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The Kokyuu! (Holding down strings on bowed instruments)

I'm trying to learn a Japanese instrument called the Kokyuu (here, on the right), but I'm not sure if I should press the strings all the way against the neck, I was wondering if someone could help me ...
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Is it possible to create a completely new genre of music

This question might appear really weird, but still I ended up asking me this. Every genre of music as we know today comes from some previous genre (as an evolution, a combination of two different ...
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What characterizes American folk music?

It seems the American folk genre is pretty diverse, from Bob Dylan (and much earlier!) to more modern musicians like Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes. Specifically, I want to know if there are certain ...
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What makes a song sound “folk-y”?

Are there distinctive traits (melodies, scales, chord progressions, rhythm, techniques) that set the genre of folk music apart?
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Changing Technique and Style in Music

I've played guitar for over 14 years and I've developed a very distinct style in my guitar playing. Some people have mentioned that my style is much in line with John Butler. I now want to ...
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Baroque music composed in the 21st century

Which characteristically Baroque elements of music composition still have currency in the 21st century? Are there any 21st-century composers or songwriters who still compose primarily or largely in ...
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What defines pop music as a genre? Which patterns and trends can we find in pop music?

Today, not all popular music is labeled as pop. To me it seems that pop has become a genre that can be defined by its musical patterns, techniques, and styles. Similar to rock, jazz, and classical ...
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How to interpret notes outside of the key signature?

Lets make this question a bit clear. If you're playing Bach's music, it shows you that its' key is E minor, or A major or anything. But, when you play something like: He add sharp in his notes. ...
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Difference between These Two Styles of Playing Guitar

I see some people playing every note in a song on the guitar such as: ...
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What musical tropes make sci-fi music recognizable?

Listening to various sci-fi themes (examples included below), I can "hear" a certain similarity, but I can't really identify it. Something in the melody, a particular pattern of the strings, the color ...
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Writing a Mozart-style cadenza

What distinctive stylistic elements from Mozart's works should I include in a horn solo cadenza (in Horn Concerto III, Movement I) to make it fit well with the rest of the piece? (Oppositely, is there ...
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Improvisers notable for their alternate stylistic approaches [closed]

Who are the most known improvisers for being successful in playing in many different ways? I'm interested in performances where improviser would be not immediately recognizable for his otherwise well ...
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Style/Genre of Music in Napolean Dynamite [closed]

Anyone have any idea what the style of music in Napolean Dynamite is? I don't mean the funk music at all. I mean the quirky organ/jazzy music that plays throughout the movie. Thanks! Craig
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What's the theory behind the “80s” sound of a song?

Today I was listening to Separate Ways, a great song by Journey in the 80s. The style of this song is so typical of the period. In fact, my first interaction with this song was through a ...
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Looking for name of a piano music style

There is some piano music, of which the melody is consisted of short, equal duration notes and the accompaniment is also equal duration notes from chord breakdown. There are quite some repetition in ...
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At the research of some folklore russian accordion tunes

The other day I was watching a video documentary about the discovering of frozen mammoths in the Siberian tundra. At some moment there was a tune in I really enjoyed. It was mainly accordion, rather ...
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What characterizes ragtime drumming?

I listen to a lot ragtime pieces played by brass bands. What generally characterizes the drumming? Which elements of the drumset are used more and which aren't used as much?
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What characterises Irish drumming?

A bunch of my friends are into Irish music, including irish punk/rock (like the Pogues), as well as more folky stuff. I play (kit) drums, and would like to be able join in. I've tried, but I'm not ...
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Why do marches usually end with a repetition of the last note?

In many marches, such as the following, the last note of the melody is repeated emphatically (or repeated an octave above). Often using sforzando, marcato, or fortissimo possibile. Here are a few ...
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What is psychotropic music?

I hit the term psychotropic music and listened to some works but was surprised that this music style has no good description on the internet (its origin, history, goal, etc.). When googling you will ...
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What are the characteristic scales, keys, intervals, progressions, etc. of pirate / sailing / nautical music?

Title pretty much says it. I am barely an armchair composer, but I would like to try my hand at some game music that requires some nautical theming. It seems to me that penny whistles and a celtic ...
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Alternate violin strings for gypsy music?

I will be playing traditional/gypsy music on my classical violin, and would like to have a sound that is stylistically appropriate (deep/rich/warm/old/woody as opposed to brilliant/sweet/ringy). Can ...
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Jazz piano versus classical piano

What are the main differences between a jazz Pianist and a classical Pianist, If there are any. If I play mainly songs of pop artists (e.g: The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, etc.) does this count ...
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What are the shared fundamental components of Baroque and Minimalist music that make them sound similar?

Baroque and minimalist music are two of my favorite genres. In particular, I like the repetitive note sequences with variations. J.-S. Bach's Goldberg Variations and Phillip Glass's Naqoyqatsi are ...
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Fingerpicks - which styles are they used for?

I'm currently learning how to use fingerpicks, like these: The exercises I found are all blues or bluegrass related. I really like the strong sound and speed potencial, but I am more into the ...