Questions tagged [technique]

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What technique is used for the opening of this Soundgarden song?

The song Loud Love by Soundgarden opens with several single notes on the guitar. They sound almost like bowed notes on a cello. I'm not sure if maybe Kim Thayil is working the volume knob, or if this ...
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Is shredding on bass possible?

I am just asking if guitar-style shredding is possible on a 4-string electric bass.
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Guitar - strumming / palm muting -tops of fingers hurt

First off, I'm very new to guitar, and pretty sure my strumming is not working. The thing is, after a few months I never noticed any issues with my right-hand fingers while I strum. Then recently, ...
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How do you play a low Eb on a double bass?

The opera Das Rheingold starts with four of the double basses playing a low E-flat, one half step below the lowest E on a bass with standard tuning. In the sheet music, there is the instruction that ...
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How to indicate flutter technique in a score?

And so the question: I would like to indicate a certain bar in a trombone score using the flutter technique. How can I label and remove it correctly? I mean labels like for strings pizz and arco By ...
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How to unlearn incorrect muscle memory

So I've been learning to play piano for a few months now. And there's this one, very easy piece, which I have absolutely no difficulties playing, except for. one. freaking. transition. which I somehow ...
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What's the technique called where a singer forcefully breaks their voice?

I'm sorry that I'm approaching this as a novice so I can't describe it in correct terminology. However; every time I hear this song, from the point heard in the below video ... ...
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Double thirds, fourths, fifths and sixths piano fingering?

I have absolutely no idea how to finger things like this. I don't really know what sort of guidelines to follow or what books to practice that combine double thirds, fourths and fifths consecutively ...
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How to synchronize fingers/notes in piano chords

I'm getting back into piano (background: trained in classical from age 4 to 14; finished RCM 7) and am having some trouble synchronizing my solid chords, particularly with sharps/flats using my pinky. ...
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Can you get tennis elbow from practicing repeated notes on the piano? [closed]

Yesterday I noticed a sharp pain in the tip of my left elbow (I am right-handed) along with some swelling and I am trying to narrow down the cause. I spent several hours working on my computer ...
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Best way to practice difficult runs

Runs are very common in music; a typical run is a sequence of quick, short, slurred (not always) notes that either ascend or descend and often involve multiple shifts. The approaches I've learned a ...
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How to approach the collé bowstroke?

This section is from the bottom of the second page of the First Movement of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto. A specific bowstroke called collé is to be utilized in this section. I am not a ...
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How to differentiate interpretively similar sections in Satie's Gnossienne #1

I’m learning Gnossienne #1 by Erik Satie. Earlier the composer instructs ‘Du bout de la pensée’ which I have no problem performing. The problem occurs when I reach the end of the piece with the ...
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The use of finger substitution to execute a slurred fifth

Upon performing the theme from the 2nd movement of the Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 (1st violin) part, I came upon a slur that went from a B flat on the D string with a fourth finger to an F on the A ...
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How do you play a tremolo attached to a stack of notes on a piano?

How do you play a tremolo attached to a stack of notes on a piano? (Is that the right wording?) I put an example below. I've seen this sort of pattern several times in piano arrangements of popular ...
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Dynamic markings in harpsichord music

I have come across books similar to L'Art de Toucher le Clavecin, but written by English Composers. One such book "The Art of Playing the Harpsichord" IMSLP page and similar works have ...
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Caro Mio Ben: pronunciation

I have a question. I'm currently studying bel canto with a very good teacher. However we are in disagreement about one factor. In "Caro Mio Ben", the words "languisce il cor" ...
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How to sing with mix voice without raising my larynx and still being comfortable

Range:E2-E4 then F4-G4 is my break. I can sing an F4 in what I think is my mix sorta comfortably but slightly higher I tense up and my larynx rises. The only way I can sing the G-B range is by yelling....
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What is the most physically efficient way to change pitch within a vocal register?

What is the best method to vary notes when I sing ? by stretching vocal cords ? by increasing/decreasing my air pressure ? by using both at the same time ?
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How do I hold/use a pick

Seriously. Most people say between the thumb and index coming out the side of your thumb, but I keep messing up, hitting wrong strings, bad rhythm/timing, etc. Any other ways of holding a pick or ...
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Do I handicap my guitar learning by deemphasizing learning to use a pick?

Been playing guitar for a few months now and for the last month I've started trying to use a pick since most people (including the best guitarists) do and while it's useful for alternate picking, pick ...
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Modifying Piano & Guitar Techniques For Arthritis

I'm almost 40, and I've played the piano for 35 years. I still play almost daily. I've been playing the guitar off and on for about 30 years, although at a lower level of proficiency than the piano. I ...
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What fingering do you think is better for "bass/chord" left-hand line?

Here is one of million piano arrangements of Ed Sheeran's "Perfect" that I've chosen for learning. And now I'm stuck trying to choose between two fingerings for left-hand line in this part (...
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Play Like Wes & Protect Thumb

Trying to play guitar and plectrum banjo using Wes Montgomery thumb technique. This technique uses the fleshy outer edge of the thumb to contact the string, not the fingernail. Also it does not use a ...
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Use of 3rd or 4th finger for bends

My son has two guitar teachers that disagree on something. I'd like to know your opinion to help my son make a decision which way to go. On rock songs on the electric guitar, when your hand is in a ...
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Why do many classical guitarists move the fingers for vibrato like a violin?

