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Electronic music beats: Sample or Synthesis?

When creating electronic beats, I have a hard time deciding if I should really use a synthesizer to sequence my whole rhythm section. Sometimes I end up using samples or recording something close to ...
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Bass guitar fret buzz: should I care?

I'm a beginner electric bass guitar player. I've been doing a tonne of practice, mainly late at night, so I've been using headphones. Today I tried playing something without the headphones, and was ...
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VSTHost: How to configure “wave devices” without latency/delay problems?

I have this physical connections: "phones out" "line in" Guitar -----> Amp -----------------------------> Computer And I was using Windows 7 with the following ...
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Mozart K545, what is the correct fingering for the left-hand runs starting measure 50?

Or maybe even broader, how do you choose fingerings for any given passage, especially with extended runs? I taught myself piano, so I don't know if there are any hard-and-fast techniques. If I try to ...
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How to play this awesome guitar 'flare'?

I'm learning the guitar and heard this while watching a YouTube video. I've played that single second on repeat for about 50 times but I can't for the life of me figure out how to play it. I know that ...
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When does audio latency matter and not matter?

When does audio latency (physical action to heard sound) matter and/or not matter? iOS touch-to-sound latency is reported to be on the order of 50 milliSeconds, yet some musicians manage to play ...
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Where to get tabs: Janis Joplin's version of Hesitation Blues [on hold]

I really want to play this song, and I've been unable to find any tabs or even a video recording, so I could look on guitarists' hands. It's probably possible to pick it up by listening, and I have ...
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3answers
35 views

Understanding music with multiple key changes within chord progressions

So this has been bothering me for some time now; I've been making beats for maybe 7-8 years now but my earlier work is heavily-sampled. I just started actually picking up piano, but on my own, ...
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Does anyone have any tips on how to do pseudo modulation?

Does anyone have any tips on how to do pseudo modulation (fake modulation)? https://vimeo.com/1934047 ...
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Will I be able to overcome from having spring like movement of my pinky finger while playing guitar?

There are lots of question and answers related to ring and pinky fingers. However, I am asking a similar question related to pinky finger as I need to know the answer specifically with my problem. I ...
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1answer
60 views

Playing chords in electric guitar with extra-jumbo frets

I may exchange my acoustic guitar with an ESP LTD EC-100QM which from what I've read has extra-jumbo frets. I'm a beginner and I mostly play chords, so I am worried if this type of frets will be easy ...
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Use only - 3 strings on six string guitar - which ones would you use and how would you tune them? [on hold]

I saw this picture in a CD Baby Catalog. Chris Ballew - aka Caspar Babypants, chooses to remove half of the strings from his six string guitars. In the picture, the strings appear to all be wound ...
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1answer
35 views

Is there a name for “slapping” a hammond organ?

Just wondering if there was a technical name for the keyboard "slap" technique found here at around 4:00ish: ...
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1answer
28 views

When should I use a direct input box vs. plugging in directly?

How does someone evaluate whether you should run the output from an instrument through a direct box before sending the signal on? For context, my current setup has my digital piano running separate ...
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2answers
28 views

How can I record on my keyboard?

I have a privia px 150 keyboard. I want to start recording myself playing so i can show my friends and family videos of my progress. So what I had in mind was film my hands, but record the audio ...
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1answer
75 views

What does a major-7 chord resolve/lead to?

I reckon the major-7 chord is my favourite guitar chord. I was strumming Amaj7 chord and got a lovely first line to a song, but I am not musical enough to figure out what chords fit the melody I was ...
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If you add an E to a Bm chord, what do you have?

For instance playing standard barre on the 2nd fret, but leaving the high E open. My brain is banking out figuring out what an E is in this context and how the resultant chord would be named.
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Whining noise from one piano key

I recently bought a 2nd-hand upright piano and had it tuned after a couple of weeks. The tuner (who came well recommended) says he got it up to concert pitch. However I noticed one key in particular ...
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21 views

Where can I find a recording of a certain piece? [on hold]

I remember hearing a very amazing jazz piece a few years ago, called "Blue is Melancholy". I wanted to download a recording of this, but to my dismay, I couldn't find a file of it on the Internet. ...
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25 views

what music video has three guys and a girl in a warehouse and glitter everywhere [on hold]

What newer rock band with three guys and a girl they almost all sing.There in a warehouse playing and glitter is flying off the drumbs and everywhere.
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3answers
80 views

What are the benefits of practicing standing up (guitar)?

I can see how practicing standing up would be better for performing guitarists, but I am wondering if there are any other advantages to practicing standing up vs. sitting down for any guitarist?
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5answers
83 views

What do I need to record my electric guitar with my computer while using headphones?

I regularly play this way: Electric guitar connected to AMP Laptop computer connected to AMP ("aux") Headphones connected to AMP ("headphones") Laptop plays some song I like (eg. using youtube) ...
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2answers
85 views

How can you find the key of a song by ear? [on hold]

If you don't have the music notation available, how can you determine what key a song is in by just listening? Must one have perfect pitch to do this or is there an easy way or a trick that can help ...
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0answers
28 views

What piano should I start with? [on hold]

http://www.americanmusical.com/Item--i-CAS-CTK2400-EDP-LIST I found this 61 key keyboard for a reasonable price I'm wondering if I should shell out a little more for an 88 key, I am just beginning ...
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2answers
51 views

Name of guy who teachs famous training technique for beginner drummers

My teacher is bad at English and he couldn't pronounce the name of the guy who teaches a famous technique that he feels will really help me. My teacher suggested that I should train everyday using ...
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2answers
35 views

What are the best methods to study violin positions?

