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A wavering effect in a musical tone, produced either by rapid reiteration of a note, by rapid repeated slight variation in the pitch of a note, or by sounding two notes of slightly different pitches to produce prominent overtones.

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How well can professional oboe players tremolo between G/B and Eb/G?

How likely are professional oboe players to be able to execute this? The goal is the fastest possible alternation between the notes. I don't know a ton about oboe, but the Oboe 2 tremolo looks easy ...
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How do I play these tremolos?

So for this piece Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre there's this thing called a tremolo in between the notes Bb and D. What do I play during it, do I trill with C or something?
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Is this tremolo too fast for strings?

Is this tremolo with the specified tempo too fast for a viola, cello and contrabass?
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Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 (1st movement): How to play tremolo together with a 3-note chord? at Bar 313-314, Bar 319-320

Looking into the Rachmaninoff - Piano Concerto No. 2 (1st movement) solo piano (arranged by LotusFlower, see the YouTube video, there are those 3 horizontal bars known as Tremolo at 7:00 and at 9:23. ...
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Shorten Tremolo Beam Length in Lilypond

I have a simple tremolo, as the picture below shows. The beam lengths are too long and collide with the note heads. How can I adjust the length of the beams to shorten them a bit? I have tried putting ...
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Tremolo strokes above stems with flags

Is it okay to draw tremolo strokes above/below stems with flags for more readability? Otherwise, it looks a bit tight when tremolo strokes are positioned right on a stem with a flag: Also, I just don'...
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How to play tremolo on violin

I found an orchestral score in 3/4 time that instructs the first and second violins to play tremolos: First violins should play those notes as quavers so do the second violins play semiquavers? I ...
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Lilypond tremolo and tuplets

I am inputting a score and struggling with repeated triplets. In the snippet A is visually what is in the manuscript B is my understanding of the musical intention C is as close as I can get in ...
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Not sure how to notate this

I'm not sure if this is a sextuplet with a tremolo or how to notate it. (Using Musescore; I know how to notate a sextuplet with a tremolo, but it doesn't look like this once I do). Any advice as to ...
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How to play a tremolo between a rest and a note? (piano sheet)

I'm playing a piano piece that has some tremolo symbols between a rest and a note ("Odeon" by Ernesto Nazareth), and below the symbol there are subtle tiny marks. Why does this symbol look ...
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Multiple staccato dots on minim with tremolo repeat in Lilypond

I'm writing a piano reduction of Gustav Mahler's 4th Symphony (to help study the score and practice music notation, but mainly just for kicks 'n' grins) using GNU LilyPond. (Yes, I know, I'm totally ...
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How to know if you are tremolo picking in time?

How to know if you are tremolo picking in time? Let's say you are going around 16th notes 160bpm and you are tremolo picking power chords. How do people actually know they went up and down 4 times in ...
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How do you play a tremolo attached to a stack of notes on a piano?

How do you play a tremolo attached to a stack of notes on a piano? (Is that the right wording?) I put an example below. I've seen this sort of pattern several times in piano arrangements of popular ...
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What is the proper shorthand notation for a multi-measure chord tremolo?

This question came up from Proper chord tremolo notation and execution: What is a proper way to notate a chord tremolo with bars (as opposed to writing it out explicitly), when the tremolo lasts more ...
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Proper chord tremolo notation and execution

I'm not sure if this measure from Joe Hisaishi's "Hana-Bi" is correctly notated for a chord tremolo. What is the correct notation, and how should it be played?
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Is it possible to get a mandolin style tremolo on an acoustic guitar?

Somewhat inspired by my other question about the pipa I believe the Mandolin's unique sound comes from the tremolo made possible by double coursing. Is it possible in principle to get a similar sound ...
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How do people play fast tremolo on guitar (with a plectrum)?

I've noticed that to play good, consistent sounding tremolo, especially on short, thick strings, you can't just move the pick back and forth because the sound is inconsistent - the string doesn't ...
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Playing Folk Songs on a Chromatic Scale (C) Tremolo Harmonica

I have a guitar campfire songbook which contains folk songs in different keys. Most of them are in D and G, but I also have seen few in Am and C. Now I plan to play the melody with an Asian tuned ...
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How to create a spanner for a fingering in lilypond

I'm engraving scores for pipa, a sibling instrument of classical guitar (Pipa and guitar do have the same ancestor from central Asia). One of the most common right-hand fingering on pipa is called ...
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How do you notate a tremolo of indeterminate length?

I've got this lengthy solo passage in my piano piece (a transcription of a symphony, where this is the solo). The right hand plays the solo, and the left hand provides the quietest possible background ...
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How to adjust floyd rose tilting forward?

