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Can smoking allow a singer to sing in a way a non smoker couldn't?

Late edit: Paul McCartney smokes. At 80, & after his gig at Glastonbury this year, where he's still doing everything in the original key, that rather lends more weight to my argument that smoking ...
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Can smoking allow a singer to sing in a way a non smoker couldn't?

Smoking affects singing in indirect ways negatively. Smoking reduces the lungs capabilites and CO will reduce the bloods abilities to bind oxygen, which most likely means that smoking will reduce the ...
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Why can't wearing both ear muffs (whether passive or active) and earplugs simultaneously yield more than 36 dB noise reduction ratio (NRR)?

Small disclaimer about decibels For sound pressures, decibels are defined as follow: XdB = 20 log (p1/p0) with p1 being the amplitude of the pressure field of the sound, and p0 a reference (...
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What instruments can a four-year-old with left-side paralysis begin to learn/hope to ever learn?

All of the above. And if none work out, there's always the voice. I wouldn't say that a great singer is less musical, and less musically valuable, than any instrumentalist.
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Can smoking allow a singer to sing in a way a non smoker couldn't?

I don't think anyone would argue against the fact that smoking can change the voice. And that the change could sometimes be artistically attractive. And I don't think anyone would argue against the ...
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Effects of regular rock climbing on instrument play

rock climbing does indeed hinder your fingers' range of motion, but not necessarily dexterity. Tenosynovitis: Your tendon sheaths around your joints get inflamed from regular and repeated rock ...
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What vocal techniques are needed to prevent strain when talking into a vocoder?

I suspect that at the root of the problem is the fact that when singing into the vocoder, your brain doesn't get the expected feedback (the natural sound of your voice) and therefore instinctively ...
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Could the organ I’m selling be a fire hazard?

(This answer is written from the perspective of general knowledge of electronic equipment and is not specific to electronic organs.) Historically, vacuum-tube electronics could more readily start ...
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Effects of playing excessive Tabla

There are two questions here: Is it possible to play tabla to the point of injury? What kind of injuries can occur when playing tabla? The answer to the first is "yes". The answer to the ...
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Back hurts after playing piano

The body is like a Jenga tower. As long as everything is aligned properly it can stand effortlessly because gravity pulls its center of weight straight down. The tower rests upon itself. The second ...
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Can smoking allow a singer to sing in a way a non smoker couldn't?

I will not talk about the dangers of smoking - enough has been said about this. I have heard enough about the fact that there are a lot of great singers and singers who did not part with a cigarette ...
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What instruments can a four-year-old with left-side paralysis begin to learn/hope to ever learn?

TRDR: Singing, from personal experience. Since birth, my right side has been paralyzed, though not as badly as your sister. I have had singing lessons for years, and I still find them very enjoyable. ...
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Lip pain when playing flute: how to overcome?

If it hurts, it's wrong. Many players can play higher octaves all evening without pain. But to diagnose what exactly is wrong, someone would need to see and hear you playing. If you're lucky, ...
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Lip pain when playing flute: how to overcome?

There is no doubt that you don't have sufficient breath control here. I have experienced similar problems (clarinet, sax) as have friends on brass instruments while learning and improving our ...
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What instruments can a four-year-old with left-side paralysis begin to learn/hope to ever learn?

In the long run, brass instruments require only one hand, for the most part. There are also several manufacturers who make one-handed versions of woodwind instruments, though these are quite expensive....
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Relaxing muscles when playing piano

I used have sore shoulders after playing for an evening at an Italian restaurant in college. I finally figured out that it was because I was lifting my shoulder up to high while playing. In the moment,...
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Possible damaged tendon in forearm from playing jumps in the bass. Is it my technique or am I just getting old?

Find a really good physical therapist, preferably one who works regularly with musicians. I had tough issues 18 months ago with (what I thought was) tendonitis. I play sax, clarinet and guitar. It was ...
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Could the organ I’m selling be a fire hazard?

THAT'S not dusty! THIS is dusty! (And by no means unusual.) But sure, clean it out. Don't use a vacuum cleaner on electronics. Static electricity can build up on the nozzle and cause damage when ...
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Is it considered bad technique to collapse / lock finger joints?

I am not a doctor, nor an academically trained musician who received formal posture education, but I'll try to answer. Also this is my first activity on here, so If I get anything wrong, please let me ...
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How can I achieve maximum hearing protection, beyond custom-fitted earplugs + earmuffs?

Other than making a lead bucket that goes over your head, or maybe lead ear-caps that go under your earmuffs, I think you've pretty much hit the current technology for hearing protection. The ear plug ...
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Why does the formula to compute the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) subtract 3dB?

TL;DR: Subtracting 3 dB is done to avoid the underprotection that could result from variations in compute the rest of the NRR formula. But some manufacturers incorrectly (intentionally?) do not ...
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Is it safe to use thumb position in lower positions on cello?

Absolutely fine. Just lift your elbow naturally to place the thumb securely and comfortably. Thumb position can be very convenient and can be used as needed pretty much anywhere on the fingerboard.
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Blisters on Fingers: Double Bass

I play 5 string EBG. Sometimes if I get a new bass or change strings, I'll get blisters. I use this stuff - it works pretty well. Protects the tender area but you still have flexibility to play. ...
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What instruments can a four-year-old with left-side paralysis begin to learn/hope to ever learn?

Just speculative idea.... Music instruments are slowly becoming electronic, and some sound very good. And there are numerous newer type of electronic instruments that are perfectly suitable for ...
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Can't stop thinking about fingers

When you practice you could try a focus rotation. When practicing said scale or lick, stick your metronome on and for a minute (or a fixed number of repetitions - your choice), focus on your fretting ...
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How can a guitarist treat and avoid lateral epicondylitis in the fretting arm?

I play bass and have had tennis elbow 4 times (3 in the plucking, 1 in the fretting). Each time I've gotten TE has been because of marathon practice sessions. I did not realize until after practice, ...
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Impacts on hand dexterity caused by combat sports or martial arts

I mostly play bass and guitar (and a little drums), and I've done a number of martial arts over the years - mostly Brazilian jiu-jitsu, but also boxing, kickboxing and MMA. My personal experience, and ...
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Relaxing muscles when playing piano

Murray McLaughlin is the chairman of the European Piano Teachers Association. His book on piano technique begins with posture, finger independence, finger strength, flexible wrists and the ...
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