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What is the best way to learn to sing harmony?

I am quite capable of singing the lead vocal but have a difficult time finding the 3rd or 5th harmony in order to harmonize with someone else. Is there a method of learning to hear or find the ...
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2answers
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Electric Guitar: when playing seated, is it a bad habit that the neck is not locked at a fixed position?

When seated and without a strap, I found that the neck of my guitar shakes back and forth when I'm freting, is this a bad thing? Also I found it quite hard to lock the guitar at a fixed position, is ...
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93 views

What's the earliest known piece of polyphonic music?

Do we know what is the earliest known piece of polyphonic music? I know that there are some 12-th century composers like Léonin and Pérotin that did this kind of thing, but did they compose the ...
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1answer
9 views

Setting up a “hot mic” for a softer vocal sound

I'm working on developing "my own unique vocal sound" and since I like the sound of my softer voice I wanted to set up my mic to be able to pick it up without any feedback. Does anyone have any ...
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2 x Mono vs 1 x Stereo Quality

Two-channel Stereo sound can be provided by two Mono cables, or a single Stereo cable. What differences, whether significant or not, are there between pairing each voltage lead with its own ground ...
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How to create speedy notes?

I am a competent composer. I am trying to improve a particular skill: creating sequences of very fast notes that sound pleasant. Examples: Chopin's Fantasie Impromptu Chopin's Etude Op. 10 No.5 ...
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24 views

Is 'Gianni Schicchi' the shortest well-known opera ever written? [on hold]

I saw Puccini's Gianni Schicchi recently and realised it was remarkably short at under an hour. Are there any operas which are commonly performed in even less time than that?
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Expand Bass Guitar Playing Beyond Root Notes

I am fairly new to the bass guitar and I'm in a band. So far, I almost always just play the root note of the chord. I sometimes hold it until a new chord and sometimes repeatedly play this same ...
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1answer
22 views

Keyboard and Voice: What is the keyboard playing?

I've "composed" a melody on a keyboard which sounds nice when I play it. Later I incidentally also wrote lyrics which I am able to "sing" to the melody. Due to my lack of understanding I am unsure ...
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27 views

How can I figure out the key of the song I'm writing on the guitar? [duplicate]

I write songs and play guitar but am having trouble knowing what chords to play to go with what I've recorded acapella, and then winding up with a "stiff" song which isn't anything close to what I ...
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2answers
37 views

Requesting useful suggestions on ear training, for developing perfect RELATIVE pitch [duplicate]

For those of you that care about it, how do YOU remember all your intervals? As more intervals have become second nature to me, its been a huge advantage in both creative soloing/composing, and for ...
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3answers
505 views

Why should I alternate fingers in this piece?

I very recently started learning classical guitar and I have some questions. I am trying to play following piece: In the second-to-last measure of the second row, I typically play my fingers on ...
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2answers
59 views

Why does looking at the keys make me unable to play a piece?

I'm learning piano at an early stage - playing Grade 1 level stuff I suppose. However I did classical guitar as a kid and play chords in a band so my general musicality is higher than that. The ...
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1answer
29 views

What are “full size” piano keys? [duplicate]

Is there an official measurement in terms of key width for what can be described as full size keys? Or does it vary between pianos - if so are there rough rules?
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1answer
255 views

When we talk about an 88/76/etc Key piano, does that include all keys or just white notes?

I have an old cheap keyboard which spans 5 octaves plus one extra C, so it goes from C2-C7 (I think). Does that make this a 41 (5 x 8 +1) key or a 61 (5 x 12 + 1) keyboard? When we talk about a ...
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2answers
45 views

What does it *mean* to be a good guitarist [on hold]

Not "what does it take to be a good guitarist." I'm trying to figure out what defines a good guitarist. The ability to play quickly and smoothly? The ability to play a ton of riffs flawlessly? To be ...
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16 views

Who is the successor of Schnittke?

Is there anyone who follows the footstep of Alfred Schnittke in composing, like how Schnittke succeeded Shostakovich, as so called?
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4answers
751 views

Does the line between the time signature have a name?

In a time signature (4/4 for example), does the / have a term or a name?
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3answers
68 views

Switching from piano to harpsichord

I have been playing the piano for the most part of my life, but I am becoming increasingly interested in the harpsichord. Has anyone made this "transition" before? Are there some pitfalls which one ...
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0answers
37 views

Why do baroque operas tend to have postmodernist stage designs? [on hold]

I have made the observation that baroque operas seemingly tend to have more modern, and frequently grotesque stage designs than more recent operas. A good example are the operas of Händel, many of ...
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1answer
40 views

What is this bass belt strap?

I have never seen a bass belt strap like this: My guess would be that it is kind of safer than the normal strap, but I'm not sure Can I use a normal belt? Do I need some kind of special belt?
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5answers
179 views

What is the “unresolvable chord”?

A musician friend mentioned this in passing - she talked about the something chord and then explained it was unresolvable, and how she hates it because she cannot stand music that doesn't resolve. ...
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4answers
44 views

How reliable are keyboards and electric pianos?

I've always assumed keyboards and electric pianos (except maybe super-cheap 'toy' ones) are designed to last virtually for ever, or have a life-span similar to a real piano. Probably because I'm used ...
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2answers
238 views

Chord symbols for inversions of 7th chords

Why are root position, first, second and third inversion labeled by V7, V65,V43,and V42 repectively? Are there reasons for the specific numbers chosen? If not how can I memorize them? Thanks.
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1answer
33 views

Does our hearing generate neural signals for harmonics?

