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Questions tagged [technique]

For questions about ways to use one's instrument or voice precisely to produce a desired musical effect.

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Forearm pain - practicing piano

I have started recently and want to become good at piano, but what is hindering me is the pain that follows up, when I play piano. I think it's frustrating. I don't know if it is technique or posture. ...
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Alto saxophone learner

Any tips on how to go from C flat to D flat quickly on alto saxophone? (Besides practice.) It's difficult. I kind of put off learning the low C flat key. I'm going through Larry Teal's book and I'm ...
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Should I practice some J.S. Bach for piano technique and where should I start?

I want to know if playing J.S. Bach would improve my overall piano technique. I look for pieces that help me to become better. I usually play romantic composers. I have played pieces such as Chopin'...
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Music for Piano, Frangis Ali-Sade

What should I know about the music tradition behind Music for Piano, I believe mugham? From what I gather, the notation is more of you'd call a guideline. I have the 1998 Musikverlag Hans Sikorski ...
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Guitar: How to mute bend release sound?

Take this tab for example, it is specifically required that there should be no release sound after bending. I tried many ways but just cant get rid of the release sound. My first attempt was to mute ...
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Guitar: How to properly pull-off with open string?

Take the tab below for example: Because the string tension maybe a bit loose, when I pull-off on those notes (e.g. -19-0-), it has a slight "bending" when my finger leaves from note to open. That "...
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What does the plus (+) ornament mean?

I am learning a baroque piece on the recorder. Some notes have an unusual ornamentation symbol. How is a note with a plus sign over it played? It was suggested to play it as a mordent. Is that correct?...
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Guitar: How do I keep my picking hand from moving away from the soundhole and toward the saddle?

I'm having some trouble with advanced picking. When I am trying to move between strings etc. my picking hand tends to move laterally from over or just behind the soundhole, where it should be, to get ...
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What is the technique about how this this violin is held called?

the violinist in this video holds the violin in a really peculiar way, I'm wondering if there is a name for the way he holds the violin?
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How do Jazz pianists learn to improvise and make up chord progressions that make it sound more complicated than it actually is? [closed]

I know that classical, or Western artistic music mainly uses traditional chords e.g. major, minor, dominant seventh, augmented, suspended and diminished. But, Jazz goes way more into it..Major ...
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What are the characteristics of an easy piece to conduct? Examples?

Pieces like Beethoven's 5th Symphony have been described to me (by conductors) as "notoriously difficult." So what do they start beginners on? And what makes certain pieces more challenging than ...
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How do you mute strings on higher frets when playing 3 notes per string patterns and switching between 2-3 strings?

Let's say it's 1st position E natural minor with root note on 12th fret. I'm trying to play Buckethead-style licks. I'm doing my best to mute the strings when swapping between them, but I still get ...
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Fingered glissando, how to do it?

Basically what I mean is scales that are so fast, they sound like glissandos. Generally speaking, I hit the wall at 32nd notes at 120 bpm and it feels like my fingers can't get any faster. That is ...
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Improving drumstick control in non-dominant hand

Why is it that my drumstick in my dominant hand always hits the same spot yet the drumstick in my non-dominant rarely does?
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What is the definition of Mid-side stereo as compared with X-Y stereo?

Perhaps someone can explain the difference between Mid-Side stereo miking technique and X-Y stereo miking technique and explain which technique is actually a more accurate reproduction of the original ...
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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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How can I strengthen my little finger for playing violin?

I have been playing violin for many years now but I am still finding it hard to control the placement of my fourth (little) finger when I am playing. I also have noticed that as my other fingers got ...
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How come John Mayer is not compared with other great guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton? [closed]

I am confused as to why John Mayer is not considered par with other guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton, etc. when he can and produces so difficult songs to play even for advanced level guitarists ...
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Controlling multiple CC channel with one automation curve

hope this finds you well. Is it possible to have one automation curve that controls more than one cc channel? Thanks in advance! Best, Markus
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Where do you place your fingers (y-axis) on keys when your thumb or pinky is on a black key or white key?

I'd like some feedback on some keyboard diagrams I'm making. I'd like to indicate where you would put your fingertip (fingers 1-5) on the y-axis if you were to play certain chords depending on if the ...
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How would you modify the muting technique when finger picking on an electric guitar?

After watching this I was wondering how you would modify the classical guitar technique if you want to fingerpick on the electric guitar?
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What are the main schools of thought on conducting?

Conductor Kevin Purcell writes on his personal website: There are schools of conducting thought that have evolved over the years. Some of the more prominent of these (in no specific order) are ...
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Is there a term for when a lyric is sung and then an instrument (sound) is played to mimic the lyric?

Is there a term for when a phrase in a song, i.e., "shivers down my spine" as in Bohemian Rhapsody, after that phrase is sung, a tinkling or some kind of sound is made with an instrument, to mimic "...
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Can one be too old to learn an instrument?

I own a guitar. I've owned it since I was about 13, but never really got into it because I was a spiteful teen who wanted to play the drums, and went out of my way to play the drums instead (to the ...
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How do I do this kind of strumming?

I'm kinda new to playing the guitar and I found this video on youtube with tabs: I was able to learn and play to until the 2 minute mark on the song. But I'm having a ...
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Super fast scales and octaves, How?

