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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Ideas on How to Play This

I've played piano for many years and am learning an arrangement of a medley of The Greatest Showman by David MacDonald — you can see his video here. I'm very much liking this arrangement!! Amazing ...
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Is there a word or music term for when a singer is mimicing the instrument, like at the beginning of the song Dang Me by Roger Miller? [duplicate]

Title is self-explanatory. I'm asking if there is a word or musical term for when a singer is mimicking the sound of the instrument that's playing. An example of what I'm asking for is at the very ...
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Why do I hit some notes only on some days

I'm a lyric baritone. My lowest modal note is D2 (I just developed it few months ago). My higher notes however seem to pose a problem. I can sing an F#4 in just about any day, however, my G4 seems ...
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Why do guitarists move fingers up and down on the same note?

Usually at the end of playing a set of notes, I have noticed guitarists move a string up and down on the last note of that part (although not so much such that it classifies as a bend). What is this ...
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Synchronizing right hand with left

I'm getting back into seriously playing guitar after a few years and I've noticed a synchronization problem. My left hand is much faster than my right hand while alternate picking sixteenth notes, ...
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Difference (if any) between legato scale technique on acoustic vs. electric?

Are there any differences between legato scale technique on acoustic guitar, and how it is explained in this video for electric guitar?
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Is it bad to make a drums double stroke roll using the rebound?

Watching a lot of YouTube videos about how to make a clean double stroke roll, and I was wondering why so many people on the videos say "do not rely on the rebound"! Is it a bad habit to ...
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Violin left-hand thumb position

Adult self-taught violinist here. I've been learning for about three years. I've developed a habit of allowing the left-hand thumb to protrude rather high above the fingerboard, so that the neck of ...
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Having tough time with bottom finger skin hitting bottom guitar strings

I'm a "beginner" at guitar playing, been actively on my guitar for at least a month practising every day. I've enrolled with Guitartricks, I've been watching MANY Youtube videos on beginner ...
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What do you do to transcend physical technique?

Sometimes when I practice a lot, I get into a mode of thinking purely of music, and forget my hands. Once in a while, I feel like I'm a god of piano-- I hear how I want the music to sound with my &...
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Playing a tin whistle or recorder out of the side of your mouth

Is there any advantage or disadvantage to the position of a tin whistle (or penny whistle) on (in?) the mouth? Some background: I play flute, so nothing in the mouth. I tongue on various parts of my ...
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How can double-stroke rolls be faster than single-strokes?

How can double-stroke (RRLLRRLL) rolls be faster than single-strokes (RLRLRLRL)? If someone can hit 2 notes with the same hand, surely they'll get faster if they intertwine this with the other hand ...
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How does it feel (or where) to change the pitch while singing?

I unfortunately use my larynx while I change my pitch, and I really don't know where or what or how to feel while I change my pitch without using my larynx. How do I even control my vocal cords ...
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Why do the members of one orchestra generally sway while playing, and the others don't?

I'm listening/watching to two videos on YouTube with two different orchestras, each playing a rather distinct style of music, but the members of one really seem to get into the physicality of playing ...
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On piano how do I play one note, and the same note an octave higher with one hand?

I have been playing piano for a few months now, and I have come to a roadblock, in this one song I play CDEFG C on octave 4, while I do the same on octave 5. All of this is with one hand, I have been ...
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Ways to play piano without tensing ones fingers

I am learning Fantasie impromptu C# minor op 66. right now, and my fingers tense up intensely near the ending of the first part before the slow transition; i.e., the place where you play all of the ...
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How to Practice Torrent Etude (Chopin, Op. 10 no. 4) measure 2 [closed]

Even though I got my ARCT 5 years ago and can stretch to reach a 10th, simply put, the torrent etude is the hardest etude I have come across played at the right speed, true presto, like how Richter ...
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Singing body technique: How to blow past vocal glass ceiling?

Two must-do's for singing deal with expanding the vocal apparatus (voicebox, chest, diaphragm) in the outwards and downwards directions: Puff out ribs when inhaling air as well as during singing ...
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How does one play a longer note interrupted by the same note in another voice? [duplicate]

I found this note and I couldn't figure it out. How can I play D flat 3 beats when I got in the last beat another D flat? The last one interrupt the first one that why I cant play the first D flat All ...
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Are there pieces that require retuning an instrument mid-performance?

Are there any musical pieces that call for the musician to detune/retune the instrument, not in advance like a scordatura, but mid-performance? I think it would be a neat avant-garde concept—for ...
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Why do guitarists specialize on particular techniques?

I don't play the guitar and have only a casual knowledge. (I was defeated by the barre F chord.) I have the impression, though, that guitarists tend to specialize -- or at least favor -- specific ...
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How do I play these widely spaced keys on keyboard?

I am struggling to play these keys, and I am not getting the right phrase to search on Google for this type of question. It's clearly impossible to play this with 2 hands. If this is played with 3 ...
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How to quickly play octaves with one hand (piano)?

In some songs there are portions where the melody is made of pairs of notes, where the pair spans a whole octave. Sometimes the melody is played pretty quickly. I'm wondering if there's some technique ...
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Exact timing of piano pedal re-engagement

In this example, do I release pedal BEFORE beat 1 of the second measure, or ON beat 1 of the second measure?
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Is it possible to learn how to sing properly without a teacher?

