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Should I practise a piece at a metronome tempo that is faster than required?

I am preparing to record a jazz instrumental piece with some friends in a few months time at a small recording studio. The sheet music for the composed section indicates the BPM, and we have agreed to ...
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Can you perform harmonics on wine glasses?

Playing harmonics on a stringed instrument is an acknowledged technique which involves placing a finger at a certain point on the string to damp a node that would otherwise sound. Is there a ...
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Can I Learn Ear Training Without the Ability to Audiate?

I asked a question a couple days ago along the lines of "can I become a pro musician if I can't audiate?", which was rightly met with some opposition. I appreciate the responses I got on ...
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How to swap tune to blend with the music's without drifting [duplicate]

I am a bass and also singer Sometimes when singing something deep like bass and the likes, the music's tune will go higher and higher compelling me to swap to something less deep like treble. I ...
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Trouble playing guitar in the day

Might try here but I’m having trouble with hand sync and this is going to sound crazy but only in light or daytime… my sync seems better in darkness or completely dark and I cant seem to get that same ...
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Paste Image in Multi-line Rich Texarea from Clipboard [migrated]

How to copy paste image or screenshot in multiline rich text and save in Sharepoint list
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Advice for playing smoothly on mini synth keys

I am struggling to play scales/runs at a smooth volume on my new mini synth, a Yamaha Reface CP. That I get accidentally loud notes mixed in, that really get into the harsh loud part of the sample and ...
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Piano fingering for left hand

What's in your opinion the best fingering for left hand: Tempo: 180 This is m. 12 of Attack On Titan Opening 1 - "Guren No Yumiya", from MuseScore.
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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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Violin becomes a spring by the force of my jaw (without me pushing extra)

I'm teaching myself the violin. I'm a guitar player for many years so I'm (at least I believe) going kind of fast with progress. I started learning without a shoulder rest for about two months and on ...
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Piano voice guitar sheet music [duplicate]

Got a chord in music b c e b with square shaped bracket next to it. I tried playing it but finger can’t stretch to other b octave higher. It is on a P V G sheet music from Sound of Music.
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Why am I unable to buzz my lips?

First of all, a little bit of context. I have been playing the trumpet for one year and a half already. I am undergoing my second change of embochure, so I really want to do things right not to start ...
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How to bridge fifths across 3 strings on violin/viola

I'm familiar with bridging a finger across 2 strings to play fifths and all of the weirdness that happens to get that in tune (fingers, it turns out have a certain roundness). I'm also aware that it ...
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What are some effective warmups/excercices for open throat singing before actual singing or performance?

Soo, I am studying open throat singing to learn natural vibrato & control tension on my riff and runs/melisma... I don't know but when I try to do some open throat singing of which I followed on ...
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Forearm soreness playing constant octaves

I have been playing piano approximately one year. The music genre that I play (merengue) has the right hand almost exclusively playing in the octave position. Below is a short clip of me playing along ...
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How to control riff and runs effortlessly? (Singing) (I'm bad at breath control)

Soo, I can do riff and runs nicely, cleanly separated but has bad control and very bad breath control (i think), i have tensions all over my body but not too much. Soo, I feel like I'm not prepared ...
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If I need to play piano with gloves on, what type of glove will have minimal impact on my technique?

In a comment to How do you disinfect a concert grand piano?, ThisIsMe floated the idea of pianists wearing gloves while they play if disinfecting or overcleaning a piano becomes a problem. I admit I ...
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How to pick with thumb but without thumbnails?

I am trying to play the bass strings without thumbnails because I like the sound. I trimmed my thumbnails to minimum so they don't get in the way. It's surprisingly hard to play such that the strings ...
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How will and how to use singing vibrato help riff and runs especially with vocal runs note separation?

Soo I'm learning vibrato and I can do riff and runs but sometimes had bad separation.. I'm thinking that maybe somehow learning vibrato will help me but will it actually and how? I'm learning from ...
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Technical name for an arpeggio played fast across entire piano?

When someone starts at the left and plays all the way to the right playing an arpeggio very fast. Is it called a sweep, a run, or is there a different technical name for when you do an arpeggio across ...
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If whistle voice = super high headvoice, then can I use high falsetto to learn whistle note?

Soo I want to learn whistle tone, and I can do falsetto but not headvoice. I heard people say that whistle is super high headvoice, can I use falsetto instead in place of headvoice to learn whistle ...
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Anyone knows how this rare "angelic" headvoice/falsetto is achieved? (Edit) [closed]

So I randomly scrolled Youtube and found this cover: At 1.06, I'm wondering.. how is this "angelic" head voice achieved? If it's just airy/breathy head voice, ...
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What's an easier way to separate the notes in a riff and runs?

So, I'm learning riff and runs and memorized major and minor scale. I happen to have a problem that my riff and runs are messy, so I followed this tutorial: Which is ...
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When to start learning double stops on violin?

