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How to play the "Ped" symbol when there's no corresponding release symbol

The pedal release is implied. A pedal change (release and re-press) occurs at each pedal symbol.
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Mimic special midi reverb event that gets quieter the higher it is set to

The reverb doesn't change. That's just the wet/dry balance changing. First is entirely dry [100% signal, 0% reverb], last is entirely wet [0% signal, 100% reverb]. The reverb itself I'd call a ...
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How can I practice this part to play it evenly at higher bpm?

You are most likely losing time trying to coordinate movements. Instead try to separate the whole thing into independent movements; try to get comfortable playing this: and combine it with a ...
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How can I play 16th-note hi-hats at 150 bpm?

tl;dr summary: I am not convinced that 4th 16th note on the backbeat is actually in the original song, but even if it is, those drums are programmed and not (meant to be) played by a human, and at any ...
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Help With Dragging

The fact that you have recognised the problem is at least half way there. Playing with others, as Tetsujin advocates, could bring salvation, but, as portrayed in the last paragraph, could even ...
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Help With Dragging

If you're working alone, then there's no-one to pull you along, only your own perception of time against a rigid [& pretty boring] click. I'd suggest working with others, or at least play along to ...
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What is the correct way to fade out the end of a piano piece with the sustain pedal?

The problem with slowly releasing the damper pedal is that it creates an undesirable "womp" sound when the damper as just touching the strings but not yet fully damping them. The better ...
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Can competent brass players play large leaps?

Competent brass players can certainly play intervals of an octave or less, although these intervals get harder in extreme registers (especially with big leaps into the upper tessitura). Octaves are ...
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Can competent brass players play large leaps?

Leaps by themselves are not a problem, nor are the specific intervals — particularly for valved brass instruments.1 The limitations would just be the player's ability and range. For example, a ...
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How to play the "Ped" symbol when there's no corresponding release symbol

The main point of using a pedal in piano playing is to sustain certain notes which fit together, and can't all be held down simultaneously. Mainly due to the span between them all. That's the case ...
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What is the correct way to fade out the end of a piano piece with the sustain pedal?

It depends on what you want at the time. When the pedal is depressed, you're getting much more than just the notes you played as you deployed it - there's all the octaves of those notes ringing in ...
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With which part of my pinkie should I hit the piano keys?

You definitely do not want to play with the side of your fifth finger, on either hand. It is better to play with the pads and/or the tips of your fingers when possible. The flatter your hands become, ...
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two hands arpegiato : simultaneously or left first, followed by right hand?

It's a short accented chord and the the two arpeggio lines are separated so it would be logical to play both hands simultaneously. If the composer had intended the hands to be played one after the ...
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How can I play 16th-note hi-hats at 150 bpm?

I agree with @Tim, the standard way a drummer would handle this is alternate sticking and leaving out the high hat on 2 and 4. However if you really want to have that simultaneous hat and snare it’s ...
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Beethoven Op. 22 No.1 Measures 16-20

I recommend practicing each pair of sixteenth notes as a block chord. When this can be done with the proper voicing, it will be easier to maintain that voicing when playing as written. Here's a ...
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Mastering double trills

I just wanted to point out that the fingering for the trills is Chopin's own, as the manuscript (uploaded to IMSLP in 2022) shows: For anyone studying the Barcarolle, I recommend Eric Tran's ...
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How to play left hand bass patterns on the piano

The tutorial and the actual song According to the comments, this score is an arrangement by Francisco Parrino, as performed in the below YouTube video. There are two ...
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Why is the solo/featured instrument in so many Baroque-era concerti silent during the slow movement?

As I do my listening today and come across a Baroque-era concerto in which the solo instrument is silent during the slow movement, I will certainly post the info on that recording here I think what ...
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Seamless detaché on violin

I'll post a very broad answer that might apply to many; I hope to edit it to more specific advice if you can add a recording of yourself. Pay attention to the moment that the bow changes direction. (...
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What is "vertical sticking"?

Yes, "vertical sticking" involves playing the drum with the top or bottom of the stick while holding it vertically. There's a detailed tutorial that explains how to hold the stick and strike ...
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How can I play 16th-note hi-hats at 150 bpm?

This seems to me like a typical 'disco' beat. There's absolutely no need to play snare and hi-hat together on beats 2 and 4, so alternate hands, leaving the actual beats 2 and 4 themselves to be ...
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Rolled piano chords

No, in a rolled chord, the goal is to play the entire chord, but rather than play ever note at the same time, the notes are played one at a time until the entire chord is complete. If one rolls a C ...
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Alternate picking issue

To keep alternate picking, the solution is pick slanting with upstroke escape. After you play the last note on the E string with an upstroke, the pick should end up above the plane of the strings. ...
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Can competent brass players play large leaps?

Those aren't large leaps! A LARGE leap would be something like 2 octaves! Nothing here is a problem. And instrumentalists tolerate 'difficult' intervals much more than vocalists do. Note, however,...
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Can competent brass players play large leaps?

Can competent brass players play large leaps? Yes. Remember that brass instruments in their fundamental form can play only tones that are found in the overtone series. Large leaps are inherent in ...
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Is the Violin Sonata No. 9 a particularly difficult Beethoven violin part to play? If so, what is it that makes it particularly challenging?

It's not too difficult. The double stops at the beginning are hard to nail, but technically speaking, it's not harder than Paganini's caprices or concertos, and you could probably find hundreds of ...
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How to learn to play the pipe organ?

I would go to the American Guild of Organists (AGO) website. This is the national headquarters site in NYC. There you can find a local AGO chapter nearest to you. Almost all of them will have links to ...
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Which C hole to use in the modern chromatic harmonica?

Opinions about this are divided, and I've heard very good players argue for either approach. There is no consensus, or agreed best practice. I have attended a workshop with a known teacher who argued ...
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Why is the solo/featured instrument in so many Baroque-era concerti silent during the slow movement?

Most string and woodwind soloists do get parts in slow movements. Brass players, especially trumpet players, need to rest their lips a bit now and then. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto #2 is an example. (...
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With black keys, does one use curved or straight fingers; what about curved or straight between the black keys?

This depends on many factors: which hand, hand size, hand span, finger length, the specific number and arrangement of notes in the chord, fingering, articulation, and what else is happening in the ...
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