Questions tagged [technique]

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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 ...
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How to practice for piano with chord in one hand and lead in another? [duplicate]

I am used to playing any song with both of my hand as I am good with harmonium in which with one hand you have to wave a door to flow air. But when it comes to playing actual notes (i.e., lead/melody) ...
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Guitar - Record exercise lick over metronome with iRig

I would like to record the licks I play while exercising over a metronome in order to improve my timing. I need a way to record both the lick and the metronome beats to see if I'm picking the note ...
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The name of the technique for 'not breathing noisily while singing'?

A family member told me he doesn't like to hear most pop singers because one can hear them taking deep breaths after longer tirades and that is a sign they can't sing properly. He mentioned Andrea ...
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Why play a fretted note while you can play it on an open string?

Please take a look at this arrangement: Why does the arranger/composer play an E on the B string, 5th fret and a B on the G string, 4th fret while he could just play an E on the open E string an B ...
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How do I stop the sound of a recorder cleanly and without the pitch falling?

When I end a note on recorder the pitch falls. This is great for certain styles of music, but on others it just doesn't get it. I'm looking for a nice clean release. I've tried a sharp blast of air ...
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String quartet practice routine

I am looking for information on how to structure a practice session for a string quartet. I read many articles online. They talk about working on intonation but hardly any information beyond scales. ...
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Piano technique to stay on beat

Context: I am a beginner piano student Consider the time signature (4/4) and a metronome that is set at a particular bpm. If your first note is a quarter note, do you raise your hand from the key on ...
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4th finger free hand

Helow! I have been playing piano almost 3 years, first 2 years were great, i had made so big progress that then i started revolutionary etude, played it fast and after a while i noticed that my ...
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Trills, Tremolo and forearm movement on the piano

I still don't understand what the proper way is to playing trills and tremolos, even though I've read a lot about them and watched a lot of videos. Worse it seems like all the people explaining it do ...
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Left hand bass technique

It is well known that one of the common mistakes a learning pianist makes is to use the left hand “too loudly” when playing. I know I have in the past but I have managed to control my left hand ...
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Why do we use such different picks for guitar and oud?

The oud and the guitar are strung similarly (six strings vs. six courses of strings), and are both played with a flat pick; but the guitar pick is much smaller and flatter than the risha used for the ...
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How do you play vibrato on the Violin?

I've been wondering how to play vibrato on my violin and I've tried. Every time I try, my whole violin shakes and I don't get that crisp bow sound.
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How should I approach this section of Beethovens Op2 No1

I started this piece around 2 days ago for my grade 8 piano exam and I've been having a nightmare with the beginning section(red circles). I can play the rest of the piece with no problem but the ...
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Sound of Octave-Tremolos

How should the sound of an Octave-Tremolo on the piano be? I know this is probably open for interpretation. But is it in general better if the higher note is louder than the deeper, or should they ...
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How is pitch controlled when executing a left-hand pizzicato on a violin?

My understanding of how a violin works is: the left hand controls the pitch by pressing down on a certain position on the string. This changes the length of the vibrating section and therefore pitch. ...
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How to count odd tuplets?

When I first learned how to play music I learned how to play the drums, and thus rhythm was the first thing I knew about music. I still feel like it was best to learn rhythm before pitch, melody, ...
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Strange notation in a Chopin waltz [duplicate]

I have two questions regarding Chopin's Waltz in E minor. On the picture there are two A notes. How does one play the A's? (The rythm is 3/4 ). For me this does not make any sense? In the piece ...
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Overblown octaves on a tenor recorder

I have a brand new Aulos 511 tenor recorder and can achieve perfect overblown octaves without changing my fingering, just adjusting the position of my tongue and directing the stream of air. Why are ...
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Fingering for piano arpeggio

What would be a good piano fingering for these left hand arpeggios? They are played fast. I don't know if it is better to play 531-5321 or 531-5312? We only have F#.
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What is the violin technique in this video called?

At the very beginning that weird slide technique, what is it called? Is it a glissando. I want to call it a slide but I'm not sure. The soloist does it near the end as well. It seems to be trying to ...
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What cello technique used in titles of “The Night Of”

At the beginning of the title sequence of "The Night Of" the double bass is clearly plucked, but I'm not entirely sure about the higher cello part? Is it simply a (very) dry staccato? There's just so ...
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How do I own the music?

Bear with me with this non musical analogy: I am a driving instructor and one of the things we look for is for a pupil to know they can drive by themselves. One of the questions they will eventually ...
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Could Charles Valentin Alkan play his own compositions?

Could Charles Valentin Alkan play his own compositions? I'm very curious, since his compositions are extremely difficult, and I've only seen a few pianists who were able to play these compositions. ...
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Should fingers always play perpendicular to the keys?

When looking at the reflection of the fallboard, I've noticed my fingers do not hit the keys straight from above. Instead, my hands are not fully pronated and fingers hit the keys at an angle of up to ...
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Which C hole to use in the modern chromatic harmonica?

