Questions tagged [technique]

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Exercise to stabilize my timing when pulling “fast” quarter-notes in right hand

I'm looking for some kind of exercise I can do to stabilize my timing and groove when playing "fast" quarter notes? Background: I'm a self-taught piano player. I also have some experience in playing ...
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How to use Meend in Bansuri Playing

I am following tutorial to play Om Jai Jagdish Hare. The gentleman says we can use Meend in Bansuri. He explains it is a soft way to go from one note to the next. How would I do it. The video ...
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How to play fantasie impromptu by Chopin?

I can play Chopin's fantasie impromptu at low tempo, but I'm having trouble when increasing the tempo. My fingers don't move smoothly over 130 bpm and some notes get skipped automatically and ...
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Lip pain when playing flute: how to overcome?

I have noticed that when I play higher octave notes on the flute my lips start to hurt. This has happened before but I dealt with it just by ignoring the pain. I would like to know whether there is ...
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How can I improve my violin intonation for enharmonic notes?

I know that while, for many instruments, enharmonic notes are a single pitch and their differences are more of an interpretation, helping music to remain consistent (it would make more sense for a ...
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What to keep in mind when playing at high frets?

When playing a melody or soloing around the top frets, 12-15, on electric guitar, is there anything specific to keep in mind? I'd guess the strings are more sensitive to accidental bending, and of ...
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Is horseback riding affecting my piano technique?

After horseback riding my fingers feel stiff, lazy and i feel like my technique has degraded. I think it's because the pulling on my hands. I know sport is a very common topic in piano forums, but I ...
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Why do guitarists wave their guitars?

I'm currently learning to play the guitar and watch a lot of tutorials. I noticed that on long playing chords they often wave their guitars (slowly move neck up and down). What is the reason? Does ...
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Barring the second string on fifth-string bar chords

I'm having some trouble with the second string when playing sus2 chords on the fifth string, e.g. Bbsus2: x13311. Most of the time, I don't manage to push the 2 on the second/B string down properly ...
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Pitch and Volume Compensations for Different Instruments

I'm curious if various instruments require that the player compensate in any way (in terms of technique, e.g., force used to bow, force used to blow, or embouchure alterations) when playing low vs. ...
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7th chords with black key at the bottom fingering

I want to ask why nobody plays for example, F# half diminished chord on piano with 2145 fingering on right hand. Everybody plays 1235 or 1245. I think better to use 2 at the bottom because you can ...
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How to perform quicker shifts? (Prokofiev Visions Fugitives #2)

The passage of interest: This is specifically pertaining to the right hand, and the tempo I am provided is quarter note = 60-66. The fingering I am using is, starting with the C: 3-5 3 2 1 3 1 | 3 2 ...
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Octave Technique and hand height - (of Vincenzo Maltempo on piano)

I'm always interested in the different kinematics employed by pianists who get similar results. I've been listening to Vincenzo Maltempo play the Alkan Etudes and I'm curious about his octave ...
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Leftie drummer being taught as rightie - should I switch?

Well, i believe, it's pretty classic situation. I'm left-handed person that went to a right-handed teacher in order to learn some drumming. I'm being told that we'll be playing open-handed on a RH ...
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Question about a guitar lick involving string bending and playing a higher note while the string's bent

I'm transcribing a guitar solo, the one in a live version of Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry." At 4:25, he bends the 11th fret of the high e string up a full step, and right before he comes down, I ...
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How do you play the middle D and F in this passage?

This is from a piano song called "Jane's Song" by Christopher Norton. There are two whole notes that are held for the entire measure, but the left hand is also holding a note way into the bass and ...
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Tips on playing arpeggios fast ([eg. c arpeggio] c, e, g, (now octave higher) c, e, g)

I have trouble making the c major arpeggio sound smooth. Whenever I attempt to play it smooth, it sounds like groups of 3, perhaps because I press each note too hard. What are some tips on playing ...
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Nylon guitar: How to mute open strings

So from most videos I am seeing, it seems that classical guitar technique requires you to hold your hand away from the strings. If I pluck an e on the 2nd fret of the D string, and then stop that e, ...
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Piano: quaver triplets in RH v dotted quaver and semiquaver in LH

Towards the end of the first movement of Beethoven's Piano Sonata Op 27 No 2 (Moonlight) the right hand is playing triplet quavers while the left has a dotted quaver and semiquaver. If we are ...
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Is Soreness in Middle Knuckle of Fretting Hand Index Finger Normal for Beginners?

About 3 or 4 months ago I started teaching myself to play steel string acoustic guitar using free online lessons. Because I am not working with a tutor in person, I have to be more careful about ...
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Left hand arpeggiated chord below right hand block chord

If a left hand arpeggiated chord sits directly bellow a block chord in piano music, should the block chord be played when the first or last note of the arpeggiated chord is played?
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How to mute a string and play another at the same time

I'm trying to learn this fingerstyle song on my acoustic guitar. I found a tab which I really like. The only thing I don't get are the X's in the tab. Here's a part I've taken from the tab: What ...
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What is chord melody?

