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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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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 ...
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Spitty Tone On Clarinet From Tonguing

I've been playing clarinet for a couple years, and since I switched from Rico to Vandoren reeds, I've been plagued with a spitty/fuzzy tone while tonguing. I realized that somehow spit is accumulating ...
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Dynamic techniques for left hand?

So I am practicing the first movement of the Pathetique Sonata. There are some things I find tricky about it(like a septuplet that comes right before the chromatic scale) but perhaps the trickiest of ...
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Why is alberti bass so tiring?

I am practicing the second movement of Mozart's K 545 sonata. I notice that Alberti Bass is very tiring. More so than other 16th note rhythms. So much so that I feel the burn in my left hand because ...
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Its more difficult to play tremolo on a single string

I started to learn the tremolo technique (the p-a-m-i-variant) from classical guitar, and for example used in the famous Recuerdos de la Alhambra piece by F. Tarrega, a month ago. As far as good, but ...
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The Method of Arm weight in Playing the Piano

I'm a 25 year old music enthusiast, who plays Keyboard since the age of 10, and sincerely started playing Piano since the age of 15 (10 years ago now). I practised on various different pianos (since I ...
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Did Courtney Hadwin sing in a way that is unhealthy for her voice?

Courtney Hadwin is a 13-year-old girl who showed an amazing performance in America's Got Talent recently. The video is available on YouTube: Courtney Hadwin: 13-Year-Old Golden Buzzer Winning ...
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Problems with left hand chords on the keyboard

I'm a beginner keyboard player and I'm having a hard time hitting the correct keys on the left hand while trying to play chords with the left hand and melody with the right. Do you have any tips ...
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Holding a violin against the hips?

I cannot seem to find a reference to this practice anywhere outside of this video (seen from the beginning of the video) Is there an official term for this type of ...
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Wrist pain in advanced pianists

I’ve been playing piano for ten years now. I am preparing about 40 min of music for a recital and camp, and I’ve been practicing between an hour and 4.5 hours a day. I made a jump in practice time ...
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How can I improve my picking accuracy when I'm standing and can't see my guitar strings?

I do most of my guitar practice seated and can easily see the strings when I'm playing solos or arpeggios. But when I play with my friends, I'm usually standing and can't see the strings to pick. I'...
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What are some viable fingerings for the chromatic run in Fur Elise?

I am talking about this section.
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How to play this passage precisely?

I have got trouble playing this passage with both hands. I can play the hands separately, but can't join them together. I have tried really slowing it down, but the rhythm is too complicated for me to ...
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What is the wall of sound on many early 60's pop records

Phil Spector is noted for his distinctive "wall of sound" on the records that he produced in the early sixties. What is it and how did he achieve it?
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Is this video game piece physically playable?

This is a video game track that got translated into this piano sheet, the original track was made with software I'm wondering if this middle solo is physically playable? 4/4 tempo: 152 appears to ...
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Knowing the scale when learning piano piece

I am composing piano pieces And i see it is very difficult for me to play it by heart without mistakes even if i play it many times. I thought that maybe it has to do with the fact that i never know ...
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Upper and lower frets buzzing on guitar?

Beginner guitar player here. Sometimes when I try to play even simple chords (such as a C chord), I am constantly getting buzzing from either the string above or below it. I understand this happening ...
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What is the fingering for this arpeggio?

This may be a basic question, but I've never had a piano teacher so I'm not sure how to finger this circled measure. My confusion stems from the fact that I remember seeing in arpeggio books that for ...
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The Song “Spanish Guitar”: How is this played on piano/keyboard?

The Song It's called Spanish Guitar. PDF Link: Spanish Guitar.pdf. What I know This music has music symbols and info I'm unfamiliar with. But this what I've found searching on the internet: vivace:...
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Is there a specific vocal technique to sound “croaky” towards beginning of phrases?

Enrique Iglesias in his song Hero, uses a vocal technique where he somehow stresses beginning of many phrases that sound especially "croaky", starting with "~~~Would you dance...", where "~~~" refers ...
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How do I play this passage smoothly?

I have problems playing the G# - E - C# - G# passage in the left hand. Because of that E it gets really sloppy, cause I have difficulties pressing the key from higher place while still maintaining ...