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The organization of sound in a temporal framework

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Rhythms notes for didgeridoo

I'm learning to play didgeridoo and have a question - How can I write the rhythms on paper? It's overtone musician instrument and I don't know how can I apply musical notation or something other. I ...
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Practice advice: Struggling with alternative left hand and off beat right hand melody

It comes up a lot but it is a massive weakness for me, and I wonder if I am just lacking aptitude, or if I'm practicing wrong. My problem is when I have an alternating bass with the left hand, e.g. ...
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Is there a name for the dotted eighth - sixteenth rhythm pattern?

I find myself using the dotted eight - sixteenth rhythm pattern/figure a lot and I would like to know if there is a specific name for it. I know the reverse pattern sixteenth - dotted eighth is ...
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Why are notes beamed across the barline in this piece?

In the piece Three Pieces for String Quartet by Igor Stravinsky I've noticed something very odd that I cannot explain. There are several places in the piece where eighth notes are beamed across ...
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Drummer: Follow Bassist, Guitarist, or Lead

I spent the first 10 years of my drumming life identifying the flashiest elements of songs I played, and charting my performance around those accents. What this meant is that I found myself following ...
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Debussy: Reflets dans l'eau: Rhythm Ambiguity

I'm having some trouble understanding my edition, particularly measures 23-30. For reference, use First Edition, Paris: Durand & Fils, 1905 [1]. I'll also refer to Leipzig: Edition Peters, 1970 ...
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3/2 Time signature

So a bar's duration is measured in beats. A bar's duration can be represented using the whole note, so bar duration in beats is a whole note. Isn't a 3/2 measure just spilling over? 3 half notes is ...
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Awful timing when recording multiple tracks

A few days ago I started recording a song (not mine, it is going to be a cover version) and when I first recorded a guitar intro (just four bars of fingerpicked chords) I was horrified by my timing. ...
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Improving Timing While Improvising A Solo

Recently I've been practicing scales by improvising over backing tracks. I've noticed that at times that my timing is good, it flows with the music, and at other times it's horrible, seemingly going ...
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Are certain subdivisions “uncountable”?

Typically every note gets a beat. The way I learned how to count 32nd notes in 4/4 though only every other beat gets a count so it's like counting 16th notes, but having two notes every count. I.E. ...
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Elements of a horror musical song?

When composing horror music for musical drama in general, what does one need to consider as in harmony, melody and rhythm, etc.? For harmony, I am especially interested in what chords are normally ...
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Do you use a metronome for songs or just for scales and exercises?

I play guitar and aspire to learn by ear. So, I've been using a metronome for scales and just strumming patterns, but I've heard it's good to play with a metronome for songs. I usually just slow the ...
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Quantization for recorded audio tracks

I am currently working with Reaper to record my audio tracks (guitar, bass and vocals). I frequently use drum tracks to play more precise than with a metronome, but I think it's still not "tight" ...
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How to play a quarter note after a half note when they're the same note?

Sorry for the noob question, but I'm not sure where else to look for this one. I'm trying to learn "Can't take my eyes off you" on piano, but the sheet music is confusing me. Here's a link to the ...
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Counting while Playing

The most important aspect of maintaining your rhythm is counting. And I can usually understand and/or count the rhythm when I take a look at the score. However, the problem begins when I start ...
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How to keep rhythm

I was taught to tap my foot when counting the notes, so an 8th note would become a tap to the ground, and a 4th note goes to the ground and back again. However I seem to get confused when encountering ...
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Learning to play songs by ear and using a metronome

I play guitar and I'm wanting to play songs by ear. I have been told by my teacher that the metronome is the best way to learn correct timing when playing a song. I have also heard people say they ...
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What is a good way to train one's mental resources for improvising?

I find improvising to be the most challenging and rewarding part about music. When I first started to improvise I found that the ideas I had were limited to the dexterity of my fingers, but now I am ...
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Triplets in 9/8 time

How do eighth note triplets work in 9/8 or 6/8 time? I know in 4/4 they take up the space of two eighth notes but haven't been able to figure out how they work in 8.
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Learn to hear the rhythm

I seem to lack (almost) completely any sense of rhythm and tempo. When I go to the dance floor I usually have troubles moving in sync with the music if the base is not really simple and clear, not ...
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Intended shift of meter in certain songs?

In pop music, there are some songs that pretend to have the beat accent at a certain time in the intro but with percussion coming in, the beat (apparently) shifts the meter such that you have the ...
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Suggestion for a song with single note duration [closed]

I have a rather odd situation that requires I play a song that contains notes of all the same duration(all quarter notes, half notes, whatever). A song such as Jingle Bells is about as close as I ...
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Suggestion on how to play triplets?

History: I am learning electronic keyboard(kinda piano) from past 5-6 years and now I am learning on my own. I have tried playing triplets(crotchet) on 4/4 but am unsure how to practice them or ...
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How are tuplets drawn?

Is it acceptable to draw a tuplet line as an arc (including number in the middle of the arc of course), Or does the line strictly need to be an angled line (just like '[' rotated 90 degrees)? P.S. I ...
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What's so off about the intro to Prokofiev's Dance of the Knights?

Now this question is by no means an attack on any conductor or orchestra, nor Prokofiev himself, but why does it seem that it's hard for everyone to get right into time with one another with this ...
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What is the meaning of the song “Solid Four”?

