to avoid stopping when I play a wrong note on the piano

When I play any sheet music by memory, if I realize (by ear) that I play one wrong note, I always stop/get stuck and cannot continue playing. This is very bad in case I need to perform. So how to play ...
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How to approach the collé bowstroke?

This section is from the bottom of the second page of the First Movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. A specific bowstroke called collé is to be utilized in this section. I am not a ...
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How to differentiate interpretively similar sections in Satie's Gnossienne #1

I’m learning Gnossienne #1 by Erik Satie. Earlier the composer instructs ‘Du bout de la pensée’ which I have no problem performing. The problem occurs when I reach the end of the piece with the ...
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My muscle memory is tied to my auditory sense: is there a name for the phenomemon?

When I play a simple melody on my guitar while I strum (to create the sound) I can quite easily determine where to put my frethand finger for the next note. But if I do not create the sound, ...
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Guitar Muscle memory lesson plan for fine motor skill deficit

I'm diagnosed with Asperger's' along with I have fine motor skill deficits, although they have improved with age. (The real life tasks I couldn't learn at all are swimming, bicycling, catching a ball, ...
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Walking bass, two bars per chord, on tritone substitution

This is a follow up to my earlier question about step-wise walking bass. But this is for a full scale for two bars per chord. Part of the question is about when and where to add extra half steps if ...
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Piano: getting chords up to speed

I practice a transcription that involves more elaborate jazz chords, modal sus9 and 13-chords, those kind of things, occupying many or all of the hands' fingers. I've played such things before (for ...
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Big problem with tensing while playing

A very big obstacle for me in learning to play music has beem tensing and I haven't been able to figure it out for a long time. Whenever I increase the speed of a small repetitive movement, or need to ...
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How much should I practice trumpet to regain competency? [closed]

I used to play trumpet in band during school (2001-2006), and I haven't played with any regularity since about 2009. I recently was given a trumpet that happened to come with a beginner band book. How ...
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Caro Mio Ben: pronunciation

I have a question. I'm currently studying bel canto with a very good teacher. However we are in disagreement about one factor. In "Caro Mio Ben", the words "languisce il cor" ...
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Getting Chopin Ballade No. 1 up to tempo+keeping hands together [closed]

I am trying to learn Ballade No. 1 op. 23 by Chopin(2 as well, but that's not important to this) I have been playing for about 7 years, and I have been without a teacher for several years. My biggest ...
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Learning to interact with an audience

Performing musicians practice our instruments away from the stage in order to make the best music we can. How can we practice audience interactions? In many performances, interacting verbally and ...
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Is it OK to watch TV while practicing speed?

Two of my teachers recommended me to practice something like speed or a certain repetitive technique, e.g. drum double strokes, while listening to music, watching TV, paying attention to something ...
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How to find songs to play on a virtual piano? [closed]

I've been trying to get started learning to play piano by playing songs on a virtual keyboard. The one I've found to be the best and have been using most recently is the one at https://recursivearts....
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How to sing with mix voice without raising my larynx and still being comfortable

Range:E2-E4 then F4-G4 is my break. I can sing an F4 in what I think is my mix sorta comfortably but slightly higher I tense up and my larynx rises. The only way I can sing the G-B range is by yelling....

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