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How are method books for instruments created and why do they work?

This is an odd question. But I think I can use some wisdom from teachers and other experienced individuals. Now, most of the instruments have method books, and many teachers follow them as well. My ...
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What is the technique Adrian Belew utilizes through-out : “Elephant Talk” by King Crimson?

Adrian Belew has some incredible sounds coming out of his Strat - one of them is the quasi-Elephant sound on Elephant Talk - King Crimson - "Discipline". I've watched him do it live but apart from ...
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Why is a particular measure of Rach Prelude in C# minor always played slowly?

I've noticed that in many renditions of Rachmaninov's Prelude in C# Minor (Op. 3 No. 2) that the fourth measure of the Agitato section is always played in a slow, unusual (almost weird) fashion. You ...
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Cello: Is it possible to play a double stop of a major 9th on the I and II strings?

The cello is using scordatura, the tuning is Cb Ab Eb Ab (from the fourth to the first string). I want to know if the following passage is possible, tempo is around 220~240 quarter notes per minute: ...
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What is the correct way to use your left hand on a fretless bass guitar?

I just recently bought a used fretless bass ($200 for a Schecter Diamond series = can't pass up) and it is the first fretless bass I have ever owned. The neck has fret inlays & markings, so it's ...
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How do I improve the rate at which I learn arpeggios?

I'm referring specifically to this sort of structure, where the notes cascade upwards or downwards but most often up and then back down. Many of the pieces I play (on piano) involve this rather ...
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Biggest differences between 4 mallet grips

I am aware that there are 2 popular ways to hold 4 mallets while playing the marimba. There is Burton's and there is Steven's. I am not really even sure which grip I currently use, as I just started ...
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Is it possible to strum (with a pick) separated strings?

There is a song I am trying to learn and the problem is that the guitarist plays the first and fourth strings together. I know this is easily possible if you are finger picking, but I am not really a ...
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Does it help if you learn to play certain instruments both right-handed and left-handed?

I once heard that if you switch hands when the violin, guitar or any other instrument that each hand has a separate task, it enhances your technical capabilities in music, general technique, and is ...
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How to play Rumba-Flamenco (Spanish rumba) style of music on guitar?

I want to play the rumba style of flamenco music on my guitar. What are some defining characteristics of this style of music? Are there particular strumming patterns that define this music? Which ...
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Recommended arm and hand position for neck side

I was wondering if there are some really clear sites, videos or texts explaining the best practices regarding the way to hold your guitar, both to be efficient and to avoid straining your fingers/arm.
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Trill measure 29 3rd movement moonlight sonata

How do you play the trill in measure 29 of Beethoven's moonlight sonata?
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Finding a balance point learning to pick a guitar at a right angle?

I've been playing guitar for ten years or so and have the rather bad habit of striking across the strings diagonally. This is partly due to how I hold the guitar, and partly because I play a lot of ...
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What are the benefits to using different dulcimer hammers?

I, like many hammered-dulcimer players I've met, have a bag full of hammers. However, I find that I only ever use one pair, a set of double-headed hammers (padded on one side, unpadded on the other). ...
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Tips for using complex time signatures in a “catchy” pop song?

I'm looking to write some music in the vein of a band I discovered recently called Icarus The Owl, who use some pretty wacky time signatures (anything from 21/16 into weirder territories) but always ...
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What are good techniques to bend notes on brass instruments

I play Eb tuba, and sometimes I come across bending down in my notes - either as an effect at the end of a note, or sometimes as a slide between two notes. I find this difficult to achieve with a good ...
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Is there a significant difference between playing one note or multiple ones per bow stroke?

So recently I realized that I tend to do just one note per bow stroke for everything I play. I was taking a look at how violinists played, particularly with Fur Elise, which begins something like E,D#...
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How do I play harp-like licks on a piano?

Many R&B songs I listen to have a similar sort of sequence of notes which flow in a manner similar to that of a harp. A good example is Beni's song 'Last Lie', in which the first chord is done in ...
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Downshifting in high positions on violin

I'm having trouble going down to fifth position from a higher position. I often land a little offkey (usually flat by a quarter-step unless I overcompensate), I think because that's where the base of ...
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Repertoire recommendation for beginning viola? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What to look for in beginner etudes for a second instrument? [Stumbled upon this on meta. So I thought I'd attempt a trial by fire.] I just got a shipment of necessary ...
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Do competent violinists avoid open strings?

I just picked up a violin for the first time in what must be 25 years. All that time ago, I had lessons and playing in school orchestras - but moved on to other instruments. As a beginner I would use ...
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What left hand technique is being used to create this percussive chord transition sound?

There is a strange chord transition that I cannot figure out how to play near the beginning of this acoustic guitar song: (I am guessing) He seems to be playing the ...
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Inconsistent Right Hand Technique - Mixing economy and double picking

I am coming back to the guitar after almost 10 years away. I have been around the instrument as a jazz player for almost 25 years. The biggest challenge coming back is what, I believe, drove me ...
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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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How to do a finger roll on a doumbek

So, I've just started playing the doumbek. I've started trying to pick up finger rolls, but they don't have the same ring or intensity as my tek or ka strokes. While this is probably to be expected ...
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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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Will changing my grip help avoid wrist pain?