First off, the (unrolled) length of our cochlea maps out frequencies such that high frequency sounds cause excitation (neural signals) from the front part of the cochlea, and low frequencies result in ...
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2answers
59 views

Learning a guitar tab: separating bass line from melody

I've been playing guitar for a year now and I don't know much theory. I typically learn tabs, practice them, and finally (the climax) is to play while the song is playing. The way I learn guitar tabs ...
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11answers
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How can I keep learning new songs and not forget the previous ones?

I love learning new songs. A fairly easy, energetic rock piece is sometimes everything that I need to keep playing for hours. However, some pieces are harder, some solos require more patience and all ...
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0answers
24 views

Traditional Grip Finger Technique

Playing matched grip with mainly fingers is fairly straightforward, but I find that when playing traditional grip, I cannot achieve similar speeds using my fingers in traditional grip. I have tried ...
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0answers
5 views

How can I make 3D binaural sound in an automated way? [migrated]

I've heard incredible videos of "3D binaural sound" on Youtube, where the sound appears to have a position in space around the listener, and even move. Although these are often generated from simply ...
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5answers
343 views

How to Write A Ragtime Piano Piece?

I am a competent composer who has written as variety of pieces ranging from string quartets to hip hop. However, I tried writing a ragtime piece several months ago and wasn't successful. What ...
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1answer
47 views

How can I ensure each instrument and vocals are audible during band rehearsal?

I have read a lot of advice on how to mix live performances and recording of bands. I have learned about making sure instruments are isolated in their frequency ranges during performances so that each ...
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2answers
61 views

What is this voice used by female singers in Bulgarian folk music?

Bulgarian folk songs are sung in a very special type of voice which I have not heard elsewhere. The singers have a normal voice when talking, but change when singing. Can you tell me more about it? ...
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3answers
147 views

How to buy the “right” power attenuator for a tube amplifier?

I want to get a tube amplifier, but the tube amplifiers I fancy are generally at least 22W. I live in an apartment with thin walls, so I have to get it down to conversation/TV volume. This brings me ...
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1answer
71 views

Need to know Accidentals details in piano music sheet [on hold]

I have learned basic music theory, but when I try to play sharps or flats from sheet music I get totally confused. Can you explain how they work?
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31 views

Looking for good music to fit the character of my film [on hold]

I'm writing a film and need some appropriate classical music pieces that fit with the story. The film is about a concert violinist, and, basically, I want the pieces he plays in the film to fit his ...
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27 views

Varying shuffle rhythm in recording with Reason

I've been handed a few audio tracks from a local beginning artist. I'm struggling with various shuffle rhythms from the artist on guitar. I'm tasked with writing accompanying tracks (piano, strings, ...
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3answers
36 views

Bass and treble clef brass parts

As a euphonium player I have often wondered, why are treble clef parts written for a Bb insturment, and bass clef parts written for a concert C instrument? I understand why different instruments have ...
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1answer
30 views

Fretless rosewood fingerboard care

I own a new Ibanez SRF700 fretless bass guitar, which has a rosewood fingerboard. I have noticed some light scratching on the fingerboard where I’ve dug in harder than I should. I am working on ...
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96 views

How much is too much damage?

How much damage is too much? Based on photos I've seen as reference on this forum I'm afraid the damage is more extreme than superficial. Supposedly it happened from one fall. The bottom side has a ...
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Comparison between different exam boards

In Britain, many people learning instruments (especially classical ones) do grades in them. The most common organisation to do with grades with is ABRSM, but there are others, e.g. Trinity Guildhall, ...
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Why would “D Minor be the guitarist's favourite key”? [on hold]

This was something Jim Campilongo said in an interview. At least I think he said D Minor, it may have been D# Minor (it's a long video I don't want to trawl through again). Either way, why would this ...
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1answer
49 views

Is Nigel Kennedy's version of Hungarian Dance No. 5 any good? [on hold]

In my archive there is a version of Hungarian Dance No. 5 of Brahms, which is played by Nigel Kennedy. I did not happen to listen any other performance from others. In the performance, the tempo goes ...
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3answers
116 views

Timing issues with audio interface

I've been recording with a Focusrite Saffire USB 6 audio interface for about a year now and I have improved my musical skills over the time, but I still seem to have timing issues. When recording ...
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5answers
176 views

Skills for writing your own songs

What are some good starting points to begin writing songs for someone who possesses limited theory knowledge and playing experience (beginner)? What are the essentials skills and knowledge for ...
2
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1answer
66 views

What is this vocal style called, and how can I learn it?

The vocalist Jonny Craig from bands like, Dance Gavin Dance, Slaves, and Emarosa, uses a technique to intensify a sustained note and/or phrases, and I can't figure out how he does this, and continues ...
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1answer
125 views

Chords Built On Different Scales

Can chords be built on different scales i.e. harmonic minor, melodic minor, and when they are, how is this known?
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1answer
73 views

How can I get my guitar to “the next level” from intermediate to ok [on hold]

I've been playing guitar for about a decade now and am respectable. I feel a little stuck in my ability to get better, mostly because of time constraints for practicing. I know to become a jazz ...
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1answer
107 views

What do dotted stave lines mean?

I’ve seen a dotted stave lines in this piece: http://www.fullinuyasha.com/inuyasha-sheet-music-sango-theme.html What do they mean? How is this supposed to be played?
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1answer
389 views

Why is the reverb effect so much more pronounced on headphones?

I've recently been forced to go back to playing on headphones instead on a proper amp. I use a digital guitar processor for that, which also sometimes gets hooked into my FX loop. I have some presets ...
5
votes
1answer
279 views

Do I have a grounding issue?

I am asking a question regarding my PRS SE7. It has 2 humbucking pickups and recently, I have noticed a substantial amount of noise in my signal. The noise diminishes when I touch the strings or any ...

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