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Tickle in the throat when practice singing

Two weeks ago I've started taking singing lessons to learn the proper technique and improve the extension. The teacher gave me 2-3 exercises to do at home that are involved with correct breathing (...
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What technique is Eddie Van Der Meer using?

In his cover of neon genesis evangelon opening, he does something throughout the song at 0:21 and other times throughout the verse. It sounds almost like a thumb slap but doing just a thumb slap ...
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What sound should humming make?

During rehearsals for the SATB choir I'm part of, we are sometimes asked to hum the melody of a song, or even scales as a warm-up exercise. The humming-technique is sometimes explained as "keeping ...
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singing without lyrics

I was recently listening to some music while working on a book I'm writing and an orchestral piece came on. There was a woman singing over this instrumental but it wasn't lyrical words, more just ...
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What is the name for a fluid transition between two tones? When did it first appear?

With instruments such as violins or trombones, it is possible to shift from one tone to another fluidly. What is this practice called? When has it first appeared in [Western] music?
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piano : muscles or nerves?

At the piano, to play very quickly with dexterity, are the important parameters the muscles of the hand or the nerves of the hands? If it would be the nerves : how to improve them ?
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Do I really play this entire passage with my hands crossed? (Ludwig Schunke, Piano Sonata, Op. 3, Movement 2)

I've listened to Ludwig Schunke's Piano Sonata, Op. 3 before, and my favourite movement is its second movement (a scherzo), so I got the sheet music and tried to play it. It was surprisingly easy and, ...
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Possible damaged tendon in forearm from playing jumps in the bass. Is it my technique or am I just getting old?

I've been playing / teaching the piano for years with no problem but recently started a new piece; two days in and I have a swollen and painful injury just above my wrist, which I can feel across the ...
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Western vs Indian Carnatic style of violin playing

I am a trained Indian Carnatic style violin player. Can I play Western songs on a violin with carnatic fingering techniques or do I need to re-learn everything to adopt to the Western style?
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Forearm soreness while practicing the piano

Recently I have had a bit of fore arm soreness, and I don't know what to do about it. The soreness isn't lasting though, It's more like, I play a phrase and by the end it my forearm is sore, and if I ...
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Why I have “pops” in my vocal

I recently noticed when I'm singing I have "pops" like Popcorn in my voice. I've never had this before, what is that "pops"? It's normal? Here's example https://drive.google.com/file/d/...
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Expert Guidance on Body Posture when Playing Bansuri

So far when I play Bansuri, my torso is twisted to the left, while sitting cross-legged on my bed (and I attempt to sit straight). And my head is slightly bent at an angle. I see others playing ...
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Fingering not synchronized with change of bow direction

I've begun to be conscious of an odd effect that happens with stringed instruments as the player changes from one note to another note. Fairly often (it seems to me) the bow changes direction just ...
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Finger dexterity issues

I have some weird issues with my left fret playing hand. I’m a brand new guitar player and the way my fingers automatically react when spreading, especially when trying to spread them in a claw, is ...
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Can violins change notes in the middle of a double stop?

I am arranging Mozart's Piano Sonata for a string trio, because, when I listen to it, I hear 3 voices, with the bass voice in the Alberti bass being the first note and the lower melodic voice as being ...
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Questions on how to write sordino directions

I’ve decided to tweak my scores by adding more sordino directions so that players can prepare their instruments in advance, but I’m not entirely clear on what to write and where to write it, so I have ...
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How can I improve my technique on acoustic guitar while teaching the basics everyday?

I'm a guitar teacher that teaches beginners and intermediates almost 5 times a week. I've been teaching for 2 years now, mostly using a nylon strings guitar (I'm Brazilian, it's used in popular music ...
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Playing a fast but quiet Alberti bass

My Alberti bass in the 3rd movement of the "Moonlight" sonata by Beethoven is way too loud, so that the melody in the right hand often vanishes. So I wonder how I can fix it. It should be played piano ...
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Difference between Minor and Diminished Intervals

The minor is decreasing Major intervals (2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th) by half step. Diminishing means made the perfect or the major intervals smaller by half step as well. So what is the difference? I am ...
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Does every song in a particular scale require finger to be positioned in the same way?

I'm a beginner learning keyboard. I'm not sure of the right fingering techniques (except some basic concepts like avoid crossing fingers or positioning fingers in a weird way). Let's say I'm learning ...
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How to produce high pitched sounds on James Holden and the Animal's “Each Moment Like The FIrst” [closed]

I'm starting to dabble in synth music but don't know much at the moment. I love this track - "Each Moment Like The First" James Holden and the Animals and I'm intrigued by this high pitched synth that ...
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Why does my bow bounce on lower half?

Picking up the violin after a few decades I am unable to keep my bow from "bouncing" or shuddering while bowing steadily on its lower half. Here is a video of me illustrating a full stroke with three ...
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What technique is Sungha Jung using in this video?

In his cover of Secret Base - Anohana during the chorus at 1:25 he makes a loud twang-y(?) bass note noise that overall gives the composition a really nice sound. Im wondering what hes doing and ...
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Would it be a good idea to memorize relative interval positions on guitar?

