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How can I play 16th-note hi-hats at 150 bpm?

Is it possible to play a beat of 16th-note hi-hats with bass drum on 1 and 3, and snare on 2 and 4, at 150 bpm? I.e.: |xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx| |----s-------s---| |d-------d-------| A song I'm trying to ...
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How to pick with thumb but without thumbnails?

I am trying to play the bass strings without thumbnails because I like the sound. I trimmed my thumbnails to minimum so they don't get in the way. It's surprisingly hard to play such that the strings ...
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Performance directions for a vocal technique

I'm in the process of transcribing Just Like Heaven by The Cure from audio to notation. The lead singer Robert Smith has a vocal style where he doesn't seem to hold a pitch for long before sliding to ...
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What are tone colors and how can you produce different tone colors when playing the piano?

I have heard that some tones are more mellow whereas others are brighter. However, I was wondering what is the difference between these two types of tones on the piano. Although I have heard that ...
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Pulling off into or over next string

When performing a pull off on guitar, is there a consensus on whether you should pull off into the next higher string or "across" it? The former does not require muting that string with the ...
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How do you deal with longer right hand middle finger when playing classical guitar? [closed]

My right hand technique is quite poor, and middle finger keeps touching the string below. Should I find the ideal amount of curvature of middle finger? Or is there another way?
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What is a slide-to-lift-off called?

At the end of the first solo the guitarist slides backwards an the lifts off the note. I'm pretty sure that is a thing violinist also do. Is there a term for that, I do seem to want to think so? Solo ...
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two hands arpegiato : simultaneously or left first, followed by right hand?

In this score (Danse Macabre, Saint-Saëns/Liszt) there is an arpeggiated chord across the two hands: should it be done simultaneously or done first with left hand, followed by right hand?
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Piano agility -- hitting a wall with speed

I've started up practicing piano again in the last few months after 15 years of classical lessons and then a 7 year gap, and I'm running into a similar issue to one I had back in the day playing piano,...
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With which part of my pinkie should I hit the piano keys?

I've recently started learning Chopin's Fantaisie – Impromptu in C# minor for piano on my own. The left hand nearly always plays the same pattern, with the pinky hitting the lowest tone. The pattern (...
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Sustaining, while replaying, notes in Rachmaninoff Prelude in A flat Op. 23 No. 8

Bars 32-39 of this prelude call for the left hand to play a line built from sustained notes that also get repeatedly replayed in the right hand's sixteenth note arpeggiations. I cannot figure out ...
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New to reading kit music - questions about technique

I’m a self taught drum kit player and this is my first time reading drum sheet music. I’ve made drum sheets before with MuseScore, so I can read most things fine, but there’s one section where it asks ...
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What is "vertical sticking"?

I was browsing through cadences for my drumline and I stumbled upon "Trade Off" by Cassidy Byars. In the sheet music, it mentions vertical sticking at the end of the snare feature. However, ...
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Seamless detaché on violin

Following my teacher's recommendation I have started to record myself play violin. I was horrified when I listened to back to it. The notes I play as detaché, sound like they have a big silence in ...
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Beethoven Op. 22 No.1 Measures 16-20

Does anyone have any excercises for voicing in this section other than rhythms and over accenting?
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What specific wrist movement had A. Brendel in mind for playing syncopated notes?

In his book A Pianist's A-Z A. Brendel writes: [This is my clumsy translation from a non-English edition. If you have a proper English quote, please replace this with it.] syncopation "...
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Is there a name for the technique of alternating left and right hand in piano?

There is a technique in piano in which one plays a melody by alternating the left and right hand. A well known example is in Bach's toccata and fugue in D minor, in the toccata part (right after the ...
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What is the correct way to fade out the end of a piano piece with the sustain pedal?

I am a self-taught piano player which is why I am asking this. When I end a piece I hold the sustain pedal and then gradually lift it to decrease sound until I finally let go. I recently was wondering ...
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Pain in interphalangeal joints of Fretting hand

I'm learning Bass for some months now, and what I noticed is that after practising, I'm having sporadic little events of pain on the sides of my fingers, mostly above and below the proximal ...
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Fingerstyle - dead notes percussive technique help

Currently learning fingerstyle (acoustic), and learning "set fire to the rain (Adele)" by sungha jung. Here is a link to the video of the song being played: ...
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How can I lift my fingers off each piano key faster and still keep the same tempo when playing songs?

I recently noticed that when I press the piano keys, I do not lift my fingers fast enough off the keys. This causes a "dragging sound". However, I seem to keep the music tempo going. This ...
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How to play the "Ped" symbol when there's no corresponding release symbol

I know what this symbol means, but I would like to know if I have to press the pedal as soon as I see the symbol and keep pressing it until I see the another "Ped", and then repeat. I don't ...
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What is the best way for a female voice to hum high notes?

In choir our conductor gave us the advice that your lips should be tingling when you hum, which worked well for lower notes. However, when me and the first sopranos got up to the higher notes, we ...
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What are Rachmaninoff's most difficult chords for the right and left hand?

Context: My teacher and I were playing some AI generated music which included some chords that were quite difficult if not impossible to play. We started speculating about what are the most difficult ...
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Set special reverb in midi player/editor which is oriented to midi reverb event

I am looking for a way to play midis with a special reverb in a midi player or editor. I'm working on a patch for a videogame which fixes its midi based music (it's buggy in the original game). Among ...
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Technical Analysis of music podcast [closed]

Is there any podcast, channel or … that technicals analyzes music? I already know some podcasts that analyse music and talk about context, lyrics, the singer or … I’m not looking for these things. I ...
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How can I practice this part to play it evenly at higher bpm?