I've heard the term "chord melody" used by a jazz player acquaintance of mine, but I'm not really certain what he is describing or how it works. Would someone please give me a definition in easy to ...
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How to stop ringing of a chord in Guitar

Suppose you have to play 0020 in G string. How can one stop the open G from ringing when one tries to play G on the 2nd fret? And what if I have to change strings? Like, I have to play B string 10 ...
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Arpeggio Markings for Chord symbols

Is it common to denote a chord symbol with an arpeggio marking? How else would you indicate that the chord is to be played arpeggio?
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Does anyone have any advice for an older beginner electric guitar player who uses a wheelchair?

I just found this forum and figured I would ask a question that has hindered my progress in playing the guitar for quite some time. I've been struggling for awhile now with finding a correct way to ...
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Question about vocal technique

I wonder if someone could help me with identifying vocal technique of the lead singer in Mgla. Here's the video . Is it based on usage of false chords or not?
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Is it wise to focus on putting odd beats on left when playing double bass drums?

I need to learn two double bass drum patterns: The first one is just repeated over and over again. The second repeats the first measure and then repeats the second measure. My question is about how ...
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Violin - How would you play vibrato on an open string?

I was learning vibrato on the violin, and came across this video. In this video, it tells you that vibrato is just a fast slur. Using that method, how would you play vibrato on an open string?
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Violin - Slurring double stops [closed]

I was reading some violin sheet music when I came across something that looked like a slurred double stop. Here is an image: How would you play this slurred double stop on the violin?
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Violin pizzicato with other fingers

Usually, chords on the violin played using pizzicato are done using the index finger. In this recording by Perlman of the Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto, however, he is shown to play the three ...
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How to train the left hand (Piano)

So, how can I go about working on my left hand on the piano? I can play relatively fast passages with it, but the hand feels weak even if the overall thing sounds fine, also, if one of my two hands ...
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Violin - Playing a slurred staccato [duplicate]

I was reading some violin sheet music when in on measure you had to play something that looked like a slurred staccato. How would you play a slurred staccato on the violin? Here is how the sheet music ...
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Am I singing in a mixed voice?

I've been singing since I was like 12. I never took any lessons, but I've been trying to train my voice better. Here's the clip: https://vocaroo.com/i/s1J2DcCdndgn My first question is am I a bass or ...
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Ways to avoid pain when playing drums for long time periods?

I play the drums 2-3 times a week at my church services. Each service is about two hours long and I alternate between loud, medium-tempo to slow, steady stuff for extended periods. Recently, I've ...
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What is the best way to play with dynamics on the violin?

I've just started playing the violin, and have come to dynamics (forte, piano, etc.). To play forte, I push the bow hard, and for piano, I push the bow lightly. Is this the right method? Are there any ...
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How to play vibrato on the clarinet?

I've been playing the clarinet for some time now, and have wanted to extend my ability with it. While doing so, I ran into vibrato. Is there a good method to play vibrato on the clarinet?
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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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Why do ukulele players not use the G-string?

Well, obviously, they do, but in solo/fingerpicking, the only time I've ever seen a note written on the G-string in tab is as part of a chord. Why do melodic structures neglect to use the G-string? ...
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What does “con piu fuoco possibile” mean?

Towards the end of Chopin's Etude No. 4 in C# minor, Op. 10 No. 4, it says "con più fuoco possibile." What does this mean?
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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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Vocal part for my range [closed]

I have a vocal range that spans from D2 to D6 and while I love singing normal tenor part what would fit my voice best?
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Impacts on hand dexterity caused by combat sports or martial arts

I am considering to start practicing box, karate or tae kwon do to improve my health and self defense skills. Does anyone know if any of these affect my dexterity, speed, sensitivity negatively? Not ...
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I could once play 270 BPM 16th notes with full leg motion, with a bit of ankle motion, while my left leg was tense. Now I can't do 150 BPM

Okay, so as said I could once play 270 BPM 16th notes with full leg motion, with a bit of ankle motion, while my left leg was tense. Now I can't do 150 BPM. Now, I know that it was a really bad way ...
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Classical guitar techique to play artificial harmonics while striking three bass strings

Is there a technique that would allow me to play something like this? I have my pinky and ring finger free, but i don't know if i could possibly play it with them. I'm just stuck at this point. ...
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Should I learn the Octave Etude to prepare for the Appasionata Sonata?

One of the hardest Beethoven sonatas is his Appasionata Sonata. There is one technique that I know it has in common with Chopin's Octave Etude. That is legato octaves. Difference has to do with ...
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How do I not fall into other people's singing pitch?

When I am at the karaoke with my friends, I often sing with them and realize, when I sing alone, I can sing the song perfectly but when I sing with someone that is of higher pitch/lower pitch, I tend ...
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Why is button three on trumpet almost never used alone?

The trumpet buttons 1,2 and 3 lowers the pitch by 2,1 and 3 halfsteps. So pressing button 1 and 2 gives the same result as only pressing the third button. So why is the third button so rarely used ...
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Beginner fingerstyle on acoustic guitar

I'm trying to learn fingerstyle technique on an acoustic guitar. I'm using the 5 fingers (thumb for E & A, ..., pinky for E) but after 3 days trying with this song I still sound horrible. I ...
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Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 1 bars 31-36: how to position 4th finger?

I've been studying this etude for one year now, using the exercises of Alfred Cortot in his student's edition. I am making steady progress but have a lot of problems with bars 31-32 and 35-36. There ...