It seems like if I memorized the relative intervals between the notes on each string, it would help a lot with quickly making chords and such. It seems a lot easier than trying to memorize individual ...
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Broken octaves help

Lately I’ve been having a real problem with broken octaves. I’ve noticed this after playing rondo alla turca and gewitter (thunderstorm), an AMEB grade 4 exam piece from the series 16 book. Whenever I ...
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What are the practical limitations when writing a polyphonic piece for classical guitar(s)? [closed]

I am planning to compose a 4-voice polyphonic piece. I am not familiar with the classical guitar at all and do not know its limitations. However, I would like to write the piece in such a way that it ...
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High notes on trumpet, sound stuck in my throat

I'm a french trumpet player. I have been practising a lot on my trumpet lately and I am making improvements. But everytime I try to get to high notes, the sound is "stuck" in my throat. However, when ...
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How can I stop my accordion bellows sliding out of my left hand while standing?

My accordion is quite a heavy instrument, and the outer casing is smooth. I usually practise seated, and like that, with the weight on my left leg, I have no problems playing. When I play standing up, ...
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Can I get nauseous from singing while closing off my nose in my throat? [closed]

Please note that I am not trained in singing. There are certain muscles in the throat that allow you to close off your mouth and nose independently of each other. When I sing loudly (which is the ...
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Tenor sax trouble with low D and E (other notes are fine)

I recently bought a 1950's Conn Naked Lady sax and it works fine except the low D and E are, for lack of a better word, "bubbly", or unstable. It's not a leak because C and below sound fine. I've ...
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Sore around the thumb (abductor pollicis brevis) after playing the piano

I started having an interest in playing the piano again (taken some piano lessons at a young age but stopped). This morning I felt my abductor on my right hand a bit sore. I curved my fingers, keep ...
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I have a problem understanding Mono and Stereo

So I have some gears and instruments and they say that one Synthesizer I have should be connected in Stereo and not Mono, so I want to connect it in Stereo but the sound-system in the bar I want to ...
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Newbie guitar learning recommendation

After having giving up on learning acoustic guitar years ago, I feel like learning it again (and sing to my wife). I did a bit research and then bought a Squire electric starter pack. I have access to ...
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Exercise to stabilize my timing when pulling “fast” quarter-notes in right hand

I'm looking for some kind of exercise I can do to stabilize my timing and groove when playing "fast" quarter notes? Background: I'm a self-taught piano player. I also have some experience in playing ...
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How to use Meend in Bansuri Playing

I am following tutorial to play Om Jai Jagdish Hare. The gentleman says we can use Meend in Bansuri. He explains it is a soft way to go from one note to the next. How would I do it. The video ...
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How to play fantasie impromptu by Chopin?

I can play Chopin's fantasie impromptu at low tempo, but I'm having trouble when increasing the tempo. My fingers don't move smoothly over 130 bpm and some notes get skipped automatically and ...
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Lip pain when playing flute: how to overcome?

I have noticed that when I play higher octave notes on the flute my lips start to hurt. This has happened before but I dealt with it just by ignoring the pain. I would like to know whether there is ...
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How can I improve my violin intonation for enharmonic notes?

I know that while, for many instruments, enharmonic notes are a single pitch and their differences are more of an interpretation, helping music to remain consistent (it would make more sense for a ...
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What to keep in mind when playing at high frets?

When playing a melody or soloing around the top frets, 12-15, on electric guitar, is there anything specific to keep in mind? I'd guess the strings are more sensitive to accidental bending, and of ...
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Is horseback riding affecting my piano technique?

After horseback riding my fingers feel stiff, lazy and i feel like my technique has degraded. I think it's because the pulling on my hands. I know sport is a very common topic in piano forums, but I ...
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Why do guitarists wave their guitars?

I'm currently learning to play the guitar and watch a lot of tutorials. I noticed that on long playing chords they often wave their guitars (slowly move neck up and down). What is the reason? Does ...
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Barring the second string on fifth-string bar chords

I'm having some trouble with the second string when playing sus2 chords on the fifth string, e.g. Bbsus2: x13311. Most of the time, I don't manage to push the 2 on the second/B string down properly ...
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Pitch and Volume Compensations for Different Instruments

I'm curious if various instruments require that the player compensate in any way (in terms of technique, e.g., force used to bow, force used to blow, or embouchure alterations) when playing low vs. ...
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7th chords with black key at the bottom fingering

I want to ask why nobody plays for example, F# half diminished chord on piano with 2145 fingering on right hand. Everybody plays 1235 or 1245. I think better to use 2 at the bottom because you can ...
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How to perform quicker shifts? (Prokofiev Visions Fugitives #2)

The passage of interest: This is specifically pertaining to the right hand, and the tempo I am provided is quarter note = 60-66. The fingering I am using is, starting with the C: 3-5 3 2 1 3 1 | 3 2 ...
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Octave Technique and hand height - (of Vincenzo Maltempo on piano)

I'm always interested in the different kinematics employed by pianists who get similar results. I've been listening to Vincenzo Maltempo play the Alkan Etudes and I'm curious about his octave ...
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Leftie drummer being taught as rightie - should I switch?

Well, i believe, it's pretty classic situation. I'm left-handed person that went to a right-handed teacher in order to learn some drumming. I'm being told that we'll be playing open-handed on a RH ...
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Question about a guitar lick involving string bending and playing a higher note while the string's bent

I'm transcribing a guitar solo, the one in a live version of Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry." At 4:25, he bends the 11th fret of the high e string up a full step, and right before he comes down, I ...
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How do you play the middle D and F in this passage?

This is from a piano song called "Jane's Song" by Christopher Norton. There are two whole notes that are held for the entire measure, but the left hand is also holding a note way into the bass and ...
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Tips on playing arpeggios fast ([eg. c arpeggio] c, e, g, (now octave higher) c, e, g)

I have trouble making the c major arpeggio sound smooth. Whenever I attempt to play it smooth, it sounds like groups of 3, perhaps because I press each note too hard. What are some tips on playing ...