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What is the first use of the 'tapping' method?

First guitarist was possibly Jimmie Webster, who made recordings in the 1950s using a two-handed tapping method he described in 'Touch Method for Electric and Amplified Spanish Guitar', published in ...
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Non-stylistic reasons for whole-song fade out

There is no one technical reason for this, but there are some things that deal with the technology/requirements of the time when whole song fade outs were more popular. Quoting from this NPR article ...
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How is/was this guitar vocoder effect achieved?

That would be a Talk Box (the track referenced in your questions is listed on the Wikipedia page). The gadget works by having a small loudspeaker linked by plastic tube to the musician's mouth, ...
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Looking for songs with tension-building guitar hammer-ons

Thunderstruck has some good hammer on and pull offs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5iTQf5PDyY
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Is this string instrument making a trill sound?

This is not a trill, but a tremolo or "trembling sound". It has the effect of a single sustained note, but it is caused by bowing back and forth very rapidly, and with very small motions.
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Have any artists incorporated physical pain with composition and performance?

The closest example I can think of is the use of the "casket vocal track" in Black One by Sunn O))). Scott "Malefic" Conner of Xasthur is claustrophobic so they decided his vocal ...
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What is meant by Remastering the song?

What is meant by Remastering the song? ... How [is] the process of remastering ... carried out[?] As a starting place, the Wikipedia article on remastering gives a reasonable overview. Is [shrillness] ...
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Was Elvis Presley's 'Suspicious Minds' the first song with a fade-out and fade back in?

The Wikipedia article on Fade states that it is not possible to reliably identify the first modern recording to use fade. It also states, in relation to earlier recordings: By the early 1930s ...
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How is the effect called when you slap a drum stick on the metal edge of the snare?

It's known as a side-stick or cross-stick Google found this http://freewavesamples.com/side-stick or this set looks pretty comprehensive - http://www.freesound.org/people/quartertone/packs/8839/ I ...
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What is the first use of the 'tapping' method?

My vote for the 1st use of 1-handed guitar tapping would be Harry DeArmond: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_DeArmond My vote for the 1st use of 2-handed guitar tapping would be Stanley Jordan: ...
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How is the effect called when you slap a drum stick on the metal edge of the snare?

My drummer always called it a rimshot.
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What musical effects is Jimi Hendrix using in "Machine Gun"?

Obviously, he was using guitar, but you are probably wondering what guitar effects he was using. The main effect for "Machine Gun" live was a pedal called a univibe. He also used a FuzzFace-style ...
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What is that change in tune called?

This is called a modulation, or more informally (as David indicated) a "key change." It repeats some or all of the song as transposed to a new key. It is very common in some styles of music (for ...
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What are some techniques to identify different rappers featured in a song?

If all you have is the audio it's all about experience and recognizing. You have to know the rapper's voice and be able to differ it from other rappers. With videos it's a bit easier, because you may ...
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Non-stylistic reasons for whole-song fade out

Agree with Zach. In addition, some songs were played in concert Grateful Dead style with the song followed by an extended instrumental jam. In the record studio, the jam would be faded out just ...
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What was the purpose of the bar count in Jeff Wayne's Musical Version of the War of the Worlds?

This was recorded before the use of click tracks. The bar count would have been used to ensure that overdubs and edits started at the correct place in the music.
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Is there a name for these similar sounding high-pitched voices?

The voice has been sped up in each case. This is often called the "chipmunk effect" after the 1958 recording by "Alvin and the Chipmunks" where this was first commercially used.
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What are these techniques or common singing styles called?

The first of the examples has nothing to do with the singer doing something different with her voice. The line "He looks up grinning like a devil" sounds different firstly because it's ...
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Have any artists incorporated physical pain with composition and performance?

"Torture as an Instrument of Music", by John T. Hamilton, describes instances in which torture has been (purported to be) used to produce music as its result. Different, obviously, from the ...
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What are some techniques to identify different rappers featured in a song?

listening to unknown artists, i frequently search for exact string matches of particular lyrics. it can be tricky to spell the lyrics as they were transcribed by others, and the text has to be long ...
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Looking for songs with tension-building guitar hammer-ons

The Handler - Muse has a huge bridge that Matt plays SOLELY with hammer-ons and pull-offs after the second chorus at 2:19.

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