I have seen many videos where it looks like the guitarist is doing some vibrato and they make a rolling motion like in a violin, cello... How can this work in a fretted instrument? As an amateur in ...
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How to play melody with middle finger and chords with others

I experimented a bit on the piano, say you play a chord with thumb, index finger, ring finger and little finger in a fast rhythm, and then play longer notes in a melody with the middle finger on the ...
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How do I play these notes from "Zelda's Lullaby"?

How do I play the notes shown in the below image? Here's a link of the video if you want to see It's on minute 02:33
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Alkan Prelude in A-flat minor Op 31 No 8 - how properly use sostenuto pedal in this piece?

Link to the score This is the first piece I've attempted that calls for sostenuto pedal rather than sustain pedal throughout (assuming I'm interpreting the notation correctly). Other than sempre Ped. ...
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Is it possible to get a mandolin style tremolo on an acoustic guitar?

Somewhat inspired by my other question about the pipa I believe the Mandolin's unique sound comes from the tremolo made possible by double coursing. Is it possible in principle to get a similar sound ...
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Trouble with barre

I am having trouble playing pieces that require barre technique. I am currently playing Francisco Tarrega's "Gran Vals". In that piece, for example, if I try and barre the second fret only ...
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Is maximum speed a thing?

When playing guitar, piano, or any other instruments, I am always stuck on a certain speed limit, and I can't seem to get past that limit. I've tried practicing with a metronome (It didn't t work), I'...
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Piano - Triplets turn into sixteenths

I am having trouble with playing triplets at higher speeds (such as at the end of the Pathetique Sonata, 3rd movement). I find that when I speed things up to tempo that the triplets always turn into ...
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If I am going to dabble in the world of music, what aspect should I train more to build a solid base, and thus obtain better results(?) [closed]

Good morning, I think I summarized it pretty well in the question, however, I mean exactly that "push" that a beginner must have, something that avoids excessive stumbles in their learning, ...
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Is it safe to use thumb position in lower positions on cello?

A piece I've been playing has a notation to use the thumb in 2nd position on cello (with thumb on the D-string F# specifically, where first finger would go in normal 2nd position). I tried it out but ...
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Why is my pinky rotated towards the ring finger when it is on the fretboard?

As you can see the pinky is twisted towards the ring finger causing it to mute strings. Is there a way to fix this?
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Why is my pinky always rotating towards the ring finger on the fretboard? [closed]

My pinky finger is always rotated towards the ring finger, causing it to mute strings because it's flat on the side How can I make it straight?
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Nerve damage in middle finger fretting hand? [closed]

I have been playing guitar for 20 years and up until a month ago played regularly every day. A month ago I noticed that I was getting an intermittent burning sensation in the underside of my left ...
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How do people play fast tremolo on guitar (with a plectrum)?

I've noticed that to play good, consistent sounding tremolo, especially on short, thick strings, you can't just move the pick back and forth because the sound is inconsistent - the string doesn't ...
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Is there a name for "singing between registers", as if one as at the end of their range, to produce multiple notes?

I've been experimenting with singing a note and then slowly devoicing it or applying less pressure with my, usually near the top of my chest / modal(?) register, and trying to get that harsh sound ...
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Touching muted strings with picking hand

When I move across strings quickly (e.g. on arpeggios), I can feel bumping lightly into muted strings. For example when I inside-pick E and A, I will start with an upstroke on E and then slightly ...
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Where should I press white keys - between black keys or below them?

I've been learning to play piano for couple of weeks, and I've faced a question that has some controversial answers on the internet: What is the correct position of 2-3-4 fingers on white keys (WK) ...
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How to get rid of a sharp resonance in the first formant region during singing?

On recordings I've noticed, when I belt, my voice tends to have a sharp resonance in the region of the first formant, typically when the 2nd harmonic hits the 1st formant, causing it to become ...
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How is this dissonant harp sound achieved?

In "L’Impatiente de Balfour" for viola and harp by Claire-Mélanie Sinnhuber, there are some harp notes that sound somehow dissonant and metallic, almost like a prepared piano. In this video ...
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Recommendations for dobro instruction books [closed]

I’m a mostly self taught, intermediate guitar player. I recently started playing dobro in open G tuning and love it. I’m looking for recommendations for instruction books. I want to learn harmonized ...
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Where is the most "realistic" CDP-S100's volume level that is closest to real acoustic piano?

As a very beginner I've bought the CDP-S100. It seems enough at least for first year of leisurely learning. But while practicing, I noticed that I apply different force to keys depending on volume ...
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How to fix dissonant legato scale technique hammer-ons on acoustic guitar?

I was trying to do the technique described in this video on my acoustic guitar. My hammer-ons sounded really dissonant once I got to around the 12th fret and above: ...
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What is this embellishment called?

There's a technique I've seen used a lot in jazz, gospel, pop singing, etc. where someone will play a note and play a quick semitone up and back down into another note. Heres an audio example. Does ...
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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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