Questions tagged [technique]

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What determines how hard it is to press a guitar string?

When playing on different steel string acoustic guitars over the years, I noticed a huge difference in how hard it was to press down a string. This made me wonder why. There are two obvious factors ...
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Sticks moving in my hands (weak grip?)

I've been playing drums for a while and there's something bothering me. I've watched a lot of "how to hold your drumsticks properly" videos for the 'matched grip' style (the one i use) to try to ...
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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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Pedaling in Shostakovich Op. 87

I've never played any Shostakovich before, and I was curious about whether/how I should go about pedaling in his preludes and fugues from Op. 87. I'm treating the pieces like Bach, but there seems to ...
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Sight reading outside the piano

It is hard for me to practice lately the piano. But i really want to sight read well and keep advancing, even if it is outside of it. Is it possible to sight read outside the piano by reading piano ...
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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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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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Newbie guitar learning recommendation

After having giving up on learning acoustic guitar years ago, I feel like learning it again (and sing to my wife). I did a bit research and then bought a Squire electric starter pack. I have access to ...
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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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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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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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Why play a B chord on piano with this fingering?

I am taking piano lessons, and my teacher has taught me the scales and chords/arpeggios for the keys of C, G, D, A, and E. So far, the fingerings for the chords of each key have been the same- ...
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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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What are the ergonomic / playing differences between the guitar and the piano?

The guitar and the piano are two of the most popular instruments which allow multiple notes to be played simultaneously. The acoustic quality of the two instruments are, of course, different, but ...
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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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What is the best way to become super-accurate on the piano?

For an example of what I mean, look at Volodos or Marc-Andre Hamelin -- both well-known for their incredibly crisp and accurate technique. The answer is NOT to play more. There are some pieces I'm ...
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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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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 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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Glissandos in Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3 Mov.3

In Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No.3 Mov.3 towards the end there are some parts with a glissando with doubled notes from 7:30 onwards of this video. It's played by Martha Argerich. I've also watched ...
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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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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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Physical problems during singing

I don't know if this is related to singing specifically, but I noticed that when I am singing and I hit a powerful, held note, pushing all of my vocal power forward (to the point of slightly affecting ...
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Is this an acceptable fingering of a G Chord?

I'm trying out the CAGED method, and whenever I use the G Form, either my pinky can't keep enough pressure on the High E string, or my ring finger lies so flat that it mutes the A string. By curling ...
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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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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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Music for Piano, Frangis Ali-Sade

What should I know about the music tradition behind Music for Piano, I believe mugham? From what I gather, the notation is more of you'd call a guideline. I have the 1998 Musikverlag Hans Sikorski ...
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Use of sustain pedal in Prince's “How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore” (from “The Hits/The B-Sides”)

I am trying to figure out whether, and how much, Prince uses the sustain pedal in playing the main riff here. To me, it sounds like there are notes from the opening chord(s) that sustain through the ...
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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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Singing: Is it true that all of your power behind singing should come from your diaphragm?

I'm not sure if I can ask this here, but I have a question about singing technique. My teacher once told me that all of your power behind singing should come from your diaphragm and that you shouldn't ...
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What is the difference between male head voice and falsetto?

What is the fundamental difference between head voice and falsetto in male singers? I think I know the answer, but I cannot be sure in its credibility, since all my self-researched knowledge comes ...
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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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How do you mute strings on higher frets when playing 3 notes per string patterns and switching between 2-3 strings?

Let's say it's 1st position E natural minor with root note on 12th fret. I'm trying to play Buckethead-style licks. I'm doing my best to mute the strings when swapping between them, but I still get ...
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Oboe embouchure issues?

I recently just got a brand new Oboe, and I'm having trouble getting my embouchure right. Please know that I just got it, so I'm still in need of much more practice. I am also a seasoned flute player ...
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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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Is there a way to play vibrato on the piano?

I know this is a silly question, but I couldn't help but wonder it. Is there a way to play vibrato on the piano? If not are there pianos out there with this feature?
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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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Drummer: Follow Bassist, Guitarist, or Lead

I spent the first 10 years of my drumming life identifying the flashiest elements of songs I played, and charting my performance around those accents. What this meant is that I found myself following ...
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How to deal with fluctuating electric guitar volume (caused by changing pedals and technique)?

Background I've recently started a band, we are a drummer, and a bassist, and me on electric guitar. I am new to using electric guitar and effects pedals, previously I've mainly used acoustic by ...
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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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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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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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What are some techniques to control feedback in a musical setting?

I was always intrigued with the way Ted Nugent/Adrian Belew/Jeff Beck/Jimi Hendrix/SRV were able to control feedback and make it musical - are there guitar/amp settings and techniques that can make ...
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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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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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