There is a song by the Andrews Sisters from the 1940s whose lyrics talk about a difference between eight-beat rhythm and four-beat rhythm. For example: The boogie woogie was never like this, ...
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Photoscore rhythm problems

Photoscore is having trouble importing Enough by Chris Tomlin into Sibelius for me. It is giving rhythm errors that look like this: "This score contains bars that do not add up to the time signature ...
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Should I be learning groove skills if I am not yet good at chords [closed]

What are grooves? On guitar, what is a strumming pattern? Is it the same for any song? Also, what are beats? What is one and two, two and four and one two?
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How can I develop mastery of polyrhythms in playing guitar?

(I am asking this question because someone just posted a question which misused the term "polyrhythm", and subsequently, on realizing the mistake, edited the question to reflect their real question -- ...
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How to develop rhythmic sophistication in writing music?

Often times when I'm writing or producing some music on my computer I tend to follow the usual and annoying pattern "standard" beat pattern, like when you have a metronome that ticks and you start or ...
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Making sense of 5/4 time signatures

Normally, we're told that 5/4 is usually 3/4 + 2/4 or 2/4 + 3/4. (At the very least, it's unusual to have a meter that large without "secondary stress" beats.) However, how do we make sense of the ...
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I'm looking for very sad songs [closed]

I need a very sad song about sadness or death. The song shouldn't contain any voice or signing just sound. I'm looking something similar to this one: ...
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Is it absolutely necessary to count the notes?

I am a beginner and I am learning to play the violin. So far, from what I've seen,according to the teaching of Western classical music you count as you play. if it's a 3/4 measure then you count ...
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Why can some people play music well who don't “know music”?

I have seen people who can play instruments well, but can't: 1.Read sheet music. 2.Do not know anything about music theory. 3.Do not know the structures or rhythms of sound, acoustics, or the such. ...
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What is the rhythmic notation for 5/8 the duration of a whole note?

Assume that the whole note time equals 8. Then a note which time equals 3 will be written as 1/4 note and dot. How you write down a note that time is equal 5/8 of a whole note?
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Learning Bossa Nova Guitar

It's been awhile since I have played guitar but I'm trying to get back into it. I really like bossa nova music and want to learn how to play it. I have some beginner sheet music that I am learning ...
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How to learn to play 'out of phase' with yourself?

There's a Piano piece by Steve Reich called piano phase, in which the same notes are played on 2 pianos (usually by different people), but over time, they shift out of phase with each other. Here's ...
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What exactly is the act of playing behind the beat?

I am a guitarist trying to improve my rhythmic feel and have been told to play a little more behind the beat. This is in a studio setting. How should I approach this to be more consistant in playing ...
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Counting a Waltz

I just started my first semester of beginning piano. I seem to have trouble counting in 3/4 time. I know it will come with practice, but does anyone have any tips for practicing non-standard time?
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learning a new rhythm

I'm primarily a folk musician, been playing many years. Recently, aged 55 started classical guitar got to grade 5. Hence I think I can learn some stuff with some level of precision. Now I'm trying to ...
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How to tell the time signature of a song by listening?

Every song has some kind of time signature even if different parts of the song have different time signatures there is always a time signature. When learning a song by ear and no score, knowing the ...
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Learn Rhythm and Leads on the First Four Frets

I started playing guitar 10 years ago at age 62, I now play rhythm in a small country band. I would like to know all the things I can do on the first four frets to embellish my chords, ie., inserting ...
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How do I develop a structured way of thinking?

A lot of times, when I'm trying to come up with a riff on my guitar/bass, my bars' time signatures change a lot, and I don't realize it. For instance, the first bar might be 4/4 then the second 5/4 ...
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Samba percussion for songwriters

I'm a song-writer (a guitar player) and I need to write drum parts for myself. I discovered how cool the brazilian samba carnival percussion is (not the watered down European jazz-samba), but haven't ...
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How does “triplet feel” for eighth notes affect non-eighth notes?

I'm a software developer creating a MIDI player that can play with "triplet feel" -- that is, when it sees two eighth notes, it plays them as if they were a triplet of quarter note + eighth note. This ...
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When transcribing a song and the speed doubles or halves, is it best to change the tempo and note values to reflect that or keep them the same?

This is something I've struggled with for awhile now, and applies to both transcription and composition. So, let's say we have a song at 160 BPM. The main subdivision is eighth notes, and the beat ...
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Is there a MIDI music notation program (e.g. Finale) that automatically detects rhythm?

I want to notate some piano songs that I have written. My problem is that I can't find a program that will record the pitch and the rhythm of the note. In every program that I've seen, you have to ...
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Strumming, picking patterns for unusual time signatures

If the time signature is 8/8 or 4/4 and let's say we have 8 eighth notes in a bar the picking should just be down up down up down up, etc. But what happens if we have 7/8? Particularly in the next ...
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What is and what is not syncopation

I'll often hear tunes in which the first note is upbeat and the second is downbeat. When is it sycopation and when is it not? For one of many examples, take "Amazing Grace." The "A-" is a weak beat ...
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How do I make funk rhythm guitar sound fuller and nicer?

Christmas is coming and I'm the rhythm guitarist for our school production of 'The Wiz'. I'm not amazing but I consider myself quite good at guitar but I can't get funk. It just baffles me! I am a ...