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How to play a tremolo between a rest and a note? (piano sheet)

It's a mistake in the score. Those are supposed to be the beams for two grace notes on B and D#. Below is an image from the score on IMSLP.
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Why is this tremolo here instead of a trill?

The distinction here is presumably one between a measured tremolo and a trill open to your interpretation. With the trill, you can determine how quickly you play it (16ths, 32nds, triplets, or ...
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Alto Saxophone: tremolo using alternate fingerings

This type of technique is known as a timbral trill where normal fingerings are toggled with false or alternate fingerings in order to produce subtle timbral shifts without actually changing pitch. ...
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How do you notate a tremolo of indeterminate length?

Something like this should be clear. Responding to your comment: OK, just one or two trem. bars then. Or this. (Whoops, I forgot to erase the time signature.) BTW, have you tried playing it? Not ...
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How to know if you are tremolo picking in time?

That tempo is, arguably, too fast to count (is a bit above 10 notes per second). But you don't need to literally count (out loud or otherwise) to hear whether you played 2, 3, 4, or more notes... you ...
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What is the difference between vibrato and tremolo?

Vibrato is pretty easy to define because there is one widely agreed-upon definition: a deliberate, regular, periodic change in pitch (like a controlled warble), generally much less than a semitone, ...
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How do people play fast tremolo on guitar (with a plectrum)?

Here is an interesting interview with Jeff Waters, at the beginning he speaks a lot about picking hand technique: To summarize: Practice a lot Vary the tempo Analyze ...
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Why can't I tune my Floyd Rose Tremelo?

Snapping strings has nothing to do with using a trem. A trem in the right position, will let you tune your strings quite happily to the right notes, so you have a separate problem here Aside from ...
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What does it mean when there is a slash through the stem of a note?

This is a specific kind of tremolo called a "measured tremolo." It means repeating the same note a steady, measured rate. When a quarter note has one slash through the stem, you play two equal notes ...
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What is the proper shorthand notation for a multi-measure chord tremolo?

The third option is best: re-notate the tremolo in each bar. Depending on how long the tremolo continues, a "repeat previous measure" sign could be used. The tremolo should be notated using ...
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What do three bars across the stem of a note mean?

Whether it is tremolo or not depends on the tempo. I mean how fast is the quarter notes? If the tempo is slow then you can play the 32nd notes exactly as 32nd notes. If the tempo is fast then it is ...
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The Song "Spanish Guitar": How is this played on piano/keyboard?

Welcome. It looks like you’ve done some research on this beforehand, which is good. The relevant sections of the PDF you provided are here in two images: Arpeggio What it looks like in this piece: ...
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Is it possible to get a mandolin style tremolo on an acoustic guitar?

The answer is yes - see the flamenco guitar below for example https://www.atrafana.com/flamenco-guitar-techniques--tremolo.html Interestingly his right hand technique ...
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Is it possible to get a mandolin style tremolo on an acoustic guitar?

The mandolin's two string coursing means you get the sound of unisons in a single "note", but also it also means the plucking of the pick on each string is slightly offset in time. You can ...
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Is it possible to get a mandolin style tremolo on an acoustic guitar?

I think, first and foremost, they have thin arched bodies that give a punch. Lots of attack and not much sustain. One standard use is using that percussive punch the snare sound, the Chop. If your ...
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What's the correct way to learn tremolo?

There are a number of pieces in the classical music repertoire that were specifically written to help learners develop their tremolo technique. Note: Be absolutely sure to use the correct right-hand ...
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What does this mean (the treble clef part) and how to play it?

It looks like a tremolo. It is played as a oscillation between the top two notes (I'm guessing a A and a D) and the lower note (I'm guessing an F). The dotted half-note (written on each stem) ...
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Do faster tremolos with a pick require developing muscles in the wrist and how long does it take?

No, it's almost never about muscles, it's about technique and relaxation. You do want to actually practice it slowly, try to use as little of the pick as possible, find a pick angle that works, and ...
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How do you notate a tremolo of indeterminate length?

Solution A A fermata may be placed over the tremolo bar and can stand alone or in conjunction with other solutions. In addition to the fermata used here, there are notations for "long" and &...
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How do you notate a tremolo of indeterminate length?

Normally these sorts of passages are written using smaller notes which usually add up to more than a normal bar. I think your passage would be perfectly clear if you were able to write the solo in ...
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How do people play fast tremolo on guitar (with a plectrum)?

The Kubi example you posted isn't tremolo picking - I only hear metered 16th notes. Tremolo is more of a continuous sound. There are two factors: first, the pick is angled to allow the point to "...
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How do you play a tremolo attached to a stack of notes on a piano?

Strictly speaking, Musescore will play back the first image like the second image - 32nd-note octaves. Pretty unreasonable, but the first image's music is arguably written incorrectly. If those ...
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How to know if you are tremolo picking in time?

Four subdivisions of 160 is definitely possible to keep track of with the ear and with the body. It's certainly not impossible even to count out loud, though it becomes a bit silly and slurred into &...
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Semitones in tremolo harmonica

It looks like this particular harmonica is a simply diatonic one, giving available notes in C major of C D E F G A and B, in various octaves. To be able to play the 'black keys' - # and b, you really ...
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What is the difference between vibrato and tremolo?

Tremolo is essentially a variation in volume, vibrato in pitch. They are nicely separated with bowed strings where "vibrato" is done by a variation in the fingering hand, and tremolo is done by a ...
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Piano Trill Question?

Trills can vary in their speed. They may also be played in or out of the time of the piece, depending on the performer's skill level and intent. In some cases the performer may start the trill slowly, ...
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How to keep from tensing up when I click the metronome faster?

I have adopted Babu's suggestions. And I now make use of the metronome for two things: Checking that my playing has an even time. Discovering the tempo I'm playing at. Mostly, I'm just trying to ...
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How do people play fast tremolo on guitar (with a plectrum)?

There's a jazz guitar instructor called Peter Farrell (who studied with George Benson) who has a take on this. He refers to it as "bee picking", presumably a reference to Flight of the ...
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