Questions tagged [technique]

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Why is alberti bass so tiring?

I am practicing the second movement of Mozart's K 545 sonata. I notice that Alberti Bass is very tiring. More so than other 16th note rhythms. So much so that I feel the burn in my left hand because ...
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Its more difficult to play tremolo on a single string

I started to learn the tremolo technique (the p-a-m-i-variant) from classical guitar, and for example used in the famous Recuerdos de la Alhambra piece by F. Tarrega, a month ago. As far as good, but ...
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The Method of Arm weight in Playing the Piano

I'm a 25 year old music enthusiast, who plays Keyboard since the age of 10, and sincerely started playing Piano since the age of 15 (10 years ago now). I practised on various different pianos (since I ...
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Did Courtney Hadwin sing in a way that is unhealthy for her voice?

Courtney Hadwin is a 13-year-old girl who showed an amazing performance in America's Got Talent recently. The video is available on YouTube: Courtney Hadwin: 13-Year-Old Golden Buzzer Winning ...
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Problems with left hand chords on the keyboard

I'm a beginner keyboard player and I'm having a hard time hitting the correct keys on the left hand while trying to play chords with the left hand and melody with the right. Do you have any tips ...
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Holding a violin against the hips?

I cannot seem to find a reference to this practice anywhere outside of this video (seen from the beginning of the video) Is there an official term for this type of ...
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Wrist pain in advanced pianists

I’ve been playing piano for ten years now. I am preparing about 40 min of music for a recital and camp, and I’ve been practicing between an hour and 4.5 hours a day. I made a jump in practice time ...
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How can I improve my picking accuracy when I'm standing and can't see my guitar strings?

I do most of my guitar practice seated and can easily see the strings when I'm playing solos or arpeggios. But when I play with my friends, I'm usually standing and can't see the strings to pick. I'...
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What are some viable fingerings for the chromatic run in Fur Elise?

I am talking about this section.
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How to play this passage precisely?

I have got trouble playing this passage with both hands. I can play the hands separately, but can't join them together. I have tried really slowing it down, but the rhythm is too complicated for me to ...
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What is the wall of sound on many early 60's pop records

Phil Spector is noted for his distinctive "wall of sound" on the records that he produced in the early sixties. What is it and how did he achieve it?
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Is this video game piece physically playable?

This is a video game track that got translated into this piano sheet, the original track was made with software I'm wondering if this middle solo is physically playable? 4/4 tempo: 152 appears to ...
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Knowing the scale when learning piano piece

I am composing piano pieces. And I see it is very difficult for me to play it by heart without mistakes even if I play it many times. I thought that maybe it has to do with the fact that I never know ...
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Upper and lower frets buzzing on guitar?

Beginner guitar player here. Sometimes when I try to play even simple chords (such as a C chord), I am constantly getting buzzing from either the string above or below it. I understand this happening ...
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What is the fingering for this arpeggio?

This may be a basic question, but I've never had a piano teacher so I'm not sure how to finger this circled measure. My confusion stems from the fact that I remember seeing in arpeggio books that for ...
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The Song “Spanish Guitar”: How is this played on piano/keyboard?

The Song It's called Spanish Guitar. PDF Link: Spanish Guitar.pdf. What I know This music has music symbols and info I'm unfamiliar with. But this what I've found searching on the internet: vivace:...
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Is there a specific vocal technique to sound “croaky” towards beginning of phrases?

Enrique Iglesias in his song Hero, uses a vocal technique where he somehow stresses beginning of many phrases that sound especially "croaky", starting with "~~~Would you dance...", where "~~~" refers ...
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How do I play this passage smoothly?

I have problems playing the G# - E - C# - G# passage in the left hand. Because of that E it gets really sloppy, cause I have difficulties pressing the key from higher place while still maintaining ...
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Is John Williams “cheating” when he plays Asturias?

Even though I still have a long way to go before I can play Asturias somewhat decently I like it so much that I am taking a stab at it. It was going OK until I got to the 37th bar in which the chord ...
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How long does it take for fingers to get used to playing electric guitar strings?

It's so painful to practice when your fingers feel like they're slowly being sawed :'(
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Does the manner in which you release a tone on the piano affect its sound?

Watch how, for instance, Valentina Lisitsa releases her final chord of Chopin's Op. 9, no. 2 by pulling her hands up from the keyboard. Such a lift isn't reserved for slower music; this even happens ...
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(Piano) Fast “alternating” octaves on the left hand - technique or just muscle power?

So, I'm trying to learn Hiromi's "The Tom and Jerry Show", but I'm stumped at a certain point, 1:58 in this video. She seems to be playing octaves on the left hand, but first the lower note, then the ...
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How can I to learn sight-singing, transcribe, and sight-reading?

I'm curious what the best route would be to become proficient in sight singing & ear training, along with polishing my technique on my preferred instruments (guitar & piano). I have a broad ...
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What's the best way to rebuild piano technique?