I've been playing drums for about ten years and have recently started playing more long gigs (3+ hours, with breaks). Sometimes, as the night wears on, I'll get intense pain in one wrist; it's ...
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Proper way to finger Flugelhorn

Today, I was playing Holst's Second Suite in F (Movement 1) on my Flugelhorn. It sounded great, but I feel that some particular sequences are a bit muddy in the fingering. I usually play with the ...
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Belt (singing) exercises and techniques?

So, I have worked hard to develop a middle voice and head voice but it doesn't have the really powerful tone of a belt voice. Can anyone give me audio exercises or refer some source for belting ...
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How to avoid accents when singing?

Sometimes, on certain songs, I start to sing in an accent that kind of mimics the original vocals. One song in which I have this problem is Three Days Grace's Let It Die. How can avoid the accent ...
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How to re-develop double tonguing?

Two years ago, I had no issue double- and triple-tonguing. After a while, however, I seem to have issues playing quickly enough. I suspect that I have gone back to single-tonguing. How can I go back ...
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How do I get pinch harmonics during solos?

Could someone tell me how to get the pinch harmonics sound during solos? Specifically on the "Wanted Dead or Alive" solo by Bon Jovi? Is it an amp setting? Is it something I do with my left or right ...
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The intro to “Soul Man” - the verses in “It's Your Thing” (Isley Brothers) - What is that technique called?

Jeff Beck plays variations of this blues lick - 1:28 into "You Know What I Mean" - It's a basic blues riff (the beginning to Dust My Broom (Elmore James) played with variations up/down the fretboard ...
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Slurs that span two staves

I saw some slurs that span two staves (both the bass and the treble clefs) on a piece of sheet music. Are they any different from the regular slurs? How should I play them?
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On a guitar how do you play two notes simultaneously on non-adjacent strings?

For example here is a snippet from moonlight sonata. https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12337149/gap.png There are two open strings here with a pretty big gap in between them. How should this be played?
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How to embrace the metronome after years of bad habits?

Background I have been dabbling in guitar for over 20 years. I have decent dexterity, technique, and musical theory. However, I don't count time and never use a metronome. I always sound like a weak ...
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Andy Timmons Carpe Diem fast vibration

This is a tough one :) When I listen to this amazing track (track 14 from "That was then, This is now" album) I notice at 0:36 and 0:42 a very fast vibration on the G string (5th fret) which I doubt ...
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How do you play guitar dead notes quickly switching?

I'm trying to play part of a song that looks like this: 0 x x 0 x x 7 x x x 9 x x 5 x x 5 x x x I find it very difficult to play this. I have trouble playing open strings and letting them ring ...
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Is there a formal name for this type of composition?

So, say there's a musical piece that has the following structure: [A.1] [A.2] [A.3] [A] Where A is a "harmonic theme", in the sense that it's treated as a theme, but its melodic content is contained ...
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Electric Guitar | Right hand position

I find it difficult to decide on where to position/rest my right hand (picking hand) when playing electric guitar. I started with acoustic and i have a habit of resting my pinky finger on the guitar ...
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Liszt - Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 (Piano Solo) - Measure 306

In the picture below, there is a significant stretch where the melody in the upper staff is at a lower pitch than the accompaniment in the lower staff. Does Liszt intend for me to cross my right-...
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Keeping rhythm when performing live without a drummer

I'm a member of a small band, and a common problem that arises when playing faster-paced music is keeping everyone in sync, rhythm wise. It goes without saying that one person falling out of time can ...
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Picking hand technique and precision

I started realizing that the picking hand was actually very important (probably as much as the fretting hand): it is always moving and it has to be extremely precise. I wanted to ask a question about ...
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What makes african blues so distinctive?

When you listen to the music by Ali Farka Toure, Rokia Traore, Afel Bocoum and other african blues artists you can recognize it in a second. What is it what makes the african blues so distinctive? Is ...
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When I do a pulloff on strings 2-5, how do I prevent my finger from muting other strings?

I've taken great care to hold frets with my fingertips in a position that they don't come into contact with other strings. Every time I try and do a pulloff though, it stops the string below, kind of ...
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Best way to notationally indicate that a solo phrase in an instrumental section should end

After writing "solo" over a part intended for one instrumentalist in a section, what's the best way to indicate that the the entire section should again begin playing?
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Pain in left wrist after playing Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1

I've been playing piano for a year now (I used to play in a conservatory when I was a child, maybe 2 years total). I've already learned Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (1st Movement), Chopin's Nocturne ...
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How should I dampen timpani?

I've been working on my timpani playing, and the music has it written in that I should dampen certain notes at various parts of the song. But having I'm having trouble figure out the best technique ...
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How can I learn Soukous guitar?

I really like the sound of Soukous guitar playing, and would like to learn a bit of that. What would be good ways of doing this? I'm not great at picking at all, I'm a happy amateur chord strummer, so ...
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How to overcome the frustration while you are developing demanding techniques?

I'm practicing Flamenco guitar and I'm concentrating a LOT on the technique. Flamenco is so demanding on the right hand, techniques like tremolo, rasgueados, alzapua ... It is hard to play flamenco ...