Let's talk about the standard modern chromatic, tuned to the key of C. On that instrument,the same C note appears twice at two adjacent holes, both blow notes. The first C hole ends an octave, the ...
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Can a Big Muff Pi With Tone Wicker maintain middle tones and be the only fuzz/distortion pedal on a board?

Background I've recently started a band, we are a drummer, a bassist, and me on electric guitar. I am new to using electric guitar and effects pedals, previously I've mainly used acoustic by myself. ...
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Is Playing Classical Guitar with Fingers PI a Bad Habit?

I see most classical/flamenco guitar players use fingers IM instead (rest stroke or picado). Coming from an electric guitar background, I find the rest stroke technique extremely uncomfortable. Is it ...
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Why was Brahms's music considered 'too academic'?

I posted on here before about learning to compose, after hearing some classical music that moved me enormously. I have been researching many of the famous composers from all over the world; Brahms ...
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How to play this part clear and coodinated?

I can't play this part clear and coordinated. My left hand and right hand are fighting. How can I fix it? Is my fingering wrong? Or my practice is not enough? Please help me to fix it! Thanks! Bartók ...
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How did they manage to make this song feel speeded?

I'm a great fan of the Phoenix Wright video game series, and my favourite song is "Pursuit ~ Cornered", which starts when you show the trial-changing evidence. When I listen to the song, it always ...
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Dead notes mixed in with other notes or Chords

I'm having trouble understanding a tab I'm trying to learn. E |---------------------------------------------------------| B |---------------------------------------------------------| G |--11----11---...
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What Are Some Techniques For Fast Classical Guitar Runs?

Players like Paco de Lucia shred through scales up and down at incredible speed. Is "Picado" the only way to achieve these fast runs up and down the neck? I'm looking for ways to go up and down a ...
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How should I practice?

OK so I spent years learning all my favorite guitar songs, (rock, blues, some jazz) in the hope that I'd one magical day reach a skill level acceptable enough for me to begin creating and writing my ...
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How to play this on a piano

I want to know how to play the piano notes on the picture and if I just got really small hands. I play the first two accords with my thumb pressing two keys simultaneously. Is this the correct way ...
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Notey Left Hand

I am currently learning the Chopin Ballade No.1, and my teacher told me that my left hand sometimes sounds really notey. Especially with octaves. Is there any way to prevent the choppy sound? I am ...
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How to reduce screeching “string noise” when playing the guitar [duplicate]

When I play some chords which are on the same strings but on different frets, I produce much string noise, when changing between them. For example take Eric Clapton's famous "Cocaine" riff, which can ...
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How do you call the technique where you slap the bow against the string? [duplicate]

I'm talking about this kind of technique (at the beginning of the video): How would I notate this kind of technique on paper?
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Carl Flesch or Galamian for cello

Former violinist turned cellist here. Is there an equivalent scale system or collection of exercises for cello? I see editions of Carl Flesch and Galamian scale systems transposed for cello but I get ...
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What can I do before buying and learning violin?

I'm going to buy and learn violin in next several months. I want to ask what I can do now, such as ear training or anything to improve my "sense" on music. I usually listen to baroque music and Suzuki'...
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How to achieve the “Flexible Wrist” that is necessary for smooth long bows?

My teacher has been on my case about my bow hold, and frankly, I have to agree with her. Below, Perlman explains his own bow hold. What I find interesting and elusive is how he keeps his wrist ...
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C Minor Chord on a Chromatic Harmonica in the key of C

Simple Question: I have a chromatic harmonica tuned to the key of C, with a slide that raises each note by one half step. It's very similar to a piano, with some exceptions: slide out == white keys; ...
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Singing rock/hard rock. how to get it back?

So let me explain my situation. I used to be able to sing Rock/Hard Rock songs and even sometimes used to growl. I've entered an pop course in uni as a vocalist, that course kind of "banned" ...
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Jazz improvisation theory

As mentioned before, I am classically trained and started looking into jazz (and blues) about a week ago, starting with the 2-5-1 progression and looking at other similar techniques. I am also ...
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Should I raise previous fingers off of my violin's fingerboard?

My instructor tells me that I must keep all my previous fingers dropped, for example, if I am to play a D on the A string in 1st position, I must not only drop my 3rd finger, but also my 1st and 2nd. ...
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2-5-1 Jazz progression and modes

I am classically trained and just started looking into jazz theory. I understand that the 2-5-1 progression is a good place to start. My basic understanding is to play the above progression with ...
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Soprano singer who 'hoots'

Any suggestions how to help a soprano who 'hoots' on higher notes? Not extreme high notes, just the normal upper range.
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How to play the dynamic correctly?

Is there any rule of thumb for how loud/quiet the dynamics should be played? Like, when I see "pp" I know to play it softer than "mf" or "f", for example, but I have no way of knowing if I'm playing ...
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How do I play this part in 'Alouette'?

Is the slur telling me that I simply have to play it legato on all the notes on the treble clef and also when i transition from the C note to the G note (on the bass clef). Or is it telling me that I ...
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How do I play this slur in 'Cockles and Mussels'?

Do I simply play both hands legato? Does the slur mean that anything that falls beneath it for both hands are to be played legato? I thought I knew how legato worked, but I'm not sure anymore.