I am already a pretty advanced player but I've not been able to practice seriously for a few months. What's the most efficient way to rebuild strength? Are Hanon or Czerny good for this? Would scales/...
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In what position to play Monti's Chardash solo (Sautille arpegios with melisms) violin bars 34-40

Who knows in what position to play Monti's Czardas solo (Sautille arpegios with melisms) violin bars 34-40 and to use open E string or play E on a A string instead? Is there any violin tabulature for ...
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basics of chord learning in guitar

I am learning guitar of my own. I want to learn chords ,chord progression and strumming pattern. Can anyone suggest me in which order I should learn chords and how to easily remember them ??
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How do you find your own signature sound or tone colour?

How you guys find your own signature sound or tone colour? I'm thinking particularly of the way you play your instrument.
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How to deal with a guitar balance problem?

I have an arch-top Epiphone that I really like the feel of the neck when I'm playing seated, but when I stand and play, the weight of the headstock and neck keep making a dive for the floor and I ...
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What's the proper technique for fretting chords on a guitar to prevent hand cramps?

Whether I'm comping with jazz chords or playing power chord rock, my hand always cramps. I don't get cramps, however, when playing leads or open chords. Specifically, I get cramps in the muscle/tendon/...
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Why does a Serialist composition sound like a random one?

Why can random notes and a structured Serialist composition sound the same? This Reddit comment cites Ligeti: The irony, noted Ligeti, was that the kind of music pioneered by Boulez and ...
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String muting technique for 4-8 fingered tapping

I've been experimenting with two-handed tapping for a while now, and have recently picked up on tapping techniques which involve multiple fingers on both hands. My question is this - what are some ...
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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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Performance over correctness?

I have been learning to play guitar for 2 years (for 1 year a bit more) now and I am getting faster and faster in changing from chord to chord. Nevertheless, I realize that I don't grab those chords ...
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How do I use vocal fry (growl) without harming my vocal chords?

On a number of occasions I've tried growling like Tom Waits, Louis Armstrong or other blues singers and I've tried the death-metal "cookie monster" growl for vocal parts. The problem is that I can ...
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Is it optimal to have the root of your index finger touch the guitar neck?

I just began playing, and after watching some beginner videos, everyone seems to advocate for the thumb being placed firmly on the back of the neck, while keeping some moderate space between the palm ...
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Why my right hand trill is so bad?

For some reason I don't know, I can't trill fast with my right hand, but I can with my left even though I am right-handed. Why this? How I can improve my right hand trills? What should I do?
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What is the technique I need to know in order to develop “Chicken Pickin” for guitar?

Is there an established technique for Chicken Pickin on guitar or is it more like a technique that guitar players develop for themselves just by experimenting with their instruments? I'd like a ...
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How to induce frisson in music

Most people have at one point been listening to a song and then all of a sudden felt goosebumps or gotten chills. What are some ways, as a composer, to write music that would likely induce these ...
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How to play softly on a digital piano?

I find it very difficult to play really soft sounds because the keys are heavy. I could turn the volume down, but then it wouldn't replicate how loud a grand piano sounds like. I use Thomann DP-26. ...
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Strengthening finger playing F barre chord

%1/1.3/4.3/3.2/2.1/1.1/1[F] I have just started learning to play the guitar, and I have discovered that my fingers are lacking the strength to play with finger 1 (guitar fingerings). I am finding ...
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How does a Voice Box guitar effect work? [duplicate]

I heard an old Barnstorm album where Joe Walsh made his guitar talk. How did he do that?
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How to learn difficult triads on piano

I stumbled upon a quite difficult triad. According to the video I saw, the fingering used is 1 2 5, but the way I have to position my hand is very unnatural, and it is really hard to play this ...
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When playing the oboe, should I touch the top or the bottom side of the reed?

I have been playing the oboe for one year now but I was touching the reed on its top side and I was told that's now the best way. My teacher says I should touch just the bottom side So my question ...
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How to play notes over one octave at once in one voice on a piano?

In the bass voice, I am supposed to play notes spanning from C to the next but one G at once. Is this even possible with one hand? Should I use the other hand for that G? I could barely hit the two ...
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How do you bend notes on the bagpipes?

Here's a video I was pretty impressed with: (Loving the Red Hot Chilli Pipers) At about the 1 minute mark we hear a bagpiper bend a note upwards by a tone, ...
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Help with fast guitar fingering for Db13 in Michelle (jazz guitar)

I am having trouble to quickly change from 4-6 (partial Dbmaj7) to 64434 (Db13). This exact part is inside the red circle. Separately I can rather confidently play Db13 as 64434 using ring finger ...
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difficulty with electric guitar

I can sizzle on an acoustic but when I try an electric guitar the sound is messy. My fat fingers are brushing the wrong strings and the pickup is picking it up. I have a tough time getting a really ...
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(Singing) Why is low/high larynx bad for your voice?

I heard that using low or high larynx is bad for your voice. But why is this true ? In what way is it bad for your voice? And is there a way to make low or high larynx healthy? Or should you at all ...
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Advice on playing the middle voice of Schubert Impromptu No3

Does anyone (preferably someone who has played the piece) have any specific advice on how to practise the middle voice of Schubert's third impromptu? At the moment it sounds too loud and bumpy.
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How to play this passage, a note, immediately following and of greater duration. [duplicate]

It is a piano technique question. How to play technically right D(Eighth note) and C(Half note)? Start together or C goes after a little delay? (in the first measure). The same for the accord E+G ...