I have been changing strings recently on my electric guitar, which has a Floyd Rose licensed bridge. I had strings on it (dont know which kind) and changed them to SL Alice strings (0.009 etc.). But ...
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What does it mean when there is a slash through the stem of a note? [duplicate]

So, I am a middle school student and have been playing piano for 5 years now, but never have I ever come across something like this. I am learning how to play "River Flows In You" by Yiruma and while ...
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Can a tremolo have a value of over one quarter note per note?

I was wondering if tremolos can make a note separated into quarter notes. For example, a half note with a bar over it means to divide it into eighth notes, and a whole note with three bars over it ...
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Why do singers use vibrato and not tremolo in their voices?

I thought both tremolo and vibrato are the two main ways of melody inflections on instruments. Yet I noticed singers only talk about vibrato with their voices and not tremolos, why is this?
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Do faster tremolos with a pick require developing muscles in the wrist and how long does it take?

I'm trying to develop a faster tremolo. I'm playing an oud with a risha pick. I'd (hopefully) like to get to this speed of tremolo. My tremolos aren't as fast as I want and become inconsistent at ...
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Tremolo on ukulele pick or fingers?

I saw a few vids on tremolo on ukulele. I like tremolo on uke because the strings are so spread out. But from the videos I watched, some use one finger, some use two fingers, and some use a pick. I'm ...
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What do three bars across the stem of a note mean?

I am wondering how are to be understood the following notes and how to play them on the violin. There is no indication of tremolo on the score. Nevertheless, should I understand this as tremolo on ...
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Semitones in tremolo harmonica

I looked all the internet to get this question answered, but it's hopeless. How can I play notes with accidentals – sharp, flats/bemol – in my 24-hole tremolo harmonica, I want to play this, How can I ...
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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 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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Why is this tremolo here instead of a trill?

In my copy of Jacques Ibert's Concertino da Camera, I have this curious marking: In the first bar after 23, there seems to be a tremolo from a C# to a B. This shows up multiple times—why isn't this ...
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Get started with a tremolo Harmonica

So i got the SUZUKI Winner 20-Holes harmonica, not the best option for a beginner as i figured so i dont know where to start as i am totally new to playing music as well, checked YouTube and the major ...
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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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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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What does this mean (the treble clef part) and how to play it? [duplicate]

This is the accompaniment piece for a clarinet solo and I do not know how to play this measure.
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Piano Trill Question?

This may be a redundant question but I was not sure how to google or search the answer (when I did I did not get proper results). On a whole note trill on the piano, how many times do I go back and ...
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What is the difference between vibrato and tremolo?

I was just wondering what are the real differences between tremolo and vibrato. Are those two different words for the same concept? Which one is used in opera singing? I searched to find the exact ...
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non-tremolo repetition rate?

with reference to this answer, tremolo notation, It's not completely clear to me how one should interpret two bars placed on a half-note, in 4/4 (or 2/4) time. I'd always treated a two-bar marking ...
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Why can't I tune my Floyd Rose Tremelo?

I got this guitar a few months ago. Had it setup to have really low action and I was really digging it. I tried experimenting around and took out the floyd and put it back... also messed around with ...
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Edge Zero II tremolo not parallel to the guitar body

I just bought an Ibanez S520 guitar online which has been fitted with a Edge Zero II tremolo which resembles the Floyd Rose Type tremolo . Well , the tremolo bridge is not parallel to the guitar ...
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What's the correct way to learn tremolo?

In classical guitar, we have tremolo. But I see, most people do it not making any clean sound, they still have the sound of string muted with the right hand (the left hand is okay). What's the ...
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Alto Saxophone: tremolo using alternate fingerings

On Alto Saxophone, which notes can easily produce a "tremolo" effect, using alternate fingerings? It's a kind of "warble" effect I'm looking for, but without changing pitch (or ...
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How to achieve a rapid violin tremolo

I heard a romanian gipsy fiddler playing dizzyingly rapid tremolo. How can I achieve that?
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How to keep from tensing up when I click the metronome faster?

I've been trying to build up speed with my tremolo exercises, and the demon I keep fighting is a sort of negative feedback loop fed by worrying about deviations from the tempo, increasing attention on ...
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Where can I buy knife-edges for a guitar tremolo bridge?

I recently discovered that I need to replace the edge-knives on my chrome black EDGE III tremolo but I cannot find them on the Ibanez website nor on Ebay. Could anyone tell me where to buy them (...
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Confused with Harmonica

I just learned playing Diatonic Harmonica. I find it a bit difficult to play bend on it ( I am practicing though). Someone told me that a easy way is to use Press Button Chromatic Harmonica. Is it ...
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How to write guitar tremolo with Sibelius software?

I'm trying to create the music sheet of "Recuerdos de La Alhambra" with Sibelius music notation software. How to create tremolos in Sibelius?
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What is tremolo picking?

Are you just picking the same note a bunch of times or are you picking a lot in general and kind of hammering on to hit the notes? What does it have to do with an actual tremolo (whammy bar)?
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