I looked at the sheet music for a piano transcription of The Four Seasons and I see in the third movement of Summer, 2 things that I don't know if I can do. It has partly to do with the Presto tempo ...
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Is there a good fast scale run technique I can use in ANY song?

I can play almost anything on electric guitar. The problem is I have the hardest time getting from point A to point B using a fast run and it's not a matter of speed. I just don't know the technique. ...
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best fingering for this arpeggio

Right-hand. I've been trying to play thumb, index, middle, pinky, thumb, middle, thumb. But I find that a bit awkward. Maybe it's correct and I just have to get used to it. What's the standard for ...
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In violin, how do you know if you should play staccato or spiccato?

The way I was taught, spiccato is a short note made by lifting your bow and lightly bouncing it (off-string), while staccato is a short note that is produced without lifting your bow, but instead by ...
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Which hand for which in guitar? (a complication)

I'm going to start learning guitar in the next coming weeks, and I'm wondering which hand I should use for fretting and which to use for strumming. I am left hand dominant, and have tendonitis in my ...
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Violin technique “pick slide”?

Notation on the music for the violin says "pick slide." I have heard of it on guitar. How would you play it on a violin?
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How can strumming be blended with finger picking on nylon string in a new arrangement?

While arranging Warlock's Capriol Suite for guitar (# 1,2,3,5,6 sound nice), I thought #4 would work with a fair amount of strumming the phrases and finger picking the runs. Looking for ideas on how ...
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imitate snare sound

How does he get the snare drum sound at about 1:51 when he starts imitating drums? I think he hits the high silver strings with his nails, but my guitar just rings out when I do that. Hitting the ...
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How to play forte-piano chord on piano?

In Beethoven's Pathetique, how do you play the fortepiano chords in the third movement (rondo)? I can easily do this on a wind instrument by changing wind speed, but on piano, I have no idea how to ...
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How to master lengthy Tatum-style runs when I hit a wall?

I've been trying to master a certain pattern for my improv that I like to call the Tatum-style descending pentatonic scale. Jazz greats like Tatum would often break into this extremely rapid ...
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Piano scales: Why bother with hands together?

During my first ten years studying classical piano, the scales that I played were hands together, parallel. But the only literature that actually has scales in both hands, for more than one bar per ...
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Ukulele tone factors

"Tone is in the fingers." ~lots of people Obviously not all of tone is based on technique, but right now I'm asking about the part of the tone that is based on technique, particularly for ukulele. I ...
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Chord practise methods

Is there any books or methods on practising chords? I am not talking about knowing chords on their own but being able to practise them with other music items such as scales. I find I am a very good ...
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How to play notes over one and a half octaves/am I reading this music wrong?

I've been trying to play this piece: Focusing on the left hand for the highlighted bar, it looks like it doesn't fit in with the 9/8 time (7 beats in that bar I think). But if I try to play them ...
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Is Right-Hand fretting a thing? (Extended Technique?)

So, players of fretted string instruments, we meet again: Does anyone really ever use their right hand to both pick and fret notes? (Besides lefties, I mean) Like, I got this idea from kind of a ...
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Relearning basic technique after 10 years of playing drums

I started playing drums when I was nine, and mostly stopped when I moved to another city when I was 19, and have been practicing maybe once a month or two for the past few years. I used to be really ...
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How important is it to use “proper” technique for guitar playing?

iv been playing guitar for 3 years now, completely self taught. I recently had my first ever guitar lesson from a teacher. i played about 3 chords and he basically took everything i knew about playing ...
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What is this string/violin technique called?

In this song, from 2:40 to 2:41, the strings play a series of very short notes. It sounds almost like vibrato. I hear this string technique quite often in orchestral music. Is there a name for this ...
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Is there keyboard with a screen large enough to display a full Synthesia session [closed]

I've always had a mild interest in learning to play the piano, but I could never motivate myself enough to learn sheet music, then map the proper notes to the proper keys at the proper tempo. However ...
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How do you Disk Jockey a music video? [closed]

I can find plenty of programs that can manipulate music, but I am having trouble finding a program that can do the same to Music Videos. Is there a program or way that I can DJ a song where the ...
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What is circle picking for guitar?

I just heard a term describing a picking technique for guitar that I hadn't heard before. Can anyone enlighten me as to what circle picking actually is?
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fingers bending when playing the piano, what to do?

My piano teacher has told me that my fingers bend in an unnatural way and this will be detrimental to my long term piano success. What are some good excersizes from prevent the tips of my fingers from ...
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Able to play the right hand Presto on the first try?

Usually I have to perfect a piece at Allegro and then slowly get it to Presto starting with single beats, and then merging every 2 groups of beats until I can play the whole piece Presto nonstop. ...
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Getting fingers to land in the same place

So, I can't seem to get my fingers to land in the same place when changing chords no matter how many times try. As an example, I can play a two-chord change if I practice it for 10 minutes. But I'll ...
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Should I bother to learn the correct fingering or transpositions by default when playing a second instrument?

I have been playing the Soprano recorder for some time now, and also the Alto for a while as well. The thing is, I never bothered learning the correct fingering for the Alto. That is, the fingering ...