I play on a few songs in other locations but am not an expert on them
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12answers
1k views

Is making things over-complicated a common mistake for new songwriters?

I've never seriously tried writing a song until this week but I have tried putting interesting progressions together and I noticed I always end up doing something a bit different. Obviously, ...
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5answers
346 views

What is transcribing music supposed to teach?

Having never transcribed a piece of music, what benefits can be had from doing this? Are there any reasons I should shy away from transcribing music or will it make me a better musician? How will it ...
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Associating chords with scales

In the following video, at 34:30, Joe Pass suggests practicing scales by choosing a high note, playing a chord below that note, then play "the scale" from the root of the chord to the chosen note: ...
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How do I get out of my song writing rut and compose something new and fresh for a change?

I have been writing melodies for my original lyrics since 2008 and have written quite a few songs in that time. But the more songs I write, the more difficult it becomes to write melodies that don't ...
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1answer
53 views

So I want to start playing again. But not right now, in a while. Some pieces and advice? [on hold]

Long post! TL;DR below! So when I was a kid I took some piano lessons. I had an electronic keyboard and what I think was a terrible teacher. The guy basically gave me almost zero theory, no ...
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3answers
58 views

Playing with a pick with less pick-sound

I have two types of guitars, electric and acoustic and have been playing for over a year. How does one learn to or adjust their strum so that there's not so much sound of hitting the strings (as ...
2
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3answers
264 views

How is scale knowledge typically tested in music schools/colleges?

This is a follow-up question to a previous question of mine: What are the levels of scale mastery (or, how do I know if I've mastered a scale)? What does a college-level (or music-school-level) ...
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How to tune a guitar/bass without a tuner?

When I'm trying to tune my guitar/bass without a tuner, if a single string is in tune, I can tune the rest of the strings based on the tuned one, using the harmonics over the 5th and 7th frets. But ...
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3answers
139 views

I made a chord sequence but I'm not sure what key it's in

I'm working on a song (my first ever actually) and I love the chord sequence: Cm - G - Dm - Am I started off working in C-Major, but borrowed Cm from the parallel minor key C-Minor. But really, in ...
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2answers
67 views

Is it normal to have a guitar's single coil neck pickup louder than the bridge humbucker?

Recently I found out that my single coil at the neck has much louder sound than the humbucker at the bridge. The middle single coil is the same as the neck one. Is this normal? Do I need to make the ...
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0answers
5 views

Is there a way to force Serato Scratch Live to create unique copies of all songs placed in a crate?

The motive being: to allow songs to have different cue points depending on the set (crate) they're in. Currently, since cue points are saved in the file's metadata, altering a song's cue points will ...
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1answer
68 views

How to efficiently play two consecutive notes on the same fret?

If you have to play two consecutive notes on the same fret, especially with two adjacent strings, as in the example below: |--7--6-------------------------------------7--- ...
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3answers
73 views

How to improve the process of transcribing my music into notation?

I generally don't concern myself with the notation when I'm producing a new song; basically I just make sure everything's on beat and in key and sounds good. Writing the song down seems like such a ...
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3answers
370 views

Why do we call the Hendrix chord 7#9 instead of 7b10?

The Hendrix chord is usually mentioned when a harmony contains both the major and the minor third, together with the minor seventh. Were it a major seventh, I'd say we have an augmented 9th and thus ...
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1answer
154 views

How is he hiding his pick?

I've noticed that he's ...
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1answer
58 views

Music Producing and Making a Cover [on hold]

I've always wanted to produce music. Like to sit in front of my laptop and start making those electro/dubstep things. Yeah, I went too far, but "Dreams sometimes come true!". I only want if somebody ...
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5answers
1k views

Is there a name for a chord which combines the major and minor thirds of the root?

I noticed while noodling on my acoustic guitar that playing Cm using the Am shape barred on 3rd fret, that opening the high E string gives a pleasingly discordant sound. I realised the E comes from ...
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5answers
155 views

Practicing Jazz Guitar

After studying loads of scales and arpeggios, I realized that they're simply frameworks and note options to draw and connect non-sistematic melodic phrases. Now I am looking forward to build a jazz ...
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3answers
84 views

How to be fluent in music writing

The title can sound broad, but my question is not. I have a background of 4 years of solfege that I have done a long time ago. A few years ago I became a big fan of piano, I spent months listening to ...
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4answers
153 views

What are the practical advantages of keyboards with non-weighted keys vs. weighted hammer action?

This is not a question about what type toy keyboard a beginning piano student should learn on if a real piano is not an option. I am talking about professional quality keyboards in the above (to well ...
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3answers
420 views

What's the name of the phenomenon in which upon hearing same sound repeatedly, one begins to hear a rhythm?

When making non-music recordings, sometimes I listen to a three-second snippet repeatedly and after a few listens, I cannot help but hear a rhythm or a certain musicality. What's this phenomenon ...
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4answers
64 views

How can i improve my intonation on violin?

I'm sure the right answer is "practice more" but there's a limit to the amount of time I get to do that. Are there any obvious techniques or quick exercises I can use to improve my intonation? Even if ...
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1answer
47 views

What harmonic spectrum is produced by oscillator sync?

I can find a ton of information on the harmonic structure produced by FM synthesis, but what about oscillator sync? how is the resultant sound related to the waveform of the audible (slave) oscillator ...
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4answers
127 views

Is there a word can I use to express the fact that a piece of music has no notes in?

I was wondering if there was a word to describe a (lack of) tonality of a piece of music - or section of a piece of music - to the extent that it is without any identifiable notes? A couple of ...

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