I am an adult beginner on the violin and would just like to say I've absolutely loved it so far. I started at the very beginning of this year and found a teacher who I'm extremely happy with. Around ...
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Hand size and extended chords on piano [duplicate]

I have tried stretching my hand out but I seem to max out somewhere around 16 semitones so I wonder how 11th or 13th chords are supposed to be approached. Are they usually voiced within that span or ...
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Learning Piano/Keyboard

I started 1 year ago learning keyboard -the method being Full chord with prominence for melody note with right hand , and left hand with root note ( with fixing last finger on tonic note ). For eg: if ...
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Voice - Trouble with high notes

I'm finding I'm having a lot of difficulty singing notes that are in the upper range. I have a voice teacher, and she's giving me warmups and tips about keeping my throat open. I've made some progress ...
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How do I play this chord? [duplicate]

How would one play this chord? I am 6'2" and have medium to large hands but there is no way I can reach from the E to G#. Is there a trick to it?
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Is there a way to sing actual clear, nice two notes? (Polyphonic overtone singing)

So I found this two video On polyphonic overtone singing, I'm just wondering is there a way to actually sing good two notes that doesn't ...
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What is this vocal ornament called?

There is a vocal technique used in this audio clip that sounds Arabic and melismatic on the lyric “smile”. The notes go up from G3 to G#3 and back to G3 again. Some say it is a mordent but I think the ...
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What are Rachmaninoff's most difficult chords for the right and left hand?

Context: My teacher and I were playing some AI generated music which included some chords that were quite difficult if not impossible to play. We started speculating about what are the most difficult ...
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Left hand thumb position for ukulele

Some people: place the thumb behind the neck (more freedom for fingers) some let the neck fall deep between the thumb and index finger, and the thumb is visible above the fretboard Which position ...
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How can I play 16th-note hi-hats at 150 bpm?

Is it possible to play a beat of 16th-note hi-hats with bass drum on 1 and 3, and snare on 2 and 4, at 150 bpm? I.e.: |xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx| |----s-------s---| |d-------d-------| A song I'm trying to ...
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Why do guitar teachers and lesson books teach playing a G Major chord without using your pinky?

Why do most guitar teachers and beginner guitar lesson books teach the fingering for the G major chord using the ring finger to fret the g note on 3rd fret of high e string rather than using your ...
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Pulling off into or over next string

When performing a pull off on guitar, is there a consensus on whether you should pull off into the next higher string or "across" it? The former does not require muting that string with the ...
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Performance directions for a vocal technique

I'm in the process of transcribing Just Like Heaven by The Cure from audio to notation. The lead singer Robert Smith has a vocal style where he doesn't seem to hold a pitch for long before sliding to ...
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What is the technique called where you hold a crash cymbal while hitting it?

I used to play in a band with a drummer who used to grab the crash cymbal (before hitting it) with his left hand and strike it hard (on the edge) whilst playing the bass drum. This made a really nice ...
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Guitar Strumming and the High E string

I'm relatively new to playing guitar and I am currently learning on an acoustic. I am adding strumming to my skillset at the moment (as there's only so far downstrokes can take me), but I'm having a ...
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problem with guitar intro on ELPs "From the Beginning"

This be a really dumb question, but sometimes there's a problem passage that keeps being a thorn in my side forever. And I do mean forever, because I've probably messed with this song for decades. If ...
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Name for music that imitates speech

I have searched and asked others for the answer to this but have come up dry: what is the name or technique in music where musical notes approximate/imitate speech? Note that I am not talking about ...
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What are tone colors and how can you produce different tone colors when playing the piano?

I have heard that some tones are more mellow whereas others are brighter. However, I was wondering what is the difference between these two types of tones on the piano. Although I have heard that ...
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how to play a double mordent on the piano

I am guessing the wavy line from one chord up to another chord is called "double mordent," from my looking online. How it is played?
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How do you deal with longer right hand middle finger when playing classical guitar? [closed]

My right hand technique is quite poor, and middle finger keeps touching the string below. Should I find the ideal amount of curvature of middle finger? Or is there another way?
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How to learn to play the pipe organ?

I have been playing piano for about 13 years now. I want to go to the next level: playing church pipe organs. A few weeks ago, my dream to play a church pipe organ became true, after a Catholic mass ...
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With which part of my pinkie should I hit the piano keys?

I've recently started learning Chopin's Fantaisie – Impromptu in C# minor for piano on my own. The left hand nearly always plays the same pattern, with the pinky hitting the lowest tone. The pattern (...
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What is a slide-to-lift-off called?

At the end of the first solo the guitarist slides backwards an the lifts off the note. I'm pretty sure that is a thing violinist also do. Is there a term for that, I do seem to want to think so? Solo ...
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two hands arpegiato : simultaneously or left first, followed by right hand?

In this score (Danse Macabre, Saint-Saëns/Liszt) there is an arpeggiated chord across the two hands: should it be done simultaneously or done first with left hand, followed by right hand?
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What is the difference between 'martelé' and 'détaché' bowing?

As the title asks, I wish it could be clear to me. Can someone give me a good characterization? Do you produce them differently on a cello than on a violin or viola?
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Rachmaninoff C# minor prelude: towards the end, staff lines are joined together, and there are two end markings [duplicate]

I'm studying Rachmaninoff's Prelude in C# minor and towards the end, the staff lines are joined together, with two ending lines. Do I need four hands? :)
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Should I lift my finger before I hit a key when playing a piano?

I've noticed, that many people are hitting keys, instead of just pressing them. It kinda looks like that before they press the note, they lift the finger a little bit, same as if you tried to hit a ...

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