Can you learn to sing with correct technique only using videos and online courses - without feedback from a teacher that guides you? How much of a difference would it make?
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What form is a Waltz in? [closed]

What form is a waltz in? I've heard lots of things coming from lots of people but it is not very clear. I need it for a music theory study.
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Are short finger nails on the strumming hand not uncommon in flamenco and classical guitar?

I'm well aware that longer finger nails are common on the strumming hands of flamenco and classical guitarists. I'm thinking of trimming my nails right back to see if this would impair playing, ...
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Which is the highest note playable on the classical guitar?

Let us consider a standard classical guitar with only 19 frets and 6 strings being played with the standard tunning E2-A2-D3-G3-B3-E4. In this configuration, the classical guitar has a 'normal' ...
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What is the best way to play a chord larger than your hand?

I've seen and attempted to play multiple songs on the piano that include chords that are tenths or sometimes even elevenths or twelfths (rarely), and these chords have four or five notes. If I were to ...
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How can i play walking basslines without hand pain?

I'm playing "Mess Around" by Ray Charles, and the bass is playing the octaves back to back, over and over again. This brings pain in my wrist and makes it hard to play. My hand doesn't ...
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I play with P rested on the 6th string when doing high tempo pieces. Is this a bad habit?

I've been trying to play classical pieces recently and I found it easier to play the very fast parts of a song (take fur elise's 2nd movement and the second part of the third movement) by resting P on ...
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How can I properly use vibrato on the first chord of “Slow Dancing in a Burning Room”?

The opening guitar part of John Mayer's "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room" features a fair amount of vibrato. I'm trying to master this part, but I'm having difficulty with the first chord (C#...
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LEFT HAND Piano Fingering logic [closed]

Does anyone have a resource, Basic fingering Logic and left hand posturing for LH Arpeggios including Pivot of wrist Shape and position of left hand throughout arpeggio. Thanks
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Standard slide positions for notes above high C

What are the standard / usual tenor trombone slide positions for notes above high C? None of the charts I have found online goes beyond C (e.g., below). I managed to find D and E positions on my ...
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Piano - Temporary hand soreness in right hand during fast section of “Champion Cynthia” arrangement

A few days ago, I started learning Marasy8's arrangement of the "Champion Cynthia" theme from the core Gen IV Pokémon games. I asked a question requesting fingering advice for the first fast ...
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Can you actually play pizzicato with regular bowed notes ( at the same time )?

In the beginning of this video it looks like the player is actually pizzicatoing with the left-hand and playing regular notes on a different string, is that what is happening? Is that even a thing?
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question about shifting hands for scales [duplicate]

How to shift hands when I play long scales, and I tried to shift hand but there is a break in between? I am trying to avoid cross overs to play scales very fast .
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When ending a note on a wind instrument, is there an audible difference between just ending the airflow and actively inhaling to stop the airflow?

I've heard several instructors teach students to actively inhale slightly when ending a long note. The logic is that the active inhale will obviously stop the exhaling airflow, and in doing so will ...
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What is the right way to play A major chord on guitar?

I am learning and I have already seen three ways of playing A major chord. The 2-3-4 and then 1-2-3 and then 2-1-3 (I found this one to be easy). I am willing to do the hard miles and learn the right ...
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question about distributing notes over long run in Chopin C# Minor Nocturne [duplicate]

This is from Chopin's Noctrune in C sharp minor. The run is so long, is there a technique for how should left and right hand by synchronized for this part?
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Brass instrumentalists are taught that higher notes require faster air while lower notes require more air. How exactly is this different?

I cannot count the number of times I've heard the simple adage: To play higher, use faster air. To play lower, use more air, but slower. And unfortunately, this statement is just as confusing to the ...
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Question about speed [duplicate]

This piece from chopin, noctrune in c sharp minor, 4/4 time signature, I have been playing this fast and I tried to divide the scale, and play slower until I get fast. When I opened the original song, ...
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Circular breathing technique on “mouthpieced” woodwind instruments (clarinet, recorder, saxophone and so on)

I'm trying to learn circular breathing to extend my range of "advanced" techniques. I had asked my teacher for advice, but he said he was a "natural" at circular breathing (meaning ...
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When learning a piece, is listening to it multiple times better than using a metronome?

Till now, I've learned to play songs in a different way. That is, I listen to the piece/song that I want to play over and over till I get it ingrained in my brain. And when I start learning it, I don'...
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How should left and right hand by synchronized in Chopin Nocturne in C# Minor [duplicate]

I have a question about which notes on the right-hand match with which notes on the left hand.
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What are the tactics of playing A shape barre chords?

I'm having trouble with playing A-shaped barre chords. I am aware of three ways to play them: Normal shape, using the ring finger, and using the pinky. But given the structure of my hand (my phalanx ...
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How would you properly fret G and C on fret 3 of a bass guitar?

Looking at: 1 I have an exercise which requires me to play fret 3 G followed by fret 3 C at a tempo of 130. My natural inclination is to use finger 1 on G and then, without moving finger 1 (leave the ...
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Violin drooping when stopping strings

To avoid the violin drooping when I stop a string I hyperextend the metacarpophalangeal joint of the index finger to let the violin rest on the "mount of jupiter" so to speak, but this makes ...
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What are brass instrument “false notes” and how are they played?

In @AlbrechtHügli's answer to Properties of a very low pitched natural horn?, "false notes" are mentioned. What are they, and how are they produced?
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how to coordinate hands when playing very fast

The below image is measure 57 from Chopin, Nocturne in C sharp minor, and the time signature is 4/4. I started by playing it slowly, then sped up. When I become fast enough, my hand loses control over ...

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