Questions tagged [technique]

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Eb harmonic minor scale fingers?

Can anyone help me with Eb harmonic minor piano scale fingering, please? For both hands if possible.
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How to make sustained polyrhythms easier to play?

I know that a lot of it simply comes down to lots and lots of practice. But in a piece like Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu, I will eventually reach a point where I can play the left hand with no mistakes ...
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Is it considered bad technique to collapse / lock finger joints?

I am a beginner at guitar. My friend recently told me that bending my fingers this way while playing a chord can cause damage to the fingers. I cant help playing this way because of force of habit. ...
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Why Different Rasgueado exist

I am learning flamenco guitar and currently practicing rasgueado. Traditional rasgueado you have to use all your fingers but i came to know about a-i-i rasgueado , were you ignore your middle finger. ...
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Reconciling Different Schools of Thought in Piano Technique

I am a mostly self-taught pianist who has recently begun to take lessons from a teacher who learned her technique by the Russian piano school method. I have previously studied technique on my own by ...
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Piano legato polyphony fingering technique [closed]

Since a few months I started with a new piano teacher, and I like it a lot so far! She corrected my fingering technique in the following passage from Ludvig Schytte. I'm only concerted about the left ...
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What is the name of the piano technique when a player dramatically slams the pianos lower/bass keys?

It's like slapping the lowest part of the piano, like a thunder/rumble/booming-like effect. I've seen on wiki that it may be called "bashing"? How do you achieve it? Here's a video of it being using ...
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How to play large intervals written for left hand in a Piano with normal sized hand?

The lower-note seems to be impossibly hard to play. How do I play that? Is there a specific technique for this? Have Classical Pieces contained these kinds of intervals and how have these kinds of ...
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How to not play a string between other strings?

The chords uses all strings but the 5th one, the A string, how do I strum strings skipping the A string?
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Is it advisable to cover and uncover the clarinet mouthpiece to play each note?

I took clarinet lessons only for 4 months and my teacher told me that I must cover and uncover the mouthpiece with the tongue between note and note. I find it difficult and I think I prefer to simply ...
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How to practice mixed voice without sounding like I'm screaming?

I'm a 16-year-old high tenor who recently found my mixed voice (YAY!!) about a week ago. When fully warmed up, I start mixing around Bb4 and go up to Ab5 and twice last week I hit an A5! Unfortunately,...
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Why is it that vocal teachers seldom let their students practice singing acapella? [closed]

Why is it that vocal teachers seldom let their students practice singing acapella? I am a person who learn very much from practicing acapella. Why do they seem to dislike acapella and always play the ...
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Is it even possible to really sing into the mask without being nasal?

Over the years I got quite a few of singing teachers. One of the mantras is singing into the mask. However, some teachers disagree on the fact being nasal is a good thing or not. But this is not the ...
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Is this a correct traditional grip?

I know I put the stick on my ring finger but the exact joint that I’m supposed to have it on confuses me as I was told to do this, but it is slightly painful and my ring finger slides around a lot.
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In which ways does plucking a string at different locations affect/change the sound?

In both guitar and bass lessons, it's common that some techniques require you to pluck/strike/excite the string at specific locations. For example, it's very common to see bass players plucking the ...
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playing guitar and singing

I am a singer songwriter, and also like to work various covers into my set. I take on some songs that have quite a few chords, for example some old jazz standards, and I can play through the chords ...
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What is Acle (Tesseract) doing when sticking out his thumb?

See for example this video. The song is Singularity, the time between 4:50 and 5:20. The musician appears to be using the slapping technique, but I am not sure. It also sounds unusually. I am ...
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Fingering for Bach's Toccata in E-minor BWV914

I am currently learning the Fugue of Bach's "Toccata in E-minor BWV914". My question is if I should play the first bar with the 5th finger or not. Meaning starting with "545 3423 1". I feel more ...
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What is the best way to go about re-learning an instrument?

I used to play the electric bass, for about 8 years. I got quite good at it. By the end of my period of playing, I was playing pretty decent stuff, jazz, funk, finger style, slap etc. I had gotten to ...
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What is the techniques used at the beginning of “Victory” by Two Steps From Hell?

Apart from the drums and piano at the beginning of this piece, there is some kind of string arrangement happening. I'm not sure what technique is being used, it is also used in several of their other ...
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Guitar exercises for precision and accuracy

I started with metal guitar a little more than a year ago, and mostly learned all this classic Metallica stuff from the 80's like Master of Puppets. Now I can play it up to speed, I can even play it ...
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How to bring all fingers down at the same time learning ukelele

I’m in about 6 months in attempting to learn the ukulele. I know my basic chords but cannot, at this point, bring all two or three fingers down at the same time on an f chord or g chord (for example). ...
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the meaning of figure-work in the musical field perhaps with examples

Reading the book The creative development or f Johann Sebastian Bach I happen to come across the term figure-work when the author analyzes pieces by the great musician.
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What Does This Pushing Technique Do?

I have watched a number of guitarists do a certain technique before where they push on the upper body of the guitar near where they strum. I have seen it done on both on acoustic and on electric ...
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Correct piano wrist movement

I'm currently learning play piano by myself. Since I'm a beginner and I don't have any tutor, I'm very careful about learning proper technique. Here it looks like Mr. Hoffman has no problem with wrist ...
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Guitar picking technique: anchoring the picking hand

Is it a good idea to pick strings without anchoring your right hand? The right hand just stays hanging in the air while picking.Does it decrease accuracy ?
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Need advice for improvements [closed]

I learnt piano for 9 years when I was young (until around 23 years ago). I have started playing again 6 years ago. I now play some Chopin nocturnes and valses (the slower pieces). I found out that my ...
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How to sing properly with a low larynx?

Changing the larynx position during singing is beneficial in order to archieve certain timbres. A hightened larynx is often caused by excess tension, so from this perspective alone, it can be ...
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How to use “synthetic modes”

Im having trouble understanding a concept in Persichetti’s book 20th century harmony (Page 43) where he introduces new scales he calls synthetic scales. Just before that he talks about the church ...
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What is a rest stroke?

From classical, jazz, to flamenco and folk; each style and tradition calls it differently, and sometimes even approach it differently. Why is it used instead of normal strokes? Conceptually, what is ...
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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 ...