I'm practicing this piece and I'm having trouble playing the 75th bar evenly at 125 bpm. The problem occurs on the right hand on the finger change at D♭. I'm playing this bar (right hand) 1235 1235 ...
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Bass-Guitar - How much "Bent Wrist" is still ok?

I'm struggling with a good left hand position, and there are multiple things that I'm not sure about. I will concentrate on one particular element here in this question: What one usually reads (which ...
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How can I reliably play these two-handed jumps in Liebesträume No. 3?

Not much of Liebesträume No. 3 is easy per se, but these specific jumps starting just after the modulation to E major are really stymying me. In these spots, the right hand jumps up by more than a ...
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What metrics can be used to determine good technique/posture?

I am feeling a bit inspired by using physical laws to guide technique, like how Newton's laws are used here to give guidelines for bow hold: https://www.violinist.com/blog/fjt/20215/28767/. My idea is ...
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With black keys, does one use curved or straight fingers; what about curved or straight between the black keys?

When I play piano chords with sharps or flats, should my longer finger on the black key be straight or curved? I have tried both approaches, but I can't see any difference. Also, should my fingers on ...
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How much finger curl is considered good piano technique?

I saw this video and the pianist fingers curl a lot. I was always under the impression that too much curl is bad. You cannot argue with the results, but I was just wondering what the deal is with ...
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Could one say that the straigther classical tone is more natural than the classical vibrato tone? [closed]

I've been thinking about vibrato and straight tone in singing. My main focus is on what we call classical techniques. I recently started taking singing more seriously (like an amateur) and it seems ...
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Why is the solo/featured instrument in so many Baroque-era concerti silent during the slow movement?

Is the reason the soloist is often silent during a Baroque-era concerto simply to provide a break from all the virtuosity often required within the outer movements? Or is it to allow a string soloist ...
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Is it too late to develop foundational piano techniques?

I am 16 years old and have been playing piano since I was very little. I have had teachers on and off, but to some non-pianists, my abilities at the piano are amazing. For reference, I can play all ...
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Rolled piano chords

When playing rolled chords on piano, do you lift each finger from the note before pressing the next note and the next note? For example , take the chord c,e,g. As you play each note (C) finger 5; ...
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Alternate picking issue

I'm an begginer/intermediate guitar player and I've been practicing alternate picking for a few months now. Everything's fine except for 2 things. 1)I can easily alternate pick at reasonable speeds ...
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Why does my Hand hurt when i play fast things on piano? [closed]

So im am trying to prepare for my Examination and my hands hurt whenever im playing something fast or with a lot of notes. I tryied relaxing a little bit it doesn't help. Also i have to practice a lot ...
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What's a reasonable time for a 2.5-octave jump?

I'm working on a piano arrangement of an orchestral piece where there's three "lines"; chords going down, a melody staying in the same register, and another melody going up; the right hand ...
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How to play left hand bass patterns on the piano

I am trying to play the following passage on the piano in the left hand Now while playing this, I notice some difficulties I hit inaccurate notes in the octaves, especially in the middle bar's last ...
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Mimic special midi reverb event that gets quieter the higher it is set to

I am looking for a way to play midis with a special reverb in a midi player or similar. This reverb, which was used in a Nintendo 64 game, uses a special reverb technique that seems to be a ...
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Help With Dragging

I have played a few instruments (Piano, Drums and Saxophone) and I have noticed across them all that I have a tendency to drag, or play slightly behind the beat. I think that mentally I am using the ...
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Can competent brass players play large leaps?

This is a passage for Horn in F in a moderato tempo (the key is 4 sharps): Though it mostly moves by step, there are several leaps, one of which is by a dissonant melodic interval (diminished third). ...
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How to play Guitar notes fast? 14 notes in 4 beats

I know the traditional explanation is to go slow, but I guess I need to change the technique here. How to do fast alternate picking? There’s a song in which 14 notes are played in 4 beats. See the tab....
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Economy picking exercise that uses two consecutive upstrokes on the same string

I have started looking into Joseph Alexander's Complete Technique for Modern Guitar where economy picking is recommended. Before starting to practice, I want to understand the logic behind economy ...
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Rachmaninoff C# minor prelude: towards the end, staff lines are joined together, and there are two end markings [duplicate]

I'm studying Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# minor and towards the end, the staff lines are joined together, with two ending lines. Do I need four hands? :)
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Debussy Prelude "le vent dans la plaine" - Practice tricks

I will soon try to start another prelude by Claude Debussy. So far I played: Danseuses de Delphes Voiles Des pas sur la neige La fille aux cheveux de lin La cathédrale engloutie Now I want to start ...
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21st Century Electronic Keyboard Techniques

For a while now there have been electronic musical keyboard controllers (the most recent one is Osmose) that feature pressure sensing and side-to-side sensing in addition to velocity sensing. There ...
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Practicing airflow away from the tenor recorder

I have a new Yamaha tenor recorder, and I love practicing it. But I'm having a really hard time not overblowing, especially in the lowest register. I'm a tuba player, so using so little air is really ...
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Does energy in Spotify api featrue mean arousal? [closed]

I have a question about the spotify api feature. The spotify api has valence and energy features. Is it correct that energy means the arousal of valence-arousal? Thank you for your reply.
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