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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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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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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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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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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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Can I Learn Ear Training Without the Ability to Audiate?

(Disclaimer: I learned about aphantasia from this question (or the one before it). I'm sure there are others with more informed experience. Also, from a few minutes of Googling it seems that ...
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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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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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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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Can you perform harmonics on wine glasses?

A wineglass is, from the physics point of view, essentially a 2D object: its thickness is very small compared to its other dimensions. It follows that it should display some partials, aka modes, which ...
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Performance directions for a vocal technique

Smith is singing with an extended portamento style. If you want to be precise, you can use a slur symbol between notes (but be warned, a slur between more than two notes will be read as legato or ...
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two hands arpegiato : simultaneously or left first, followed by right hand?

Since the wiggly arp. line is separated, both hands should be played simultaneously. Were it meant to be l.h. then r.h., the wiggly line would be joined, making it one continuous, a graphic ...
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New to reading kit music - questions about technique

As a percussionist and drum set player, There's some stuff that's just 'wrong' with the sheet music in front of you (using normal as opposed to X noteheads for cymbals, along with your 3 hand ...
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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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Violin becomes a spring by the force of my jaw (without me pushing extra)

It is impossible to have it not elevate at all (since that would require you gripping it with jaw with unwarranted tension, and you should only move as little as possible while still making it stay), ...
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Violin becomes a spring by the force of my jaw (without me pushing extra)

As Emil said, there will always be a slight movement. When you drop your fingers on the fingerboard, they press it down. So they should press as lightly as possible, while firmly enough to get a clear ...
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Violin becomes a spring by the force of my jaw (without me pushing extra)

It seems like you might be countering the force on the fingerboard with only your chin. Your left thumb should be supporting the neck too. The end of your thumb should be roughly aligned with the seam ...
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Requirements for performance-quality wine glasses

On most glass harps I’ve seen, mine included, brandy glasses have the most versatility meaning that you can find a wide range of notes for the same style of glass (4ozs to 29 ozs). Consistency in ...
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Is there a name for the technique of alternating left and right hand in piano?

This passage is suspected to be a transcription from a stringed instrument, where you would execute this on alternating strings. That technique is called bariolage. No equally standard term exists for ...
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When to start learning double stops on violin?

The logic of learning double stops early is that it allows you to learn to tune your violin in a standard (strings tuned to each other) rather than the temperate tuning that a tuner will give you. You ...
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What's the difference between "con brio" and "con fuoco"?

Con fuoco is literally "with fire", which I think let's you work out the feeling for yourself. "Passionately" might be a way to look at it. Con brio is "with panache" or ...
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Tips on playing quietly/gently?

The best way to learn to play softly is to play each note from the very softest you can to the loudest and back to the softest. If you're worried about your neighbors perhaps don't go to the loudest, ...
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Sustaining, while replaying, notes in Rachmaninoff Prelude in A flat Op. 23 No. 8

Preface: The technique is a combination of approaches explained in Should the 'f' be sustained or replayed in Rachmaninoff op. 43, variation XVIII (piano)? and Piano: hold note but also free up hand ...
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Pulling off into or over next string

You can pull off and rest on the next higher string but this is a bit counterintuitive because it leaves your pull off finger in a position where it might be out of position to do whatever you want to ...
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What is a slide-to-lift-off called?

Looks and sounds to me like a simple slide down to nothing. There's no note following, which would need a pull-off at the end of the slide, so 'gliss' would do. Written as a straight line down - the ...
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What are tone colors and how can you produce different tone colors when playing the piano?

Maybe those people were literally talking about tone, in which case playing-volume and the left (unicorda) pedal are the two major contributors. But possibly their use of words “bright”, “mellow” or “...
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Forearm soreness playing constant octaves

The number one issue is that your hand never relaxes. Each chord repeats three times in quick succession, then there's a small break before the next chord. That break is your opportunity to "let ...
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What's an easier way to separate the notes in a riff and runs?

First of all there is some really weird terminology going on. She is saying trill, but talking abouts turns for one thing. Similarly staccato is not about the softness of the vocal onset. It is a ...
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Violin becomes a spring by the force of my jaw (without me pushing extra)

I strongly disagree with approaches that tell you to disengage your index finger from the fingerboard, and I do not teach this way. Consider the history. The violin was played for about three ...
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