Extended technique


Any unusual way of producing sounds with your instruments or voice.


Unorthodox means lead to outstanding qualities, mostly in timbre. For gaming musicians there is entertainment value in having fun with your sound source. One of the easiest extended techniques to incorporate in music game rules is preparation.

For non-musicians that come to play music games, understanding modern experimentation with extended technique and appreciating the fact that any sort of articulation might be used in a musical way, might make it easy to start playing. You can even most often use only extended techniques in a game, as you don't need a classical technique if you don't play classical music. Experimentation is a lot about careful listening to the results.

Interestingly what is at one time considered unorthodox or unconventional sometimes is added later to the basic arsenal of professionals (among many examples: "out of scale" pitches on the saxophones from special fingering, Bartók pizzicato or using mallets on a drumset). A serious take on extended technique can be found on Wikipedia:


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